Photobooks of 2016: Rudi Thoemmes
2016 was in some ways a year to forget when it comes to new photobooks and I had to cheat a little to come-up with ten:
Krass Clement – Impasse Hotel Syria
The only truly outstanding photobook I have seen this year.
Moises Saman – Discordia
Elaborate production but it works
James O’Jenkins – Thatcher’s Funeral
Modest and unassuming, it hits the spot.
Gerry Johansson – Tokyo
The only surprise was that it was not published by Mack.
David Fathi – Wolfgang
Published by Skinnerboox, one of the better new publishers around.
Ken Grant – A Topical Times for These Times
Totally unbiased selection of course.
Wilhelm Schürmann – Das Nötig
Classic German book from 1990, unobtainable until a whole pile was discovered earlier this year and now back in circulation.
Henrik Malmstrom – A minor wrongdoing
Kominek published two titles by Henrik in 2015 but they only made it to Bristol this year.
Alejandro Cartagena – Rivers of Power
Annoying cover. Most reviewers preferred Santa Barbara, another Skinnerboox publication but we preferred this dark tale.
Horacio Fernandez – New York in Photobooks
Great addition to the reference shelf.
Rudi Thoemmes is a Publisher, Bookseller, and Organiser of Photobook Bristol
Images: top: Krass Clement – Impasse Hotel Syria, below: Horacio Fernandez – New York In Photobooks, Ken Grant – A Topical Times for These Times