The PhotoBook and the Archive

Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York, 1973. Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000
Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York, 1973. Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000

In what ways is the photobook a useful framing device for archival projects?

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Marco Breuer on Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan’s Evidence

Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Evidence, Clatworthy Colorvues, Greenbrae and Santa Cruz, CA, 1977. Reissued: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2004.
Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Evidence, Clatworthy Colorvues, Greenbrae and Santa Cruz, CA, 1977. Reissued: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2004.

Photographer Macro Breuer reflects on the lasting images in Evidence for The PhotoBook Review 010

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Centerfold

Centerfold

Click here to download the centerfold image designed by Kummer & Herrman.

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Stephanie H. Tung on Xu Yong Negatives

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I don’t expect to be reaching for my iPhone when I open a book. Yet Xu Yong’s Negatives instructs me to do just that, in order to interact with its dark, eerie images through the phone’s lens. A quick change of settings inverts the colors on the screen, and the images in this slim volume burst to life. Suddenly, photographs of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests seem much closer to the present. Negatives revisits some of Xu’s earliest, unpublished material from the beginning of his career: photographs of young protestors in the square, just before Chinese troops opened fire on…

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Design Books to Know

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Designers and critics share the books that have inspired their work

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Editor’s Note

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Editors’ Note Photobook Review Fall 2015
Arthur Herrman and Jeroen Kummer

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One Plus One Is Three: A Conversation on Collaboration

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Taco Hidde Bakker Many good photobooks result from sustained, long-term collaboration—the kind that goes much further than just calling in a designer to make the finishing touches. An initial concept can be carried beyond the horizon of what an artist or photographer might have fancied on their own, with surprising results that could transcend individual authorship. Editors, typographers, graphic designers, or other photographers may act as collaborators and valuable sparring partners, for everything from determining sequence to designing layouts—delivering valuable input during the process and, in a sense, becoming authors in their own right. However, there are compromises to be…

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Rahaab Allana on Laura El-Tantawy In the Shadow of the Pyramids

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A photobook is most immersive when it arouses an awakening in the reader—and In the Shadow of the Pyramids, Laura El-Tantawy’s instinctive, four-year journey through the crowd at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, is a riveting, intimate, and spatially engaging testimony. A compact yet densely designed book that alternates between full-bleed images and smaller photos centered on the page, it features family snapshots from El-Tantawy’s past alongside her own photographs—constantly suggesting departure, rupture, and the return to her hometown, Cairo. Skillfully unmasking the fragments of the city, the book’s Japanese-bound pages conceal the photos’ dates inside their folds; the images see El-Tantawy…

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Arnold van Bruggen on Carlos Spottorno Wealth Management

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“There is no truer mark of financial success than making money work for you, instead of having to work for money,” reads one of the smooth opening lines of Carlos Spottorno’s book Wealth Management. This introduction sets the tone for a series of sumptuous, monochrome images that depict a world of tailored shoes and solutions, mega yachts and corporate jungles, antique shops and fur coats. After his provocative, PhotoBook Award–shortlisted 2013 book The Pigs—a clever parody of the Economist magazine, illustrating the media stereotypes used to describe the economic woes of Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain—Spottorno now turns a mocking…

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