When to Hold ’Em and When to Fold ’Em
A Conversation with Alec Soth

Lesley A. Martin touches base with Alec Soth for issue 007 of The PhotoBook Review.

The Living Library
Markus Schaden on the Opening of the PhotoBook Museum

On August 19, 2014, the PhotoBook Museum, Cologne, opened the doors to its temporary Carlswerk space, a former industrial site now filled with containers full of photobooks; a smorgasbord of exhibitions of individual “PhotoBook Studies”; a book research lab run by Dortmund University; workshop areas; and even an almost-to-scale replica of Café Lehmitz, made famous (or infamous) by Anders Petersen’s book of the same name. (This first version of the Museum closed October 12, but it is looking for a more permanent home.) Markus Schaden, photobook evangelist and museum founder, reports back on the opening events, his inspiration, and its…

Review: Christopher Anderson on Peter Van Agtmael

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Peter van Agtmael Disco Night Sept. 11 Red Hook Editions Brooklyn, 2014 Designed by Yolanda Cuomo Design 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (21.59 x 26.7 cm) 276 pages, including 19 gatefolds 188 color photographs Clothbound hardcover with tip-on     I really don’t want to look at another picture from a war. For such a visual subject to photograph, so little seems to come from war photography that means much of anything at all. Some of it is done “better” or “worse”; sometimes there is a…

Review: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse Ponte City Steidl Göttingen, Germany, 2014 Designed by Ramon Pez 9 1/2 x 14 5/ 8 in. (24.1 x 37 cm) 192 pages 365 four-color and black-and-white images Clothbound hardcover in a box, including 17 accompanying booklets with written and visual essays   It is a testament to the purchase of the building known as Ponte City on the collective imagination of Johannesburgers that, within minutes of my opening Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s book of that name in a coffee shop…

Review: Daniele De Luigi on Nicoló Degiorgis

  This book was the winner of the First PhotoBook Award in the 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.  Nicoló Degiorgis Hidden Islam Rorhof Bolzano Bozen, Italy, 2014 Designed by Nicoló Degiorgis and Walter Hutton 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (16 x 24 cm) 90 pages, including 45 gatefolds 42 color photographs and 82 black-and-white photographs Hardcover “Silent invasion” is a phrase that Italian right-wing populist parties and media frequently use to oppose the rise of new Islamic places of worship across the country. The clear aim is to generate panic about Muslims “colonizing” Italy. It is true that…


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