Mack has had another strong year in 2012: they seem to be on most people’s best books of the year lists with Elementary Calculus, Another Language, Lick Creek Line or The Present. One of their recent books has become a personal favourite: Jason Evans’s NYLPT. I knew Evans mostly for his colour work, so this book of B&W multiple exposures from New York, London, Paris and Tokyo came as a bit of a surprise. Like its cover, the book is delightfully straightforward, a series of randomly layered street exposures that reflect the way that expectation blends with reality in our experience of the city. This could have been a sprawling mess, but his visual style works perfectly for this approach. The book also is a really enjoyable and unfussy object: I particularly liked the simple touch of the facing page for each image progressing from black to white as you flick through the pages. (For a man that has a website called The New Scent it’s also appropriate that this book smells inky-great).
Forget about the Olympics. There is a great new exhibition now up in London at the Photographers’ Gallery on Contemporary Japanese Photobooks. Curated by Ivan Vartanian and Jason Evans, this is the first photobook exhibition I have heard of where you are actually encouraged to touch the books. They’ve also done a great tumblr for the exhibition with a list of all the photographers and books, and a discussion section so you can share your love for the Japanese photobook.