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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Larissa Leclair's favorite book from 2018

At 29, John Edmonds has landed on the 30 Under 30 list for Forbes Art & Style and is already showing with the likes of Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, and LaToya Ruby Frazier. His book Higher includes four bodies of work, of which Hoods has transcended a historical exploration of how this clothing can cover vulnerability and provide security to now being explicitly part of the current dialogue of Black Lives Matter — wrapped in political meaning and right into the photo history books. Everyone should know his work.


Larissa Leclair, Founder, Indie Photobook Library (Arlington, VA) www.larissaleclair.com

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Larissa Leclair's favorite book from 2018

The final form of Positive Disintegration is perfection—velvet cover and Swiss binding—furthering the book dummy I saw two years ago in Mexico City. Now out of print, stay tuned for the second edition. The cinematic world of Tania Franco Klein is enticing; the dramatic lighting and saturated colors of her photographs draw us into such a disjointed and unsettling existence. Take a look at Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration; a theory of personality development and the role that media and education shape identity (and devalue individual expression) to understand the foundation for Franco Klein’s work. There is this tension between social convention and self. Don’t read the advertising clippings. Don’t be fed information. Resist.


Larissa Leclair (Washington, DC) is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library www.larissaleclair.com

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Larissa Leclair's favorite book from 2018

Following up on How We See, the 2018 publication of current women photobook makers already in its third printing, Lederman and Yatskevich continue to add in the women of photobook history with their latest What They Saw. This book, along with The New Woman Behind the Camera, should be part of our learned history and in every public and private collection.


Larissa Leclair is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library now at the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University. She continues to help shape the history of photography with recent donations to the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Portrait by ©Eliot Dudik

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