Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Best Books of 2010

Year three of 5B4 has now passed and it is time for my Best Books of the Year list. There have been several books that will wind up being life long keepers so here are my top picks for 2010.

1. Lewis Baltz: Works
Long awaited box set finally released and is better than my already high expectations.

2. For Now by William Eggleston
Just received a copy right in time for the list. Great edit by the film-maker Michael Almeryda.

A New American Picture by Doug Rickard
My biggest surprise of the list. This work will be discussed for years to come.

4. Foto en Copyright Volume II by GP Fieret
Volume II of Fieret's life long passion for sensuous women and everyday life in The Hague.

5. Parse by John Baldessari

Quatorze Juillet by Johan van der Keuken
A few rolls of old film added with book smarts by
Willem van Zoetendaal equals a near perfect little book.

Broken Manual by Alec Soth
Soth's approach to book-making is getting better with each title. My personal favorite of his so far.

8. Desperate Cars by
Sebastien Girard
A follow up to Girard's Nothing But Home and as good. Can't wait for the third volume...

Mexican Suitcase: Robert Capa
A ton of material assembled into a fine form. What more do you want?

The Pond by John Gossage
It's a reprint with three extra plates and a new essay. One of my all time favorite books so it needs to be on the list!

11. In Numbers Serial
Publications by Artists Since 1955
Smartly assembled by Philip E. Aarons, Andrew Roth and Victor Brand.

12. Four Cowboys by Richard Prince
Only four images which aren't his? And a best of the year?

13. 720: Two Times Around by Andrew Phelps
It's not just because of my nostalgia for skating...

14. How Terry Likes His Coffee by Florian van Roekel
A fine first book. Looking forward to his follow up...

15. Michael Schmidt 89/90
Michael Schmidt, enough said...

What were your faves of the year?????


Anonymous said...

I don't consider myself a republican about photography but really I don't understand why you have choosen these books.
It is the nothing's photographers triumph.

Anonymous said...

Too bad my order for 'Works' was unfulfilled. I ordered it way back in mid august too. But I get the impression Steidl held back most of these to sell on themselves at full retail, and even higher once the so called "final remaining" copies are left.

Another one for the dealers to shuffle around I guess.

Inaction Jackson said...

Nobuyoshi Araki's cat Chiro died at the age of something like 19 in the past year or two and this year 2 publications came out commemorating his life and death. An all B&W book from Rat Hole Gallery is already OP but ISBN 978-4-309-27212-2 is the other title with color and black & white and it is still available. I know: It's just a cat...but knowing that Araki and his wife never had children and as his wife was dying of cancer he labored to make the book 'Chiro My Love' to put in her coffin I think it bears examination as Araki readies his own self for death. Chiro seems as bored with being the subject of Araki's gaze as does any other subject. Of course I am only projecting: This is a dumb cat and not a fellow human being. This is the maddening and sad and hilarious effect of these images for me. Chiro seems stoic, dignified, bored, impatient with Araki and death and yet all of this is pure projection on our part to a dumb animal.If anyone can name any cat or dog book that rises above kitsch or cheap sentimentality I'd like to hear about it. For my money the 3 above by Araki come close. As maddeningly repetitive as Araki is, I salute him for these efforts.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Raymond Meeks and would add 'who will stay' to the list.

Anonymous said...

This is a top 10 Taiwan photobooks list in 2010. :)

1. 築地魚市場沈昭良 Tsukiji Fish Market
2. 張才 Chang Tsai
3. 歲月.風景: 張照堂攝影展1959-2005.

4. 臺灣東北角海域自然風貌系列-翁庭華

5. 幻化: 海的對話: 劉安明攝影集

6. 底層流動/流浪的視界: 遊民攝影家的創作歷程紀錄

7. 客家婦人家 -謝其煚

8, 望向彼方: 亞洲新娘之歌: 侯淑姿個展
9. 凝望的時代: 日治時期寫真館的影像追尋

10. 硬頸攝影群20週年專輯: 記憶鄉土20,12,45,,,,10567+%E7%A1%AC%E9%A0%B8%E6%94%9D%E5%BD%B1%E7%BE%A420%E9%80%B1%E5%B9%B4%E5%B0%88%E8%BC%AF:+%E8%A8%98%E6%86%B6%E9%84%89%E5%9C%9F20&cd=1&hl=zh-TW&ct=clnk&gl=tw

Mr. Whiskets said...

"I don't consider myself a republican about photography but really I don't understand why you have choosen these books.
It is the nothing's photographers triumph."

Feel free to tell us which books you would have liked to see on the list. I am not sure I know what you mean by "nothing's" photographers triumph.

Dwight said...

I'm so glad that you included Eggleston in your list. I saw a documentary on him on public television one time and found him very unique. I love the way his work seemed to capture the naked reality of the time in a way that evidenced an intuitive sense of what distinguished them from the past and subsequently the future.

Zisis Kardianos said...

This year's much awaited list, I'm afraid is a disappointment for me.
You are becoming more conceptual year by year, at least as mirrored in your book tastes.
I hope your own photography stays intact.
My best books for the year in random order are:
Yutaka Takanashi, Toshi-E, Errata
Takuma Nakahire, For a language to come - Osiris
Daido Moriyama, The world through my eyes, Skira

and from older editions that I bought this year,

Gus Powell, The company of strangers, J&L books

thanks for sharing.

Mr. Whiskets said...

Zisis I think you've turned Japanese. Thanks for the inclusion of an Errata.

chuckblizzard said...

I would be inclined to go with the following, in no particular order:

1) For a Language to Come (Nakahira)
2) Long River (Nadav Kander)
3) Sound of Two Songs (Mark Power)
4) Come Bury Me (Andrej Krementschouk)
5) Spomenik (Jan Kempemaers)
6) The Pond (John Gossage)
7) Invisible (Trevor Paglen)
8) Outside In (Stephen Gill)
9) For Now (Eggleston)
10) Infidel (Tim Hetherington)

My choice only a little bit conceptual ;-)