The Photobook: A History Volume I: v. 1 Hardcover – 19 Nov 2004
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Rebecca Wilson, Art Review
'incredibly interesting … the reproductions instil a terrible longing to hold the real thing.'
Sally O'Reilly, Time Out
'presents an intelligently critical, highly detailed, carefully considered and illustrated account of the most significant and influential publications of this kind to date. … succinct, informative text … [The Photobook] breaks new ground, offering an object lesson on the whole evolution of the art of photography.'
The Art Newspaper
'The Photobook is not just desirable but essential.'
'Anyone with a passion for books and photography will appreciate The Photobook.'
ARRAY: New York Design Magazine
'… this sumptuous collection intends to establish the genre's importance in disseminating photographic styles and trends.'
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About the Author
Martin Parr is arguably Britain's key contemporary photographer, with a unique point of view and unmistakable signature, and with a critical and popular following in the spheres of art, fashion and journalism. He has been widely published and internationally exhibited: he is very well known across Europe and becoming a major figure in the USA. Books of his photographs include Bad Weather, The Cost of Living (1991), Small World (1995), The Last Resort - Photographs of New Brighton (1997) and Think of England (2000). His first Boring Postcards book for Phaidon (1999) was a massive success, both in England and around the world.
Gerry Badger is a photo historian 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 Grossage and Stephen Shore, as well as Phaidon's 55s on Chris Killip (2001) and Eugène Atget (2001).
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The nine chapters give a lucid in depth review of photobooks to the 1970s with Anna Atkins 1843 'Photographs of British Algae' taking the first photobook prize. I particularly enjoyed chapter six, Medium and Message: the photobook as propaganda, basically dealing with Soviet books in the Thirties and the examples shown are quite extraordinary in their use of images and design. Reproducing the pages from these books would easily make a separate title. The other fascinating chapter was nine, dealing with postwar Japanese books, again the reproduced jackets and spreads show amazing creativity and vision, not only in the choice of photos but also in the use of printing and binding techniques.
Stunning though this book is I thought there was one particular weakness, in so many of the books there are not enough pages shown. Many of them have two pages, for instance 'An American Exodus' by Lange and Taylor, there are fifteen spreads so it is possible to follow the flow of images or Avery Brodovitch's 'Ballet' with eighteen spreads to capture the feel of the subject. Most of the titles though are two or three to a spread allowing mostly a cover plus four or six pages from inside the book but annoyingly there is easily room for more pages had there been a slight adjustment to the book detail text that accompanies each photobook.Read more ›
Sorry I am getting carried away there, but this really is a classic tome that everyone interested in photography ought to read.
Sensitively written but straight to the point (no fluff) and beautifully designed.
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