Luc Chessex

The library keeps on giving and a ‘new’ book often emerges from the open and accessible stacks. This is a wonderful booklet from a Venezuelan gallery/publisher  Fototeca from May 1978 with work from the extraordinary photographer Luc Chessex. The book is designed by the enigmatic designer Alvaro Sotillo (the designer of the classic Retromundo by… Continue reading Luc Chessex

‘The Americans List’ and some things you cannot buy at the store

| Photography & Photographers |  "What is your knock-out favorite image of the 83 of Robert Frank's The Americans ?".  Straight and spooky question, right? And engaging enough, to start a funny, sometime intellectual, but most important, passionate journey through the various answers of so many photographers around the globe, all collected in a book.… Continue reading ‘The Americans List’ and some things you cannot buy at the store

Delpire & Co.

A quick search of the International Center of Photography Library’s online catalogue using the keyword “Delpire” reveals 26 entries. Another search using “Photo Poche” reveals 34 entries. The frequency with which these two terms appear in the catalogue’s database only hints at the influence that curator, editor and publisher Robert Delpire has had on photography… Continue reading Delpire & Co.


Fathers Day is the third Sunday of June. Here is a sampling on photobooks relating to Father. Ray’s a laugh by Richard Billingham R TR681.F28 B55 1996 “This book is about my close family. My father Raymond is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn’t like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew. My mother Elizabeth hardly drinks… Continue reading Father

Flag Day

Thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing fifty small white, five pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. .The American photobook that features the American flag on the cover… Continue reading Flag Day

A small selection of Photobooks from those damp little islands

There is this group of islands off the coast of northern Europe – roughly divided into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – where sometimes it is extremely beautiful and sometimes it is merely compelling in it's bland ordinariness. At other times these islands are bleak and gritty and yet still other times they are mysterious… Continue reading A small selection of Photobooks from those damp little islands

The Photo League

The Photo League vertical file, new to the ICP Library, contains charmingly hand-lettered, illustrated announcements and invitations as well as press clippings, course brochures, letters to members, and other ephemera outlining the history of this significant cooperative of socially-minded photographers based in New York in the 1930s and ’40s. The Photo League was founded in… Continue reading The Photo League