Friday, 4 June 2010

Photography Festival - favourite books

As part of the book display at the Photography Festival at Harrow, students and staff were invited to name their favourite photography book of all time and to say a few words about why they liked it. This is a horrible task, but a few people were brave enough to take part.  The nominated books are below:


Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth

It completely changed my view on how photography and books and photography books work and what they can say.

Evidence. Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan.

It’s an enigmatic, strange, odd selection of images that reveal how elusive photographic meaning is.

William Eggleston’s Guide

The light, the movement, the subtlety – every time I look at it – it gets better.

Sweet fly paper of life.  Roy DeCarava

Beautiful images taken in a documentary / diary style accompanied by diary style writing – gives a great insight into black America in the 50s.

(currently) Gerhard Richter’s Overpainted photographs

It shows how everything can be continuously transformed into a new art work

The teapot opera. Arthur Tress

I had it as a student – it inspired my work. It’s small and perfectly formed. It is stop-frame animation on the page. It is timeless.

Winterreise – Luc Delahaye

The power of the image.

Oliver Sieber, J_Subs

Thin, transparent paper creates the experience of diluted massive amount of portraits of young people, melting into one.

Edward Burtynsky’s Oil

Because of what it photographs – it represents society, politcs, ecology, capitalism…just great.

Ray’s a laugh. Richard Billingham.

Sad, odd, strange – made me look at photographs and the power of photography in a different way.

Keith Arnett - I'm a real photographer

Humourous, different, beautful still lives of rubbish heaps.  And dark meaning.

Ray's a laugh.  Richard Billingham.

...it is a very brave book.  He has turned the camera on a situation, which you would think he would want to flee from.



What is your favourite book?  Leave a comment.