Here are the best photography books of 2018

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John Moore / Getty Images

“As immigration becomes an increasingly important topic in American politics, John Moore’s visual reporting has become more vital than ever to understanding the realities of border security in the United States. “

—Gabriel H. Sanchez, Photo Essay Editor, BuzzFeed News

twins by Peter Zelewski (Hoxton Mini Press)

“Each of Zelewski’s portraits are accompanied by the twins’ own words about their relationships with each other, offering a unique perspective on what it’s like to grow up with someone who is identical to them.”

—SGH

“These images, taken in the 2000s at an anonymous Greek letters organization at the University of California at Berkeley, capture an intimate and at times disturbing look at the environment that shapes many of the leaders of tomorrow.”

—SGH

“In 100 years, through economic prosperity and decline, during times of conflict and peace, fashion photography has always sought to capture the ethics of popular culture, for better or for worse.

—SGH

“Often enough [Prager’s] the subjects are female, and the anxieties transferred to viewers are taken from her own life, yet fashioned in the lush, colorful LA-noir or melodramatic style of Hollywood’s most respected directors of the 1940s and ’50s.

—Laura Geiser, Senior Photo Editor, BuzzFeed News

“Focusing primarily on men, trans people, non-binary people and members of the LGBT community, Austin used the latest book in his Mini Beau Book series to shed light on the experience of trans men in the region. of the.”

—Neah Gray, Photo Intern, BuzzFeed News

H. Armstrong Roberts / Getty Images

“Francis Hodgson’s new book… sheds light on the cultural narrative of this architectural statement – which, in reality, if you think about it, is just a hole in the ground. For Hodgson, however, these ditches bear witness to human history.

—Anna Mendoza, Photo Editor, BuzzFeed Australia

WOMEN by Rineke Dijkstra (Walther König, Cologne)

Rineke Dijkstra / Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

“It is not at all an exaggeration to describe the work of the Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra as fascinating. Since the 1980s, [Dijkstra] captured striking photographs in a unique portraiture style all her own – at first calm and simplistic on the surface, slowly giving weight to the intricacies of posture, fashion and psyche.

—SGH

American fair … is an amazing perspective on the culture surrounding county fairs in the United States. Each image is a portrait of the heart of America and the centuries-old customs that have united communities for generations.

—SGH

“In 1985 and 1986, photographer David T. Hanson, with support from a Guggenheim Fellowship, captured stunning aerial views of man-made destruction at 67 Superfund sites in 45 states. … For the first time ever, Hanson’s work from all 67 sites will be published in full in the book Wasteland.

—LG

Sally Mann / Gagosian Gallery

“Sally Mann’s images of the southern United States are contextualized in words that run through our psyche as deeply as the photographs themselves. The pictures… are perhaps one of Mann’s most poignant works, focusing on areas of the United States plagued by violent racial histories. “

—SGH

“They have been called ‘flying rats’ and are often unwanted guests on a nice walk in the city. Needless to say, pigeons are a bird with a bad reputation. But for photographer Andrew Garn, pigeons are dazzlingly beautiful creatures who conquer enormous obstacles every day, surviving in often hostile urban environments.

—SGH

“At its heart, this series is a gloriously austere and magnificent exploration of light and color. Shiny black world, a new book by Todd Hido, is mostly devoid of humans, yet the photographer still manages to spark thoughts on the impact and longevity of humanity.

—Kate Bubacz, Deputy Director of Photography, BuzzFeed News

Paper promises: America’s first photograph looks back on the influence of early photographs in the United States and the many ways they shaped the country we know today.

—SGH

“Italian photographer Massimo Listri has spent his career capturing some of the most magnificent and unexpected interiors in the world. His signature style of large-scale, highly detailed images is most often shot without a single person in the frame, allowing viewers to fully immerse themselves in the magnitude of detail that each space offers.

—SGH

“For photographer George Rodriguez, Los Angeles is more than the place where he was born and raised – LA is a cultural mecca where Chicanos, or Mexican Americans, have mobilized their community to effect change and preserve their cultural heritage. . “

—SGH

Hip Hop Honeys by Brian Finke (powerHouse Books)

Brian Finke / Powerhouse Books

“Hip honey honeys highlights a cornerstone of contemporary culture: rap video. For three years, Brian Finke has been embedded behind the scenes of videos by artists such as Busta Rhymes, Kanye West and Jay-Z, focusing not on the musicians and their entourage, but rather on the women employed as extras. on the trays.

—SGH

Contact High / Penguin Random House

“Photography’s role in hip-hop history is prominent, offering a unique perspective on the charisma, style and arrogance of some of the greatest rappers to ever spit verse.”

—SGH

Where I am by Joel Meyerowitz (Laurence King Editions)

Courtesy and copyright of Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz: Where I am brings together his formidable archives to create a portrait not only of America during the 20th and early 21st centuries, but also of a prolific artist with a life of revolutionary work.

—SGH

Ali by Steve Schapiro (powerHouse Books)

Ali recounts the events of June 1963, when Schapiro was commissioned by Sports Illustrated to spend five days with a promising 21-year-old boxer by the name of Cassius Clay. The experience, captured in Schapiro’s photos, was a remarkable and revealing encounter with an American legend – not quite the Ali we think of today, but a young man on the road to being the greatest who ever existed.

—SGH

Estate of Vivian Maier / Howard Greenberg Gallery

“Maier, a Chicago nanny who has taken thousands of photos and never showed them to anyone, was totally unknown just over a decade ago and has since been propelled to international stardom as a documentary filmmaker by excellence of the Americana of the 20th century. A glance at these color images recently uncovered by Maier will reveal exactly what the hype is all about.

—SGH

Museum of the City of New York

“Through Kubrick’s early photographs, it’s clear that he had a knack for portraying a moment with just the right amount of tension and excitement. Like the first works of any master of their trade, Through a different lens will delight any fan of Kubrick’s work with a glimpse into how he learned to stop worrying and see. “

—LG

Cliff Wesselmann / Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press / Taschen

“The book, a compilation of photographs, newspaper clippings and other material, reveals that the popular genre of film noir of the 1940s and 1950s was fueled by real-world events experienced by writers and filmmakers living in the City of Angels. “

—LG

“Photographer-researcher Kyler Zeleny has collected lost Polaroid images from real estate sales, eBay and thrift stores and amassed over 6,000. … Although these images were lost or discarded along the way, he is clear that they once meant something, and now, with Zeleny’s help, they still do.

—LG

“There is a special warmth of nostalgia that permeates each of these incredible photographs of New York City in the 1960s. … Evelyn Hofner’s color images are scenes crystallized from tableaux vivants, rich in vibrancy and in tone.

—SGH


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