THE BEST BOOKS OF 2010
Morten Andersen Timothy Prus & Ed Jones Alan Rapp Elizabeth Avedon Rinko Kawauchi Ramón Reverté Alexa Becker Hester Keijser Michael Schmelling Bruno Ceschel Anne Kelly George Slade Jörg M. Colberg Loring Knoblauch Alec Soth Marco Delogu Larissa Leclair Peter Sutherland Antone Dolezal Melanie McWhorter Willem van Zoetendaal John Gossage Colin Pantall Laurence Vecten Todd Hido Martin Parr Fabrice Wagner
For nearly two decades photo-eye has been selecting the best photography books of the year. In the past we sat around the table at Director Rixon Reed's home or in our Santa Fe bookstore debating for hours on topics such as each book's historical importance, how a particular title contributes to the expansion of our understanding of an important photographer's oeuvre or the nature and relevance of the book as object. The features or factors making a book the best for one person are not always the same for another. As the years progressed, the list of nominees and the stack of books to review in one evening made the task of narrowing down the list to a few titles almost impossible. In 2008, photo-eye decided to invite some of our favorite contemporary publishers, writers, photographers and photo professionals to assist us in this process. Their opinions reflect the diversity of the medium. This year's list of contributors offers up the aesthetic tastes of 27 contributors from Europe, the US, Japan and Mexico.
The evolution and shift of interest in the photobook community has come to rest heavily on self-published and indie books. These titles have shot a breath of fresh air into not only the photobook world, but into the art community as a whole. Self-published titles such as Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen's Empty Land and Maxwell Anderson's See You Soon make it onto several of our contributor's lists and showcase the diversity and creativity that self-published and indie titles have brought to the table. Several of our contributors are leading voices in this exploding new photobook world. Self-Publish, Be Happy's Bruno Ceschel, Indie Photobook Library's Larissa Leclair and curator of Publish It Yourself Laurence Vecten were included this year as representatives of this phenomenal movement. Even well-established photographers such as Alec Soth and Martin Parr give their nod to the self-publishing industry. We are honored to have such a diverse list of contributors reflecting this shift in aesthetic trend.
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A Visual Biography.
Andrea Stultiens met Kaddu Wasswa in 2008 through his grandson, photographer Arthur C. Kisitu. Together, Stultiens and Kisitu set out to explore Wasswa's archive. She took photographs of the documents to which she added her and Kisitu's own photos which were taken during their meetings. The result is a unique biography in which the author is personally visible as well.
Kaddu Wasswa started his archive in the period when Uganda was seeking independence from Great Britain, its coloniser. The many photos in the archive present a fascinating view of the country Uganda and its inhabitants during the first fifty years of independence, which will be commemorated in 2012. The Kaddu Wasswa Archive preserves the history of a man and tells the story of a country.
The book The Kaddu Wasswa Archive will be launched on October 30th at the exhibition with the same name in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.
Read Shane Lavalette's review of Flamboya in photo-eye Magazine.
My Grandma Was a Turtle.
Selected as one of Antone's Picks on photo-eye Blog. Read the blog post here.
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