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Books 2016 Best Books We are delighted to present photo-eye’s Best Books of 2016. As in the last ten years, photo-eye asked photobook lovers from across the world to share their favorite books of the year.


We are delighted to present photo-eye’s Best Books of 2016. As in the last ten years, photo-eye asked photobook lovers from across the world to share their favorite books of the year. Our contributors for 2016 are:
Alec Soth
Ania Nałęcka-Milach
Anne Wilkes Tucker
Antone Dolezal
Carolyn Drake
Ceiba
Christian Michael Filardo
Christopher J Johnson
Cristina de Middel
Daniel Boetker-Smith
David Chickey
Eamonn Doyle

Éanna de Fréine
Forrest Soper
Fred Ritchin
Jeffrey Ladd
John Gossage
Larissa Leclair
Martin Parr
Melanie McWhorter
Moises Saman
Sara Terry
Sarah Bradley
Tony Cederteg
Yumi Goto

For the 2016 Best Books list, photo-eye’s staff wanted to try something new. It might be better to say, something different, as it is still a list of books that experts in the field of photography and photobooks admired, deemed significant, or otherwise loved since the publication of our 2015 Best Books last December.

In previous years, we asked our contributors to select ten books each. This year we asked for three. In doing so, we wanted our experts to spend more time writing about why they had selected each title. What we received was a wonderful assortment of books along with some moving and informative writing.

We hope that every photobook lover enjoys our Best Books 2016 selections and that you will find some of your favorite titles from the past year, along with exciting new discoveries.

ALEC SOTH
  
ANIA NAŁĘCKA-MILACH

ANNE WILKES TUCKER

ANTONE DOLEZAL

CAROLYN DRAKE

CEIBA

CHRISTIAN MICHAEL FILARDO 

CHRISTOPHER J JOHNSON

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL 

DANIEL BOETKER-SMITH 

DAVID CHICKEY 

EAMONN DOYLE 

ÉANNA DE FRÉINE 

FORREST SOPER

FRED RITCHIN 

JEFFREY LADD  

JOHN GOSSAGE 

LARISSA LECLAIR 

MARTIN PARR 

MELANIE MCWHORTER 

MOISES SAMAN 

SARA TERRY 

SARAH BRADLEY 

TONY CEDERTEG 

YUMI GOTO 

Books Alec Soth: 2016 Best Books Alec Soth Selects FOLK, Got to Go, and Around the House as the Best Books of 2016
Alec Soth
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.









Books Ania Nałęcka-Milach: 2016 Best Books Ania Nałęcka-Milach Selects Reconstrucción, Wolfgang, and Provisional Arrangement as the Best Books of 2016
Ania Nałęcka-Milach
Ania Nałęcka-Milach born 1977, is a book designer (alias Tapir Book Design) and a collaborator with Sputnik Photos collective. She has designed or co-designed Die Mauer ist Weg!The Winners7 RoomsStand ByDistant Place, and many other critically acclaimed photobooks. 









Books Anne Wilkes Tucker: 2016 Best Books Anne Wilkes Tucker Selects Libyan Sugar, Anthony Hernandez, and Memories of the Salt... as the Best Books of 2016
Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker is the curator emerita of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, having, in 1976, become founding curator of the photography department for which she acquired 35,000 photographs made on all seven continents. She curated or co-curated over 40 exhibitions, most with accompanying catalogues, including surveys on the Czech Avant-garde, the history of Japanese photography, and the history of war photography.  She has also contributed articles to over 150 magazines, books and other catalogues and has lectured throughout the North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Her honors, fellowships, and awards include being selected as “American’s Best Curator” by Time Magazine in 2001 in an issue devoted to America’s Best.



Books Antone Dolezal: 2016 Best Books Antone Dolezal Selects Lost Coast, ZZYZX, and Matter as the Best Books of 2016
Antone Dolezal
Antone Dolezal is a photographer currently residing in Syracuse, NY. His photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at 555 Gallery (Boston), Candela Gallery (Richmond), Filter Space (Chicago), Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología (Guatemala City), photo-eye Books & Prints (Santa Fe), Webber Represents Gallery (London), and are held in various private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library, Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.






Books Carolyn Drake: 2016 Best Books Carolyn Drake Selects Shenasnameh, Beyond Maps and Atlases, and Automagic as the Best Books of 2016
Carolyn Drake
Carolyn Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lange Taylor Prize, a World Press Photo award, and the Anamorphosis Prize, among other awards. She is author of two self published books, Two Rivers (2013) and Wild Pigeon (2014). Having spent a decade working abroad she is now based in Vallejo, California and making work close to home. Carolyn is a nominee at Magnum Photos.






Books Ceiba: 2016 Best Books Ceiba Selects Shadows Of Wormwood, My Place, and Snowflakes Dog Man as the Best Books of 2016
Ceiba
Ceiba We sniff and touch books. We read them, backwards more often than not. And that's how we make them too, giving each sense something to explore.

"Ceiba has published award-winning books such as The Middle of Somewhere, Red String and Come To Selfhood. They have an eye for one-of-a-kind artist books and an ability to translate them into affordable trade editions."




Books Christian Michael Filardo: 2016 Best Books Christian Michael Filardo Selects The Picture of the Afghan Hound, Telegraph Ave, and to the grave as the Best Books of 2016
Christian Michael Filardo
Christian Michael Filardo is a photographer and composer living and working in Santa Fe, NM. Filardo has worked for VICE MagazineBeliever Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and is the shipping manager at photo-eye Bookstore. He is a recent recipient of an honorarium in new music from Oberlin College’s Modern Music Guild. Filardo’s first book, Say My Last Name Softly, a collaboration with Marie Claire Bryant, was released in April 2016 on Holy Page Records.

"As of Monday, November 21, 2016, I will have worked at photo-eye for exactly a year, I’ve seen many books worthy of being called the best. Books without a bad picture in them, without any design flaws. However, I find it takes more than just a good picture to move me. Not to say I am a monolith of critique but the books that interest me tend to move beyond the latent image into my personal stratosphere. They recall my individual experience and lead me to question the current state of contemporary photography. That’s why I have selected three books by photographers at the beginning of their careers. All of whom are having what I believe to be relevant conversations with their own personal practice and photography as a medium. Enjoy!"


Books Christopher J Johnson: 2016 Best Books Christopher J Johnson Selects Bees & the Bearable, The Rectangle's Sharp Stare, and I Wish U Would Believe Me as the Best Books of 2016
Christopher J Johnson
Christopher J Johnson lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a resident writer for the Meow Wolf art collective and book reviewer for Garth Clark’s Cfile Foundation. His first book of poetry, &luckier, has been released by the University of Colorado. He is, as of 2016, manager of photo-eye’s Book Division.









Books Cristina de Middel: 2016 Best Books Cristina de Middel Selects The Jungle Book, Santa Barbara return jobs back to US, and Barespagnol as the Best Books of 2016
Cristina de Middel
Cristina de Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. After a successful career as a photojournalist, de Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze.

She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. De Middel continuously produces new bodies of work. The series This is what hatred did (2014), Sharkification (2015) and Jan Mayen (2015), to name a few examples were all published as books in 2015.

De Middel’s work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can, highlighting that our expectation that photography must always make reference to reality is flawed.

Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, POPCAP’ 13, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York.

Cristina de Middel lives and works in Mexico.


Books Daniel Boetker-Smith : 2016 Best Books Daniel Boetker-Smith Selects Astres Noirs, Snowflakes Dog Man, and Xian as the Best Books of 2016
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Daniel Boetker-Smith is a writer, curator, educator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel is the Course Director at Photography Studies College, Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit organization established in 2013 to promote and share the books of photographers from the Asia-Pacific region at festivals, galleries, and institutions all over the world. Daniel was recently appointed as the new Managing Editor of Photofile, Australia's oldest photography magazine.






Books David Chickey: 2016 Best Books David Chickey Selects Ellsworth Kelly, Photographs, Valparaíso, and Everglades as the Best Books of 2016
David Chickey
David Chickey Is the Publisher, Designer, and Editorial Director at Radius Books.












Books Eamonn Doyle: 2016 Best Books Eamonn Doyle Selects ICI Ailleurs, Astres Noirs, and At Mirrored River as the Best Books of 2016
Eamonn Doyle
Eamonn Doyle: Born in Dublin in 1969, Eamonn Doyle studied painting and photography in the late 80s. He spent much of the next twenty years producing music and working in the independent music business, founding the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) alongside the record labels D1 Recordings and Dead Elvis.

 He returned to photography in 2008. His debut photobook i, described by Martin Parr as 'the best street photo book in a decade' was published in March 2014. Most of his work is produced in and around the Dublin city centre location where he has lived for the past 20 years.

 Gallery representation: Michael Hoppen Gallery, London


Books Éanna de Fréine: 2016 Best Books Éanna de Fréine Selects Blocks, Tokyo, and By Rail and by Sea as the Best Books of 2016
Éanna de Fréine
Éanna de Fréine is the founder of The Velvet Cell - an independent publisher dedicated to photography projects on architecture, urbanism and the built environment. He is currently based in Osaka, Japan.











Books Forrest Soper: 2016 Best Books Forrest Soper Selects My Place, Discordia, and Silent Histories as the Best Books of 2016
Forrest Soper
Forrest Soper is a photographer and artist based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. A graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, he previously worked at Bostick & Sullivan. Forrest is the Editor of photo-eye Blog. http://forrestsoper.com/








Books Fred Ritchin: 2016 Best Books Fred Ritchin Selects Death in the Making, Berlin, and New Ways of Photographing the New Masai as the Best Books of 2016
Fred Ritchin
Fred Ritchin is Dean of the School at the International Center of Photography, and author of three books on the future of imaging, including Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013). His most recent book, Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné, co-authored with Carole Naggar, was published this month by Phaidon.

Having spent considerable time in 2016 researching his newest publication, Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné, the photobooks that had the most impact on Fred Ritchin in 2016 were historical titles as opposed to contemporary publications. Photo-eye is proud to publish Ritchin’s insight, however we wanted to make clear to the viewer that these are indeed older publications and that they have not been re-published in 2016.


Books Jeffrey Ladd: 2016 Best Books Jeffrey Ladd Selects stills, diane arbus in the begining, and 15 Miles to K-Ville as the Best Books of 2016
Jeffrey Ladd
Jeffrey Ladd is an American photographer born in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in 1968. He is based in Koeln, Germany.









Books John Gossage: 2016 Best Books John Gossage Selects diane arbus : in the beginning, The Democratic Forest, and Shelter Island as the Best Books of 2016
John Gossage
John Gossage Still doing all the same stuff.




Books Larissa Leclair: 2016 Best Books Larissa Leclair Selects We Didn't See Each Other After That, J.B. about men floating in the air, and One Sun, One Shadow as the Best Books of 2016
Larissa Leclair
Larissa Leclair is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library now at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.












Books Martin Parr: 2016 Best Books Martin Parr Selects Badly Repaired Cars, Golden Days Before They End, and New York in Photobooks as the Best Books of 2016
Martin Parr
Martin Parr is a photographer, a curator and editor. His book about the history of Chinese photobooks was published last year.












Books Melanie McWhorter: 2016 Best Books Melanie McWhorter Selects Mexico, Come to Selfhood, and Black is the Day Black is the Night as the Best Books of 2016
Melanie McWhorter
Melanie McWhorter joined CENTER as Programs & Outreach Manager in 2016. Before CENTER and since her move to New Mexico in 1997, she managed the internationally recognized photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space. She has gained a reputation as a knowledgable photography professional; has been interviewed about photography in numerous print and online publications including PDN and NPR’s The Picture Show; has judged the prestigious photography competitions including Women Photojournalists of Washington’s Annual Exhibition and Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma’s Book Prize; has reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe and PhotoNOLA; and taught and lectured at numerous venues including PhotoNOLA and University of North Texas.



Books Moises Saman: 2016 Best Books Moises Saman Selects ZZYZX, Provoke, and In Flagrante Two as the Best Books of 2016
Moises Saman
Moises Saman was born in Lima (Peru) in 1974 and is a photographer member of Magnum Photos.












Books Sara Terry: 2016 Best Books Sara Terry Selects Come to Selfhood, Signs of Your Identity, and American Motel Signs as the Best Books of 2016
Sara Terry
Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She is a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography, for her long-term project, Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa. She is also the founder and director of The Aftermath Project, and the publisher of 10(X) Editions, a micro press of handmade and limited edition photo books.




Books Sarah Bradley: 2016 Best Books Sarah Bradley Selects The Narcissistic City, Meridian, and ZZYZX as the Best Books of 2016
Sarah Bradley
Sarah Bradley is a writer, sculptor and the former editor of photo-eye Blog. She recently worked with Meow Wolf on the exhibition The House of Eternal Return.
sebradley.com










Books Tony Cederteg: 2016 Best Books Tony Cederteg Selects Folklig Idrott, Small Things in Silence, and Tokyo... as the Best Books of 2016
Tony Cederteg
Tony Cederteg is the founder and creative director of Paris and Stockholm based publisher Libraryman, founded 2008.