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News - 23 July 2012

Edinburgh exhibitions  Former Beyond Words staff member Alicia Bruce is participating in a group show at Out of the Blue.  It will feature portraits from her ongoing series of residents of the Menie estate near Aberdeen who have been Trumped by a certain loathsome businessman.  See here for more info.  And six Edinburgh artists in The Photographers Collective will be exhibiting Collection II at 18 South Bridge.  See here for more info.

Brighton Biennial photobook submissions  If you’ve self-published a photography book and might be interested in being included in an exhibition at Brighton’s Jubilee Library throughout the Biennial (6 October – 4 November 2012), you’ll find more details here.  Submissions must relate to the theme: Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space

New releases/signed copies  Darren Almond: Nocturne; Christoph Lingg: Shut Down; Chris Coekin: The Altogether

Noorderlicht - 15 July 2012

Noorderlicht is one of the most important institutions in Europe for contemporary photography, particularly documentary.  Its future funding from the Netherlands government  is now under threat.  If you would like to find out more or offer your support, see their latest newsletter.

Pop Up Shop and Martin Parr Book Signing - 29 June 2012

Pop Up Shop and Martin Parr Book Signing

We will be holding a temporary Beyond Words shop at Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street, from 2 to 30 August.  Our first confirmed book signing will be Martin Parr who will be visiting the gallery at 6pm on Monday 6 August.   Martin will be signing copies of his recent books plus a selection of older titles.  If you cannot attend but would like to reserve signed copies of particular titles, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Amazon Price-Buster

Appropriately our latest price-buster is Martin Parr’s No Worries!  Place an order by 19 July and you can have it for £31.50 (recommended retail price £40).  Even better, you can have it signed!

News - 25 June 2012

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For those of you who’ve been waiting for a new title by Jan Tove, your wait is almost over.  Silent Landscape will be published in the autumn of this year.  We are taking advance orders for signed copies.  There is not much information about it online yet but, if you email, I can send you a pdf with sample spreads.

Steidl & Kehrer autumn catalogues - 15 June 2012

Thought you might like a couple of previews of the autumn catalogues from two of the major photography publishers.  Highlights of Steidl’s catalogue include William Eggleston’s Los Alamos Revisited (p18), David Bailey’s East End (p 22), reprints of three Weegee classics (pp 23-31), and a retrospective of David Maisel’s early colour aerial landscape work (p 34).

Not all the Kehrer catalogue titles are available in English but we can get hold of any of their titles.  Highlights include new books by Andrew Phelps (p 15) and Steve McQueen (the British artist and filmmaker, not the other one) (p 51) and a retrospective of Harry Callahan (p 39).  Many of you may have seen examples of Michael Marten’s fascinating images of British coastal landscapes at high and low tides.  I’m really looking forward to Kehrer’s collection of this work (p 19).

We haven’t got any of these titles uploaded to our website as yet, I’m afraid, but we’re happy to accept advance notes of interest by email or phone.

Stephen Shore limited edition - 11 June 2012

Phaidon have just announced a very limited edition of work by Stephen Shore previously only available in 83 print-on-demand books (each of which was limited to 20 copies).  “Each book was a visual record of his activities on one particular day. The project shifted in emphasis from August 2005, when Shore determined to make an entire book wherever he was in the world 'on days that The New York Times deemed an event newsworthy enough to bestow one of its six-column, full-width banner headlines to it’.”  Only 250 copies of The Book of Books will be available worldwide.  The two volumes will comprise 2302 pages with 1000 colour illustrations.  They too will be printed on demand and, if you decide to purchase, you should expect to wait six weeks while they are printed.  The recommended price is $2500.  We are selling it at £1620.

News - 08 June 2012

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Can I recommend an article in the June issue of the British Journal of Photography?  Pages 68-73 have a fascinating overview of the current state of the photobook market with insights from people like Todd Hido, Alec Soth, Chris Boot, Gerry Badger and Markus Schaden.

Spoke to Claire and Evan at Stills Gallery last week about further collaborations.  I’m glad to say we have agreed to do a pop-up shop again at the Edinburgh Festival and it will run for much longer than last year, from 2 to 30 August.  We hope to be able to arrange some book signings during that time and will let you know more as plans develop.  Stills’ current exhibition on Italian photography since the 1970s, La Nostra Terra, is well worth a look.

La Fabrica/Actes Sud - 25 May 2012

La Fabrica and Actes Sud are two European publishers whose titles aren’t widely distributed in the UK.  We’d like to order from them directly but it would be helpful to get feedback from customers on how much interest there would be. 

La Fabrica titles include a selection of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work chosen by Pedro Almodovar and work by Andres Serrano, Paul Graham and Eugene Smith as well as the Photobolsillo series on individual photographers (mostly Spanish) that are very good value – similar to Thames & Hudson’s Photofile series.

Actes Sud’s new titles include work by Joel-Peter Witkin and the wonderful Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti.  They also have Photo Poches, a much more extensive series of introductions to individual photographers than the Photo File series.

You can see La Fabrica titles here and Actes Sud titles here   Any feedback greatly appreciated.

Just in: Okinawa by Daido Moriyama.

Vivian Maier/Newsletter - 21 May 2012

Every once in a while a major photographic talent is re-discovered or, in this case, discovered for the first time as Vivian Maier was a completely unknown photographer in her own lifetime, mostly spent as a nanny in Chicago.  If it wasn’t for a local historian stumbling upon a box of her negatives, her work might never have been known.  Now that’s been set to rights through the publication of Vivian Maier which shows her to have been in the very top rank of street photographers.  We have at last received more stock.  I think it ‘s the third printing though each print run tends to disappear so fast it’s hard to keep count.  It includes an interesting essay by Geoff Dyer.  See here for examples of her work.

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Apologies - 20 May 2012

If you are on our emailing list, you will have received a gobbledegook message from us today instead of the newsletter.  I am really sorry about that.  I thought I had got the hang of Mailchimp but obviously still have a bit to learn.  I will send out the newsletter on Monday - I can't send the correct version out now, having used up most of our daily email allowance!

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