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New & forthcoming titles- 01 August 2017

Our latest newsletter has new and forthcoming titles from Thomas Struth, Saul Leiter, Francois Halard, Vincent Ferrane, Ron Jude, Alec Soth, Robert Adams and Anders Petersen, a history of the Japanese photobook, and more.

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Sleeping by the Mississippi (Signed)

Alec Soth

2017 Mack edition

Includes a fold-out poster measuring 42*53cm in addition to the book. 

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

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Gene Smith’s Sink

Sam Stephenson

Publisher's Description

Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography’s most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and ’50s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of war and disaster, villages and metropolises, doctors and midwives, revolutionized the role of images in journalism, transforming photography for decades to come.

When Smith died in 1978, he left behind eighteen dollars in the bank and forty-four thousand pounds of archives. He was only fifty-nine, but he was flat worn-out. His death certificate read “stroke,” but, as was said of the immortal jazzman Charlie Parker, Smith died of “everything,” from drug and alcohol benders to weeklong work sessions with no sleep.

Lured by the intoxicating trail of people that emerged from Smith’s stupefying archive, Sam Stephenson began a quest to trace his footsteps. In Gene Smith’s Sink, Stephenson merges traditional biography with rhythmic digressions to revive Smith’s life and legacy. Traveling across twenty-nine states, Japan, and the Pacific, Stephenson profiles a lively cast of characters, including the playwright Tennessee Williams, to whom Smith likened himself; the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he once shared a Swiss chalet; the artist Mary Frank, who was married to his friend Robert Frank; the jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Sonny Clark, whose music was taped by Smith in his loft; and a series of obscure caregivers who helped keep Smith on his feet. The distillation of twenty years of research, Gene Smith’s Sink is an unprecedented look into the photographer’s potent legacy and the subjects around him.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

Size: 5.7 x 8.5"

224 pages

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Santa Barbara Shame on US

Alejandro Cartagena

Publisher's Description

After "SANTA BARBARA RETURN JOBS BACK TO US" the second chapter by Alejandro Cartagena on the US is a more tragically constructed visual landscape.

The current state of things in "America" has created a greater divide and contrast socially and especially politically. As such, the book carefully suggests and addresses these issues that need no literal explanation but an almost theatrical approach to feel the surface and see the inside of the decline of an empire.

Publisher: Skinnerboox

Size: 230 × 340 mm

112 Pages

Edition of 500

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Record (Signed)

Daido Moriyma

Publisher's Description

While searching for “a minimum media for immediately printing photos taken in everyday life and showing them by hand to those around him”, Daido Moriyma launched a self-published photograph magazine “Records” in 1972.

Although the publication of this magazine was temporarily suspended in May in the following year when No. 5 issue was published, it was revived in 2006 and is continuously published even today.

A digest version of this magazine from No. 1 to No. 30 was published.

The reproduced photos are as large as the original, the postscripts by Moriyama himself are also included, and the number of the photos included amounts to 280.

“Records” can be said to be his starting point.

Publisher: Akio Nagasawa Publishing

Size: 285 x 218 mm

424 pages

Signed/Limited Edition: 2000 (Japanese Edition)

Language : Japanese

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Pretty Woman (Signed)

Daido Moriyama

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Publisher's Description

This book consists of the works that were shot in the last year. Published in an edition of 900.

Publisher: Akio Nagasawa Publishing

Size: 306 x 234 mm

416 pages

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Le Gendarme Sur La Colline

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Publisher's Description

In this album, the compelling photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti explores her vision of France, in which old traditions persist even while they fray and shift in relation to contemporary stresses, including multiculturalism. The work presents an intuitive, often lyrical journey that is undercut with a sense of tension about what it means to be French—and to photograph the French—today. Le Gendarme Sur La Colline is the result of a major new commission by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Aperture Foundation. Called “Immersion,” the program seeks to expand artistic dialogue between France and the US, while investing in creativity, and providing a platform for an important emerging artist to create a major new body of work.


Photographs by Alessandra Sanguinetti
Essay by Susan Bright

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 11 x 10 1/4"

112 four-color images, including 2 eight-page gatefolds, 69 four-colour images

 

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Field Studies

Chrystel Lebas

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Publisher's Description

French Photographer Chrystel Lebas retracing the steps of famous botanist and ecologist Sir Edward James Salisbury (1886-1978). Salisbury’s glass negatives from the 1920, where used for his research and served as an important tool for Lebas to (re-)visit the Scottish landscape. In ‘Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives’ she combines her own large panoramic photographs, with the negatives and texts of Salisbury. Lebas uses long exposures, mostly photographed at dusk, when colours become subtle. The photographs are printed on large size fold out pages, which show all works in great detail.

‘Over 100 years later, Chrystel Lebas adopts this same state of travel, transported by Salisbury’s historic photographs. Her subject is—just like Salisbury’s was—the study of landscape environments and their inhabitant plants. Through photography and film Lebas traces the continual encounters between the forces of the wind and the sea with humans, animals, and plants.’ — Extract from Bergit Arends essay

Texts by Bergit Arends, Nanda van den Berg, Mark Spencer and Liz Wells / Design Hans Gremmen

Publisher: Fw: Books

Size: 240 x 310 mm

188 pages + 30 large fold out pages

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Corbeau (Signed Copy)

Anne Golaz

Publisher's Description

Part memoir, part tableau, Corbeau is a multi-layered narrative collage tracing life and death in the rural farm on which Swiss artist Anne Golaz grew up. Made over a twelve-year period and bridging three generations, the three-part book weaves together photographs, video stills and drawings, with texts by the author, screenwriter and playwright, Antoine Jaccoud, as well as the artist’s own writings. Jaccoud reconstructs transcripts of conversations between family members and memories recounted by the artist to build this intricate story of stories into a dramatalogical work. The protagonist of Corbeau is a young man seen in each chapter dutifully working on the farm. Gradually, however, his sense of duty appears to be instilled with doubt, a doubt that infuses the entire book.

Exploring themes of time, life, destiny and death, Corbeau – which takes its title from an enigmatic poem by Edgar Allan Poe – eludes a chronological order to picture a place in which the future is only reminiscent of the past. And where destiny is shaped in the claire-obscures nooks of childhood. In the artist’s words, the narrative construction exists ‘in a vacuum’, which tellingly offers a framework for both support and destruction. It is within such a circumscribed space that mixed feelings towards heritage arise.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 230 x 290 mm

196 pages

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The Library Book

Thomas R. Schiff

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Publisher's Description

In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei.

The Library Book beautifully captures the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library in sweeping 360-degree panoramas—from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others. In his introductory essay, acclaimed author and library lover Alberto Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library. Including brief descriptions of each unique library, this book brings bibliophiles into one hundred libraries across the nation.

Photographs by Thomas R. Schiff
Text by Alberto Manguel

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 14 ¹⁄₂ x 11"

232 pages including 6 gatefolds, 120 four-color images

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Feast for the Eyes

Susan Bright

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Publisher's Description

From basic sustenance to savory repasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. It can be political, religious, aspirational, commercial, creative, symbolic, national, and regional. Food’s complexity of form and meaning—and the fact that it’s often at hand—have made it a much-photographed subject throughout the history of photography. Interest in both food photography and food as a subject has risen in recent years, and this is the first book to cover food photography’s rich history—not only in fine art photography, but also in crossover genres such as commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism. Susan Bright’s introduction and commentary accompanying the photographs bring insight and intelligence to this spectacular subject, and trace the progression of the genre from photography’s beginnings to present day, featuring artists from all eras—Roger Fenton, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Laura Letinsky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Martin Parr, to name a few. Through key pictures, Bright explores the important figures and movements of food photography to provide an essential primer.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 9 ½ x 11 ½"

304 pages, Over 250 black-and-white and four-color images

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Archiving Eden

Dornith Doherty

Publisher's Description

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Archiving Eden explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species, and decreased agricultural diversity. Serving as a global botanical backup system, these privately and publicly funded institutions assure the opportunity for the reintroduction of species should a catastrophic event or civil strife affect a key ecosystem somewhere in the world.

Since 2008, Dornith Doherty has worked in collaboration with renowned biologists at the most comprehensive international seed banks in the world: the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service’s National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Colorado, USA, the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK.; and PlantBank, Threatened Flora Centre, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens in Australia.

Utilising the archives’ on-site X-ray equipment that is routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Doherty documents and subsequently collages the seeds and tissue samples stored in these crucial collections. The amazing visual power of magnified X-ray images, which springs from the technology’s ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminates her considerations not only of the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale. Doherty is struck by the power of these tiny plantlets and seeds (many are the size of a grain of sand) to generate life and to endure the time span central to the process of seed banking, which seeks to make these sparks last for two hundred years or more. 

Use of the colour delft/indigo blue evokes references not only to the process of cryogenic preservation, central to the methodology of saving seeds, but also to the intersection of East and West, trade, cultural exchange, and migration. This tension between stillness and change reflects her focus on the elusive goal of stopping time in relation to living materials, which at some moment, we may all want to do.

Publisher: Schilt Publishing

Size: 240 x 290 mm

180 pages with 95 photos in full colour

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Coney Island

Rob Ball

Publishers Description

Between around 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States attracting several million visitors each year. At its height, three enormous amusement parks – Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park – competed for visitors with the latest thrills and spills. Consequently Coney Island became a focus for the latest technological innovation, with electric lights, roller coasters, and even baby incubators appearing there in the 1900s.

Rob Ball explores Coney Island to tell a story of a resort rich in history and with a special cultural significance for many New Yorkers. Ball articulates this historical context through the use of the handmade and unpredictable tintype process, once widely used in Coney Island. This is balanced by his colour work documenting the area’s current diversity and popularity, with images made during the busy summer period.

For Ball, this is part of long-term photographic project engaging with the history of coastal resorts and their cyclical rise and fall in popularity. It is also a sequel to his previous book, Dreamlands, that looked at the popular amusement park in Margate. As with Margate, Coney Island in Brooklyn has undergone a period of repair after years of neglect and this is reflected in the work.

Publisher: Dewi Lewis

Size: 210 x 280mm

96 pages

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Museum Bhavan

Dayanita Singh

Publisher's Description

In Museum Bhavan Dayanita Singh creates a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same if not greater artistic value than prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of nine individual “museums” in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singh’s traveling exhibition of the same name whose prints are placed in folding expanding wooden structures (her “photo-architecture”), which she likes to interchange at will.

The images in Museum Bhavan—old and new, intriguingly literal and suggestive—have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as “Little Ladies Museum” and “Ongoing Museum,” as well as more specific series like “Museum of Machines.” Following her Sent a Letter (2008), the starting point for this project, the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which Singh encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book becomes an exhibition.

Publisher: Steidl

Size: 90 x 137 mm

298 pages, 241 images

Number of items: 10

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William Neill Photographer - A Retrospective

William Neill

Available from October 2017 - taking advance orders

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Publisher's Description

This retrospective book covering William Neill’s extensive career will feature images, many never published before, from his very early years with a camera in the 1970s through four decades including very recent work created in the past year. Photographs included are from his Antarctica series; an in-depth look at the “landscapes of the spirit” work; a Black and White portfolio; a series of patterns in nature imagery; and a portfolio of impressionistic, camera motion work; and last but not least, an extensive collection of Yosemite photographs. A true collector’s piece from this master of American Landscape Photography

WILLIAM NEILL

A resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, William is a landscape photographer concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in Nature. Neill’s award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill received a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado. In 1995, Neill received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

Triplekite Publishing

Publication Date 15th October 2017

Format Hardback (280mm x 280mm)

Page extent 214

Illustrations 151


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Retracing Our Retracing our Steps: Fukushima Exclusion Zone 2011 – 2016

Carlos Ayesta / Guillaume Bression

Publisher's Description

Since the tsunami and the nuclear disaster of March 2011, Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression have made regular visits to the "no-man's-land" surrounding the stricken power station of Fukushima Daiichi. The result is five series of photographs which mix posed situations with a documentary approach. Those offbeat photos stimulate thought at the consequences of a nuclear accident on such a scale. What remains in a region where 80,000 people were evacuated from one day to the next? What do the former residents think about going back to their ghost towns? For the last series, called Retracing our Steps, they asked former residents to come back to their shop or their school, to open the door of those places that were so ordinary before. In front of the camera, however, they are invited to act as if nothing had happened, and to behave normally. The normal and the strange intermingle in these almost surreal yet plausible photographs, the sequel of a historically important nuclear accident.

Winner Arles New Discovery Award 2017

Publisher: Kehrer

Size: 230 x 230 mm

152 pages 102 color illustrations

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The First March of Gentlemen

Rafał Milach

Publisher's Description

“The First March of Gentlemen” is a fictitious narrative composed of authentic stories. Historical events related to the town of Września came to be the starting point for reflection on the protest and disciplinary mechanisms. In the series of collages, the reality of the 1950s Poland ruled by the communists blends with the memory of the  Września children strike from the beginning of the 20th century. This shift in time is not just a coincidence, as the problems which the project touches upon are universal, and may be seen as a metaphor for the contemporary social tensions.

The First March of Gentlemen was created within Kolekcja Wrzesińska residency

Publisher: Muzeum Dzieci Wrzesińskich

Size: 165 × 207 mm

72 pages, 48 illustrations

Print run: 600 copies

collages and photos by Rafał Milach

text by Maciej Pisuk, Rafał Milach, Karol Szymkowiak

design by Rafał Milach & Ania Nalecka / TBD

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Tokyo (Signed)

Paul Bradshaw

Publisher's Description

"Tokyo is one of my favourite cities and I was keen to produce a series of photos exploring what makes it such a special place. The mixture of different cultural elements and influences in Japan's capital city seems to have produced a style which is unique to itself. Combining inspirations ranging from ancient Far Eastern traditions to playful retro-futurism, the benign lunacy of the stage show in Kabukichuo's Robot Restaurant is a great example of this.

In searching for subjects, I was particularly drawn to the tiny yakitori restaurants and bars that are clustered together in the alleys and archways around some of the main train stations. The people who frequented these places were especially interesting; once they left the main streets and entered these tucked-away areas they seemed to let their guard down, relax and become happy. It felt as though each of these small pockets of hospitality provided a sense of community within the otherwise anonymous lifestyle of the vast metropolis."

Limited Edition of 100

Size: 233 x 263 mm

80 Pages, 74 black and white images

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Reading Raymond Carver

Mary Frey

Publisher's Description

When Mary Frey began photographing family, friends and strangers in her immediate environment in 1979, she was in a state of transition. Studies finished, first teaching assignment, pregnant - responsibilities, duties, worries - and the need to look for meaning in everyday life. After a childhood in the sense of an imminent nuclear catastrophe, in an America where lifestyle magazines and television give directions how the BRAVE NEW WORLD should look and function.

Mary Frey has made strange pictures. Technically perfect, between snapshot and enactment, intimacy and distance. Charged banalities with children, adolescents and adults, middle class, USA, 35 years ago. No reportage, a psychogram. Stockphotos that no magazine would have printed, no agency would have used for a campaign. Weird.

In the end, Raymond Carver asks:

Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?

And as Raymond Carver in words Mary Frey answers with her pictures:

YES.

Text by Mary Frey
Quotes by Raymond Carver



Publisher: Peperoni Books

Size: 230 x 260 mm

96 pages, 51 Tritone images

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Works

Michael Wolf

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Publisher's Description

Michael Wolf is a photographer. For more than 40 years. He looks back on an amazing career. As a photojournalist, as a freelance photographer and for nearly 20 years now as an artist. More than 25 books have been published only in the past 10 years, including worldwide successes as Architecture of Density, Tokyo Compression and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Works that have been exhibited worldwide and have won many prizes.

Publisher: Peperoni Books

Size: 245 x 300 mm

296 pages, more tha 400 illustrations



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Holga

Michael Kenna

Publisher's Description

Michael Kenna is internationally renowned for producing evocative black-and-white images of nature and the urban environment. Often photographing at night or in the early morning hours, the majority of his photographs involve long time exposures with the camera on a tripod. However, some of Kenna’s more quirky, whimsical, and unpredictable images have been photographed with inexpensive, hand-held, plastic Holga cameras. These cameras generally produce relatively lowfidelity images, with marked vignetting. Precisely because of these attributes and its portability, Kenna often carries a Holga camera, even when he is not specifically photographing. For this beautifully produced book, Kenna has chosen his favorite Holga images, many never seen before, from his vast archive of negatives. Despite their low-tech origin, these refined and artful photographs bear the hallmarks of Kenna's brilliant work.

Sample images

Publishing House: Prestel

Size: 240 x 280 mm

144 pages, 60 black and white illustrations



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Bestsellers

Sleeping by the Mississippi

Alec Soth

2017 Mack edition

Includes a fold-out poster measuring 42*53cm in addition to the book. 

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

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

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

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

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



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

 

Stones and Marks

Peter Elliston

Back in stock, April 2017

Overseas deliveries  Please note that, as this is a heavy item, overseas postage will be charged at twice our standard rates.

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

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

Framed

Chris Friel

Publisher's Description

Hardback cover printed directly with no dustjacket, matt laminated

Pages:  48
Plates: 25
Size: 240mm x 240mm

One of the finest contemporary landscape photographers in the uk today” Mikhail Palinchak

Framed is the latest work from one of the godfathers of British contemporary landscape photography. Almost paint-like in quality, Framed reflects Friel’s extraordinary ability to reinvent his image-making and yet again produce a thrilling perspective on the notion of ‘landscape’.

Sample images on Chris’s website

Chris Friel Framed

Chris Friel Framed

Beyond Drifting (Signed)

Mandy Barker

Publisher's Description

Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals encapsulates in miniature the much larger environmental problems of an imperfect world. This work presents a unique collection of plankton specimens related to the pioneering discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s. These recently found specimens are deceptive, however, and mysteriously conceal their true origin.

Plankton form a diverse group of microscopic marine organisms that are unable to swim against powerful ocean currents; they exist in a drifting, floating state, enveloped in the black deep.

As fragile as they are, current scientific research shows that plankton ingest microplastic particles, mistaking them for food. Plankton are a crucial source of food for larger creatures up the food chain – compounding the grave impact of plastics on marine life and, ultimately, humans. Plastic debris is now ubiquitous in the Anthropocene, the period since humanity has had a significant impact on our global environment, and today nearly all living creatures are affected by its widespread contamination.

The plankton specimens in this work are beautifully photographed objects of marine plastic debris, recovered from the same location as naturalist John Vaughan Thompson’s plankton samples from 200 years ago. Long-exposure photographs record movements of recovered plastic objects floating in a black void, captured on expired film and with faulty cameras. Film grain is intentionally visible, alluding to microplastic particles being ingested. Each specimen has a new scientific name reflecting early Latin origins and containing the word ‘plastic’ hidden within its title.

Designed by Mandy Barker + Tiffany Jones

TRADE EDITION Hardcover, 104 pages, 23 x 17.5 cm portrait
Section-sewn binding with book ribbon; interior tip-in; dust jacket; hand finishes
59 colour photographs + illustrations throughout
Published 1 May 2017 

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