Monday, 7 June 2010

Critics' top five books

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the And/Or Book Awards, two key publications for photography and for cinema have recently asked critics to nominate their top five books.

As you might expect, the choice of photobooks in The British Journal of Photography poll was quite diverse: only four books received more than one nomination.

The BJP have named Masahisha Faukase's 1986 book, Karasu (Ravens) as "the best photobook published in the past quarter century" after it was chosen as the top choice by two critics.  Only five critics were polled! 

In Sight and Sound's poll, fifty one film critics were asked to choose their top five books of all time related to cinema.  The most popular choice was David Thompson's A biographical dictionary of film.  The other key books were: André Bazin’s What is Cinema?, Robert Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer, Andrew Sarris’ The American Cinema and François Truffaut’s Hitchcock.

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And/Or Book Awards - Photography

And/Or Book Awards - Moving Image