Jeff Mermelstein is a photographer who has published two books of his own including Sidewalk and my favorite No Title Here. Jeff and I email almost on a weekly basis about photobooks and I know he has wonderful taste in books. Here are his picks for the 13 Best Books of 2008, not in any particular order.
1. Drive. Andrew Bush. Yale University Press.
2. Pretend You're Actually Alive. Leigh Ledare. PPP Editions.
3. Bird. Roni Horn. Steidl/Hauser & Wirth.
4. Helen Levitt. Helen Levitt. powerHouse.
5. A Road Trip Journal. Stephen Shore. Phaidon.
6. Bill Wood's Business. Bill Wood. Steidl/ICP.
7. The Solitude of Ravens. Masahisa Fukase. Hysteric Glamour.
8. New Mexico. Lee Friedlander. Radius.
9. Anna Fox Photographs 1983 - 2007. Anna Fox. Photoworks.
10. William Eggleston Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1958 - 2008. Sussman, Weski ...
11. Primal Elegance. Larry Fink. Lodima Press.
12. American Sports, 1970. Tod Papageorge. Aperture.
13. The Americans. Robert Frank. Steidl.