4×5 Arca Swiss, Schneider 120mm Super Symar
I thought, it maybe about time I talked about photobooks.
First, I need to get something off my chest re the naming of photobooks. People seem to be racking their brains for anything that might be obtuse, opaque and altogether only relating to the images in a post-rational way. I collect photobooks, not in the way, say, someone who is wealthy but I do have a library of about 100 or so books and as time goes by the titles have become so much more abstract and as such could relate to any images that are between the covers. I find this practice to be very off putting although; it hasn’t stopped me from buying them.
Actually I will talk about the books I have bought in the last six months, not in an in-depth way, just in terms of would I bother buying them had I known what was between the covers. I usually buy on the Internet based on recommendations.
The following list is the last 6-8 months, which turns out to be a bit scary, as I have bought way more than I thought. I think I should now keep my hands in my pockets. The list is in alphabetical order.
Recent book list:
- Cesare Fabbri, The Flying Carpet>
- Gabriele Basilico, Bord De Mer, contrasto publisher
- Gabriele Basilico, BORD DE MER, publisher Verbavolant
- Gabriele Basilico, Iran 1970, publisher Verbavolant
- Gabriele Basilico, Marocco 1971, publisher Verbavolant
- Guido Guidi, Cinque paesaggi, 1983-1993
- Guido Guidi, Guardando A Est
- Luigi Ghirri, an exhibition catalogue from Tokyo.
- Luigi Ghirri, Fotografie del periodo iniziale
- Luigi Ghirri, It’s beautiful here, isn’t it…
- Luigi Ghirri, Luigi Ghirri e L’Architettura
- Luigi Ghirri, Pensiero Paesaggio
- Luigi Ghirri, Senza Titolo
- Luigi Ghirri, The Complete Essays 1973-1991
- Morgon Ashcom, What The Living Carry
- Sergio Larrain, Val Paraiso
- Stephen Shore, Luzzara
- Stephen Shore, Selected Works 1973-1981
- TEJU COLE, BLIND SPOT
You will notice I have gone a bit overboard with Luigi Ghirri. I did this based on first reading his writings which were published by Mack. I haven’t regretted it once and continue to source as many as I can afford. Unfortunately most are out of print and those that are available can get quite pricey, case in point was the Luigi Ghirri, ‘It’s beautiful here, isn’t it…’, an Aperture publication and you will see from my links above it is very pricey at least for me. If you haven’t seen his work I would recommend getting his book titled Kodachrome, it’s a really good primer and covers a lot of his early work.
In the mean time a few words about my Nikon F3 + Tri-x + Rodinal project. I have 3 more rolls to develop and I will post scans from them as soon as I can. A few words on the Nikon F3, did I say it was a Tank? Well it really is a tank, heavy clunky and for me a bit inhibiting. So I’m now looking for an FM2n, smaller and less brick like. Actually missed out on one on eBay last night, got beaten by a late bid it was £5 more than my bid?!@?”.
Will start next time with either the F3 project or review of some of the books listed above. Also please forgive the amazon links above, if you do buy from my link I’ll get a few pennies towards more books which is very helpful.