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Latest newsletter- 16 January 2017

Our latest newsletter - out today - has new titles by Daisuke Yokota, Jacob Aue Sobol, Christer Stromholm and Lars Mortensen and more. 

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With and Without You (Signed)

Jacob Aue Sobol

Publisher's Description

“With and Without You” is a tribute to his father who died when he was 20 years old. Printed on his 40th birthday it contains highlights of all the work he created the last two decades, which his father never got to see.The book has 224 pages, 129 images from the yet unpublished projects Home, Road Of Bones and America. As well as Sabine, The Gomez Brito Family, Arrivals and Departures, By the River of Kings and I, Tokyo.

Size: 189 x 252 mm

224 Pages, 129 black & white images

Hardcover partly clothbound

Danish & English text

First edition

Published in 2016

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Taking Shots: The Photography of William Burroughs

William Burroughs

Publisher's Description

Marking the centenary of William S. Burroughs’s birth, this exciting book reproduces the celebrated writer’s many rarely seen photographs.

Renowned and highly regarded for his experiments with literature, painting, film, and music, William S. Burroughs was also a prolific photographer. However, his photographic work, consisting of several thousand images, has so far received little critical attention or sustained public exposure. This book reproduces many previously unseen photographs and offers fascinating insights into his photographic practices. It also provides convincing evidence that his photos should be considered a significant aspect of his entire body of work. It includes portraits and self-portraits, location shots from his travels in Europe, the Americas, and North Africa, images of construction and demolition sites, and his individual and collaborative experiments with photomontage, assemblage, and collage. Essays by internationally acclaimed scholars of photography and of Burroughs’s work offer a variety of critical perspectives on his photographic oeuvre, examining its sources, methodologies, biographical contexts, influences, and purposes. Certain to appeal to his many devoted fans, this publication also coincides with a recent revival of critical and cultural interest in the 1960s art scene and the Beat Generation’s writers and artists.

Publishing House: Prestel

Size: 240 x 280 mm

160 pages, 150 b/w illustrations

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Stones and Marks

Peter Elliston

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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 petrolgyphs 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

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Theatre of War

Cecil Beaton

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Publisher's Description

At the beginning of the Second World War the Ministry of Information, through the advice of Kenneth Clark, commissioned Cecil Beaton to photograph the Home Front. Beaton set to work recording the destruction of the Wren churches in the City and the heroism of Londoners under attack. He conducted a survey of Bomber and Fighter Commands for the RAF, which was published with Beaton's own astute commentary. Beaton was an effective propagandist, but his voice, like his photographs, was touchingly elegant. Whatever his subject, Beaton was always a stylist.

Beaton's wartime work for the Ministry amounted to seven thousand photographs, which are now housed with their negatives at the Imperial War Museums. They form a great document both of the landscape of war and of the passing of the Empire. He travelled through the Western Desert and on to Iraq, Palestine, Transjordan and Syria. In 1943 he left for India where he photographed the final days of the Raj in New Delhi and Calcutta before joining the Burma campaign. He ended the war deep in Chinese territory where he witnessed the Nationalist resistance to the Japanese.

Beaton's inherent sense of theatre extended from palatial drawing rooms to the jungle and the desert. Whatever the circumstances he never departed from his radical aesthetic. Theatre of War is published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museums on the occasion of a major exhibition.

Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Size: 303 x 322 mm

360 Pages

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Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography

Errol Morris

Publisher's Description

Academy Award–winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography.

In his inimitable style, Errol Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs. With his keen sense of irony, skepticism, and humor, Morris shows how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal, and how what we see is often determined by our beliefs. Each essay in this book is part detective story, part philosophical meditation, presenting readers with a conundrum, and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record. Believing Is Seeing is a highly original exploration of photography and perception, from one of America’s most provocative observers.

Publisher: Penguin Books

Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/8"

336 pages

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Architecture of Truth: The Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet

Lucien Hervé

Publisher's Description

Le Thoronet Abbey, one of the wonders of twelfth-century Cistercian architecture and still revered by architects today, nestles in a wooded valley in Provence, South of France. This book is a pictorial appreciation of the abbey, photographed by Lucien Hervé in the mid-1950s and introduced by Le Corbusier.

'The pictures in this book are witnesses to the truth,' says Le Corbusier of Hervé's photographs of the Romanesque abbey. Hervé's exquisite study presents the building throughout the course of a day, depicting the changing play of light and shadow on its stone vaulted exterior and interior. Highly textured and almost abstract in quality, his photographs reveal how the abbey is defined as much by light as by the conventions of Romanesque architecture, to communicate the intense spirituality of the Cistercian monastic order. Arranged according to the canonical hours of prayer, Hervé's photographs are complemented by quotations from the psalms and the saints.

An essay by Father Samuel of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sept-Fons provides a profound insight into the Cistercian monastic order, while the renowned state-of-the-art architect John Pawson contributes a personal appreciation of this fine example of Cistercian architecture.

A pictorial tribute to one of the wonders of 12th-century architecture.

Publisher: Phaidon

Size: 290 x 250 mm

160 pages, 67 Duotone Images

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Are We There Yet?

Barry Cawston

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Publisher's Description

Banksy's Dismaland was conceived to interrogate and challenge some of the biggest issues weface, head on. Are We There Yet? shines a spotlight on contemporary British life through the visual similes which Barry Cawston constructs between his Weston Super Mare street photography and the scathing sideshows of Dismaland. Not for nothing did the world’s most famous street artist choose Weston as the venue for his harshest satire fest to date. This beautiful 250 page photographic book features 150 stunning images of Dismaland and its locality with writing by Dismaland contributor Tristan Manco, street artist Felix (FLX) Braun, Dismal steward Farhath Siddiqui, Creative Producer Kath Cockshaw, Rachel Hobson and Barry Cawston.

Publisher: The Drugstore Gallery

Size: 250 x 310 mm

240 pages, 199 illustrations

9780995628816

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At Mirrored River

Enda Bowe

Publisher's Description

The project titled At Mirrored River was inspired by the Gaelic word Teannalach (pron. “chann-ah-lack”). Teannalach is a Gaelic word used in the West of Ireland which means awareness. In particular, it is awareness of that which is intangible and hushed; of being aware of the quietness and presence of people and the spaces they inhabit. With this in mind, l sought to capture the teannalach of stories and dreams within a singular town.

The project is entirely made in an ordinary small industrial town although it is not a literal documentation about the town. The chosen space is deliberately reflective of other similar industrial towns across the world.

It was important for me to construct an unrecognizable geographical picture of a town which didn’t have recognizable iconic images, to avoid the obvious. I wanted to look at the ordinary every day spaces we inhabit and our ordinary daily lives because for me, the ordinary is where all the of the universal beauty, magic and possibilities lye. As the late influential writer John McGahern said, “ the ordinary is the most precious thing in life”.

In focusing the work and containing the project within one town and it’s inhabited spaces, my personal challenge was to find the light and the beauty in the ordinary, the hope and the optimism where others might only initially see the mundane and the routine.

As the project unfolded, it became less about the location of the project and more about mapping the feelings contained within the town. At Mirrored River is about the awareness of who we are, the questions we ask and the dreams we project. It is about the teannalach of a place.

Printed in an edition of 800

Publisher: Blue Swallow

Size: 8¾ x 10¾"

64 pages

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Aeronautics in the Backyard

Xiaoxiao Xu

Publisher's Description

Aeronautics in the Backyard is a mythical, fairytale-like photo series about the dream of flying, freedom and creativity.

All over the country in China, in the most unexpected of places, farmers rise up to build their own aircrafts. They don’t work in fancy hangars with all the equipment one could wish for, they simply play around in their backyards, recycling scrap metal and using household tools. They are self-educated, self-employed and penniless.

Some of these aeronauts have worked for decades but never achieved to get airborne. Although that might sound like a waste of time, they see it differently. For them, the game is not about how far or high they can fly, it’s about pushing their boundaries in order to achieve the impossible. They call it real-life science-fiction.

Xiaoxiao is driven by questions of why, of all people, Chinese farmers have the guts and skills to become aeronauts, even though they lack both education and resources, and how they manage to achieve such dazzling goals while working full-time jobs on the side and taking care of their families on a daily basis.

In 2015 Xiaoxiao drove across China’s extensive land for several months, residing in eight different villages spread out over three major provinces, meeting and interviewing eight different aeronauts. Although coming from similar backgrounds, all eight have completely different ways of building their machines, and all carry countless unique stories with them.

Xiaoxiao recorded their tales, took pictures and simultaneously collected many original aircraft drawings and technical documents. All these little artefacts will be brought together in the book, thereby unveiling the hidden world of Chinese aeronautics in full detail for the first time.

With this project Xiaoxiao shows the creativity of individual farmer, deeply touched by their resourcefulness, flexibility, positivity, playfulness and childishness.

Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Size: 208 x 298 mm

160 pages

Limited edition: 500

978-94-92051-19-6

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Summer in South Georgia (Signed)

Jamie Grant

Publisher's Description

A stunning photographic review of the unique landscape, wildlife and architecture of the remote sub-Antartic island of South Georgia.

Aberfeldy photographer Jamie Grant spent 50 days on the island capturing its unique landscape and architecture as chosen artist in residence for the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT).

Jamie was the first photographer to be chosen as artist in residence by SGHT. While on location, he captured a rich selection of wildlife, landscape and architecture imagery to compile into a coffee table-style book.

South Georgia’s location between southern, cold Antarctic waters and warmer currents to the north make it a haven for wildlife. There are abundant bird populations, including albatrosses and King Penguins while huge breeding populations of seals occupy the beaches in the southern months and whales are increasingly spotted off the headlands. The island’s natural history is matched by a fascinating human heritage.

Numbered edition of 600 copies.

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The Eyes of the City

Richard Sandler

Publisher's Description

Timing, skill, and talent all play an important role in creating a great photograph, but the most primary element, the photographer’s eye, is perhaps the most crucial. In The Eyes of the City, Richard Sandler showcases decades’ worth of work, proving his eye for street life rivals any of his generation.

From 1977 to just weeks before September 11, 2001, Richard regularly walked through the streets of Boston and New York, making incisive and humorous pictures that read the pulse of that time. After serendipitously being gifted a Leica camera in 1977, Sandler shot in Boston for three productive years
and then moved back home to photograph in an edgy, dangerous, colicky New York City.

In the 1980s crime and crack were on the rise and their effects were socially devastating. Times Square, Harlem, and the East Village were seeded with hard drugs, while in Midtown Manhattan, and on Wall Street, the rich flaunted their furs in unprecedented numbers, and “greed was good.”

In the 1990s the city underwent drastic changes to lure in tourists and corporations, the result of which was rapid gentrification. Rents were raised and neighborhoods were sanitized, clearing them of both crime and character. Throughout these turbulent and creative years Sandler paced the streets with his native New Yorker’s eye for compassion, irony, and unvarnished fact.

The results are presented in The Eyes of the City, many for the first time in print. Overtly, they capture a complex time when beauty mixed with decay, yet below the picture surface, they hint at unrecognized ghosts in the American psyche.

Publisher: powerHouse

Size: 11.25 x 10.5"

180 pages

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Taipei Diary

Peter Bialobrzeski

Publisher's Description

In 2014, Peter Bialobrzeski arrived in Taipei to print his book Cairo Diary. Almost immediately, he set out to document the urban landscape of what was once considered the de facto capital of China, and what it has become today.

In 1949 the Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai Shek, fled the mainland to take refuge in Taiwan. They declared Taipei the provisional capital of the Republic of China. [...] The Kuomintang believed for a long time in the provisional. That resulted in an underdeveloped infrastructure and an overspend on“defence”, which in reality was saving up for aggression. The exile to the island of Formosa was only a step on the way to kicking Mao and his Reddies out of the mainland. You don’t have to visit Taiwan to find that idea very amusing when you look at “Red China” today.

Peter Bialobrzeski is a world-renowned photographer and the recipient of several awards including the prestigious “World Press Photo Award” in 2003 and 2010. He is also the author of over ten photobooks, including "Cairo Diary", "Athens Diary" and "Wolfsburg Diary", also published by The Velvet Cell.

Sample images

Publisher: The Velvet Cell

Size: 140 x 210 mm

112 pages

Limited Edition of 500

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Poste Restante

Christer Stromholm

Publisher's Description

Christer Strömholm, born in 1918 in Sweden, began is photographic career in earnest in1958, traveling to places like Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Calcutta, and Nairobi. He is most known for his intimate black-and-white street photography portrait series. This is the first English edition of ‘Poste Restante’, a book originally published in Swedish. It comprises the original photographs, layout, and texts, including the unrevised introduction from 1967, a text based on a taped interview with Strömholm conducted over five days at a hotel in Paris. Titled “Before the Photographs”, in it he recounts childhood memories and various of his experiences during World War II.

Publisher: Art And Theory Publishing

Size: 210 x 250 mm

124 pages

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IMA (English Edition Vol. 1)

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Publisher's Description

The art photography magazine publishes its first English edition, wherein a showcase of upcoming Japanese talents is the main feature. These photographers, such as Daisuke Yokota,Hideyuki Ishibashi, Nerhol, Mayumi Hosokura, and more, have already won international acclaim through their highly individual approaches. The magazine also includes a special feature on Nobuyoshi Araki consisting of selections from his photobooks and a dialogue with photographer Alec Soth. Other highlights include Yusuke Nishimura’s ‘The Folk’, wherein the elaborately costumed realm of Japanese folk entertainment is explored, and the rise of cute in “kawaii”

Main Feature: A New Chapter of Japanese Photography
The feature showcases Japanese upcoming talents who win international acclaims such as Daisuke Yokota and his followers and explores each context behind its images.

Special Feature: Araki, Now and Then
Araki is obviously a major figure in Japanese contemporary photography. To celebrate his significant achievement in the world, this feature pursues his insights from different angles.

Photo Journal TOKYO
The selection of galleries, bookstores and photography spots in Tokyo to visit.

The Rise of Cute
The quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture, “Kawaii” is also adopted in term of photography? Photography critic Marc Fuestel gives deep thoughts to that context with IMA.

Publisher: Amana.inc

Size: 336 × 253 mm

216 pages, 200 illustrations 125 colour

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Road of Bones (Signed)

Jacob Aue Sobol

Publisher's Description

From the road in Siberia, Road of Bones is Jacob Aue Sobol's newest series - presented in catalog format.

Size: 297 x 396 mm

40 pages, 26 tritone images

Sample images

ROAD OF BONES from Sobol Studio on Vimeo.

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DDSBs (discarded dog sh*t bags)

John Darwell

Publisher's Description

'Over the past few years I have observed with increasing fascination the growing number of discarded dog sh*t bags (DDSBs – it feels to me that there should be an apostrophe after the b but I’m told this is not the case!) I encounter whilst out walking in open countryside, urban parklands and even suburban streets.

Yes, there are health implications in leaving dog poop around in its natural state, but frankly it’s far less easy to see the stuff (and therefore less offensive) if it isn't bagged. Yet, is this purely about not wishing to be caught by the ever-watchful dog police? Do we want to be seen to dutifully bag Rover’s poop, but then, surreptitiously, when no one’s looking, we dispose of the offending article in the nearest bush, throw it in the river or hang it on the adjacent fence (in a misplaced belief that once bagged it ceases to be the dog owner’s responsibility)?

Whatever the reasoning, the DDSB has very quickly become a feature of our global environment; well, those environments that don’t have more to worry about than dog poop.'

[extract from book introduction by John Darwell]

Individually numbered limited edition book that comes in its own dog poop bag (unused!)

First seen at The Photography Festival Les Rencontres d’Arles

Publisher: mynewtpress

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100 Bilder

Daisuke Yokota,Yoshi Kametani and Hiroshi Takizawa

Publisher's Description

Hallucinatory flashes of the Berlin underworld permeate through the pages of this collective work by Japanese artists Daisuke Yokota,Yoshi Kametani and Hiroshi Takizawa. A collaboration of night work in a city that never sleeps; the photographers pass like ghosts through all manner of places; forests, strip clubs, industrial estates, parking lots and darkened streets. Utilising a variety of different techniques they present a fresh perspective of the metropolis.

All photos taken in Berlin during the Kominek Books residency program 2016.


Publisher Kominek Books

Size: 240 x 300 mm

100 illustrations

Edition of 200 copies

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Berlin

Daisuke Yokota

Publisher's Description

After publishing Daisuke Yokota’s Toransupearento and GLASS, Kominek Books presents a new body of work from the artist, Berlin; photos taken in Germany’s capital.

The images are typical night city wanderings and exhibit Yokota’s signature experimental processing techniques whilst also demonstrating unconventional shooting methods like re-appropriating thermographic and infrared cameras and rendering the images onto analog film. But overall Yokota’s experiments with extremely low-resolution cameras brings the concept of classical photography to its limits and revises the question of what photography should be.

Publisher: Kominek Books

Size: 200 x 290 mm

60 images

Edition of 300 copies

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Matter/Burn Out

Daisuke Yokota

Publisher's Description

Daisuke Yokota has presented to the public an immense installation using 100,000 photographic prints coated in wax, which was exhibited in Aichi Triennial held in August 2016. Yokota’s work ‘Matter’, a work whereby photographs have been printed on rolls of paper, has become a sensation. Since 2013, ‘Matter’ has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including Unseen Photo Fair Special Exhibition ‘anima on photo’ (Amsterdam, 2013); Photo London (London, 2015); JIMEI x ARLES International Photography Festival (Xiamen, China). ‘MATTER / BURN OUT’ is an extension of the work ‘Matter’ which was exhibited in Xiamen in 2015, 70 years after the war between Japan and China. Once the exhibition had come to a close, the work was burnt in the, once again, vacant space in the area. This ‘burn out’ process was documented in 4,000 photographs, whereby the data was processed, manipulated and revived to form a brand new, large scale work called “MATTER / BURN OUT”, and edited to this new book.

Publisher: Artbeat Publishers

Size: 210 × 284 mm

304 pages

First edition (1,000 copies)

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3DPRK

Matjaž Tančič

Publisher's Description

3D portraits from North Korean in 2014, by Beijing based Slovenian photographer Matjaz Tancic collaborate with Koryo Studio.

Publisher: Jiazazhi Press

Size:195 × 155 mm

64 Pages, Hardcover with silk-screen printing

with 3D glasses, 64 pieces of 3D cards, 5 pieces of 3D postcards and introduction booklet inside

First edition of 1000

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Bestsellers

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

Mountains and Waters

Alexander Gronsky

Publisher's Description

Mountains and Waters is a photographic study of China in diptychs, shot on the outskirts of Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen in China. The works focus on contemporary Chinese matters such as construction, infrastructure and development, while simultaneously alluding to traditional Chinese painting styles.

Alexander Gronsky is an Estonian photographer now based in Moscow, Russia. His work focuses on how geography influences the emotions and behaviours of its inhabitants. He is the holder of many photography awards, including the World Press Photo (2012) and the Foam Paul Huf Award (2010).

Sample images

Publisher: The Velvet Cell

Size: 210 x 240 mm

120 pages

Limited Edition of 750

ZZYZX

Gregory Halpern

First edition, second printing

Publisher's Description

[…] traditional American landscape photography has become a rather moribund photographic trope [...] a sanctified, cliched reverence has become the norm. In Halpern’s California work, I see him removing himself from the comforts of the past and endeavoring to strike out afresh, rethinking his conditioning and antecedents to break free of this particular mould. — Chris Killip

Beauty and its implication of promise is the metaphor that gives art its value. It helps us rediscover some of our best intuitions, the ones that encourage caring. — Robert Adams

The early settlers dubbed California The Golden State, and The Land of Milk and Honey. Today there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and skid row—but the place is not so easily distilled or visualized, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together—the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redemptive next to the despairing, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh.

The pictures in this book begin in the desert east of Los Angeles and move west through the city, ending at the Pacific. This general westward movement alludes to a thirst for water, as well as the original expansion of America, which was born in the East and which hungrily drove itself West until reaching the Pacific, thereby fulfilling its “manifest” destiny.

The people, places, and animals in the book did exist before Halpern’s camera, but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction or fantasy—a structure, sequence and edit which, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.

Sample images

Brief video

Publisher: Mack

Size: 240 x 290 mm

128 pages, 77 colour plates

 

Sugar Paper Theories

Jack Latham

Publisher's Description

Forty years ago, two men went missing in southwest Iceland. The facts of their disappearances are scarce, and often mundane. An 18-year-old set off from a nightclub, drunk, on a 10-kilometre walk home in the depths of Icelandic winter. Some months later, a family man failed to return from a meeting with a mysterious stranger. In another time or place, they might have been logged as missing persons and forgotten by all but family and friends. Instead, the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case became the biggest and most controversial murder investigation in Icelandic history.

In the 1970s theories about the disappearances fixated on Iceland’s anxieties over smuggling, drugs and alcohol, and the corrupting influence of the outside world. The country’s highest levels of political power were drawn into the plot. But ultimately, a group of young people on the fringes of society became its key protagonists. All made confessions that led to convictions and prison sentences. Yet none could remember what happened on the nights in question. 

Now a public inquiry is uncovering another story, of how hundreds of days and nights in the hands of a brutal and inexperienced criminal justice system eroded the link between suspects’ memories and lived experience. 

Jack Latham photographed the places and people that feature in various accounts of what happened to Gudmundur and Geirfinnur after they vanished. He spent time with the surviving suspects, as well as whistle blowers, conspiracy theorists, expert witnesses and bystanders to the case. 

In ‘Sugar Paper Theories’, Latham’s photographs and material from the original police investigation files stand in for memories real and constructed. Professor Gisli Gudjónsson CBE, a former Reykjavik policeman and forensic psychologist whose expert testimony and theory of memory distrust syndrome helped free the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four – and are now central to the Gudmundor and Geirfinnur inquiry – provides a written account of the case.

Jack Latham is the recipient of the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2016.

Sample images

Publisher: Here Press and The Photographers’ Gallery

Size: 310 x 230 mm

180 pages, 46 colour photographs, 37 black & white photographs
8 illustrations, 9 press cuttings

Colour photography by Jack Latham

Text by Professor Gisli Gudjónsson

Black & white archive photography sourced from original police files

ISBN: 978-0-9935853-2-6

Afterword

Masahisa Fukase


Out of print almost immediately after it was published. We have one remaining copy.

Publisher's Description

“Afterword” is composed of photos used in the afterword ’Sasuke’s Diary’ from “Sasuke, My Dear Cat”, published by Seinen Shokan in 1978. In the small pocket-sized printing manuscript were instructions and numbering written by Fukase himself.

Sasuke the First went missing quite early on, but some time afterwards, someone who had seen the ‘missing’ posters delivered a kitten to Fukase thinking it was probably Sasuke. While they did indeed look alike, the kitten turned out not to be Sasuke after all.

Fukase, however, named this kitten Sasuke and ended up loving him like his own. To Harajuku, on express trains, and even to Ueno Zoo and the seaside - he took Sasuke out with him wherever he went. Referring to himself ‘papa’ while turning his camera upon Sasuke, the depth of Fukase’s affection for his cat can be felt through his photos of its charming visage.

A near-maddening amount of lovely scenes continue page turn after page turn in this wonderful photo book - a masterpiece that belongs on the shelf of a loved one.

1st edition of 900 copies

Sample images

Publisher: Roshin Books

Size: 210mm x 231mm


104 pages, 80 black & white plates

Text: Japanese and English x 18mm
roshin books 2016
ISBN 978-4-9907230-5-7

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

Faces of the North

Ragnar Axelsson

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Publisher's Description

Introduction by Mary Ellen Mark. Text by Ragnar Axelsson.

Raised on an isolated farm in southern Iceland, Ragnar Axelsson (born 1958) became captivated early on by the brutal beauty of the North Atlantic and the delicate interactions between its inhabitants and their environment. Born of that fascination, Faces of the North, first published in a small print run in 2004, established Axelsson as one of the leading documentary photographers of our time. It contained about 100 lushly austere, powerful images of Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, taken over two decades. Long out of print, Faces of the North is now republished in a special anniversary edition that echoes the format of Axelsson's latest publications, Last Days of the Arctic and Behind the Mountains. Containing the original selection of photographs documenting the vanishing lifestyles of the North Atlantic, the new edition also includes previously unpublished photos, Axelsson's personal accounts of the journeys which led to the images' creation and the artist's sketches of the photographs, drawn nightly as he traveled through the Arctic. In the 2004 edition of Faces of the North, Axelsson collected the images of farmers, hunters and fishermen in the Arctic and the Atlantic that he became best known for; in the 2014 edition, his oeuvre comes full circle, as he looks back upon the foundation of his photographic passion and career.

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Publisher: Crymogea

Size: 12.25 X 11.5"

412 pages, 210 duotone images

Modern Color

Fred Herzog

First printing sold out.  Taking order for 2nd printing, due February 2017

Publisher's Description

Pioneer of color photography: comprehensive overview with unreleased photo material

Fred Herzog is known for his unusual use of colour in the fifties and sixties, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black and white imagery. The Canadian photographer worked almost exclusively with Kodachrome slide film for over 50 years, and only in the past decade has technology allowed him to make archival pigment prints that match the exceptional color and intensity of the Kodachrome slide. In this respect, his photographs can be seen as a pre-figuration of the New Color photographers of the seventies. This book will bring together over 230 images, many never before reproduced, and will feature essays by acclaimed authors David Campany and Hans-Michael Koetzle. Fred Herzog will be the most comprehensive publication on this important photographer to date.

Texts by David Campany, Hans-Michael Koetzle, Jeff Wall

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Publisher: Hatje Cantz

Size: 265 x 230 mm

320 pages, 230 illustrations

German, English

Along the Hackney Canal (Collector's Edition)

Freya Najade

Publisher's Description

Book 11 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT

Freya Najade's photographs take us on a slow journey along the waterways of East London; from the Regent's Canal to the River Lea, discovering unexpected beauty and wilderness in the heart of the city.

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Along the Hackney Canal by Freya Najade presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 150 copies.

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed.

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Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Size: 145 x 205mm

96 pages

Tokyo (Signed)

Gerry Johansson

Publisher's Description

“In the stately ways of our shining capital the dwellings of high and low raise their roofs in rivalry as in the beginning… how often does the mansion of one age turn into the cottages of the next.” 
Kamo no Chomei

Tokyo is a visual journey through a city at once futuristic and obsolete, its visionary design worn out – like that of a past era. Johanasson uses photography to index the city, finding form and pragmatic order through accumulation and sequence, revealing the city's hidden, modular logic: lego-like segments, a basic square unit repeated indefinitely and in various sizes. These images are unpeopled, showing only the architecture of the city, a container of 13 million people, organised around mass movement and the funnelling of human traffic. Between the concrete, glass and steel, the occasional green life sprouts – miniature gardens in the narrow alleyways, or a cluster of flower pots lining the sidewalk. The architecture creates its own topography, and the city is glimpsed as the last outpost of a fading, mechanised world

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Publisher: only photography

Size: 
240 x 300 mm

160 pages, 
101 black & white plates

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