This is just great. A compilation of all expenses Christian Lange's mother made up till his 18th birthday, mixed with family pictures and images of the products she bought. It shows beautifully how inadequate economic reality really is, but at the same time how it can take over so easily. A very layered and compelling book that is beautifully designed and well thought through. Absolutely love it!
A slick insight in the world of cosmetic surgery. Both the clinical photographs as well as the glossy design with Japanese binding contribute to a terrific (almost scary) book regarding the limits of pushing physical beauty.
The plasticy feel of this Taschen book goes against the grain of the recent wave of handcrafted little gems. But don't judge a book by its cover — on the pages of Neue Welt it shows the artist is alive and kicking! This feels very much like an artists book with its playful use of imagery and superb edit. Rather than explaining it, Tillmans shows you what photography is all about. And the fact that this book is done with such a mainstream publisher makes it all the more exciting.
China's most productive bookmaker used the face of one prostitute for one day to tell his story. In this recent edition of "This face" (originally produced in 2011) Xu Yong attempts to break away from traditional photography and succeed again.
A six-hour road movie disguised as a book. Hans Gremmen drove the whole distance of Route 66 using Google street view. There is a lot out there using street view, but in its simplicity this is absolutely wonderful.
Probably the most surreal document of the Netherlands ever published. It's so confusing to look at photographs that are unmistakably Dutch without giving a clue of an exact location or identity. The catalogue of street furniture in the book adds greatly to the idea of a country in which "everything you see around you can be ordered and delivered."
Lin Zhipeng is able to produce daily live fashion shots with a raw sexual edge in a perfect edit. In this multiple-book-publication he proves again to be China's most interesting fashion photographer at the moment.
WassinkLundgren is a collaboration of Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren, two Dutch photographers based in London and Beijing. They have published 11 books so far of which Empty Bottles won the Prix du Livre for best Contemporary Photo book in 2007. Currently they are working on a major solo show at Foam photography museum in Amsterdam, due to open January 2013. Their work is being represented by Van Zoetendaal Collections and Pékin Fine Arts. www.wassinklundgren.com