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New and forthcoming titles- 11 July 2017

Our latest newsletter has new and forthcoming titles of work by Michael Kenna, Mark Steinmetz, Rinko Kawauchi, Meg Hewitt, Lisa Elmaleh, Ulrike Crespo, Paul Outerbridge, Teju Cole, Thomas Annan and more

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Figure and Ground

Thomas Struth

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Publisher's Description

A comprehensive overview of Thomas Struth’s photographic œuvre, from his 1987 Unconscious Places to his celebrated Museum Photographs, Family Portraits, Paradise Pictures, and his most recent series Nature and Politics.

Schirmer/Mosel. With texts by Thomas Weski, Ulrich Wilmes and Jana-Maria Hartmann and a discussion between Thomas Struth with Okwui Enwezor.

320 pages, 420 illustrations, including 112 plates.

Size: 25 x 32 cm, hardcover. English edition.

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Desert

Jungjin Lee

Publisher's Description

“And now, over twenty years later,” Jungjin Lee notes, “when I examine these works, I encounter the same experiences and energy I had felt then and there. Transcending time and space, everything is still, my mind is perfectly quiet, and I know I face ‘eternity and the absolute.'” In this body of work produced over five years in the early 1990s, Lee captures the vast American Southwest and transforms it with liquid light and diluted light-sensitive emulsions to create images that are as uncontrollable and natural as the landscape she depicts. Desert comprises four series of works (each bound as a separate book and presented in a unique slipcase), all of which contain monochromatic images of arid lands. Stratigraphy etched into rock faces, massive stones, cave-like precipices, and anthropomorphic fauna showcase an extensive compendium of the desert’s many faces and textures. Each image focuses on the landscape’s formal qualities, eschewing human presence, simultaneously evoking late 19th-century photography, while epitomizing the stark modernity of Lee’s lens. Certain images provoke a sense of the infinite in their vastness, while others fix upon particular features, deftly transitioning from the macro to the micro.

Publisher: Radius Books

Size: 10 x 14"

188 pages, 106 images

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New Pictures from Paradise

Thomas Struth

Publisher's Description

Thomas Struth draws the viewer into the semidarkness of forests and jungles, the impenetrable yet bright green of trees, bushes, and tropical plants. With 11 new pictures, the expanded new edition of his Paradise book contains the entire series taken in China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Peru, Florida, and Hawaii.

With texts by Nigel Pitman, Hans Rudolf Reust and Jana-Maria Hartmann.

English/German edition. English/German text.

Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel

Size: 240 x 320 mm

96 pages, 36 colour plates

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Autophoto

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Publisher's Description

Autophoto explores photography's longstanding and generative relationship to the automobile. Since its invention, the automobile has reshaped our landscape, extended our geographic horizons and radically altered our conception of space and time, influencing the practice of photographers worldwide.


The book shows how the car provided photographers with new subject matter and a new way of exploring the world. It brings together 500 works made by 100 historical and contemporary artists from around the world, including Robert Adams, Brassaï, Edward Burtynsky, Langdon Clay, John Divola, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Anthony Hernandez, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Daido Moriyama, Catherine Opie, Martin Parr, Rosângela Rennó, Ed Ruscha, Hans-Christian Schink, Malick Sidibé, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel.


Capturing formal qualities such as the geometric design of roadways or reflections in a rear view mirror, these photographers invite us to look at the world of the automobile in a new way. Autophoto also includes other projects, such as a series of car models that cast a fresh eye on the history of automobile design, created specifically for the Fondation Cartier show by French artist Alain Bublex, plus a comparative history of automobile design and photography, essays by scholars and quotes by participating artists.

Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain / Editions Xavier Barral

Size: 8.25 x 10.25"

464 pages, 300 colour and 300 duotone images

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Iconic China

Luca Campigotto

Due to publish October 2017

Publisher's Description

Luca Campigotto’s journey in China begins with a search for a mythical past and arrives at the chaotic present of the megacities.

The photographs collected in 'Iconic China' present an image of the soul of a country in which extraordinary futuristic skylines of cities projected into the future blend with traditions and atmospheres that stretch back thousands of years: the silences and the remoteness of the Great Wall; the archaeological miracle of the unearthed terracotta army; the ancient quietness of the rivers in the south; the dazzling whirlwind of unstoppable urbanisation.

Campigotto’s large-format images transform themselves from view to vision: the classic and contemplative look borrowed from great nineteenth-century photography comes to terms with the contemporary world, immersing itself in the colours of the urban night. The precision of the compositions—always imbued with references to paintings and the cinema—and a skilful use of light, bring order to the vastness and complexity of the scene.

Publisher: Damiani Editore

84 pages, 40 illustrations
h260mm  x  w338mm

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Tenancy

Robert Adams

Publisher's Description

A major new work, Tenancy is comprised of 43 photographs by Robert Adams made in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon, between 2013 and 2015, with short texts by the artist. The book’s theme of tenancy expresses the idea of “temporary possession of what belongs to another”—specifically, the natural environment. Adams’ recent photographs of the landscape reference the current and imminent threats of clearcutting, environmental degradation, and natural disasters along the Northwestern coast of the US.

The black-and-white photographs include poignant images of massive tree stumps on the beach—a product of the cutting of first and early second growth—as well as shimmering stretches of coastline protected for endangered birds previously thought to have abandoned northern Oregon.
In Tenancy Adams writes, “Each year thousands of people visit the Spit and the adjoining town of Manzanita. Their reasons for coming are personal, but if one watches as they leave their cars and stare seaward it is a fair guess, I think, that many are looking to escape illusion and to be reconciled.”

Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery

43 b&w plates, 112 pages

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London

Gian Butturini

Due to publish October 2017

Publisher's Description

'London' is the new edition of Gian Butturini’s 1969 original of the same title. In June 1969, Butturini traveled to London and was instantly captivated by the dynamics of the “Swinging City” in a decade defined by social revolution, freedom of expression, and political controversy. Picking up a camera for the first time, he was drawn to the immediacy of the photographic medium that allowed him to create images through direct encounters with the world, without the need for preliminary drawings or predetermined parameters—a way of working that was radically different from his design work. The resulting black-and-white photographs testify to Butturini’s fascination with the darker side of London—the “true, bare” version of the city of the disenfranchised, destitute, and marginalized rather than the bowler hats and the changing of the guards that belonged to the realm of tourism. Disillusionment prevails in the gritty images, which evoke not only the atmosphere in the capital in the late 1960s but also Butturini’s own disenchantment with social injustice and discrimination.

It all began in Victoria Station when he saw a young man staggering by with a syringe embedded in a vein. The Tube, pubs, and streets were the stage of a frenzied humanity unseen by the tourists, who were wooed by Piccadilly and Carnaby Street. Butturini recorded shots of everyday life full of pain

Edited by Martin Parr. Text by Martin Parr, Allen Ginsberg, Gian Butturini, Luciano Mondini.

Publisher: Damiani Editore

104 pages, 78 illustrations



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Cuba Archive: Photography from 1990s Cuba

Tria Giovan

Due to publish September 2017

Publisher's Description

Tria Giovan first traveled to Cuba in 1990. Over the next six years she took twelve month-long trips, traversing the island numerous times, and making more than 25,000 images. Immersing herself in Cuba’s history, literature, and politics, she photographed interiors of homes and businesses, city streets, rural landscapes, signs and billboards, and, most of all, the people, creating a compelling body of work that captures the subtleties and layered complexities of day-to-day Cuba born from complete engagement and informed perspective.

'Cuba: The Elusive Island', published by Harry N. Abrams in 1996—a collector’s item—first brought together 100 of these images, along with a selection of writings by some of Cuba’s most important writers. Twenty years later, Giovan re-edited the images, while working to preserve the original 6 x 9 color negatives. Through this intensive re-examination, a new, more complex view of the historical significance of this work has emerged. Images previously disregarded or missed now stand out as a record of elements that no longer exist, and of a Cuba poised on the brink of change.

The selected images featured in 'The Cuba Archive', many of which have never previously been shown, reveal Cuba at a pivotal point in its fascinating history, and bear witness to an inimitable, resilient, and complex country and people.

Publisher: Damiani Editore

168 page

125 illustrations

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Japanese Photobook 1912 - 1990

Kaneko Ryuichi and Manfred Heiting

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Publisher's description

This book illustrates the development of photography as seen in photo publications in Japan—from the time of influence by European and American pictorialism, the German Bauhaus and Imperial military propaganda, to the complete collapse and destruction of the country in 1945. Then followed a new beginning: with the unique self-determination of a young generation of photographers and visual artists highlighted by the “Provoke” style as well as protest and war documentation of the late 1950s to the early ’70s, the signature Japanese photobook, as we have come to know it, was born.
With detailed information and illustrations of over 400 photo publications, an introduction by Kaneko Ryuichi and essays by Fujimura Satomi, Duncan Forbes, Manfred Heiting, Mitsuda Yuri, Lizawa Kotaro, Shirayama Mari and Matthew S. Witkovsky, this is the first extensive English-language survey of Japanese photobooks of this period.

Publisher: Steidl

Size: 263 x 287 mm

578 pages, 3500 images

Four-color process 
Hardback 


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Luton Auguries

Timothy Prus

Publisher's description

Editor and collector Timothy Prus has been interested in amateur found images long before the subject was picked up and accepted in most of contemporary art. He has gathered over 4 million images and released them in dozens of publications under the title “Archives of Modern Conflict”.
 The Luton Auguries began with the purchase of the newspaper archives of the city of Luton. From this vast source material, Timothy Prus selects and assembles a series of images, creating a surrealist storyline. Applying invented legends to the stories in the images, he invites the viewer into the fantasy of the narrative he creates.

Publisher: RVB Books,

Size: 180 x 130 mm

112 pages

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Sleeping by the Mississippi - Special Edition

Alec Soth

Due to publish September 2017

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Publisher's Description

Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth is one of the defining publications in the photobook era. First published by Steidl in 2004, it was Soth’s first book, sold through three editions, and established him as one of the leading lights of contemporary photographic practice. This MACK edition launches to coincide with the first exhibition in London dedicated to the series at Beetles+Huxley gallery, and includes two new photographs that were not included in the previous versions of the book.

Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, Sleeping by the Mississippi captures America’s iconic yet oft-neglected ‘third coast’. Soth’s richly descriptive, large-format colour photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Sensuous in detail and raw in subject, Sleeping by the Mississippi elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie. ‘In the book’s 46 ruthlessly edited pictures’, writes Anne Wilkes Tucker in the original essay published in the book, ‘Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption, politics, and cheap sex.’

Like Robert Frank’s classic The Americans, Sleeping by the Mississippi merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust. Thirteen years since the book was first published, the artist’s lyrical view has undoubtedly acquired a nuanced significance – one in which hope, fear, desire and regret coalesce in the evocative journey along this mythic river.

Limited edition of 150 copies, each comprising a signed copy of the first printing of the MACK edition of the book, housed in a slipcase with a signed and numbered print [signed and numbered 1/150 - 150/150]


PLEASE NOTE Retail price will increase as the edition sells through.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 280 x 275 mm

120 pages
, 48 colour plates



Printed linen hardback housed in an embossed slipcase, with a signed and numbered print

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Saul Leiter

Francois Halard

Publisher's Description

Photographs taken in 2016 in New York, USA, in late painter and photographer Saul Leiter’s East Village apartment.

First Edition: 2000 copies

Publisher: Libraryman

Size: 235 x 285 mm

64 pages. 43 color plates.

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Angel City West Volume One

Mark Steinmetz

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Special order - allow two weeks for despatch

Publisher's Description

“I entered the Yale School of Art straight from college and left after my first semester. I was 21. I was restless, curious about the America that lay beyond New England, and had a strong interest in the movie industry; I also had heard that Garry Winogrand was somewhere in Los Angeles so in the summer of 1983 I headed west.” – Mark Steinmetz, from the Preface

Angel City West offers a touching, highly personal look at Los Angeles through the eyes of Mark Steinmetz as a young artist straight out of school. In his preface to the work, Steinmetz describes living in a studio apartment in the Miracle Mile district, complete with a futon surrounded by a dozen roach motels and a makeshift darkroom set up in a tiny nook off of the bathroom. It didn’t take long before he ran into Garry Winogrand, for whom he became a kind of unofficial chauffeur, enabling Winogrand to photograph through the car window while Steinmetz navigated the streets of his new home town.

Viewed together in book form, the 58 photographs presented in Angel City West document Steinmetz finding his own voice as an artist. In light of the later projects for which he has become so well known, this early series of street photographs, informal portraits and landscapes foreshadows the sometimes humorous, oftentimes sad, and always poignant mood that runs through Mark Steinmetz’s work.

Mark Steinmetz’s photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and are included in the permanent collections of many important institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 

This is Mark Steinmetz’s ninth monograph to be published by Nazraeli Press.

Nazraeli Press

Slipcased, 12 x 15, 64 pages, 58 duotone plates
Limited edition of 350 numbered and signed copies.

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New Color Photographs

Paul Outerbridge

Publisher's Description

The publication of "Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948-1955" marks the discovery of a previously unknown and unpublished body of work by one of America’s earliest masters of colour photography. Outerbridge built his extraordinary reputation by making virtuoso carbro-colour prints of nudes and still lifes, mainly in the studio, during the 1930s. In the late 1940s and 1950s he took his camera to the streets, crossing the border between California and Mexico and photographing the people and places he found. In the tradition of such photographers as Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Anton Bruehl, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, all of whom made significant photographic forays into Mexico, Outerbridge ventured south in his 1949 black Cadillac, frequenting the seaport towns along the Baja peninsula. Shooting in bold, luminous Kodachrome, his photographs explore the quirkiness of 1950s leisure culture and examine the blending of two interwoven societies at a distinctive time in history. From governors to gauchos, and from stevedores to bathing beauties, Outerbridge captured the humanity, and occasionally the absurdity, of people as they gathered at weddings, pool parties, and picture spots. As brilliant and innovative today as when they were made, these images demonstrate a breathtaking mastery of the new art of colour photography, and Outerbridge’s characteristic style and dramatic use of colour anticipated the work of photographers who strove a quarter of a century later to develop a similar, bold new colour vocabulary. The publication of this forgotten body of photographs includes an introduction by Outerbridge biographer Graham Howe and a preface and essay by curators William Ewing and Phillip Prodger.

Nazraeli Press

305 x 330mm, 88 pages, 50 four-colour plates

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Tokyo is Yours (Limited Edition with print)

Meg Hewitt

All books are hand numbered and signed. The limited edition has a print of the cat image and is in an edition of 100 copies.

Publisher's Description

The culmination of a two year project inspired by manga, surrealism and film noir and set in Japan post the Great East Earthquake of 2011

Initially fascinated by the apparent inability to evacuate Tokyo in the case of a major disaster, I wanted to explore what it is like to live there.

I was confronted by a culture that still surprises me in both its traditions, and in its innovations and how they co-exist in this inescapable bubble.

I strive to use a visual narrative to question our relationship with the world and with each other regardless of origin. To focus on connection and the strong visceral relationships equally found with people, places, animals and objects.

It is a quest to explore the layers between things, memories, human connection, fear and escapism through the fantasy and metaphor I find in reality.

Publisher: Narayana Press

Size: 170 x 245 mm

104 pages

All books are hand numbered and signed. The limited edition with print is in an edition of 100 copies.

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Yuri Ozaki (88)

Yuri Ozaki

Publisher's Description

Shikoku, an island off Japan’s center.

A 1200 year old journey over 1400 kilometers, connecting 88 sacred buddhist grounds. In Japan, it is know as Henro: the pilgrimage.
88 is also the number of earthly desires that can be eliminated through ascetic training.

Following in the footsteps of Kūkai, one by one, I visit a sacred ground for each of my desires,
and one by one my sins and my worries leave me.
The pain that occupies my heart, too, slowly fades.
In order to assure myself, in order to not forget, I take photographs.
We may understand life itself as a pilgrimage’s journey.
I am in the midst of this journey, and I am alive for each of its moments.

Publisher: Case Publishing, Zen Foto Gallery

Size: 295 x 210 mm

90 pages

Language: English, Japanese

Limited Edition: 1000

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Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri

Publisher's Description

This catalogue accompanies Luigi Ghirri’s solo exhibition “Works from the 1970s” at Taka Ishii Gallery and is centered around photographs created during the 1970s, arguably Ghirri’s most important creative period. By redefining photography as a concept and as an act, Ghirri’s work has played an important role in expanding the possibilities of visual art. The photographs chosen for the catalogue, created and published by Taka Ishii Gallery and Case Publishing, capture and represent Ghirri’s views at the outer and inner world, the relationship between reality and metaphysical duality and the distance between reality and representation expressed in Ghirri’s works.

 Ghirri spent his youth in the 1950s and 1960s, during a time of economic growth and cultural transition. He familiarized himself with art at this time, and through conceptual art, one of the most popular movements of the era, he began making photographs collaboratively with other artists pursuing photographic images that were not merely documentary recordings. Founded on experimentalism, Ghirri’s photographic practice is neither characterized by the professionalism of the studio photographer nor the amateurism of the photo fan. Through photography, he aimed to address the complexity and incomprehensibleness of the relation between the self and outside world. He trained his gaze at his subjects to acknowledge his positioning between the known and unknown.

 The themes and concepts addressed in Ghirri’s works are exceptionally diverse, but his photographs constitute a series of dialectical explorations focused on “the gaze.” Through his practice, he ceaselessly, intensively, and gracefully explored the relation between reality and image. His photographs demonstrate that images, such as ads and posters in public spaces, can be analytically categorized into “images turned into reality” and “reality turned into images.” They also show that the partial extraction and erasure of the world through framing exposes the ambiguous boundaries of reality and the changing form of the landscape, and that images projected by the viewer both produce and erase the actual and fantastic. Ghirri’s photographs are products of a search for harmony and diversity carried out by examining metaphysical binaries, such as reality and appearance (or mimicry), actuality and representation, presence and absence, and inner and outer worlds, at the same level. They indicate that photographs are not faithful reproductions of the world, but rather an assemblage of fragments of the “seen” world. His works thus suggest that all photographs are testimonies of the gaze and pose an infinite number of questions about how we might think through the image.

Publisher: Case Publishing, Taka Ishii Gallery

Size: 272 x 225 mm

62 pages, 29 images

Language: Japanese, English

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Thomas Annan

Amanda Maddox, Sara Stevenson

Publisher's Description

Thomas Annan (1829-1887) was the preeminent photographer of Glasgow in the mid-nineteenth century, a period when the rise in industry and population dramatically altered the landscape of the "second city" of the British Empire. Often working in conjunction with civic projects, Annan produced numerous series that underscore the transformation of the city and its environs, though he remains best known for one series in particular: a group of enigmatic photographs of central Glasgow alleys, or "closes," on the verge of demolition.

These haunting images, made between 1868 and 1871, and sometimes regarded as precursors of the documentary tradition in photography, represent the notion of progress that underpins much of Annan's oeuvre. Annan's publication history serves as the organizing principle for this book, which considers both the breadth of his body of work as well as the multiple formats in which his photographs appeared and circulated. Featured here are seven examplesincluding private albums and commercial booksthat focus on subjects as varied as the city's streets and closes, the Loch Katrine aqueduct, Glasgow College, the cathedral, and the country estates of the landed gentry, and highlight Annan's extensive engagement with the city of Glasgow. Plates from each of these works are faithfully reproduced in full color, and an introductory essay by the leading authority on Annan surveys the life and career of this little-known but influential photographer.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 286 x 250 mm

180 pages, 177 colour illustrations

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Milky Way

Vincent Ferrane

Publisher's Description

Milky Way is a series of pictures of the author’s (b. 1974, French) wife and child during breastfeeding. The aesthetic aspect is determined by the feeding behaviour which imposes its geometry on bodies and on space they occupy. These images contain familiar echoes of classic icons but adorn themselves with modern elements. From these everyday moments, seized with harshness, without bitterness, emerges the force of exchanges between two beings and the milk becomes, as in the Greek legend of the Milky Way, the vector of a world under construction.

First edition of 500 copies.

Publisher: Libraryman

Size: 215 x 275 mm

64 pages. 62 color plates

Offset printed clothbound hardcover. Linen thread bound. Blue headband. Authentic tip-in image on front cover with spine text in white foil and blind embossed illustration on back cover. Foiled endpapers in white.

ISBN 978–91–88113–08–5

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Kito

Masako Tomiya

Publiser's Description

Masako Tomiya is a photographer originally from the region of Aomori, north Japan. She has lived in Tokyo for years, and one day, she received news that her sister and sister-in-law, who live near her hometown, were both pregnant. This news inspired Tomiya’s series Kito, a reflection on identity, family, transmission and the passing of time.

“Kito” means “homeward” in Japanese. Inverted, “toki” takes on a completely different meaning: “time”. In her poetic series, Tomiya plays with this dual sense. Her reflective photographic journey is undertaken with a subtle meditation on nature, and its seasonal transformation, alongside a representation of human life through women. Tomiya stages self-portraits and captures the daily lives of her mother, sisters and new-borns, to explore how her sense of home has altered with time.

I’ve lived my life asking myself
“What am I? What is this world?”
For a long time, I wandered without answers, and before I knew it I was older.
Had time flown by, or was it all a dream resembling a memory?
This story transcends time and meaning and self
by staring down the idea of “myself.”


First edition of 1,000 copies

Publisher: Chose Commune

Size: 220 x 270 mm

80 pages, 38 photographs

French / English / Japanese

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Bestsellers

Ravens

Masahisa Fukase

In stock - new edition from Mack of this photobook classic (publication May 2017).

Masahisa Fukase’s Ravens (sometimes The Solitude of Ravens) was voted the best book of the last 25 years by the BJP’s panel of experts in 2010. As the last edition was published in 2008 and went quickly out of print, many photobook enthusiasts will not have seen a copy. Mack are publishing a bilingual facsimile of the first hardback edition, accompanied by a booklet positioning it in the history of Japanese photography and Fukase’s work. The coastal landscapes of Hokkaido serve as the backdrop for his profoundly dark and impressionistic photographs of flocks of crows. The work has been interpreted as an ominous allegory for postwar Japan. As they were made in the immediate aftermath of Fukase’s separation from his wife, who had been a central subject of his earlier photography, they can also be seen as foreshadowing his subsequent emotional and metal decline.

Sample images

Publisher's Description

Consistently proclaimed as one of the most important photobooks in the history of the medium, Solitude of Ravens by Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase was first published in 1984 and the two subsequent editions have both been short runs and have sold out immediately. This bilingual facsimile of the first hardback edition is accompanied by a booklet positioning the body of work in the history of Japanese photography and Fukase’s oeuvre. 

Fukase’s haunting series of work was made between 1975 and 1982 in the aftermath of a divorce and was apparently triggered by a mournful train journey to his hometown. The coastal landscapes of Hokkaido serve as the backdrop for his profoundly dark and impressionistic photographs of ominous flocks of crows. The work has been interpreted as an ominous allegory for postwar Japan. 

Masahisa Fukase (b. 1934, Hokkaido; d. 2012) graduated from the Nihon University College of Art’s Photography Department in 1956. Fukase became a freelance photographer in 1968 after working at the Nippon Design Center and Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers. His major books include Yugi [Homo Ludence] (Chuokoronsha, 1971); Yoko (Asahi Sonorama, 1978), and Karasu [Ravens] (Sokyusha, 1986). Countless solo exhibitions have been dedicated to Fukase’s work, and his photographs have been included in group exhibitions at the MoMA, NY; Oxford Museum of Art; Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; V&A, London. Fukase also won numerous prizes, including the 2nd Ina Nobuo Award in 1976 for his exhibition “Karasu” and the Special Award at the 8th Higashikawa Photography Awards in 1992. Fukase tragically fell down a set of stairs in 1992 and suffered a traumatic brain injury from which he never recovered. He passed away in 2012.

Sample images

136 pages
80 black & white plates
26.3 cm x 26.3 cm

Publication date: May 2017



Abruzzo

Michael Kenna

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Publisher's Description

In Abruzzo, Michael Kenna found a cultural identity that elsewhere, for the most part, has been lost to globalization and instant communication. Kenna photographed medieval ruins, ancient villages and a countryside rich in traditional cultivation. As curator Vincenzo de Pompeis writes in the book’s introduction, “Abruzzo’s heritage, together with its impressive natural scenery, brings to mind romantic connotations that have historically attracted many international landscape artists, particularly in the 19th century. Michael Kenna fits perfectly into this rich historical vein of celebrated landscape artists who have worked in Abruzzo. Kenna’s work often evokes the influences of Romanticism. In his photographs of historic rural landscapes, for example, there is an air of melancholy, which accompanies memories from the past. His images of ruins stir up feelings of passing time, of the constantly evolving  ties between history and nature.”

This gorgeous new monograph by renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna is published to coincide with a major museum exhibition opening in July, 2017 in Loreto Aprutino, Italy. Richly printed in duotone on matt art paper, and presented in an olive-green cloth slipcase, “Abruzzo” presents 65 images from the series, published here for the first time. “Abruzzo” opens with a bilingual essay by curator Vincenzo de Pompeis. This first printing is limited to 2,500 copies.

Sample images

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 320 x 300mm

80 pages, 65 duotone plates

Sleeping by the Mississippi

Alec Soth

Publishing September 2017 – available to pre-order

Customers ordering in advance of publication will get a poster in addition to the book.  We are 90% sure that customers ordering in advance of publication will get a signed copy of the book but this is dependent on Alec Soth visiting the UK as planned in September.  We will ensure that all customers ordering in advance will at least get a first printing, even if the signing does not go ahead.

Publisher's Description

Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi captures America’s iconic yet oft-neglected ‘third coast’. Soth’s richly descriptive, large-format color photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Sensuous in detail and raw in subject, Sleeping by the Mississippi elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie. ‘In the book’s 46 ruthlessly edited pictures’, writes Anne Wilkes Tucker, ‘Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption, politics, and cheap sex.’

Like Robert Frank’s classic The Americans, Sleeping by the Mississippi merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust.

This book is one of the defining publications in the photo-book era.

Publisher:Mack

Size: 280 x 275 mm

120 pages, 46 colour plates

Publication date: September 2017

Fragile

Valda Bailey

Publisher's Description

‘The work in this book is an attempt to reconcile some of the conflicting aspects that are of interest to me in the landscape. The images here are an investigation into how the most fragile elements seem to have their very existence challenged and their vulnerability magnified when set against the strength and solidity of their surroundings’.

Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by her background in painting and her influences come as much from artists as photographers. She is largely motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image.

Her objectives are to portray an interpretation of a scene rather than a literal representation. She makes her images using camera movement and multiple exposure – two techniques which help to create abstract shapes and blur extraneous detail.

She has spent time in New York under the expert tutelage of noted street photographer, Jay Maisel and has been greatly influenced by his teaching about light, colour and gesture.

Her work has been featured in broadsheet newspapers, national and international publications and she has recently been invited to teach for Light & Land Photographic Workshops run by Charlie Waite. She has exhibited most recently in London and last summer was the first woman to be invited to join six other photographers to exhibit at the biennial Masters of Vision in Southwell.

She has images in private collections worldwide and her work has been purchased by notable members of the art and photographic community.

Publisher: Triplekite

Size: 240 x 240 mm

48 pages, 25 plates

Stones and Marks

Peter Elliston

Back in stock, April 2017

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Publisher's Description

Australian physicist and photographer, Peter Elliston, packed his cumbersome 8×10-inch view camera and travelled over many years to eighteen countries on four continents seeking out and photographing petroglyphs and pictographs, standing stones, monuments, and ancient ruins. Each photograph in this beautiful oversized book is accompanied by commentary by Elliston on the historical importance of each of the sites, or by accounts by the nineteenth century archaeologists and explorers who first discovered many of these places. The combination of photographs and writing provide an extremely rich experience.

An enduring curiosity about our past has led Peter Elliston to locate, research, decode, and record the historically significant visual and textual information found in Stones and Marks. In this book, Elliston’s exquisite photographs are powerfully combined with his scholarly writing. His sharp-focused photographs, made with an 8 x 10-inch view camera, convey valuable descriptive information while revealing great beauty. His research and writing enhance our knowledge about the sites by drawing on the sketches and writings that early explorers and modern archaeologists created in the same locations, and by providing translations of ancient inscriptions, with information about who made them and when. Perhaps most important, the remnants of the ancient monuments link us to our past and offer profound connections. In Stones and Marks, we learn about our ancestors—and, ultimately, about ourselves as their successors.

The photographs in Stones and Marks have been reproduced to the highest possible standards: incomparable 600-line screen quadtone printed on heavy coated stock with specially modified inks on a unique, custom-designed Heidelberg press. A sturdy French-fold dust jacket complements and protects the book.

Publisher: Lodima Press

Size: 13″ x 11″

172 pages, 77 reproductions

Photobook Phenomenon

Publisher's Description

Photobooks have become increasingly popular in recent years and occupy a central place in contemporary photography. Nowadays, more photobooks are produced, bought and sold, swapped and collected than ever before. Independent publishing

and the self-publishing of books and fanzines have become a phenomenon that has had a considerable impact on both the publishing industry and the art world, and there is an evident return to the printed object, even though we are at the height of the digital era. Many artists have found this format to be not only a good tool for showing their work, but also the perfect place for experimentation and creativity. In addition, there is a growing interest in reinterpreting the history of photography through the role of the photobook and printed photographs.

1. Photobook Phenomenon - Moritz Neumuller and Lesley A.Martin

2. Reading New York. A PhotoBookStudy on William Klein's “Life is Good & Good for You in New York” - Marcus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi

3. The Collector’s Vision - Martin Parr’s Best Photobooks

4. The Library Is The Museum - Horacio Fernandez

5. Five Aspects of Japanese Photobooks - Ryuichi Kaneko

6. Propaganda books versus protest books - Gerry Badger

7. Fascinations and Failures - Erik Kessels

8. Contemporary Practices - Irene de Mendoza and  Moritz Neumuller

Publication date: 2017
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 24 × 30 cm.
Edition: CCCB, Fundació Foto Colectania, RM Editores

 

Fragile (Special Edition)

Valda Bailey

75 available with signed printed A3 print of cover image.

Publisher's Description

‘The work in this book is an attempt to reconcile some of the conflicting aspects that are of interest to me in the landscape. The images here are an investigation into how the most fragile elements seem to have their very existence challenged and their vulnerability magnified when set against the strength and solidity of their surroundings’.

Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by her background in painting and her influences come as much from artists as photographers. She is largely motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image.

Her objectives are to portray an interpretation of a scene rather than a literal representation. She makes her images using camera movement and multiple exposures – two techniques which help to create abstract shapes and blur extraneous detail.

She has spent time in New York under the expert tutelage of noted street photographer, Jay Maisel and has been greatly influenced by his teaching about light, colour and gesture.

Her work has been featured in broadsheet newspapers, national and international publications and she has recently been invited to teach for Light & Land Photographic Workshops run by Charlie Waite. She has exhibited most recently in London and last summer was the first woman to be invited to join six other photographers to exhibit at the biennial Masters of Vision in Southwell.

She has images in private collections worldwide and her work has been purchased by notable members of the art and photographic community.

Publisher: Triplekite

Size: 240 x 240mm

48 pages, 25 plates

Shibata: Landscape

Toshio Shibata

Publisher's description

In its interior, Japan is mountainous and green. Most of the population still lives along its coasts, but as people slowly move inland, mountainsides are torn away to create necessary horizontal space. To secure the newly exposed inclines, concrete is sprayed and poured onto the vertical plains, or hoisted as pre-poured grids onto the hillsides. Since 1983, Toshio Shibata has photographed these sites. His elaborate compositions and exquisite black and white prints are works of art that record the merging - and resulting tension - of Japan's great natural beauty and the craftsmanship of its engineers. Landscape presents a selection of forty-three photographs from this project, with essays by Anne Tucker and Etsuro Ishihara.

Customer review
An exquisite and deeply engaging book. It is large in that it shows what must be plate-size photographs, which have been very well printed.  The details are all there to pore over and you will find yourself going back for more.  The text is minimal but enough to nudge your thought process into the right direction.

Having been to Japan I am fascinated by all things Japanese, although you don't have to have been there to appreciate these pictures. These pictures point out as exceptional what is common place and almost not seen in Japan.

I am also interested in the silver gelatin print, traditional photography and the theme of man's presence in the world as well as the theme of rejuvenation and transformation. This book conveys all of these aspects.

This book packs with it an immense amount of philosophy. Even though the pictures are supremely beautiful, there is more to this book than just the pictures.
Alex 17/03/2014


Michael Kenna Calendar 2017

Michael Kenna

Publisher's description

Michael Kenna's intimate, exquisitely crafted black-and-white photographs reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality.

We are pleased to present our twenty-first calendar featuring his work. The 2017 Michael Kenna Wall Calendar is printed on an exclusive, uncoated, natural Japanese paper using Daido black ink. It features thirteen photographs: Hilltop Trees, Study 4, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan. 2016; Thirty One Snow Fences, Bihoro, Hokkaido, Japan. 2016; Flying Bird, Kongobuji, Koyasan, Honshu, Japan. 2006; Si Ma Tai Great Wall, Beijing, China. 2007; Tree and Ladder, Capestrano, Abruzzo, Italy. 2016; Mamtaʼs Lotus, Ban Viengkeo, Luang Prabang, Laos. 2015; Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Study 18, France. 2012; Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia. 2013; Mekong River Sunset, Luang Prabang, Laos. 2015; Oak and Olive Trees, Abruzzo, Italy. 2015; October Clouds, Kagawa, Shikoku, Japan. 2003; Poplar Trees, Fucino, Abruzzo, Italy. 2016; Kussharo Lake, Study 11, Hokkaido, Japan. 2016

Sample images

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 14 x 17"

13 duotone plates

Everglades

Jungjin Lee

Publisher's Description

The photographs in this book were made by Jungjin Lee in the Everglades for the Norton Museum of Art’s exhibition “Imaging Eden”. Bringing her unique meditative approach to this subject, Lee captured a sense of stillness in the constantly moving landscape – one inhabited by endangered species like the manatee, the American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. Her photography is imbued with elemental vastness and wonder. Using a multilayered process that integrates elements of painting, Lee’s photographs exude a materiality not often found in photography.

The Florida Everglades is one of the most extensive and complex wetlands on our planet. It has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance. It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states

Beautifully printed on lush uncoated Japanese paper, Everglades is limited to 2,000 copies presented in a green cloth slipcase; both book and slipcase were designed by the artist herself. Jungjin Lee’s photography is imbued with elemental vastness and wonder. A former assistant of Robert Frank, she creates large scale landscapes employing a unique interplay between image and material. Jungjin Lee was born in South Korea in 1961. Her photographs have been widely published and exhibited internationally, and are housed in many important collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; FNAC, Paris; the LA Museum of Art; and Houston Museum of Fine Art.

Sample images

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 7.5 x 15"

52 pages, 25 duotone plates

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