Much Anticipated Second Volume of the Story of Photographythrough the History of the Photobook; Compiled by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger "The Photobook: A History, Volume I, by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, isthe most important contribution to the field since modern histories ofphotography began to appear in the early twentieth century.We can be surethat this book, and its forthcoming second volume, will lead the way torevitalization of thinking and publishing in the field.It dwarfs previouspublications in both its scope and the information it provides."(Photo-Eye, December 2004) More photobooks are being published now than ever.For most photographers,this format is the ideal vehicle to present their work and communicatetheir vision to a mass audience.While the history of photography is awell-established canon, much less critical attention has been devoted tothis alternative history of the medium through the pages of the photobookFollowing the critically acclaimed first volume, THE PHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY:VOLUME II, co-edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, brings the mostcomprehensive illustrated history of the photobook fully up to date. Featuring over 200 photobooks, this lush survey offers a fresh approach tophotographic history and is a celebration of the medium's diversity. Broadly thematic in structure, each chapter features an introductory easyfollowed by detailed discussion of the individual photobooks alongsideimages of the book covers and spreads. While the first volume stressed the subjective nature of the history of themedium and how that history was molded by the influences of curators andhistorians, the second volume brings a new perspective from the viewpointof the photographer and the editor.A secret web of influences andinterconnections between photographers and photographic movements aroundthe world is revealed producing a global network of ideas.Spanning from Edouard Baldus's magnificent book for the Paris-Lyons RailwayCompany of 1861 to Stephen Shore's American Surfaces of 2005, thedevelopment of photography in its published form is the main focus.THEPHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY: VOLUME II is a chronicle of contemporary life,covering key artistic genres, including The American Photobook, TheEuropean Photobook, The Artist's Photobook and The Company Photobook. Gerry Badger explains the narrative function this unique format provides,"The photobook has become a worldwide phenomenon as practitioners of allcultures look to photography as a means of understanding the world aroundthem."The books that fill the pages of this magnificent volume havedefined photography, telling us just as much about the history of themedium as the history of the world.THE PHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY: VOLUME II isan indispensable resource.