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'It is a testament to the strength of [Parr's] argument, and to the quality of the titles he has compiled, that there is indeed a current reappraisal of the significance and value of photographer's books.' The Art Book 'fascinating ... Beautifully illustrated with three dimensional covers and spreads - as with volume I - we really get an impression of the photo books as an 'object'. ... an essential guide to existing and budding collectors everywhere. ... By the time you reach the end if you weren't hooked on the photographic book already, you will be.' Laura Noble, London Independent Photography '[Parr's] international perspective is a major contribution to cultural history' Ei8ht Photojournalism 'Volume II of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History is even more opinionated, eccentric, and invaluable than the first volume.' Photograph 'So many photography books are published these days, but here's one that makes sense of all the others.' 'To leaf through this book is to journey into the past; its images evoke our existence more poignantly than words can.' Library Journal

About the Author

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) est la reine incontestee et inegMartin Parr est ne a Epsom en 1952. Son approche originale dalee du roman policier classique. Nee a Torquay, son premiere la photographie documentaire lui vaut rapidement une renom roman "La Mysterieuse Affaire de Styles" est publie en 1920mee internationale. Il a recu en 2008 la medaille du centena et voit la naissance d un ecrivain et d un personnage: Hercire de la "Royal Photographic Society" et s est fait connaitule Poirot. Tres vite, sa renommee est mondiale. Elle est a re du public francais grace a la retrospective - Planete Parla tete d une prodigieuse production litteraire et reste aujr - au Musee du Jeu de Paume a Paris en 2009 eta l'expositioourd hui l un des auteurs les plus lus a travers le monde, tn- The Goutte d Or - a Barbes en 2011. outes generations confondues.

Badger is a photographer, architect and curator. He currently teaches history of photography at Brighton University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (October 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I wrote in my review of the first edition, both will surely become the standard reference about photobooks. This second one is mostly concerned with contemporary photography and the coverage is really impressive which raises an important point: both books regard their subject as a lively and energetic creative medium and not a dry academic one reflecting an elitist point-of-view.

Just over two hundred photobooks are considered in nine chapters and like book one each has a technical caption (publisher, size, pages, date etc) and an excellent analysis of the photos and the book. The coverage, as I mentioned is very comprehensive. There is a chapter devoted to books that are not commercially available (The Company Photobook) and the twenty-five covered include a high school yearbook, or chapter six: Looking at Photographs, where the theme is the picture editor as author with twenty-two books. Controversy is not avoided either, chapter eight looks at the work of the New Topographic photographers with their stark takes on blast furnaces, prisons and other potential visual failures of society.

This second book is the same design, with excellent printing and paper, as the first (and to my mind) has the same fault in that there are not enough spreads shown from all the books looked at despite plenty of white space on each page. This does seem an odd editorial oversight when the purpose of the book is to show pages from books full of photographs. The first book had a few examples of many pages from a particular book but I could only find one in this book: a 1957 Norfolk and Western brochure where seventeen pages are shown (out of eighteen) using Winston Link's wonderful train photos

Look through the 656 pages of these two books and you'll soon realise that Badger and Parr have achieved a remarkably lively study. Surely the photobook gold standard.
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Just where Volume 1 left off, Volume 2 takes off. Very thorough and well organized, be reminded this is not an all inclusive book of books. You may agree with some of the entries and you may also disagree, but, most important, you'll end up learning on new possible entries for your library as well as discarding considered ones.

All in all an exquisite reference book. Enjoy...T
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By jotacea72 on January 25, 2012
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The item irrived in time. Perfect condition.
Advisable for someone interested in photobooks. See also volume 1.
Have a nice day.
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