The Photobook Review

PhotoBook Lust

In putting together this issue, I reached out to a wide range of bibliophiles and artists and asked them to discuss their personal relationship with a specific photobook. I asked them not to approach this as a book review, but rather as a personal account of a photobook that had provoked (or still provokes) the feelings of lust, desire, or arousal. I was interested less in an intellectual engagement, and more in something that each person has been unaccountably drawn to: a book that has obsessed them, whose pages have been pored over, consumed, loved; a book that has been very significant to each person’s life, which brought them into a world they would like to be part of. The results range from covetous reactions to books that triggered new ways of thinking about photography, to those that inspired outright salacious responses. You’ll find these contributions contaminating the whole issue, wrapping themselves around and between pages—an uncontainable account of PhotoBook Lust.

—Bruno Ceschel, guest editor of The PhotoBook Review 006

Web exclusives

Ed Templeton on 61 Pimlico: The Secret Journal of Henry Hayler

Guido Guidi on Paul Strand, Un Paese

Brad Feuerhelm on Richard Peter, Dresden: eine Kamera klagt an

Olivier Richon on Paul Nougé, Subversion des Images

From the print edition

Laurel Nakadate on Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph

Sean O’Hagan on Ed van der Elsken, Love on the Left Bank

Justine Kurland on Nicholas Muellner, The Amnesia Pavilions

Vince Aletti on Peter Hujar, Peter Hujar

Anouk Kruithof on Justin James Reed, 2013

Adam Broomberg on Our Bodies, Ourselves

Lise Sarfati on Mike Kelley, Photographs/Sculptures

Lucas Blalock on Elmer Batters, Elmer Batters

Paul Kooiker on Boris Mikhailov, Case History

Colby Keller on Iron Eyes Cody, Indian Talk

Roxana Marcoci on Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach, Ringlpitis

Paul Graham on William Eggleston, Election Eve

Michael Mack on Collier Schorr, Jens F.

Ron Jude on Joachim Brohm, Industriezeit

George Pitts on Russ Meyer, A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer

JH Engström on Daido Moriyama, Bye Bye Photography

Mariah Robertson on photography instructional manuals

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The PhotoBook Review is a publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook—focusing on the best photography books being published, from the coffee-table book to the handmade artist’s edition, and on creating a better understanding of the ecosystem of the photobook as a whole.

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