It's the best-photobooks-of-the-year-lists time. I didn't bought many books this year, simply because there were really just very few which would blow my mind.
So I decided to make a list of photobooks that I discovered this year on the one side, and on the other side to show some books from my collection which are totally underrated, in my opinion.
Alexander Sedelnikov: See you later!
It's probably one of the thickest zines I ever saw. And it's still a zine and not a book, which does justice to the images – which are raw, personal, spontaneous. Ask Alexander if he still has copies left.
Luca Baioni: The great grain from Painhell
What I like about this book is the aesthetics of the very grainy, black and white or color images. It's a bit like getting very close to something or somebody, unconfortable close. Otherwise, I feel attracted attracted to this book without knowing why. It has no topic, and the people who saw the book told me that they don't know how to deal with it. It's kind of the same with me, but I still like it. Get it on the Cesura website.
Christopher de Bethune: Pale Tales and Night Ride
I like Chris' two zines a lot. While "Pale Tales" seems to show a roadtrip through the inner life, emotions, people and places, his latest zine "Night Ride" is a roadtrip through the night in the city. It reminds me of "Club 13" by Nils Petter Löfstedt. Get Chris' zines at Edition Luciver.
I think this is one of the most underrated (or maybe it's just lack of exposure) books I got in the last years. The A4, 12 pages thin zine is about Caspar Sänger's milk teeth and one image from the NASA Archive. Four color offset print on black paper. It's simple. And it's nice. Get it here.