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Picture of Evocations of Place: The Photography of Edwin Smith

Publisher's Description

Hailed by the poet and architectural historian Sir John Betjeman as “a genius at photography”, Edwin Smith (1912–1971) was one of Britain’s foremost photographers. At the time of his death he was widely regarded as without peer in his sensitive renditions of historic architecture and his empathetic evocations of place. The recurrent themes of Smith’s work – a concern for the fragility of the environment; an acute appreciation of the need to combat cultural homogenization by safeguarding regional diversity; and a conviction that architecture should be rooted in time and place – are as pressing today as when Smith first framed them in his elegant compositions. By providing the first in-depth survey of his work, this book introduces Smith’s poignant imagery to a new generation.

Publisher: Merrell

Size: 280 x 240 mm

180 pages, 181 duotone illustrations

Edwin Smith
Hailed by the poet and architectural historian Sir John Betjeman as “a genius at photography”, Edwin Smith (1912–1971) was one of Britain’s foremost photographers.
£22.50

Picture of Kiki Smith - Photographs
Publisher's Description
This book surveys a generous selection by Kiki Smith of her never-before-seen photographs along with previously published photos selected by the author.

Part survey, part artist's book, this long-awaited look at the full range of Kiki Smith's photography allows that body of work to be recognized as an essential part of her working process and of the acclaimed body of work that includes her sculpture, installations, drawings, prints, and books. Over the three decades of her career, Smith has experimented with photography as a working tool, a means of personal expression, and simply as a medium in which she can explore space, composition, color, and texture. 'I don't think my work is particularly about art,'Smith has said. 'It's really about me, being here in this life, in this skin. I'm cannibalizing my own experience, my surroundings.'Smith's selection of unseen photos for this book parallels the four concerns discussed in Elizabeth Brown's essay-studio process, reflecting and constructing identity, making stories, and recording her own artworks-and allows us to intimately share her unique vision.

Publisher: Prestel
Size: 215 x 270 mm
208 pages, 240 color illustrations

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Kiki Smith
Publisher's Description
This book surveys a generous selection by Kiki Smith of her never-before-seen photographs along with previously published photos selected by the author.

Part survey, part artist's book, this long-awaited look at the full range of Kiki Smith's photography allows that body of work to be recognized as an essential part of her working process and of the acclaimed body of work that includes her sculpture, installations, drawings, prints, and books. Over the three decades of her career, Smith has experimented with photography as a working tool, a means of personal expression, and simply as a medium in which she can explore space, composition, color, and texture. 'I don't think my work is particularly about art,'Smith has said. 'It's really about me, being here in this life, in this skin. I'm cannibalizing my own experience, my surroundings.'Smith's selection of unseen photos for this book parallels the four concerns discussed in Elizabeth Brown's essay-studio process, reflecting and constructing identity, making stories, and recording her own artworks-and allows us to intimately share her unique vision.

Publisher: Prestel
Size: 215 x 270 mm
208 pages, 240 color illustrations

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£29.99

Picture of Patti Smith - Camera Solo
Publisher's Description
This captivating selection of 70 intimate black and white photographs conveys Patti Smith's singular experience as a photographer as it relates to many facets of her fascinating life and career. Exquisitely designed and produced, Patti Smith: Camera Solo accompanies the first museum exhibition of the artist's photography in the United States.

Using either a vintage Land 100 or a Land 250 Polaroid camera, Smith photographs subjects inspired by her connections to poetry and literature as well as pictures that honor the personal effects of those she admires or loves. In the catalogue's interview, conducted by Susan Lubowsky Talbott, the artist talks about her "respect for the inanimate object" as well as the talismanic qualities of things in her life. We see, for instance, a picture of Mapplethorpe's slippers or a porcelain cup that belonged to her father, and are drawn into their intimacy and quiet power. Moreover, these images reveal how the camera has proven to be a means for Smith to retreat—undisturbed—to "a room of my own."

From her explorations as a visual artist in the 1960s and 70s and her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s, to Just Kids, her National Book Award-winning memoir of life with her beloved friend Robert Mapplethorpe, Smith continues to make an indelible mark on the American cultural landscape.

Publisher: Yale University Press
Size: 7 x 8 1/2"
96 pages, 70 tritone illustrations

Publisher's Price: £ 18.00
Patti Smith
Publisher's Description
This captivating selection of 70 intimate black and white photographs conveys Patti Smith's singular experience as a photographer as it relates to many facets of her fascinating life and career. Exquisitely designed and produced, Patti Smith: Camera Solo accompanies the first museum exhibition of the artist's photography in the United States.

Using either a vintage Land 100 or a Land 250 Polaroid camera, Smith photographs subjects inspired by her connections to poetry and literature as well as pictures that honor the personal effects of those she admires or loves. In the catalogue's interview, conducted by Susan Lubowsky Talbott, the artist talks about her "respect for the inanimate object" as well as the talismanic qualities of things in her life. We see, for instance, a picture of Mapplethorpe's slippers or a porcelain cup that belonged to her father, and are drawn into their intimacy and quiet power. Moreover, these images reveal how the camera has proven to be a means for Smith to retreat—undisturbed—to "a room of my own."

From her explorations as a visual artist in the 1960s and 70s and her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s, to Just Kids, her National Book Award-winning memoir of life with her beloved friend Robert Mapplethorpe, Smith continues to make an indelible mark on the American cultural landscape.

Publisher: Yale University Press
Size: 7 x 8 1/2"
96 pages, 70 tritone illustrations

Publisher's Price: £ 18.00
£17.99

Picture of Gene Smith’s Sink

Publisher's Description

Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography’s most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and ’50s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of war and disaster, villages and metropolises, doctors and midwives, revolutionized the role of images in journalism, transforming photography for decades to come.

When Smith died in 1978, he left behind eighteen dollars in the bank and forty-four thousand pounds of archives. He was only fifty-nine, but he was flat worn-out. His death certificate read “stroke,” but, as was said of the immortal jazzman Charlie Parker, Smith died of “everything,” from drug and alcohol benders to weeklong work sessions with no sleep.

Lured by the intoxicating trail of people that emerged from Smith’s stupefying archive, Sam Stephenson began a quest to trace his footsteps. In Gene Smith’s Sink, Stephenson merges traditional biography with rhythmic digressions to revive Smith’s life and legacy. Traveling across twenty-nine states, Japan, and the Pacific, Stephenson profiles a lively cast of characters, including the playwright Tennessee Williams, to whom Smith likened himself; the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he once shared a Swiss chalet; the artist Mary Frank, who was married to his friend Robert Frank; the jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Sonny Clark, whose music was taped by Smith in his loft; and a series of obscure caregivers who helped keep Smith on his feet. The distillation of twenty years of research, Gene Smith’s Sink is an unprecedented look into the photographer’s potent legacy and the subjects around him.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

Size: 5.7 x 8.5"

224 pages

Sam Stephenson
An incisive biography of the prolific photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith
£24.00

Picture of Two Times Intro - On the Road with Patti Smith: a photo diary by Michael Stipe
Publisher's Description
PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL STIPE followed friend and fellow musician Patti Smith on tour for two weeks in 1995. Two Times Intro is his intimate and evocative visual diary of her return to live performance, along with portraits of other cultural celebrities, such as Allen Ginsberg, who appeared with her. From 1975's Horses to 2007's Twelve, Smith's creative vision has been a singular, explosive catalyst for artists and musicians worldwide--including Stipe. As William S. Burroughs writes in the introduction, Patti Smith's "effect on the audience is electric, comparable to voodoo or umbanda rituals, where the audience members become participants, and are literally lifted out of themselves." IN ADDITION TO TEXT BY STIPE (including a brand-new introduction for 2011), William S. Burroughs, and Patti Smith, there is also commentary from Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Tom Verlaine, and others who have been inspired by Smith's work.

You can view images from this book on the Akashic Books website.

Publisher: Akashic Books
Size: 277 x 185 mm
128 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 17.99
Michael Stipe
Publisher's Description
PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL STIPE followed friend and fellow musician Patti Smith on tour for two weeks in 1995. Two Times Intro is his intimate and evocative visual diary of her return to live performance, along with portraits of other cultural celebrities, such as Allen Ginsberg, who appeared with her. From 1975's Horses to 2007's Twelve, Smith's creative vision has been a singular, explosive catalyst for artists and musicians worldwide--including Stipe. As William S. Burroughs writes in the introduction, Patti Smith's "effect on the audience is electric, comparable to voodoo or umbanda rituals, where the audience members become participants, and are literally lifted out of themselves." IN ADDITION TO TEXT BY STIPE (including a brand-new introduction for 2011), William S. Burroughs, and Patti Smith, there is also commentary from Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Tom Verlaine, and others who have been inspired by Smith's work.

You can view images from this book on the Akashic Books website.

Publisher: Akashic Books
Size: 277 x 185 mm
128 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 17.99
£16.19

Picture of The Big Book

Publisher's description

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

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

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

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

9.75x12.75 in

448 pages

University of Texas Press

W Eugene Smith
These slipcased volumes present a facsimile of the unpublished magnum opus of one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers that reveals W. Eugene Smith as a major progenitor of the photobook genre.
£137.70

Picture of Ellipsis

Documents the range of Smith/Stewart's work and includes two original essays analysing their achievement. Since 1993, Smith/Stewart have produced a series of collaborative works consisting mostly of video projections and monitor-based pieces that involve their bod Since 1993, Smith/Stewart have produced a series of collaborative works consisting mostly of video projections and monitor-based pieces that involve their bodies, or presences, in a series of sensorially heightened communicative actions. In works such as Dead Red and Breathing Space, the artists' own bodies have become material for artistic practice and are subjected to a whole array of formal, visual and acoustic experimentations that mine the experience of communication. However, that experience remains carefully impersonal in their work. The actions and interactions are staged, yet real; the body is often reduced in its framing to a fragment - a torso, a head or the area of the mouth. Gender is frequently unclear and thus cannot be attributed beyond very broad lines such as youthfulness and skin colour. Though fragmented and isolated, the body is intensely present and resolutely engaged in the primordial and impossible activity of communication - its pulses, pleasures and transgressions. This book documents the range of Smith/Stewart's work and includes two original essays analysing their

Smith Stewart

Documents the range of Smith/Stewart's work and includes two original essays analysing their achievement. Since 1993, Smith/Stewart have produced a series of collaborative works consisting mostly of video projections and monitor-based pieces that involve their bod Since 1993, Smith/Stewart have produced a series of collaborative works consisting mostly of video projections and monitor-based pieces that involve their bodies, or presences, in a series of sensorially heightened communicative actions. In works such as Dead Red and Breathing Space, the artists' own bodies have become material for artistic practice and are subjected to a whole array of formal, visual and acoustic experimentations that mine the experience of communication. However, that experience remains carefully impersonal in their work. The actions and interactions are staged, yet real; the body is often reduced in its framing to a fragment - a torso, a head or the area of the mouth. Gender is frequently unclear and thus cannot be attributed beyond very broad lines such as youthfulness and skin colour. Though fragmented and isolated, the body is intensely present and resolutely engaged in the primordial and impossible activity of communication - its pulses, pleasures and transgressions. This book documents the range of Smith/Stewart's work and includes two original essays analysing their

£10.80

Picture of Frontlines - Conflict in the 21st Century

Publisher's Description
Acclaimed war photographer Sean Smith has covered all the major conflicts of the past few years. Frontlines: Conflict in the 21st Century brings together his finest work and offers both a chronicle of major flashpoints and a unique insight into modern warfare.

From violence in Bethlehem in 2000 to life in war-torn Afghanistan, these extraordinary images bear witness to a world that most of us find hard to imagine and hope never to experience first hand. This important contribution to the great tradition of war photography includes Smith's study of Iraq before and during the US-led invasion, which documents the most controversial of recent conflicts with breathtaking immediacy and intimacy.

Publisher: Guardian Books
Size: 248 x 188 mm
272 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 20.00
Sean Smith

Publisher's Description
Acclaimed war photographer Sean Smith has covered all the major conflicts of the past few years. Frontlines: Conflict in the 21st Century brings together his finest work and offers both a chronicle of major flashpoints and a unique insight into modern warfare.

From violence in Bethlehem in 2000 to life in war-torn Afghanistan, these extraordinary images bear witness to a world that most of us find hard to imagine and hope never to experience first hand. This important contribution to the great tradition of war photography includes Smith's study of Iraq before and during the US-led invasion, which documents the most controversial of recent conflicts with breathtaking immediacy and intimacy.

Publisher: Guardian Books
Size: 248 x 188 mm
272 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 20.00
£18.00

Picture of Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraq
Publisher's Description
. . . Later still, when the images resolved to such a point of clarity that Plato’s perfect, eternal forms were now clearly visible as rubble – from which the imperfect, mortal bodies of Iraqis were exhumed daily – we found it “sad.” None of us had seen Iraq from the vantage point of a glass eye suspended in a dark and astral orbit, naming as violent geometries what we below knew to be people. Such a vantage point seemed like blindness itself, viewed from a great distance. We were its spectators.

Night of a Thousand Stars documents – in text and photographs – life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Joel Preston Smith traveled in central and northern Iraq as an independent journalist, living with Iraqis and Kurds, and patrolling with U.S. soldiers. His book is the first comprehensive portrait of Iraqi society in a time of war, as seen from the perspective of both Iraqis and U.S. soldiers. But this is not a book of military and political analysis; Night of a Thousand Stars is a humanistic portrait, focusing heavily on Iraqi home, work and social life during the occupation.

Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Size: 10 x 12'
128 pages, 117 four-color plates

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Joel Preston Smith
Publisher's Description
. . . Later still, when the images resolved to such a point of clarity that Plato’s perfect, eternal forms were now clearly visible as rubble – from which the imperfect, mortal bodies of Iraqis were exhumed daily – we found it “sad.” None of us had seen Iraq from the vantage point of a glass eye suspended in a dark and astral orbit, naming as violent geometries what we below knew to be people. Such a vantage point seemed like blindness itself, viewed from a great distance. We were its spectators.

Night of a Thousand Stars documents – in text and photographs – life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Joel Preston Smith traveled in central and northern Iraq as an independent journalist, living with Iraqis and Kurds, and patrolling with U.S. soldiers. His book is the first comprehensive portrait of Iraqi society in a time of war, as seen from the perspective of both Iraqis and U.S. soldiers. But this is not a book of military and political analysis; Night of a Thousand Stars is a humanistic portrait, focusing heavily on Iraqi home, work and social life during the occupation.

Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Size: 10 x 12'
128 pages, 117 four-color plates

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£35.00

Picture of  American Witness | The Art and Life of Robert Frank

Publisher's Description 

From the author of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One comes the first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans.

As well-known as Robert Frank the photographer is, few can say they really know Robert Frank the man. Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, Frank discovered the power and allure of photography at an early age and quickly learned that the art meant significantly more to him than the money, success, or fame. The art was all, and he intended to spend a lifetime pursuing it.

American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, writer Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and more. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking roughly 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: The Americans. His was an America nobody had seen before, and if it was harshly criticized upon publication for its portrait of a divided country, the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision.

And then he turned his back on certain success, giving up photography to reinvent himself as a film and video maker. Frank helped found the American independent cinema of the 1960s and made a legendary film with the Rolling Stones. Today, the nonagenarian is an embodiment of restless creativity and a symbol of what it costs to remain original in America, his life defined by never repeating himself, never being satisfied. American Witness is a portrait of a singular artist and the country that he saw.

Publisher: Da Capo

320 pages

R J Smith
The first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans.
£24.29

Picture of The Teds (Signed)

Publisher's Description

1956, sixty years ago, was a watershed year for Teds. In September that year the Bill Haley film Rock Around The Clock arrived in the UK. With five records in the top twenty, Haley was a major star and the film screened at some three hundred cinemas across the country. It wasn’t long before the riots started. At London’s Elephant and Castle Trocadero seats were slashed, and when the police attempted to disperse a throng of jiving, singing teenagers, bottles and fireworks were thrown; four shop windows were smashed. Two police were injured and nine Teds arrested. There was further trouble in many other cities including Manchester and London whilst in Birmingham, Blackpool, and Belfast the film was banned.

Whilst the appearance of Teds can be traced back a couple of years earlier, 1956 was the true ’Year of The Ted’ – the year in which they became central to youth culture in the UK and could no longer be ignored.

Originally published in 1979 The Teds looks at this phenomenon. A classic of British documentary photography, it is a vivid and absorbing book combining image and text to tell a fascinating story that spans some three decades.

Chris Steele-Perkins joined Magnum Photos in 1979. An award-winning photographer, he exhibits regularly throughout the world and continues to publish in major magazines worldwide. Alongside extensive work in the developing world he has continued to document Britain, with his 40 year overview, England, my England, being published in 2009 and A Place in the Country, his tenth book, which was published by Dewi Lewis in 2014.

Sample images

Signed copies

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing

Size: 290 x 220mm

128 pages, 72 duotone photographs

Chris Steele-Perkins & Rchard Smith
Originally published in 1979 The Teds looks at this phenomenon. A classic of British documentary photography, it is a vivid and absorbing book combining image and text to tell a fascinating story that spans some three decades.
£25.00

Picture of Total Records: Photography and the Art of the Album Cover

Publisher's Description

The history of photography is teeming with portraits of musicians made iconic by their album covers: Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, Miles Davis by Irving Penn, Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe.

The history of album cover art also includes collaborations between prominent figures, such as Mick Rock and David Bowie, Annie Leibovitz and John Lennon, Lee Friedlander and John Coltrane, Nobuyoshi Araki and Björk, Anton Corbijn and U2, and Robert Frank with the Rolling Stones—not to mention Francis Wolff ’s legendary work with Blue Note, the record label he cofounded. Musicians and designers have also sifted through photography’s rich history for powerful photographs to match and keep company with the music enclosed within: Anders Petersen’s classic Café Lehmitz portrait of a man nestling into a woman’s bosom stands in for Tom Waits on the cover of Swordfishtrombones; Big Star and Alex Chilton push the listener into a corner with William Eggleston’s Red Ceiling on their album Radio City; Rage Against the Machine goes for the jugular on its self-titled album with the anonymous Vietnam War photo of the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk. Images like the Abbey Road crosswalk are deeply inscribed in our collective memory, yet few details are known about the photographer. All of these—and more—are included in this compendium of electrifying images and the albums they grace.

Includes albums featuring images by David Bailey, Guy Bourdin, Anton Corbijn, Roy DeCarava, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Luigi Ghirri, Jean- Paul Goude, Brian Griffin, William Klein, David LaChapelle, Danny Lyon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Ryan McGinley, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Anders Petersen, Pierre et Gilles, Hiro, Cindy Sherman, W. Eugene Smith, Pennie Smith, Juergen Teller, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Albert Watson, William Wegman, and more.

Publisher: Aperture

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

448 pages, 444 color images

Edited by Antoine de Beaupré, Text by Jacques Denis, Interview with Jean-Baptiste Mondino
The history of photography is teeming with portraits of musicians made iconic by their album covers: Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, Miles Davis by Irving Penn, Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe.
£17.96

Picture of Chateau Despair

Publisher's Description

This publication is made up of a series of photographs taken inside the abandoned Conservative party headquarters at 32 Smith. Award-winning artist Lisa Barnard, was granted access to the abandoned site in 2009 and documented the building and found objects.

32 Smith Square was Conservative Central Office from 1958 to 2004.The building is synonymous with Margaret Thatcher smiling and waving out of the window on the 2nd floor after winning the elections of 1979, 1983 and 1987. However, by 2004 the building became known as ‘Chateau Despair’ to its inhabitants, prior to the Conservatives’ move to Victoria Street. They left behind a mausoleum containing nearly 50 years of their political history, etched on its surfaces and discarded in its corners.

This book features previously unseen photographs of the interior documenting the dulled shades of corporate blue, stained carpets, peeling paintwork and discarded iconography of past alliances. Carefully choreographed portraits of a smiling Thatcher, unearthed in an old cupboard, punctuate the book, jarring with the shabby interior. The book also includes photographs of the objects, or remnants, Barnard found in the building including a blue rosette, an internal envelope, an ornate silver spoon, a balloon and a strip of film negative.

‘Barnard’s project offers an archaeology of the period of Thatcher’s reign from 1979 to 1990, and an autopsy of the theatre and props which helped direct and shape Tory campaigns as they led Britain into an age of banking, individualism and the free market that has defined politics and reconfigured culture since the 1960s. ... Welcome to Chateau Despair... Do you believe in Britain?’ - Sarah James - Lecturer in the History of Art at University College London.

‘For anyone with a passing interest in the connection between politics and space, this apparent eradication of architecture in the presentation of politics at Smith Square may come as a surprise... The photographs show an undignified assembly of thrown-together partitions, botched repairs and a complete lack of even the most basic aesthetic sensibility’ - Jeremy Till - Head of Central St Martins College of Arts and Design.

Limited edition of 500 copies

Publisher: Gost

Size: 220 x 160 mm

96 pages printed four colour

Lisa Barnard
This publication is made up of a series of photographs taken inside the abandoned Conservative party headquarters at 32 Smith. Award-winning artist Lisa Barnard, was granted access to the abandoned site in 2009 and documented the building and found objects.
£25.00

Picture of Pictures of You

Publisher's Description

Ten real lives, ten photographs, ten journeys in time: the first killing of the Cold War, the dying hopes of a doomed aviator, the ghosts of Native America at Alcatraz, Chairman Mao's most timid lover, Nature’s final battle with Man. One photograph – or group of photographs – comes from each decade of the 20th century. All belong to the Archive of Modern Conflict. Over the past 25 years the Archive's small collection of amateur photographs has grown into one of the world's most moving image treasuries, its shelves now holding pictures of some four million lost lives.

In the 20th century, amateur photography took history – and collective memory – out of the hands of historians and gave it to individuals. In Pictures of You, bestselling author Rory MacLean narrates a journey across the globe and into the lives of ordinary men and women who lived through extraordinary times. He travels along the Archive's shelves, venturing from Siberia to Rangoon, China to Shepperton Studios, hearing forgotten voices that echo from the depths of time, picturing lives that mirror our own, and saving the stories behind these pictures of you.

‘A delicately beautiful book, haunting in its effect. Superb.’ - Alexander McCall Smith

‘Stunning! A unique virtuoso exercise in empathy, narrative and imagination, with learning and hints of mysticism thrown in.’ - Jan Morris

Publisher: Bone Idle

Size: 130 x 198 mm

200 pages, 100 black & white illustrations

Rory MacLean
‘A delicately beautiful book, haunting in its effect. Superb.’ - Alexander McCall Smith
£11.69

Picture of Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

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

Publisher's Description

Famous for his fashion portraits and experimentation with still life images, Irving Penn (1917–2009) ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. In an illustrious career that spanned nearly 70 years, Penn was a master of both black-and-white and color photography, and his revival of platinum printing in the 1960s and 1970s was a catalyst for significant change in the art world.

Drawing from the extensive holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including a major gift from The Irving Penn Foundation, this magnificent catalogue compiles 161 of Penn’s iconic images, including a number of unpublished works. Beautifully designed and illustrated, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Penn’s work in nearly 20 years and features photographs from all stages of his career, including street scenes from the late 1930s, celebrity portraits, Parisian fashion photographs, and more private studio images. Merry A. Foresta’s captivating essay introduces this photographer to a younger generation and delves into Penn’s use of photography to respond to social and cultural change, speaking to the depths of human existence.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 9 1/4 x 11"

240 page, 20 colour and 147 tritone illustrations

Irving Penn
Drawing from the extensive holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including a major gift from The Irving Penn Foundation, this magnificent catalogue compiles 161 of Penn’s iconic images, including a number of unpublished works.
£27.00

Picture of Photography Changes Everything

Publisher's Description

Photography Changes Everything—drawn from the online Smithsonian Photography Initiative—offers a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our lives. It is a reader-friendly exploration of the many ways photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world.

At this transitional moment in visual culture, Photography Changes Everything provides a unique opportunity to better understand the history, practice, and power of photography. The publication harnesses the extraordinary visual assets of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, science centers, and archives to trigger an unprecedented and interdisciplinary dialogue about how photography does more than record the world—it shapes and changes every aspect of our experience of it.

The book features over three hundred images and nearly one hundred engaging short texts commissioned from experts, writers, inventors, public figures, and everyday folk—Hugh Hefner, John Baldessari, John Waters, Robert Adams, Sandra Phillips, and others. Each story responds to images selected by project contributors. Together they engage readers in a timely exploration of the extent to which our lives have been transformed through our interactions with photographic imagery.


Publisher: Aperture

Size: 10" x 7"

356 pages, approx. 250 four-color images

Edited by Marvin Heiferman
A reader-friendly exploration of the many ways photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world.
£22.50

Picture of Landscapes of Innocence and Experience SIGNED

A catalogue produced for the exhibition held at the Verey Gallery, Eton College, UK which ran from January – April 2015.  The exhibition surveyed a number of works by Roberts looking at the British landscape.

The publication begins with a single image from Roberts’ Motherland series, an expansive social documentary project photographed across Russia between 2004 and 2005. This image marks a catalyst for Roberts and leads to a selection of photographs taken in Britain since Roberts returned there with a renewed interest in photographing his homeland.

The catalogue reproduces photographs from various series including We English, The Election Project, XXX Olympiad and Pierdom. The works demonstrate a sustained investigation by Roberts into the terrain and shorelines of his native country. The works picture the social practices and customs, cultural landmarks, economic and political theatre that define the space as uniquely British.

Also included is an essay by Martin Caiger-Smith from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Preview video of the catalogue

Publisher: Verey Gallery, Jan 2014
Essay: Martin Caiger-Smith
Binding: Softback
Extent: 38 Pages
Trim: 260mm (H) x 210mm (W)
Photographs: 36 Colour
Simon Roberts

A catalogue produced for the exhibition held at the Verey Gallery, Eton College, UK which ran from January – April 2015.  The exhibition surveyed a number of works by Roberts looking at the British landscape.

The publication begins with a single image from Roberts’ Motherland series, an expansive social documentary project photographed across Russia between 2004 and 2005. This image marks a catalyst for Roberts and leads to a selection of photographs taken in Britain since Roberts returned there with a renewed interest in photographing his homeland.

The catalogue reproduces photographs from various series including We English, The Election Project, XXX Olympiad and Pierdom. The works demonstrate a sustained investigation by Roberts into the terrain and shorelines of his native country. The works picture the social practices and customs, cultural landmarks, economic and political theatre that define the space as uniquely British.

Also included is an essay by Martin Caiger-Smith from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Preview video of the catalogue

Publisher: Verey Gallery, Jan 2014
Essay: Martin Caiger-Smith
Binding: Softback
Extent: 38 Pages
Trim: 260mm (H) x 210mm (W)
Photographs: 36 Colour
£26.00

Picture of Le Silence: Une fiction

Publisher's description

LE SILENCE Une fiction gathers a corpus of contemporary works by 25 artists, ranging from Arman's Accumulationsto Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs, and together they present a world that is both strange and familiar, what curator Simone Menegoi refers to as “the story of a planet that has become uninhabitable for reasons unknown….” Part scientific experiment, part fictional narrative, the effect of these traces that our civilisation leaves behind is one of a reversal of history, as if the works between the pages, artifacts of our contemporary era, are being observed through the eyes of an archaeologist or anthropologist from the future.

The curators Simone Menegoi and Cristiano Raimondi have amassed a collection of prints, glass plates, sculptures, slides, video stills and paintings, that sit within the tradition of the landscape genre yet seen from a particular perspective: the aesthetics of the contemporary Sublime, drawing on the spectacle of environmental disasters and economic collapse. Another prominent group of works is comprised of sculptures and assemblages from artists, active since the 1960's, who use every day and waste material to create. Work by American artist Michael E. Smith, whose sculptures are made from waste collected in his hometown, the urban desert of Detroit, completes the exhibition as 'fossils' of our consumer society.

Artists: Dove Allouche, Vladimir Arkhipov, Arman, Bartolomeo Bimbi, Maurice Blaussyld, Michel Blazy, Karl Blossfeldt, Brassaï, Peter Buggenhout, Carlos Casas, Romeo Castellucci, Lourdes Castro, Tony Cragg, Daniel Gustav Cramer,? Geert Goiris, Jochen Lempert, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Adrien Missika, Linda Fregni Nagler, Walter Pichler, Rudolf Polanszky, Pierre Savatier, Erin Shirreff, Michael E. Smith, Daniel Spoerri, Hiroshi Sugimoto 

A preview of the book can be found on the Mack website.

Publisher: Mack

Size: 202 x 280 mm

240 pages


Simone Menegoi (ed.) & Cristiano Raimondi (ed.)
LE SILENCE Une fiction gathers a corpus of contemporary works by 25 artists, ranging from Arman’s Accumulations to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs, and together they present a world that is both strange and familiar.
£35.00

Picture of Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

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Publisher's Description

Peter Hujar was a leading figure of the downtown New York scene of the 1970s and ’80s. He is most well-known for his portraits of New York City’s artists, musicians, writers, and performers, which feature characters such as Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, David Wojnarowicz, and Andy Warhol, and was admired for his completely uncompromising attitude toward work and life. Hujar was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Underappreciated during his lifetime, Hujar is now a revered icon of the lost downtown art scene, and his photographs are held in permanent collections around the world. Over 160 photographs are gathered in Peter Hujar: Speed of Life. Published alongside a major touring exhibition, this collection presents Hujar’s famous portraiture as well as his lesser-known projects. Accompanied by texts by Joel Smith, Philip Gefter and Steve Turtell, this survey provides a thorough history of Hujar’s life and artistic practice.

Texts by Joel Smith, Philip Gefter, Steve Turtell, and Martha Scott Burton

Publisher: Aperture and Fundación MAPFRE

Size: 9 2/5 x 11"

248 pages, 160 images

Peter Hujar
Underappreciated during his lifetime, Hujar is now a revered icon of the lost downtown art scene, and his photographs are held in permanent collections around the world.
£36.00

Picture of Life on the Lower East Side
Publisher's Description
A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of a vibrant, close-knit, and functional multiethnic community. Through her lens, she documented street scenes—a woman stopping in front of a tenement to share some news, a fruit seller peddling her wares, a woman hanging laundry on a clothesline. Stoops, rooftops, fire escapes, and sidewalks in front of candy stores and delis were the preferred social and recreational locales. In the absence of playgrounds, children improvised outdoor play areas and congregated Saturday afternoons in front of the Loew's Canal.

Life on the Lower East Side, the first monograph of Lepkoff's works, highlights the lost neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges from the Bowery to the East River. With over 170 beautifully reproduced duotone photographs and essays by Peter Dans and Suzanne Wasserman, the book reveals the dynamic community of Italians, Irish, Jews, Greeks, Spaniards, Chinese, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans. Lepkoff's images uncover a forgotten time and place and reveal how the Lower East Side has both stayed the same and changed forever.

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Size: 216 x 279 mm
192 pages, 170 b/w illustrations

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Rebecca Lepkoff
Publisher's Description
A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of a vibrant, close-knit, and functional multiethnic community. Through her lens, she documented street scenes—a woman stopping in front of a tenement to share some news, a fruit seller peddling her wares, a woman hanging laundry on a clothesline. Stoops, rooftops, fire escapes, and sidewalks in front of candy stores and delis were the preferred social and recreational locales. In the absence of playgrounds, children improvised outdoor play areas and congregated Saturday afternoons in front of the Loew's Canal.

Life on the Lower East Side, the first monograph of Lepkoff's works, highlights the lost neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges from the Bowery to the East River. With over 170 beautifully reproduced duotone photographs and essays by Peter Dans and Suzanne Wasserman, the book reveals the dynamic community of Italians, Irish, Jews, Greeks, Spaniards, Chinese, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans. Lepkoff's images uncover a forgotten time and place and reveal how the Lower East Side has both stayed the same and changed forever.

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Size: 216 x 279 mm
192 pages, 170 b/w illustrations

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£19.99

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