Guidi remains the best not-known photographer in Europe, with many years of shooting behind him. This welcome survey introduces his work, most elegantly, to those who may not be familiar with his truly original images.
Probabaly the wackiest book of the year. Kruithof
befriended a psychiatric hospital and created personalised cakes for many of the members. She shoots these and puts behind a small paper "door" and places cut out photos of the old folk on the surrounding pages.
Baron's photos taken of Spanish politicians attending various events are totally bleached out by an ultra bright flash. We are left with enough information to understand the rather flaky nature of the subjects. It was published to coincide with the recent general election in Spain.
The ever cunning Champassak comes up with a real gem with his third book. By searching the pages on the net and showing photos of looters from the UK riots in the summer, he blows up the blurred faces and gives detailed internet references.
The tireless and brilliant Kessels is commissioned to produce a book for the Netherlands book week, and this, the special edition is laid out in box with a specially designed perfume to accompany the latest batch of snapshots he has unearthed.
You never see a book from Taiwan in any of the round up lists, so what a pleasure to come across this well produced and designed book, with a wonderful set of photos showing the Taiwanese tradition of lit up stages around the country.
This exquisite box contains an album of photos which this couple have located, and have written up with stories and secrets associated with the images. Beautifully reproduced with many images and much ephemera tipped in. There are booklets with French and English translations. At the bottom of the box are secret drawers that include anything from a metal toy plane to a vintage train ticket. This is the most stunning artist book I have seen for many years.
Martin Parr is a photographer, a curator and editor. He is currently working on Vol 3 of The Photobook, A History and a book about the history of Chinese photo books.