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Best Books of 2010

We are thrilled to announce photo-eye's Best Books of 2010!



Click on each name to view each contributor's list or click here to view the complete feature.

Morten Andersen
Alan Rapp
Rinko Kawauchi
Alexa Becker
Hester Keijser
Michael Schmelling
Bruno Ceschel
Anne Kelly
George Slade
Jörg M. Colberg
Loring Knoblauch
Elizabeth Avedon
Ramón Reverté

Timothy Prus & Ed Jones
Marco Delogu
Larissa Leclair
Peter Sutherland
Antone Dolezal
Melanie McWhorter
Willem van Zoetendaal
John Gossage
Colin Pantall
Laurence Vecten
Todd Hido
Martin Parr
Fabrice Wagner

This year's list features 27 individuals from the photo world -- photographers, photo bloggers, critics, curators, editors and publishers. Coming in at around 200 titles, this year's Best Books list is reflective of the diversity of our contributors.

It's no surprise that there wasn't a huge amount of agreement this year -- though I think that has more to do with the shear diversity and number of titles out there than anything else.  If there was one thing that our contributors can agree upon, it's the importance and vitality of the indie photobook. And it wasn't just from the contributors who specialize in indie photobooks, they were given attention on nearly every list.  The rise of self-publishing avenues is changing the way the art world functions, more palpable in the photo world than anywhere else.  This Best Books of 2010 list is clear proof of that -- anyone can be a publisher these days, and many are doing a very fine job of it.

Though we do our best to stay ahead of the curve, Best Books is always a process of discovery for us at photo-eye. We've been excited to find so many great new books in researching this year's list, but there's no denying that the number of titles is large and perhaps a bit daunting to parse. So over the next few weeks here on the blog we'll be spending some time taking a closer look of a number of these titles.  If there's any book you'd like to see a little more information about, let us know and we'll do what we can to try to explore it with you.

We hope that you'll also take this opportunity to share your picks for the best photobooks of 2010 in the comments section of this post.  Let us know what you think of the selections! Are there any amazing books that our contributors missed? We're excited to hear what you think!

6 comments:

  1. thanks so much Photo-Eye and Larissa !

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  2. Thank you for sharing The Best Books again this year. The breadth of "favorites" in 2010 is really amazing... I counted well over 200 different books that were listed this year. This is a tribute to the artists, and I believe that this bodes well for the future of photo book publishing in all of its incarnations.

    I had my own group of personal favorites in 2010, and I was fortunate to be able to add all of them to my collection of photo books.

    Here is a list of some of them that made the cut during 2010 -

    http://santafephotojournal.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-favorite-photo-books-of-2010.html

    Many, many thanks to my friends at Photo-Eye for turning me on to some wonderful books during this past year....

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  3. Wow, Nick Brandt's new book didn't make the cut? Unbelievable.

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  4. Hmmm... I love the collections of books... Actually I took a picture of it and add them up in my Photo book.

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