FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST: Lost Coast
TBW Books, Oakland, CA, 2016
Designed by Paul Schiek and Lester Rosso
Lost Coast is an investigation of the everyday life and ethos of the residents of Eureka, California, seen with clarity and authenticity by photographer Curran Hatleberg. The work is a compelling distillation of several well-known iterations of the photographed American social landscape, alluding to industrial decline and underlying tension while still expressing the peculiar beauty of the human condition. In the classic vein of photobook-making, this book contains a strong body of photographs, presented in a tried-and-true style: in clean, well-paced, carefully selected pairings, with spare text and graphics. “At a moment when there is great concern for design, this is a very tempered approach: a clean, minimal presentation that allows the viewer to engage with the content of the photographs in a direct and unfettered way,” observes Senf.