Photo Book Quiz

We recently staged an online, zoom based photo book quiz for a bunch of photographers. It went very well, so to save you the trouble of having to write your own questions and find your own answers here is the quiz we set. Why not set up your own event! Wine, beer, bar snacks and bar based Zoom backgrounds are optional! Or maybe you just might want to test your own knowledge!


  1. Which beat writer wrote the introduction to Robert Frank’s The Americans?
  2. What is the name of the photographic publishing imprint started in 1938 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz?
  3. In which year was Cartier Bresson’s The Decisive Moment first published?
  4. What was the title of and in which year was Brassai’s first book published?
  5. What book is widely considered to be the first ever photo book and for a bonus point who was the photographer?
  6. What was the full title of William Klein’s 1956 book known as New York: 1954.55?
  7. How many images were included in David Bailey’s 1965 Box of Pin-Ups?
  8. Which French car factory did Robert Doisneau document and for a bonus point in which year?
  9. What was the name of the photographer who created the Family of Man exhibition and book?
  10. What was the name of the book that featured the photography of Richard Avedon and writing by James Baldwin?

ROUND 2: THE 1970s, 80s and 90s

  1. What image is featured on the cover of William Eggleston’s Guide and in which year was it first published?
  2. What is the name of the photographer who often worked with the writer John Berger illustrating his books?
  3. What was the name of Daniel Meadows book of 1975? And for a bonus point how much did it cost?
  4. Which Oklahoma city gave its name to a Larry Clark book published in 1971?
  5. What was is the name of Ralph Gibson’s publishing house that published his first book in 1973?
  6. What is the title of Nick Knights first book published in 1982?
  7. Which 1985 slide exhibition by Nan Goldin became a career defining book of her work?
  8. What was unusual about the cover of the Steven Meisel/Madonna/Fabien Baron book SEX published in 1992?
  9. What is the title of the Richard Billingham book published in 1996? And for a bonus point name the comedian the title references.
  10. In which year was Martin Parr’s The Last Resort first published and exhibited?


  1. In which German town is the book publisher Steidl based?
  2. What is the name of Alec Soth’s publishing imprint?
  3. Which seaside town was the publisher GOST founded in?
  4. What is the name of the founder of Café Royal Books?
  5. Who did Martin Parr work with to create his three volume history of the photobook?
  6. Which river was Alec Soth sleeping by in 2004?
  7. What is the name of the binding that uses glue to bind and gives a book a spine?
  8. What is the name of Nadav Kander’s book of portraits published in 2019 called?
  9. What is the name of the book publisher based in the North West of England that uses crowd funding to publish its books?
  10. Who is Tom Broadbent at home with?


  1. Jack Kerouac
  2. Focal Press
  3. 1952
  4. Paris de Nuitor Paris by Night. 1933
  5. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions by Anna Atkins
  6. ‘Life is Good and Good For You in New York: Trance Witness Revels’
  7. 36
  8. Renault and 1945
  9. Edward Steichen
  10. Nothing Personal
  1. A childs tricycle and 1976
  2. Jean Mohr
  3. Living Like This and £2.25
  4. Tulsa
  5. Lustrum Press
  6. Skinhead
  7. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
  8. It had a metal cover
  9. Ray’s a Laugh and Ted Ray.
  10. 1986
  1. Göttingen or Steidlville
  2. Little Brown Mushroom
  3. Brighton
  4. Craig Aitkinson
  5. Gerry Badger
  6. Mississippi
  7. Perfect binding
  8. The Meeting
  9. Blue Coat Press
  10. The Furries!



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