Photo finish: the photo books worth a second look

Photo finish: the photo books worth a second look

The influence of the humble (and not so humble, on occasion) photography books has been nothing short of monumental. Stoked by the advent of the digital age, the photobook has become increasingly central to artists’ practices – the ‘supreme platform to disseminate work’, notes collector and photographer Martin Parr. As we hurtle into a new decade, the Wallpaper* photography desk picks out its favourite recently published titles for your perusing pleasure.

More Than Our Bellies, by Vivianne Sassen and Phillip Lim

‘Food is like love to me; the love we dream about, the love we give and the love we receive. Love memories that sustain and nourish more than our bellies,’ muses Phillip Lim in his cookbook, More Than Our Bellies. The fashion designer called on Dutch artist Vivianne Sassen – his friend and a ‘kindred spirit’– to bring to life a collection of 12 deeply personal recipes that hark back to his childhood and memories of his mother’s cooking. Read more here.

More Than Our Bellies, £65, published by published by We Folk. Distributed by Phillip Lim. Printed by Wonderful Books
Viviane Sassen and Phillip Lim
More Than Our Bellies
Pleasing, by Laura Coulson

Devon-born photographer Laura Coulson contributes to Libraryman’s ongoing Seasons Series – a quarterly book series that takes it lead from Kim Ki-Duk’s seminal film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring in exploring how human passions and spirituality can be perceived differently depending on the season. Drawn to ‘unexpected details’, the London-based artist captures the seemingly ordinary in offhand snapshots – ‘Usually for no reason other than that I found it pleasing.’ Coulson’s series reveals what otherwise might have remained unseen, from discarded objects to backs pressed against the steamy window of a beauty salon.

Pleasing, €35, published by Libraryman
Laura Coulson
The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization

Writer and educator Daniel C Blight addresses the ‘troubling story’ of whiteness in one of 2019’s most provocative photobooks. The Image of Whiteness both subverts and critiques the continuing impact of society’s division along racial lines through the work of 25 contemporary photographers, among them Michelle Dizon and Viêt Lê, Sophie Gabrielle, Hank Willis Thomas, Broomberg & Chanarin, and Libita Clayton. Powerful stuff.

The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, £25, published by SPBH Editions and Art on the Underground
Various artists
The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization

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