These books are my picks for the best books published in 2014, which I highly recommend to everyone. The visual documents in the ten books are more than the photographers’ personal investigation and research; they are also an expression of their inner thoughts, emotions and feeling, as well as being politically, historically, culturally and anthropologically relevant and diverse. The photographic record in the books symbolise the time and moments the photographers were passing through.
Taking on the role of storytellers when they work on the books, these photographers use other elements such as archival and found photos, documents, letters and papers together with the photos they have taken to best convey their visual story. So my best photobook selections for 2014 are based on the books that have successfully illustrated their story with photos and these visual elements.
Photobooks are a traditional recording medium in photography with its own set of limitations in its ability to illustrate a story. And yet these books offer a diverse, complex and multi-layered range of expressions, challenging the boundaries of the medium. I congratulate the photographers for helping me see things in a more structural and in-depth way.
Here are the 10 photobooks that I’ve selected based on my thoughts.
– TSUGARU BY ICHIRO KOJIMA (2014 published by by Izu Photo Museum and NOHARA.) **It was originally published in 1963 and reprinted in 2014.
– WOMAN WITH MONKEY CAUCASUS IN SHORT NOTES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY JUSTYNA MIELNIKIEWICZ
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. She is a founder of the REMINDERS PROJECT.