There were so many amazing photography books published this year so I have listed just a few of my favourites. Not all of these books are street photography in the truest sense but all are well worth checking out. What are your favorite photography books from 2017?
“Instant Stories” Wim Wenders
This book coincides with his current exhibition at the Photographers Gallery in London which is well worth checking out if you are in there. The images in this book are from the 70’s to the present day.
“Museum Bhavan" Dayanita Singh
I came across Dayanita Singh in a radio interview not that long ago. This book of hers is actually a beautifully curated box of 9 small books which expand in a concertina fashion to show a series of great images.
If you are in London you can also see a few of her photographs (for free) at the Tate Modern and you can follow her on Facebook.
“The Ward” Gideon Mendel
Gideon Mendel is an extraordinary photojournalist. His images can be hard hitting, but they are often beautiful. This book is no exception. The photographs were taken in the first AIDS ward in London back in the early 80’s and are almost unbearably moving. The book has been published to coincide with the ward’s 30th anniversary. At the very least check out his website if you aren’t familiar with his work. http://gideonmendel.com
“Sleeping by the Mississippi” Alec Soth
I think Alec Soth is one of the great documentary photographers out there today. This is not a new book, but a reprint. The images were taken along the Mississippi river and they give us a glimpse of the place, the people and the issues around life there.
“Town to Town” Niall McDiarmid
This book is a series of street portraits taken in many towns throughout Britain over the past 7 years. A great book.
“Well Heeled” Dougie Wallace
This list wouldn’t be complete without adding Dougie Wallace’s new book. An amazing street photographer this book showcases images of dogs, often from their perspective. Amusing and nicely curated it is a great addition to any street photographers bookshelf and at a great price too.
“Think Scotland” Martin Parr
Martin Parr, documentary photographer and president of Magnum has spent 20 years documenting Scotland. This collection of images manages to show the multi faceted side of that country. The images speak for themselves with very little text included.
Magnum Contact Sheets
If you haven’t managed to get hold of a copy of Magnum Contact Sheets then I really urge you to do so. Republished this year in paperback and with a much more affordable price of around £20 it gives a really great insight into some of the greatest photographers and how they worked. An absolute must for anyone wanting to understand the decisive moment and how to work a scene to get the best images possible.
“Cuba” Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt has released a book of images on Cuba. Some of the images are from a trip there back in 1964 when he was working for Newsweek, and others from a more recent trip in 2015-2016 when he returned to photograph the country and the people, as the relationship between Cuba and the US began to thaw. A great book from one of my all time favourite photographers. It has sold out on the Magnum website but it is still available on Amazon.
“Preston Bus Station” Jamie Hawkesworth
This one I haven't got but it is on my list. Having already photographed Preston bus station for a college project Jamie Hawkesworth revisited the station when he heard that it was going to be torn down. There he photographed the place and the people passing through it. Not a cheap book but it’s on my Christmas list so I might be lucky…
And finally, another book that is on my list is “Candy/A Good and Spacious Land” Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie. These two are both fantastic photographers and here they have collaborated to produce a two book box set of images taken in New Haven, Connecticut. You can check out some of the images from the book and buy it here.