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Best Photobooks 2014: the Meta-List

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Here’s this year’s meta-list of best photobooks, seeded with the Aperture/Paris Photo PhotoBook Awards Shortlist and based on the phot(o)lia compilation, which I encourage you to visit to follow the links to those lists. The methodology is the same as for the Best Photobooks 2012 Meta-List and Best Photobooks 2013 Meta-List. Note that some links consists of compilation of lists by multiple contributors: BJP (6), Emaho (15), Vogue Italy (28), Fotopolis (8). In that case, each of the lists has been considered independently, so the total of lists used to derive the Meta-List is actually 113! For the sake of independent comparison, the Meta-List does not use the Photo-Eye 2014 Best Photobooks compilation, although there are some overlaps between their 29 contributors and the Meta-List’s.

Update Jan 3, 2015 – from 52 links (113 lists)

(22 votes)
Disco Night Sept. 11. PETER VAN AGTMAEL Red Hook

(21 votes)
The Epilogue. LAIA ABRIL Dewi Lewis

(20 votes)
Hidden Islam. NICOLÓ DEGIORGIS Rorhof

(16 votes)
The Winners. RAFAL MILACH GOST Books

(13 votes)
Carpoolers. ALEJANDRO CARTEGENA self-published
Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty. MAX PINCKERS self-published

(12 votes)
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down. EUGENE RICHARDS Many Voices Press

(11 votes)
Sequester. AWOISKA VAN DER MOLEN Fw: Books

(9 votes)
Grand Circle Diego. CYRIL COSTILHES Akina
Ponte City. MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY & PATRICK WATERHOUSE Steidl

(8 votes)
Wild Pigeon. CAROLYN DRAKE self-published

(7 votes)
Euromaidan. VLADYSLAV KRASNOSHCHOK & SERGIY LEBEDYNSKYY Riot Books
I. EAMONN DOYLE self-published
Italia O Italia. FEDERICO CLAVARINO Akina
Silent Histories. KAZUMA OBARA self-published

(6 votes)
Congo. PAOLO PELLEGRIN & ALEX MAJOLI Aperture
Linger (Teikai). DAISUKE YOKOTA Akina Books
No Pain Whatsoever. KEN GRANT Journal
Red String. YOSHIKATSU FUJII self-published
Russian Interiors. ANDY ROCCHELLI Cesura Publish
The Night Climbers of Cambridge. THOMAS MAILAENDER Archive of Modern Conflict
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip. DAVID CAMPANY (ed) Aperture
Trepat. JOAN FONTCUBERTA Éditions Bessard

(5 votes)
Afghanistan. LARRY TOWELL Aperture
Back to the Future (limited edition). IRINA WERNING self-published
Bedrooms of the Fallen. ASHLEY GILBERTSON University Of Chicago Press
Does Yellow Run Forever? PAUL GRAHAM Mack
III. ROBIN MADDOCK Trolley
Illustrated People. THOMAS MAILAENDER RVB Books
Photographs for Documents. VYTAUTAS V. STANIONIS Kaunas Photography Gallery
The Ninety Nine and The Nine. KATY GRANNAN Fraenkel Gallery
Tranquility. HEIKKI KASKI Lecturis

(4 votes)
A Field Guide to Snow and Ice. PAULA MCCARTNEY Silas Finch
Chewing Gum and Chocolate. SHOMEI TOMATSU Aperture
Die mauer ist weg! MARK POWER self-published
Events Ashore AN-MY LÊ Aperture
Frowst. JOANNA PIOTROWSKA Mack
Invisible City. KEN SCHLES Steidl (reprint)
Land Without a Past. PHILIP EBELING Fishbar
Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit. Getty
Night Walk. KEN SCHLES Steidl
Photographers’ Sketchbooks STEPHEN MCLAREN & BRYAN FORMHALS (Eds)
Prolifération. GEERT GOIRIS Roma Publications
Rich and Poor. JIM GOLDBERG Steidl
Running to the Edge. JULIA BORISSOVA Self-published
Something like a Nest. ANDY SEWELL self-published
Still Moving. DANNY CLINCH Abrams
The Notion of Family. LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER Aperture
The Photobook: A History, Volume III MARTIN PARR & GERRY BADGER Phaidon
The Whale’s Eyelash. TIMOTHY PRUS Archive of Modern Conflict
Tiergarten. JOHANNES SCHWARTZ Roma
War Porn. CHRISTOPH BANGERT Kehrer

(3 votes)
19.06_26.08.1945. ANDREA BOTTO Danilo Montanari
2041. LEWIS CHAPLIN & BEN WEAVER Here Press
A Drop In the Ocean. SERGIO ROMAGNOLI Éditions du LIC
A Perpetual Season. GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE Mack
Asylum of the Birds. ROGER BALLEN Thames & Hudson
Bad Luck, Hot Rocks. RYAN THOMPSON & PHIL ORR The Ice Plant
Bible. MOMO OKABE Session Press
Centro. FELIPE RUSSO self-published
Crystal Love Starlight. MAYUMI HOSOKURA Tycoon Books
Destino. MICHELLE FRANKFURTER FotoEvidence
Eleven Years. JEN DAVIS Kehrer Verlag
Family Love. DARCY PADILLA Editions de la Martinière
Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood ZUN LEE Ceiba
Forest Hills. BILL SULLIVAN S_U_N Books & Editions
Fractal state of being. SARA SKORGAN TEIGEN Journal
Frontcountry. LUCAS FOGLIA Nazraeli Press
Gold Coast. YINAG ANG Self-published
Mediodía. DAVID HORNILLOS Dalpine
Moonshine. BERTIEN VAN MANEN Mack
Mother and Father. PADDY SUMMERFIELD Dewi Lewis
Neither. KATE NOLAN Self-published
Office Romance. KATHY RYAN Aperture
Ojō shashū: Photography for the afterlife. NOBUYOSHI ARAKI Heibonsha
Particulars. DAVID GOLDBLATT Steidl
Party. Quotations from Chairman Mao TseTung CRISTINA DE MIDDEL Archive of Modern Conflict & RM Verlag
Periscope. JOSE DINIZ Editora Madalena
Photobooks: Spain 1905-1977 RM/Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofía
Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. ELEANOR MACNAIR Macdonald Strand/Photomonitor
Printed in Germany. CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS Walther Konig
Reenactment MSf. ARWED MESSMER (Ed) Hatje Cantz
SPBH book club volume VII. LUCAS BLALOCK SPBH
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library
Speedway. MARTINA HOOGLAND IVANOW Livraison
Sudden Flowers. ERIC GOTTESMAN Fishbar
Taxonomy of a Landscape. VICTORIA SAMBUNARIS Radius
Testament. CHRIS HONDROS powerHouse Books
The Catalogue Box Verlag Kettler/The PhotoBook Museum
The Oldest Living Things in the World. RACHEL SUSSMAN The University of Chicago Press
The Plot Thickens. JEFFREY FRAENKEL (Ed) Fraenkel Gallery
Them. ROSALIND FOX SOLOMON Mack
Tsugaru. ICHIRO KOJIMA Izu Photo Museum/NOHARA
Typology. 1979 JOACHIM BROHM Mack
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found. JOHN MALOOF Harper Collins Design
Woman With a Monkey- Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs.JUSTYNA MIELNIKIEWICZ Self-Published

(2 votes)
10×10 Japanese Photobooks. MATTHEW CARSON, MICHAEL LANG, RUSSET LEDERMAN, OLGA YATSKEVICH (Editors), ICP
A Road Through Shore Pine. ROBERT ADAMS Fraenkel Gallery
Amelia and the Animals by Robin Schwartz Aperture
Amore e Piombo. TEAM EDITORIAL SERVICES Alinari/AMC
Anhill (meteorites). AUGUSTIN REBETEZ RVB Books
Araki Teller, Teller Araki. NOBUYOSHI ARAKI & JUERGEN TELLER Eyesencia and Match and Company
Bail Bond. CLARA VANNUCCI Fabrica
Becoming Simone. ALESSIA BERNARDINI Self published
Black is a Matter of Taste THEO VAN DUSSELDORP Salvo-periodiek
Boiko. JAN BRYKCZYNSKI self-published
Bronx Boys. STEPHEN SHAMES University of Texas Press
Cairo Diary. PETER BIALOBRZESKI The Velvet Cell
Chizu (The Map). KIKUJI KAWADA Akio Nagasawa Publishing (reprint)
Close Your Eyes. GARETH MCCONNELL SPBH
Confessions for A Son. MCNAIR EVANS Owl & Tiger Books
Country Fictions. JUAN ABALLE Fuego Books
Dark Knees. MARK COHEN Éditions Xavier Barral and Le Bal
Dust. NADAV KANDER Hatje Cantz
Ebifananyi I – The Photographer Deo Kyakulagira. ANDREA STULTIENS YdocPublishing_HIPUganda
El porqué de las naranjas. RICARDO CASES Mack
Entre Entree. STEPHAN KEPPEL Fw Books
Esto ha sido (This Has Been). LUIS WEINSTEIN Self-published
Everything Will Be OK. ALBERTO LIZARALDE Self-published
Evidence. DIANA MATAR Schilt Publishing
Garry Winogrand. Yale University Press
Go There. GEN SAKUMA Roshin books
Going Home. MUGE Yanyou Di Yuan
Here and Now: Atomic bomb artifacts. MIYAKO ISHIUCHI PPP Editions
Horst: Photographer of Style. HORST Skira Rizzoli
Imaginary Club. OLIVER SIEBER GwinZegal and BöhmKobayashi
Inventio. YANN HAEBERLIN Self-published
Invisible Maps. ANDRZEJ KRAMARZ Muzeum w Gliwicach / Czytelnia Sztuki
Islands of the Blest. BRYAN SCHUTMAAT & ASHLYN DAVIS (Editors) Silas Finch
James Karales Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library
Karaoke Sunne. JH ENGSTRÖM & MARGOT WALLARD Super Labo
L.A., 1971. ANTHONY HERNANDEZ Silas Finch
Lakes and Reservoirs. MATTHEW BRANDT Damiani
Leon Levinstein Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library
Lessons in Posing Subjects. ROBERT HEINECKEN Triangle books and Wiels
Lipadusa. CALOGERO CAMMALERI Fabrica
Lost and Found Project: After the Japanese Tsunami MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI Akaaka
Love on the Left Eye. NOBUYOSHI ARAKI Taka Ishii Gallery
Maydan – Hundred Portraits. ÉMERIC LHUISSET André Frère Éditions
Melting Away. CAMILLE SEAMAN Princeton Architectural Press
Memory City. ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB Radius Books
Miklos Klaus Rosz. CHRISTOF NEUSSLI & CHRISTOPH OESCHGER Cpress
Mujercitos. SUSANA VARGAS & CUAUHTÉMOC MEDINA (editors) RM
Namekuji Soshi Gaiden. MASAHITO AGAKE Sokyu-sha
Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk. CHRIS STEIN Rizzoli
Negatives are Stored. VLADYSLAV KRASNOSHCHOK Riot books
Object Matter. ROBERT HEINECKEN Museum of Modern Art
On a Wet Bough. KELIY ANDERSON Staley Waltz Books
One road. KAZUO KITAI Zen Foto gallery
Pandora’s Camera. JOAN FONTCUBERTA (Essays) Mack
Pastoral/Moscow Suburbs. ALEXANDER GRONSKY Contrasto
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography PETER BARBERIE (Editor) Yale University Press
Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990 JEAN-PIERRE LAFFONT Glitterati
Photoshow. ALESSANDRA MAURO (Editor) Contrasto Books
Pigeons. STEPHEN GILL Nobody
Portraits. MARTIN SCHOELLER teNeues
Purity. DAVID MAGNUSSON Max Ström
Random and Pointless. ED TEMPLETON Deadbeat Club Press
Shot at Dawn. CHLOE DEWE MATHEWS Ivorypress
Soviet bus stops. CHRISTOPHER HERWIG Self-published
Stigma. ADAM LACH Self-published
Still. KASIA KLIMPEL self-published
Strange Paradise. CHARLIE RUBIE Conveyor Editions
Studio 54 TOD PAPAGEORGE Stanley/Barker Editions
Syria Al-Assad. OLIVER HARTUNG Spector Books
The Big Book. W. EUGENE SMITH University of Texas Press
The Day the Dam Collapses. HIROSHI WATANABE Daylight Books
The Random Series. MIGUEL ÁNGEL TORNERO RM
The Return. ADRAIN CHESSER & TIMOTHY WHITE EAGLE Daylight Books
The United States 2003-2013. MOSSLESS MAGAZINE
This Equals That. JASON FULFORD & TAMARA SHOPSIN Aperture
This Year’s Model. GO ITAMI Rondade
Topographies. MONICA URSINA JAGER Kodoji Press
Touching Strangers. RICHARD RENALDI Aperture
Transition. LAUREN MARSOLIER Kerber
Veramente. GUIDO GUIDI Mack
Vertigo. DAISUKE YOKOTA Newfave
Vienna MMix 10008/7000. JULES SPINATSCH Scheidegger and Spiess
Walker Evans: The Magazine Work WALKER EVANS & DAVID CAMPANY (Editor)

4 Comments

  1. Alvin Langdon Coburn says:

    Thanks for doing this. I’m sure photobook collectors around the world refer to your “meta-lists.”

  2. Patricia Baker-Cassidy says:

    Paddy Summerfield’s “Mother And Father” was listed in THREE Best Photo Books of 2014 articles:
    Sean O’Hagan for The Observer/ Guardian
    Cheryl Newman In The Telegraph 22nd December

    World Photography Organisation Magazine Top of 2014

    links (in order):
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/07/best-photography-books-2014
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/11304547/My-favourite-photo-books-of-2014.html
    http://www.joomag.com/magazine/the-magazine/0699469001415897573?short

    As I collaborated in the production of this book, I’m keen to see it has due recognition.
    Can you emend your list?
    Thanks

    Patricia Baker-Cassidy

    • QT Luong says:

      Thanks for pointing out to the WPO list. It wasn’t tallied in the previous update since it wasn’t part of Photolia’s lists and I wasn’t aware of it. I’ve added it as part of today’s update, and also shared it with Photolia. Incidentally, it is the most “esoteric” list this year, meaning that with the exception of one title, none of its selections appear in any other list.

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