Thursday, 6 December 2012

More 2012 roundups for film and photography...

and this won't be the last one!

FILM

Which film comes top in Sight & Sound's 'Top 11 films of 2012'?  Its the beautiful but baflling, 'TheMaster.'  Sight & Sound's review is one of the better one's I have read: "It isn’t a great film – but it has a great film rattling around inside it."

The Master is also in pole position for Oscar glory - according to The Guardian's predictions this week.  They also report on the longlist for best documentary; fifteen films are listed, which will be whittled down to five nominations.

PHOTOJOURANLISM

Foto8 make Poppy; trails of Afghan heroin their Book of the Year and you will find this in the library if you are interested.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sean O'Hagan's list in the Observer includes some of the big hitters of the previous year - some with big prices to match.  There are books focussing on Cardiff at night, and Soho, which gives it a distinctly British feel.  Alec Soth comments that "2012 seems to be the year of looking back" in his Top TenThe Afronauts features in Soth's list, and in the ICP Library blog's favourites and of course in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 (I missed this one I'm afraid).

PDN's list of notable books is always interesting (this is part 1), and I reproduce it below because last year's disappeared from the web.  They also have a list of Indie photobooks of the year.

New American Picture by Doug Rickard
(based on a true story) by David Alan Harvey
SOHO by Anders Petersen
Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain
Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya by Greg Constantine 
Taking My Time by Joel Meyerowitz
Prairie Stories by Terry Evans
Tim Walker: Story Teller
The Raw and the Cooked by Peter Bialobrzeski
Behind the Walls by Paolo Ventura
Labyrinth by Daido Moriyama
Cedric Nunn: Call and Response
Paul Graham's American trilogy gets top billing in the British Journal of Photography's highlights from the year in their December issue dedicated to this theme.  There are several 'Best books of 2012' top tens by Martin Parr and others in this issue, but you will need to look at the print copy to see them.

Looking over the lists, some titles are repeated, however, you will find little consensus - which is all part of the fun I suppose.