Photobooks, selected by Bryan Schutmaat

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Artist: Watabe Yukihi
Title: A Criminal Investigation
Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral
Year: 2011
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This beautiful book made quite a splash a couple years ago – and for good reason. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It’s the most cinematic of any photobook there is, vividly reminiscent of  Kurosawa’s Stray Dog and a number of movies by Jean Luc Godard. In addition, it is beautifully designed and printed – a wonderful object.

 

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Artist: Andrea Modica
Title: Treadwell
Publisher: Chronicle
Year: 1996
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I was late to catch the Treadwell train. An instructor of mine in grad school introduced me to this book only a couple of years ago, but it has quickly become a favorite. In the spirit of Gowin and Mann, Modica’s work is total fiction with a documentary voice. The photos are stunning. Such a surprising release from Chronicle.

 

Artist: Ron Jude
Title: Lick Creek Line
Publisher: MACK
Year: 2012
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Ron Jude is a bookmaker’s bookmaker. Enough has been said about Lick Creek Line and why it’s brilliant, so I’ll steal a quote from Ingmar Bergman that he used to praise Tarkovsky, which is how I feel about Ron: “I have hammered on the doors of the rooms in which he moves so naturally. Only a few times have I managed to creep inside.”

 

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Artist: Marc F. Wise
Title: Truck Stop
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Year: 1995
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One of my favorite photobooks is Truck Stop and it’s also one of the first I ever owned. It’s flawed but still has a place in my heart. It’s in the classic vein of American road trip photography, however I saw this book before I could tell you who Robert Frank or Stephen Shore even were, so it made a lasting impression on me and I’ve never stopped loving the wonderful photos within its pages.

Bryan Schutmaat is a Brooklyn based Photographer who has exhibited internationally and whose work has appeared in publications such as Hotshoe International, The Sunday Times Magazine, VICE, Bloomberg Businessweek and the New York Times.  

 

Published 31 May 2013