Here at the American Photo offices we’re rounding up new photo books for our annual books issue (slated for Jan/Feb 2008). This year we can’t help but notice a couple of new “titles” — and we mean that literally.
One intriguing title: Everybody I Shot is Dead. This is a visual memoir by music photographer Deborah Chesher, with anecdotes images of a varied group of deceased stars including George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Tammy Wynette, Albert Collins, John Bonham, Terry Kath, and John Denver. Due in late fall and apparently self-published (the imprint is Chesher Cat Prods, $60, to be available at this Website) the book includes more than 400 previously unseen photographs of its mostly famous subjects. Chesher has also worked with still-living stars like Van Morrison, Elton John, and Tom Waits…but they aren’t included — that would really mess up the book’s title, n’est-ce pas?