Redheaded Peckerwood Book

Redheaded Peckerwood is Christian Patterson’s second book; a body of photographs, documents and objects that utilizes the underlying narrative of a true crime story as a spine.

MACK, 2011
Hardcover, printed paper over board
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (19 x 24 cm)
164 pages, 98 images, 3 inserts and 1 booklet
Essays by Luc Sante and Karen Irvine
First and second editions SOLD OUT
Third edition OUT OF PRINT


The Photobook: A History, Volume III

The Photobook: A History, Volume III

Featured in The Photobook: A History, Volume III, the final volume of Gerry Badger and Martin Parr’s curated selection of more than 200 photography books dating from World War II to the present day. (PDF)

Winner of the 2012 Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award

Nominee for 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award


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The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The International Center of Photography, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY