the best book lists from photo-world luminaries such as John Gossage, Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, Alec Soth, Lesley Martin, Chris Pichler, Darius Himes and many more :
Welcome to the Best Photobooks of 2008 interactive feature — a new and expanded version of what has become a cherished photo-eye tradition. In the window above you'll see a list of prominent photographers, publishers, editors, writers, critics and publications who have been kind enough to share their picks for the top 10 (or so) books of 2008. Clicking on any name will give you their list, and clicking on any book will show all the other lists on which it appears.It's been fascinating to see these come in — not least of all because it's proof that there are far more than 10 objectively "best" books of the year. Indeed, there's not a title on here that doesn't deserve mention, and the sheer number of contributions that were delivered "in no particular order" only further proves that it can be difficult to pick a list of just a few worthy books. That said, here's the ultimate top 10 — the books appearing on the most individual lists:
Stephen Shore: A Road Trip Journal (Phaidon)
Michael Subotzky: Beauford West (Chris Boot)
Joseph Koudelka: Invasion 68 Prague (Aperture)
Larry Towell: The World From My Front Porch (Chris Boot)
Rob Hornstra: 101 Billionaires (Borotov)
The Books on Books series (Errata Editions)
David Maisel: Library of Dust (Chronicle)
Dayanita Singh: Sent a Letter (Steidl)
Robert Frank: The Americans (Steidl)
Stephen Gill: A Series of Disappointments (Nobody)
The following 'Dutch' photobooks are mentioned :
Baghdad Calling. Photography by Geert Van Kesteren..
Largely made up of amateur pictures, this book is all about falling into the gutter.
101 Billionaires. Photographs by Rob Hornstra
Bart Sorgedrager, The Unilever Factories at Delft, Loosdrecht, and Vlaardingen (Unilever)
A great company book – three volumes in a presentation box – commemorating three Unilever factories that have recently closed.
Soul and Soul 1969-1999. Photography by Kiyoshi Suzuki.
PIG 05049 Christien Meindertsma, pub. flocks
The Dutch industrial designer, who almost in spite of herself has produced two of the most elegant and smart political photo books of the last few years.
The Last Days of Shishmaref. Photographs by Dana Lixenberg.