Chronologies and big book books
I looked through Richard Misrach's new book from the Fraenkel Gallery the other day. It is massive, with exquisite reproductions, and is relatively inexpensive for it's size. The only drawback I see is the complete lack of an essay. I had to search even for the colophon.
It seems like photobooks, like the actual prints, are getting bigger and bigger. Meyrowitz's new book is huge. So is Polidori's. And while it is thin, Jem Southams Painter's Pool is too big for my shelf. It is like the publishers think there is endless amount of shelf space.
But, at the same time I'd like to think that Helmut saw it coming and said "HA! take THIS!" when he came out with Sumo.