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In Stock at photo-eye Bookstore: Best Books of 2015

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Best Books of 2015 In stock titles from our Best Books of 2015 lists featuring selections from Kevin Messina, Melanie McWhorter, Erik Kessels, David Campany and more.

Assignment No. 2: San Quentin Prison
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Misrach. Text by Michael Nelson.
TBW Books

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Kevin Messina

"This book contains only two photographs, neither of which was taken in a prison, and yet it is one of the best 'prison photography' books of all time."—Kevin Messina

When I Was Six 
By Phillip Toledano
Dewi Lewis

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Melanie McWhorter

"This book is a revisiting by Toledano of the memories and found objects associated with the childhood death of his sister Claudia at the age of nine. Toledano photographs objects tucked away from Claudia’s childhood collection. The still-lifes also document the light as it moves across the background and this movement brings to mind the cycle of life. The black background and black pages remind us of the colors of mourning while the objects celebrate the preciousness of life. The intimate design forces the viewer to engage and ruminate on the universal themes of love, survival and loss that the subject prompts us to consider."—Melanie McWhorter

By Lucas Blalock
SPBH Editions

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Erik Kessels

"Maybe the most unnecessary photobook of 2015, at the same time this is exactly what makes it so wonderful. The concept is simple: Blalock creates numerous photographic compositions with sausages. The end result is an entertaining combination of playfulness and plain nonsense. Andy Warhol would have wished it was his name on the cover."—Erik Kessels

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By Jason Vaughn
Trema Förlag

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Melanie McWhorter

"The images in hide simply present exterior shots of deer stands at varying distances in the Wisconsin landscape. There is little text aside from the title page, a colophon and a brief introduction of the book by the photographer about the work, the project’s halt because of a cancer diagnosis and how the photographs took on a much deeper cultural and personal meaning after the terrible news. The book is modest, but not devoid of layers of complexity within its personal meaning and the purpose and symbolic nature of the deer stands and the residents' connection to the Wisconsin land."—Melanie McWhorter

Shrubs of Death
By Mike Slack

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Sarah Bradley

"I love the title, the straightforward design, and super-flat images that become more bizarre and abstract the longer you look at them. It’s silly, and somehow also not."—Sarah Bradley

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
By Sally Mann
Little, Brown and Company

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by David Campany

"I think Mann’s prose is poetry. This is such a rich and rewarding book, especially for those who are not too keen on her photography."—David Campany

By Mona Kuhn

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Christopher J. Johnson

"There is something that is always more genuine within the process of nude portraiture when a woman presents the female form. It becomes less about desire than it does about dignity, utility and grace. Private is Mona Kuhn’s best book yet, her handling of light, of the female form and of landscape makes this a book about connections: the body’s connection to the earth and the one principle that unifies and equalizes everything that falls within our sight — the principle of light."—Christopher J. Johnson