THE PHOTOBOOK ISSUE
The winter 2016 issue of Source is all about Photobooks. What is the greatest ever photobook? We have conducted an international poll to discover the answer to this question, asking photographers, publishers, critics, booksellers, collectors and others to nominate their favourite books of all time. You can see additional analysis in the magazine but here are the results including the comments and selections of every nominator.
(indexed by voter name)
Also in the magazine we have an interview with Paul Graham about his experience of making books and his latest work. We will find out what a 'photobook' is: Jose Luis Neves asks if we can use the same word to describe monographs, cookbooks, catalogues, and artist's books or if we are actually talking about different things? Daniel Jewesbury talks to Laura El-Tantawy and Liam Magee about their contrasting types of book. Finally, we have a range of articles about books that are not normally considered part of the photobook conversation because they support causes from the Catholic Church to vegetarianism.
In October the publisher Mack launched a new book by Clare Strand called 'Girl Plays with Snake'. This film follows the making of the book from the first production meeting between artist and publisher through the design and printing to the launch itself. What is the contribution of a publisher to making a book and what role does the artist have in the development process?
Or are photobooks only of interest to a niche photography readership? To test this question we gave three classics – The Americans, Ballad of Sexual Dependency and Uncommon Places – to two reading groups, one of professional women in London and the other of retired men in Belfast, and asked them to discuss the books as they would usually talk about novels. Their wide ranging responses to the books give some impression what photobooks might mean for a broader public.