Photobook: history and evolution

Immagini libri

Photographers have always wanted making photobooks, bound collections of their works or artistic challenge, from the birth of photography till now in a growing of innovation. While for some photographers the single print is considered the ultimate expression of their work, for many others the photobook is the most important and accessible vehicle for the wide spread communication of their vision.
I want to tell about the story of photobook revealing the ways in which photographers have influenced each other’s work through their books. I have selected photobooks that, in my opinion, are among the most important artistically/culturally and structural, a choise that goes beyond the value of photographers.

The Photobook reference
Horacio Fernàndez , Fotografìa Pùblica 1919-1939, Ed. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2000
Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Photobook a History Vol. I , Phaidon, Londra 2004
Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Photobook a History Vol. II , Phaidon, Londra 2006
Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Photobook a History Vol. III , Phaidon, Londra 2014
Ryuichi Kaneko e Ivan Vartanian , Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ‘70s, Aperture, New York 2009
Stefan Gronert, La Scuola di Dusseldorf , Johan & Levi, Monza 2010
Horacio Fernàndez, The Latin American Photobook, Aperture, New York 2011
Martin Parr e WassinkLundgren, The Chinese photobook from the 1900s to the Present , Aperture, New York 2015
Mikhail Karasik, The Soviet Photobook 1920 – 1941, Steidl, Colonia 2015

The Photobook from XIX century
Honorè d’Albert, Voyage d’exploration à la mer mort, à petra et sur la rive gauche du jourdain, A.Bertrand, Parigi 1874
J.D. Whitney, The Yosemite book , J.Bien, New York 1868
William Fox Talbot , The Pencil of Nature, Longman 1844

The Photobook in XX century
Edward S.Curtis, The North American Indian,The Univerity Press, Cambridge 1908
Anton Giulio Bragaglia, Fotodinamismo futurista, Nalato Editore, Roma 1913
A.R. Patzsch, Die welt is schon, Kurt Wolff , Munich 1928
Alexander Rodchenko, Pro Eto I me, Gos Isd-vo,Mosca 1923
Walker Evans, American Photographs, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1938
Atget, Photographe de Paris, E.Weyhe, New York 1927
Dorothea Lange, An American Exodus: a record of human erosion, Reynal & Hitchcock, NewYork 1939
Paul Strand, La France de profil, La guide du Livre, Losanna 1952
Henri Cartier Bresson, The Decisive Moment, Simon and Sschuster, NewYork 1952
René Burri, Die Deutscheen/ I Tedeschi, Frez & Wasmuth, Zurigo 1962

Keystone on Photobook
William Klein, Life is Good and Good for you in New York, Editions du Seuil, Parigi 1956
Robert Frank , Les Americains , Ed. Delpire, Parigi 1958
Robert Frank , The Americans, Grove Press., NewYork 1959

The European Photobook
Ed Van Der Elsken, Sweet Life, Harry & Abrams Inc., NewYork 1966
Josefh Koudelka , Gypsies, Aperture, NewYork 1975
Anders Petersen, Cafè Lehmitz, Schirmer/Mosel, Monaco 1978

The American Photobook
Lee Friedlander, Self Portrait, Haywire Press., NewYork 1970
Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus, Aperture, NewYork 1972
Garry Winogrand , Figments from the Real World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2003
Bill Owens, Suburbia, Straight Arrow Press, San Francisco 1973
Robert Adams, The New West, Colorado University Press., Boulder 1974
Lewis Baltz ,Park City, Artspace Press., Albuquerque 1980
Stephen Shore, Uncommon places, Aperture, New York 1982
Joel Sternfeld , American prospects, Times Books , New York 1987
William Eggleston, William Eggleston’s Guide, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976
Joel Meyerowitz , St.Louis and The Arch, New York Graphic Society, Boston 1980
Bill Burke, I want to take pictures, Nexus Press., Atlanta 1987

The Japanese Photobook
Ken Domon, Chikuhò no kodomotachi/The children of Chikuho, Patoria Shoten, Tokyo 1960
Hiroshi Hamaya, Yukiguni/Snow land, Mainichi Newspaper, Tokyo 1956
Ken Domon, Hiroshima, Kenko-sha, Tokyo 1958
Shomei Tomatsu, 11.02 Nagasaki, Shashindojin-sha, Tokyo 1966
Daido Moriyama, Sashin yo Sayonara/Bye Bye Photography, Shashin Hyoron-sha, Tokyo 1972
Eikoh Hosoe, Barakei/Killed by Roses, Shuei-sha, Tokyo 1963
Takuma Nakahira, Kitarubeki kotoba no Tameni/For a language to come, Fudo-sha, Tokyo 1970
Kikuji Kawada, Chizu/Maps, Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Tokyo 1965
Nobuyoshi Araki , Senchimentaru na Tabi /Sentimental journey, Selfpublishing 1971
Masahisa Fukase, Karasu/Ravens, Sokyu-sha, Tokyo 1986
Hiromix , Girls Blue: Rockin’on, Rockin’on, Tokyo 1996
Rinko Kawauchi, Utatane/Siesta, Little More, Tokyo 2001
Miyako Ishiuchi, Mother’s, Sokyusha, Tokyo 2002

The Italian Photobook
Lisetta Carmi, I travestiti, Essedi Editrici, Roma 1972
Gianni Berengo Gardin e Carla Cerati, Morire di classe, Einaudi, Torino 1969
Ferdinando Scianna , Feste religiose in Sicilia, Leonardo da Vinci Edizioni, Bari 1965
Ugo Mulas, La fotografia, Einaudi, Torino 1973
Luigi Ghirri, Kodachrome, Punto e Virgola, Bologna 1978
Roberto Salbitani, La città invasa, Punto e Virgola, Bologna 1978
Mimmo Jodice, Suor Orsola, Mazzotta, Milano 1990
Antonio Biasiucci, Magma, Motta Editore , Milano 1998

The School of Dusseldorf
August Sander, Antlitz der Zeit/Face of our time, Kurt Wolff, Monaco 1929
Bernd e Hilla Becher, Anonyme Skulpturen, Eine Typologie teschnischer Bauten, Dusseldorf 1970
Candida Hofer, Biblioteche, Leonardo Editore, Milano 2005
Thomas Struth , Museum Photographs, Hans Belting, Amburgo 1993
Elger Esser, Veduten und Landsschaften, Schirmer/Mosel, Monaco 2000

The Latin America Photobook
Sergio Larrain, Valparaiso, Edition Hazan, Parigi 1991
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Fotografias, Sociedad de Arte Moderno, Città del Messico 1945
Sebastiao Salgado, Workers/ La mano dell’uomo, Contrasto, Milano 1993
Paolo Gasparini, Megalopolis:Los Angeles,Mexico,SanPaolo, CRAF, Spilimbergo 2000
Claudi Andujar, George Love, Amazonia, Editora Praxis , Sao Paulo Brasile 1978
Graciela Iturbide, Asor , Steidl, Gottingen 2010

The Photobook as documentation of territory
Gilles Mora e Beverly W. Brannan, FSA The American Vision, Abrams, New York 2006
Bernard Latarjet e Francois Hers, Paysages Phototographie:la mission potographique de la DATAR, Editions Hazan, Parigi 1985
Gabriele Basilico, Porti di Mare, Art&, Udine 1990
Raymond Depardon, La ferme du Garet, Edition Carré, Parigi 1995
Josef Koudelka, Cerny trojuhelnik/Il triangolo nero, Sprava Prazskeho, Praga 1994
Achille Sacconi e Roberta Valtorta, Archivio dello spazio, 1987-97, Art&, Udine 1997 – 4 volumi
Il libro fotografico di “lotta”
Tano D’Amico, é il 77, SelPublishing , Roma 1978
Kazuo Kitai , Teikoh/Resistance, Murai-sha , Tokyo 1965
Philip Jones Griffiths, Vietnam Inc., Phaidon , Londra 1971
Susan Meiselas ,Nicaragua, Phantheon, New York 1981
Josef Koudelka, Invasion Prague 68, Thames &Hudson, Londra 2008

The Artist’s Photobook
Edward Ruscha , Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Selpublishing, Los Angeles 1963
Edward Ruscha, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Selpublishing, Los Angeles 1966
Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol’s Index book, Random House, New York 1967
Christian Boltanski , Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu à une femme de Bois-Colombes, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Parigi 1974
Joan Fontcuberta, Sputnik, Fundacion Arte y tecnologia, Madrid 1997
Cristina de Middel, The Afronauts, Self-publishing , Cadiz 2012
Doug Rickard, A New American Picture, White Press, Colonia 2010

The Photobook must in library
Minor White, Mirrors Messages Manifestations, Aperture, New York 1969
Wim Wenders, Una volta, Edizioni Socrates, Roma 1993
Max Pam, Indian Ocean Journal, Steidl , Colonia 2000
Michael Kenna , Japan, Nazraeli Press.,Tucson 2002
Larry Towel, The world from my front porch, Chris Boot, Londra 2008
Edward Harris , The way of the Japanese bath, Shashin Press, Los Angeles 2003

Essay’s reference
Roland Barthes, L’impero dei segni, Einaudi , Torino 1984
Susan Sontag, Sula fotografia, Einaudi, Torino 1992
Roland Barthes, L’ovvio e l’ottuso, Einaudi , Torino 1985
Robert Adams, La bellezza in fotografia, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 1995
Bruno Boveri , Gli anni cinquanta, L’America e gli americani , Ed.Agorà, Torino 1997
Ivan Vartanian, Setting sun, Aperture, New York 2006
Joan Fontcuberta, La (foto)camera di Pandora, Contrasto, Milano 2012