William Klein: Painted Contacts (Prestel, 2021)

Working at the nexus of painting and photography, William Klein conceived this original series when he was in the process of reviewing other photographers’ contact sheets for a film he was making.

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Masao Yamamoto: Small Things in Silence – Second edition (RM, 2020)

Born in 1957 in Gamagori, in the Japanese prefecture of Aichi, Masao Yamamoto is a photographer who began his art studies as an oil painter under the supervision of Goro Saito in his hometown. Small Things in Silence offers a perspective on twenty years in the career of one of Japan’s most important photographers.

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Volker Hinz: Hello. Again. (Hartmann Books, 2021)

This project, coinitiated by Hinz himself, offers a comprehensive overview of his work beyond his well-known pictures, series, and themes, thus proving what a precise judge of character and an astute observer he was.

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John Cohen: Look up to the moon (Steidl, 2020)

In the summer of 1955 a relatively naive and uninformed John Cohen crossed the straits of Gibraltar. He arrived in Tangier with a handwritten note in cursive Arabic; the man who had composed it in New York had told him to “keep this paper far from your passport.”

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Jindrich Štreit: Village People 1965–1990 (Buchkunst Berlin, 2020)

Jindrich Štreit is an exceptional chronicler and narrator. In the 1970s and 1980s, the time of the communist hardliner regime, he describes in his authentic black and white photographs the country life in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.

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William Eggleston: Election Eve – New Edition (Steidl, 2020)

In 1977 William Eggleston released Election Eve, his first and most elaborate artist’s book, containing 100 original prints in two leather-bound volumes. This new Steidl edition recreates the full original sequence of photos in a single volume.

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Wendy Ewald: Portraits and Dreams (Mack Books, 2020)

This revised and expanded edition of Ewald’s now-rare book, first published in 1985, offers access to a different and broadened view of the rural south over the span of 35 years.

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Favorite Photobooks of 2020 (2)

Favorite Photobooks of 2020 (2): Yurie Nagashima: Self-Portraits (Dashwood Books, 2020); Carlo Rusca: Turistica (Witty Books, 2020); Weegee: Weegee‘s Naked City (Damiani; ICP, 2020 Reprint); Melanie Friend: The Plain (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2020).

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