Year in Review: Most Read Reviews of 2019

As we return to photography with a renewed spring in our step after the holiday break, we begin with a summarizing look back at 2019. For those who like a statistical list, here are the reviews, articles, and essays that received the most reader traffic on Collector Daily in 2019, in ranked order by subject.

To be clear, these are not our editorial choices for some measure of “best” or “most important” from the past year, but simply the sums of the raw viewership data drawn from our analytics software. Perhaps we can best think of these lists, and some of the surprises that they contain, as signposts to what our particular community found worth considering, sharing, and actively discussing in this past year. For historical context, the most read reviews from prior years can be found here (2018), here (2017), and here (2016).

Museums and Galleries (drawn from a total of 123 reviews)

  1. Photography in the Whitney Biennial 2019 @Whitney (here)
  2. Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now @Guggenheim (here)
  3. Alec Soth, I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating @Sean Kelly (here)
  4. Toshio Shibata, Five Decades @Laurence Miller (here)
  5. Roy DeCarava, Light Break, and Roy DeCarava, the sound i saw @David Zwirner (here)
  6. Hiroshi Sugimoto, Past Presence @Marian Goodman (here)
  7. Meghann Riepenhoff, Ecotone @Yossi Milo (here)
  8. Garry Winogrand, Color @Brooklyn Museum (here)
  9. Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey @Met (here)
  10. Susan Lipper: Domesticated Land 2012-2019 @Higher Pictures (here)

Photobooks (drawn from a total of 96 reviews)

  1. Guadalupe Rosales, Map Pointz (here)
  2. Robert Frank, Good Days Quiet (here)
  3. Jenia Fridlyand, Entrance to Our Valley (here)
  4. Bela Borsodi, Phytophile (here)
  5. Sohrab Hura, The Coast (here)
  6. Jorge Gronemeyer, Tarjeta Postal (here)
  7. Jono Rotman, Mongrelism (here)
  8. Dayanita Singh, Pothi Box (here)
  9. Cole Barash, Stiya (here)
  10. Tim Carpenter, Christmas Day, Bucks Pond Road (here)

Art Fairs, Auctions, and Opinions (drawn from a total of 64 auction results, fair reports, and essays)

  1. 2019 Guggenheim Fellows in Photography (here)
  2. Female Photographers at the 2019 AIPAD Photography Show, Part 1 of 2 (here)
  3. Top 10 Highest Priced Photography Lots at Auction in 2018 (here)
  4. Highlights from Paris Photo 2019, Part 1 of 5 (here)
  5. Highlights from Paris Photo 2019, Part 2 of 5 (here)
  6. Photography Highlights from the Armory Show 2019 (here)
  7. Female Photographers at the 2019 AIPAD Photography Show, Part 2 of 2 (here)
  8. Photography Highlights from the 2019 Frieze New York Art Fair (here)
  9. Highlights from Paris Photo 2019, Part 3 of 5 (here)
  10. Highlights from Paris Photo 2019, Part 5 of 5 (here)

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