Thursday, 21 January 2016


We know there have been more 'best of' lists this year than books published, but we think this was the only one open to the general punter....and here are some of the results:

TOP FIVE: No big surprises when it came to the top five. At the top was Alec Soth's Songbook followed by Laura El Tantawy's In the Shadow of the Pyramids and the Atkinson's Missing Buildings. Mariela Sancari's Moisés was fourth and Ivars Gravlejs' Early Works came fifth.

ALEC SOTH, Bree, Liberty Cheer All-Stars, Corsicana, Texas, 2012

BEST PUBLISHER: Mack was way ahead in the best publishers category, with Cafe Royal in second, which was a surprise.

Alec Soth came first in two more categories, including most self-indulgent book: Gathered Leaves, which also won best set of tiny books in a box.

BEST / WORST TITLE: The winner of the best title went to I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again. Worst title had no outright winner in spite of 36 nominations, the same with most overrated book. The best comment has to be: "I bought them all anyway."

The only other clear winner was in the cateogry of most political book which went to Daniel Mayrit for You Haven't Seen Their Faces

Ciáran Óg Arnold - I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was get drunk again

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


From a choice of 12 great titles, listed below.

An ideal way to get great value Christmas presents.

(Or just a good deal for yourself...)

Once you have spent £50, email us with your choice from the list below.
Please quote your name and order number. We will add the free book(s) to your order.
If you spend £100, you can choose 2 free books, etc. From now until the end of November.


Susan Meiselas

In History

Lee Friedlander

In the Picture: Self-Portraits, 1958-2011

Liu Zheng

The Chinese

Ernest Cole


Lima Peru

Edited by Mario Testino

Ken Grant

The Close Season

Martin Parr


Chris Killip

Here Comes Everybody

Boris Mikhailov

Maquette Braunschweig

Mark Holborn

Propaganda: Photographs from Soviet Archives

Susan Lipper


Keith Arnatt

I'm a Real Photographer

Friday, 30 October 2015

Best Photobooks of 2015 - by Thomas Wiegand

Kicking off the end of year Photobook lists we have Thomas Wiegand of with his top 12 Photobooks of 2015.

1. Sebastian Mölleken - A 40 
Dortmund: Kettler Verlag, 2015

"Germany in a bad mood."

Thomas's full review >>

2. Thomas Kläber - Am Ende der Zeit 2006-2013
Cottbus: Verlag dkw Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus, 2015

"Touching, great!"

Thomas's full review >>
Buy >>

3. Hans Bunge (Hg.), Ernst Scheel – Fotograf 1903-1986 
München/Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz, 2015

"Seriously written and relevantly designed monograph on a forgotten photographer."

4. Karen Isaac (Photos), Kevin McCaughey (Design) - Friendly Neighbors 
Chicago: Nonporous, 2015

"Crudely risographed, about seeing off unfriendly neighbours." 

5. Viktor Kolá- Human 
Berlin: only photography, 2015

"Small, perfectly produced monograph on the Czech master photographer."

6.  Henrik Malmström - Life is one – Live it well
Berlin: Kominek Books, 2015 

"My favourite new book of 2015!!"

7. Thom and Beth Atkinson - Missing Buildings
Hwæt Books, 2015 

"A striking book in an unpretentious, but matching design"

Thomas's full review >>
Buy >>

8. Thomas Mailaender - Status: Delivered
Paris: RVB Books, 2015 

"A book for collectors, who get a lot of parcels ..."

9. Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren - The Chinese Photobook. From the 1900s to the Present
New York: Aperture, 2015

"A lot of material, Part 1"

Thomas's full review >>

10. Kurt Caviezel (Nicoló Degiorgis Ed.)  - The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel
Bolzano: Rorhof, 2015 

"Diving in the world according to webcams – both amusing and frightening"

Buy >>

11. Mikhail Karasik and Manfred Heiting - The Soviet Photobook 1920-1941
Göttingen: Steidl, 2015

"A lot of material, Part 2"

Thomas's full review >>

12. Elena Kholkina - Your Cat
(self published), 2015 

"Charming low-budget production with prominent contributor"

Monday, 5 October 2015

James Barnor - Ever Young

We absolutely love this new book from James BarnorComplete with new writing, an interview with the artist by Francis Hodgson and Margaret Busby, as well as his commentary on selected photos, this book – his first monograph – presents an overview of Barnor’s photography from the late 1940s to his pioneering work in colour of the 1970s.

To introduce us to this new work is Sarah Preston, who initiated the production of the book and translated it into English:

When I discovered James Barnor's work for the first time - on Baudoin Lebon's stand at Paris Photo 2011 - it felt like a breath of fresh air. Saturated by French collections of West African studio photography, seeing outdoor images of every day life in Ghana in black and white, through the eyes of a Ghanaian rather than a white photographer, was a revelation.

Discovering Barnor's colour work from the 70s was the icing on the cake. Why had I never seen this before? Why had it not been exhibited? The question of the importance of showing archival material comes to mind. But also one wonders: how much stuff are we missing?

Amazingly, "Ever Young" is Barnor's first book (although he has previously been featured in group publications). The book is presented chronologically so as to introduce us fully to the work of this multi-talented man. Studio, street photography, fashion, reports, portraits, baby shots...It was never enough for "Lucky Jim" and the grass was always greener on the other side. And thanks to this thirst and passion for photography, we get to see Mr Kwame Nkrumzh kicking a football, Roy Ankrah eating Corn Flakes and Mike Eagan talking to the ears of a Lion.

But is this enough? Well, no, because really I want to see more of those photographic gems that I know are stacked up in boxes under Mr Barnor's desk...

The book is available here.