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Picture of NYC RIP

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In 1980, Miron Zownir emigrated to the USA, where he lived for the next fifteen years; first in New York, then in Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. In New York, back then arguably the world's most fascinating and permissive metropolis, Zownir's peculiar approach to cover the city's multiple-layered day-to-day lunacy was quickly recognised by the local scene as the TEUTONIC PHENOMENOGRAPHER (Village Voice). Shot in moody, expressionistic b/w, Zownir's pictures from that period give a penetrating insight to inner-city sub-cultural spheres, which, in their original local context, have since perished in the boom of the 90s. His lens captured the untamed lust at the gay-parties, just shortly before Aids massively claimed its victims; the futile protest of artists and offbeat performers; the hopelessness on the Bowery; the shadowy world of hookers or junkies. Zownir's photographs of the "Sex Piers" have become legendary documents by now. The shutdown and dilapidated port area located between the Westside Highway and the Hudson River, with its sunbathing section for nudists and the surrounding "halls of the anonymous lust", was a popular meeting place among the gay-scene. Zownir meanwhile has gained the reputation of being one of the most uncompromising contemporary photographers. Some critics claim that Zownir, in his own characteristic manner, ties on where Diane Arbus and Weegee had stopped. But when it comes to the basis of his artistic intention, Miron Zownir would rather point to a quote from Kafka's "The Castle" then being compared to other photographers: "If one has the strength to look at the things incessantly, more or less without ever closing the eyes, one sees much. But if one lessens the effort only once and closes the eyes, it all immediately vanishes into darkness."

Publisher: Pogobooks

Size: 240 x 300 mm

216 Pages

Miron Zownir
In 1980, Miron Zownir emigrated to the USA, where he lived for the next fifteen years; first in New York, then in Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. In New York, back then arguably the world's most fascinating and permissive metropolis, Zownir's peculiar approach to cover the city's multiple-layered day-to-day lunacy was quickly recognised by the local scene as the TEUTONIC PHENOMENOGRAPHER (Village Voice).
£36.00

Picture of My Last Day at Seventeen

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Doug DuBois was first introduced to a group of teenagers from the Russell Heights housing estate while he was an artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, on the southwest coast of Ireland. He was fascinated by the insular neighborhood, in which “everyone seems to be someone’s cousin, former girlfriend, or spouse. Little can happen there that isn’t seen, discussed, distorted beyond all reason, and fiercely defended against any disapprobation from the outside.” DuBois gained entry when Kevin and Erin (two participants of a workshop he taught) took him to a local hangout spot, opening his eyes to a world of not-quite-adults struggling—publicly and privately—through the last days of their childhood.

Over the course of five years, DuBois returned to Russell Heights. People came and left, relationships formed and dissolved, and babies were born. Combining portraits, spontaneous encounters, and collaborative performances, the images in My Last Day at Seventeen exist in a delicate balance between documentary and fiction. A powerful follow-up to DuBois’ acclaimed first book, All the Days and Nights, this volume provides an incisive examination ofthe uncertainties of growing up in Ireland today, while highlighting the unique relationshipsustained between artist and subject.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 9 3/8 x 12 1/4"

56 pages, 79 four-color images

Includes a graphic novel component

Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois was first introduced to a group of teenagers from the Russell Heights housing estate while he was an artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, on the southwest coast of Ireland.
£36.00

Picture of Imperial Courts 1993-2015

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In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered there inspired her to revisit the area, and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Returning countless times over the following twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative portrait of the changing face of this community with her 4x5 field camera. Over the years, some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, and others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. In this way, Imperial Courts constitutes a complex and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved community. Design: Roger Willems. ISBN 9789491843426

Publisher: Roma Publications

Size: 240 x 310 mm

296 pages

Dana Lixenberg
In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered there inspired her to revisit the area, and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts.
£53.50
£52.25

Picture of Hiroji Kubota

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Hiroji Kubota Photographer, details the extraordinary life and world travels, spanning over fifty years, of a veteran Magnum photographer. This is the first comprehensive survey of a key Japanese photographer, and includes four hundred photographs.

Hiroji Kubota (born in Tokyo, 1939) began his career by assisting photographers René Burri, Burt Glinn, and Elliott Erwitt on their visit to Japan in 1961. In 1965 he joined Magnum Photos, producing major bodies of work, many in book form, on the United States, Japan, China, North and South Korea, and Southeast Asia. His numerous publications include From Sea to Shining Sea: A Portrait of America (1992) and Out of the East: Transition and Tradition in Asia (1999).

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 12 x 9"

512 pages, 400 duotone and four-color images  

Hiroji Kubota
Hiroji Kubota Photographer, details the extraordinary life and world travels, spanning over fifty years, of a veteran Magnum photographer. This is the first comprehensive survey of a key Japanese photographer, and includes four hundred photographs.
£45.00

Picture of Miserachs Barcelona

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Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Miserachs Barcelona celebrates one of the finest of all urban photobooks: Barcelona Blanc i Negre (1964), the masterpiece of a photographer named Xavier Miserachs, who was only twenty-five years old when he made it. It is a monumental work, with almost four hundred photographs of active, nervous city-dwellers who constitute, when all is
said and done, the city itself, where the architecture is but a backdrop to a passionate urban existence.

The exhibition invites the spectator literally to wander through the pages of the photobook, confronting its characters face to face. In the catalogue, designed by Ramon Pez and Laia Abril, the photographs take on new life. The images enter into continuous dialogues and encounters, following the ideas of Xavier Miserachs, who proposed open readings and the active participation of the reader. The result is a chaotic, unpredictable meandering, in which good humor and empathy predominates: a journey in time without nostalgia.

Publisher: RM Editions

Size: 7.5 × 11.3"

144 pages, 84 photographs

Xavier Miserachs
Miserachs Barcelona celebrates one of the finest of all urban photobooks: Barcelona Blanc i Negre (1964), the masterpiece of a photographer named Xavier Miserachs, who was only twenty-five years old when he made it.
£21.60

Picture of Estate (Signed)

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The book includes essays by Laura Noble and the eminent writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades, an extract of which is quoted below:

"There was nothing special about Lion Farm Estate. It could have existed in more or less any British connurbation which was on the cusp of losing its raison d'etre. What is special is Clayton's humane rendering of it as a time capsule which emphasised ordinariness. This was how it was for millions of people in the early 90s. This was Britain between Thatcherism and, well, the smiley neo-Thatcherism of New Labour. A new political consensus was in place, an insidious consensus which blithely disregarded the sort of people who lived on such estates, the invisible people, the little people who had not the wherewithal to exercise their precious right to buy. Again Clayton leaves us to reach such conclusions. He has a broad and important socio-political point to make. It is all the more potent for being made so quietly." - Jonathan Meades

"Robert Clayton's images of ordinary modernism in the Black Country in the early 1990s are sharp, surprising and sad. They work as a vivid corrective to both sentimental nostalgia over the welfare state and the alarmist narratives of 'sink' estates - because here is neither hell nor utopia, but a depiction of a place and a people usually ignored or turned into cliche, rendered with visual intelligence and sensitivity" - Owen Hatherley Author and Journalist

"The way you've put it all together feels like a narrative too, as if you're following the story of those characters and that place. And the photos themselves are so beautifully framed and composed, creating a rather epic feel to these everyday moments. Anyone with an interest in postwar British social history, modernist architecture or street photography would really enjoy this book." - John Grindrod Author

Sample images

Publisher: Stay Free Publishing

128  pages, 67 colour plates

240mm x Length 297mm

Robert Clayton
In 1990, Robert Clayton set about documenting the lives of those living in the Lion Farm estate in the West Midlands
£35.00

Picture of Himmelstrasse

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In May 1942, Sobibor became fully operational and began mass gassing operations. Himmelstrasse (Heaven Street) was a cynical Nazi joke used to describe the final journey to the gas chambers.

Brian Griffin has documented the railway tracks in Poland that transported approximately three million prisoners from around Europe to the Nazi extermination camps during WWII. From the railway leading to Hitler’s Eastern Front military headquarters at the Wolf’s Lair, to the State Rail System leading to the camps of Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor, Stutthof and Treblinka. Griffin’s haunting landscapes are an emotional and personal photographic journey that represents the relentless brutality and inhumanity of the Holocaust.

Publisher: Browns Editions

Size: 297 x 232 mm

120 pages, 69 black and white images, 33 colour images

Edition of 500 hand numbered

Brian Griffin
In May 1942, Sobibor became fully operational and began mass gassing operations. Himmelstrasse (Heaven Street) was a cynical Nazi joke used to describe the final journey to the gas chambers.
£50.00

Picture of Scent of a Dream: Travels in the World of Coffee

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In this remarkable visual survey, internationally acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado documents traditional methods of sustainable coffee farming across the globe, revealing rituals deeply steeped in history and pride. The book spans nearly a decade of research into the hidden world of coffee, highlighting relationships characterized by respect, fair exchange, and a shared understanding that ever-improving quality has the power to improve lives. Salgado, a native to one of Brazil’s premier coffee-growing regions, is the perfect guide for a reader’s journey to principal farming locations in China, Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, India, Brazil, Costa Rica, and beyond.

Publisher: Abrams

Size: 9 9⁄16 x 14”

320 pages, 150 black-and-white photographs

Sebastião Salgado
In this remarkable visual survey, internationally acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado documents traditional methods of sustainable coffee farming across the globe, revealing rituals deeply steeped in history and pride.
£45.00

Picture of Other Americas

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Other Americas, originally published in France in 1986 and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, is Sebastião Salgado’s first book. Upon publication it became an award winning photobook classic, establishing Salgado’s reputation as the visionary reportage photographer of his generation. With forty-nine black-and-white photographs taken between 1977 and 1984, Salgado’s distilled survey of a continent includes images from Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. The images range in subject, capturing spiritual and religious practices, changing rural landscapes, and intimate domestic life. Each photograph shares a sense of sincere connection-connection between the subject and the photographer, between a population and their homeland, and between Salgado and the audience he seeks to engage. In his text, Alan Riding writes, “Salgado has sought out a lost corner of the Americas and he has made it a prism through which the entire continent can be viewed. A philosophy of life is caught in a look; an entire way of life is frozen in a moment . . .”

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 9 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄4”

127 pages, 50 duotone images

Sebastião Salgado
Other Americas, originally published in France in 1986 and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, is Sebastião Salgado’s first book. Upon publication it became an award winning photobook classic, establishing Salgado’s reputation as the visionary reportage photographer of his generation.
£27.00

Picture of Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

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Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it found itself in the glare of international media attention. As Van Bruggen writes, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya. On the coast, old Soviet-era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera. By 2014 the area around Sochi will have been changed beyond recognition.” Hornstra’s photographic approach combines the best of documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs, and other visual elements collected over the course of their travels.

The Sochi Project was released via installments in book form and online, each focusingon a particular facet of the story, the geography, the people, and their history. The highlights and key elements of this extensive effort were brought together for the first time in this volume, first released in 2013 and designed by Kummer & Herrman, who have been integral tothe collaboration from the outset. Now, Aperture is pleased to issue this in-demand book in a more affordably priced edition, in a slightly smaller, trim size. The Sochi Project: An Atlas ofWar and Tourism in the Caucasus offers alternative perspectives and in-depth reporting on this remarkable region, the site of the most expensive Olympic Games ever, and one that sits at the combustible crossroads of war, tourism, and history.

Publisher: Aperture

8 1/2 x 10 3/8”

392 pages, 287 four-color and black and white images

Photographs by Rob Hornstra, Texts by Arnold van Bruggen
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
£36.00

Picture of Isle of Man Revisited

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"Thirty years after the publication of the Isle of Man book I was in the process of preparing for my retrospective exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Germany and started to re-examine my Isle of Man negatives. I hadn’t had an occasion to think about this work since the first edition of the book was published. Going through these negatives again I found new images that I now liked, but at the time had overlooked or had not used for reasons that now mystify me. I ended up with 250 photographs that I now think of as my Isle of Man archive.

This new version of Isle of Man draws from that archive. The photographs in this edition keep, more or less, to the same order as the original book but I have changed some of the images, added thirty others, and printed them all larger." Chris Killip


Publisher: Steidl

Size: 297 x 297 mm

96 pages

Chris Killip
"The photographs in this edition keep, more or less, to the same order as the original book but I have changed some of the images, added thirty others, and printed them all larger." - Chris Killip
£36.00

Picture of India: A Celebration of Life

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India. A Celebration of Life is the culmination of nearly a decade of visits to the Indian subcontinent by Manuel Rivera-Ortiz. This collection pulls together 120 photographs of the people and places of this incredible nation of polar opposites from Rajasthan to Kolkata, Mumbai to Kutch. Men, women, and children, mostly living on the fringes of Indian society, are represented here. But India. A Celebration of Life is more about hope than it is about despair. Manuel Rivera-Ortiz (b. 1968) is a documentary photographer and writer born relatively poor in Southern Puerto Rico. His work follows the tradition of »concerned photography.« He photographs in less developed corners of the world recording the dignity of the people who still live disadvantaged in situations of poverty. Rivera-Ortiz’s work reflects the horrors of the life he himself witnessed growing up on dirt floors and in corrugated tin shanties. In 2009, with the help of friends, he founded The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film. Rivera-Ortiz’s photographs are held in museum and corporate collections, including George Eastman House in Rochester, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Size: 240 x 280 mm

168 pages and 20 pages booklet

14 color and 109 dutone ills.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
This collection pulls together 120 photographs of the people and places of this incredible nation of polar opposites from Rajasthan to Kolkata, Mumbai to Kutch.
£30.60

Picture of Fire in Cairo

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Fire in Cairo emerged from Egypt as an oblique and fragmentary document of revolutionary struggle. The book charts Connors’ uneasy engagement with the political turmoil that gripped the nation during its rapidly unfolding history. The complexity of the situation resisted comprehensive explanation, but invited metaphorical speculation. In his images Cairo reveals itself to be an enormous studio for social change, ripe with visual, sculptural and atmospheric residues of resistance. He weaves these together with portraits of Egyptians from across the political spectrum and his own experimental fiction. The result is a book that careens between reportage, poetry and surrealism to heighten the tensions between beauty, threat and historical consequence.
Publisher: SPBH Editions
Size: 199 x 254 mm
160 pages
Edition: 1,000 

Matthew Connors
Fire in Cairo emerged from Egypt as an oblique and fragmentary document of revolutionary struggle. The book charts Connors’ uneasy engagement with the political turmoil that gripped the nation during its rapidly unfolding history.
£30.00

Picture of Living Room Work Prints SIGNED

Publisher's Description

The Photographs in this book are taken from a box of machine made work prints which were made for editing purposes during the design of the two original Living Room books. What you see here is a selection of works that didn`t make the final edit of either publications

Publisher: Little Big Man

Signed copy


Nick Waplington
The Photographs in this book are taken from a box of machine made work prints which were made for editing purposes during the design of the two original Living Room books. What you see here is a selection of works that didn`t make the final edit of either publications
£35.00

Picture of Conversations With The Dead

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A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon’s seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography.

Heralded as a “masterpiece” by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Volume II.

Revolutionary in the 1970s, Lyon’s record of life inside the Texas prison system was one of the first photobooks to include ephemera and has been out of print for over 40 years.

A valuable collector’s item, first edition hardbacks in good condition sell for over $1000, this edition has been updated with a new afterword by Danny Lyon.

The growth of the prison population in the US – currently the largest in the world – and recent debate over the drugs used in carrying out the death penalty highlight the continued relevance of this book today.

Publisher: Phaidon

Size: 214 x 279 mm

204 pages, 82 colour and 6 black and white photographs

Danny Lyon
A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon’s seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography.
£40.50

Picture of Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album

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Renowned Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian mixes artistic creation and journalism, starting from the traditional Iranian family photo album to deftly chronicle middle class life by following Iranians from several generations with her camera. She does not shy away from the complexity, inaccessibility, and myriad contradictions that shape her homeland. She manages to capture the full picture of contemporary Iran.

Newsha Tavakolian (born 1981 in Tehran, Iran). A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16 at a women’s daily newspaper called Zan. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined the New York based agency Polaris Images. In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq for several months. She has since covered regional conflicts and natural disasters and has made social documentaries in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, and Kenia. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and The New York Times Magazine. Her work has been exhibited internationally at such museums as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Art as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum in London.

2014 Tavakolian was selected as the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. The Carmignac Foundation, France, launched the Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and promoting investigative photojournalism in areas not in the spotlight yet at the heart of complex geostrategic issues with global repercussions and where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated.

Sample images

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Size: 240 x 280 mm

160 pages, 90 colour illustrations

Newsha Tavakolian
Renowned Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian mixes artistic creation and journalism, starting from the traditional Iranian family photo album to deftly chronicle middle class life by following Iranians from several generations with her camera.
£35.91

Picture of Hey Mister, throw me some beads!

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"Hey Mister, throw me some beads!" is a phrase that is iconic in New Orleans' Mardi Gras street argot. Strings of beads, doubloons, and other trinkets are passed out or thrown from the floats in the Mardi Gras parades to spectators lining the streets. In 1974, Bruce Gilden was a young photographer when he first went down to Mardi Gras to shoot his first personal essay away from his home city New York. But when Gilden first stepped foot in New Orleans, he found himself in "a pagan dream where you can be what you want to be." So Gilden became a regular, making seven trips down to the mayhem of Bourbon Street between 1974 and 1982. The energy, the mentality, social / cultural mores of Mardi Gras were all new for Gilden, but he captured the carnival crowds with the same raw intensity and poignancy that characterize his most iconic New York street photographs.

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Size: 240 x 320 mm

110 pages, 52 duotone illustrations

Bruce Gilden
In 1974, Bruce Gilden was a young photographer when he first went down to Mardi Gras to shoot his first personal essay away from his home city New York. But when Gilden first stepped foot in New Orleans, he found himself in "a pagan dream where you can be what you want to be."
£32.40

Picture of Don McCullin

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McCullin’s reputation has long been established as one of the greatest photographers of conflict in the last century. In the fourteen years since the first publication of the book, McCullin has shed the role of war photographer and become a great landscape artist. He has also travelled widely through Africa, India, the Middle East and among the tribes living in Stone Age conditions in Indonesia. His journey from the back streets of north London to his rural retreat in the depths of Somerset is unparalleled. It includes a passage through the most terrible scenes of recent history, for which his stark views of the West Country offer him some redemption.

"This stunningly produced book reminds us that McCullin was the greatest British photographer of the twentieth century... You turn page after page of his piercing images openmouthed - this book is worth every penny." - Independent

"No one has surpassed - in breadth, in directness, in intimacy, in unforgettability - the gut-wrenching work produced by Don McCullin." - Susan Sontag

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Size: 296 x 311 mm

Don McCullin
The updated retrospective published for McCullin's 80th birthday. Contains 40 new unpublished photographs and a new introduction — the definitive edition.
£45.00

Picture of Modern Kids

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In the Fall of 2010, Jona Frank began to make portraits at an amateur boxing club just outside of Liverpool in a suburb called Ellesmere Port. All the boys tried to act tough for the camera and Frank was reminded of a line from the Arcade Fire song Rococo: "They seem wild, but they are so tame." In the song they are singing about going downtown and watching the modern kids. It made Frank think about how these boys, in this town, are "in" their life. For them, everything is present. This is their 21st Century, their right now, but their faces evoke the past. Many of them, shirtless and sweaty, their hands covered with big, puffy, colorful gloves, look timeless, but the truth is they are like any adolescent who is trying on a role and attempting to find their place. Like the suburb of Liverpool where these photos were made, boxing has a foot in the past while grasping its contemporary purpose. Frank’s photographs provide a record of a sport and a community whose presence is slowly fading.

"Although some of the most gentlemanly people I have ever met are boxers, for Jona to go into a boxing gym as a woman is a very rare thing. I used to visit a gym out in Las Vegas called Johnny Tocco’s that had a sign which read, No Women Allowed. But Jona’s boxers let her have this experience. They wanted to share their moment of glory with her, and she in turn made heroes of them in her photographs. These pictures will be placed on the mantles and the walls in their homes. People will take notice. Their hard work will matter. Some people might confuse the realism of Jona’s work with a certain anti-romanticism. But she’s just bending the ideal by holding true to the photographer’s mantra: Keep your eyes open and be true to your heart."

(Bruce Weber)

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Size: 240 x 310 mm

80 pages, 43 colour illustrations

Jona Frank
In the Fall of 2010, Jona Frank began to make portraits at an amateur boxing club just outside of Liverpool in a suburb called Ellesmere Port.
£22.50

Picture of Heart of Darkness

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The next volume in the Four Corners Familiars series - where artists create a new edition of a classic novel - is Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness. The book is a new work by Fiona Banner, with photographs by Paolo Pellegrin:

In 2012, Fiona Banner was invited to create an exhibition of works drawn from the Archive of Modern Conflict, a London-based collection of photographs and ephemera relating to war and conflict. After much time delving into the archive, Banner observed a lack of images relating to conflict in the here and now. In a reversal of roles, Banner commissioned Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Congo, to observe the City of London – its streets and trading floors, its costume and surrounding strip-clubs – through Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The resulting photographs were first exhibited at Peer, London under the title Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead.

A selection of these images now form part of the Archive, they can be found filed under ‘Heart of Darkness, 2014’. They also form the illustrations for this new publication of Conrad’s novella, which takes the form of a luxury magazine.
Heart of Darkness (first published in 1899) is a story of trade and corruption, and of our own conflicts and desires. From a boat moored on the banks of the Thames, Marlow narrates his story in which he travels to the heart of the Congo in search of renegade ivory trader Kurtz, who has mesmerised and enslaved his workers.

Like many artists of her generation Banner has lived just outside the boundaries of London’s financial district since the early 90s observed the area’s close proximity to the Square Mile and its apparent separation from it. This publication links with Banner’s first artist book The Nam (1997) that references Apocalypse Now, a film that uses Conrad’s text as its narrative template.

Publisher: Four Corners Books

Fiona Banner with photographs by Paolo Pellegrin
Banner commissioned Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Congo, to observe the City of London – its streets and trading floors, its costume and surrounding strip-clubs – through Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
£12.75

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