I know it’s been a while since my last post…I’ve been very busy with my study and photographic pursuits. Anyway, I just wanted to mention that I’ve come across some great photo books over the last few weeks that I just had to mention.
First up is ‘Hijacked‘ by Big City Press. This is the first volume (vol 2 has just been released) that delves into the practical and conceptual issues of the world of contemporary imagery and presents the most diverse and provocative new photography from Australia and America.
Australian Photographers include: Greta Anderson , Duncan Barnes, Karron Bridges, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Michael Gray, David Griggs, Caitlin Harrison, Nathalie Latham, Mark McPherson, James Mellon, Graham Miller, Martin Mischkulnig, Fiona Morris, Tony Nathan, Jack Pam, Emily Portmann, Brad Rimmer, Janelle Ryan, Flavia Schuster, Juha Tolonen, Joshua Webb, Toni Wilkinson and Gareth Willis
American Photographers include: Timothy Archibald, Angela Boatwright, Alana Celii, Nick Chatfield-Taylor, Brian Cross, Todd Fisher, Jonathan Gitelson, Dean Karr, Lisa Kereszi, Jason lazarus, Suzy Poling, Robin Schwartz, Tod Seelie, Sarah Small, Amy Stein, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Bill Sullivan, Shen Wei, Grant Willing and Ed Zipco
I’ve just received my copy and I can’t wait for Vol 2 which includes photography from Australian & German Photographers. Images from the second volume will be exhibited next year at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide.
Another book I’ve been eyeing off is ‘Iranian Photography Now‘ by the publishers Hatje Cantz. Iranian photography reveals a radical aesthetic, embracing both beauty and political resistance, that is shared by practitioners based in Iran–who have devised innovative responses to that country’s political restrictions–as well as Iranians in exile–who have been able to create politically and culturally provocative works for the past 30 years.
Shirin Neshat and Kaveh Golestan are perhaps the best-known photographers featured in this publication, which also introduces the work of 34 equally accomplished artists–including Reza Aramesh, Parastou Forouhar, Abbas Kiarostami, Amiral Ghasemi and Shadi Ghadirian. Along with images of their work, some of which has rarely been seen, each photographer contributes a narrative about their life and artistic practice, creating a definitive document on the state of contemporary Iranian photography that transcends Western clichés and misconceptions about the culture of this singular country.
There is some wonderful photography coming out the Middle East at the moment and this book definitely appeals to anyone interested in the region. This one is on my wish list (hint hint) among many others.
From time to time I will update my photobook wishlist and post my finds. There are so many great titles out there that are worth mentioning, it’s difficult to know where to start. This is the first of many! Feel free to mention any photobooks that have inspired you.