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"Moments in Between is an impressive example of the new, artistically aware photojournalism. It deals with the murderous break-up of Yugoslavia following the erosion of the communist bloc...Lasthein, typically, does not look at these vicious conflicts directly, but like a nineteenth-century photographer he documents the landscape of war rather than the war itself. In a series of luscious, even lyrical landscapes taken in Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia, he documents an urban topography and a social landscape blighted by war -- scarred buildings, wrecked cars, piles of rubble; yet on the streets daily life continues as routinely as possible -- women shop, children play, men work. This is the reality of a war zone: long, uneasy moments of no fighting, menaced by the continual threat of further violence. Thus Lasthein deals with the poetry rather than the hyperbole of war. He is concerned 'with daily life in the shadow of a war. Between shellings, after ethnic cleansing, or before a shot is fired.'"

Featured in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II.

Publisher: Journal Publishing

Size: 8 x 10"

144 pages, 55 four-colour plates

Jens Olof Lasthein
As featured in The Photobook Vol II (Parr/Badger)
£28.50

Picture of No Pain Whatsoever

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Photographs from Grant's long term project photographing his contemporaries in the city of Liverpool, where he was born in 1967. Where earlier series have focused on the intimacy of the interior, Grant uses exteriors as a starting point for this latest body of work, and explores the way Liverpool's inhabitants are reflected in the landscape.

Publisher: Journal Publishing

Ken Grant
Photographs from Grant's long term project photographing his contemporaries in the city of Liverpool.
£27.50

Picture of Flock

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Made in cooperation with the regular visitors who returned weekly to a few small sales sheds at the heart of a British market city, Flock by Ken Grant marks the end of a ritual that has been an integral part of the midlands agricultural community of Hereford for centuries. Over the course of five years, Grant - known for his long term documentary projects - returned weekly to the same spaces to photograph. In doing so he has created a tender and sustained appreciation of a community as the last inner city livestock market in Britain makes way for the next chapter in Hereford’s regeneration programme.

Publisher: Artist Photo Books

Size: 305 x 210 mm

96 pages

Ken Grant
Made in cooperation with the regular visitors who returned weekly to a few small sales sheds at the heart of a British market city, Flock by Ken Grant marks the end of a ritual that has been an integral part of the midlands agricultural community of Hereford for centuries.
£22.50

Picture of Street Photographers Manual

Publisher's Description

Whether dark, edgy or humorous, street photography shows us that daily life can be a little surreal but also gently poignant. Photo sharing on Flickr and Facebook has rejuvenated the genre, and its spirit has been reborn. This book is about the possibilities of street photography, and how it can be approached in a tangible way. It begins with an overview of street photography, examining its past, present and future, and looking at how the genre has changed over time. The reader is then introduced to twenty of the most acclaimed international street photographers, among them Bruce Gilden, Alex Webb, Nils Jorgensen and Saul Leiter. Integrated within the profiles are twenty fully illustrated tutorials, including how to shoot a face in a crowd and how to train your eye to observe and capture the unexpected. This book shows you that being a street photographer is about looking for the luck. But luck requires inspiration and that is where this book is indispensable.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 229 x 177 mm

192 pages, with over 100 colour illustrations

David Gibson
This book is about the possibilities of street photography, and how it can be approached in a tangible way. It begins with an overview of street photography, examining its past, present and future, and looking at how the genre has changed over time.
£13.46

Picture of Moonshine

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Spanning almost three decades, Moonshine is a portrait of the American Appalachian folk, a mythologised region populated by ‘moonshiners’. Van Manen’s images are defined by a fierce intimacy with her subject, as the viewer teeters on the edge of the frame, perpetually trespassing on private moments: rollicking children practicing handstands on the couch; a kneeling daughter combing the hair of her grandmother.

Van Manen first visited the region in 1985, to the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, returning periodically up until 2013 to visit mining families with whom she lived: the Boggs family with their ten red-haired sons; miners Mavis and Junior. The intergenerational images subtly trace the insidious changes undergone by Appalachia – the slow and steady demise of the mining industry, and the migration of inhabitants from ramshackle wooden cabins to the city, or urban trailer parks. Van Manen intermixes black-and-white images with later colour work – another register of time passing and the inevitability of change.

Bertien van Manen rolled into photography almost by accident, taking pictures of her children with an old camera. As her work became more public she was soon drafted into the world of fashion photography. In 1977 she tired of the industry, and on discovering the documentary photography of Robert Frank and Josef Koudelka, van Manen began to explore the developing relationship between herself and her subjects, keeping a closeness and developing a personal, organic style of photography.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 235 x 225 mm

112 pages, 78 colour plates

Bertien van Manen
Spanning almost three decades, Moonshine is a portrait of the American Appalachian folk, a mythologised region populated by ‘moonshiners’. Van Manen’s images are defined by a fierce intimacy with her subject, as the viewer teeters on the edge of the frame, perpetually trespassing on private moments: rollicking children practicing handstands on the couch; a kneeling daughter combing the hair of her grandmother.
£36.00

Picture of Archeology of Fear and Desire

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An Archeology of Fear and Desire is an attempt to recontextualise Israel as place and metaphor, exploring longing, belonging and exclusion. Frédéric Brenner follows up his opus Diaspora with a visual essay about Israel, a land of devouring myths in which constructs-- social and religious--perpetuate a tyranny of roles, which render us strangers to what is most intimate in ourselves.

Brenner’s essay is an X-ray of an ongoing experiment in survival, portraying the complexity of multiple, dissonant identities. These images question the promise attached to this land and explore the cauldron of fear and shadow within this territory and in each of us, unrecognised, unredeemed, denied, dissimulated and silenced, where the other is instrumentalised and thereby sacrificed.

An Archeology of Fear and Desire is part of a project entitled This Place, which explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers, consisting of a travelling exhibition, companion publications and a program of live events. Brenner initiated the project in 2006 and continues to guide it.

Brenner is best known for Diaspora, the result of a 25-year search in 40 countries to create a visual record of the Jewish people at the end of the twentieth century. Brenner is the Laureate of the French Academy in Rome (1992) and the Prix Niepce (1981); he has directed an original film and published six books, including Diaspora: Homelands in Exile (2003).

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 290 x 270 mm

72 pages, 37 colour plates

Frédéric Brenner
An Archeology of Fear and Desire is an attempt to recontextualise Israel as place and metaphor, exploring longing, belonging and exclusion. Frédéric Brenner follows up his opus Diaspora with a visual essay about Israel, a land of devouring myths in which constructs-- social and religious--perpetuate a tyranny of roles, which render us strangers to what is most intimate in ourselves
£40.50

Picture of New York in the '50s

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Publisher's Description

“I have been shooting New York for over 60 years now. And though I have achieved age, I can safely say I have never made my way to maturity so I have never been jaded or bored. I think all this is due to the grittiness and hectic quality of the city, you never capture it, it captures you.” After studying painting and graphic design at Cooper Union and Yale, Jay Maisel began his career in photography in 1954. While his portfolio includes the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis, he is perhaps best known for capturing the light, color, and gesture found in every day life. This unique vision kept him busy for over 40 years shooting annual reports, magazine covers, jazz albums, advertising and more for an array of clients worldwide. Recently, Maisel has gone back to his archive of early work, and put together a collection of black-and-white images he made as a young man in the 1950s, evidence of a lifetime’s pursuit of a craft and a special talent, one of the best-kept secrets in photographic history. “New York in the ‘50s” is a beautifully-produced monograph that will be equally appreciated by Jay Maisel’s followers, and anyone who has stepped inside his muse, New York City.

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 12 x 13"

92 pages, 76 duotone plates

Jay Maisel
Recently, Maisel has gone back to his archive of early work, and put together a collection of black-and-white images he made as a young man in the 1950s, evidence of a lifetime’s pursuit of a craft and a special talent, one of the best-kept secrets in photographic history.
£36.00

Picture of From Galilee to the Negev

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Stephen Shore is a pioneering photographer and influential teacher. From Galilee to the Negev is an intimate portrait of a multi-faceted place, exploring the landscape of Israel and the West Bank; its complexities and its contradictions. Shore travelled the length and breadth of the region, questioning and revealing through his camera lens. His visual inquiry explores the landscape itself and the people who live in it – the daily lives and the narratives that combine to create this fascinating place – at once beautiful and ugly, safe and hostile.A selection of texts by a diverse range of writers – who have each selected one photograph as a spring board – will be interspersed amongst the photographs, offering a gathering of voices and perspectives.

Acclaimed photographer Stephen Shore's visual enquiry into the land of Israel and the West Bank, and its complex layering of contemporary culture and endless history.

Arranged geographically, Shore's photographs create a living portrait of a beautiful yet contradictory place, from the north at Mount Hermon, through Tel Aviv, the Gaza border, Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Negev, to the Red Sea.

Shore’s photographs, many published here for the first time, draw attention to the minutiae of everyday life that are often overlooked, from peeling posters on public noticeboards, to archaeological sites mid-dig, to graffiti on storefronts.

Features essays from a range of eminent writers, including Yotam Ottolenghi and the New Yorker’s Jane Kramer, each a response to one of Shore’s photographs.

Publisher: Phaidon

Size: 338 x 291 mm

224 pages, 249 colour illustrations, 24 black and white illustrations

Stephen Shore
Acclaimed photographer Stephen Shore's visual enquiry into the land of Israel and the West Bank, and its complex layering of contemporary culture and endless history.
£67.50

Picture of Gaza Photo Album

Publisher's Description

Photographer Kent Klich arrived at the Gaza Strip on the 18th of February 2009, just after Israel’s offensive had ceased and its population had begun to try to recreate their lives within a broken wasteland. Wishing to move away from more stereotypical images of the conflict and its root causes in the Middle East, Klich decided not to tell the story of Gaza through its faces but rather through its spaces, where the absence of inhabitants in itself forms an underlying narrative. The interiors of houses, the private spaces of Gaza’s inhabitants, have been documented in some 55 colour photographs – appropriated, burnt, bulldozed, bullet ridden, or bombed out – in a confronting testimony to interrupted lives. 

Featured The Photobook: A History Volume 3 (Parr/Badger)

Publisher: Journal 2010
88 pages


Kent Klich
Featured in the Parr/Badger collection The Photobook Volume 3
£27.50

Picture of The Burn

Publisher's Description

»These photographs are part of a series begun in 2007 when I observed my first controlled prairie burn. I was immediately struck by the burn’s visual and expressive potential, as well as the way it evoked themes that are at the core of my photographic work. A controlled burn is deliberately set; its violent, destructive force reduces invasive vegetation so that native plants can continue to prosper. (…) These images of regenerative destruction constitute a universal metaphor: the ephemeral moment when life and death are not opposed but are harmonized as a single process to be embraced as one.« Jane Fulton Alt

Jane Fulton Alt (b. 1951) is a fine art photographer based in the Chicago area. She has received numerous awards, among them Photolucida’s Critical Mass Award and the Humble Arts 31 Women in Art Photography. She has published Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward about the aftermath of Katrina in 2009. Alt’s work is in numerous permanent collections, e. g. the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, New Orleans Museum of Art, De Paul Art Museum, Center for Photography, Woodstock.

Authors: Deborah Gribbon, Gary Gutting, Jane Fulton Alt, Michael Weinstein
Artists: Jane Fulton Alt

Designed by Sam Silvio
Hardcover
21 x 21 cm
96 pages
38 color ills.
English

2013

Jane Fulton Alt
A series of photographs of a controlled prairie burn. Selected for the German Photo Book Award 2014.
£35.25

Picture of Waiting for the Magic: The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli

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Publisher's Description

This book celebrates Marzaroli’s extraordinary talent with a number of specially-commissioned essays and a selection of previously unpublished photographs, as well as many of the iconic, much loved work for which he is renowned. The first section, 'Europe: A Man with a Vision' (Anne Marzaroli), highlights Oscar’s journey into photography at the age of eighteen and features figure and landscape shots from Scotland and beyond, as well as photographs of family and friends. 'Waiting for the Magic' is a piece by the late James Grassie, who worked with Marzaroli on many of his documentary films. Photographs include land and seascapes, and images which explore the human response to the natural environment. 'Glasgow: A Dear Green Place' (Robert Crawford, St Andrews University) contains some of Marzaroli’s most familiar Glasgow shots, as well as many images never before published. All are of extraordinary historical and social importance as they depict the city during a profound process of change. The last section is 'Marzaroli’s People' (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday). Marzaroli’s portraits always had a purpose and a point; his empathy is apparent as is his lack of intrusion and respect for people in their unique landscape, whether it be urban or country.

Publisher: Birlinn

224 pages

Oscar Marzaroli
This book celebrates Marzaroli’s extraordinary talent with a number of specially-commissioned essays and a selection of previously unpublished photographs, as well as many of the iconic, much loved work for which he is renowned.
£22.50

Picture of Paris (signed)

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In the shape of a true Paris map, Martin Parr invites us to follow him in the French capital. For three years, commissioned by the Maison Européeenne de la Photographie (MEP), Martin Parr has focused his lens on Parisians and photographed the Champs-Elysées, tourists, Bastille Day, fashion shows, Paris Air Show, museums and art fairs, the Agricultural Show... 

In the end, around forty unpublished images and several previous iconic ones of everyday scenes convey a concentrate of Parisian atmosphere. 

Publisher:  Editions Xavier Barral

Size:  210 x 300 mm 

128 pages, 40 illustrations

Martin Parr
In the shape of a true Paris map, Martin Parr invites us to follow him in the French capital. For three years, Martin Parr has focused his lens on Parisians and photographed the Champs-Elysées, tourists, Bastille Day, fashion shows, Paris Air Show, museums and art fairs, the Agricultural Show...
£41.25

Picture of Coal not Dole The Miners' Strike 1984/1985

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In 1984, with the UK miners' strike at its peak, the young German photography student Michael Kerstgens decided to travel to Britain and document the dispute. Born in Wales, and with a godfather who was managing director of the Llanelli-based mining supplies company Thyssen Schachtbau Great Britain Ltd., he imagined it would be easy to get close to the action.

Yet the strike was brutal and had torn a rift through British society. People were wary of him, as an outsider, and so he was limited to photographing events on the periphery, but not the striking miners and their various activities.

The tide turned when he resolved to travel to the heart of the strike in Yorkshire and there met the activist Stuart "Spud" Marshall. Spud trusted him immediately and opened the door for Kerstgens to photograph not only the heat of the action but also more intimate moments beyond the picketing, violent clashes with the police, and public discussions on the political stage.

Kerstgens photographed soup kitchens, meetings behind closed doors, and the wives of striking miners who first became politically active through their help and support in organizing the protest. He photographed families at home or with friends at occasional festivities, and striking miners picking low-grade coal to heat their houses. He documented the pride and courage of workers who were deeply rooted in the mining community. And he recorded their exhaustion and despair when defeat finally came at the end of a long campaign.

The strike of 1984/85 was the last significant labour dispute in the UK. It marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new age of industrial relations, both in Britain and beyond. Michael Kerstgens' book shows how this process shaped the lives of many and how it transformed the country forever. Nearly 30 years after the strike, he returned to record the changes. These photographs, including some of "Spud", who still lives there, are also included in this work.

Publisher: Peperoni Books

Size: 230 x 210 mm

132 pages, 71 illustrations, 14 in colour

Michael Kerstgens
In 1984, with the UK miners' strike at its peak, the young German photography student Michael Kerstgens decided to travel to Britain and document the dispute
£32.95

Picture of Looking Up Ben James - a Fable

Publisher's description

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

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

Steidl publishers

192 pages

John Gossage
John Gossage's account of a road trip taken in the west of England and Wales with Martin Parr as his guide
£31.50

Picture of The Stage

Publisher's Description

Donigan Cumming's The Stage is one of the most challenging photobooks published in the last century. Collaborating with his subjects to explore a kind of psychological portraiture, Cumming created a theatre of domestic and institutional interiors peopled by the strange and eccentric. Books on Books #19 presents an in-depth study of this remarkable and little known Canadian photobook with an essay by Richard Enright called The Overwhelming Quotidian: Donigan Cumming and The Stage.

Essays by Robert Enright, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
240 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
275 Duotone & Color illustrations

Donigan Cumming
"one of the most challenging photobooks published in the last century"
£29.50
£28.95

Picture of In Flagrante (Books on Books 4) Revised Edition 2014

Publishers' Description

Chris Killip's In Flagrante is often cited as the most important photobook to come from England in the 1980s. Published in 1988, In Flagrante describes the communities in Northern England that were devastated by the deindustrialisation common to policies carried out by Thatcher and her predecessors starting in the mid-1970s. Books on Books 4 presents Killip's political yet lyric work and a new essay by Gerry Badger called Dispatches from a War Zone.

Essays by John Berger and Sylvia Grant, Gerry Badger, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
108 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
65 Duotone and 4-color illustrations

Chris Killip
A revised edition of this study of one of Britain's most influential photobooks.
£29.50
£28.95

Picture of Ray's a Laugh

Publisher's Description

Richard Billingham's Ray's a Laugh is considered one of the most important contemporary photobooks from Britain. Centred around Billingham's working-class family who live in a cramped Birmingham high-rise tenement apartment and his father Ray - a chronic alcoholic - these candid snapshots describe their daily lives in a visual diary that is raw, intimate, touching and often uncomfortably humorous. Books on Books #18 contains every page spread from this classic book including a contemporary essay by Charlotte Cotton.

Essays by Charlotte Cotton, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
108 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
90 Color illustrations

Richard Billingham (Books on Books 18)
Billingham's depiction of his parent's home in Birmingham, now accorded the status of a classic by Errata Editions
£29.50
£28.95

Picture of Bad Weather (Books on Books 17) SIGNED

Martin Parr's Bad Weather is the debut book from one of Britain's most world-renowned and prolific photographers. Armed with wry humour (and a water-proof camera), Parr captured the social landscape of the UK during downpours, snow storms and the most challenging elements. Published in 1982, Bad Weather has been long out of print and is one of Parr's most sought after books. Books on Books # 17 offers an in-depth study of this important photobook including a new essay by Thomas Weski called Even the Queen Gets Wet.

Essays by Thomas Weski, Peter Turner, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
90 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
50 Duotone illustrations

Martin Parr
SIGNED An in-depth study of this important photobook including a new essay by Thomas Weski called Even the Queen Gets Wet. Includes original spreads.
£31.95

Picture of American Artifacts SIGNED

Book launch and signing, Thursday 24 April, 6.30pm at Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. This is a free event but please book a space here.

If you cannot attend but would like to order a signed copy, please do so in the normal way.

American Artifacts is a complex and poetic photographic portrait of America as it simmered its way through the first decade of the twenty-first century. It reflects that span of years some have called the “lost” decade. American Artifacts is a personal exploration by an empathetic neighbour—the Canadian documentary photographer Phil Bergerson (Born Toronto, 1947).

Much like the discovery process of the archaeologist, Bergerson describes his approach as sifting through the remains of a culture—sifting through the shards of artifacts left behind by a rushing humanity as it made its way through the streets of a tumultuous America. His book is a collection of these message shards—often ironic, sometimes full of pathos. All represent the concerns of a struggling humanity: their fears, desires, and hopes with many images vibrating between reality and metaphor. A variety of recurring themes are reflected in photographs of shop window displays, and in the objects and signs from the forgotten corners of hundreds of towns and cities he visited.

In organising his 120 colour photographs to best portray the complexity of America, Bergerson turned to the art of sequencing as his primary expressive vehicle. Working in the sequencing traditions of Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Nathan Lyons, Bergerson has orchestrated the dynamic interplay between several themes to project their multi-layered meanings.

The book’s photographic sequence is bracketed by two powerful pieces of writing, beginning with Margaret Atwood’s brilliant writing on debt from Payback, and ending with Nathan Lyons’ insightful essay on “Sequencing”.

Black Dog Publishing

Hardback
144 pages
120 b/w and colour ills
28.0 x 31.0 cm
11.0 x 12.0 in

Phil Bergerson
SIGNED COPIES American Artifacts is a complex and poetic photographic portrait of America as it simmered its way through the first decade of the twenty-first century.
£24.95

Picture of Party: Quotations from Chairman Mao TseTung

Awaiting stock

Publisher's Description

Party. Quotations from Chairman Mao TseTung is a photobook built upon the skeleton of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. It was conceived by photographer Cristina de Middel after her first trip to China, which took place in 2012 and for which she set the intention of reacting with the camera to whatever caught her attention, without any attempt to analyse or explain.

De Middel returned from China with an extensive series of photographs which at first she found hard to classify and edit, since their only common denominator was her own astonishment. But she soon realised that their very resistance to classification was the key to their ability to show us what China is today.

She decided to adapt Chairman Mao TseTung's Little Red Book (which in the 1960s was the single most visible icon in mainland China, even more visible than the image of Chairman Mao himself) as a framework for the photographs to create a narrative for modern times. Censoring or hiding parts of the original text and highlighting and altering other parts, she presents a portrait of the People's Republic of China in the 21st century.

Cristina de Middel
Awaiting stock. Party: Quotations from Chairman Mao TseTung is a photobook built upon the skeleton of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. It was conceived by photographer Cristina de Middel after her first trip to China, which took place in 2012 and for which she set the intention of reacting with the camera to whatever caught her attention, without any attempt to analyse or explain.
£42.00

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