I was lucky enough to take part in the first Bristol Photobook Weekend last June. Hosted by Rudi Thoemmes from RRB photobooks and Martin Parr. This film The Photobook: A History was made the following day, and repeats some of what was discussed at Bristol. It refers mainly via the series of books of the same name, written by Parr and Badger, to the new history of photobooks that is being created but that as yet is under documented. It's well worth the 83 minutes it'll take you to watch it!
At some point I might expand on each volume of this book but there is a lot of that online already. I found it interesting to hear the nine elements Gerry Badger initially refers to, as a basis for volume three, each of which could be a basis for further research. Propaganda; protest; desire; society; place; conflict; memory and identity. The ninth is the medium itself, which to my mind enters into the 'artist's book'.
Martin Parr photographer and photobook collector, Gerry Badger critic photographer and architect, and Hannah Watson Director of Trolley Books, in conversation with Simon Baker Curator of photography and international art at Tate.http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1