New in shrinkwrap. Out of print for several years now. The most essential overview of the history of photobooks as art. As good a reference book as a photobook itself. Essential for any collector.
From The New Yorker: 'Parr, an influential British photographer, admits to an obsession with collecting photobooks, and this sumptuous collection intends to establish the genre's importance in disseminating photographic styles and trends. Alongside acknowledged masterpieces by Walker Evans, August Sander, and Nobuyoshi Araki, Parr and Badger consider many less well-known examples.
There are art books like "Paris," by Moï Ver, a Lithuanian contemporary of Brassaï didactic works such as the German medic Hans Killian's sixty-four images of suffering patients; and outright curios like Owen Simmons's 1903 "The Book of Bread" (forty life-size portraits of slices of bread). Sections on Soviet photobooks of the nineteen-thirties and Japanese photobooks of the nineteen-sixties point to two particularly fertile periods. One hopes that publishers may be spurred to reprint some of these exceptional books.'
- 5.15 pounds
- Hardcover; 320 pages
- 10.25 x 1.5 x 11.75 inches
- Phaidon Press (December 1, 2004)