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Current design and photography books

I like to keep a pile of books handy on my livingroom sideboard. New or worth a revisit. These are the ones are the current beauties keeping me inspired and interested.

  • Maus by Art Spiegelman. I’m late to Maus and not sure why I waited so long. Half way through it now. Wow it’s good.
  • People by Blexbolex. I bought this is the children’s section in my local book shop, Little Apple Books, York. Not sure what the kids think of the dead body, demon and executioner. I love it.
  • The Specialist by Charles Sale. I found this a few months ago in a charity shop. It took me a while to realise it was the story of a outhouse carpenter. Beautifully illustrated by William Kermode
  • Space Race by Tom Clohosy Cole. Nobrow can do no wrong. I love the concertina format and story through bold illustration.
  • Bricks and Brickwork by The Brick Development Association in 1974. I found this at my Mum’s at Christmas. An old architecture book that belonged to my Dad at the period when he was most inspired by his profession.
  • Passages by Mark Steculorum. I picked this up in a supercool bike shop in Bruges last year. The photographs document crowds that gather to watch cycling in the spring.
  • New York Drawings Adrian Tomine. A decade of Tomine’s illustrations mostly for The New Yorker. It includes some great comic strips based on his life.
  • Wilder Mann by Charles Freger I’m a fan of collections and also photos that document and become a collection (think Bernd and Hilla Becher) Freger documents the costumes of people that traditionally dress as the ‘savage’. Beautifully photographed in a lovely designed book.
  • The Pot Book Edmund De Waal. My brother bought a copy for my aunt, who is a potter. It’s so good went out and bought myself a copy.
  • Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. Spotted this one at Page 45 in Nottingham. It’s next on the pile to read, I’m looking forward to it.

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