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Following the critically acclaimed first volume, this is the eagerly anticipated second volume of the comprehensive illustrated history of the photobook. This features over 200 photobooks from across the world, dating from Edouard-Denis Baldus's magnificent volume made for the Paris-Lyon-Mediterranee Railway Company of 1861 to Stephen Shore's American Surfaces of 2005. It offers a fresh approach to photographic history, focusing on the development of photography in its published form and covering key artistic genres, with sections on The Artist's Photobook, The Company Photobook and Modern Life and the Photobook. Broadly thematic in structure, each chapter features an introductory essay followed by detailed discussion of individual photobooks alongside images of book covers and spreads, which provide the central means of telling the history of the photobook.
This hardcover book measures 10 inches by 11 inches. Published October 2006.
Phaidon’s empire of world-renowned books on food, architecture, fashion, design and travel complement the publisher’s beginnings. Named after Socrates’s pupil Phaedo, who was known for his discourses on immortality, this London-based publishing house got its start in 1923 as a producer of high quality, reasonably priced literature, philosophy, and history books. In 1936 it added art to its repertoire, publishing some of the first monographs of Van Gogh and Botticelli. All volumes pair erudite text with breathtaking photography; a perennial favorite is Phaidon’s stunning, large-scale Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.