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New Titles in Photography 19 January 2015
Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Toward A Geologic Conscience

Isbn 9780989785914
Publisher The Ice Plant
Idea code 15007
€ 34.30

The Petrified Forest National Park in Northeast Arizona protects one of the largest deposits of petrified wood in the world. Despite stern warnings, visitors remove several tons of petrified wood from the park each year, often returning these rocks by mail (sometimes years later), accompanied by a "conscience letter." This book documents this ongoing phenomenon, combining a series of photographs of these otherworldly "bad luck rocks" with facsimiles of intimate, oddly entertaining letters from the park's archives.

144 p, colour, 19 x 26 cm, pb, English

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Robert Adams - A Road Through Shore Pine

Isbn 9781881337409
Publisher Fraenkel Gallery
Idea code 15003
€ 46.80

'A Road Through Shore Pine' focuses on a series of 18 photographs by Robert Adams (born 1937), taken in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon, in fall 2013. Adams documents a contemplative journey, made first by automobile, then by foot, along an isolated, tree-bordered road to the sea. The passage takes on the quality of metaphor, suggestive of life's most meaningful journeys, especially its final ones. For this group of photographs, all of which were printed by Adams himself, the artist returned to the use of a medium-format camera, allowing the depiction of an intense amount of detail.

42 p, ills bw, 25 x 31 cm, hb, English

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Yukichi Watabe Stakeout Diary

Isbn 9784990723002
Publisher Roshin Books
Idea code 14702
€ 56.20

Yukichi Watabe documented the investigation of a grisly murder that had occurred in Mito in 1958. Watabe closely followed two police detectives, one from the Metropolitan Police Department and the other local. Their investigation involved stakeouts around downtown areas of Tokyo, areas that have since changed beyond recognition. In 2006, a British dealer in old books found 120 sheets of these photo works at Jinbou-chou (central Tokyo), and the work was published in Paris in 2011. For this new publication, we have borrowed negatives from Hiroyuki Watabe, the son of Yukichi Watabe, for a fresh selection, using prints made especially for the purpose.

102 p, ills b&w, 23 x 31 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Yoshinori Mizutani: Tokyo Parrots

Isbn 9784907519407
Publisher Amana
Idea code 14759
€ 36.60

Vivid flashes of bright green flock in the trees and skies of Tokyo, the descendants of tropical aliens brought to Japan’s biggest metropolis as pets four decades ago. These escaped parakeets (not actually parrots) have since flourished in the city, and likewise fascinated photographer Yoshinori Mizutani, who upon his first encounter with them was struck by apprehension and fear, as if he had walked into Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’. Incongruous as they seemed in the urban environment, he followed the flocks and watched their daily patterns, eventually locating one of the largest nesting places in a certain ginkgo tree. Simply surreal photos of fluttering lime green wings.

90 p, ills colour, 18 x 25 cm, hb, English

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Ima Living With Photography 10: Winter 2014

Publisher Amana
Idea code 14757
€ 20.30

The Japanese magazine for contemporary photography features new work by established artists, interviews with up-and-coming figures in the scene, book reviews, critiques, and a selection of remarkable images that express the topical issues and themes that influence the field today. In this issue, Charles Fréger’s portaits of Breton women in traditional costume, Daniel Gordon’s cut-and-paste collages, Nan Goldin, Kazuna Taguchi, Sandra Kantanen’s smudged landscapes, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff and Naruki Oshima, Ikko Narahara’s post-war images of Japan, and much more.

204 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 30 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Dagmar Kolatschny - Sunny

Isbn 9783941825697
Publisher Peperoni Books
Idea code 15022
€ 37.60

Sunlight’s subtle manifestations, both indoors and outside, are the subject of this photobook by Berlin-based artist Dagmar Kolatschny. Here she explores the tremendous contrast between the sun as the life-giving force of our planet, an incomprehensibly powerful engine pouring its energy into space, and our perception of its often delicate and ethereal presence. She searches out and captures those easily overlooked moments, from oblique orthogonal shapes cast on an interior wall and glistening water droplets on glass, to a hazy pillar of light descending from an opening in the roof. Even the coloured refractions of light on the camera lens have a place here.

80 p, ills colour, 20 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Exit 56: As Time Goes By - Special Issue 15th Anniversary

Isbn 15772721
Publisher Exit
Idea code 14753
€ 29.10

'Exit', the magazine on image and culture that was born at the turn of the 20th to 21st century, the publication that started with a small leap into the future, arriving with the year that kicked off the century, celebrates its 15th anniversary with this issue. The first issue was devoted to the theme of the mirror, the essence of photography, while at the same time its fiercest opponent. Issue number 56 is dedicated to the passage of time. 'Exit' offers you a blank diary, a guide for a journey that will last an entire year. A diary that can be a biography, yet also a blank page, ready to be filled any day of any year, on any journey, of any life.

184 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 26 cm, pb, Spanish/English

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Becoming Disfarmer

Isbn 9780979562983
Publisher Neuberger Museum Of Art
Idea code 14740
€ 62.35

'Becoming Disfarmer' uses a compelling sequence of over 100 images to tell the story of Mike Disfarmer’s vernacular portraiture and its transformation into art. This monograph features his vintage prints along with a selection of enlargements made from his negatives in the 1970s, through which his work first became known. Disfarmer’s postcard-size vintage photographs are reproduced in full color to accurately convey their varied surfaces, and most of the examples are shown in the condition in which they were found, rather than as restored images.

178 p, colour & bw, 23 x 30 cm, hb, English

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Bengt-arne Falk: Polaroid Sx-70

Isbn 9789198157390
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 15017
€ 37.40

It's probably a combination of the material and the special way in which colours are rendered that gives Polaroid images their often jewel-like aura. It's a quality that is there almost independently of what the image depicts, although the motif can further boost this effect in quite a palpable way. This is very much the case when it comes to the series of images that Bengt-Arne Falk created during a particular period at the beginning of the 1980s.

80 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 16 cm, hb, Swedish/English

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Devils & Angels Ritual Feasts In Europe

Isbn 9789462260962
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 14705
€ 29.95

Photographer Friso Spoelstra has visited numerous traditional folk festivals in sixteen different European countries during the past ten years and recorded the traditions in his photos. 'Devils And Angels' brings these stories together and shows individuality as well as surprising similarities between the various different cultures of ever-growing Europe.

304 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Barbara Klemm - Photographs 1968-2013

Isbn 9783907142936
Publisher Nimbus
Idea code 14747
€ 62.35

The catalogue for a retrospective of German photojournalist Barbara Klemm at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. Her decorated career spanned more than four decades and covered many of the most important events in the nation’s recent history, as well as numerous defining moments in international affairs: Willy Brandt’s talks with Leonid Brezhnev in 1973, Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, Václav Havel at Prague Castle in 1990, and of course German reunification. Klemm’s oeuvre has always focused on people, and the portrait is seen as her greatest passion. This fascinating overview of her work takes us across five continents, from Havana to Gaza, Kolkata and beyond.

380 p, ills bw, 25 x 31 cm, hb, German/English

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Barbara Klemm . Fall Of The Wall 1989

Isbn 9783907142592
Publisher Nimbus
Idea code 14746
€ 23.65

Photojournalist Barbara Klemm has spent more than four decades bearing witness to many of Germany’s most momentous events in recent history, including Mikhail Gorbachev at the 40th anniversary of the GDR in East Berlin and the fall of the Berlin Wall soon thereafter. Presented on the occasion of an eponymous exhibition at Museum Wiesbaden, this volume includes more than 50 images from between 1972 and 1990, with portraits of people on both sides of the Wall and photos taken along the border. Klemm’s reportage brilliantly documents this defining period of contemporary history, from the Peaceful Revolution to the toppling of the Wall and German reunification.

96 p, ills bw, 24 x 29 cm, pb, German/English

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Tsugaru: Poetry, Writings, Photography

Isbn 9784904257265
Publisher Izu Photo
Idea code 15011
€ 61.45

This volume presents the work of photographer Ichiro Kojima (1924–1964), who was born in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan and spent his career photographing the natural features of the region, along with the traditions of its people. Coinciding with the exhibition ‘Ichiro Kojima: To the North, From the North’ held at Izu Photo Museum in 2014, this reprinting of the original 1963 photobook is supplemented by an explanatory leaflet in English, not included in the first edition, in hopes of bringing his work to a larger audience. Besides the many black-and-white images of snowy landscapes and turbulent skies, it includes dialect poems by Kyozo Takagi and texts by Yojiro Ishizaka.

104 p, ills bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Remi Coignet - Conversations (french Edition)

Isbn 9791092727067
Publisher Aman Iman Publishing
Idea code
€ 20.95

Since 2008, Rémi Coignet has pursued engagements with those artists that inspire him, and for whom the photobook is an essential form in their work. In this book, a selection of more than 20 photographers, publishers and curators reread their respective work, and reveal their intentions in the process. It is Coignet’s hope that from these interviews a geography of contemporary photography will emerge. With photobooks and the series that artists tend to conceive as a foundation to conversation, he approaches Irène Attinger, Lewis Baltz, JH Engström, Ethan Levitas, Daido Moriyama, Lesley A. Martin, Anders Petersen, Paul Graham, Raphaël Dallaporta and many others.

256 p, no ills, 13 x 20 cm, pb, French

Hiroshi Watanabe: The Day The Dam Collapses

Isbn 9780989798112
Publisher Daylight Books
Idea code 14738
€ 46.80

The latest body of work from California-based Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe consists (unusually for this artist) of digital pictures taken over the past five years. Ranging from seemingly ordinary details of quotidian life to poetic visual metaphors, the 'The Day the Dam Collapses' paints the cycles of life as fleeting, fragile and devastatingly ephemeral.

88 p, colour, 19 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Gen Sakuma Go There

Isbn 9784990723019
Publisher Roshin Books
Idea code 14703
€ 68.70

Gen Sakuma is a street photographer based in Tokyo. He takes photographs all over the Tokyo region and he established TAP Gallery in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Tokyo. 'Go There' is a selection of photographs from his first exhibition.

80 p, ills in b&w, 30 x 23 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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