This photobook represents the synthesis of years of reflection on oriental art and culture, culminating in a long journey to Japan on the footsteps of Shodo calligraphy discipline. Through a ruthless and independent eye, this story seeks to delve into the depths of a culture, exposing the most remote corners of things, in homage to Shinto animism that more than anything represents the key to these places. "Cuore velato" has a chiasmus structure and can be read in two directions, starting also from the end - as in Japanese way. It tries to discover a world, to understand it using its own categories: low profile, almost subdued. To discover this world, Barachini celebrates it and, at the same time, questions it, but its deep core -the heart- finally remains veiled anyway.
This book is the brother and the evolution of “Finchè tornerai terra” (about Ethiopia): similar formats, the same cardboard box, the same “in cage” vision.
The book is housed in a white cardboard box together with a small issue hand-sewed with 34 photos in four colours.
Found in Japan’s oldest book of poetry, Ayu no Kaze is a sailor’s phrase meaning “the wind of promise.” Much like the ancient word “ayu” translates to “the sea brings various things to the land” so too has the phrase spread throughout the islands of Japan, weaving through common people's lives, in folk songs sung by fishermen, merchants, travelers and immigrants alike.
After moving to the US, Shimazaki returned to Japan time and again to visit her native land. Choosing to work by herself in the early morning, roaming from northern, through central, to coastal Japan, scarcely any people inhabit her photographs of the summer and winter countryside.
Alone through mild sun and fierce blizzards, her images are an exploration of a land left behind. A diary of yearning and serenity, Shimazaki’s gaze poetically alludes to life transitions that are at once privately intimate and deeply universal. The photographs land softly, quietly belying the magnitude of the elements, both inner and outer, that charge through the landscapes and her lens - as she puts it “no matter the changes in our lives and culture, Ayu no Kaze returns every year. It speaks to me of eternity.”
The photographs in Primal Mountain – a signature work of artist Yuji Hamada – appear at first glance to depict mountain sceneries. But looking closer, one realizes these are not a mountain in the literal sense; they are mountains composed of artificial materials near and dear to us. Hamada often handles the themes of “truth and falsehood,” together with “the seen and the unseen” in his works. One day, as he was coupling these motifs with experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster in 2011, Hamada received a postcard from a friend – a photograph of a mountain. Hamada found himself amazed by the beauty and the sense of falsehood present in the photo: and began to doubt that the mountains depicted there were even truly mountains at all – thus catalyzing his shooting process for Primal Mountain. What do mountains have that cause us, as human beings, to recognize them as such? The landscapes fabricated in his photographs convince our brains that the sights are those as found in nature – providing a pleasant, intriguing experience for the reader.
Primal Mountain makes use of double-leaved binding: the reverse side of each page depicts an enlarged shot of the picture on the front, allowing readers a view of the back-image by peeking through the side. The binding recreates mountains and valleys, with its construction simulating this motif of “the seen and the unseen” – as the reader flips through the pages, they gently sway in the realm between reality and fantasy. It causes one to question: what does it mean to see? Following the photographs is a text contributed by author Seigow Matsuoka, whose own work influenced Hamada's thought process on the subject matter.
‘This World and Others Like It’ investigates the role of the 21st century explorer by combining computer modeling with analogue photographic processes. Drawing upon the language of 19th Century survey images, Nikonowicz questions their relationship with current methods of record making. Thousands of explorable realities exist through rover and probe based imagery, virtual role-playing, and video game software. Within the contemporary wilderness, robots have replaced photographers as mediators producing images completely dislocated from human experience. This suggests that now the sublime landscape is only accessible through the boundaries of technology.
Recipient of the jurors’ special mention at the 2019 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Award.
Zanjiris a conversation imagined between the artist Amak Mahmoodian (1980-present) and the Persian princess and memoirist Taj Saltaneh (1883 - 1936). In Zanjir, Amak Mahmoodian draws on imagery from King name's collection from the 19th Century held at Golestan archives in Tehran and photographs she took in Iran to explore feelings of loss and separation from family and homeland. Through memories and dreams, Zanjir mythifies absence and presence. The present which continuously exists in past, and the past which continuously exists in present.
Special edition 100 signed copies with two signed and limited pigment prints
The Search for a Superior Moral Justification for Selfishness (signed)
"In 2015 and 2016 I spent a lot of time walking in the morning, up and down the hills in Los Angeles, sometimes listening to the city and other times listening to news radio on my phone, always looking for things to photograph or maybe just observe before returning to the studio. There I’d stop the voices - the voices reading the news, my own voice in my head - with music, and for the rest of the day I would paint what I had felt and seen (or what I felt I’d seen). Over the next two years, back in London and then New York, my morning walks have continued - and have become essential moments out of time, when the world seems to be burning and collapsing around me. These works are the result of my walks in a time of upheaval - and in this sense they reflect a practice of paying attention to the here and now, but also refracting the present through a process of reflection that acknowledges past happiness and fears future catastrophe."
Haunts can be seen as part two of a trilogy which began with Trying to Dance, JH Engström’s artist’s book project which was short-listed for the 2005 Deutshe Börse Photography Prize. At the back of Trying to Dance JH Engström wrote “I’m always looking for presence. Whenever I try, my doubts get unmasked….” These doubts and questions are prelevant in Haunts, but in this volume Engström focuses more on public spaces and life in the streets. At the center of JH Engström’s pictures is a strong feeling of being in an endless present tense. The confrontation between “now” and the photographer’s memories is inevitable. And he doesn’t try to separate emotions from objectivity. His images embody their questions..
On the Mines is a re-designed and expanded version of David Goldblatts influential book of 1973. Goldblatt grew up in the South African town of Randfontein, which was shaped by the social culture and financial success of the gold mines surrounding it. When these mines started to fail in the mid-sixties Goldblatt began taking photos of them, which form the basis of On the Mines. The book features an essay on the human and political dimensions of mining in South Africa by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, whose writing has long influenced Goldblatt. The new version of the book maintains the original three chapters The Witwatersrand: a Time and Tailings, Shaftsinking and Mining Men, but is otherwise completely updated, in Goldblatts words, to expand the view but not to alter the sense of things. There are thirty-one new mostly unpublished photos including colour images, eleven deleted images, a postscript by Gordimer to her essay, as well as a text by Goldblatt reflecting on his childhood and the 1973 book. On the Mines is the first of many titles in an ambitious collaboration between the photographer and Steidl that will publish Goldblatts life work in a series of re-prints and new books. David Goldblatt is a definitive photographer of his generation, esteemed for his dispassionate depiction of life in South Africa over a period of more than fifty years. Born in Randfontein in 1930, Goldblatt worked in his fathers menswear business until 1963 when he took up photography full time. Goldblatts work concerns above all human values and is a unique document of life during and after apartheid. His photographs are held in major international collections, and his solo exhibitions include those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1998, and the Fondation Henri Cartier- Bresson in Paris in 2011. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg to teach visual literacy and photography especially to those disadvantaged by apartheid.
One of the Polaroid's acknowledged masters, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) brought to the medium an uncanny ability to combine the snapshot feel with a strong patina of glamour, and of course plenty of sexiness. A protégé of Man Ray, and best known today for his controversial fashion photography, Bourdin like his teacher often brought an edge of menace or discomfort to his eroticism, with surrealistic props and implied narratives. Like the Surrealists, he often devised ways to bisect the female form, usually by cropping out above the waist; all these traits of Bourdin's fashion photography are to be found here, in this selection of 98 Polaroids, most of which have never previously been published. Ranging in formality from casual seaside erotica to darkened interiors with disembodied legs and arms poking into the frame, these images step outside the safety of the fashion shoot, conjuring a real-life realm steeped in an ominous sexuality.
This publication brings together the work of German photographer Joachim Brohm (born 1955), credited with being one of the first photographers in Germany to work exclusively in color, and American photographer Alec Soth (born 1969). Joachim Brohm & Alec Soth: Two Rivers focuses on the emblematic series both artists have shot in river regions: Brohm's Ruhr series (1980-83) and Soth's Sleeping by the Mississippi (2000-04).
Other work included in this volume, such as Ohio, Dessau Files and Culatra by Brohm, and Songbookand Niagara by Soth, represent fictitious places and allow for a broader view of the oeuvres of the two photographers. Given a special position in the book is Brohm's portrait series Flash Ohio (1984), published here for the first time, exactly 35 years after its creation. Vince Leo and Wolfgang Ullrich contribute texts.
Enghelab Street: A Revolution through Books Iran 1979-1983
Enghelab Street, Revolution Street, is located in the centre of Tehran—a main artery in the city’s cultural life with a host of bookshops. The publication presents a variety of photographic and propaganda books collected by Iranian artist Hannah Darabi. Drawing on works published between 1979 and 1983—years corresponding to the short period when freedom of speech prevailed at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government—she takes us to the heart of an intense artistic and cultural period in Iranian history. Darabi has developed a visual essay accompanied by a critical apparatus written by Chowra Makaremi. The publication with its extensive landscape of books gives us the opportunity to look at rare printed matter for the first time.
Winner of the 2019 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Best Photography Catalogue.
"These photos were taken on Dongshan Island, located in the Zhangzhou area of Fujian Province.
Modern urban's development tends to afflict those who leave with amnesia-they forget such a place ever existed. I can only follow behind them, using images to “resist” these unforeseen changes. My hometown has been influencing me and shaping me since the day I was born. Like the beginning of a story, I found an outfit passed down from my ancestors in my mother’s room. This is how my home interacts with me. Maybe the only thing I can see is what it wants me to see. Photographing my hometown was like traveling through a dingy memory, through an internal negativity.
In the works, I use the Bachimen Dam, Home, Food, Soil, Gods, and Sea to recreate the beacons of my hometown. I've combined these memories and fragments into a book. This process seemed able to distill the spaces, people, and objects onto the pages. By imposing and removing layers, this volume exposes the significance my hometown has to me - the work is a representation of my hometown in illustrations. It is a cross section of the gradual process of urbanization, allowing us to connect with a city that is frozen in place and reflect on what home means to us."
UNIVERSOS, the new book by David Jiménez, offers a survey of some of the projects the photographer has undertaken over the past twenty-five years and more, such as Versus and Aura, as well as an advance glimpse of the work he is currently engaged in: Roma. The book traces the development of the creative processes through which Jiménez has shaped his personal style, which aspires to give expression to an intangible, dreamlike, magical world. Universos is an exploration of the photographer's visual universe, constructed around the resonances generated by phenomena and expressed through a dialogue of images. David Jiménez's work has been evolving over the years. He has gradually reduced the narrative component of his photographs, making them ever more abstract, and using photographs as visible mutations of memories, which offer the viewer an aesthetic experience in which images change their meaning. This book, which contains texts by David Campany, Alejandro Castellote, and Mario Montalbetti, accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Jiménez's work at the Sala Canal de Isabel II in Madrid.
Stickybeak” is Julie Cockburn’s first comprehensive monograph. The book coincides with Cockburn’s solo show “Telling it slant” at Flowers Gallery in London, UK (12 September-2 November 2019)
We are all stickybeaks to some extent. Many of my fictional heroes and heroines spend their time sleuthing or, at the very least, nosing around in other people’s business; Miss Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, Margo Leadbetter. There are even tales of espionage in my not so distant family history. Anyone with a social media account engages in a bit of stickybeakery – it’s human nature to be inquisitive.
The works in this book were made over a period of twelve years, some one-off experiments, others part of ongoing series that I add to over time. Each piece began with the search for the perfect image, setting some vaguely rigorous parameters for myself. I selected used postcards, old photographs, foxed bookplates and my own childhood drawings. And each of these foundlings had a different history, an unknown or forgotten story to tell. By submitting to my interventions, they transformed from silent, redundant, orphans into material objects with a regenerated heartbeat.
I see this book as a continuation of that process. The publishers rooted through the hundreds of images in my archive in the same way I sift through pages of online marketplaces or the jumbled tables at car boot fairs. My industrious hand embroidery and intricate collages are given a light touch here, the sequence of the images alluding to a gentle, humorous narrative. We will all read it differently, pausing on those pieces that speak the loudest to us, in our own preferred language. But broadly, this whittled selection, our chosen game of consequences, investigates how we see ourselves and each other, and the multi-layered ambiguity of life.
"Yesterday is a project specifically conceived for Super Labo by Deanna Templeton to convey a single though not specific day in her life, morning to night, as told through Polaroid photographs. From the intimate look at her private daily routine inside her household and garden, to the architecture, flora and fauna of Huntington Beach, and the people, both friends, family and strangers, that float in and out of her day. Yesterday is a personal document, a visual slice of her Southern California life and the details where she finds beauty and inspiration." -Ed Templeton
Ken Grant’s photography is characterised by slow and deliberate series made - often over years -in the Northwest of England.
Benny Profane is drawn from a long term engagement with a dockland district that Grant first knew as a labourer in his youth. Bound by a few square miles at the edge of the River Mersey, it dwells on the river's hinterland and, in particular, the vast expanse of the Bidston Moss, to become an immersion into one area and those who depended upon it. It is an involved and tender body of work, an account of kinship and defiance in a difficult land. The book has been designed and sequenced by Ania Nalecka-Milach.
Limited edition of 500 copies, including a 5x6" signed pigment print ('Ciggy Lads').
Christopher Anderson began photographing New York City cops in the wake of 9/11, as the visual landscape of the city he called home began to change. Bomb blast barriers went up, cops carrying larger guns seemed to be everywhere, and whilst the increased presence of security was designed, in part, to make New Yorkers feel safe, it reminded Anderson that something was deeply wrong. Then, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, the death of Eric Garner and the election of Trump, Anderson found himself making photographs of cops on the streets of New York City once again, as a form of unconscious protest on a larger sense of authority. On assessing the images he was making, Anderson began to see them as something entirely different than a protest or commentary on power - there was almost a sentimentality.
“I saw a portrait of a working class, immigrant America. The uniform only served as a thread on which to hang a cross section sample. The photographs felt more like a love letter to New York” - Christopher Anderson
"Roaming, detail-interested study of time and progress in urban Africa" – The PhotoBook Review
"[Tillim] capte l’ambiance de l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui" / "[Tillim] captures the atmosphere of today's Africa" – Libération
"The images carry a sense of dynamism, yet uncertainty, an ambiguous feeling that maybe reflects a larger question about a continent’s future." – The New York Review of Books
These photographs were made on long walks through the streets of African capitals, including Johannesburg, Durban, Maputo, Beira, Harare, Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Luanda, Libreville, Accra, Dakar and Dar es Salaam, and the series takes its title from the Museum of the Revolution in Maputo, Mozambique, which is situated on the Avenida 24 Julho. The 24th of July 1875 marked the end of an Anglo-Portuguese conflict for possession of the territory that was decided in favour of Portugal. One hundred years later the name of the avenue remained the same because Mozambique’s independence from Portugal was proclaimed in June 1975 and now the 24th of July is Nationalisation Day.
In the Museum of the Revolution, there is a panoramic painting produced by North Korean artists depicting the liberation of the capital from Portuguese colonial rule. It illustrates the rhetoric of a revolution as the leader and followers parade through the streets and avenues, laid out with grandeur by the colonial powers. These streets, named and renamed, function as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of political, economic and social shifts of power and become a museum of the many revolutions that have taken place in African countries over the past 65 years.
In Tillim’s photographs, the streets of these African capitals reflect a new reality, distinct from the economic stagnation wrought by socialist policies that usually accompanied African nationalism, the reality of rebuilding and enterprise, and new sets of aspirations imbued with capitalistic values.
"From last summer, I happened to frequent Yokohama for some reason. I have had a good time in the city where I used to take many photographs when I was young after so many years’ absence. When I began to think of shooting Yokohama, I received the offer to publish a photo book, and so I immediately decided to make one book of photographs of Yokohama. Now I am even happier, for I could make two volumes with these Yokohama photographs."
"From last summer, I happened to frequent Yokohama for some reason. I have had a good time in the city where I used to take many photographs when I was young after so many years’ absence. When I began to think of shooting Yokohama, I received the offer to publish a photo book, and so I immediately decided to make one book of photographs of Yokohama. Now I am even happier, for I could make two volumes with these Yokohama photographs."
"Some branches continue, some dry out, the traces left behind. This is how we float, like a delta. My grandmother was 100 years old when she died, shortly thereafter my child was born. The feeling that death was replaced with life and the course of generation became apparent. Delta is about time, I have been for five years obsessed by taking pictures of time. I have searched for traces depicting the presence of an absence, where life and death vibrates under a fragile border towards the outside world. I want to convey the silence of things that are not said, everyday situations with a death awareness sounding them.
..All humans are certainly faced by lived experiences that in some way must be related to what we express as “time”. Basically we experience time in two different ways. On the one hand it consists of a seemingly endless series of repetitions; between day and night, summer and winter, waxing and waning moon, fertile and infertile periods, ebb and flood. On the other hand we experience time as something irreversible. As humans we know that we were borne and that we will surely die, that life progresses in a way that we cannot control. All these movements through time, linear as well as circular ones, are marked and communicated by certain powerful means at our disposal; rituals. They are powerful because they draw on so many more meaningful systems of symbols than just languages…
Delta is not about individuals or places, but about fragmentary images to illustrate the feeling that everyone is part of a root system and the images are symbols of an involvement.
My way of working is that I a lot of the time coexist with the people I photograph, usually people I never meet before. I'm drawn to photograph abandoned skin and wounded nature. The link between man and nature is always present. My photographic research focus on the relationship between places and human being. I see a great importance in the small subtle details. I am attentive to small shifts in people's body language. I try to capture the feeling that things are happening beneath the surface. As the surface tension is ready to burst. By repeating certain motifs in the series I try create a sense of emotional patterns that goes in a constant loop."
- Hannah Modigh
Edition of 500 copies. Each copy with a signed print.
Combing for Ice and Jade is a love note from Kurt Tong to his nanny, who was one of the last remaining ‘self combed’ women left in China. An early form of Feminism, the comb up ceremony granted women great autonomy at a great cost.
Kurt Tong has worked closely with his nanny over a period of nearly 7 years. Having only 8 photographs of herself, the book is an exploration of her extraordinary life. Her story is slowly revealed through the book, combined with Kurt’s family archive, found photographs from her extended families, new photographs, Chinese ink works and women’s magazines from China that spanned 6 decades.
Special Edition of 37 copies which includes one original rice print with Chinese ink on traditional Xuan paper by hand, rather than by machine that would be accompanied in the trade edition.
Almost 20 years after the release of his first monograph, We’re Desperate, produced with the help of Sonic Youth front man Thurston Moore and fashion designer Marc Jacobs and widely regarded as the definitive catalogue of early West Coast punk fashion, Jim Jocoy’s archive of previously unseen photographs has been re-examined and re-considered to compose Order of Appearance, a new body of work that humanizes his young subjects as they go through their daily lives sharing the tender moments of love and loss that came to encapsulate the late 70s and early 80s as the Summer of Love slowly eroded and gave way to punks’ disaffected view of the world.
Unknowingly foreshadowing the AIDS epidemic that would grip underground communities throughout the country, Jocoy’s poignant photos share an intimacy not unlike that found in the work of Nan Goldin, combined with the underground compulsion and clout that permeates the photos of Katsumi Watanabe, and Karlheinz Weinberger.
Spanning three short years from 1977 to 1980, the collection of images is structured in three chapters, vignettes from a one night affair where emotions range from delight to despair, sober to wasted, clear to blurry to half-way-clear-again by morning.
Jocoy’s ability to reveal these touching moments of restless youth allows us to feel empathetic towards the bruised knees that start the book off and then laugh at the comical horror of a sunburst-yellow clownish car turned violently upside down from a accident. As a photographer, Jocoy has an uncanny capacity to make even a car wreck look like the best time ever.
In Migration as Avant-Garde, Michael Danner examines the new ways in which migrants are pursuing their hope for a better life. The term “avant-garde” stands for progress and the way of a pioneer. Driven by the desire to give their lives meaning, and guided by their own integrity, migrants bring new perspectives and points of view to our society. The origin of his work was the reading of the 1943 essay We Refugees by the political philosopher Hannah Arendt.
Migration as Avant-Garde is a fruit of the 2018 Kassel Dummy Award. Signed copy.
Contacts is the first collection of William Klein’s famous contacts, revamped and over-painted. The most important and famous works of this great artist have been chosen and printed from these contact sheets - those very same works that have made him one of the most acclaimed all-round photographers and artists in the last 30 years.
The large prints in the book, some of which have never been published, are reproductions of painted contact sheets, and can be either detached and framed or kept in their original form in the book.
“Verene walks right into the lives of his folks, showing you how they are, without any embarrassment on either side. Their togetherness is taken for granted so openly that the viewer feels at each moment like one of them, a member of the clan. Verene’s color [is] tender, warm and sensual, though stops well short of being glamorous . . . flooding them all with a strange, sweet romance. These pictures convey his bittersweet fondness for a smaller world in which he grew up but no longer shares, but which has lessons to teach him about the inroads of ageing, disability and other difficulties. Many viewers are familiar with visits back home in this mood, which Verene renders luminous and fatal.”
— Max Kozloff, The Theater of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900
Coming up for Air is the result of a long-term photographic body of work made in Japan between 2008 & 2009 over the course of three visits to the country. Though the images were made in Japan they are not essentially about Japan and are more of a reaction to my life in London at the time. Unlike the other more descriptive photographic series I had made, this time the information in the images has been starved or almost in some cases completely denied, like muffled sounds when swimming beneath water. A fictional aquatic world as if viewed from the other side of an aquarium looking outwards. The series is more of a reaction to the modern world rather than an attempted description of it.
Manila-based photographer Brian Sergio’s photobook “A Bastard Son” collects his raw, energetic street and portrait photography shot in his home country, the Philippines.
Concentrating on the excesses and perils of the younger generations, Sergio’s signature black-and-white image editing adds an extra element of dirtiness and grime to his scenes and lends the views he captured an almost surrealistic atmosphere.
“These pictures are shot with an eye so tuned to its environment that they allow the viewer to practically create an entire novel around them. We desire – even need – to know more. A face, captured in a second, becomes a companion to be remembered for life.” — from Robin Titchener’s afterword
Edition of 500 copies. Text in English and Japanese.
The book is an album that shows two different ways to interpret the photographic media. One as dramatic and Romantic (Valentino Barachini), the other as the search of beauty and graphic virtuosity (Cristiano Guerri). These two visions dialogue without words, then transforming each photo into a poster: the photobook, indeed, is specially not bound.
The images in Driftless were made by photographer Jason Vaughn during a period of life that found him wandering for a year in a region of Wisconsin known colloquially as the Driftless Area, named for the rugged terrain formed by a lack of pre-Illinoian continental glacial ice flow (“drift”). Vaughn’s temporary home seemingly describes the landscape as much as its human inhabitants.
While living in a rented apartment off the Mississippi River, awaiting the birth of his second child, and at the beginning of a second life chapter following a tenuous bout with cancer, Vaughn attempted to establish community despite his status as temporary visitor. During this in-between state his daily walks not only nurtured his art practice but also allowed for moments of clarity and belonging to seep into that practice.
Continuing in this spirit of a shared yet transient experience, the final image edit was given to author and journalist Brad Zellar, to lend his own verbal meanderings to the images, embedding a dueling but complementary narrative to the book.
An otherwise charged photograph of birds mid-flight, no doubt bound for a warmer and more hospitable climate is subdued and balanced by the caption “hey, options.”
Amongst his words, casual, yet world weary, we find a sense of sophisticated levity, fostering feelings of the hope over despair.
While creating the images for Driftless, Vaughn intimates that living next to the river allowed him to contemplate the human experience in a new way and to meditate on “the process by which people can drift through a space, sometimes becoming lodged, sometimes becoming permanent, and sometimes breaking free and moving to a new location.”
As a duo, Vaughn and Zellar assist one another in weaving a narrative until their voices seem one. Each fleeting moment adds a layer of meaning, transforming, over time, from a conversation to a shared story.
What if you were caught in a pond, a radiant fluid bottomless body of water, swinging.
What if more than half of your weight gripped in it, adjusting itself in that slippery surface, mirroring movements to evoke a new identity to emerge, at any moment, through communicating holes, and pores, and skin.
What if, while trying to define the boundaries in which water can be contained, as well as truth, you suddenly find yourself performing a natural transformation into it, and on, and on, into something else. You become somehow the fluidity itself.
Zeynep Kayan’s book does not have a title, neither a concept. Its search for positions has the same attitude of her artistic practice: Zeynep moves from the absurdity found in daily-life objects to a bizarre post truth reference, echoing meaningless actions observed in their own repetitions. The gaze from behind the glass of a phone boot, behind bars of a birds’ cage, is oblivious. The phone keeps ringing while space is ripped open. Mundane objects are transfigured, meaningless daily actions are observed in their own repetitions, the stark naked absurdity of reality.
On April 30th, 1975, a North Vietnamese tank rolled through the gate of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, signifying the end of the cruel American War and the beginning of a new independent era from Western regimes.
More than 40 years later, “Charlie surfs on Lotus Flowers” depicts post-war Vietnam through a sequence of metaphorical responses to its current Hollywoodian limbo between the rise of the free-market economy and the Communist only-one Party that still rule with uncontested power since the end of the war, disappointing the hope of a democratic and free country. History repeats itself, looking at the West. In fact, according to the Pew Global Poll, 95% of people in Vietnam agree that most people are better off under capitalism, even if there is inequality. Peopled by a young and energetic population, the country is likely to become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – the next Asian Tiger – still ruled with undisputed order and control, yet eager to ride the wave of economic freedom.
In his Dublin trilogy (i, ON and End.) Eamonn captured the combined actions of the city and its population as they played out in front of him.
With K, he moves away from the urban east coast to the western Atlantic edge of Ireland, to a landscape that, in places, appears out of time, a parallel world untouched by human presence.
Through the intense colour images of K, we follow a figure that shape-shifts as it travels across this landscape. Entirely veiled in cloth, the figure is spectral, changing in colour and materiality as it is pushed and pulled by gravity, wind, water and light. In places it appears almost gaseous, in others it is molten and then, at times, the weight of being earthbound becomes apparent. Accompanying these colour images, K includes a number of dense black and white photographs that appear to describe some kind of seismic evidence.
Printed on a number of pages in the book are stratified layers of hand-written letters from a mother to her dead son. Eamonn’s brother, Ciarán, died suddenly at age 33 in 1999. His mother, Kathryn, never managed to escape the grief of such a time-reversed event, right up until her own death in 2017. In the letters, we can make out a word here and there, but the cumulative effect is their appearance as musical notation, a veil of sound waves, a phonetic score for lament.
Working with a 1951 recording of an Irish Keen, musician David Donohoe has composed a new, two-part piece for voice that accompanies this body of work for exhibition, and is included in the book as a 10" vinyl record. This layered and ever-changing composition forms an integral part of our experience of K, relating directly to it in both form and expression. The Keen (or Cine, from the Irish caoinim, “I wail”) is an ancient Irish tradition of lamentation songs for the dead, to carry their spirit over to the other side and to act as a cathartic expression of grief for those gathered around. Traditionally Keens are performed directly over the body of the deceased by women. In some of the images of K, the contorted and wind-blown shapes of the figure and cloth seem to take on the form of the wailing sound itself.
With his Dublin work, Eamonn looks at how the contemporary forces of the city and the movement of its people continually shape each other. In K, he seeks out the primal, even primordial, forces that have sculpted and driven us into being.
The cruelty of the speed of light is that we can only ever look back in time. The further we look out, the further back in time we see. But this does bring the past into the present as we attempt to understand, even though sometimes we just cannot. This is as true of a photograph taken on the streets of Dublin as it is of one taken of plasma clouds in distant galaxies. And we can only comprehend any of this by passing through the vibrations of time, like a song cast out to the cosmos.
Casebound hardback with 10" vinyl record. 370mmx290mm.
Gary Briechle has forged many long-term relationships with the people he has photographed since moving to Maine nearly 20 years ago. This gives his work a peculiar intimacy, as if the pictures were made by a family member. He lives and works in midcoast Maine and doesn’t see a need to travel to make photographs: “Most everything that inspires me is within a few miles of my home. Sometimes I think that Maine is like my foster family; I’m not really entirely comfortable and will probably never feel completely settled, but Maine keeps feeding me.”
Gary Briechle was born in 1955 in Morristown, New Jersey. He attended Colgate University and received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has appeared in several issues of the New York Times Magazine and he was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. With few exceptions, he draws and photographs daily. This is the artist’s second monograph with Twin Palms Publishers.
How We See: Photobooks by Women, 10×10 Photobooks’ latest project and publication presents a global range of 21st-century photobooks by female photographers.
With historical records establishing 19th-century British photographer Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853) as the first photobook, it is not surprising that women have consistently contributed to the rich history of photobook making. 10×10 Photobooks has organized How We See—a hands-on reading room, “books on books” publication and series of public events—to explore the distinctive content, design and intellectual attributes in photobooks produced by women.
The comprehensive How We See publication—with images and texts for all the photobooks in the project—is an invaluable reference and resource. In addition to all one hundred books in the reading room, the publication includes one hundred historical books by women photographers, an annotated chronology, and several essays on the history and practice of photobooks by women.
Featured photographers include Laia Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Abigail Heyman, Hannah Höch, Dragana Jurišic, Kristina Jurotschkin, Pixy Liao, Susan Meiselas, Lucia Moholy, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Catherine Opie, Maya Rochat, Guadalupe Ruiz, Eva Saukane, Collier Schorr, Ketaki Sheth, Lieko Shiga, Dayanita Singh, Mitra Tabrizian, Carrie Mae Weems, among many others.
Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) is one of the most prolific and provocative photographers of our time. His work spans a wide range of topics, from highly erotic representations of women to artificial still lifes, botanical portraits, photo-journalistic depictions of everyday life, and architectural photography – and almost diary-like shots of himself and his late wife.
The work of Tokyo (1969-1973), consisting of 28 diptychs, was the original for one of the first book projects of Araki's, which appeared in a small edition in 1973 and is at the beginning of its intense, ongoing struggle with the life and urban space of Tokyo. In this early, still conceptually oriented work, Araki combines the snapshots of nameless passers-by, who he watched at busy street crossroads, with the erotic self-productions of a young woman who is portrayed in alluring poses. The combination of street photographs and the recording of a naked female body still make Araki the adequate form of describing his hometown, a connection that characterizes his entire photographic work. The antitheses between anonymous and familiar, clothed and naked as inner and outer world act as subtle references to the separation between public and private life, between dream and reality. The passersby appear as the viewer in the role of anonymous viewers and reflect the voyeuristic view of the woman's naked body
With his long-term project Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town Matt Eich documented life in Baptist Town, one of Greenwood, Mississippi’s oldest African American neighborhoods, where the legacies of racism continue to impact the people economically and culturally. Sin & Salvation is the culmination of seven years of photographic work and engagement with the residents of the Baptist Town neighborhood. Consisting of both documentary portraiture and landscape, Eich narrates the long, twisted, and complicated history of Baptist Town into a contemporary context. Sin & Salvation is the second volume of Eich’s four-part photo series Invisible Yoke.
On November 13, 2009, Andrew Lindberg, a young pilot, departed from the Twin Cities to meet his father for a hunting trip in northern Minnesota. He never arrived; a few days later, Lindberg’s plane was located deep within the wilderness of the White Earth Indian Reservation.
In Ghost Guessed Tom Griggs and Paul Kwiatkowski examine how absences caused by death make memories, no matter how abstract, more salient and complex. A combination of intimate prose and photographs brings into focus our human connections as filtered through technology and visual media. From Lindberg’s accident to the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Ghost Guessed reflects on how we process loss as it plays out in the ongoing digitalization of our lives.
Most Were Silent, the long awaited book by the artist duo Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian, concludes a trilogy (“The First Day of Good Weather”, 2015 - “Eden”, 2016) in which the authors investigates the dynamics of memory and how History interferes with private fates.
“In Most Were Silent, the synesthesia prysm, the sensory phenomenon that suggests a contamination of the senses is used to magnify the depth of perception and to demonstrate that History is a process of stratification and absorption that can be modified through individual and collective filters. However, no contamination is risk proof, especially when it comes to modifying the common memory. That is exactly the strength of this book, besides the disquieting beauty and poetry of the photos, it succeeds in creating a new perspective in the narrative and memory of past events, without losing the main purpose of each narrative, which is not to retain the truth but to maintain integrity intact. “ [from the text by Stefano Riba]
In 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Photography commissioned American photographer Michael Schmelling to make a new series of photographs about music in his hometown of Chicago. First shown as the solo exhibitionYour Blues in 2014 (curated by Karen Irvine), this ambitious body of work now takes form of an artist book, co-published by The Ice Plant and Skinnerboox. Schmelling spent eighteen months immersed in the project, crisscrossing Chicago alone at night, making his way into basement shows, crowded clubs, parties, and recording studios (“waiting in the dark for a communal experience with strangers,” as he describes it), documenting both the communal culture at large — musicians and fans alike — and the DIY individualism of the characters involved. Focussing on niche and local acts in unconventional venues, Schmelling’s work reflects a vibrant, fluid crossover between the region’s music genres, a diffuse legacy that encompasses the blues, punk, psychedelic jazz, rap, emo, hardcore, and house music. In Chicago “there’s no dominant cultural tradition,” writes musician Tim Kinsella in an essay included in the book. “The dominant form is hybridity.” Teeming with enthralled bodies and ecstatic faces, Your Blues is an energetic and intimate document of a time and place, featuring over 200 meticulously sequenced photographs, puzzled together through subtle rhythms and recurring visual riffs, infusing Schmelling’s own personal photo-cryptology into the evolving musical history of the city.
The Castle is a meticulous documentation of refugee camps and staging sites along mass migration routes into the European Union via Turkey from the Middle East and Central Asia. The result of numerous preparatory visits, often revealing changing immigration policy, Mosse has filmed each site from high elevation to reveal camps that are frequently closed, off limits, or restricted to photographers. By attaching a thermographic video camera designed for long range border enforcement and insurgent detection to a robotic motion control arm, Mosse has gathered the source footage used to composite the resulting ‘heat maps’. These durational photographs are thermal panoramas made up of hundreds or sometimes thousands of overlapping ‘cells’ or individual frames, a truncated spatio-temporal form that speaks to the lived experience of refugees indefinitely awaiting asylum and trapped in a Byzantine state of limbo.
Describing space and perspective in ways that seem to echo depictions of medieval cityscapes, such as the Nuremberg Chronicle, these images document the fences, security gates, portaloos, loudspeakers, food queues, tents and temporary shelters of camp architecture. The various ways in which each camp interrelates with adjacent citizen infrastructure are made apparent – by turns marginal, ruderal, isolated, overlooked, concealed, integrated, dispersed, regulated, militarized – allowing the reader to meditate on the situations in which these people are forced to live, and what that shows us about the approach and policies of each host nation and community. Reading heat as both metaphor and index,The Castle allows the reader to meditate on the current conditions of refugees through ideas of hypothermia, exposure, climate change, mortality, and biopolitics. Signed copy. 2nd edition.
'Kukeri’, a rhythmic, witty kind of word, is the name of the men dressed up as monsters for Surva, an ancient Bulgarian Winter folk festival. Wearing handmade masks, embroidered and beaded clothing and heavy belts of bells, the Kukeri dance along the streets to ward away evil spirits. Plus! Surva is about encouraging bountiful harvests and celebrating the coming-of- age of a community’s young men. All-in-all, it’s an important, centuries-long tradition that has largely paid no heed to the shifting sands of time (the costumes are often kept in the family and handed down through generations. Although one thing has changed: in recent times, women have begun to participate in the festival as Kukeri, too).
For their most recent collection, fashion designer duo Chopova Lowena (Emma Chopova from Bulgaria/US + Laura Lowena from the UK) crashed together two strands of inspiration: 1) the Bulgarian Kukeri and 2) 1980s wrestling culture, seeing connections between these two types of orchestrated ritual – both involve DIY costumes and over the top performance.
For this limited edition book, photographer Charlotte Wales travelled with Chopova Lowena to Pernik, Bulgaria, in January 2018 to document this year’s festival. Not stopping there, Wales also shot the new Chopova Lowena collection on location in Bulgaria and in a London studio, too.
The result is Kukeri, the book – part fashion catalogue, part documentary.
"I am often attracted by what repulses or scares the others. I like misfits, outcasts, eccentrics, those who don’t fit in the norms. Although I look quite normal and common, I identify in a way with those who do not fit in society. For this reason, I followed the Black Label Bike Club for about 3 years when I was living in NY. The Black Label Bike Club is known as the first “outlaw bicycle club.” It was created in 1992 by Jacob Houle and Per Hanson in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has chapters nationwide. They are one of the main contributors to the rise of tall bike culture and organize jousting competitions. It is interesting to see this destructive, rebel culture revolving around such a non-threatening object: the bicycle.
I consider them as a blend of punk, grunge and hippie culture. They are an independent community rebelling against the system. In a society that pushes us to consume, focus on money and overly use technology, it is interesting to see a group of young people resisting and fighting against it. Their community is mainly based on the bike culture, art and on the real value of relationships; these basic, simple values that seem to have disappeared. This particularly affected me when I was in NYC and everyone seemed to be living virtually on social networks and obsessed by success. These “kids” felt real: they speak frankly and are not afraid to take risks and hurt themselves (physically or life decisions). They are living in the moment, in a risk-less society yearning for security. They are passionate, well-read, talented young people with real discussions.
When I find subcultures like the Black Label Bike Club, a creative group, using very little technology, interested in defending causes and resisting the main stream, it gives me hope, and I think it could be very encouraging for today’s youth."
_ Julie Glassberg
New trade edition (untitled) of 400 copies, of this acclaimed book originally created during the Reminders Photography Stronghold Photobook workshop.
Following in the footsteps and traditions of Walker Evans, James Agee, and William Faulkner, since the 1960s Christenberry (b. 1936) has vividly documented the disappearing rural landscape of the American South, particularly scenes from his youth in Hale County, AL. This evocative catalogue to a Spanish exhibition of 300 photographs and a dozen sculptures aims to widen his exposure in Europe. Christenberry's quietly evocative images capture and recapture (he often photographs the same buildings and locales year after year) the decline, deterioration, and transformation of abandoned tenant-farmer houses and other buildings, country churches and cemeteries, and dilapidated advertising signs. Included in the show is The Klan Room (1962-97), an installation of signage, photos, and artifacts that have haunted him since he briefly attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting in 1960. Atypical urban landscapes of Beale Street, Memphis, round out the exhibition. Essays introduce and comment on his life, motifs, and documentary style. Other noteworthy, recent additions to the photographer's critical canon include William Christenberry, by A. Grundberg et al., written to accompany the Smithsonian exhibition Passing Time (2006); and the monographs William Christenberry: Working from Memory: Collected Stories, compiled and edited by S. Lange (2008), and Christenberry's Kodachromes (2010). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (R.T. Clement CHOICE)
Alabama pulses deep within the artistic DNA of the photographer William Christenberry, born in Tuscaloosa in 1936. And these photographs, most taken in Alabama in the 1960s and '70s, tell takes of an older, vanished South from inside that South. (Dana Jennings The New York Times)
The 260-page volume is divided into 13 sections - each dedicated to a recurring theme in Christenberry's works - and covers the range of his career, from early black-and-white photos of interiors clearly influenced by Christenberry's original hero, Evans, to the buildings he returns to annually, including the Bar-B-Q Inn and his grandparents' home in Alabama. (Molly Young WSJ Magazine)
From June to September 2017, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art held the exhibition Lieko Shiga: Blind Date. This book is the catalogue of this exhibition. This title consists of 3 volumes: INSIDEOUT, Text, and Talks and Workshop.
INSIDEOUT is the collection of the photos taken by Shiga herself. Not only installation views, but also capturing backyard and outside of the exhibition site. Because of the special design, readers need to turn the pages slowly. This action is close to the experience which people had at the exhibition where 21 slide-projectors were used. 96pages / softcover / used 3 different sizes of paper
Text includes Shiga’s essay and the curator of the show Katsura Kunieda’s essay. These are written in bilingual: Japanese and English. Shiga’s essay, which is over 50,000 characters(English), consists of 5 chapters: Blind Date, Mourning, The Ghost, The Reality, and A Song. Her text was shown in the exhibition, but she revised it again and again afterwards. And Kunieda’s essay might be the first time to present long essay on Shiga in English by Japanese writer. 88pages / softcover / 245x188mm
At last, Talks and Workshop consists of a four-talk series and the stone-picking workshop, which were held during the exhibition Lieko Shiga: Blind Date. Shiga talked with the guests on the books which are related with them. The guests are Mikio Igarashi(comic artist), Mariko Takeuchi(critic), Tomomi Tsuchida(editor at The Big Issue Japan), and Norimizu Ameya(director, artist, animal dealer). In the workshop Stone Picking, Shiga and participants went to the riverbed near the museum, and picked up a stone/stones which may be “mine”. And they discussed how the stones are like.
Sara Hallén takes on her helmet and starts "Ninja", which she calls her Kawasaki motorcycle. There ends Sara's memory from April 2, 1996. The day overturned her existence in less than a second. She doesn’t remember that she was hit by a car. The collision is instant. Sara flies over the car, lands on the tarmac, and is then run over by the vehicle.
The book is about Sara's two lives, the one she lived before the accident and how it turned out afterwards – but most of all it depict her courage to be visible and live fully. Photographer Kicki Lundgren has followed Sara Hallén for two years. Journalist Lotta Frithiof has written the text based on Saras own story.
Before the accident Sara worked as a pilot instructor. The title of the book, 500–5 MPH, refers to the difference in speed between flying and cycling.
Inspired by bizarre and discordant memories of the 2010 violent riot in Thailand, Whitewash explores the mental surgery of citizens through propaganda in a post-truth society.Harit Srikhao employs an original visual vocabulary borr owed from both fetish fantasies, Hindu religious tropes and classic Thai imagery to question the notion of shared reality and the use of images as tools for social domination.
A book written and edited by Valentina Abenavoli. “It is the first spark, a glimmer of assumptions, the shivering and the craving. Love arrives as nothing new, except every time it does, foolishly.” Empathy is an imaginative projection of the other, a psychological identification, not an emotional reaction. Starting from this assumption, and following the previous book Anaesthesia in which the concept of empathy is analysed as collective experience, The Harvest takes on stake the private realm, the most intimate experience with another, the act of sex and the act of love. In the unfolding of the process from falling to being in love, disguising the objectification of the other and the unbalanced power that occurs mutually in the couple, The Harvest is built like a play: the person who speaks, the person who acts, the person who experiences, and the reader, are interchangeable. The Harvest is the second chapter of an unfinished trilogy."
Silver printing of original prints from a private pornographic archive, bought in Istanbul. Text written by Valentina Abenavoli.
In 1972 Jeffrey Silverthorne was twenty-five, four years married, his second child had just been born, and the Vietnam War was still flowering death. Change and death were in the air, and the Morgue was where Silverthorne could find physical evidence of this feeling.
I chose to work on Asinara because of its history and geography. When I was a child, the island was de- scribed to me as a sort of hell, and as a boy I was struck by the stories of a family friend, a lawyer who de- fended Renato Curcio and Ra aele Cutolo and went to meet them on the island. Later, commencing in 1997, when I was working at Rebibbia penitentiary for the portraits of my Captivity series, I met a series of prison- ers who had been on Asinara, and heard the story of the Fornelli riots from their mouths. I hadn’t been to Sar- dinia for many years, and for my photographic ‘return’ I chose an island that I didn’t know, so full of painful memories that contrast with the enormous sense of beauty and freedom perceived there now. - Marco Delogu
In the images that Delogu has created, that which should be unheimlich, unfamiliar, or even distressing, because it is immersed in darkness, instead reveals itself a poetic set for a midsummer night’s dream, where the vibration and commotion of life have magically dwindled, the white roads are barely visible, the danger signals have been turned off because there is no longer any danger, and men and animals can roam free and without fear. - Edoardo Albinati