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The Photobook: A History Volume III: 3 Hardcover – 2 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (2 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714866776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714866772
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"a wealth of previously undiscovered books. . . Parr and Badger's text describing each book and placing it in its historical context is what makes this an invaluable resource." - photo-eye

"a wealth of previously undiscovered books. . . Parr and Badger's text describing each book and placing it in its historical context is what makes this an invaluable resource." - photo‐eye

"With this series of books, Parr and Badger have produced a tremendous contribution to the photobook medium. Anyone even remotely connected to the photobook has already benefited from it, whether it's publishers or photographers making photo books, anyone interested in what the medium has to offer, or educators teaching classes about the history of the photobook." - "Conscientious Photography Magazine"

"And this, of course, is part of the Parr/Badger enterprise, not to hold some banal discussion about what is and isn't art, but rather to reevaluate what is and isn't worthy of attention, whether it's art or not. The authors have benefited from a growing appreciation of (and demand for) photobooks, something for which they themselves are to a considerable extent responsible. . . And this is perhaps the authors' greatest achievement. Photographic high art could always take care of itself. It was the eccentric and the ephemeral that most needed to be preserved, cherished, and celebrated." - Geoff Nicholson, "Los Angeles Review of Books"

"Who better than Parr and Badger to lead us expertly through the field? Parr has collected 12,000 photography books over the past 35 years, while no one writes quite so succinctly and knowledgeably on photography as Badger. The third volume will no doubt become as much of a bible in the photobook world as the first two." ‐ Anny Shaw, "The Art Newspaper"

"For those who have enjoyed volumesI 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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"For those who have enjoyed volumesI 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"

About the Author

The work of Martin Parr bridges the divide between art and documentary photography. His studies of the idiosyncrasies of mass culture and consumerism around the world, his innovative imagery and his prolific output have placed him firmly at the forefront of contemporary art. His recent publications include Luxury (2008) and Life Is a Beach (2012). A member of the international photo agency Magnum, Parr is an avid collector of books and a world authority on the photobook.

Gerry Badger is a photo historian, architect and critic. He regularly writes and lectures on photography and has curated a number of exhibitions. His published books include Collecting Photography (2003) and monographs on John Gossage and Stephen Shore, as well as Phaidon’s 55s on Chris Killip (2001) and Eugene Atget (2001). In 2007 he published The Genius of Photography, the book of the BBC television series of the same name, and in 2010 The Pleasures of Good Photographs, an anthology of essays that was awarded the 2011 Infinity Writers' Award from the International Center of Photography, New York.


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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2014
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A welcome addition to Parr and Badger's two previous photobook histories that looked at 472 titles from 1843 up to the end of the last century. Most of them came from the established publishing industry unlike many books in this third edition which are self-published in limited editions, since the end of the second World War. The nine chapters look at: propaganda; protest; desire; society; place; conflict; identity; memory and photography as a medium.

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.
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Big and beautiful, this is a great read. Texts by Gerry Badger and not magisterial but open-minded and informative. This is a splendid survey that includes a lot of the best photobook publishing of recent years - as well as plugging a few gaps in the coverage of the first two volumes.

I really love it.
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I love this book and I love authors who have a "parti pris". Thank you for this ever growing sort of photobook bible.
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