Elisa's Top 5 Photobooks
Cristina De Middel - The Afronauts
A re-imagined reportage on the Zambian Space Program project, it
tells the fascinating story of an impossible project in a visually
smart and beautiful way. The book itself, edited with Laia Abril
and designed with Ramon Pez, is a real gem. Photographs are
accompanied by documents, letters, collages and drawings: every
detail shed new light on the adventure, while at the same time
things are not really what they seem. This book also says a lot
about documentary reportages, fiction, hipstamatic, story-telling
and visual literacy. Whoever managed to get their hands on a copy
of the first very small edition is lucky indeed.
AMC2 Issue 4
When I saw the exhibition project Collected Shadows by the Archive
of Modern Conflict in Paris, I immediately thought of the Atlas of
Mnemosyne by Aby Warburg. The curatorial project is also a book, in
the form of the 4th issue of the AMC2 Journal. The book form is no
less fascinating: the design acts as a guide in a fantastic journey
through the four elements as well as divinity, astrology, dance,
flight and nature. The collection spans the early 1850s to the
present day and are from both known and unknown photographers; but
this stays as background information as the experience is already
complete, and beautiful, by getting lost in the photographs.
Daisuke Yokota - Back Yard
Back Yard is Daisuke Yokota's self published zine,
the first one being Self. He has a distinct signature of
B&W, rough and high contrast photography with a dreamy, and at
times uncanny, atmosphere. The zines reflect his approach to
photography: images are rephotographed, photoshopped, altered,
photocopied so that the final result is a multilayered impression
in Xerox. Lo-fi, but high quality photography.
Ron Jude - Lick Creek Line
As Nicholas Muellner wrote in his essay, "The scene seems to
last forever - a caravaggesque rendering of some minor myth, in
which the horror and splendor supersede the particulars of the
obscure narrative". I simply loved this book.
Anne Sophie Merryman - Mrs. Merryman's Collection
There is a fascinating story behind this collection, and
the mystery it encompasses, but the book form is the one that
really fascinated me. Beautifully printed with a very simple but
rigorous layout on great, thick paper that holds secrets.