The best photography books of 2016

By Sean O'Hagan

From amateur Chinese aeronauts to geriatric Finnish athletes, the best of this year's photobooks blended intimacy with universal themes

Halpern spent six years working on ZZYZX, often travelling to locations in California he picked at random from Google Maps. Named after a village on the edge of the Mojave desert in San Bernardino County, ZZYZX heightens the sense of unreality outsiders often detect in LA. As the veteran documentary photographer Chris Killip noted, Halpern has dramatically fractured “the sanctified cliched reverence” of traditional American landscape photography. In doing so, he has created a place both real and metaphorical, familiar yet alien. Read review here

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