B*@t of 2011

I shan’t enter into the ‘Best of 2011’ photobook lists* as many people are doing a great job on that already (See Joerg Colberg’s list, Alec Soth’s list, Tom Claxton’s list and Marc Feustel’s list).

But, I did want to point out the #phonar book list, which I have worked on compiling both this year and last, together with Jonathan Worth. Books are selected based on being “notable/ inspiring/ seminal/ provocative, in it’s narrative structure/approach or perhaps in their ‘discussion’ of narrative”.

*I can’t resist highlighting a few of my favorite books bought or discovered/rediscoverd this year:

Watabe Yukichi
‘A Criminal Investigation’

Larry Towell
‘The World From my Front Porch’

Ken Schles
‘Oculus’

Carrie Levy
’51 Months’

Eric Payson
‘Bobcats’

Alan Berger
‘Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America’

Peter Miller
‘Vermont People’

– Matt

One half of the photo Book Club at London Design Festival

As already announced last month, I will be speaking at the London Design Festival’s ‘Story of Books’ event this September in London. The event has some great speakers lined up and will promote discussion around the future and changing form of the book.

I will be looking closely at the photography book in particular and ways in which I see it developing, as well as the huge support we have had for the Photo Book Club, and for the physical books and stores that we all love.

I would be keen to hear Photo Book Club readers thoughts on the state/future of books and so you can get involved with discussion via the twitter hashtag #storyofbooks or in the comments section below.

If you would like to attend, you can get your tickets from this website. The talk takes place on September 17th at the Department of Anthropology, University College London from 10.30am – 3.00pm.

– Matt