PhotoBiblioMania at ICP

By Matthew Carson   Wednesday October 29, 2014

The ICP Library has been building up to the perfect storm that is PhotoBiblioMania—starting with the Daido Moriyama Pop-Up Library, in May 2012 and thenPhotography Books: A Different Kind of Order a year later. PhotoBiblioMania, launched last Friday with champagne toasts at the library, is a invitation to become part of the history of the photobook.—Peggy Roalf, Editor

Welcome to the launch of the PhotoBiblioMania project at the ICP library. Please peruse our initial compilation of a bibliography of books about photobooks [see below] along with some thoughts on a taxonomy and criteria for evaluation.

We very much are looking for this to be a continuing and expanding effort and eagerly solicit suggestions around– Additions/corrections to the bibliography– Comments/thoughts on the taxonomy and criteria– Input to developing a template for the reference data on photobooks in books on photobooks (technical specs, design, production, edition, extras/inserts, etc.)– Anything else you might think of!

Feel free to post comments or to send to Dave Solo ( and Matthew Carson ( We’ll update the content periodically and, who knows, maybe even turn it into a publication one day.

Books about photobooks have been a rapidly expanding subject for the past few years, with seemingly several appearing every month – whether broad surveys, single photographer or country/region references, exhibition catalogs, etc. The first Book on Books on Artist Books appeared a few years ago to further establish this as a category and I’ve been collecting them (as a subset of the overall photo/artist book collection) for a number of years. They are both reference material and also sometimes wonderfully made books in their own right (they’re also alas a way of expanding one’s wishlist, too).

It’s also been an opportunity to start thinking about both a taxonomy of books on photobooks and about criteria for what makes a more or less successful one and I’m hoping this might be an opportunity to instigate more discussion about that topic.

Categories• Single artist “catalog raisonne” style• Locality based survey (country, city, region, etc.)o introductiono creating a canon• Broad surveyo general introductiono creating a canono Period based (books of a decade)o Topical (nudes, propaganda, etc.)• Detailed study/criticalo Essayso In depth analysis (often on a single book or focused set of books)o Scholarly publications (e.g. dissertations, specialist, academic)o Interviews/dialogs• how-to books

Criteria• Selection (the most important criterion: how does the choice fit the objective; completeness; inclusion of some “new” items; was it meant to be idiosyncratic or authoritative; number of books)

• Book design (is it itself an interesting object and does the design serve the purpose)

• Bibliographic details (often a frustrating element – does the book provide comprehensive bibliographic information on the selected books)

• Reproductions (will vary significantly depending on the purpose of the book – quality, number and choice of spreads, inclusion of cover)

• Writing (are the choices explained, is there interesting additional information provided on the books (especially around their design and history), is it well written/edited)

• Impact/influence

• Audience (collector, scholar, artist/bookmaker/designer, librarian, general)


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Editor’s Note: This just in from Larissa Leclair of Indie Photobook Library: A panel of artists and collectors will discuss the popularity of POD and digital photobooks. The panel includes Larissa Leclair, independent photography writer and founder of the IndiePhotobook Library; Taj Forer, photographer, educator, and co-founder of the photography publisher Daylight; and PaulSoulellis, artist, instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and founder of the Library of the Printed Web. Sloane Art Library, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina. Information.

PhotoBiblioMania—The Bibliography


McCausland, Elizabeth. “Photographic Books”, Complete Photographer Vol. 8, Issue 43New York: National Educational Alliance, 1942

Goldschmidt, Lucien & Naef, Weston J. The Truthful Lens – A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book, 1844-1914New York: Grolier Club, 1980

the canon

Fernández, Horacio. Fotografía Pública – Photography in Print, 1919-1939Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía & Aldeasa (pub.), 1999TR145.F67 1999

Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry. The Photobook: A History, Volume lLondon: Phaidon, 2004TR15.P37 2004

Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry. The Photobook: A History, Volume IILondon: Phaidon, 2006TR15.P37 2006

Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry. The Photobook: A History, Volume IIILondon: Phaidon, 2014TR15.P37 2014

Roth, Andrew. The Book of 101 Books – Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth CenturyNew York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001TR145.B66 2001

Roth, Andrew. The Open Book – A History of the Photographic Book from 1878 to the PresentGöteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center, 2004TR145.O64 2004

single artist

Iizawa, Kotaro. Arakibon 1970-2005 – A Book of Araki Books!Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 2006TR145.A72 2006

Kohara, Masashi & Nagahara, Koji. Shashin shky Ark – Ararchy Photobook ManiaShizuoka: Izu Photo Museum & Nohara, 2012TR647.A72 2012

Schube, Inka. Boris Mikhailov: Bücher – Strukturen des Wahnsinns, oder warum Hirten in den Bergen oft verrückt warden – Fotomanie auf der Krim; Boris Mikhailov: Books – Structures of Madness, or Why Shepherds Living in the Mountains Often Go Crazy – Photomania in CrimeaHannover: Sprengel Museum; Köln: Walther König, 2013TR140.M354 2013

Basilico, Gabriele. Photo Books 1978-2005Mantova, Italy: M. Corraini, 2006

Suzuki, Kiyoshi. Soul and Soul 1969-1999Groningen, NL: Stichting Aurora Borealis & Noorderlicht, 2008TR647.S891 2008


Morioka, Yoshiyuki. Nihon no taigai senden gurafu-shi – Books on Japan 1931-1972Tokyo: BNN, Inc., 2012TR145.M67 2012

Kaneko, Ryichi & Vartanian, Ivan. Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70sNew York: Aperture, 2009TR105.K36 2009

Carson, Matthew; Lang, Michael; Lederman, Russet & Yatskevitch, Olga. 10×10 Japanese PhotobooksNew York: 10×10 Photobooks, 2014

Kern, Magrit. España a través de la cámaraLeipzig: Plöttner, 2008

Fernández, Horacio. Photobooks Spain 1905-1977Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia & Acción Cultural Española, 2014

Núñez, José Arturo Rodríguez. Hojeando . . . Cuatro décades de libros y revisits de artista en España = Leafing . . . Four Decades of Artists’ Books and Magazines in SpainMadrid:Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural (SEACEX), 2008

Scholz-Hänsel, Michael. Spanien im Fotobuch – von Kurt Hielscher bis Mireia Sentís – eine imaginäre Reise von Barcelona in die ExtremaduraLeipzig: Plöttner, 2007

Wiegand, Thomas. Deutschland im Fotobuch – 287 Fotobücher zum Thema Deutschland aus der Zeit von 1915 bis 2009Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2011TR145.W54 2011

Koetzle, Hans-Michael. Eyes on Paris – Paris im Fotobuch – 1890 bis heuteHamburg: Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen; Munich: Hirmer Verlag GmbH, 2011

Bouqueret, Christian. Paris, les livres de photographie, des années 1920 aux années 1950Paris: Gründ, 2012

Pfrunder, Peter; Gasser, Martin & Münzenmaier, Sabine. Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present – A Different History of PhotographyWinthertur, Switzerland: Fotostiftung Schweiz; Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2012TR145.S39 2012

Brunner, Laurenz & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2007 – Back to the Future Book – Vol. 1 – The Past IssueBern: Bundesamt für Kultur, 2008TR145.M67 2007

Brunner, Laurenz & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2008 – Vol. 2 – The Present IssueBern: Bundesamt für Kultur, 2008TR145.M67 2008

Brunner, Laurenz & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009 – Vol. 3 – The Future IssueBern: Bundesamt für Kultur, 2010TR145.M67 2008

Lehmann, Aude & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2010Bern: Swiss Federal Office of Culture, 2011TR145.M67 2010

Lehmann, Aude & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2011Bern: Swiss Federal Office of Culture, 2012TR145.M67 2011

Lehmann, Aude & Wälchli, Tan. The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2012Bern: Swiss Federal Office of Culture, 2013TR145.M67 2012

Gierstberg, Frits & Suermondt, Rik. The Dutch Photobook – A Thematic Selection from 1945 OnwardsRotterdam: NAI, 2012TR145.D87 2012

Eskola, Taneli. Suomen painettua valokuvataidetta 1966-2003 – Finnish Photo Books 1966-2003Helsinki: Musta Taide, 2003

Novospasski, V. (Vilenin). Fotografiia v knigeMoskva: Izd-vo “Kniga”, 1973.TR145.N68 1973

Toman, Jindich. Modern Czech Book 2 – Foto/montá tiskem – Photo/Montage in PrintPrague: Kant, 2009

Fernández, Horacio. El Fotolibro LatinoamericanoMexico City: Editorial RM, 2011TR145.F47 2011

Fernández, Horacio. The Latin American PhotobookNew York: Aperture; Mexico City: Fundación Televisa, 2011TR145.F47 2011

Villaro, Leandro. The Photobook in ArgentinaNew York: Library of the International Center of Photography & Leandro Villaro, 2011R TR145.V555 P46 2011

Villaro, Lenadro. The Photobook in ChileNew York: Library of the International Center of Photography & Leandro Villaro, 2014TR145.V555 2014

Sira, Victor. Venezuelan Photobooks & CataloguesNew York: Library of the International Center of Photography, 2010R TR145.S571 2010

Carson, Matthew; Lederman, Russet & Yatskevitch, Olga. 10×10 American PhotobooksNew York: 10×10 Photobooks & bookdummypress, 2013R TR145.A44 2013


Heiting, Manfred & Jaeger, Roland. Autopsie – deutschsprachige Fotobücher 1918 bis 1945Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2012TR145.A87 2012

Schäfke, Werner & Heuberger, Roman. Köln und seine Fotobücher – Fotografie in Köln, aus Köln, für Köln – im Fotobuch von 1853 bis 2010Köln: Hermann-Josef Emons Verlag, 2010TR145.K64 2010

Wye, Deborah & Weitman, Wendy. Eye on Europe – Prints, Books & Multiples – 1960 to NowNew York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2006TR145.W94 2006

Bertolotti, Alessandro. Books of NudesNew York: Abrams, 2007TR674.B47 2007

Karasik, Mikhail.     – Great Stalinist Photographic BooksMoscow: Kontakt-kultura, 2007TR85.K37 2007

Foster, Sheila J.; Heiting, Manfred & Stuhlman, Rachel. Imagining Paradise – The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library at George Eastman House, RochesterGöttingen, Germany: Steidl; Rochester, NY: George Eastman House, 2007TR145.J42 2007

Desachy, Éric & Mandery, Guy. La Guilde du livre – les albums photographiques, Lausanne 1941-1977Melun: Les Yeux Ouverts, 2012

Kessels, Erik & Kooiker, Paul. Terribly Awesome Photobooks APE#24Brussels: Art Paper Editions, 2012R TR145.K4812 2012

Kessels, Erik & Kooiker, Paul. Incredibly Small PhotobooksGhent, Belgium: Art Paper Editions, 2013

Dickel, Hans. Künstlerbücher mit Photographie seit 1960Hamburg: Maximilian-Gesellschaft, 2008

Keuken, Johan van der. Paris Mortel retouchéAmsterdam: Van Zoetendaal Publishers, 2013

Di Bello, Patrizia. The Photobook, from Talbot to Ruscha and BeyondLondon: Tauris, 2012

Auer, Michel & Auer, Michèle. Photo Books – 802 Books from the M.+M. Auer CollectionHermance, Switzerland: Editions M. + M., 2007TR145.P46 2007

Debat, Michelle. La photographie et le livre – analyse de leurs rapports multiformes, nature de la photographie, statut du livreParis: Trans photographic press, 2003

Mora, Gilles & Nori, Claude, Les Cahiers de la photographie – Les espaces photographiquesLaplume, France: A.C.C.P, 1982

Machiguchi, Satoshi. 1000 [One thousand]Japan: 1000BUNKO, 2013

Newhall, Beaumont. Photography and the Book (Delivered on the occasion of the eighth Bromsen Lecture, May 3, 1980)Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1983TR15.N49 1983

Wilkie, Theresa; Carson, Jonathan & Miller, Rosie. Photography and the Artist’s BookEdinburgh: MuseumsEtc Ltd, 2012TR179.5.W55.P46 2012

Dugan, Thomas. Photography Between Covers – Interviews With Photo-bookmakersRochester, NY: Light Impressions, 1979

Lebeck, Robert & Dewitz, Bodo von. Kiosk – eine Geschichte der Fotoreportage 1839-1973 – A History of PhotojournalismGöttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2001TR820.K56 2001

Himes, Darius & Leclair, Larissa. A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks, Exhibition Catalog – Selections from the Indie Photobook LibraryWashington, DC: Indie Photobook Library, 2012

Grigolin, Fernanda. Experiencias de Artistas: Entre a Fotografia e a Livre– Artists Experiences: Approximations Between Photography and the BookSao Jose des Campos, Brazil: XIIPrêmio Funarte Marc Ferrez de Fotografia, 2012TR145.G75 2012

Laurent, David. BOPB: Best of Photobooks – le Meilleur des livers photosParis: David Laurent, 2012

Koetzle, Hans-Michael. Photographers A-ZKöln: Taschen, 2011

Ewing, William A. & Herschdorfer, Nathalie. Impressions en continu – l’art du liver.Göttingen, Germany: Steidl; Lausanne: Elysée Lausanne, 2009

Various Artists. OTB.14, Samplings from one thousand books art book festivalCopenhagen: Lodret Vandret , 2014.TR145.O85 2014

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller. Books on PhotographyEast Hampton, NY: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 1996TR145.R68 1996

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller. Books on Photography IIEast Hampton, NY: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 1997TR145.G54 1997

Roth-Horowitz. Books on Photography IIINew York: Roth Horowitz, 1999

Roth, Andrew. Provoke Catalogue by Andrew Roth.New York: Roth Horowitz, 1999

Donohue, Deirdre & Ferreira de Andrade, Joaquim Marcal. Publicaciones sobre libros fotográficos y fotografía impresaLa Plata, Argentina: Leandro Villaro and Biblioteca Pública de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 2014.TR145.P83 2014

Neumüller, Moritz; González, Ángel Luis. Martin Parr’s best books of the decadeDublin: PhotoIreland, 2011.TR145.P37 2011

Fárová, Anna. Anna Fárová & photography from 1956 to presentPrague: Langhans Galerie, 2006.TR145.F271 2006

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