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Picture of Contemporanea

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Over the last few years, the Architecture Photographer Giovanni Presutti has photographed many of the most important buildings in major European cities, placing a special focus on constructions built in the last decade. The methodical research and surveys which he carries out before each trip have led him to the conclusion that the majority of these buildings have two key aspects in common. The first is their very prominence; their devotion to aesthetics. It is clear that the works are produced by contemporary society, with even those featuring complicated internal structures increasingly characterized by attention to exteriority. It is important to note, however, that these buildings do not lack functionality. The second is the uniformity of style and planning. Presutti encountered similar ideas and materials in every country he visited which were often completely unconnected to local traditions. This frequently made it difficult to place a certain building in a given country. It is as though the European Union, having not yet achieved political or social unity, has somehow succeeded at an architectural level. Giovanni Presutti explores these issues in Contemporanea, emphasizing the aesthetic qualities his subjects have in common; the lines, materials and reflections, as seen from different perspectives. In the process, he has sought out pureness of form, and created a unique context; one that is representative of our time . A foreword by Antonio Belvedere, and an introduction by the Parisian-born curator, critic and photography historian Gabriel Bauret, provide a critical perspective on this collection of images.

Publisher: Oscar Riera Ojeda 

Size: 300 x 200 mm

208 pages, 150 photographs

Giovanni Presutti
Over the last few years, the Architecture Photographer Giovanni Presutti has photographed many of the most important buildings in major European cities, placing a special focus on constructions built in the last decade.
£22.50

Picture of Architecture in Photographs

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From the invention of photography in 1839, architecture was second only to portraiture as the most favored subject for the camera. The fact that buildings were immobile was advantageous for the long exposures needed in the early days, but architectural images were popular for other reasons: they documented dynastic, civic, and religious achievements; educated architects about construction and decorative details; and whetted curiosity about distant lands. Later photographers found innovative ways to depict structures of every era and type.

Arranged chronologically, Architecture in Photographs spans the history of the medium and includes works in a variety of photographic processes by such distinguished nineteenth-century practitioners as Henri le Secq, Gustave Le Gray, and Roger Fenton; twentieth-century photographers Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, and Walker Evans; contemporary artists Ed Ruscha, Lewis Baltz, and Steven Shore; and younger image makers Catherine Opie and Michael Wesely.

The seventy-five images presented here, all from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, form a panoply of architectural structures and styles, from Egyptian ruins to Greek temples and Gothic cathedrals, and from skyscrapers and Modernist schools to mundane vernacular dwellings.

The book is published to coincide with the exhibitionIn Focus: Architecture, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from October 15, 2013, to March 2, 2014.

Publisher: Getty Publications

Size: 7 1/4 x 8 5/8"

112 pages, 75 colour and 4 b/w illustrations

Gordon Baldwin
Arranged chronologically, Architecture in Photographs spans the history of the medium. The seventy-five images presented here, all from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
£15.26

Picture of Printed Matter

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Bernd & Hilda Becher are among the most influential artists of our time. The Bechers initiated their work on industrial heritage threatened with destruction at the end of the 50s. They set up what was to become one of the largest industrial archival funds of our time. For the first time, the work of the two German photographers is resented from a historical perspective through the printed matter; thus allowing for a comprehension of the different stages in their practice, notably the shift from a conception of the work identified by a unique photograph to a representation of the work as a series of images, or typology.

Publisher: Musee De L'Elysee

Size: 290 x 290 mm

64 pages, 116 illustrations 6 in colour

Bernd and Hilla Becher
For the first time, the work of the Bechers is resented from a historical perspective through the printed matter; thus allowing for a comprehension of the different stages in their practice, notably the shift from a conception of the work identified by a unique photograph to a representation of the work as a series of images, or typology.
£43.95

Picture of Invisible City

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There are the cities that we visit and then there are the ones that we think we have visited, that we feel as though we have always known. Irene Kung accompanies us in these meanderings of the mind, amid monuments that seem to rise up out of nowhere, dazzling us with their own lights, stylised with pure lines worthy of our imagination. These highly refined images by Irene Kung are the result of a long period of research and have earned her international acclaim. It is not a question of reproducing reality: the monuments that she chooses to photograph come from various cities and eras, we know them all, yet all of them also seem to belong to a dream world.

In this book, the Flatiron in New York, the Millennium Bridge in London, the Duomo in Milan or the Colosseum become apparitions from a world of fables. Together, they trace the outlines of an ideal city – one of dreams as opposed to experience – that we traverse, guided by Irene Kung, within a suspended world.

Publisher: Contrasto

Size: 240 x 300 mm

112 pages, 50 illustrations 12 colour images

Irene Kung
In this book, the Flatiron in New York, the Millennium Bridge in London, the Duomo in Milan or the Colosseum become apparitions from a world of fables. Together, they trace the outlines of an ideal city that we traverse, guided by Irene Kung.
£28.80

Picture of Stonework and Lime Kilns

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This volume is an essential addition to the Bechers’ body of work, devoted to their images of rock-processing plants and lime kilns taken in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Great Britain throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Each structure is unique, its details dependent upon the region and the date of its construction, and the book features buildings whose essential function is ancient but remain important today. Although a small number of these images have been included in previous monographs, this is the first publication to showcase a comprehensive collection of the Bechers’ study of stonework and lime kilns. Whether presenting single shots or their signature typological grids, the Bechers created a photographic testament to the industrial revolution that so emphatically shaped the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the same time, however, they also captured a much-older manufacturing tradition: the quarrying and processing of stones. 

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 10 5⁄8 x 11 3⁄8"

244 pages, 232 duotone images

Bernd and Hilla Becher
This volume is an essential addition to the Bechers’ body of work, devoted to their images of rock-processing plants and lime kilns taken throughout the 1980s and ’90s.
£49.50

Picture of LC FOTO: Le Corbusier Secret Photographer

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In Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer Tim Benton reflects on the famous architect’s use of photography, starting with the young Charles-Edouard Jeanneret’s attempts to take professional photographs during his travels in central Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. While Le Corbusier always claimed that he saw no virtue in taking photographs, he actually bought three cameras and took several hundred photographs between 1907 and 1917, many of them of publishable quality. In 1936 he acquired a 16mm movie camera and took 120 sequences of film and nearly 6,000 photographs with it.

This previously unpublished material is the basis for the publication. It reveals Le Corbusier to be a sensitive and brilliant manipulator of a wide range of photographic styles. Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer provides dramatically new insights into Le Corbusier’s visual imagination, his changing attitudes towards nature and materials in the 1930s, and his distrust of progress.

Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers

Size: 240 x 165 mm

416 pages, approx. 500 illustrations

Tim Benton
In Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer Tim Benton reflects on the famous architect’s use of photography.
£35.10

Picture of Concrete – Photography and Architecture

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More than 300 of the world's most important architectural photographs in a magnificent book.

Architecture has always been a magnificent and much debated platform to express the spirit of the times, worldviews, everyday life, and aesthetics. It is a daring materialization of private and public visions, of applied art and the avant-garde alike. Concrete – Photography and Architecture presents images of iconic urban architectures and townscapes that refelct the close and complex union between photography and architecture, between architect and photographer. Starting from the 19th century, when photography was invented, the book picks up positions, juxtapositions, and thematic fields that bring together the concrete, fundamental, and the historic. Besides of everyday architecture and glamorous buildings, it looks also at structural horizontal and vertical axes; houses and homes; utopias, plans and reality; the captivating transience of architecture against the test of time; and destruction both natural and intentional.

Essays by Jochen Becker, Johannes Binotto, Verena Huber Nievergelt, Michael Jakob, Nicoletta Leonardi, Lorenzo Rocha, Caspar Schärer, Aveek Sen, Urs Stahel, and a discussion with Annette Gigon and Armin Linke.

Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess

Size: 210 x 280 mm

440 pages, 156 colour and 157 b/w illustrations

Text English and German


Concrete – Photography and Architecture presents images of iconic urban architectures and townscapes that refelct the close and complex union between photography and architecture, between architect and photographer.
£63.00

Picture of Mies van der Rohe/Photographs

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Acclaimed Japanese photographer Yoshihiko Ueda embarks upon an introspective pilgrimage to discover the architecture of Mies van der Rohe in this elegant photo book. His passion for the famed Modernist’s work is palpable, as he approaches each subject with loving, almost ritualistic care. Ueda’s camera often focuses on the details: textures and grains, doorknobs and furniture, the natural surroundings, the way the light falls, or overlooked corners and unexpected views. He guides us with a sense of physically moving through the place, glancing around, taking it all in with the repetition and progression of viewpoints. In short, a masterful presentation.

Publisher: Idea Books

Size: 230 x 340 mm,

396 pages

Japanese/English

Publisher's price: £140

Yoshihiko Ueda
Acclaimed Japanese photographer Yoshihiko Ueda embarks upon an introspective pilgrimage to discover the architecture of Mies van der Rohe in this elegant photo book.
£136.50

Picture of Rijksmuseum

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Dutch/American photographer Wijnanda Deroo has followed and photographed the renovation and transformation of the Rijksmuseum since 2004. This book, designed by Irma Boom, is published to mark the museum's re-opening in 2013, bringing together the best of these photos.

Publisher: Idea Books

Size: 230 x 290 mm

192 pages

Dutch/English

Wijnanda Deroo
Dutch/American photographer Wijnanda Deroo has followed and photographed the renovation and transformation of the Rijksmuseum since 2004. This book, designed by Irma Boom, is published to mark the museum's re-opening in 2013.
£30.25

Picture of Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments

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Los Angeles–based contemporary artist Ed Ruscha is celebrated for his paintings, drawings, prints, and artist’s books, receiving widespread critical acclaim for more than half a century. Capturing the quintessential Los Angeles experience with its balance of the banal and the beautiful, his photobooks of the 1960s—such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Some Los Angeles Apartments, and Thirtyfour Parking Lots—are known for their deadpan cataloguing of the city’s functional architecture.

This publication features thirty-eight Ruscha plates and an essay that traces the evolution of the artist’s thinking about his photographs initially as the means to the end of his self-published photobooks and eventually as works of art in and of themselves. Virginia Heckert contextualizes Ruscha’s photographs within the history of photographic documentation of vernacular architecture, using examples by such important photographers as Carleton Watkins, Eugène Atget, and Walker Evans, as well as contemporary photographers, many of whom have acknowledged Ruscha as an influence in their own depiction of the built environment.

Publisher: Getty Publications

Size: 8 x 10"

11 colour and 56 b/w illustrations

Ed Ruscha
This publication features thirty-eight Ruscha plates and an essay that traces the evolution of the artist’s thinking about his photographs initially as the means to the end of his self-published photobooks and eventually as works of art in and of themselves.
£15.29

Picture of Brasilia

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Lucien Clergue (*1934 in Arles) is one of the most notable photographers of our time. The themes of his pictures—traveling artists, gypsies, war ruins and graves, plants in the swamps of the Camargue, tracks in the sand, bullfighting scenes—testify to his deep connection to his homeland. He became famous for his photographs of nudes, whose aesthetic, sensual play of light and water enthralled Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau so much that they remained Clergue’s mentors until their deaths. This is the first book to feature Clergue’s architectural photographs of Brazil’s newly built capital of Brasilia, taken in 1962–63, which until just recently were believed to be lost. Blinded by the cool beauty of this metropolis, the eye is seduced into following the curves of a confident, optimistic type of architecture.

Publisher: Hatje Cantz

Size: 287 x 288 mm

204 pages, 102 illustrations

Lucien Clergue
This is the first book to feature Clergue’s architectural photographs of Brazil’s newly built capital of Brasilia, taken in 1962–63, which until just recently were believed to be lost.
£40.50

Picture of Hattfabriken/Luckenwalde signed

Photographs from Luckenwalde, Germany 2009 till 2012 documenting the architectural details of the Hat Factory and reflecting Gerry Johansson's wanderings around the city, where he also found places and buildings that reflect the history of the factory and the tumultuous political periods from the 1920s to the present.

Publisher: Johansson & Jansson

Size: 270 x 170 mm

144 pages, 76 photographs

Gerry Johansson
Photographs from Luckenwalde, Germany 2009 till 2012
£36.75

Picture of Chateau Despair

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This publication is made up of a series of photographs taken inside the abandoned Conservative party headquarters at 32 Smith. Award-winning artist Lisa Barnard, was granted access to the abandoned site in 2009 and documented the building and found objects.

32 Smith Square was Conservative Central Office from 1958 to 2004.The building is synonymous with Margaret Thatcher smiling and waving out of the window on the 2nd floor after winning the elections of 1979, 1983 and 1987. However, by 2004 the building became known as ‘Chateau Despair’ to its inhabitants, prior to the Conservatives’ move to Victoria Street. They left behind a mausoleum containing nearly 50 years of their political history, etched on its surfaces and discarded in its corners.

This book features previously unseen photographs of the interior documenting the dulled shades of corporate blue, stained carpets, peeling paintwork and discarded iconography of past alliances. Carefully choreographed portraits of a smiling Thatcher, unearthed in an old cupboard, punctuate the book, jarring with the shabby interior. The book also includes photographs of the objects, or remnants, Barnard found in the building including a blue rosette, an internal envelope, an ornate silver spoon, a balloon and a strip of film negative.

‘Barnard’s project offers an archaeology of the period of Thatcher’s reign from 1979 to 1990, and an autopsy of the theatre and props which helped direct and shape Tory campaigns as they led Britain into an age of banking, individualism and the free market that has defined politics and reconfigured culture since the 1960s. ... Welcome to Chateau Despair... Do you believe in Britain?’ - Sarah James - Lecturer in the History of Art at University College London.

‘For anyone with a passing interest in the connection between politics and space, this apparent eradication of architecture in the presentation of politics at Smith Square may come as a surprise... The photographs show an undignified assembly of thrown-together partitions, botched repairs and a complete lack of even the most basic aesthetic sensibility’ - Jeremy Till - Head of Central St Martins College of Arts and Design.

Limited edition of 500 copies

Publisher: Gost

Size: 220 x 160 mm

96 pages printed four colour

Lisa Barnard
This publication is made up of a series of photographs taken inside the abandoned Conservative party headquarters at 32 Smith. Award-winning artist Lisa Barnard, was granted access to the abandoned site in 2009 and documented the building and found objects.
£25.00

Picture of Ezra Stoller, Photographer

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Ezra Stoller's iconic photographs of 20th-century architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, are often cited in aiding the rise of modernism in America. Stoller (1915–2004) elevated architectural photography to an art form, capturing the mood of numerous buildings in their best light.

Living and working in New York from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, Stoller photographed buildings by such architects as Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, and Louis I. Kahn. His striking images earned him the admiration of critics and contemporaries, but few people are aware of the stunning breadth of his oeuvre, which also included domestic and industrial spaces and important editorial depictions of American labor in the 1950s and 1960s. Ezra Stoller, Photographer, a long-awaited and lavishly illustrated survey of Stoller's artistic accomplishments, examines the photographer's full range with a fresh eye and unprecedented scope, offering a unique commentary on postwar America's changing landscape.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 9 x 12"

288 pages, 59 colour & 217 b/w illustations

Ezra Stoller
Ezra Stoller's iconic photographs of 20th-century architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, are often cited in aiding the rise of modernism in America.
£40.50

Picture of Actor, The

Publisher's Description

The response to why he robbed banks "That's where the money is" often misattributed to renowned bank robber Willie "the actor" Sutton provides the backdrop for this series of photographs of saving institutions by John Gossage. A book of view camera, photographs of banks from 1975, presented these many years after they were shot. For Gossage 2012 provides a perfect moment to review the conceits of vernacular bank architecture and the concept of thievery. A book dedicated to the artist's father.
 
This book made from the original 4 x 5 inch B&W contact prints, has been printed on yellow pages. John Gossage is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Publisher: Loosestrife Editions

Size: 10 x 8"

96 pages, 43 duotone images

Edition of 1,000

John Gossage
SIGNED COPIES A book of view camera, photographs of banks from 1975, presented these many years after they were shot. For Gossage 2012 provides a perfect moment to review the conceits of vernacular bank architecture and the concept of thievery.
£55.00

Picture of Architect of Photography

Publisher's Description

No one captured the midcentury modernism of the Mad Men era better than Balthazar Korab. As one of the period's most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. His iconic photographs for master architects immortalized their finest works, while leaving his own indelible impact on twentieth century visual culture. In this riveting illustrated biography, the first dedicated solely to his life and career, author John Comazzi traces Korab's circuitous path to a career in photography. He paints a vivid picture of a young man forced to flee his native Hungary, who goes on to study architecture at the famed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before emigrating to the United States and launching his career as Eero Saarinen's on-staff photographer. The book includes a portfolio of more than one hundred images from Korab's professionally commissioned architecture photography as well as close examinations of Saarinen's TWA Terminal and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. The photos documenting finished buildings and architects at work include iconic images of Mies van der Rohe's S. R. Crown Hall, Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum and Salk Institute, Minoru Yamasaki's World Trade Center, Richard Meier's Douglas House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, among many others.

See here for samples of Korab’s work


Publisher: Princeton Architetural Press

Size: 203 x 254 mm

192 pages, 20 colour illustrations, 200 b/w illustrations

Balthazar Korab
As one of the period's most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. His iconic photographs for master architects immortalized their finest works, while leaving his own indelible impact on twentieth century visual culture.
£22.50

Picture of DUST: Egypt's forgotten architecture

Publisher's Description

Egypt is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has a colonial history that stretches back centuries. From 1882 until 1952 it was under British rule although nominal independence was granted in 1922, with the exception of four “reserved” areas: foreign relations, communications, the military and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.

Between 1860 and 1940, Cairo and other large Egyptian cities witnessed a major construction boom that gave birth to extraordinary palaces and lavish buildings. These incorporated various architectural styles, such as Beaux-arts or Moorish Revival, with local design heritage influences and materials. Today many lie empty and neglected, with no legislation protecting historic buildings less than a hundred years old from demolition.

In 2006, Russian born photographer Xenia Nikolskaya began the process of documenting these extraordinary structures. She has gained exceptional access and has photographed at some thirty locations including Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Minya, Esna, and Port Said. Sadly, the state of Egypt’s colonial architecture is now rapidly succumbing to time, real estate frenzy, and an ongoing overpopulation crisis. Since she began the project a number of these spaces have been demolished, whilst others have gone through a process of regeneration and modernisation.

Publisher: Dewi Lewis

Size:245 x 295mm

128 pages, 70 colour plates

Xenia Nikolskaya
Images of extraordinary palaces and lavish buildings erected during Egypt's construction boom between 1860 and 1940 many of which have since been demolished.
£27.00

Picture of Dust to Dust

"Dust to Dust" draws inspiration from early still life painting and recent discoveries in
quantum physics both of which tell us, metaphorically and scientificaly respectively, that
we are a small part of a vast interconnected cosmos and part of that infinite expanse
resides inside each and every one of us. Drawn from an archive of 8 years work in the
Western Isles of Scotland, "Dust to Dust"  juxtaposes images of former dwellings slowly
being decomposed by the elements with images of found books in various states of
Disintegration.
Adrian Tyler

"Tyler enjoys a considerable visual return from photographing the remains of this “bookwreck”...
Nonetheless, he gains an even greater symbolic return from this catastrophe,
as from the wounded memorials that are these now almost illegible books, mere objects
whose substance has withered, Tyler manages to express a moral lesson, which
transforms his photographs into true Vanitas, one of the primary intentions of this artistic
genre that would later be called the still life. In my opinion, precisely at this time of moral
gravity, Tyler’s photography achieves its most profound beauty and above all, or if you
wish, more so, his most complete understanding of what this art has become in our
days, so defined by time; so, indeed, “dust to dust”, “only time will tell”. Is this not
perhaps the finest testimony to our beauty"
from the text by Francisco Calvo Serraller

Adrian Tyler
Limited edition of 500. Beautiful colour images of abandoned dwellings in the Western Isles and of books found there.
£25.00

Picture of Power Book

Jacqueline Hassink is a Dutch-born conceptual artist, originally trained as a sculptor. She first picked up a camera in 1994, beginning successive series of photographs dealing methodically and precisely with the themes of globalisation and economic power. Her series include Table of Power (1996), for which she photographed the boardroom tables of Europes 40 largest multinationals, Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (2000) about the business and domestic environments of the worlds leading women executives, and Car Girls (2007) about the manifestations of power in the world of the global car fairs. The Power Book, the first survey of Hassinks photography, takes the form of a travelogue the best of her photographs from America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan are presented chronologically along with illuminating diary notes and sketches and is published to accompany her major exhibition The Power Show (opening in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and New York before touring internationally).

Jacqueline Hassink

Jacqueline Hassink is a Dutch-born conceptual artist, originally trained as a sculptor. She first picked up a camera in 1994, beginning successive series of photographs dealing methodically and precisely with the themes of globalisation and economic power. Her series include Table of Power (1996), for which she photographed the boardroom tables of Europes 40 largest multinationals, Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (2000) about the business and domestic environments of the worlds leading women executives, and Car Girls (2007) about the manifestations of power in the world of the global car fairs. The Power Book, the first survey of Hassinks photography, takes the form of a travelogue the best of her photographs from America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan are presented chronologically along with illuminating diary notes and sketches and is published to accompany her major exhibition The Power Show (opening in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and New York before touring internationally).

£27.00

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