An artist’s book in which the art is photo-based. Photographers have been collecting their pictures in books since photography was invented. The term photobook is a more recent construction, and can be defined as a book in which photographs make a significant contribution to the content, though the sequence and placement of images, their relationship to text, and the scale and materiality are also of utmost importance to the maker. Though it can be made up of preexisting individual artworks, a photobook is often intended as a cohesive artistic expression.
Ernest Cole’s House of Bondage: A Look at Apartheid in South AfricaAn image from Cole’s photobook bears witness to the hardships and injustices of life under apartheid, inspiring change and challenging the status quo.May 2, 2023
Our Favorite Photobooks of 2022MoMA’s annual celebration of photobooks returns with 10 standouts.Mar 21, 2023
Between Sound and Citation: Zora J Murff’s True ColorsFrom Currier and Ives to Kanye, complex histories, sources, and experiences inform the artist’s new photobook.Mar 2, 2022
Our Favorite Photobooks of 2021Find out which books made MoMA’s inaugural list.Nov 1, 2021
Now Is the Time to Read Photography BooksOn the occasion of National Photography Month, a curator looks back at some of MoMA’s classic photo publications.May 27, 2020