I can't claim that this is entirely due to the notorious "TOP effect," but Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door is now the #1 Bestseller on Amazon in its category.
Hey, we're at least helping....
P.S. I'm trying not to buy books these days (no room), but I broke down and ordered it....
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Question from struan: "Morell is fantastic. So much intelligence and wit in his work, as well as a refined appreciation for form. The domestic still lives ('Home' on his website) are masterpieces of observation.
"For the impecunious photobook buyer, how does the new exhibition catalogue compare to the 2005 Phaidon book, both in terms of coverage and quality of printing and design?"
Ken Tanaka replies: "I do not own the 2005 book Abelardo Morell published by Phaidon and have only briefly browsed it once so I cannot compare it to this book. But I can say that Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door is as about as good as it gets as a photo book. There must be a pound of ink in every volume. The book's plates, both B&W and color, have an excellent fidelity to the actual prints. This must have been no small feat as many of Abe's prints are far from straight-forward.
Additionally, Elizabeth Siegel's long relationship with Abe and his family informs her essay to make it a special read with keen observations. I cannot imagine anyone interested in Abe's work would be disappointed with this catalog. And I also expect it to become very expensive when the tour ends and primary stock runs out.
Jack: "struan, I own the 2005 book which is a treasure. Elizabeth's book is even better."
struan responds: "Ken, Jack, thanks for the replies. It's easy to get precious about photobooks, but I usually have to buy sight unseen, and a personal recommendation is worth a lot. I think it's great that there are two books on Morell available—if only because catalogues do tend to rapidly become both scarce and unaffordable once the show ends."