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Saturday 29 November 2014

The Ten Best Photobooks

1. Rose, c'est Paris, By Bettina Rheims 
Surrealism, confused identity and obsession colour this survey of the seamy side of the French capital. Not one for your granny.
£44.99, taschen.co.uk
1. Rose, c'est Paris, By Bettina Rheims
Surrealism, confused identity and obsession colour this survey of the seamy side of the French capital. Not one for your granny.
£44.99, taschen.co.uk
2. The Jazz Loft Project, By Eugene Smith (2nd ed)
If you're into jazz, then you'll want to get your hands on the new edition of this book which traces the New York scene from the early Fifties to mid Sixties, and is packed with intimate images of all the jazz greats.
£24.75, knopf.knopfdoubleday.com
3. America by Car, By Lee Friedlander
Friedlander used his car as a photographic device when he set off to cross the US, using his rear and sideview mirrors as a picture frame to record the country's odd and eccentric roadside world.
£39.95, artbook.com
4. Nan Goldin
Nan Goldin's work deals with all the big issues (think violence, sex and addiction) so can often be quite challenging to get into. However, this book has a short essay with each picture to help guide the reader into Goldin.
£7.95, phaidon.co.uk
5. Portraits, By Fazal Sheikh
For two decades, Fazal Sheikh criss-crossed the world's troublespots inviting individuals to sit for portraits, and created a stunning visual testament to nobility and grace against the odds.
£42, steidlville.com
6. The Ruins of Detroit, By Yves Marchand
Detroit, the great motor city, has long been a byword for noble decay and no one has caught its haunting desolation like Yves Marchand. A stunning piece of work.
£78, steidlville.com
7. Human and Animal Locomotion, By Eadweard Muybridge
Muybridge was the first person to recognise the potential for photography to convey movement, speed and vitality and produced a plethora of fabulous images of man and beast racing around
£44.99, taschen.com
8. Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967
Not just an actor, Hopper was also an accomplished photographer, and documented some of the most intriguing moments of the Sixties - everything from film sets to protest marches - with his pocket-sized Leica.
£44.99, taschen.co.uk
9. Street Photography Now, By Sophie Howarth
This fun book celebrates the work of street photographers across the world, and their uncanny ability to make the everyday beautiful.
£29.95,thameshudson.co.uk
10. Reuters: Our World Now 4
Whether it's natural disasters, wars, famines or showbiz parties, you'll usually find a Reuters photographer somewhere in view. This book documents the world's travails in 2010.
£10, thameshudson.co.uk

From striking images of war to seductive pictures of Paris, street-savvy style snaps to sad shots of derelict Detroit, these new volumes of art photography have it all.

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