Large format photography books published in 2009

Compiled by Q.-Tuan Luong, part of the books section of

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Richard Renaldi: Fall River Boys B&W large-format portraiture at its best, a study of young men at a cross-road in their lives, taken over the course of nine years in a non-descript town
Raimond Wouda: School Photographs of flicking moments of social interaction between students reveal order within chaotic groups, using a rich description that includes a wealth of expressions, gestures, details, structures, and color arrangements.
Lukas Felzmann: Waters In Between Multivariate explorations of a California Central Valley marsh landscape, and the role that waters have played in shaping it.
Chen Jiagang: The Great Third Front The title refers to a period in China's history when it relocated many of its strategic resources further inland to make them safer. Those huge industrial structures are now abandonned. Their massive scale is contrasted with a few small female figures. Although it shares a lot with Third Front (2008), the differences are a more panoramic format, and the elimination of all non-fictional images.
Andreas Gursky: Works 80-08 The closest to a catalogue raisonne, this is the most complete survey of Gursky's career, reaching back to his days at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf with the Bechers.
Robert Adams: Denver Revised edition of a New Topographics classic, part of a trilogy including What we bought (also re-issued this year) and the better known The New West (reprint 2008). The survey New Topographics will probably be worth checking out.
Simon Roberts: We English Tableaux depicting bawdiness and eccentricity of English people at leisure as specks in the sweet and vast land, in a warm manner informed by paintings
Sally Mann: Proud Flesh Sally Mann resumes her intimate look at family, turning the camera towards her husband, but now using the wet-plate techniques that she introduced in What Remains.
Mitch Epstein: American Power The three different meanings of the word "Power" are linked in a work that interogates, by clever juxtapositions, the relationship between society, landscape, and politics, with energy as the linchpin.
Edward Burtynsky: Oil The extraction, distribution, consumption, and declining availability of petroleum are explored through monumental compositions that link all the themes previously explored by Burtynsky.
Olaf Otto Becker: Above Zero Promises to be the follow-up to Broken Line, exploring the interior of the island. Worth keeping an eye for it, since Broken line was one of my favorites of 2007. The photographer traveled solo by boat to explore thousands of miles of the coast of Greenland, creating romantic 8x10 seascapes of ethereal beauty.

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