Just republished—one of the all-time great photo books, the book that made Josef Koudelka's reputation—Gypsies.
I hadn't intended to buy this because I already have the original. But Stan B. writes to tell me that I need it anyway. He says the reproduction in the new edition is far superior to the original, and that there are many (49) new pictures—the added photos every bit as good as the 'first batch,' according to him.
Discount for hyperbole if you must, allowing for the fact that Koudelka ranks #1 among my all-time favorite photographers in the World ever; but this is as close to a must-have as photo books get. I'm sure I will have more to say about the new edition, and how it compares to the original, after my copy arrives.
I would say his best book is this one, but good luck getting that.
The new Gypsies is from Steidl, so Steidlimbo* looms. You have been warned.
(Thanks to Stan)
* Steidl has only one press and runs it around the clock. When editions sell out, they have to await their turn for reprinting, and sometimes that never happens. Availability is therefore always dicey with Steidl titles. Sometimes there are plenty of copies; sometimes there just aren't. Sometimes there aren't for a while and then there are; sometimes the opposite. You just can never be sure.
For example, it appears that Ernst Haas: Color Correction, which we were talking about just the other day, has already entered Steidlimbo. Possibly helped along by us, I must admit.
UPDATE: To clarify—the new Gypsies is being published by Aperture in the U.S. and Thames & Hudson in the U.K., but in both cases it's printed by Steidl at Number 4 Düstere Strasse in Göttingen, which in turn means that the hazard of potential Steidlimbo pertains. Sorry for any confusion I caused by not making this clear earlier.
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Featured Comment by Mark Seel: "If you like Gypsies, you should check out 'The New Gypsies' by Iain McKell. These travelers are from the British Isles, but they look pretty authentic. Interesting stuff from an up-and-coming photographer."
Featured Comment by Kirk Tuck: "Absolutely my favorite documentary photographer of all time. I love Gypsies and will buy this edition just because I've worn out the previous one. Good call. Thanks for the heads up."