The design of this book is fantastic, and for me a bit personal and somewhat nostalgic. The photographs were taken in Bartlesville, Oklahoma… the town I grew up in. I am amazed at Janssen's ability to capture such an intimate portrait of a place that many would pass by without giving a second thought.
The Archive of Modern Conflict publishes great books, and this is one of my favorites. It's the only book I own that showcases contemporary Chinese photography… and it comes with a choice of three pretty sweet little prints.
The book is 3-hole stitch bound with a debossed cotton cover that looks and feels so delicate alongside the breathtaking imagery. Aurora Borealis transports you into a surreal world… very very well done.
War photography can sometimes leave you walking away with a sense that the world is a pretty gloomy place. Or even worse, make you feel disgust and contempt for your fellow man. Not this book -- I took away a sense of pride at our natural abilities to form bonds and brotherly love… kind of ironic, huh?
Ed Templeton published a few great books this year. The design of Drinking the Kool-Aid is really what makes it for me. I think Aron Morel consistently publishes some of the most unique and thoughtful objects in the photobook world, this being one of them.
Published by the vinyl archive Numero Group, this book is everything I ever wanted. Michael Abramson put together a fantastic series of images reflecting on Chicago's Southside nightclubs during the 1970s. Often humorous and with a tinge of gritty realness, this book also comes with double vinyl LP that brings the funk in a very serious way.
Antone Dolezal is a New Mexico based photographer and writer. He is a member of the media collective Finite Foto and his writing has appeared in photo-eye Magazine and Fraction Magazine. For more on Antone, please visit his site at www.antonedolezal.com.