101 Billionaires, Rob Hornstra (self-published by the photographer, no month of publication given)
Conversations with the Mob, Megan Lewis (University of Western Australia Press, 2008, no month given)
The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy, (W.W. Norton and Co., November) (U.K. link)
Notes: This year I've decided to be strict and limit the list to books actually published in 2008. This eliminates some books we featured and discussed in the past year such as Saul Leiter's Early Color. I think next year I'll loosen the criteria somewhat, to include slightly earlier publishing dates and books we either reviewed or featured on TOP within the year in question. But not this time. (But look for a "2007 Books We Missed" post in the next month or two. Or three.) If you're wondering about books that appear on everybody else's list but not on ours (such as Beaufort West): I haven't seen 'em, and I haven't seen enough of the work to be willing to wing a nomination (as I did above with Conversations with the Mob, for instance, brought to our attention by Paul Amyes). Because TOP might be thought of as a "educational" site rather than a purely art site, I have included selected technical books. I have also limited the list to books that cost $100 or less. Links are to the U.S. Amazon, with U.K. links in parentheses, or to the best source. Finally, I would have nominated The Oxford Project (published September 2008) but it appears to be already out of print.
Featured Comment by Katrina Fried, Associate Publisher, Welcome Books: "Hi Mike, I'm the publisher of The Oxford Project and I just wanted to let you know that the book is definitely still in print and easily available through Amazon, bn.com, most independent booksellers, or directly from us through our online store. I wonder where you saw or heard that it was out of print? Thank you sincerely for all the kind words you've posted about the book—it's voices like yours that have made it possible for The Oxford Project to find such a wide and embracing audience.
Mike replies: Thanks Katrina. I think that was my mistake—without realizing it, I must have been looking at Amazon U.K. where it is not listed as being available. Sorry!