Following the success of volumes I and II of The Photobook: A History (published in 2004 and 2009 respectively), this is the third volume bringing this study of the photobook fully up to date, with specific exploration of the contemporary, postwar photobook. It covers key themes including the globalization of photographic culture, the personalization of photobooks, the self-publishing boom and the new 'layered' photobook approach.
While the history of photographs is a well-established canon, less critical attention has been directed at the phenomenon of the photobook, which for many photographers is perhaps the most significant vehicle for the display of their work and the communication of their vision to a mass audience. Volume III, co-edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, expands this study and history of the photobook further. It explores the symbiotic relationship between the contemporary propaganda book vs. the protest photobook, sex and youth culture, photographers examining their own environments and the impact of the Internet and social media on the nature of the photobook, among much else.
The book is divided into 9 thematic chapters, each featuring general introductory text providing background information and highlighting the dominant political and artistic influences on the photobook in the period, followed by more detailed discussion of the individual photobooks. The introductory chapter texts are followed by spreads and images from over 200 books, which provide the central means of telling the history of the photobook. Chosen by Parr and Badger, these illustrations show the most artistically and culturally important photobooks in three dimensions, with the cover or jacket and a selection of spreads from the book shown.
About the Author
The work of Martin Parr bridges the divide between art and documentary photography. His studies of the idiosyncrasies of mass culture and consumerism around the world, his innovative imagery and his prolific output have placed him firmly at the forefront of contemporary art. His recent publications include Luxury (2008) and Life Is a Beach (2012). A member of the international photo agency Magnum, Parr is an avid collector of books and a world authority on the photobook. Gerry Badger is a photo historian, architect and critic. He regularly writes and lectures on photography and has curated a number of exhibitions. His published books include Collecting Photography (2003) and monographs on John Gossage and Stephen Shore, as well as Phaidon's 55s on Chris Killip (2001) and Eugene Atget (2001). In 2007 he published The Genius of Photography, the book of the BBC television series of the same name, and in 2010 The Pleasures of Good Photographs, an anthology of essays that was awarded the 2011 Infinity Writers' Award from the International Center of Photography, New York.
"a wealth of previously undiscovered books. . . Parr and Badger's text describing each book and placing it in its historical context is what makes this an invaluable resource." - photo eye"With this series of books, Parr and Badger have produced a tremendous contribution to the photobook medium. Anyone even remotely connected to the photobook has already benefited from it, whether it's publishers or photographers making photo books, anyone interested in what the medium has to offer, or educators teaching classes about the history of the photobook." - "Conscientious Photography Magazine""And this, of course, is part of the Parr/Badger enterprise, not to hold some banal discussion about what is and isn't art, but rather to reevaluate what is and isn't worthy of attention, whether it's art or not. The authors have benefited from a growing appreciation of (and demand for) photobooks, something for which they themselves are to a considerable extent responsible. . . And this is perhaps the authors' greatest achievement. Photographic high art could always take care of itself. It was the eccentric and the ephemeral that most needed to be preserved, cherished, and celebrated." - Geoff Nicholson, "Los Angeles Review of Books""Who better than Parr and Badger to lead us expertly through the field? Parr has collected 12,000 photography books over the past 35 years, while no one writes quite so succinctly and knowledgeably on photography as Badger. The third volume will no doubt become as much of a bible in the photobook world as the first two." Anny Shaw, "The Art Newspaper"
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th February 2014
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 26.1 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 2.38