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Picture of Revelations

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Published alongside a major exhibition, Revelations explores a radical expansion of the visual field brought about by early scientific photography, and the ways this informed and inspired photography's applications within modern and contemporary art.

Early scientific imagery such as X-Ray, photomicrography and experimental high-speed photography exposed and surpassed the limits of human vision. In doing so, it revealed important formal possibilities to artists, and spoke to them in clear and articulate terms about man’s changing relationship to science and technology. Drawing on the National Collections held in Bradford and London, and further international collections, a selection of photographs, book spreads and other documents demonstrate new modes of representation established by early scientific photography and their profound impact on the histories of photographic art.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 170 x 223 mm

216 pages, 152 colour plates

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Ben Burbridge
Published alongside a major exhibition, Revelations explores a radical expansion of the visual field brought about by early scientific photography, and the ways this informed and inspired photography's applications within modern and contemporary art.
£22.50

Picture of Photography Visionaries

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Photography Visionaries is an inspiring guide to 75 of the most influential photographers from around 1900 to the present. Entertainingly written by an expert on photography, it provides fascinating insight into the lives and careers of men and women working in a medium which perhaps more than any other in the visual arts has been deeply affected by technological change.

The entries are arranged chronologically, instilling in the reader an understanding of what marks each photographer as a visionary. Each entry is less about providing a full biography of the person and more about creating a sense of excitement regarding their work and the lasting impact that it has had on photography.

With the aid of an arresting selection of photographs, some well-known and others less so, this book offers a unique and engaging perspective on the development of photography through some of its most inventive practitioners.

Publisher: Lawrence King

Size: 290 x 200 mm

312 pages, 340 illustrations

Mary Warner Marien
Photography Visionaries is an inspiring guide to 75 of the most influential photographers from around 1900 to the present.
£22.46

Picture of Eyes Wide Open: 100 Years of Leica

Due to publish 30 May 2015

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A note in a workshop log proves that at the latest in March 1914, Oskar Barnack put the finishing touches on the first working model of a compact camera for 35 mm standard cinema film. He had not merely invented a new camera – the Leica (= Leitz/camera), not introduced until 1925 due to the war, in fact ushered in a paradigm shift in photography. The Leica made it easier for amateurs, newcomers, and emancipated women to take pictures, but, more than that, it also enabled a whole new way of seeing things – a faster, more dynamic view of the world from new angles. Just in time to mark a milestone birthday of the legendary compact camera, and for the first time in this thematic breadth, this volume with about 1.200 images offers a wide artistic and cultural history of the Leica from the 1920s to the present day.
Essays by international authors examine topics including the technical genesis of the Leica, its influence on photojournalism, and its significance for a wide variety of avant-garde currents in art photography. Heretofore unpublished documents from the archives of the Leica Camera AG round off this multifaceted 100-year cultural chronicle.

Photographs by: 
Michael Ackerman, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Ilse Bing, Edouard Boubat, René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mark Cohen, Bruce Davidson, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, William Eggleston, Richard Fleischhut, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Alberto Garcia Alix, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Ralph Gibson, Bruce Gilden, René Groebli, George Grosz, Ara Güler, Elisabeth Hase, Fred Herzog, Frank Horvat, Thomas Hoepker, Barbara Klemm, William Klein, Robert Lebeck, Saul Leiter, Ulrich Mack, Ramón Masats, Susan Meiselas, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Will McBride, László Moholy-Nagy, Victor Palla, Alexander Rodtschenko, Paolo Roversi, Erich Salomon, Jeanloup Sieff, Klavdij Sluban, Louis Stettner, Christer Strömholm, Sabine Weiss, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Tom Wood and many others 

Publisher:Kehrer

Size: 270 x 320 mm

564 pages ca. 1200 color illustrations


Due to publish 30 May 2015. Just in time to mark a milestone birthday of the legendary compact camera, and for the first time in this thematic breadth, this volume with about 1.200 images offers a wide artistic and cultural history of the Leica from the 1920s to the present day.
£70.20

Picture of Photography Book (2nd Edition)

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A revised and updated edition of Phaidon's bestselling book, which brings this landmark work fully up-to-date with new additions covering the latest developments in photography.

The Photography Book is an unsurpassed collection of more than 550 superb images that represent the world's best photographers from the mid-nineteenth century to today.

Arranged alphabetically by photographer, it showcases pioneers such as Gustave Le Gray and Daguerre, icons like Robert Capa and contemporary names such as Richard Wentworth and Carolee Schneemann. The selection encompasses fashion, sport, natural history, reportage, society portraiture, documentary and art, with concise text providing useful insight into each work and its creator. Also included are extensive cross-references and glossaries of technical terms and movements.

Publisher: Phaidon

Size: 290 x 210 mm

576 pages, 563 illustrations

Ian Jeffrey
A revised and updated edition of Phaidon's bestselling book, which brings this landmark work fully up-to-date with new additions covering the latest developments in photography.
£35.96

Picture of History of Photography in 50 Cameras

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The history of photography, perhaps more so than any other art, is a history of technology that is best revealed in the very vehicle that makes it possible – the camera.

Through a selection of fifty landmark cameras, Michael Pritchard tells the story of this ground-breaking piece of equipment that changed the way we saw the world around us. Beginning with Louis Daguerre's daguerreotype of 1839, other entries include the Brownie (1900), the Kodak Instamatic 100 (1963), the Polaroid SX-70 (1972), right up to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (2012) and the Nokia Lumia camera phone (2013). 

Illustrations show not only the cameras themselves but also the advertising material that accompanied them and some of the well-known images they were used to take. Pritchard uses each camera as a point of entry for talking about the people who created and used them and the kind of photos they produced, from Weegee and his Speed Graphic to Cartier-Bresson and the Leica's role in the invention of photojournalism. In the hands of individual photographers, he reveals, cameras came to represent unique styles of depiction. 

Together, the stories of the fifty cameras gathered here present an approachable and informative take on a medium that continues to fire the imagination, whether we're perfecting the selfie using the modern camera-phone or longing for the days of Fotomat.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Size: 227 x 170 mm

224 pages, 150 colour illustrations

Michael Pritchard
Through a selection of fifty landmark cameras, Michael Pritchard tells the story of this ground-breaking piece of equipment that changed the way we saw the world around us.
£20.00

Picture of Photoshow: Landmark Exhibitions that Defined the History of Photography

Publisher's Description

From photography’s earliest days, the thrill and immediacy of the new medium were defined at the first public exhibitions.

Half art, half science, photography captured the attention of everyone from eager technophiles to curious painters: the art of representation was about to change.

This is the first book to study the history of photography via international exhibitions. The foremost historians of the medium describe the most important shows and set them in the context of their times, from London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 to today.

Edited by Alessandra Mauro, with contributions by and interviews with a host of international photography experts, this will be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in photography and curating, and provides the most informative and wide-ranging survey available of the era’s defining medium.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 265 x 200 mm

272 pages, 125 Illustrations, 75 in colour

Edited by Alessandra Mauro
This is the first book to study the history of photography via international exhibitions. The foremost historians of the medium describe the most important shows and set them in the context of their times, from London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 to today.
£35.96

Picture of Photobooks Spain 1905-1977

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The form of the photo book allows for narrative meaning to arise from the images, and as such, has been used by many of the most preeminent photographers to present and communicate their works. In Spain particularly, the photo book is colored by a complex national history: the Civil War, the transition to democracy, the social and cultural role of the peasantry and the evolving role of women have all been significantly documented via the photo book. The relationship of Spanish culture and photography to the photo book is comprehensively explored in this volume, published to accompany an exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. This volume collects the work of not only well-known photographers such as José Ortiz Echagüe, Alfonso, Francesc Català-Roca, Ramón Masats, Xavier Miserachs, Francisco Ontañón and Colita, but also relatively unknown figures, such as Antonio Cánovas, the collective work of Misiones Pedagógicas (Teaching Missions), José Compte, Enrique Palazuelo, Luis Acosta Moro and Salvador Costa. Text by Horacio Fernández explains the cultural significance of these artists' works and further delves into the complex relationship between the Spanish photo book and literature.

Publisher: RM/Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofía

Size: 8.75 X 11.25"

264 pages


In Spain particularly, the photo book is colored by a complex national history: the Civil War, the transition to democracy, the social and cultural role of the peasantry and the evolving role of women have all been significantly documented via the photo book.
£40.50

Picture of Postcards from the Road

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Walker Evans said in his 1958 introduction to Robert Frank’s The Americans, “For the thousandth time, it must be said that pictures speak for themselves, wordlessly, visually, or they fail.” The images revolutionized postwar American photography. With their candid images of men and women from all classes and walks of life, the photographs presented a very different story than that portrayed by the wholesome caricature of midcentury prosperity pervading American photography at the time. Although initially dismissed by his peers for his pioneering work, Frank was ultimately credited with changing the course of the art form, and his photography holds a secure status in the history of twentieth-century art. And he did all this without words. It seems appropriate then – and not a little overdue – that Jonathan Day has created a book that expounds, explores, and examines Frank’s work pictorially
 
Taking Frank’s iconic images as his point of reference, Day shot new photographs that commented on the road and contemporary America. Here, these images are paired with critical commentary that details the aspects of the work that are visually expounded and explained in Day’s complementary images. A visual entryway to the photographs and themes of this iconic book in the history of photography, Postcards from the Road represents an innovative, carefully considered departure from standard photographic textbooks.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Size: 9 x 9"

220 pages, 50 color plates

Jonathan Day
Taking Frank’s iconic images as his point of reference, Day shot new photographs that commented on the road and contemporary America. A visual entryway to the photographs and themes of this iconic book in the history of photography, Postcards from the Road represents an innovative, carefully considered departure from standard photographic textbooks.
£37.80

Picture of The Decisive Moment

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The Decisive Moment, originally called Images à la Sauvette, is one of the most famous books in the history of photography, assembling Cartier-Bresson's best work from his early years. Published in 1952 by Simon and Schuster, New York, in collaboration with Editions Verve, Paris, it was lavishly embellished with a collage cover by Henri Matisse. The book and its images have since influenced generations of photographers. Its English title has defined the notion of the famous formal peak in which all elements in the photographic frame accumulate to form the perfect image. Paired with the artist's humanist viewpoint, Cartier-Bresson's photography has become part of the world's collective memory. This new publication is a meticulous facsimile of the original book. It comes with an additional booklet containing an essay on the history of The Decisive Moment by Centre Pompidou curator Clément Chéroux.

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Facsimile reprint of the legendary 1952 book. First Steidl printing, final copies
£78.00

Picture of The A-Z of Spanish Photographers

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With impressive comprehensiveness, this book documents more than 600 Spanish photographers working in genres and idioms from classical to contemporary photography, reportage to fashion and advertising, press, architecture, landscape and portraiture.

Publisher: LA FÁBRICA

8.25 X 11.25”

672 pages, illustrated throughout


§With impressive comprehensiveness, this book documents more than 600 Spanish photographers working in genres and idioms from classical to contemporary photography, reportage to fashion and advertising, press, architecture, landscape and portraiture.
£72.00

Picture of Genius of Photography

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The Genius of Photography sets out to explore – through some of the key events, personalities and images that have marked the development of the medium – what the essence of the part-art, part-science is. Six short chapters set the evolution of photography in its social context, but at the heart of the book is a quest to understand what makes a truly great photograph. And the twenty or so iconic images chosen to illustrate each chapter are examined and explained in essays that place them within the many unfolding stories of photography while illuminating the underlying issues the book addresses. Can we ‘believe’ what a photograph shows us? Why is a photograph more than the sum of its subject-matter? How does the photographer deal with history? Why is photography the melancholy art?

Provocative and enlightening by turns, Gerry Badger’s critical perspective and keen aesthetic sense will make this a landmark book for anyone who wants to know more about one of the most important artforms of the twenty-first century. The Genius of Photography was originally published to tie-in with a BBC series, produced by Wall to Wall Media'.

Publisher: Quadrille

Size: 225 x 290 mm

256 pages, over 120 illustrations

Gerry Badger
Provocative and enlightening by turns, Gerry Badger’s critical perspective and keen aesthetic sense will make this a landmark book for anyone who wants to know more about one of the most important artforms of the twenty-first century.
£15.29

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
Remaindered (publisher's price £40; our price £17.50) The first major publication on O’Sullivan in more than thirty years
£40.00
£17.75

Picture of The Stanford Albums

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Born in upstate New York in 1829, Carleton Watkins ventured west in 1848 to strike it rich. Instead of prospecting for gold, Watkins acquired a talent for photography. Through the 1860s and 1870s, Watkins charted the remote American West, and masterfully captured the vast scale and spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Among his most iconic photographs are the dramatic waterfalls, peaks, and valleys of Yosemite Valley. So moving were these images of the Valley that they were instrumental in convincing the 38th U.S. Congress and President Abraham Lincoln to pass the Yosemite Act of 1864, the first official step toward preserving the region and creating a blueprint for America's National Park System.

Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums presents over 150 images from three of Watkins's albums—Photographs of the Yosemite Valley (1861 and 1865-66), Photographs of the Pacific Coast (1862-76), and Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (1867 and 1870)—from the Stanford University Libraries Special Collections. These images represent the definitive collection of Watkins's highest achievements. In addition to the complete albums, the book also features fifteen essays by renowned scholars of the American West, including David M. Kennedy, Alexander Nemerov, and Richard White. Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums accompanies an ambitious exhibition of the same name, on view at the Cantor Arts Center from April through August 2014.

June 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the congressional act that preserved Yosemite Valley and launched the national park system in the United States. These photographs—feats of innovation and technology at the dawn of photography—evince the beauty, power, and persuasiveness of the great American landscape.

280 pages

160 photographs

28.55 cms L x 36.09 cms W (2.61 kgs)

Publisher's price $40

Carleton Watkins
Over 150 images from three of Watkins's albums—Photographs of the Yosemite Valley (1861 and 1865-66), Photographs of the Pacific Coast (1862-76), and Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (1867 and 1870)
£28.25

Picture of An American Odyssey

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These rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. Using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20 years, they offered people the very first color photographs of the United States. Suddenly, the continent's colors were available for all to see. The rich ochres and browns of the Grand Canyon, the dazzle of Atlantic City, became a visual delight not only for eyewitnesses, but for Americans far and wide.

Imbued with this sense of discovery and adventure, the pictures gathered here are a voyage through peoples, places and time at once. They take us through North America’s vast and varied landscape, encounter its many communities, and above all transport us back to the New World of over a century ago. Over more than 600 pages including fold-out spreads, this sweeping panorama takes us from Native American settlements to New York's Chinatown, from some of the last cowboys to Coney Island's heyday. As luminous now as they were some 120 years ago, these rare and remarkable images that brought America to Americans now bring American's past to our present.

The authors:
Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter specializes in vintage travel photographs, particularly photochroms, of which he has one of the world's largest collections. He has widely published books with images from his collection as well as his own photographs.

Sabine Arqué is a documentarian, iconographer, and author. She has collaborated on numerous books on the subjects of travel, the history of tourism and photography.

Hardcover with fold-outs, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 612 pages

Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

 


A massive collection of Photochrom and Photostint postcard images produced between 1888 and 1924.
£121.50

Picture of Architecture in Photographs

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

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

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

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

Publisher: Getty Publications

Size: 7 1/4 x 8 5/8"

112 pages, 75 colour and 4 b/w illustrations

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

Picture of The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art

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A chilling look at how Joseph Stalin manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and to erase the memory of his victims. On Stalin's orders, purged rivals were airbrushed from group portraits, and crowd scenes were altered to depict even greater legions of the faithful. In each case, the juxtaposition of the original and the doctored images yields a fascinating - and often terrifying and tragic - insight into one of the darkest chapters of modern history.

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Size: 288 x 246 mm

192 pages

David King
A chilling look at how Joseph Stalin manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and to erase the memory of his victims.
£17.99

Picture of The Stage

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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

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