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FlakPhoto Books of the Year 2014

35 recommended books of (and about) photography

“The book became the ultimate venue for Lee, not the transitory one of the gallery show, where the pictures could be seen only for a short time, but instead a visual structure that lasted and could repeatedly reacquaint us with what we thought we already knew so well.” - Richard Benson


Hi All,

Hard to believe another year is coming to a close. And this time of the year means one thing: Best of Lists!

Of course every list, like a good mixtape, is subjective and this one is no different. This Books of the Year feature is an occasion to recognize the photography books that made an impression on me in 2014. These are personal recommendations and yes, there are quite a few titles to consider — Who decided on the "Top 10" anyway?

My goal here is to bring wider attention to these works. I'd love more people to discover these photographers and their projects — If you tweet about photography, please share the ones that catch your eye. I've also included related links so you can learn more about the photographers who produced these books.

One of my 2014 resolutions was to spend more time with printed photography — I organized a print show and a photobook exhibition and have spent the year promoting new books of and about photography on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds. I plan to do more of it in the New Year. If you're publishing a photobook in 2015, please let me know.

It's clear that print is alive and well — in fact, photographic bookmaking may be more popular than ever. Lists like this help us learn about who's doing the interesting work. It's impossible for any one of us to see every photobook — the scene is exploding and that's a very good thing. Thanks for looking. I hope you find something new. - AA



1. A Road Through Shore Pine / Robert Adams (Fraenkel Gallery)

Related - Robert Adams' healing images of 'A Road Through Shore Pine'

 

2. Asylum of the Birds / Roger Ballen (Thames & Hudson)

Related - Asylum of the Birds Film

 

3. CAMERA ERA / Barbara Levine & Martin Venezky (Self-published)

Related - CAMERA ERA Exhibtion @ Project B

 

4. Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long / Tara Wray (Thunder Pony Press)

Related - Darwin Magazine Interview Series: Tara Wray

 

5. Confessions for A Son / McNair Evans (Owl & Tiger Books)

Related - Interview with McNair Evans: Confessions for a Son

 

6. Country Fictions / Juan Aballe (Fuego Books)

Related - Conscientious Photography Magazine: Juan Aballe's Country Fictions

 

7. Eleven Years / Jen Davis (Kehrer Verlag)

Related - Jen Davis's Self-Portraits Offer Eleven Years of Self-Scrutiny

 

8. Gold Coast / Ying Ang (Self-published)

Related - VICE: Ying Ang Shoots Australia's Glamorous Crime Capital

 

9. Greater Portland, vol. 1 / Mark Marchesi (Self-published)

Related - Mark Marchesi's #Houseportraits on Instagram

 

10. Lee Friedlander: The Printed Picture / Essays by Stephen Hilger and Peter Kayafas

 

11. Les Chapieux, Geography of a Secret / Celine Clanet (Actes Sud)

 

12. Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit / Paul Martineau (Getty Publications)

Related - Manifestations of the Spirit exhibition at The Getty Center

 

13. On A Wet Bough / Keliy Anderson Staley (Waltz Books)

Related - Waltz Books Conversation with Keliy Anderson-Staley

 

14. Out West / Kyler Zeleny (The Velvet Cell)

Related - Kyler Zeleny Urbanautica Interview

 

15. Pandora’s Camera / Essays by Joan Fontcuberta (MACK)

Related - DISPHOTIC: Pandora's Camera by Joan Fontcuberta

 

16. Photographers Sketchbooks / Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson)

Related - Bryan Formhals and Stephen McLaren: Photogrpahers Sketchbooks

 

17. Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh / Eleanor Macnair (MacdonaldStrand / Photomonitor)

Related - Photogrpahs Rendered in Play-Doh Tumblr

 

18. Photoshow: Landmark exhibitions that defined the history of photography (Contrasto)

Related - How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever

 

19. PIÉMANSON / Vasantha Yogananthan (Chose Commune)

Related - Roads & Kingdoms: Last Days of a Wild Beach

 

20. Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down / Eugene Richards (Many Voices Press)

Related - Collector Daily: Eugene Richards, Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down

 

21. Something like a nest / Andy Sewell (Self-published)

Related - INSTITUTE project: Something like a nest // Andy Sewell

 

22. Storms ÆRA / Anne Lass (Self-published)

 

23. Sudden Flowers / Eric Gottesman (Fishbar)

Related - Burn Magazine Essay: Sudden Flowers

 

24. Swell / Mateusz Sarello (Instytut Kultury Wizualnej)

 

25. Taxonomony of a Landscape / Victoria Sambunaris (Radius Books)

Related - Taxonomy of a Landscape Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Photography

 

26. The Ninety Nine and The Nine / Katy Grannan (Fraenkel Gallery)

Related - Urbanautica: Katy Grannan: The 99

 

27. The Photobook: A History, Volume III (Phaidon)

Related - The photobook according to Parr

 

28. The Reluctant Father / Phillip Toledano (Dewi Lewis Publishing)

Related - The Reluctant Father

 

29. The Return / Adrain Chesser in collaboration with Timothy White Eagle (Daylight Books)

Related - The Return on Daylight Digital

 

30. The Sixth Sense / Tytia Habing and Kristianne Koch Riddle (Self-published)

Related - The Sixth Sense in Kristianne Koch Riddle Blog

 

31. Transition / Lauren Marsolier (Kerber)

 

32. Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found / John Maloof (Harper Collins Design)

 

33. Walker Evans: The Magazine Work / David Campany (Steidl)

Related - Lucy Henry in conversation with David Campany

 

34. Walter & Willow / Aislinn Leggett (Éditions du renard)

Related - Walter & Willow Tumblr

 

35. What Could Be / David Hilliard (Minor Matters Books)

Related - Combining Images Across Time and Place to Tell a Single Story

 


 

Tell a friend about this year's booklist? Thank you!

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

 

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