Photobooks of 2017: Laia Abril
Mathieu Asselin – Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation
Mathieu Asselin’s acclaimed first book is composed of some of the elements that I think are most interesting in a book: research, rigor, subjectivity, lateral thinking, conceptual links, personal stories and above all, courage.
Donald Weber – War Sand
This self-published opus from Donald Weber, collects all his skills as a researcher, photographer and artist and sends us on a journey through D-Day, where he invites us to explore hundreds of angles, perspectives and sensations for a piece of our history as society.
Rob Hornstra – Man Next Door
Rob Hornstra’s latest book is one of his most intimate stories; a sharp yet sensitive documentary about the turbulent life of his neighbor Kid; the combination of a multi-layered history and ingenious design sheds light and dignity on those who we easily forget.
Sanne De Wild – The Island of the Colorblind
A journey of sensations and emotions as Sanne De Wilde puts color and light into the story of the Micronesian island of Pingelap where more than 5% of the population cannot see colour.
Henk Wildschut – Ville de Calais
Henk Wildschut’s book is not just a book. It is a historic, social and political testimony of a key moment in our current history; a rigorous, methodical piece of exhausting documentation and perseverance which confronts us with one of the most serious and most avoided problems of the modern world.
Álvaro Laiz – The Hunt
With great doses of anthropologic and journalistic investigation, Álvaro Laiz beautifully and delicately documents a fantastical story. An immersive dream of memories, fantasy, folklore and reality across the wild land of Taiga.
Marcelo Brodsky – 1968. The Fire of Ideas
Artist Marcelo Brodsky decided to re-interpret archive photography of the 1968 revolts, giving a second life and a new circulation to these unique, political and social images, at a time that they resonate with all of us.
Laia Abril is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, text, video and sound.
Images: top – Donald Weber – War Sand, below – Rob Hornstra – Man Next Door, Álvaro Laiz – The Hunt