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Latest Newsletter- 25 June 2018

Our latest newsletter, published today as news of limited editions from Alec Soth, Gerry Johansson and Julia Borissova; a Mack retrospective of Ursula Schulz-Dornburg; two books by Toshiya Murakoshi; a new edition of Matjac Tancic's 3-D photos of North Korea; and more.

Featured

Une Vallee (Signed)

Pierre de Vallombreuse

Palawan, Philippines, 1987–2017. Pierre de Vallombreuse follows the life of a small community of the Palawan ethnic group, in the south of the Philippines for almost 30 years soon. Once isolated, The Valley and its inhabitants, whose language he speaks, have seen the outside world invite themselves into their lives creating profound upheavals. It is mainly on this aspect that his current work bears.

Publisher’s Description

En 1988, Pierre de Vallombreuse foule pour la première fois les terres de cette Vallée, au sud de l’île de Palawan, qui abrite les Tau’Batu, ou hommes des rochers. Fasciné par cette communauté autochtone pacifique de chasseurs-cueilleurs, Pierre de Vallombreuse a depuis plus de trente ans multiplié les séjours dans la Vallée et est devenu un témoin privilégié de l’évolution de ce peuple et de son environnement progressivement impactés par le progrès.

 À travers un travail photographique aussi sensible et poétique qu’ethnographique, Pierre de Vallombreuse nous donne à voir le quotidien de ce peuple de la Vallée au milieu d’une nature idyllique, peu à peu bouleversé par la modernité et les influences extérieures.

Limited edition 205 copies, signed and numbered

2018

66 pages plus 8-page text booklet

57 images

24 x 32 cm

 

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Surf Tribe

Stephan Vanfleteren

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Publisher’s Description

In Surf Tribe, photographer Stephan Vanfleteren shows that there is far more to surf culture than just competitive sport. Surfing is also about a deep respect for the ocean, as well as that moment of insignificance surfers feel when confronted with the forces of nature. It’s about battles won and lost, both with other surfers and with themselves.

Vanfleteren looks beyond the traditional surf spots of California and Hawaii and searches the globe for people who live in places where sea and land meet. He documents a fluid community, which has nature as its one and only leader.

He pictures talented youngsters as well as living icons and revered legends, competition surfers as well as free surfers. In this book there are no action shots on azure blue waves; instead, you’ll find serene black and white portraits in Vanfleteren’s well-known, haunting style. He reveals the real person behind the surfer, in all his or her strength and vulnerability. This series of images penetrates to the true heart of surf culture: the love for the water, the addiction to the waves, the passion for the surf.

With more than 300 portraits of, among others, Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, John John Florence, Laird Hamilton, Bethany Hamilton, Greg Noll, Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mickey Munoz, Filipe Toledo and Tom Carroll.

With a preface by surf legend Gerry Lopez.

Publisher: Cannibal Publishers

Size: 285 x 220 mm

400 pages

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One Eyed Ulysses

JM Ramírez-Suassi

Publisher’s Description

One Eyed Ulysses proposes a meandering voyage where solitude, melancholy, the encounter with death and nature in marginal settings are some of the themes that run through it. The aim of this book of photos is not to document a specific epoch , but rather to sum up human experience so that we may contemplate its images on an equal plane and from the same view point from which we observe them.

"Every work of art affords the recipient the context(space) for a game whose rules he has to invent" - Hans-George Gadamer

Size: 240 x 300 mm

144 pages, 91 full colour plates offset

Edition of 175 copies

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Ed Templeton Bsides Box Set (Signed)

Ed Templeton

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America in a Trance

Niko J. Kallianiotis

Publisher’s Description

Niko J. Kallianiotis's first monograph, America in a Trance dives into the heart and soul of the Pennsylvania industrial regions, a place where small town values still exist and sustainable small businesses once thrived under the sheltered wings of American Industry. It was here, to the cradle of American industrialism that immigrants from tattered European countries once crossed the Atlantic for a better future. Some, like Kallianiotis, still do.

Born and raised in Greece but now a proud Northeastern Pennsylvanian, Kallianiotis has called this place home for roughly twenty years. Those decades have taught him how beliefs from both sides of the fence in the current political climate have a direct effect and interest in these towns. And yet, Kallianiotis achieves a certain level of neutrality within the work. Whether it is the hard Pennsylvania coal towns to the East, the shadows of looming steel stacks to the West or every faded American dream in between.

Through the use of light and color, an illumination of hope, the photographer explores his own relationship with the land. Within 'America in a Trance' there is the silhouette of what once was, streets and storefronts thriving, and the echo of that time still ringing in the bricks of the houses and churches.

Publisher: Damiani

136 pages, 85 illustrations

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New York

Masao Gozu

Publisher’s Description

This is a special edition hardcover photobook featuring the early works of Masao Gozu.

In “Windows”, the series Gozu began shooting shortly after moving to Brooklyn in 1971, Gozu photographed the people in New York’s immigrant quarters as they looked out of their apartment windows at a passing parade. The two other series included in the book are also portrayals of life in downtown 1970’s New York: in “264 Bowery Street” Gozu repeatedly shot a doorstep and the people using it as a resting stop over several months and even years while the “Harry’s Bar” series shows glass windows of a bar and the guests sitting behind them.

Publisher: Zen Foto Gallery

Size: 250 x 175 mm

152 pages

Language: Japanese, English

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The Heavens

Barbara Bosworth

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Publisher’s Description

A follow-up to her successful 2015 book The Meadow, this project focuses on Boston-based photographer Barbara Bosworth’s (born 1953) images of the moon, sun and sky. Made over the past several years with an 8×10 camera, the star images are hour-long exposures with the camera mounted on a clock drive. The sun and moon images are made with a telescope attached to her camera. Speaking of her inspiration for these images, Bosworth writes: “Every clear night of the summer my father would go out for a walk to look at the night sky. Many nights I would join him. We knew the North Star, and the Big Bear, but the rest became our own. At times we stood still for an hour or more to watch for shooting stars. We had no agenda. It was all about amazement at a sky full of stars. With this sense of wonder, I began making photographs of the Heavens. In these days of the Hubble Telescope and its spectacular imagery from deep space, I wanted a reminder of the mystery of our own night sky.” The book also includes facsimile editions of three artist’s books that Bosworth has made as a nod to Galileo’s 17th-century publications in which he first observed the skies through a telescope.

Publisher: Radius Books

Size: 10.25 x 12.75"

200 pages, 60 images

Texts by Margot Anne Kelley, Joanne Lukitsh, and Owen Gingerich

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TBW Books Annual Series No.6 - Four Book Set

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Publisher’s Description

TBW Books is pleased to announce the forthcoming installment to our Annual Series book sets. This year, the four artists included in Series No. 6 have each crafted a monograph charged with an essence of the surreal, exploring the passage of time and the imprecise nature of the phenomenal. Together, these narratives weave a continuum from book to book, creating a dreamlike photographic timeline spanning 40 years.

FOUR BOOK SET

Book 1: Guido Guidi - Dietro Casa
Book 2: Jason Fulford - Clayton's Ascent
Book 3: Gregory Halpern - Confederate Moons
Book 4: Viviane Sassen - Heliotrope

Publisher: TW Books

Size: 8.75 x 11"
 
Edition of 1000

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El Libro Supremo de la Suerte

Rose Marie Cromwell

Publisher’s Description

In the spring of 2018, TIS books will publish Rose Marie Cromwell’s debut monograph, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte. The title translates as “The Supreme Book of Luck” and refers to a little piece of photocopied samizdat that supports a covert lottery in Havana, where Cromwell spent eight years living and photographing.

Of the work, Paula Kupfer writes: “In exploring the visual connections between numbers—exact and absolute units of measurements—and the mystical, wayward ways of luck, as embodied by friends and family performing for her camera, Cromwell offers a lyric homage to Cuba, the place that’s shaped her practice and that, moreover, continues defying expectations and interpretations.”

Publisher: TIS Books

Size: 6.75  x 8.75"

192 pages






ISBN 9781943146123

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Khichdi (Kitchari)

Nick Sethi

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Publisher’s Description

Khichdi (Kitchari) is the first major artist book by Nick Sethi, Americanborn
photographer of Indian heritage living in NYC.

Published by Dashwood Books in 2018, the 432 page book features 846 photographs taken over a 10 year period throughout India.

Khichdi (Kitchari) is a book about India’s rapidly changing identity, focusing on gender, technology, and the balance of traditional Indian and western culture. The work is intentionally conscious of photography as a shared experience, and Sethi incorporates his own interests and history, as well as himself, both as a photographer and participant throughout the work. His intimate and complex images push the boundaries of where art, photography, and daily life intersect. At the core, Sethi’s work deals with ideas of perception, challenging the intended meanings of images, symbols, materials, and even relationships. Inspired by India’s ubiquitous decoration and hyper-color, as well as the serendipitous nature of his encounters, Sethi’s inquisitive approach encourages himself, his collaborators, as well as his audience to find and enjoy the beauty, humor, and absurdity in everyday life.

Khichdi, a traditional Indian dish, is made from boiled rice and lentils, and includes a variety of spices, vegetables, and sometimes meat. Eaten throughout the entire country, and recently proclaimed the national dish of India, Khichdi takes on an infinite number of forms and preparations, changing region to region, state to state, and even household to household. No single recipe, list of ingredients, or even spelling is deemed to be official, with the only constant quality of the dish being its ever changing identity. In a similar fashion, Sethi’s work never offers a singular permanent viewpoint. Rather, it serves as a expanded, ever changing self portrait documenting an evolution of the country, its people, and the artist himself.

Publisher: Dashwood Books

Size: 206 x 286 mm

432 pages (846 plates)

First Edition of 1000 copies

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Burma

Hans-Christian Schink

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Publisher’s Description

A country in transition: after nearly fifty years of dictatorship, the military in Myanmar initiated an unexpected opening up of the country in 2011. Since then, the country has found itself in a permanent state of tension.

Two years later, the photographer Hans-Christian Schink (b. 1961) travelled to Myanmar several times.

In his quiet photos, Schink shows religious sites and symbols in the landscape as well as in urban space and thus addresses the ambiguous role of religion.

These works are coupled with views of cities such as Yangon, Mandalay, Lashio, and Nyaungdon, in which the situation of upheaval is also visible in the streetscape.

English and German text.

Publisher: Kerber Verlag

Size: 325 x 290 mm
  

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Politics of Seeing

Dorothea Lange

Publisher’s Description

This book presents Dorothea Lange’s inspiring and influential photographs, which brought the plight of 20th-century America’s poor and disenfranchised into the public eye.

Dorothea Lange’s photograph, Migrant Mother, is one of the most indelible and recognizable images of the Dust Bowl era. Lange’s career stretched far beyond the Great Depression, driven throughout by her compassionate advocacy for the people and land of California. This riveting book opens with Lange’s Bay Area portraits of the 1920s and ’30s when her photo studio formed a hub for San Francisco’s bohemian and artistic elite. It offers a generous overview of her work with the Farm Security Administration, where Lange was the only female photographer documenting the impact of the Depression and Dust Bowl on the west coast, working alongside the likes of Walker Evans, as well as her pictures of Japanese Americans forcibly displaced into internment camps following Pearl Harbor. It also includes images from her wartime shipyards series with Ansel Adams, postwar projects on the injustices of the American court system, loss of a community through the damming of the Putah Creek, and a photo series on Ireland. Accompanying these superbly reproduced images are thoughtful essays by curator Drew Johnson, critic Abigail Solomon-Godeau, and writer and curator David Campany, which offer appreciations of Lange’s work as an artist and humanitarian, charting the legacy of her exceptional photographic oeuvre.

With contributions from Drew Johnson, David Campany, Abigail Solomon-Godeau

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 26,0 x 28,0 cm, 170 color illustrations

Publisher: Prestel

Size: 260 x 280 mm

288 pages, 170 color illustrations



ISBN: 978-3-7913-5776-8

$ 50.00 | £ 37.50

Publishing House: Prestel

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Camp de Rivesaltes

FLORE

Publisher’s Description

“FLORE refused to create something beautiful on a site that has witnessed so many crimes. And yet these are remarkable photos. A surprising contradiction that speaks to the gamble she took, and the challenge that she faced: it is important to remember that this is a space in time, a place that makes an impression on each visitor, and one with a long timeframe embedded into the landscape. The approach is somewhat reminiscent of the impressive architectural statement delivered by Rudy Riciotti, who designed the Camp de Rivesaltes memorial: he understood that rather than imposing his building on the site, the site should impose itself on the building. Hence a memorial buried two-thirds underground; that starts off at ground level and then stretches for 200 metres before reaching the height of the bunkhouses.

The site is already heavily laden with emotion. The role of artists and scientists is to lend meaning to these emotions, to enhance them with an understanding of the history and its narratives, because the classic numbing effect induced by an emotional shock excludes any opportunity for analysis or interpretation. FLORE has moved this to another dimension. I got to know her soon after I first encountered the memorial project…I have crossed paths with FLORE several times since the 2000s. She roamed the camp, searching for traces of the past, for images and landscape, as if she sensed the urgency of such an intervention, of this listing and conservation.

There is a unique feature to the Camp de Rivesaltes: although there were over 200 internment camps in France during the dark years of 1938 to 1946, it is the only one to have left a mark on the landscape. There are of course other highly important sites, such as Drancy – the transit camp for the deportation of French Jews – or Milles (near Aix-en-Provence), which house important memorials. They even contain period graffiti and murals. But the buildings have either been destroyed or have simply regained their original function, such as a high-rise apartment block, or a tilery. When you are aware of this history, the emotional burden is intense; when you uncover visible traces, the depth of the site’s past is revealed. At Rivesaltes, you can imagine this as you wander the landscape of dilapidated bunkhouses with an endless horizon. But is it truly possible to imagine what happened?

The Camp de Rivesaltes is unique in that it spanned the two greatest tragedies of the second part of the twentieth century in France: the Second World War and the Algerian War. In particular, it saw the administrative detention of Jews, Spaniards and Gypsies during the war and the deportation of the Jews in a site that became the interregional deportation camp for the southern zone between September and November 1942. Remember that people were placed in administrative detention not because they had committed a crime, but for the possible threat that they posed to society or to the State. Troops passed through this vast 600 ha site during the Algerian War,
and National Liberation Front prisoners were actually imprisoned there for several months. The Camp is infamous as the site where some 22,000 harkis – French Army auxiliaries who served in Algeria – were kept.

Initially housed in the banishment camp after the Evian Agreements, between 1962 and 1964, some were then kept in “hameaux de forestage” – communities on the outskirts of forests – with certain families still on the site in the early 1970s. Other groups have passed through the site, such as German prisoners of war after the Liberation and, more recently, returnable migrants locked up in a detention centre. But they all have one thing in common: they were displaced against their free will, abandoned there for years, and regarded as outcasts.

FLORE’s photographs capture and convey this in its entirety. Look at them closely. And marvel at art’s capacity to convey the reality of suffering and exclusion”.

Denis Peschanski Director of Research, CNRS President of the Scientific Council, Camp de Rivesaltes Memorial.


Publisher: Andre Frer Editions

Size: 170 x 220 mm

120 pages, 21 duotone photographs & 20 colour photographies

French / English / Spanish / Catalan

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Infinito

David Jiménez

Publisher’s Description

David Jiménez presents the second edition of Infinito, considered one of the pioneering Spanish photobooks published originally in the year 2000. The release of this work, highlighted in several prestigious publications such as The Photobook: A History by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, was a source of inspiration for many photographers from Spain and abroad. It is considered a milestone in the history of Spanish photobooks due to its fragmented narrative, its book-object nature and its capacity to generate multiple readings.

Although this second edition, produced as a self-publication by the author himself, shows an almost literal respect to the original, it also presents some variations. In addition to containing four different images, the new edition is made on an offset paper that gives it an updated look closer to the author’s original desire.

Publisher: Dalpine

Size: 170 x 235 mm

118 pages+covers, 120 images

Second edition, self-published 2018  (First edition, Photovision 2000)

Edition of 1.500 copies

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The Swimming Pool in Photography

Text(s) by Francis Hodgson, graphic design by Tim Bisschop

Publisher’s Description

A photographic leap into cooling waters. Dive into the cultural history of artificial ocean.

As long as already five thousand years ago, the allure of the sea inspired humans to recreate its essence in miniature, artistic forms, as public baths where ancient rituals would take place. Since then, it has become quite normal to immerse ourselves in cooling waters, in the privacy of our homes and without religious incentives. Swimming pools have rapidly become status symbols and the source for many diverse experiences: leisure-time athletics, relaxation, or the simple pleasure of just being in water. It is no wonder then that filmmakers and photographers constantly return to the swimming pool as a subject and setting. Reflections of water and light are captured in countless, unique ways in the more than two hundred compelling images that comprise this catalogue. Also included of course are the images of those who animate it.

With works by: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gigi Cifali, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Emma Hartvig, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mack Sennett, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, Alex Webb, et al

Publisher: Hatja Cantz

Size: 230 x 240 mm

240 pages, 200 illustrations

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American Winter (Special Edition)

Gerry Johansson

Publisher's Description

Special Edition of American Winter featuring a signed copy of the first printing of the MACK edition of the book, housed in an embossed slipcase with a signed and numbered print [1/150 - 150/150]

Since the early eighties, Gerry Johansson has made quiet pictures of quiet places, often lying in the shadows of industrial decline. For American Winter, Johansson travelled through semi-deserted towns in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, finding as much beauty as there was misery in landscapes cloaked in snow: an isolated church floating in a mottled sea of white; leafless trees lining endless highways leading to nothing; long shadows cast on vernacular architecture in the season’s merciless sun. In his photographs time appears to stand still: neighbourhoods that once possessed the allure of Art Deco architecture, or the glory of bustling Main Streets, are now home to abandoned school buildings and cars parked decades ago. Johansson’s ascetic framing and sensitivity to light lends itself to the scenery and the sense of hopelessness evoked by these neglected places.

Publisher: Mack



 

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One Picture Book Two

Micahel Kenna, Betty Hahn, Carrie Mae Weems, Tony Mendoza

Our One Picture Book Two series is a slightly larger, newly designed series of artist's books based on our recently completed One Picture Book series.

Two sets of four titles will be published each year.

This first set of four titles in a slipcase includes:

  • MICHAEL KENNA | One Picture Book Two #1 : DMZ – The 38th Parallel
  • BETTY HAHN | One Picture Book Two #2 : The Lone Ranger
  • CARRIE MAE WEEMS | One Picture Book Two #3 : Monument
  • TONY MENDOZA | One Picture Book Two #4 : Floridadogs

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 210 mm x 153 mm

16 pages, 13 four-colour plates, 1 original signed

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American Winter

Gerry Johansson

Publisher's Description

Since the early eighties, Gerry Johansson has made quiet pictures of quiet places, often lying in the shadows of industrial decline. For American Winter, Johansson travelled through semi-deserted towns in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, finding as much beauty as there was misery in landscapes cloaked in snow: an isolated church floating in a mottled sea of white; leafless trees lining endless highways leading to nothing; long shadows cast on vernacular architecture in the season’s merciless sun. In his photographs time appears to stand still: neighbourhoods that once possessed the allure of Art Deco architecture, or the glory of bustling Main Streets, are now home to abandoned school buildings and cars parked decades ago. Johansson’s ascetic framing and sensitivity to light lends itself to the scenery and the sense of hopelessness evoked by these neglected places.

Publisher: Mack



 

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Niagara (Special Edition)

Alec Soth

Publisher's Description

Limited edition of 100 copies, each comprising a special poster with MACK first print run, a signed copy of the first printing of the MACK edition of the book housed in an embossed slipcase with a signed and numbered print

In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut monograph Sleeping by the Mississippi, Alec Soth turned his eye to another iconic body of water, Niagara Falls. As with his photographs of the Mississippi, Soth’s pictures of Niagara are less about natural wonder than human desire. “I went to Niagara for the same reason as the honeymooners and suicide jumpers,” says Soth, “the relentless thunder of the Falls just calls for big passion.” Working over the course of two years on both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls using a large-format 8x10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Soth depicts newlyweds and naked lovers, motel parking lots and pawn shop wedding rings. Throughout the book, Soth has interspersed a number of love letters from the subjects he photographed. We read about teenage crushes, workplace affairs, heartbreak and suicide. Oscar Wilde wrote of the Falls, “The sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life.” In Soth’s Niagara, we see both the passion and the disappointment. His pictures are a remarkable portrayal of modern love and it’s aftermath.

Publisher: Mack

Size: 280 x 320 mm

104 pages, 44 colour plates

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Analog Culture: Printer's Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001

Jennifer Quick, Robin Kelsey, Jessica Williams etal

Publisher's Description

Providing an expansive and revelatory look at the collaborative artistic relationship between photographers and printers, this book focuses on the work and practice of Schneider/Erdman, Inc., a Manhattan-based printing business owned by Gary Schneider and John Erdman from 1981 to 2001. Well-known within the booming New York photography scene, Schneider and Erdman printed works by artists such as Richard Avedon, Matthew Barney, and Nan Goldin. In addition to a thorough overview of Schneider and Erdman’s technical mastery of printing methods and materials, Analog Culture also sheds light on the importance of the close personal relationship between photographers and printers within the art-making process. The striking works reproduced in the volume are enhanced by exclusive interviews with Schneider, Erdman, and their collaborators, offering an unparalleled behind-the-scenes view of New York’s photographic culture in the late 20th century.

Publisher: Yale Univeristy Press

Size: 279 x 216 mm

190 pages, 141 illustrations

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Bestsellers

TTP

Hayahisa Tomiyasu

We have sold out of signed copies.  Orders accepted for unsigned copies only.

Publisher’s Description

TTP is a series of photographs made from the window of Hayahisa Tomiyasu's eighth-floor student apartment in the German city of Leipzig. His southfacing view encompasses a public park with a ping pong table, which is the focus of his deadpan pictures. Each image is similarly composed, while the times of day, the seasons and the visitors to the table change. As we turn the page the function of the table mutates, from a tischtennisplatte (table tennis table) to a sun bed, a skate obstacle, a laundry counter, a kids' climbing frame, a work-out meeting spot, and a refuge from busy streets, among numerous other uses. Thanks to Tomiyasu's sustained curiosity, we observe the habits, humour and idiosyncrasies of human behaviour at the foot of this humble table.

Hayahisa Tomiyasu was born in 1982 Kanagawa,Japan. After studying photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University, he moved to Leipzig, Germany to study under Peter Piller. He currently lives between Leipzig and Zurich, where he now teaches.

Awards: First Book Award Winner 2018

Publisher:

Size: 200 x 270 mm

260 pages

St Kilda: The Silent Islands

Alex Boyd

Publisher's Description

Rising up dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, the island archipelago of St Kilda is often celebrated as the most remote location in the British Isles.

Forty miles from the Outer Hebrides, the main island of Hirta contains the highest sea cliffs in UK, and the remains of a village famous for its evacuation of 1930.

While this marked the end of a way of life, the islands have often been obscured in myth and romance. With a series of images made over several years, and following many visits out to the islands using a camera which once belonged to Fay Godwin, Alex Boyd’s new book seeks to challenge these perceptions.

Documenting the wild and now deserted landscape of the island of St Kilda, Boyd illuminates much about the island’s shadowy history and about the communities which have inhabited it.

This book of stunning photography contains a preface by Murdo Macdonald HRSA, a hard-hitting essay on the myth and reality of St Kilda by the islands’ archaeologist, Dr Kevin Grant, and poetry by the acclaimed Gerry Cambridge.

Publisher: Luath Press



she dances on Jackson (Signed)

Vanessa Winship

Publisher's Description

The reprint of this hugely successful 2013 book coincides with a retrospective of the work of Vanessa Winship at the Barbican Art Gallery in London from June to September 2018.

In 2011 Vanessa Winship was the recipient of the Henri Cartier Bresson Award which funds an artist to pursue a new photographic project. For over a year Winship travelled across the United States, from California to Virginia, New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the fabled ‘American dream’. she dances on Jackson presents a conversation, a lyrical and lilting interaction between landscape and portrait exploring the vastness of the United States and attempting to understand the link between a territory and its inhabitants. For Winship this relationship is inextricable; places accrue particular meanings according to the people she meets, what she sees, and by what's happening to her personally. Each human encounter, sound and smell adds extra dimensions to her work and the resulting photographs.

she dances on Jackson marks a progression. Stylistically similar to her previous work using black and white film and a large format camera, Winship’s portraits remain arresting and unnerving but this body of work reveals her to also be a skilled landscape photographer. For Winship photography is a process of literacy, a path by which she understands life. Her intimate approach enables the reader to glimpse the world as she sees it, if only for a moment.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 240 x 270 mm

144 pages, 64 tritone plates



Andante

Alex Majoli

Taking orders for reprint, due September 2018

Publisher’s Description

Andante is the catalogue of an exhibition that goes from 1985 to 2018, in which the artist Alex Majoli researches the human soul and the most obscure elements of society. The itinerary ends with teatro, exploring the theatricality that lies in everyday’s life, where the borders between reality and fiction become blurred. The subtle line between reality and theatre, documentary and art, human behaviour and acting is the exact friction that amazes and makes him go back on the streets and in the places where the human condition is put into question. Even in the most tragic of miseries, he is capable to find the theatre, the pride and, most of all, the greatness of human soul.

The career of Alex Majoli, member of the prestigious Magnum Photos starts very early in the atelier of Casadio and Malanca. It is only after having photographed the closing of the renowned mental institution on the island of Leros in Greece that he finds his identity as an artist, giving birth to his first namesake monography Leros. The initial interest of the artist in the theories of the pioneer of the modern concept of mental health Franco Basaglia, who is also famous for having abolished mental hospitals in Italy, pushes him to go to Brasil, where the theories are enthusiastically adopted.

Alex Majoli has photographed the South American country for twenty years, collecting a series of images depicting the complex Brazilian society in the project Tudo bom, which is still in progress. Between the 1990s and the 2000s, he worked mainly for international publishing houses. Majoli can be considered a provocateur for the images he uses: he represents the theatrical dynamics of life, the human actions seem to take inspiration from a theatre show and he emphasizes all the drama of everyday’s life using artificial light. His photos become scenes where people in their “performance/life” express themselves on what becomes an undeclared stage or film set.

Publisher Cesura Publish

Size: 140 x 210 mm

74 pages, 40 photographs

First Edition of 700

One Eyed Ulysses

JM Ramírez-Suassi

Publisher’s Description

One Eyed Ulysses proposes a meandering voyage where solitude, melancholy, the encounter with death and nature in marginal settings are some of the themes that run through it. The aim of this book of photos is not to document a specific epoch , but rather to sum up human experience so that we may contemplate its images on an equal plane and from the same view point from which we observe them.

"Every work of art affords the recipient the context(space) for a game whose rules he has to invent" - Hans-George Gadamer

Size: 240 x 300 mm

144 pages, 91 full colour plates offset

Edition of 175 copies

Deutschland (Signed)

Gerry Johansson

Publisher's Description

Following the phenomenal success of Gerry Johansson’s 2011 publication Pontiac, this October MACK will release Deutschland. Deutschland completes an eighteen-year series of books for which Johansson travelled through America, Sweden, Germany and Mongolia.

In Deutschland, Johansson has produced a visual encyclopedia, cataloging the rural and urban landscapes of Germany. Presented in alphabetical order, the book is devoid of human presence. Johansson’s images traditionally lack a human element but here it is reduced. Discouraging the speculation reserved for reading photography books, the wonder if the order follows a geographical path, is it telling a story? Johansson’s regimentation of the works asks us to look, very simply, at their content.

In carefully structured greyscale images, Johansson sensitively explores German history through its landscape, picking out the industrial scenes, industrial buildings, residential roads and shop fronts. Johansson’s quiet photographs are carefully constructed, grid patterns recur constantly and each frame is packed with information.

Signed copy


Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 170 x 240 mm

352 pages, 176 duotone plates

Looking Up Ben James - a Fable

John Gossage

Publisher's description

“It is spring 2008 and my friend, photographer and book collector John Gossage is coming to the UK. We have planned to embark upon a minor road trip together. All John requests is that I drive and that we visit some ‘typical Parr seaside locations’. No problem.” Martin Parr “The protagonist of this work, “the photographer”, Mr. Parr is pictured throughout the book.” John Gossage Martin Parr and John Gossage’s British coastal trip covered spots like Georgian Clifton (Bristol), Severn Bridge (Wales), and Caerau, the mining village near Cardiff where photographer Robert Frank had made his famous report and met the miner Ben James in 1953.

The road took them further north to reach Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, ending in Liverpool, Morecambe and smaller towns in the Lake District. The outcome are shots of street scenes, backyards, gardens, sceneries and very few people on the way, silent testimonies of small, unexpected details of everyday life in a world that is not visited by many, let alone photographed. As Parr concludes in his introductory text: “I am amazed that the collective vision of this volume is so familiar, but entirely alien. It restores my faith in photography to know that a mature and original photographer like John Gossage can see the things I just did not notice.”

Publisher: Steidl
Size: 330 x 410 mm

192 pages

Koan (Signed)

Xiaoyi Chen

Publisher's Description

Chinese photographer Xiaoyi Chen uses the photogravure process to create extraordinarily beautiful prints on a variety of Japanese and other fine art papers. Chen's vision originates from immersion in Zen and Taoist philosophies: philosophies which, in contradiction to Western thought, emphasise the inadequacy of language and words, and the importance of intuition over reason and logic, to transform the self. In Zen Buddhism Koan is a story or riddle used to help in the attainment of a state of spontaneous reflection, free from planning and analytical thought.

The book's images, mostly landscapes, many taken in Iceland, often dissolve to abstraction. Chen's radiant images, in a complementary sequence and design, produce a photo book that provides an exhilarating visual experience.

Sample images

Publisher: PJB Editions

Size: 215 x 273 mm

72 pages, 40 photographs


All About Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

July 2018 Thames & Hudson edition

Publisher's description

Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition curated by Pauline Vermare of work by Saul Leiter at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, this sincere, beautifully conceived volume offers an in-depth look at this American visual artist’s oeuvre. Known for his photography and painting, a rare and beautiful combination of Japanese and French influences runs through Leiter’s entire body of work. His passion for French impressionism and post-impressionism likely played a role in his love and admiration for Japanese art, leading to the characteristic poetic grace and delicateness seen in his images, as well as an acute awareness of transient, ephemeral beauty.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

296 pages

232 photos

210 x 148 mm


My Kingdom

Txema Salvans

Publisher's Description

My Kingdom by Catalan photographer Txema Salvans offers a sharp-witted insight into contemporary Spanish society, and a wry comment on the climate of power in the artist’s home country. Salvans splices together blackand-white photographs of ordinary citizens enjoying the Mediterranean coast, with citations from the political rhetoric of former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I (1975–2015). Drenched in authority and affect, his speech conveys a King playing the role of a good-natured sovereign, the tender ruler of a democratic monarchy.

In Salvans’ subversive combination of image and text, the language acts like a socio-political filter, through which the gestures and emotions of the beach-goers are seen – the hopes, the indolence, and the aggression of people parading their own small sovereignties: the freedom to nap, eat, sunbathe, play, love and suffer, and display their human uniqueness. Power, as something embodied and enacted, permeates the king’s speech and the interactions of ordinary Spaniards, on the beaches and residential development of ‘real’ Spain.

Accompanying My Kingdom is a booklet containing extracts of fervent speeches by political figures including Thatcher, Mussolini, Churchill and Chaplin the Dictator, all proclaiming the authoritarian power of the state over people.
 

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 150 x 230 mm

104 pages

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