Copyright 2009 Max Pam
Photographer: Max Pam (born Melbourne, resides in Australia)
Publisher: T&G Publishing, Sydney, Australia
Essays: Max Pam, Stephen Muecke
Text: English (primarily)
Hardcover book with dust jacket with one fold-out, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Index of Plates, printed & bound in Taiwan
Photobook designer: Gianni Frinzi
Notes: This photobook is a compilation of eight travel journals (artist books) created by Pam, beginning with Pam’s Karakoram (2006) and shifting back through the decades to his first journals created in 1970. The journals map through a wonderful mixture of texts, photographs, paintings and marks on paper his engagement and interactions with the cultures he has traveled through. The development of his journalist process provides a platform for his own development as a photographer, writer and as an artist. Recommended
Other Max Pam photobook reviews: Max Pam – Ramadan in Yehmen (Editions Bessard)
Book Award: Best Photography Book of the Year, International Category, PhotoEspana (2010)
Note: This reviewed photobook is part of a limited edition set with custom illustrated box (bottom image below) and signed/numbered silver gelatin print (top image below)
Copyright 2014 the estate of Aaron Siskind
Photographer: Aaron Siskind (1903 – 1991) USA
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin (TX) (first published by Editions Hazan, Paris, 2014)
Essays: Charles Traub, Gilles Mora
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Chronology, Bibliography, List of Photographs, printed in Italy
Photobook designer: Nicolas Hubert
Notes: A photographer who first came into recognition for his documentary photographs of NYC as part of Photo League. Siskind then evolved into one of the ground breaking and subsequent prominent photographers making the conceptual leap into Abstraction and his close friendship with Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. He viewed photography as a visual language of signs, metaphors and symbols as the equivalent of poetry and music.
Copyright 2014 Dragana Jursic
Photographer: Dragana Jursic (b. Yugoslavia, resides Ireland)
Publisher: Oonagh Young gallery
Essay: Dragana Jursic
Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, with captions (Rebecca West/Dragana Jurisic), printed in Luxembourg
Photobook designer: Oonagh Young
Notes: Jursic documents her journey, retracing the steps of Rebecca West’s 1937 novel Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, through what was Yugoslavia, where she was born, but a “country” which no longer exists; a poignant mashup of memory and identity. Recommended.
Copyright 2014 the estate of Minor White
Photographer: Minor White (1908 – 1976 USA)
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Essay: Paul Martineau
Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, list of plates, pagination and captions, printed in China
Photobook designer: Jeffrey Cohen
Notes: A beautifully printed retrospective monograph, which also functions as an exhibition catalog, of a modern photographer who was a creative photographic innovator, poet, teacher and one of the co-founders as well as the first editor of Aperture magazine. Known for his spirituality and equivalence inspired photographs. Note: this extensive and well-illustrated monograph contains only White’s black and white photographs and does not contain any of his later color photographs.
Copyright 2015 Lori Vrba
Photographer: Lori Vrba (born Texas, resides North Carolina (USA))
Publisher: Daylight Books
Essay: Del Zogg
Hardcover book, sewn binding, Index of Plates, four-color lithography, printed & bound in China
Photobook designer: Ursula Damm
Notes: A delightful book filled with dreamlike black & white toned photographs that investigate memory and identify. (Extracted from the publisher); Vrba’s meticulously composed photographs are packed with symbolism drawn from art, folklore, mythology and biblical references. He subjects are actors performing parts in a series of dreamlike vignettes that tell universal stories of love, loss and the passage of time, and examine the simultaneous joy and pain of motherhood, love and being an artist. very nice.
Copyright 2015 Julia Borissova
Photographs, collages & drawings: Julia Borissova (born Talinn, Estonia & resides in St Petersburg, RU)
Published & copyright: 2015
Publisher: self-published artist book, edition size: 100, each signed and numbered
Hardcover book with embossed cover, thread-stitched binding, four-color lithography includes 6 transparent pages and multiple collage (glued- in) pages, printed & bound in Russia
Photobook designer: Julia Borissova
Notes: This artist book is a conceptual project about memory and identity, my favorite subjects. Borissova states “It is a deeply personal work based on my growing up in one of the districts in St. Petersburg, Russia, and it is some kind of meditation on my private relationship with the past. Urban environmental documentation in the compilation with some snapshots from my family archive, drawings and collages gives me a possibility to analyze and bridge a gap in my personal history.” <address> is another fascinating photobook by Borissova, very recommended.
Copyright 2014 the estate of Mary Ellen Mark
Photographer: Mary Ellen Mark (1940 – 2015)
Published & copyright: 2014
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin (TX)
Essays: Melissa Harris
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed & bound in China
Photobook designer: Mary Ellen Mark & Ellen McKie
Notes: A photo project that the late Mary Ellen Mark started in the late 1970’s that resulted in her earlier photobook Indian Circus (1981). She would continue to return to this subject for the following 40 years and this photobook was published just before her passing. I think that the publisher may have described this book best, in stating “Infused with an unsentimental poignancy and fully intentional anthropomorphism, Mark’s photographs of animals, circus performers, children and others are sometimes ironic, occasionally unsettling, but always remarkably engaging”.
Copyright 2014 Kenny Braun
Photographer: Kenny Braun (born & resides TX, USA)
Published & copyright: 2014
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin, TX
Essays: Stephen Harrigan
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, lithographic printing, printed & bound in China
Photobook designer: DJ Stout & Barret Fry
Notes: Braun’s lyrical black and white photographs investigate the excitement and emotional rush of surfing in the context of the culture and lifestyle of those who participate in this coastal sport. This narrative is from an insider’s perspective as this is Braun’s own Texas surfing turf.
Copyright 2015 Dave Jordano
Photographer: Dave Jordano (born MI, USA resides IL, USA)
Published & copyright: 2015
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Essays: Nancy Watson Barr, Dawoud Bey, Sharon Zukin
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in China
Photobook designer: Sam Silvio, Edited by Meg Handler
Notes: The residents of a region inside Detroit (Michigan) that is known for being on the downside edge of life are the subject of Jordano’s photobook. He creates an intimate narrative about hope and endurance to an otherwise misunderstood and misrepresented city.
Copyright 2012 Pawel Bownik
Photographer: Pawel Bownik (resides Poland)
Published & copyright: 2013
Publisher: Mundin Sp. Z o.o.
Essays: Andrew Berardini
Text: English edition (stiffcover insert, saddle stitch binding)
Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Poland
Photobook designer: Honz Zamojski
Notes: Bownik first disassembles his plants and flowers, then reconstructs them, documenting the results. A bipolar mix of engineering, scientific investigation, botany and artistic exploration with mystifying visual results.