Ian Bamford is a co-founder of Artist Photo Books, a photobook publishing company in Dublin. He teaches on the photography courses at Ulster University and regularly reviews politically themed photobooks on his blog.
Throughout the twentieth century, the propaganda photobook was a feature of many diverse political regimes, used as a tool to influence public opinion. Photography and design were deliberately used to promote a specific ideological agenda. While political communication has become more subtle and nuanced, an understanding of how the propaganda photobook was constructed and developed helps to shed light on the processes underlying the visualisation of political messages to this day.