I gave a talk at PB Labs last week, that's the Bristol Photobook group that has sprung up in the last few years and is doing great things - including being involved in the Bristol Photobook Festival this coming June.
The talk I gave was on the mechanics of the photobook, on how page design can integrate with the design of a book and was for a really lovely and knowledgeable audience. A few examples I brought in were Macquenoise by Pierre Liebaert, The Altogether by Chris Coekin and the Miss Titus Becomes a Regular Army Mac by Melinda Gibson.
I didn't show Amc2 journal issue 8, the latest publication from the Archive of Modern Conflict because I only got it on Saturday. But it would have fitted right in - it's gorgeous as an object in its own right, feels lovely in the hand and the design is not at all conceited. It ties in with the pictures that are contained in the charcoal black fan - studio images from China (collected by Thomas Sauvin) that encapsulate the last 70 years or so of Chinese dress and it comes in fan form, all encased in a toxic yellow perspex box.
It's gorgeous and it's supposed to be gorgeous. There's a point there. It's enjoyable to look at and it's enjoyable to hold. I feel like I'm on the verge of going all Swiss Toni here so I'd better stop... but you get the point.