Starting last May and about once a month since, we’ve been asking Martin Amis of Photobookstore to include in our #OutNow series some of the best new photobooks as they rolled in his online bookshop, which boasts a tight, great selection of books that Martin himself curates. So it came as a natural decision to have Martin make a end-of-the-year list of ten best photobooks of 2015.
Find out Martin’s picks below, and sign up to our weekly newsletter to make sure you’re notified when #OutNow resumes next year. (You might also want to browse this archive of Fotografia articles dedicated to photobooks).
Last Stop by George Georgiou
Last Stop makes excellent use of the leporello format as we follow George Georgiou‘s serendipitous portrait of London seen from a bus. (Read our interview with George Georgiou about Last Stop).
Buy Last Stop from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of George Georgiou)
Songbook by Alec Soth
Published by MACK
Songbook gives more than adequate proof why Alec Soth is considered the best photographer of his generation. Many of us have seen the images already in his series Dispatches, but Songbook takes them to a new dimension.
Buy Songbook from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of MACK)
Life Is Elsewhere by Sohrab Hura
Published by Ugly Dog
A very personal diary style book, Life Is Elsewhere explores Sohrab Hura‘s challenging relationship with his mother, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. A dark journey, but full of love and tenderness.
Buy Life Is Elsewhere from Photobookstore.
(Images via Magnum Photos)
Tout Va Bien by JH Engström
Published by Aperture
JH Engström was awarded the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 for this body of work. Tout Va Bien is partly autobiographical and uses a dizzying array of imagery and photographic techniques in what is one of the photographer’s best books to date.
Buy Tout Va Bien from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of Aperture)
The Middle of Somewhere by Sam Harris
Published by Ceiba
The Middle of Somewhere spans a twelve-year period in the life of the photographer Sam Harris‘ family, since they have boldly decided to leave the rat race in search for a simpler existence. Family album style photobooks are nothing new, but few are as well designed and captured as this.
Buy The Middle of Somewhere from Photobookstore.
Stranger by Olivia Arthur
Published by Fishbar
Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur imaginatively explores the sinking of a ship in 1961 off the port of Dubai in this haunting book. Stranger‘s stunning printing on transparent paper is far more than just a gimmick and perfectly complements this beautiful project. (Read our interview with Olivia Arthur about Stranger).
Buy Stranger from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of Fishbar)
Lago by Ron Jude
Published by MACK
In this perfectly sequenced follow-up to his 2012 photobook Lick Creek Line, Lago sees Ron Jude return to the California desert of his early childhood in a lyrical exploration of identity. (Read our interview with Ron Jude about Lago).
Buy Lago from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of MACK)
Imperial Courts 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg
Published by Roma Publications
Dana Lixenberg photographed the South Central Los Angeles community over a period of 22 years to produce this compelling documentary work and photobook.
Buy Imperial Courts 1993-2015 from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of Roma Publications)
Life Is One Live It Well by Henrik Malmstrõm
Published by Kominek Books
For four years, Henrik Malmström befriended regulars, bartenders and clients to become part of the scene in the bars of St. Georg in Hamburg. He captured the mood and the lurid details brilliantly in harshly lit colour. An interesting companion to Anders Petersen’s classic photobook Cafe Lehmitz.
Buy Life Is One Live It Well from Photobookstore.
(Images courtesy of Kominek Books)
In the Shadow of the Pyramids by Laura El-Tantawy
A powerful personal view of the uprisings in Tahrir Square, 2011. With it’s perfect use of the photobook format, In The Shadow Of The Pyramids recently received a well deserved nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. (Read our interview with Laura El Tantawy about In the Shadow of the Pyramids).
Buy the book from Photobookstore.
Images via the book’s website
Congratulations to all the photographers and publishers, and thank you Martin for sharing your favorite photobooks of the year!
PS. Like photobooks? Then you might want to enter our current giveaway of Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto by Bruno Ceschel and Aperture. The giveaway closes next Sunday 22 December – find out how to win!