The Photobook: A History Volume III

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By Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Phaidon’s highly anticipated third (and final) edition in the Photobook series promises to be as aesthetically stunning as it is fascinating. The tome not only focuses on the relatively recent trend of photographers directing “the documentary approach towards more personal ends,” but also how this has affected viewers’ perceptions, relatability and even globalization. The authors highlight Pieter Hugo, whose “The Hyena & Other Men” project offered beautiful and neutral portraits, “giving his subjects a textual voice that describes their social invisibility in their own country.” A thought-provoking look at modern photo books for anybody interested in the medium and, indeed, themes of connectedness and universality.