Photobooks of 2017: Rodrigo Orrantia
The Pigeon Photographer
The latest photobook by independent publisher Nicoló Degiorgis at Rorhof. An amazing selection of Julius G. Neubronner’s pigeon photography archive, with a very knowledgeable yet witty essay by Joan Fontcuberta.
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb – Slant Rhymes
A beautiful book published by La Fabrica in Madrid. It is a conversation between two outstanding photographers, these ‘visual rhymes’ speak an intimate relationship nourished over more than 30 years.
This is one of the most interesting photography projects of the year. It is a very good translation of de Wilde’s exhibition, making the most of printmaking techniques and colour changing inks. This book presents both a true story and an exploration of human vision, and our perception of colour.
Veronique Rolland – 54°0’13.176″N 2°32’52.278″W
Behind this mysterious title lies a disciplined and impeccably photographed book about the geographical centre of the UK. Designed and published by outstanding independent duo Jane & Jeremy, this book is on my top list because of it’s potential to start a conversation on the convergence of cartography, landscape and the spirit of the British isles.
I was instantly mesmerised by this photobook. The eerie images of Kimura meet the expert design and printing knowledge of the Gamberini brothers at L’Artiere, for a book that can become a rare jewel. In ‘Path In Between’ Kimura summons the inefable memories of his late father, presenting us with images that alternate between reality and half-dream.
Mahtab Hussain – You Get Me?
Nine years in the making, this is one of the most powerful photographic series on South Asian Muslim men living in contemporary Britain. It is shot with discipline but with utmost care and sensibility, really connecting with the sitters and understanding their complex multi-cultural identity.
Published by Thames and Hudson and edited by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, this has an outstanding selection of work by names like Chloe Dewe Mathews, Laura El-Tantawy, Mariela Sancari and Cemre Yesil.
The Independent Air | The Anthology: We can stay here while we wait – Voices in the Anthropocene
This is one of the best books I’ve come across this year, connecting photography with poetic, literary, scientific and philosophical texts, around the theme of the Anthropocene. Edited and published by The Independent Air, an organisation focusing on environmental sustainability through photography and lens-based art workshops and residencies.
This last book does not entirely fit the category of latest publications, shot originally in 1986. Re-edited and released this year, it proves its timelessness and place as one of the key photobooks of the second half of the XX Century.