Interesting Photobooks for 2017 selection by TPBJ staff
This weekend we were treated with a little surprise as we received notice that this photobook website was selected as one of the top twenty photobook sites on the web. Okay, not bad! Then I read a little further and found out that not only are we in the top twenty, we were ranked #1! Wowzerrrr!!
The group (blog.feedspot) performing the data analytics apparently perform their analysis for different kinds of interest groups on the web and apparently when they decided to analyze photobooks, there we were. And apparently they really liked what they found. Nice!
Others photobook sites also included in the top twenty were #2 photobookstore magazine (bookstore), #3 photo-eye magazine (bookstore), #6 Collector Daily (bookstore), #7 Zookbinder (binder company), #8 Bildersturm (Thomas Schulz, book blogger, Germany, who also has a photozine blog Bildstorung, not on the list), #9 Snapfish (Print on Demand supplier), #10 My Canvas (Print on Demand supplier), #12 Elizabeth Avedon (blogger), #13 The Independent Photobook (blogger), #14 10×10 Photobooks (blogger, book publisher), #15 The Angry Bat’s Nice Photobooks (Matej Sitar, blogger). An interesting mix, but really only a few independent photobook bloggers like us.
Of course, this is interesting and a nice pat on the back, but really this site is supported by the readers, and of course the photographers whose books and publication we feature in conjunction with their publishers. Nevertheless, a very nice honor.
Also news, we have increased our social media coverage as we work towards a revised format. So in addition to our primary social media on Facebook (@thephotobookjournal) and LinkedIn, we now have as of the first of this year:
So join our expanding party as we continue to look at, examine and discuss contemporary photobooks.
Congratulations – well deserved! Not to take any shine off your excellent work, their selection is as you say ‘an interesting mix’ in including print-on demand sites, and strangely does not include the likes of Asia-Pacific Book Archive https://photobookarchive.com.
Thanks!! I agree with your observation and apparent that they did not focus on fine art and contemporary, but rather web data and analysis. I would have thought there would be a lot more of the work done by contemporary photographic bloggers, such as the Asia-Pacific Book Archive. Likewise Asia and native language blogs, e.g. French, etc are not represented at all and I suspect that it was English language driven.
Congratulations.. Such an honour for my book Ballenesque to be one of your books selected by you to be reviewed
Roger, thanks and it was a pleasure to review this photobook and your background as your work continues to evolve. I think watching you sign your books at Photo Independent last spring and you how you created your very unique and individualized inscribed creations provided a small insight into your artistic practice.