Bookshelf Picks – July to September 2016 by Martin Amis

Sugar Paper Theories by Jack Latham

Recipient of the Bar Tur Photobook Award, Sugar Paper Theories is Jack Latham’s hugely impressive multi-layered project on the biggest and most controversial murder investigation in Icelandic history.


ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern

The perfectly sequenced ZZYZX is already the subject of much critical acclaim and is justifiably a frontrunner for photobook of the year. A 2nd printing is already scheduled.


(Un)expected by Peter Dekens

(Un)expected is Peter Dekens’ moving and very personal project on those left behind following a loved one’s suicide. A smart unintrusive design makes this one of the most memorable photobooks of the year.


Alex & Me by James Pfaff

A reproduction of an original handmade journal, Alex & Me tells a real life story of lost love and an American road in highly effective fashion.


The Observation of Trifles by Carlos Alba

Armed with a map drawn on a piece of paper by his welcoming landlady, Carlos Alba set to make sense of his immediate surroundings coming to London from his native Madrid. The foreigner in a strange land premise has been seen before, but few photobooks are as well put together as this.


Snowflakes Dog Man by Hajime Kimura

Long since sold out, Hajime Kimura’s latest handmade book was produced in an edition of just 69 copies. Heavily influenced by the Japanese Provoke-era of photobooks, this remarkable book was developed at the 2015 photobook making masterclass at Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo.


Hanon by Yoshinori Mizutani

A sequel of sorts to Tokyo Parrots, Hanon, Yoshinori Mizutani’s first series in black and white, features astonishing images of flocks of great cormorants upon Tokyo’s power lines photographed to resemble musical scores.


Orphée by Younès Klouche

Inspired by Greek mythology and the similarly titled 1960 film by Jean Cocteau, and the 1975 New Topographics exhibition, Orphée is a striking and beautifully printed voyage through the North American landscape.


The House of The Seven Women by Tito Mouraz

Through a carefully sequenced series of haunting black and white images, Tito Mouraz explores the changing landscape of his childhood home and the myth of a house said to be haunted by the ghosts of seven women.


My Lagos by Robin Hammond

My Lagos takes us on an energetic journey through Africa’s largest city. The book’s bold over the top elaborate design is perfectly appropriate for it’s colourful chaotic subject and Robin Hammond’s stunning imagery.


Martin Amis founded Photobookstore in 2006, and is rarely more than 10 feet from a pile of photobooks.