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19 August 2017
Annette Behrens - (in Matter Of) Karl

Isbn 9789490119348
Publisher Fw: Books
Idea code 15407
€ 30.00

In 2007, the Höcker album surfaced – the only known album of photographs showing the everyday life and leisure of Nazis who worked at Auschwitz. Based on these photographs, Annette Behrens researched the life and person of the album’s owner, SS officer Karl-Friedrich Höcker, adjutant to the last commandant of Auschwitz, Richard Baer. The images, taken at a popular holiday cottage, show high-ranking officers and auxiliary personnel, who are depicted living a “normal” life, detached from their horrendous crimes. Behrens investigates how events that were long suppressed or deemed forgotten can resurface in collective memory, raising disconcerting questions.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Kasia Klimpel The Grand Tour

Isbn 9789491843365
Publisher Roma Publications
Idea code 15388
€ 22.00

This book is published on the occasion of an exhibition of ‘The Grand Tour’, a project by Amsterdam-based photographer and media artist Kasia Klimpel at the Mauvoisin Dam and the Musée de Bagnes in Le Châble. According to the artist, the project is “a travelogue through the world of maps” wherein she lends new meaning to the notion of the Grand Tour, which reached its heyday in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Klimpel uses the junction between the unfiltered mass dispersion of digital images and their use as dynamic artistic objects to insert her own photographic yet fictional model landscapes into the unpredictable algorithmic realm of global search engines and geotags.

48 p, ills colour, 24 x 30 cm, pb, English/French/German

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Gerry Badger - It Was A Grey Day

Isbn 9783941825802
Publisher Peperoni Books
Idea code 15397
€ 40.20

Photographer Gerry Badger only brought out his camera on overcast days in Berlin between 2007 and 2011. His portrait of the city’s back streets and dilapidated spaces is rough, full of refuse and graffiti, and almost completely devoid of human presence. This series of images depicts the forgotten corners of a living city, full of history; a fact that has seemingly been banished outside the fringes of the frame. What is left is emptiness, broken architecture, neglected parks, vacant lots, discarded things… all fading under a metallic, unfeeling sky. It lends a foreboding sense of loss, an unnamed but tangible, pessimistic outlook on a city floundering in its own forward momentum.

120 p, ills colour & bw, 31 x 25 cm, hb, English

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Morgan Ashcom - Leviathan

Isbn 9783941825833
Publisher Peperoni Books
Idea code 15398
€ 50.00

This series emerged from Morgan Ashcom’s experiences at a remote community in south-eastern Ohio, an outsiders’ oasis. Originally, he saw there the potential to reconcile two opposing but familiar scenes: the urban skating culture he had been part of, and the rural surroundings of his youth. But the identity of things seemed slightly altered – it was a warped doppelganger of his childhood home. So he stepped away from his presumed knowledge of where he was. Themes of escape and confrontation with the unknowable on the sea began to appear in the pictures. The sequence of images suggests a subjective narrative where disparate cultures and geographies converge.

74 p, ills colour, 30 x 30 cm, hb, English

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Anders Petersen - Valparaiso

Isbn 9791092265330
Publisher Andre Frere Editions
Idea code 15371
€ 26.90

Anders Petersen is known for taking black-and-white photographs that are both intimate and personal. This photographic essay was carried out in the Chilean city of Valparaiso in August 2014, during Petersen’s residency for the International Festival of Photography in Valparaiso. Roaming the streets and hills of the port city, he documents its everyday scenes and portrays its inhabitants – from children and women, to dogs and pelicans – in his signature direct and confrontational manner. The city’s labyrinth of cobbled alleys and graffiti-splashed buildings comes alive through Petersen’s images; the sights, sounds, and smells of a bustling coastal metropolis are tangible.

62 p, ills bw, 16 x 23 cm, pb, no text

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Nicolas Wormull - Stay

Isbn 9791092265347
Publisher Andre Frere Editions
Idea code 15372
€ 26.90

Nicolas Wormull was born in Santiago, Chile, but grew up in Sweden, where he became a photographer. Currently he resides in Chile, where he works as a freelance photographer. The duality of having spent his youth in two different worlds drives his personal work, and he often returns to the themes of family, nostalgia for the past, close relationships, encounters, and the sense of belonging, or lack thereof. This series of images, according to Wormull, has neither future nor past; it is about the present, and all those little things that occur daily. It reflects the urge to stay, to pause and remain in the present, despite the mind’s incessant thoughts, impulses, and obligations.

68 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, hb, no text

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Elisabeth Ida Mulyani: Inside Embassies

Isbn 9789490800321
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 15387
€ 25.00

Elisabeth Ida Mulyani investigates notions of neutrality and objectivity in a place that represents a given government or state in its host nation: the embassy. Intended to promote friendly relations between two nations, and to develop opportunities for economic, cultural, and knowledge exchange, the embassy is also simply a place of work for its inhabitants. Yet embassies maintain an air of mystique, as we wonder what goes on daily behind the scenes. Within the dozen embassies she has photographed, efforts are made in meeting rooms, waiting areas, and anonymous corridors to convey something about the nation while attempting to create a homey atmosphere.

72 p, ills colour, 20 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Nobuyoshi Araki - Road

Isbn 9784309275314
Publisher Kawade Shobo
Idea code 15368
€ 52.60

For this series, Nobuyoshi Araki photographed the same street corner from his second-storey window during daylight hours and through every season of the year. In so doing, he diligently transfers the slow-paced life of a quiet Japanese neighbourhood into image form. The narrative that unfolds is one of schoolchildren walking home alone or in groups, men and women with office jobs hurrying to work, utility and delivery trucks, mothers with strollers, loitering grandmothers, joggers, bicycles, dogs, umbrellas, and much more. Sometimes the sun shines, or the pavement is wet, while at other times the street is filled with snow. In short, it is a hypnotic portrait of the everyday.

80 p, ills bw, 21 x 30 cm, hb, no text

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Tyrone Martinsson: Arctic Views - Passages In Time

Isbn 9789188031075
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 15383
€ 30.80

Tyrone Martinsson researches environmental and landscape photography. This personal account on the glaciers of Spitsbergen is a dialogue with history through stories of place and journeys through time, connecting archives with the locations that produced them. His focus is on glaciers, which are rapidly changing. By re-photographing the ice and comparing it to historical images, he addresses climate change using cross-disciplinary methods. It reflects his particular interest in how images can be used in relationships between humans and the environment, how our view of nature and landscape changes over time, and how we cannot escape our responsibility to future generations.

136 p, ills colour & bw, 30 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Framing Bodies

Isbn 9789188031174
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 15385
€ 34.10

The fifteen photographers presented in this volume convey an image of bodies in private and public spaces. The selection of works from the Hasselblad Foundation collection highlights various photographic framings of the human body, based on the perspective of surveillance, transgressing norms, labour conditions, and racial discrimination. Comprising pictures dating from the late 19th century until today, the presentation’s core lies in images from the last 60 years. Among the featured artists are Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Ernest Cole, Annika von Hausswolff, Adriana Lestido, and more. Curated and with texts by Dragana Vujanovic and Louise Wolthers.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 27 cm, hb, Swedish/English

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A Strange And Fearful Interest

Isbn 9780873282659
Publisher The Huntington Library, Art Co
Idea code 15380
€ 33.00

The American Civil War claimed the lives of 750,000 Americans. Death and mourning defined the four wrenching years between 1861 and 1865, leaving an indelible imprint on the nation at large. During these years, photography became a powerful tool of reportage and remembrance: "the field of photography is extending itself to embrace subjects of strange and sometimes of fearful interest," wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes in reference to a haunting series of Civil War views. Drawing on more than 200 works from the Civil War collections at the Huntington Library, this book explores how photography and other media were used to describe, explain and perhaps come to terms with a national trauma on an unprecedented scale.

176 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 22 cm, hb, English

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Arne Svenson: The Neighbors

Isbn 9780692266403
Publisher Julie Saul Gallery
Idea code
€ 44.05

'The Neighbors', the latest project from photographer Arne Svenson (born 1952), began when he inherited a telephoto bird-watching lens from a friend and began to record the quotidian activities of his neighbours in the glass-walled apartment building across the street from his Manhattan studio. Completely unstaged and taken without his subjects' knowledge, the images capture them, framed by the structure of their own windows, in their unguarded moments. Simultaneously tender and voyeuristic, Svenson's carefully composed photographs have been compared to scenes from Vermeer and Edward Hopper, but the series has also sparked controversy and debate since it was first exhibited in August 2013, at a moment of acute national anxiety over surveillance and privacy.

96 p, ills colour, 29 x 27 cm, hb, English


Else 9

Isbn 22350438
Publisher Musee De L'elysee
Idea code 15357
€ 17.65

The Musée de l’Elysée’s biannual review publishes previously unreleased portfolios covering a variety of topics, with the aim to examine the constant reinvention of the photographic medium through its artists, collectors, and contemporary photographers. For its ninth issue, the magazine has been revamped with strong editorial content to become a collectible review. With work by Safaa Mazirh, Thomas Sauvin, George Georgiou, Yvonne Venegas, Jia Daitengfei, Lucas Blalock, and more, plus contributions by Mélanie Bétrisey, Bernard Millet, and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil. The magazine is inserted in a collage leaflet paying tribute to Swiss photographer René Burri.

108 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 32 cm, pb, French/English

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20/20 Vision

Isbn 9780984820290
Publisher Sturm & Drang
Idea code 15395
€ 31.20

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich, this compendium launches a biennial exhibition format that invites twenty curators to nominate one photographer who has received less attention for his/her work until now. Rather than show trends in photography, the book strives for an inspiring juxtaposition of various artists, experts, concepts, and techniques. Each curator (among them, Gabrielle Obrist, Duncan Forbes, Stefano Stoll, Louise Clements and Marloes Krijnen) contributes a brief and insightful introduction to the chosen artist, followed by examples of the artist’s work. Includes an essay by William A. Ewing.

144 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 32 cm, pb, German/English

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Bart Eysink Smeets - Finding Myself In India

Isbn 9789070478421
Publisher Kesselskramer
Idea code 15349
€ 15.00

More and more people are traveling across the world to discover other cultures, lose themselves in the unknown and (thanks to Eat Pray Love and Julia Roberts' alligator grin) the new number 1 travel cliché: to find themselves. Bart Eysink Smeets longed for the spiritual enlightenment and life-affirming answers to questions like; What is the meaning of life? He really, really wanted to find himself in India, but as a happy Amsterdammer and reluctant traveller he didn't actually want to go there. So Bart did the next best thing, he harnessed the spiritual power of Photoshop and carefully inserted himself into photos his friends had taken when they were actually in India.

24 p, ills colour, 15 x 22 cm, pb, English

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In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter

Isbn 9781938922770
Publisher Zeitgeist Films
Idea code
€ 37.75

'In No Great Hurry' is a fascinating documentary on one of the twentieth century's most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013). Leiter could have been celebrated as the great pioneer of colour photography long ago, but he was never driven by the lure of conventional success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of gorgeous work piled high in his New York City apartment. 'In No Great Hurry' follows Leiter as he deals with the triple burden of clearing a houseful of memories, becoming world-famous in his eighties, and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

120 m, bw, 13 x 18 cm, dvd, English


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