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Picture of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Catalogue

Publisher's Description

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today. This prize is one of the most important platforms for contemporary portrait photographers internationally, and sixty stunning reproductions of the selected works provide an excellent overview of current photographic styles, trends and techniques.

This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from thousands of submissions. The works included are not only about the subjects – people who appear intriguing, defiant or relaxed – but also reveal the outstanding skill of the photographers, whose intelligence and diligence enable them to capture a moment in time, and to convey something of the spirit of those photographed.

Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the book features all the selected entries from this year’s competition, as well as comments and insights from the judges. The catalogue includes an extended essay about contemporary portraiture.

Publisher: National Portrait Gallery

Size: 280 x 220mm

80 pages, 60 illustrations


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today. This prize is one of the most important platforms for contemporary portrait photographers internationally.
£13.50

Picture of HobbyBuddies

Publisher's Description

In their series Freizeitfreunde, the Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher (b. 1970) and Andi Cortellini (b. 1965) show group portraits of people who meet regularly due to a shared interest. No matter what they call themselves – interest group, association, club, clique or league – the focus in these groups is always on voluntary commitment and the joy of pursuing a common cause or shared idea. These staged pictures were each taken at a carefully selected location, at a scheduled time, with scenery built and specifically arranged to show a certain number of members of the group. The subjects of the group pictures come from all walks of life, age groups, ethnicities and religions. The pictures betray thorough research and organization: the number of subjects and their clothing, the props, accessories – nothing is left to chance. This approach results in unusual, intriguing and in some cases even perplexing images and compositions. The photo series has been exhibited internationally and published in numerous magazines, such as chrismon, Geo, Tageswoche and NZZ.

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Size: 24o x 215 mm

132 pages, 60 colour illustrations  

German/English

Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini
In their series Freizeitfreunde, the Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher (b. 1970) and Andi Cortellini (b. 1965) show group portraits of people who meet regularly due to a shared interest.
£26.91

Picture of Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier

Publisher's Description

Since her death in 2009, Vivian Maier has become a photographic darling. Her story—thousands of photographs found in storage lockers and sold for pennies at auction—has attracted the attention of millions. Unknown as a photographer during her long life, Maier was a private woman who speaks powerfully through photographs she took only for herself. Now, Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, authors of the award-winning Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, present Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier, a book filled with photographs of people she met only once but who will now live forever. It adds a new dimension to her work and adds to the mystery of how one photographer could be so intimate—if just for a moment—with so many people.

Though she’s been cast as a quirky, shadowy figure, moving on the outskirts, these eye-to-eye portraits reveal a deeper Maier. These pictures show that she yearned to connect with people around her. That she often stopped them, talked to them, and always watched closely. These inspirational pictures teach us that around every corner is a chance encounter. Somebody new. But only if we notice. Here we travel the world with Maier, visiting more than a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, and South America. We take trips with her through the United States and get to tag along as she walks around the block.

“As she was photographing, she was seeing just how close she could come into somebody’s face and make a picture of them,” said celebrated photographer Joel Meyerowitz in a recent documentary. “That tells me a lot about her. That tells me she could walk into the space of a total stranger and get them to accommodate her by being themselves. And generate this kind of moment where two presences were actually kind of vibrating together.”

Here, for the first time, Maier’s work is printed using the latest technology, a unique four-color process that produces black-and-white images that parallel traditional silver gelatin prints. It, too, shows Maier in a new light. The result: spectacularly sharp, full-range photographs that continue to amaze.

Publisher: CityFile Press

Size: 8.5 x 9.25"

208 pages

Publisher's price: £49.95

Vivian Maier
Though she’s been cast as a quirky, shadowy figure, moving on the outskirts, these eye-to-eye portraits reveal a deeper Maier. These pictures show that she yearned to connect with people around her.
£34.25

Picture of Erwin Olaf: Volume II

Publisher's Description

Erwin Olaf’s approach to storytelling is uniquely evocative and enticingly ambiguous. According to critic Francis Hodgson, Olaf’s images “lead us to a Stimmung (a sense of atmo­sphere) which is broad enough to repay many second readings of the pictures and so keep us viewers interested.” In this presentation of his most recent work, Olaf expands on his established style of highly polished and stylized color studio images to include a series drawn from his sculptural video installation, Keyhole; a group of black-and-white images he has exhibited as carbon prints; and photographs created on location in Berlin—a departure from the constructed mise-en-scènes of earlier work produced in his Amsterdam studio.

Erwin Olaf: Volume II showcases the artist at the height of his powers as an artisan of atmosphere and a craftsman who uses high polish to both perverse and seductive effect.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 10 x 13"

112 pages, 75 four-colour images

Erwin Olaf
Erwin Olaf: Volume II showcases the artist at the height of his powers as an artisan of atmosphere and a craftsman who uses high polish to both perverse and seductive effect.
£36.00

Picture of Tones of Dirt and Bone

Publisher's Description

The images in Tones of Dirt and Bone were made between 2004 and 2006, with a Polaroid camera and Time Zero film. Brodie used the characteristics and limitations inherent to this type of camera and film to his advantage. The portraits he made are further enhanced by the peculiar color palette of the film. Due to the restriction of manual focus and expensive film, that came only ten sheets to a box, each image feels deliberate and precious.

Publisher: Twin Palms

Size: 10 x 11"

49 four-colour plates, 84 pages


Mike Brodie
The images in Tones of Dirt and Bone were made between 2004 and 2006, with a Polaroid camera and Time Zero film. Brodie used the characteristics and limitations inherent to this type of camera and film to his advantage.
£47.75

Picture of on Landscapes, Interiors, and Some Nudes

Publisher's Description

In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography— offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Each book features the creative process and core thinking of a photographer told in their own words and through pictures of their choosing. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer.

In this book, Todd Hido explores the genres of landscape, interior, and nude photography, with an emphasis on creating images from a personal perspective and with a sense of intimacy. Through words and photographs, he reveals insight into his own practice and discusses a wide range of creative issues, including mining one’s own memory and experience as inspiration; using light, texture, and detail for greater impact; exploring the narrative potential activated when sequencing images; and creating powerful stories with emotional weight and beauty.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 7 1/2 × 10"

128 pages , 74 black and white and four-color images

Todd Hido
In this book, Todd Hido explores the genres of landscape, interior, and nude photography, with an emphasis on creating images from a personal perspective and with a sense of intimacy.
£17.96

Picture of Karaoke Sunne

Publisher's Description

"We made these photographs between October and April 2013/2014 in Sweden, in Sunne, in the middle of nowhere and far away from everything. It was winter and every Saturday night Pizzeria Sunne transformed from a fast food restaurant into a karaoke bar. This was the only place to go if you wanted to meet other people during the weekends. We gathered there to sing and drink. Together we all helped and supported each other to endure the darkness and the cold.”

Publisher: Super Labo

Size: 14.5 x h21 cm

160 pages, 158 Images (colour)

Limited edition of 1000

Sample images

JH Engström and Margot Wallard
Limited edition of 1000
£40.00

Picture of Agua Nacida (Water Born)

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Whilst living in the Balearic island of Ibiza, an island renowned for the healing properties of its water, world-renowned photographer, Hugh Arnold, was moved to follow a new direction in his work. Inspired by the limitless possibilities of the three-dimensional, weightless medium of underwater photography, he embarked upon a 12-month adventure that would see him travel the world to explore man’s relationship with the sea. Arnold began his journey in Australia, but cold Antarctic currents, poor visibility, box jellyfish and sharks all conspired to push Arnold further afield to Fiji where he shot until storms made diving impossible. Then, lured by the Tuna rearing pens in Gozo, an island off Malta, he travelled there to complete his mission. The result is this luxurious 368-page book, which takes us on a journey to explore the ocean, and ourselves, in a totally new way. It is an evocative and breath-taking volume that reflects the ocean as a feminine element, captured in Arnold’s stunning images of underwater nudes. Immersed in the playfulness and sensuality of water, the swimmers, Nika Lauriatis and Polina Barbasova, express the cycles of Woman through fluidity of movement: the womb’s embrace, growth, discovery, sexuality, and of course, beauty. Arnold’s work provokes and invokes. It arouses reflection and understanding of man’s connection to a greater and larger world.

Features over 175 stunning, original colour images by world-renowned photographer Hugh Arnold Engaging texts by Stella Thomas, Founder & President of Global Water Fund and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author of the acclaimed Gift from the Sea.

Publisher: Merrell

Size: 360 x 240 mm

368 pages, 177 colour photographs

Hugh Arnold
An evocative and breath-taking volume that reflects the ocean as a feminine element, captured in Arnold’s stunning images of underwater nudes.
£36.00

Picture of On a Wet Bough

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Publisher's Description

This stunning monograph of tintype portraits is culled from an archive of hundreds taken over the last decade by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The long exposure time needed to make a tintype requires that the sitter remain as still as possible to produce a sharp image. As a result, the subjects of these tintypes often display an intense and guileless expression that immediately connects their faces to those of 19th-Century portraits. Stripped of the modern default behavior of smiling in front of a camera, these images, with all the exquisite detail afforded by the wet plate process, suggest an important rethinking of what it means to photograph and be photographed.

Anderson-Staley mixes and pours the emulsion for each plate on site shortly before a portrait is made. The process of hand-coating each piece leaves behind traces of the maker that are as beautifully and deeply embedded in the final image as the perceived identity of the subject.

Publisher: Waltz Books

Size: 11 x 14 inches 

144 pages, 85 duotone plates

Keliy Anderson-Staley
This stunning monograph of tintype portraits is culled from an archive of hundreds taken over the last decade by Keliy Anderson-Staley.
£55.00

Picture of Exit 53: Nudes

Publisher's Description

In the history of art, there are abundant nudes of all types, but from a contemporary perspective they have become less numerous, their innocence almost entirely disappeared. With photography’s establishment as an art form, other ways of seeing have emerged that look at the body beyond its sexual, sensual, or even aesthetic connotations. The pictures in this edition break through the stereotypes to rediscover real beauty, where the idea of the photographer and model is an anachronism. With an essay by Sergio Rubira, portfolios by Jorge Fuembuena, Naomi Harris, Paul Kooiker, Malerie Marder and Cheryl Sourkes, and contributions by more than fifteen exemplary artists.

Publisher: Idea Books

SIze: 210 x 260 mm

176 pages, illustrated in colour & bw,

Spanish/English


The pictures in this edition break through the stereotypes to rediscover real beauty, where the idea of the photographer and model is an anachronism.
£32.00

Picture of Imaginary Club

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For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his camera, people, whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin, Teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves at the moment when the image is made.

Publisher: Editions GwinZegal

Size: 210 × 270 mm

422 pages

Oliver Sieber
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£54.00

Picture of Portrait of Hackney SIGNED

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'A Portrait of Hackney' is an intimate look at the ever-changing face of Hackney: the complexity, the contradictions, the clash of cultures. Portraits and landscapes are set against overheard snippets of conversations from the area. Zed Nelson has lived his whole life in Hackney - it was here he learnt to ride a bike, took his first drugs and lost his virginity. When he was young this was a place to get away from but now he has fallen back in love with the area.

A special, fully cloth covered, collector's edition of A Portrait of Hackney by Zed Nelson presented in a bespoke cloth covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

Collector's Editions are limited to 250 copies.

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Size: 145 x 205 mm

Zed Nelson
'A Portrait of Hackney' is an intimate look at the ever-changing face of Hackney: the complexity, the contradictions, the clash of cultures. Portraits and landscapes are set against overheard snippets of conversations from the area.
£45.00

Picture of East London Swimmers SIGNED

Publisher's Description

East London Swimmers comprises more than 50 colour photographs of swimmers dressed for normal life and in their swimming gear. The images, all taken at the London Fields Lido, are combined with telling personal quotes and together they reveal the secret life of Hackney swimmers who brave all conditions to escape city life. 

"I got into swimming after getting caught up int he tsunami in Thailand. I was on a family holiday when the wave came in and I managed to grab my son from his pram. When I returned home I had a fear of open water so I entered a race and my passion for swimming was born. Last year I swam from Spain to Morocco. Next I'm swimming from Robben Island to Cape Town"

A special, fully cloth covered, collector's edition of East London Swimmers by Madeleine Waller presented in a bespoke cloth covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

Collector's Editions are limited to 250 copies per title.

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Madeleine Waller
East London Swimmers comprises more than 50 colour photographs of swimmers dressed for normal life and in their swimming gear. The images, all taken at the London Fields Lido.
£45.00

Picture of Nude in Photography

Publisher's Description

Born like Venus on the half shell from the centuries-long tradition of the nude in painting, the nude first appeared as a subject matter in photography with the introduction of the medium itself, between 1837 and 1840, and has continued as an ever-evolving theme through changing technical developments and cultural mores to the present day. This volume surveys the subject of nudity from the earliest surviving photographs of Greek and Roman sculpture through studies of living nude models for aesthetic or scientific purposes to the burgeoning practice of exploring the human body as pure form.

The seventy-eight works, selected from the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum and further contextualized here in the essay “Masterworks of the Nude,” span the entire arc of the history of photography in a manner that is both fresh and illuminating. Among the sixty-four photographers included are nineteenth-century masters Julia Margaret Cameron, Edgar Degas, and Thomas Eakins; early-twentiethcentury artists Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston; mid-twentieth-century innovators Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, and Minor White; late-twentieth-century image makers Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Herb Ritts; and contemporary artists Chuck Close, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and Mona Kuhn.

Publisher: Getty Publications

Size:7 1/4 x 8 5/8"

112 pages, 88 colour 
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The seventy-eight works, selected from the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, span the entire arc of the history of photography in a manner that is both fresh and illuminating.
£17.06

Picture of Ninety Nine and the Nine

Publisher's Description

The result of three years of work in California’s Central Valley, Katy Grannan’s new series The Ninety Nine and The Nine features large-scale color portraits and black-and-white photographs. Grannan’s recent photographs are set in the parched landscape and forgotten towns along Highway 99, including Modesto, Fresno and Bakersfield. In her intensely vivid color portraits, the artist works at midday when the sun is direct and the heat is unrelenting, presenting each individual, often simultaneously heroic and vulnerable, against stark, white backgrounds. In the black-and-white photographs, many of her subjects re-appear on Modesto’s South 9th Street (referred to as The Nine) and along the banks of the Tuolumne River. Everyday rituals, small interactions and moments of beauty on the fringes of society are depicted in detail, conferring significance to what is often overlooked. This large-format, two-volume, slipcased monograph gathers this series for the first time.

Publisher Fraenkel Gallery

192 pages, 26 quadtone images, 44 color images, 

Katy Grannan
The result of three years of work in California’s Central Valley, Katy Grannan’s new series The Ninety Nine and The Nine features large-scale color portraits and black-and-white photographs.
£45.50

Picture of Revelations

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Wynn Bullock was one of the most significant photographers of the mid-twentieth century. A close friend of influential West Coast artists Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and a contemporary of Minor White and Frederick Sommer, Bullock created work marked by a distinct interest in experimentation, abstraction, and philosophical exploration. Bullock’s photography received early recognition in 1941, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art staged his first solo exhibition. His mature work appeared in one-man shows at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; the Royal Photographic Society, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other prestigious venues. Bullock’s pictures Let There Be Light and Child in Forest have become icons in the history of photography, following their prominent inclusion in Edward Steichen’s landmark 1955 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, The Family of Man.

Publisher: University of Teaxs Press

Size: 11 x 11"

208 pages, 133 duotones, 12 color photos

Wynn Bullock
Wynn Bullock was one of the most significant photographers of the mid-twentieth century. A close friend of influential West Coast artists Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and a contemporary of Minor White and Frederick Sommer, Bullock created work marked by a distinct interest in experimentation, abstraction, and philosophical exploration.
£36.90

Picture of Family in the picture 1958-2013

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This book is designed and conceived to complement In the Picture, his 2011 volume of self-portraits. Lee Friedlander's Family in the Picture is the family album of one of the most restless and inventive figures in the history of photography. The sequence of over 350 pictures begins with images of Friedlander's wife, Maria, at the beginning of their marriage, and interweaves major life events such as births, weddings and funerals with moments that are less outwardly momentous yet equally moving. Although some of the pictures are well known, the majority of images have only recently been unearthed from Friedlander's personal archive. This compendium of pictures, spanning over a half-century, chronicles the photographer's family with arresting frankness, poignancy, and a moral: that life goes on. 

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 216 x 241 mm

378 pages, 369 tritone illustrations

Lee Friedlander
ee Friedlander's Family in the Picture is the family album of one of the most restless and inventive figures in the history of photography.
£45.00

Picture of Passion Pleasure and Pain

"The book progresses from his early work, which David describes as raw and unplanned, to the more elaborate constructed sets and tableaux of his more recent images.  Some of David's more erotic images push at the boundaries of our sensibility, exploring the 'dark side' of his consciousness.  They are provocative and sometime disturbing, but always full of creative energy - a testimony to an exceptional talent."

Published at £60; now £20

140 pages limited edition, printed in full colour.

David Penprase
Published at £60; now £20. A book of erotic images spanning over 20 years' work.
£20.00

Picture of Manifestations of the Spirit

Available July 2014.  Advance orders taken.

Publisher's Description

Controversial, misunderstood, and sometimes overlooked, Minor White (1908–1976) is one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, whose ideas exerted a powerful influence on a generation of photographers and still resonate today. His photographic career began in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, with assignments for the WPA (Works Progress Administration). After serving in World War II and studying art history at Columbia University, White’s focus shifted toward the metaphorical. He began creating images charged with symbolism and a critical aspect called equivalency, referring to the invisible spiritual energy present in a photograph made visible to the viewer.

This book brings together White’s key biographical information—his evolution as a photographer, teacher of photography, and editor of Aperture, as well as particularly insightful quotations from his journals, which he kept for more than forty years. The result is an engaging narrative that weaves through the main threads of White’s life, his growth as an artist, as well as his spiritual search and ongoing struggle with his own sexuality and self-doubt. He sought comfort in a variety of religious practices that influenced his continually metamorphosing artistic philosophy.

Complemented with a rich selection of more than 160 images including some never published before, the book accompanies the first major exhibition of White’s work since 1989, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from July 8 to October 19, 2014.

Paul Martineau is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (Getty Publications, 2009), Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (Getty Publications, 2012), and Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature (Getty Publications, 2012).

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.2 cm

Minor White
Available July 2014. Advance orders taken. Accompanies major exhibition at Getty Museum.
£26.96

Picture of 8 Women

Publisher's Dsecription

Collier Schorr’s latest book 8 Women presents work which spans from the mid-nineties to the present. Schorr’s earliest works utilised appropriated adverts from fashion magazines to address issues of authorship and desire; the works introduced a female gaze into the debate about female representation. Appropriation was Schorr’s first medium and in some sense she returns to it, taking her own commissioned fashion images and folding them into a dialogue with other works.

The works in 8 Women propose a variety of subjects, all of whom are involved in performance, be it as artists, models or musicians. Schorr, who has been working in fashion for the last 10 years, created sets that doubled as her studio, teasing out images that could only be made with a subject that could travel between the object of desire and the enforcer of an identity crafted in that very moment. Working between out-takes and manipulations of tear sheets, Schorr questions who the women that desire to be looked at are, as well as what power exists in acknowledging that as a post-feminist position.

Publisher: Mack Books

Size: 240 x 310 mm

72 pages, 34 colour plates

Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr’s latest book 8 Women presents work which spans from the mid-nineties to the present. The works in 8 Women propose a variety of subjects, all of whom are involved in performance, be it as artists, models or musicians.
£36.00

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