— 10×10 Photobooks

About selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:

Obviously both Alec and I really love photobooks, and we’re both pretty avid collectors. There have been so many incredible books made over the time period we had to choose from, but unfortunately a lot of those are difficult to find and even more expensive to acquire. And since we’re both committed to the… I don’t know, I guess I’ll say democratic possibilities of the form, we spent a lot of time looking for great work that was also still accessible, affordable, and –at least in our opinions– overlooked. It was an interesting challenge, and fun to revisit so many old favorites.

Highlights from Soth and Zellar’s selection:

Darin Mickey. Stuff I Gotta Remember Not to Forget. (Atlanta: J+L Books, 2007).
Edition of 1000; 20 x 27 cm. (48 pp).

photo 1 (15) photo 2 (16) photo 3 (12)

Birney Imes and Richard Ford. Juke Joint. (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1990).
27 x 29 cm. (108 pp).

photo 1 (18) photo 3 (15) photo 2 (19)

Chris Verene. Family. (Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 2010).
33 x 28 cm. (120 pp).

Alec Soth is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004. Since then Soth has published over a dozen books including Dog Days, Bogotá (2007), The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Brad Zellar has worked as a writer and editor for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as for both regional and national magazines. He is the author of Suburban World: The Norling PhotosThe 1968 ProjectConductors of the Moving World, and House of Coates. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, The American Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association, as well as a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, and he has been a groundskeeper at a minor league baseball stadium, worked on a National Park Service trail crew in Maine, and co-owned a used bookstore in Minneapolis.