Continuing our long-standing tradition of collaborating with some of photography’s premier publishers, writers, photographers and photo professionals, photo-eye is pleased to present the Best Books of 2011. For us, it is always fascinating to witness the shift in trends and interests within the photobook community. This year we saw a peak of interest in crime related photography with Watabe Yukichi’s A Criminal Investigation, Christian Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood, and Deborah Luster’s Tooth for an Eye on several lists. Two giants of photobook publishing — Aperture and Nazraeli — made a sizable impression on our contributors, as well as the relatively new publisher Mack Books. And 2011 proved that the self-publishing boom seems to be going as strong as ever.