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.
Nick Haymes: N.E.S.W.
This is one of these types of books: you see it and it talks to you, or it doesn't. I don't need (and I also don't have) any information about "N.E.S.W.", I found a copy in Foam Museum's Bookshop in Amsterdam and just couldn't leave it there. I'm not sure if it's already sold out, but make sure to check Nick's other books and works here.
Ivan Petrokovich: Black Garden
Ivan gave me his zine "Black Garden" at the Photo Book Festival in Vienna earlier this year, explaining what it is about, and I remember asking myself why he didn't made a "proper" book out of it. Because the topic, with a little bit of research and additional info, is definitely interesting enough. That's what he writes about it: "Armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenians and Azerbaijanis oficially ended with a ceasefire more than 20 years ago, but casualties are still being reported every year. People of the region still live their daily lives waiting for the hell to break loose any day, unable to hide their emotions behind traditional caucasian hospitality. At the same time, the land and the mountains themselves seem eternal and serene, covering up remains of the battles and preserving centuries-old signs of peaceful coexistence of two commonalties". If you're interested in getting a copy, write him a line: email@example.com
Richard Roberts: Noir Interiors
I just needed to own this zine when I discovered it. The images have been plucked from old Film Noir movies and the actors have been removed leaving only the dimly-lit film-set backgrounds. Richard created a very own, magic imagery, mixing different printing types (screenprint, offset lithography, photocopy and omnicrom). "Noir Interiors" was published in 2014 in an edition of 100 copies, and I wonder why it's not sold out yet. Get it here.
Anna Block: Waters brake rocks
"Waters brake rocks" was just published, and it's definitely one of the greatest zines of the year. Beautifully (hand)made and a good, sensitive mix of intimacy and nature. Edition of 100 copies – ask Anna if shes still has some copies left.