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Picture of Weegee: Murder Is My Business

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Drawn from the International Center of Photography’s archives, this book highlights the incomparable style and fascinating career of Weegee, one of New York City’s quintessential press photographers.

For a decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee made a name for himself snapping crime scenes, victims, and perpetrators. Armed with a Speed Graphic camera and a police-band radio, Weegee often beat the cops to the story, determined to sell his pictures to the sensation-hungry tabloids. His stark black and-white photos were often lurid and unsettling. Yet, as this beautifully produced volume shows, they were also brimming with humanity. Designed as a series of “dossiers,” this book follows Weegee’s transformation from a freelancer to a photodetective. It explores his relationship with the tabloid press and gangster culture and reveals his intimate knowledge of New York’s darkest corners. It provides readers with a rich historical experience—a New York City “noir” shot through the lens of one of its most iconoclastic figures.

With contributions from Weegee, Rosa Reilly, Eddy Portnoy, Carol Squiers, Richard Meyer and Alan Trachtenberg

Publisher: Prestel

Size: 210 x 273 mm

264 pages

Weegee
Drawn from the International Center of Photography’s archives, this book highlights the incomparable style and fascinating career of Weegee, one of New York City’s quintessential press photographers.
£31.50

Picture of Långt fårn Stockholm (Far from Stockholm)

Publisher's Description

Långt fårn Stockholm (Far from Stockholm) finds JH Engstrom on a journey into the surrounding world away from the big city. 

Shifting between isolated small communities and the untamed wilderness of the Swedish landscape -Engstrom weaves the two worlds with portraits of 'dance bands', youths etc and juxtaposing them amongst icy rivers, forests and disappearing roads. 

By weaving these themes, Engstrom tells at once a poetic solitary and contemplative story whilst returning to the heart and structure of the small community.

Publisher:Morel

Size: 240 X 315 mm

128 Pages 

Limited Edition of 1000

JH Engstrom
Shifting between isolated small communities and the untamed wilderness of the Swedish landscape -Engstrom weaves the two worlds with portraits of 'dance bands', youths etc and juxtaposing them amongst icy rivers, forests and disappearing roads.
£35.00

Picture of Paris mortel retouché

Publisher's Description

The book documents the creation process that resulted in the publication of Paris mortel by Johan van der Keuken (1938-2001) in 1963. In addition to an extensive introduction and background information provided by the composer Willem van Zoetendaal, the book contains a selection of photographs from Van der Keuken’s Paris period (1956-1958) that have never been published before, (85 photographs). These photographs include many that were taken in the 12th arrondissement where he lived, and these closely resemble those incorporated by the photographer in the final dummy version of 160 pages and 132 photos. In the selection, we find striking revelations such as a photo of men seen through a misted over café window in Rue Tiquetonne, from which Van der Keuken made a variety of cropped versions but which did not make it to the final version of the book. Van der Keuken also took some stunning photos in the neighbourhood of his apartment in Rue de Traversière. The dummy (superbly produced by Harold Strak) can be seen in the collection of the Leids Prentenkabinet. At the end of the book, we see a facsimile of the final publication, designed by Marinus H. van Raalte and dating from 1963. It deviates considerably from the final dummy and is reduced to 64 pages and 80 photographs. 

Publisher: van Zoetendaal Publishers

Size: 185 x 260 mm

188 pages

Johan van der Keuken
The book documents the creation process that resulted in the publication of Paris mortel by Johan van der Keuken in 1963. In addition to an extensive introduction and background information the book contains a selection of photographs from Van der Keuken’s Paris period that have never been published before.
£57.75

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 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have 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 finds 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 kilometres away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya.” 

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 highlights and key elements of this extensive effort are brought together for the first time in this volume, designed by Kummer & Herrman, offering alternative perspectives and in-depth reporting on this remarkable region, the site of the most expensive Olympic Games, which sits at the combustible crossroads of war, tourism, and history. 

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 9 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2"

512 pages, 200 four-color and black-and-white images 

Rob Hornstra
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
£45.00

Picture of Bert Hardy’s Britain

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Bert Hardy was a mainstay of Picture Post magazine through much of its twenty year life. This long overdue book is the first major retrospective on his work in forty years.

Publisher: Bluecoat Press

Size: 270 x 290 mm

192 pages

Bert Hardy
Bert Hardy was a mainstay of Picture Post magazine through much of its twenty year life. This long overdue book is the first major on his work in forty years.
£17.99

Picture of Rich and Poor

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From 1977 to 1985, Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work. Through the combination of text and photographs, Rich and Poor’s mass appeal was instantly recognizable. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the “Three Americans” exhibition at MoMA, and was published the following year by Random House.

Out of print since 1985, Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor has been completely re-designed and expanded by the artist for Steidl. Available for the first time in hardcover, Rich and Poor builds upon the classic combination of photographs and handwriting and adds a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs in Rich and Poor constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America during the 70’s and 80’s that remains just as relevant today.

Publisher: Steidl

256 pages

Jim Goldberg
From 1977 to 1985, Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work.
£49.50

Picture of Bruce Davidson In Color

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This volume presents Bruce Davidson’s personal selections from his lesser-known color archive. Ranging from a period of fifty-six years and counting, these images are representative of the photographer’s color career. Assignments from various magazines (Vogue, National Geographic, Life magazine) and commercial projects led him to photograph fashion (early 1960s), the Shah of Iran with his family (1964), keepers of French monuments (1988), the supermodel Kylie Bax (1997), and college cheerleaders (1989). He photographed in India and China, but also at home in New York, in Chicago, and along the Pacific Coast Highway. In 1968, Michelangelo Antonioni invited him to document the making of his film Zabriskie Point. Davidson also continued to pursue personal projects, e.g. photographing the Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1972–75), the New York City subway (1980), and Katz’s Delicatessen (2004). Often staying on in a country after an official assignment, he documented Welsh coalfields, family holidays in Martha’s Vineyard, and travelled through Patagonia and Mexico.

Publisher: Steidl

280 pages

Bruce Davidson
This volume presents Bruce Davidson’s personal selections from his lesser-known color archive.
£52.20

Picture of Picture Post Photographer

Publishers Description

Picture Post, the UK’s best known illustrated magazine was launched 75 years ago in October 1938 and ran for almost twenty years until 1957. It was massively popular and at its peak had a circulation of just under two million copies.

At the age of 22, John Chillingworth was the youngest member of the ‘star’ team of photographic journalists on the magazine. He worked alongside many other great photographers including Bert Hardy, Kurt Hutton, Felix Man, Bill Brandt, Thurston Hopkins, Grace Robertson, and Leonard McCombe. Editorially the magazine was liberal, anti-Fascist and populist. It covered everything from politics, through to sport, fashion, music, theatre and film, as well as picture stories of everyday life both in the UK and abroad.

Chillingworth stayed with Picture Post for seven years producing a vast range of photo stories of a very high quality. Encouraged by the legendary picture magazine editor Tom Hopkinson, he learned to combine ‘story-telling’ images with the written word and worked with some of the finest magazine journalists of the age. Hopkinson, described Chillingworth as one of his great successes.

Although John Chillingworth’s images are still reproduced in publications around the world, this is his first monograph and features a wide range of photographs, primarily taken during his Picture Post years. The book is introduced by Matthew Butson, Vice President of Hulton Archive, whose vast experience of the Picture Post archive stretches back almost 30 years.

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing

Size:245 x 245 mm

96 pages, 76 colour/black & white photos

John Chillingworth
Picture Post, the UK’s best known illustrated magazine was launched 75 years ago and ran for almost twenty years. It was massively popular and at its peak had a circulation of just under two million copies. At the age of 22, John Chillingworth was the youngest member of the ‘star’ team of photographic journalists on the magazine.
£17.99

Picture of Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

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This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange’s goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange’s work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer’s oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph “Migrant Mother” to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life. Presented as the companion book to a PBS American Masters episode that will air in 2014, this deluxe hardcover offers an intimate and unparalleled view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.

Publisher: Chronicle

Size: 9 x 12"

192 pages, 100 duotone photographs

Dorothea Lange
This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers, Dorothea Lange.
£31.50

Picture of The Big Book

Publisher's description

W. Eugene Smith, an icon in the field of twentieth-century photography, is best known as the master of the humanistic photographic essay. Smith’s most expressive and frequently reproduced images—World War II combat, the country doctor and nurse-midwife, Pittsburgh, Albert Schweitzer in Africa, rural Spanish villagers, and the mentally ill in Haiti—have altered our perception and understanding of the world.

In 1959, Smith became obsessed with creating an extended photo-essay that he called “The Big Book,” a complex retrospective of his work that would reflect his philosophy of art and critique of the world. Smith’s layout grouped photographs out of context and chronological order to form a series of connected “visual chapters and subchapters” that were intended to have a Joycean or Faulknerian literary quality. After three years of intense labor, Smith completed two handmade folio-sized maquettes to send to publishers. With 380 pages and 450 images, The Big Book was universally rejected as unviable and non-commercial, and it was never published.

Now, five decades later, a facsimile of W. Eugene Smith’s The Big Book, which is part of the Smith Archive at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona, is in print for the first time. Accompanying the facsimile is a supporting volume with a foreword by Dr. Katherine Martinez, Director of CCP; an introduction by William S. Johnson, who arranged Smith’s archive at CCP; an essay by the renowned Swiss critic John Berger; notes on the Smith Collection at CCP by archivist Leslie Squyres and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez. “The Walk to Paradise Garden,” by W. Eugene Smith; and an appendix that maps Smith’s complete layout with titles, dates, and reproductions of each image from original prints. The Big Book is an essential primary source document for the study of both the history of photography and the history of the photobook. This set, in slipcase, will likely be the most comprehensive catalogue of W. Eugene Smith’s work ever published.

Foreword by Dr. Katharine Martinez. Introduction by William S. Johnson. Essay by John Berger. Notes by Leslie Squyres and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez.

9.75x12.75 in

448 pages

University of Texas Press

W Eugene Smith
These slipcased volumes present a facsimile of the unpublished magnum opus of one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers that reveals W. Eugene Smith as a major progenitor of the photobook genre.
£112.50

Picture of Looking for Love on the Left Bank
Publisher's description
Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken relocated to Paris in 1950. There he found a bohemian group, closely following and photographing their everyday movements, intertwining fiction and reality in a new genre of photography book. The reconstruction of this process from unpublished documents – contact prints, sketches, maps – illuminates not only the nihilist worldview of the young people he befriends but also the cinematographic layout of the book, ‘Love on the Left Bank’. A fiction extracted from these documents confronts the original narrative that Van der Elsken established in the book, a visual story accompanied by a text by Tamara Berghmans.

112 p, ills bw, 20 x 27 cm, hb, French/English

RRP £32.95

Ed van der Elsken
Publisher's description
Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken relocated to Paris in 1950. There he found a bohemian group, closely following and photographing their everyday movements, intertwining fiction and reality in a new genre of photography book. The reconstruction of this process from unpublished documents – contact prints, sketches, maps – illuminates not only the nihilist worldview of the young people he befriends but also the cinematographic layout of the book, ‘Love on the Left Bank’. A fiction extracted from these documents confronts the original narrative that Van der Elsken established in the book, a visual story accompanied by a text by Tamara Berghmans.

112 p, ills bw, 20 x 27 cm, hb, French/English

RRP £32.95

£32.25

Picture of In the Box

Signed copies

Publisher's description

In the Box is a unique and compelling collection of images from the world of competitive Subbuteo, an iconic 80’s/90’s miniature football board game. The project, launched in 2010, has taken Tom Groves and his camera across Europe, visiting several of the major tournaments and capturing a series of images with illuminating clarity and humour which brings the sport to life in spectacular fashion.

The photos guide us through the bizarre yet fascinating oddities of a sport that many people thought had died. Included in the book are images of euphoria, passion and dedication as well as quotes from the world’s top players, each providing a personal insight into why Subbuteo means so much to them. The final section of this artist book, printed on a different paper stock pays homage to the childhood game ‘Top Trumps’ and idolises a range of players from the European circuit.

‘In the Box’ is an edition of 1,000 copies and was funded through Kickstarter where nearly 300 copies were pre-ordered earlier this year. Printed by the world renowned EBS print house in Verona, Italy, the book, designed by Studio Thomas, features a silk screened hardcover which is wrapped in a flocked material, replicating the feel of a Subbuteo pitch.

Silk screened hardcover, wrapped in a flocked material

44 Photographs

250 x 175 mm

92 Printed Pages

80 on GardaMatt Paper Stock

12 on Uncoated Offset Stock

Edition of 1,000

Published  by Bellevue Books

Tom Groves
In the Box’ is a unique and compelling collection of images from the world of competitive Subbuteo.
£25.00

Picture of Pigs, The

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The economic news media have coined the term PIGS to refer to the weakest countries in the Eurozone: Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain. 

How did Spain—an empire on which the sun never set—end up like this? Whatever happened to Italy, which still contains a large part of the world’s artistic heritage? What about Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization? And what caused Portugal to see its future become so dim, after having dominated the seas for centuries?

The Pigs is a tragicomic vision of the stereotypes, deserved or not, with which the countries of southern Europe have to live. A vision halfway between caricature and harsh reality, which reveals the wreckage of the slow shipwreck of the cradle of Europe through the eyes of a cruel economist.

Publisher: RM

Soze: 7.8 × 10.6"

112 pages, 80 photographs

Carlos Spottorno
The Pigs is a tragicomic vision of the stereotypes, deserved or not, with which the countries of southern Europe have to live. A vision halfway between caricature and harsh reality, which reveals the wreckage of the slow shipwreck of the cradle of Europe through the eyes of a cruel economist.
£15.00

Picture of Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer

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A notoriously reclusive artist, Sergio Larrain has nonetheless become a touchstone for those who have come to know and love his work, including authors Roberto Bolaño and Julio Cortázar. Celebrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his contemporary and a co-founder of Magnum, Larrain’s experimental process yielded images that transformed the fixed nature of the medium. His images have left generations of viewers in awe of the simultaneous serenity and spontaneity that a camera can capture—when placed, that is, in the hands of an artist with such rare meditative passion. “A good image is born from a state of grace,” the artist once explained. Sergio Larrain, a selection of over two hundred images, rectifies Larrain’s omission from the canon of significant twentieth-century photographers, and combines his work in Latin America with photographs taken in Europe. Following a creatively fertile period in the 1950s and ’60s, Larrain put away his camera and devoted himself to the solitary pursuit of spiritual mysticism, a decision that further contributed to his reputation as a romantic, a “fatal personage,” in the words of Bolaño. Created with the encouragement of Larrain’s family, the book is sumptuously produced, designed by Xavier Barral, and edited by Agnès Sire, who enjoyed a long correspondence with the photographer and has worked with Magnum on preserving his photographic estate.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 8 1/4 x 11 1/2"

420 pages, 200 duotone photographs

Sergio Larrain
Celebrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his contemporary and a co-founder of Magnum, Larrain’s experimental process yielded images that transformed the fixed nature of the medium.
£58.50

Picture of Anders Petersen

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Anders Petersen is one of Europe's most beloved documentary photographers. His black-and-white portraits, often of persons at the fringes of society-prostitutes, transvestites, drunks and drug addicts-evince a rare compassion and warmth, or of lovers (one famous example of which adorns the cover of Tom Waits' Rain Dogs) have come to constitute recurrent motifs throughout his oeuvre, expressing his "exaltation of humanity" (as a recent exhibition was titled). The 30 or so books Andersen has published over the course of his career have become an important part of the photo-book canon-most famously the 1978 book Café Lehmitz, which depicted Hamburg's seedy Reeperbahn in the late 1960s and 70s. This magnificent volume, by far the largest monograph on Anders Petersen to date, reproduces more than 250 of Petersen's most celebrated photographs. In addition, Hasse Persson, former head of the Hasselblad Center and former director of the Borås Art Museum in Sweden, contributes a concise biography of Petersen's life and methodology. An essay by Urs Stahel-curator, art critic and director of the Fotomuseum Winthertur in Zürich-further illuminates Petersen's photography from an international perspective.

Publisher: Max Strom

Size: 9 x 13"

384 pages, 264 black & white images

Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen is one of Europe's most beloved documentary photographers. His black-and-white portraits, often of persons at the fringes of society-prostitutes, transvestites, drunks and drug addicts-evince a rare compassion and warmth.
£40.50

Picture of Field Trip

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Between November 2009 and January 2011, Slovakian photographer Martin Kollar spent extended periods of time working and living in Israel, building a photographic dossier on one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.

Kollar’s past, a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain, echoed unexpectedly during his time in Israel. The delineated territories of today’s Israel mirror the partition walls of Communist Czechoslovakia during ‘normalisation’. Random police searches and detentions piqued Kollar’s sense of constantly being under surveillance and the subject of suspicion.

Field Trip establishes an opaque representation of the life and landscape of Israel. Military presence looms heavily and the images are punctuated with anxiety. Butchered animals combine with uncertain portraits of Israeli residents and leave the viewer unclear where the military landscape ends and the civilian land begins.

The work in Field Trip is just that – the result of a trip, an investigative and inquisitive one, tinged with paranoia, the result being a beautiful, stark, often humorous and complex photographic diary of a well-trodden land. This traumatic album epitomizes frontline photography.

Publisher: MACK

Size: 200 x 250 mm

76 pages

Martin Kollar
Between November 2009 and January 2011, Slovakian photographer Martin Kollar spent extended periods of time working and living in Israel, building a photographic dossier on one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.
£31.50

Picture of Minutes to Midnight

First printing already sold out.  Only taking orders for reprint due in September 2014

Publisher's Description

In 2003 Trent Parke began a road-trip around his native Australia, a monumental journey that was to last two years and cover a distance of over 90,000 km. Minutes to Midnight is the ambitious photographic record of that adventure, in which Parke presents a proud but uneasy nation struggling to craft its identity from different cultures and traditions. Minutes to Midnight merges traditional documentary techniques and imagination to create a dark visual narrative portraying Australia with a mix of nostalgia, romanticism and brooding realism. This is not a record of the physical landscape but of an emotional one. It is a story of human anxiety and intensity, which although told from Australia, represents a universal human condition in the world today.

Publisher: Steidl

96 pages

Trent Parke
First printing already sold out. Only taking orders for reprint due in September 2014
£27.00

Picture of Letters from Utopia

Publisher's Description

Letters from Utopia is a documentary photographic research that studies groups who wish to extend the human life span extremely or even aim to become immortal. For this project Daan Paans visited five different movements and their key players who have a shot at an utopian world order. The stories range from an occult belief of the past to a scientific outlook for the future.

Since time humans have been fascinated by the idea of an infinite life, with the ultimate goal of overcoming (one’s own) mortality. First, a distinction should be made between the immortality of the soul and the immortality of the body. Leaving all forms of religious pre-occupations with the ‘afterlife’ aside, a fascinating domain remains within which the extension of life is thought about and experimented with in diverse manners. This is where the fascination of Daan Paans begins.

For Letters from Utopia, Paans has entered a world of individuals and organisations that are each in different ways obsessed with their desire to extend life, if not immortality. Driven by his inquisitive mind, his limitless sense of wonder and boundless curiosity, Paans visited five divergent movements and their protagonists who take a shot at an utopian world order. He came into contact with the remnants of the Cross-Correspondences (contact with those livingin an ‘afterlife’), the Aumists (a polytheistic community with a once supposedly immortal leader), FM-2030 (a transhumanist movement, wherein the laws of human existence bound by nature are stretched or even surpassed), the Cryonicists (whose members are frozen after their death in the hope of later being revived) and the Life Extension Institute (a physiological prevention of the ageing process).

As a leitmotiv Paans has been lead by the question that he and those he portrayed ceaselessly pose: long live immortality?!

Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Size: 150 x 193 mm

160 pages, 70 illustrations, 65 in colour

Daan Paans
Letters from Utopia is a documentary photographic research that studies groups who wish to extend the human life span extremely or even aim to become immortal.
£26.50

Picture of Behind the Mountains

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Every autumn, Icelandic farmers travel into the country’s interior to collect their sheep from the summer pastures. This process has remained unchanged for centuries and the search is still conducted primarily by horse or on foot. For the past 25 years, Icelandic photographer Axelsson (born 1958) has observed farmers on their roundups in one of the most difficult but also magnificent grazing terrains of the Icelandic wilderness. Axelsson has been a staff photographer for Iceland’s largest newspaper since 1976, and his stunning iconic images of the Arctic have earned him a worldwide reputation as a skilled documentary photographer. The photographs in Behind the Mountains, of sheep roundups in ravines and mountain hills, in wild snowstorms and rain, near glaciers and across rugged lava, paint a realistic and compelling picture of traditional farming and its interaction with the harsh landscape.

See here for sample images.

Publisher: Crymogea

Size: 12 x 11.5"

220 pages, 7 colour /95 duotone.

Ragnar Axelsson
For the past 25 years, Icelandic photographer Axelsson (born 1958) has observed farmers on their roundups in one of the most difficult but also magnificent grazing terrains of the Icelandic wilderness.
£35.10

Picture of Karambolage

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With thoroughness and a meticulous attention to detail, Arnold Odermatt photographed automobile accidents on the streets of the Swiss canton of Nidwalden between 1939 and 1993. For 40 years, the Swiss police office recorded the wrecked cars left in the wake of excessive speed, drunk driving, right-of-way errors, and plain foolishness, in poignant, sometimes funny, and always strange atmospheric photographs. Though Odermatt was not formally trained as a photographer, he made images that evidence a studied appreciation for romantic landscape scenes and a simultaneous attention to the clinical detail of an accident of police procedure. He created them as a personal corollary to the documentary photographs that typically accompany police and accident reports in his picturesque Alpine country. Art historically, they call to mind such diverse sources as Weegee's scene-of-the-crime pictures from the 1930s and 40s, and Andy Warhol's interest in the banal spectacle of disaster and accident in the 1960s. Wholly original and surprising, beautiful and haunting, Odermatt's pictures were only recently introduced to the art world-when Harald Szeeman exhibited them at the 49th Venice Biennale, they were virtually unknown.

Publisher: Steidl

408 pages

Arnold Odermatt
Odermatt was a Swiss police officer who photographed the scenes of car crashes between 1939 and 1993.
£43.20

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