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The Photobook: A History Volume III: 3 Hardcover – 2 Mar 2014
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"For those who have enjoyed volumes I and II, volume III comes as a delightful, and unexpected surprise. Highly readable and entertaining, an historical resource. An absolute must for anyone interested in – or anyone intending making – photo books."―Black and White Photography
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The third and final volume in Phaidon s acclaimed Photobook series, hailed as the most important contribution to the field since modern histories of photography began to appear in the early 20th century (photo-eye). This comprehensive study of the contemporary photobook brings the history of the genre fully up to date, highlighting over 200 books dating from World War II to the present day. Photographer Martin Parr and co-author Gerry Badger offer a fresh approach to photographic history, focusing on the development of photography in its published form and covering key genres such as conflict, memory, society, place and desire .See all Product description
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I really love it.
Like volumes one and two the coverage is very wide ranging, from the five colour photos and mono collages in the 'We shall overcome: March on Washington' (1963) to the fifty-three colour photos in the 'Catalogue of meat products, conserves and lard' (1973) issued by a Prague food company to the seventy-five in 'Kim Jong II looking at things' (2012) published by Jean Boite Editions, Paris. Some are just a few pages: twenty in the 2012 'Thank you for travelling with Northern Rail' with twelve photos to 664 page 'The J Street project' (205) with 303 colour photos. An odd inclusion is 'America's favourites' published in 1980 by Putnam, a mass market book with seventy-five pack shots of popular food brands, I thought it seemed slightly out of place with dozens of subjective creative books throughout these pages.
Each spread mostly has two or three photobooks featured, occasionally one book gets a whole spread. As so many of these fascinating titles will never be seen by the reader I thought it was rather unfortunate that the common format is to show the cover and two inside spreads but there is usually enough white space on each spread to accommodate three spreads from each book, this was also a criticism I had of volumes one and two.
All the photobooks featured have a technical caption (author, publisher, date, pages, dimensions, copies printed) and an extended one to two hundred word mini essay. Nicely some of these have wonderfully wry comments about the subject matter in the photos. As with the previous books this one uses a matt art paper for the two hundred screen printing.
Anyone who loves photobooks will need to get this latest fascinating edition of visual storytelling.
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