Book Shelf: Collectionneuse

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THE ILLUSTRATED CITY No. 9

NYC: FAVORITE BOOKSTORE

I recently made a visit to one of my favorite places here in the city, Clic Bookstore & Gallery. I literally jumped up when they showed me that Steidl just published a new book of Seydou Keïta's work. I had been wanting a Keïta book for the longest time but they are really rare to come by and super pricey when you do find one. Steidl's book is an intense 412 pages with full bleed large scale mostly unpublished photographs and a patterned clothbound hardcover with tipped-in photos. I didn't have to think twice about taking this one home.

 It's always nice to go into a store where they know you and what you like. I first started visiting Clic a few years ago when it was just a very tiny one room outpost on Lafayette. What made me want to shop there was not because of the amazing selection of books but because of the friendly attentiveness of the shopkeeper, Gilou. So I am happy that the bookstore moved into a much larger and airer space on Centre Street because it's such a great store. Gilou and the gentleman who is also usually always there couldn't be any nicer and helpful, happy to show you what new books have come in. 

They have helped me pick out the perfect books for myself and as gifts, like helping me get a signed Patrick Demarchelier book with the signature written out to Andrew or introducing me to a Pieter Hugo book; which I blogged about a few years ago and which I had no idea about. At the time, the Pieter Hugo book was a tiny investment at fifty bucks and is now worth upwards to a grand since it's currently out of print. This has happened with several of the Photography Books we've collected over the years.

So now we've become avid book collectors of sorts, Photography Books are the most valuable of books that you can collect and it's very easy to start a collection. I've found it much more rewarding than being my usual clothes collecting self. Even if you get a book you genuinely love, it doesn't matter if it increases in value or not.

 

Here's a great article on the value of collecting Photography Books

Now our pet project has become finding the right bookshelf to fit all of these books!