Q. What, in your view, do photo books contribute to the culture of photography?
A gallery is easy to walk through. It’s easy to glance at and sometimes dismiss things. It’s easy to miss something, to misunderstand something, or to not give something the time it deserves or requires.
A photobook pauses the reader. While looking at a book – even if flicking or simply browsing through it – it is difficult not to be caught by something; not to be drawn in. A book can be picked up again the next day, week, year and so on. It’s always there, it isn’t ephemeral; it has a lasting effect. A book offers people time to consider, time to learn and some privacy. Books are personal things. I don’t think there’s a simple answer to what they contribute to photographic culture but I think they encourage learning in many ways.