The photograph found a home in the book before it won for itself a place on the gallery wall. Only a few years after the birth of photography, the publication of Henry Fox Talbot's "The Pencil of Nature" heralded a new genre in the history of the book, one in which the photograph was the primary vehicle of expression and communication, or stood in equal if sometimes conflicted partnership with the written word. In this book, practicing photographers and writers across several fields of scholarship share a range of fresh approaches to reading the photobook, developing new ways of understanding how meaning is shaped by an image's interaction with its text and context and engaging with the visual, tactile and interactive experience of the photobook in all its dimensions. Through close studies of individual works, the photobook from fetishised objet d'art to cheaply-printed booklet is explored and its unique creative and cultural contributions celebrated.
The Authors Picture Credits (images and captions to come) Aknowledgements Introduction by Patrizia Di Bello and Shamoon Zamir Graham Smith, H. Fox Talbot's 'Scotch Views' for Sun Pictures in Scotland (1845) Shamoon Zamir, 'Art-Science': The North American Indian (1907-30) as Photobook Mick Gidley, E. O. Hoppe, Autobiography, and Cultural Moments (1927) David Campany, Recalcitrant Intervention: Walker Evans' Pages Patrizia Di Bello, Sculpture, Photograph, Book: The Sculptures of Picasso (1949) Ian Walker, A Kind of a "Huh?": The Siting of Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962) Liz Wells, Beyond the exhibition - from catalogue to photobook Annebella Pollen, 'The book the nation is waiting for': One Day for Life (1987)David Evans, A Spectre is Leaving Europe (1990): Appropriation in post-communist photobooksColette Wilson, The Photobook as Object of Memory and Nostalgia: Carlos Freire and Robert Sole's Alexandrie l'Egyptienne (1998)Paul Castro, The Eye of the Lens and the Feet of the Photographer: Eduardo Gageiro's Lisboa no Cais da Memsria (2003) Gabriel Koureas, Orhan Pamouk's Melancholic Narrative and Fragmented Photographic Framing - Istanbul: Memories of a City (2005)Select Bibliography (Index to follow)