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Picture of On the Night Bus (Collector's Edition, Signed with Print)

Publisher's Description

Book 2 from the series 'Tales from the City' + PRINT

This is book 2 from a new series dedicated to the best urban photography from around the world. The books are similar to our grey-spined series but 20% bigger with cloth wrapped around the back. Even better!

Acclaimed street photographer Nick Turpin has captured painterly portraits of London commuters on buses at night. The images, shot through steamed windows during the winter months, show passengers in various states of slumber, conversation or thought. With an introduction by Will Self.

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of On the Night Bus by Nick Turpin presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 100 copies.

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed. Price will rise as editions sell out.

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Nick Turpin
A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of On the Night Bus by Nick Turpin presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.
£67.50

Picture of Adventures in the Lea Valley

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Before the arrival of the 2012 Olympic Games, the Lea Valley was East London's secret retreat. Polly Braden and David Campany documented its strange, gently surreal beauty, before it was transformed forever.

Book 12 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Adventures in the Lea Valley by Polly Braden and David Campany, presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 150 copies.

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed.

Polly Braden is renowned for her naturalistic photographs of human relationships and has previously published two books: China Between (2011) and Great Interactions: Life With Learning Disabilities and Autism (2016). She works on long term self-initiated projects as well as commissions for international publications.

David Campany writes, curated exhibitions and makes images. His many books include A Handful of Dust (2015), The Open Road: photography and the American Road Trip (2014). David is a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award and the Kraszna-Krauz Award.

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Polly Braden and David Campany
Book 12 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT
£45.00

Picture of Message from the Exterior - Special edition

Publisher's Description

Message from the Exterior explores the ruins and remains of failed attempts to live in the desert’s harsh environments, depicting abandoned houses – small, often eccentric huts, both humorous and a little forlorn. Ruwedel examines the desert regions east of Los Angeles as a palimpsest of cultural and natural histories, presenting an inventory of a particular, and poignant, form of vernacular architecture; each structure might be read as a clue to the lives of anonymous individuals, and the impulse to create a home in the wilderness, however transitory. The first section, 'Desert Houses', comprises 68 desert structures, while the second section, ‘Dusk’, presents houses photographed after the sun had disappeared over the horizon, now rendered in subdued, dusky tones that suggest both present and absence, and the weight of isolation.

Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954) lives and works in California. He has exhibited and published internationally for over thirty years, and his work is represented in museums throughout the world: Tate Modern; the J. Paul Getty Museum; LACMA; The Met, New York; National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Canada; SF MoMA; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, amongst others. Previous works include Westward the Course of Empire (Yale University Art Gallery, 2008); 1212 Palms (Yale University Art Gallery, 2010) and Pictures of Hell (RAM Pubs, Los Angeles, 2014). In 2014 he was the recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Scotiabank Photography Award.

Limited edition of 150 copies

Two hardback volumes, each with a tipped in image and each signed and numbered.

Housed together in an embossed slipcase, and including a signed and numbered gravure print.

Publisher: Mack

Size: 250 x 300 mm

Volume 1: 120 pages, 73 tritone plates
Volume 2: 56 pages, 26 tritone plates

Mark Ruwedel
Limited edition of 150 copies
£225.00

Picture of Along the Hackney Canal (Collector's Edition)

Publisher's Description

Book 11 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT

Freya Najade's photographs take us on a slow journey along the waterways of East London; from the Regent's Canal to the River Lea, discovering unexpected beauty and wilderness in the heart of the city.

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Along the Hackney Canal by Freya Najade presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 150 copies.

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed.

Sample images

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Size: 145 x 205mm

96 pages

Freya Najade
Book 11 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT
£45.00

Picture of Essential Elements (Collector's Edition)

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Publisher's Description

Edward Burtynsky has achieved global recognition for his spectacular, large-scale photographs which depict the impact of human activity upon urban and natural environments around the world. They cover such subjects as mines and quarries, the oil industry, ship-building and ship-breaking, water as a resource under threat worldwide, and an emergent China.

Curated by William A. Ewing, this volume, the first comprehensive survey of Burtynsky’s multi-faceted work in over a decade, includes both iconic images and previously unpublished photographs.

Relinquishing the project-based lens through which the photographer’s work has previously been presented – the major monographs Oil and Water being the most recent examples – it presents Burtynsky’s photographs in free-flowing sections which combine and contrast work from throughout his career. This original approach provides a sense of both his visual language and his exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of our globalized world. Each section is interspersed with selected texts which work in concert with the images to provide a context and greater understanding of Burtynsky’s view of the world.

With an introduction by Ewing and an afterword by academic Joshua Schuster, Essential Elements provides an entirely new way of seeing Burtynsky’s work for those who are already familiar with it, as well as an accessible introduction for those encountering his photographs for the first time.

This slipcased collector's limited edition includes a signed print of the cover image (above), Silver Lake Operations #16 Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2006

Sample images

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 276 x 330 mm

202 pages, 140 Illustrations, 140 in colour

Edward Burtynsky
This slipcased collector's limited edition includes a signed print of the cover image, Silver Lake Operations #16 Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2006
£292.50

Picture of Sunday Football (Collector's Edition with print)

Publisher's Description

This is a love letter to Sunday League Football. The photographs and quotes, captured on Hackney Marshes, reveal the comradery, passion and broken bones of those that brave hangovers to play the beautiful (and very muddy) game.

Book 10 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Sunday Football by Chris Baker presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 150 copies.

Sample images

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Size: 145 x 205mm

128 page, includes pull-out poster

Chris Baker
A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Sunday Football by Chris Baker presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.
£45.00

Picture of Chernobyl (Signed with Original Photograph)

Publisher's Description

This book includes an original certified, printed on photo paper Hahnemühle Luster 30cm x 26.7cm. Once the purchase, you will receive the contact sheets so you can pick your picture (exist only 20 copies of each photograph).

Chernobyl is a world heritage of disaster, the historical moment and the place where it took place are important elements for the construction of its iconography which has left behind what meant and means 30 years later for the domestic life of thousands of people.

ИВАН И МЭРИ 30 years after Chernobyl searches human experience through ruins and its geography, beyond explosion impact. Living in such a landscape, setting up a home in the middle of somewhere that was a crucial point of the country, today drifting away in oblivion; not only as an urban place or industrial, but also a historical oblivion. As if letting nature consume its ruins would erase it from the human misfortune pages.

This book travels through a journey that goes from religious to human and from pristine nature to still life. It’s about human life fragility and the abilities to build up a home among ruins of our own civilization.

Size: 200 x 280 mm

92 pages

Edition: 50

Ricardo Arispe
This book includes an original certified, printed on photo paper Hahnemühle Luster 30cm x 26.7cm.
£100.00

Picture of Topical Times for these Times Book of Liverpool Football (Special Edition - with signed print)

Publisher's Description

Since the 1980’s Ken Grant has photographed football culture in Liverpool, his home city. From youth games and local bar teams playing in district park leagues, to the weekly rituals of match days at Liverpool and Everton, he has photographed the sport - and the city’s relationship with it - in all its forms. Rarely going inside the stadia, he has instead photographed in the streets and bars outside, at the pitch sides and on buses across the city over decades.

With football serving as a central thread in the working and social lives of his contemporaries, it has always been an element of Grant’s wider work about the city. This book brings together his pictures of the game, the land and the people who populate it. A Topical Times for these Times, taking its title from boys sports annuals and the football yearbooks that prospered and inspired in the 1970s and 80s, draws on the changing landscape of Liverpool as it negotiated success and tragedy, and as a new commercial era took hold. The book is a devoted appreciation of football in the city, the game itself and those who are part of each.

An essay by the writer Niall Griffiths and a short piece by Ken Grant accompany the photographs.

Publisher: RRB Photobooks Publishing

Size: 195 x 230 mm

176 pages, 170 images

Edition of 100

Ken Grant
Limited Edition with signed print
£75.00

Picture of English Cathedral (Collector's Edition - with signed print)

Publisher's Description

A special collector's edition comprising a blocked, cloth-bound hardback edition of the book and a signed, hand-finished print, 30.5 x 25.4 cm, placed together in a handmade, blocked, cloth-bound slip case.

A unique opportunity to own a print by Magnum photographer Peter Marlow

Among the most magnificent buildings of England are its Anglican cathedrals, great symbols of spiritual and architectural power. No one can fail to marvel at Durham’s incomparable Romanesque masterpiece, the elegant stylistic unity of Salisbury, the world-famous stained glass of Canterbury or the striking Gothic scissor arch at Wells. In this breathtaking book, available for the first time in a compact hardback edition, award-winning Magnum photographer Peter Marlow has captured the nave of each of England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals. Taken in natural light at dawn, usually looking towards the east window, these remarkable images bring into sharp relief the full splendour of the architecture, whatever the style. Marlow’s spellbinding photographs are accompanied by his commentary on the project, including sketches, preparatory shots and technical notes; an introduction by curator Martin Barnes on the tradition of church architecture in England, particularly the work of Frederick Evans and Edwin Smith; and a concise summary of each cathedral interior by architectural historian John Goodall.

  • A unique photographic record of the Anglican cathedrals of England
  • A new compact edition of this superbly produced, critically acclaimed book
  • With an overview of the architectural importance of each cathedral, and an introduction on ecclesiastical photography
  • Essential for anyone interested in architectural photography, church architecture or the heritage of England

Publisher: Merrell

Size: 290 x 235 mm

128 pages, 50 illustrations, 45 in colour, 1 map
 

Peter Marlow
A special collector's edition comprising a blocked, cloth-bound hardback edition of the book and a signed, hand-finished print, placed together in a handmade, blocked, cloth-bound slip case.
£85.50

Picture of Humanity (Signed)

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Publisher's Description

"Steve McCurry has given us the world through his iconographic image-making. He has been relentless in his pursuit of images that not only inform but sensitize us to places and people from faraway that are the D.N.A. of our planet. That he risks his life for us is of no concern to him. It is his way, an aspect of his pursuit of enduring art. That he is generous, compassionate, and humble is what drives this award-winning photographer and is what underlies his strength and the potency of his image-making.
   
McCurry is one of the best-known artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and one of the most influential. His images have helped connect us to parts of the world we have never been to, humanizing our perceptions of people throughout the world.
   
But there is one image of McCurry’s that almost everyone knows, even if they don’t know who made it. We are referring, of course, to Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl (1984).
 It is not too much to say that Afghan Girl has changed the world, “searing the heart” of viewers, owing to its power to inform our perception of humanity. For over thirty years, it has enabled millions of people to connect with another person across wide gulfs of cultural difference. It is this sense of connectedness, achieved through photography, that is McCurry’s great and rare gift to humanity."

- John Stauffer, from the introduction to Humanity

Sample images

Publisher: 21st Editions

Size: 11 x 14"

Edition of fifty copies

9 bound and 3 free-standing platinum prints, each signed*

Handcrafted in New England

*This is the first time McCurry's work has been presented in platinum


Steve McCurry
Edition of fifty copies with 9 bound and 3 free-standing platinum prints, each signed.
£6,200.00

Picture of Tones of Dirt and Bone (limited edition with two prints)

Publisher's Description

TBW Books continues its long established relationship with Mike Brodie with our release of the Limited Edition for Tones of Dirt and Bone

Designed and produced in Oakland California, the limited edition was carefully crafted to both compliment the work in the book and pair handsomely with the previous limited editions produced for A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.

The slipcase is screenprinted, this time onto a heartier 72pt. chipboard with die-cut window on the inside cover. This edition brings together elements of Brodie's hand written notes and images from the book to create a unique package that embodies his earliest works and TBW Book's own affinity for simple materials and refined design. 

The prints included in this editions were intentionally withheld by Brodie from the final edit of the trade edition of the book for inclusion in TBW Books' Limited Edition. Both prints are printed on Kodak F surface (glossy) paper at 8x8 inches. Signed on verso.

Publisher: TBW Books

Limited Edition Slipcase + First Edition Book (signed) + 2 Prints (signed on verso)

Edition of 100

Mike Brodie
Limited Edition Slipcase + First Edition Book (signed) + 2 Prints (signed on verso)
£700.00

Picture of Columbia Road (Collector's edition and print)

Publisher's Description

Book 7 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT

A fully cloth-covered Collector's Edition of Columbia Road by Johanna Neurath presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with signed and numbered limited edition print.

This Collector's Edition is limited to 150 copies.

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed.

East London photographer Johanna Neurath has ventured down Hackney’s Columbia Road nearly every Sunday for the past ten years to visit its flower market. Rather than depicting the obvious prettiness of people and their flowers Neurath turns her attention to the colour and pattern left behind as the market clears out, focussing on strangely beautiful displays in gutters, hazy reflections in windows and the abstract forms created by fag butts and polystyrene cups strewn across the road.

This book fuses still life and street photography to celebrate the beauty and chaos of one of East London's most famous markets.


Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Johanna Neurath
Book 7 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT
£45.00

Picture of Drivers in the 1980s (Collector's Edition & Print)

Publisher's Description 

Chris Dorley-Brown spent two summers in the mid 1980s photographing drivers stuck in traffic jams in and around East London. This series was his first on colour film and was created when he intended to document the privitisation of Rolls Royce but instead became fascinated by the faces in the traffic caused by the sell-off in the city. The cars, colours, haircuts and expressions of frustration capture the mood and tone of a unique era in Thatcher's Britain.

The images, all shot on film of course, have aged like a fine wine and are now ready to be consumed by the discerning connoisseur.

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

Edition numbers allocated from lowest to highest as orders are processed.

Sample images

Publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Chris Dorley-Brown
Book 6 from the series 'East London Photo Stories' + PRINT
£45.00

Picture of Players (Special Edition)

Overseas deliveries  Please note that, as this is a heavy item, overseas postage will be charged at twice our standard rates.

Publisher's Description

This special edition of The Players is limited to 25 copies with an original print (shown), numbered and signed by the artist and presented in a custom-made clamshell box.
LIMITED QUANTITY

Nazraeli Press is delighted to announce our newest monograph by Mark Steinmetz, The Players. This long-awaited publication presents 73 of Steinmetz’s photographs of adolescent and teenaged baseball players, on the field and in the dugout, focused on the game and lost in their own worlds. Made between 1986 and 1990, the photographs are classic Steinmetz: tenderness, humor, and humanism are all present here, as is Steinmetz’s exquisite use of natural light and attention to poetic detail.

“The kids in Steinmetz’s photographs are ages 6 to 13, with a few older boys. Steinmetz must remember how awkward and uncoordinated bodies that age can be. His empathy is evident throughout the series. Most of these kids are too young to have the grace, skill or concentration required and are too green to experience the sheer pleasure of knowing they are good, maybe really good, ballplayers in an unforgiving sport. These kids run into each other in pursuit of a fly ball. Hope drives their swings more than their awareness of the art of hitting...Steinmetz concentrates less on the players in the field than those outside the base lines who are waiting to play, or cooling off. He observes the managers as well as the spectators who love the game or one of the players, or who just have a free afternoon. He sees “high fives” as well as the “what were you thinking” moments. His photographs have all the skill and grace lacking in the players.” — from the Introduction by Anne Tucker

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

Size: 380 x 305 mm

80 pages, 47 four-colour plates  

With original print

Mark Steinmetz
This long-awaited publication presents 73 of Steinmetz’s photographs of adolescent and teenaged baseball players, on the field and in the dugout.
£585.00

Picture of Flowers of Evil

Publisher's Descriptio

Eikoh Hosoe’s platinum prints of strikingly rendered forms and sensuous embraces resonate with potent emotional power. This selection of classic images by Japan’s most revered photographer are united with the words of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire, a major influence on Hosoe. Baudelaire’s poems were said to have sent “a new shiver” through the art world, which is exactly what Eikoh Hosoe’s photographs did a century later. Presented in a hand crafted binding, Hosoe’s images and Baudelaire’s poems in a new translation by John Wood offer collectors an array of sensual and intellectual experiences.

Poems by Charles Baudelaire
Translated by John Wood
Afterword by Eikoh Hosoe

Publisher: 21st editions

Size: 18" x 15"

Edition of 65 numbered, 5 lettered, and 2 hors commerce copies

10 bound, plus 1 fully signed and free-standing, platinum prints

Handcrafted in the United States

Publisher's Price: $15000

Eikoh Hosoe
This selection of classic images by Japan’s most revered photographer are united with the words of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire, a major influence on Hosoe.
£8,750.00

Picture of Iceland: A Journal of Nocturnes - Limited Edition with Print (Jokulsarlon)

First edition. Limited to 60 copies with print

Publisher's Description

This book encapsulates all of Bruce's nocturnal photographs of Iceland made between 2004 and 2012.

The book has a strong nocturnal theme. Mainly a monograph in nature, it is interspersed with entries from Bruce's journal with thoughts that deal with his experiences of shooting the icelandic landscape in subdued light.

The book can be seen as a photographic day, shot over many years with the opening presenting us with late evening shots. As the book progresses, we move into the small hours of the summer night, where there is no night at all. The book concludes with winter shots made during the fleeting sunrise and sunset of the shortest days of the year.


Publisher: Half Light Press

Size:300 x 280 mm

64 pages with 45 colour plates


Bruce Percy
This book encapsulates all of Bruce's nocturnal photographs of Iceland made between 2004 and 2012. Mainly a monograph in nature, it is interspersed with entries from Bruce's journal with thoughts that deal with his experiences of shooting the icelandic landscape in subdued light.
£75.00

Picture of Iceland: A Journal of Nocturnes - Limited Edition with Print (Selfoss)

First edition. Limited to 60 copies with print

Publisher's Description

This book encapsulates all of Bruce's nocturnal photographs of Iceland made between 2004 and 2012.

The book has a strong nocturnal theme. Mainly a monograph in nature, it is interspersed with entries from Bruce's journal with thoughts that deal with his experiences of shooting the icelandic landscape in subdued light.

The book can be seen as a photographic day, shot over many years with the opening presenting us with late evening shots. As the book progresses, we move into the small hours of the summer night, where there is no night at all. The book concludes with winter shots made during the fleeting sunrise and sunset of the shortest days of the year.


Publisher: Half Light Press

Size:300 x 280 mm

64 pages with 45 colour plates


Bruce Percy
This book encapsulates all of Bruce's nocturnal photographs of Iceland made between 2004 and 2012. Mainly a monograph in nature, it is interspersed with entries from Bruce's journal with thoughts that deal with his experiences of shooting the icelandic landscape in subdued light.
£75.00

Picture of Off Ground
Publisher's Description
A short text, written yesterday after a walk with Stephen Gill, and a visit to his studio. It is intended to accompany a series of photographs Stephen made of bricks and rocks picked up in the aftermath of the recent Hackney riots. I thought this was a fascinating angle of approach, which somehow shifted the context and moved the whole affair into plural time, rather than the neurotic heat of news reportage. Iain Sinclair
  • Words by Iain Sinclair
  • Saddle stitched in dark red cotton thread
  • Edition of 100 copies with signed pigment print in an archival wallet
  • Newspaper and print comes in stitched ratchford cloth sleeve


You can view images from this book on the Stephen Gill website.

Publisher: Nobody Books
Size: 400 x 280 mm
12 pp newspaper with print, 25 black and white illustrations

Publisher's Price: £ 63.75
Stephen Gill & Iain Sinclair
Publisher's Description
A short text, written yesterday after a walk with Stephen Gill, and a visit to his studio. It is intended to accompany a series of photographs Stephen made of bricks and rocks picked up in the aftermath of the recent Hackney riots. I thought this was a fascinating angle of approach, which somehow shifted the context and moved the whole affair into plural time, rather than the neurotic heat of news reportage. Iain Sinclair
  • Words by Iain Sinclair
  • Saddle stitched in dark red cotton thread
  • Edition of 100 copies with signed pigment print in an archival wallet
  • Newspaper and print comes in stitched ratchford cloth sleeve


You can view images from this book on the Stephen Gill website.

Publisher: Nobody Books
Size: 400 x 280 mm
12 pp newspaper with print, 25 black and white illustrations

Publisher's Price: £ 63.75
£63.75

Picture of Jack Spencer - Prism Series Book No.3

Publisher's Description
Jack Spencer can be considered the Aaron Copland of the American landscape. His methods and techniques are born from the fact that he is as equally fine a painter as he is a photographer. He is an artist unrivaled in his craft.

This Prism monograph entitled Jack Spencer is accompanied by one of four color pigment ink prints that are printed and hand-varnished by the artist. The four loose prints depict a classic vision of America, America as it still is in very few places. This color work of Spencer's is as visually lyrical as Copland's opera The Tender Land or his Appalachian Spring.

Edition; 280 copies Includes one of four loose and varnished pigment ink prints, each in an edition of only 70 copies

200 copies will be for sale

You can view images from this book on the 21st Editions website .

Publisher: 21st Editions
Size: 12½" x 12½"
95 four-color images wrapped in Twinrocker handmade paper

Publisher's Price: $ 750
Jack Spencer
Signed copy by special order - allow two weeks
£495.00

Picture of Traces (Special Edition)
Publisher's Description
A signed and numbered special limited edition of 100 including a 12 x 10” chromogenic print contained within an archival stitched parchment sleeve.

Ian Teh explores the industrial hinterlands of China’s far-flung and impoverished provinces with unflinching precision and subtle intensity. From industrialisation to pollution, these photographic works present the landscape as a repository for humanity’s endeavors, somehow a source of memory and a silent testament to our material desires. In the world’s most populous country Teh has made landscape pictures with close to no people in sight, letting the terrain speak for itself.

Over-mined and ruptured lands have resulted in an organic architecture, reflecting man’s belief that what lies beneath the surface has greater value than what lies above. Yet these photographs do not propose to dictate an easy answer to the problematic balance between improved living standards and environmental nightmares. To quote a retired truck driver in Inner Mongolia “Nowadays we have a better standard of living even if our life spans are shorter. Nothing made here stays here; our government has exported our blue skies to the west.”

In contrast to the landscape vistas we are intermittently submerged into the intimate chronicles of daily life in these environments. Visually darker and obscured, these photographs capture the working conditions at China’s industrial core. We are offered a context in which the passing of time appears fleeting in comparison to the icy stillness and longevity of the land. Ultimately, the brilliant glare from China’s metropolises can be traced back to the hinterland and its migrant workers. There, as in all of China, Ian Teh sees the dream of a nation, the cost and what is deferred for future generations.

You can view images from this book on the Flowers Gallery website.

Publisher: Deep Sleep Editions
Size: 302 x 240 mm
64 pages, 34 plates

Publisher's Price: £ 100.00
Ian Teh
Publisher's Description
A signed and numbered special limited edition of 100 including a 12 x 10” chromogenic print contained within an archival stitched parchment sleeve.

Ian Teh explores the industrial hinterlands of China’s far-flung and impoverished provinces with unflinching precision and subtle intensity. From industrialisation to pollution, these photographic works present the landscape as a repository for humanity’s endeavors, somehow a source of memory and a silent testament to our material desires. In the world’s most populous country Teh has made landscape pictures with close to no people in sight, letting the terrain speak for itself.

Over-mined and ruptured lands have resulted in an organic architecture, reflecting man’s belief that what lies beneath the surface has greater value than what lies above. Yet these photographs do not propose to dictate an easy answer to the problematic balance between improved living standards and environmental nightmares. To quote a retired truck driver in Inner Mongolia “Nowadays we have a better standard of living even if our life spans are shorter. Nothing made here stays here; our government has exported our blue skies to the west.”

In contrast to the landscape vistas we are intermittently submerged into the intimate chronicles of daily life in these environments. Visually darker and obscured, these photographs capture the working conditions at China’s industrial core. We are offered a context in which the passing of time appears fleeting in comparison to the icy stillness and longevity of the land. Ultimately, the brilliant glare from China’s metropolises can be traced back to the hinterland and its migrant workers. There, as in all of China, Ian Teh sees the dream of a nation, the cost and what is deferred for future generations.

You can view images from this book on the Flowers Gallery website.

Publisher: Deep Sleep Editions
Size: 302 x 240 mm
64 pages, 34 plates

Publisher's Price: £ 100.00
£100.00

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