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Picture of Framing the West: the Survey Photographs

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The image of the untamed American West persists as one of our country’s most enduring cultural myths, and few photographers have captured more compelling images of the frontier than Timothy H. O’Sullivan. Trained under Mathew Brady, O’Sullivan accompanied several government expeditions to the West—most notably with geologist Clarence King in 1867 and cartographer George M. Wheeler in 1871. Along these journeys, O’Sullivan produced many beautiful photographs that exhibit a forthright and rigorous style formed in response to the landscapes he encountered. Faced with challenging terrain and lacking previous photographic examples on which to rely, O’Sullivan created a body of work that was without precedent in its visual and emotional complexities.

The first major publication on O’Sullivan in more than thirty years, Framing the West offers a new aesthetic and formal interpretation of O’Sullivan’s photographs and assesses his influence on the larger photographic canon. The book features previously unpublished and rarely seen images and serves as a field guide for O’Sullivan’s original prints, presenting them for the first time in sequence with the chronology of their production.

Toby Jurovics is curator of photography at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Carol M. Johnson is curator of photography at the Library of Congress. Glenn Willumson is director of the graduate program in museum studies and associate professor of art history at the University of Florida. William F. Stapp is an independent scholar of photography. Page Stegner is a novelist, essayist, and teacher.

Mar 23, 2010
272 p., 9 1/2 x 11
150 illustrations

Timothy O'Sullivan
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Picture of Ancient Light

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  • The finest collection of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and other such spectacular phenomena photographed by the pioneering astronomical photographer
  • Features pictures made from a series of delicate yet rich platinum prints, which will delight anyone intrigued by the night sky
  • Engaging texts accompany each of the pictures, while an introductory essay describes the history and practicalities of making photographs of the stars
  • Renowned astronomer David Malin invented new ways of capturing the unseen universe on photographic plates, leading to the discovery of two new types of galaxies
  • Published to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a global programme by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to promote awareness of the impact of astronomy on our daily lives
About the author
David Malin was formerly Photographic Scientist at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, New South Wales and is currently Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Winner of the prestigious Lennart Nilsson prize, his pioneering photographs of space have revolutionized our understanding of the universe.
Publisher: Phaidon
David Malin
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Picture of Lost Photographs of Captain Scott

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Captain Scott perished with four of his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912. Almost immediately the myth was founded, based on Scott's diaries, turning him into an icon of courage in the face of impossible circumstances.

But during the final months of that journey Scott also took a series of breathtaking photographs: panoramas of the continent, superb depictions of mountains and formations of ice and snow, and photographs of the explorers on the polar trail. But these photos have never been seen - initially fought over, neglected, then lost - until now, that is. For the first time, they are resurrected and are a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.

Publisher: Little Brown

192 pages

26.1 x 29 cm

Captain Scott; David M Wilson
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Picture of Richard Prince

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Emerging in the 1980s as an innovative artist who created work based on images produced by others for commercial and news media, Richard Prince treads a fine line between copyright infringement—he himself has referred to the practice as "stealing" on occasion—and an artistic re-examination of images out of context. This monograph—reproducing work from Prince's Cowboys and Girlfriends series, as well as Spiritual America—features a long interview conducted by art critic Jeff Rian, essays by Rosetta Brooks and Luc Sante, and several writings by the artist himself, including a 1967 conversation with J.G. Ballard.

Publisher: Phaidon

160 pages

11.4 in. x 9.95 in

Richard Prince
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Picture of The Sea

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Philip Plisson, the well-known French marine photographer, has turned his attention to his passion, the oceans of the world. Plisson's remarkable photographs glorify humankind's obsession with conquering the seas. His images capture the ocean's drama and power, and provide glimpses of life in seaside communities. The book also addresses the current environmental dangers that threaten the fragile ecological balance of the planet's waters. A book for photography lovers, undersea adventurers, and those concerned with the future of the earth, this breathtaking volume celebrates, in 400 of Plisson's most evocative images, our never-ending fascination with the world's oceans and seas.

Publisher: Abrams

412 pages

9.6 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches

Philip Plisson
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Picture of Pictures for Books

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Like so many of the best photographers, Thomas Roma has a flair for thinking in book form. His first book, the limited-edition and handbound volume "Brooklyn Gardens" (1980), affirmed this flair from the outset of his career, and over the past 30 years Roma has published 13 volumes, always composing and sequencing his classical and modernist vision of contemporary life with care and thought. Roma's concern for bookmaking accords with his general autodidacticism: he is self-taught to the degree that he even designs and builds his own cameras and lighting equipment. "Pictures for Books" is the first retrospective volume on Roma. It gathers selections from four previous publications: "Found in Brooklyn" (1996), "Come Sunday" (1996), "Sicilian Passage" (2003) and "On Three Pillars: Torah, Worship and the Practice of Loving Kindness, The Synagogues of Brooklyn" (2007). Shot in black and white, the sequences included here display two signature Roma traits: a quietly steady and penetrative observation of the close-at-hand, and a fondness for the diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn, the borough in which Roma was born and continues to reside. "Pictures for Books" is full of images that capture daily life (both in Brooklyn and abroad) as it opens out into moments of capacious quietude.

Publisher: Columbia University

136 pages

21.9 x 25.6 cm

Thomas Roma
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Picture of My First Summer in the Sierra

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The founder of the Sierra Club and a driving force behind the creation of our National Parks, naturalist John Muir penned several classic books that inspired the American conservation movement, including this 1911 memoir of his first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada, in what is now Yosemite National Park. Landscape photographer Scot Miller gorgeously illuminates Muir's text in this anniversary edition, from a rosy dawn over Mono Desert to a streak of rainbow hanging over Tuolumne Meadows, as well as several double-page images like a portrait of Yosemite Falls above the Merced River. Muir's own drawings are also here, including some previously unpublished.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

189 pages

10.3 in. x 9.25 in

John Muir; photographs by Scot Miller
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Picture of Great Wall Revisited

A journey along the Great Wall in the past and present, this landmark volume offers an extraordinary portrait of perhaps the world’s most famous structure. Carrying his camera and a file of vintage photographs—the earliest dating from 1871—author-photographer William Lindesay traveled across Northern China for three years, searching for settings where the Great Wall could be examined in the past and present, side by side. The result, The Great Wall Revisited, presents seventy-two of the most elucidating then- and-now comparisons. This glossy dossier opens out as an extraordinary journey from the Jade Gate in northwest China’s Gobi Desert to Old Dragon’s Head on the Yellow Sea.

Far more than a romantic look at the Great Wall of yesteryear, this stunning, artfully crafted volume also contains concise histories of the sites that Lindesay’s images revisit. Colorful literary impressions composed by earlier visitors, juxtaposed with contemporary eyewitness accounts of change traced along the Wall, afford a sense of history unfolding and time inexorably creeping along the contours of this enduring monument to human ingenuity.

Publisher: Harvard

291 pages

8.5 in. x 11.5 in.

William Lindesay
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Picture of Great Wall of China

Over many years and many journeys, Daniel Schwartz has patiently and meticulously photographed one of mankind’s supreme monuments – the Great Wall of China. Schwartz was the first foreigner ever to be allowed such privileged access to the Wall.

From the border of North Korea he travelled westward through mountains and deserts and frozen grasslands to the borders of Central Asia. He said at the time: ‘I wanted to find out where the boundaries of the impossible lay and how close I could get to them.’ Recently, China’s new policy of openness encouraged him to revisit the Wall and to photograph areas that had been closed even to him on previous journeys.

To place the photographs in context, the Chinese historian Luo Zhewen, who has dedicated his life to the study of the Great Wall, has written an essential brief history. Also included is Jorge Luis Borges’s meditation ‘The Wall and the Books’ and an extract from Franz Kafka’s short story ‘The Great Wall of China’.

This extraordinary project is at once a beautiful photographic essay, an intriguing conceptual art project, and a personal odyssey. Daniel Schwartz, with his profound and haunting vision of the Great Wall, has made not only a unique document but a book that is a work of art in itself.

  • 19.20 x 24.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 216pp
  • 149 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • plus 6 maps
  • First published 2001
Daniel Schwartz
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Picture of  Black Panthers 1968

The infamous Black Panther party made history as the radical African American organization established to promote civil rights and self-defense from the mid 1960s to the 1970s.

In 1968, Life magazine sent photographer Howard L. Bingham and writer Gilbert Moore to document and tell the story of this controversial group. Bingham and Moore followed the Panthers for months at numerous rallies in Oakland, Berkeley, and even the United Nations, only to have the story remain unpublished due to a disagreement between Moore and the magazine over the tone of the story. Now, 40 years later, these photographs and the story behind them will finally be told.

Featured here are never-before-published intimate portraits of key Panther members such as Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, and Kathleen Cleaver, as well as classic reportage coverage of the more public and tumultuous events associated with the Panthers. Accompanied by insightful essays by writers and cultural historians, and biographies of all key members, BLACK PANTHERS 1968 is an important social document for our time as well as a celebration of Howard L. Bingham's illustrious career.

Howard L. Bingham has documented some of the most compelling people and events of the late 20th century, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy, and Bingham's close friend Muhammad Ali. From his humble beginnings as a young man in South Central Los Angeles where he flunked his one and only photography class, to a lifetime as an award-winning, world-class photographer of dignitaries and celebrities alike, Howard L. Bingham leaves a lasting and indelible legacy with this significant book.

Howard Bingham
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Picture of Battlescapes

A united Europe has been in existence for over 50 years, however before the European Union was formed the continent saw over 2 millennia of constant conflict. The battlefields where these wars were decided dot the landscape of Europe, bearing witness to the sacrifice paid by armies of the past, and acting as reminders to those who forget the dangers of conflict. This book collates the work of Alfred Buellesbach, who has spent years traveling around Europe to photograph battlefields. Some of the sites have a sad history, or host memorials and cemeteries. The beauty of other sites conceals the brutality that once played out over them. "Battlescapes" combines these images with details for visitors.

224 pages

30*25 cm

Alfred Buellesbach
Publisher's price £25, our price £8.25. "a photographic testament to 2000 years of conflict"
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Picture of Under Antarctic Ice The Photographs of Norbert Wu

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The allure of Antarctica, a place still mysterious, untamed, and unspoiled, has beckoned tourists in increasing numbers as more and more people vie for a glimpse of its terrible beauty and stunning vistas. But there is one aspect of Antarctica they never see, perhaps the most interesting of all—the world beneath the ice. This book, a collection of the finest photographs ever taken underwater in deep Antarctica, illuminates a world brimming with strange and beautiful life forms. For the first time anywhere, Under Antarctic Ice brings together the stories, the science, and the natural beauty of one of earth's most vibrant and enchanting realms.

Internationally renowned photographer Norbert Wu was given unprecedented access to the icy waters off Antarctica by the U.S. National Science Foundation to obtain these dynamic photographs. In the extreme conditions that prevail in these seas, invertebrates can grow to enormous sizes: sponges are as big as bears, jellyfish tentacles extend thirty feet, and giant sea spiders crawl through beds of soft coral.

Wu has also focused his lens on the birds and mammals living at the edge of water and ice. We are humbled before mammoth icebergs, witness a killer whale stalking prey from a narrow crack in the ice, and see what penguins look like swimming underwater.

Jim Mastro's introductory text elegantly condenses forty years of scientific research into a clear and concise natural history of this unique place.

Publisher: University of California Press

Size: 10.7 x 10.2"

176 pages

Norbert Wu
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Picture of Through the Eyes of The Condor

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Step aboard a private plane for a breathtaking tour of the immense and varied wilderness of Latin America—lush lands and scenic waterways nearly impossible to experience any other way.

Your guide to this remarkable vision is Robert B. Haas, award-winning environmentalist and one of the world's foremost artists in aerial photography. Poignant essays penned by Haas while living in Latin America expand on themes important to understanding the region: culture, economy, development, tourism, and more.

Publisher: National Geographic

Size: 11 x 15"

232 pages

Robert B. Haas
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Picture of Reza: War and Peace

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With the Middle East and Asia as his far-ranging home territory, Reza Deghati's photos chronicle 30 years of turmoil, hope, and splendor. Now some of his most dramatic works are in this volume, filled with pictures that convey torment and upheaval, but also the art, culture, and traditions of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and other areas—and the photographer's understanding of humanity and deep commitment to justice.

Reza's own narration focuses attention on the costs of war and the human condition. For readers interested in world history, current events, and the human experience, this photographic tour de force is a must.

Publisher: National Geographic

Size: 11" x 14"

296 pages, 200 color and black-and-white photographs

Reza Deghati
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Picture of Photo Poetry

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo was one of the foremost practitioners of visual arts in the twentieth century. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the first major retrospective of his eighty-year career, showcases hundreds of iconic photographs and unveils more than twenty previously unpublished images. Featuring landscapes, still lifes, rural and urban scenes, religious and vernacular subjects, as well as portraits of luminaries such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Fuentes, and Octavio Paz, the work is chronologically arranged and richly varied. Three illuminating essays reveal the poetry of Bravo's photographsfrom his use of light and form to his fascination with dreams and his preoccupation with death. This definitive monograph is a powerful tribute to Mexico's most distinguished photographer.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002) received his first camera in 1923 and would go on to become Mexico's most celebrated photographer.

Publisher: Chronicle

Size: 10-1/4 x 11"

320 pages, 350 duotone photographs

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
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Picture of Land Through a Lens: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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A prolific landscape record evolved as soon as cameras and equipment could be reliably used outdoors. Most nineteenth-century photographers worked on government-sponsored surveys. Others helped to lure investors westward with the images they made along the routes of the railroads. At the same time, Americans were hanging framed images by such photographic artists as Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge on their parlor walls. Photographs of unspoiled national treasures such as those by Ansel Adams exerted considerable influence on the federal government's efforts to create national parks. Modern and contemporary photographers have recorded their impressions of both man's and nature's impact on the land, from Robert Dawson's images of polluted waterways to Emmet Gowin's views of the aftermath of Mount St. Helens's spectacular eruption.

Seductive beauty, promise, and myth mingle with America's history and its technological and economic progress in these landscape photographs. Whether incorporating the nineteenth-century notion of the sublime or twentieth-century theories of social documentary, each is a witness to a profound and often complex relationship to the land.

Publisher: Smithsonian

Size: 9.1 x 9"

Andy Grundberg
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Picture of Johsel Namkung: A Retrospective

Our remaining stock is of copies with slight imperfections.  The price has been reduced from £125 to £75 to reflect that.  Please contact us if you would like details before ordering.

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Johsel Namkung’s work is revered among landscape photographers but his work has never before been collected in a major monograph.  Namkung photographs in colour using a large-format camera.  “Since 1965, I have developed a different way of seeing things. I am not interested in photographing the things that delimit one’s inner vision. For example, I avoid including the sky because it reveals the identity of the place. The horizon and ridge lines will give you ready answers. I like to give my viewers questions, not answers. Let them find beauty in the most mundane things, like roadside wildflowers and tumbled weeds. Observe the essence of things. That’s Zen. It doesn’t have to be some spectacular manifestation of nature.  This book is a definitive collection of what my publisher and I agree is my best work.”

The Standard Edition has a first printing of twelve hundred copies.  Each copy has a unique image tipped into the front cover.  All are bound in luxurious Chinese silk fabric, applied over extra heavy cover boards.The face and spine are foil stamped. Ultra high resolution Stochastic screening technology was used to reproduce the extremely fine detail of Johsel’s images.

You can browse the entire book here.  There you will also see info re two limited editions.  If you are interested in either of those, please email us at info@beyondwords.co.uk

• Extent: 144 pages + end sheets + head & tail bands.

• Inks: 4 color process + pms spot color + gloss spot varnish on
all of the photographs.

• Paper: 170 gsm Lumi Silk, a multicoated, acid and chlorine
free archival paper from Germany.

• Size: page trim is 16.5” wide by 13.25” high.

Johsel Namkung
Imperfect copies. Johsel Namkung’s work is revered among landscape photographers but this is his first major monograph. "This book is a definitive collection of what my publisher and I agree is my best work.”
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Picture of John Gutmann: The Photographer at Work

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Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal in the Photography National Category, given by Independent Publisher Online

John Gutmann (1905–1998) was one of America’s most distinctive photographers. Born in Germany where he trained as an artist and art teacher, he fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in San Francisco, reinventing himself as a photo-reporter. Gutmann captured images of American culture, celebrating signs of a vibrant democracy, however imperfect. His own status as an outsider—a Jew in Germany, a naturalized citizen in the United States—informed his focus on individuals from the Asian-American, African-American, and gay communities, as well as his photography in India, Burma, and China during World War II.

 

This handsome book acknowledges Gutmann’s place in the history of photography. Drawing on his archive of photographs and papers at the Center for Creative Photography, it presents both unfamiliar works and little-known contexts for his imagery, linking his photography to his passionate interest in painting and filmmaking, his collections of non-Western art and artifacts, and his pedagogy.  In addition to a major essay by Sally Stein, the volume includes an introduction by Douglas R. Nickel, and an overview of the Gutmann archive by Amy Rule.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 9 3/8 x 11 7/8"

180 pages, 175 duotone illustrations

John Gutmann
Was £35 > Now £11.50 This handsome book acknowledges Gutmann’s place in the history of photography.
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Picture of Fruits

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  • A collection of Tokyo street fashion portraits from Japan's premier street fanzine of the same name, first established by photographer Shoichi Aoki in 1994
  • With an extensive collection of portraits and cult images that uniquely documents the changing face of street fashion throughout the last decade
  • Features kids aged on average between 12 and 18, wearing clothes that are a mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, creating a novel, if not hysterical, effect

Publisher: Phaidon

Size: 220 x 160 mm

272 pages, 268 colour photographs

Shoichi Aoki
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Picture of Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography

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Edward Steichen is unquestionably one of the most prolific, versatile, influential and controversial names in the history of photography. This is the most complete and wide-ranging volume on Steichen ever published.

Admired by many for his achievements as a fine-art photographer, he nevertheless impressed countless others with the force of his commercial work. Portraiture, the nude, fashion, landscape, cityscape, dance, theatre, war, advertising, still life and flower photography – no genre, it seems, went unexplored or unaffected by him.

Graphic design, typography and art direction were also fertile ground for Steichen and his curation of the exhibition The Family of Man – which attracted well over nine million visitors worldwide – was greatly admired.

Hundreds of vintage photographs are accompanied by essays from a range of scholars who explore Steichen’s subjects and his legacy.

Includes a full bibliography and a chronology of his career.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co

Size: 260 x 310 mm

336 pages, 250 Illustrations, 250 in colour

Edward Steichen
Was £80 > Now £26 Edward Steichen is unquestionably one of the most prolific, versatile, influential and controversial names in the history of photography. This is the most complete and wide-ranging volume on Steichen ever published.
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