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New Titles in Photography 17 May 2016
Jan Dibbets - Pandora's Box: On Another Photography

Isbn 9782759603343
Publisher Paris Musee
Idea code 16201
€ 52.90

Jan Dibbets' dissenting and unashamedly biased 'History of Another Photography' offers nothing less than a reinterpretation of the entire history of art photography, arguing that scientific photography was the realm where the medium's real innovations happened. "It was the scientists," says Dibbets, "who produced really great stuff. Scientific photography encouraged a freer, more outgoing use of the medium." Dibbets goes on to draw a line upon which he sets the names of all the photographers he considers as real artists – or at least all the photographs he considers as works of art – from the invention of the medium up to the present day.

260 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 32 cm, hb, English

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Japanese Architectural Models 2015 - Photography By Takashi Homma

Isbn 9784902080568
Publisher Artbeat
Idea code 16206
€ 55.00

Architects construct models in order to better visualise their projects, to make them more tangible. Even after a building is realised, its model can offer new insights about the creative process of the designer. Photographed by Takashi Homma, the selection in this book comes exclusively from Japanese practices, spanning from the heyday of the Metabolists in the 1960s and ’70s to the bubble economy’s collapse and the 21st century. Included are many notable works, among them Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light, Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, Toyo Ito’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, houses by Itsuko Hasegawa, and Ryue Nishizawa’s Teshima Art Museum.

112 p, ills colour, 23 x 23 cm, hb, Japanese/English

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Gijsbert Hanekroot David Bowie The Seventies

Isbn 9789054294269
Publisher Conserve
Idea code 16247
€ 20.00

Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot began his professional career in the late 1960s, at the cusp of the explosive era for rock music that took place in the decade that followed. Featured in this book are his most striking images of David Bowie, including a number of photographs that have not previously been published. Together with Sebastian Vos – publicist, archivist, and lifelong Bowie fan – Hanekroot frames the fascination held by many for this iconic superstar. Detailing Bowie’s shows, public appearances, and more, the book offers an informative and illustrated biography of one of the most remarkable, challenging, and gifted talents the music world has ever known.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/French/English

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Nicholas Nixon: About Forty Years

Isbn 9781881337423
Publisher Fraenkel Gallery
Idea code 16168
€ 64.65

American photographer Nicholas Nixon (born 1947) is best known for The Brown Sisters, his ongoing series of annual portraits of his wife Bebe and her three sisters. But Nixon's wider oeuvre has been less well documented. Long overdue, this is the first publication to focus on the broader swath of Nixon's more than 40-year career. In a published statement about photography written in 1975, Nixon remarked, "The world is infinitely more interesting than any of my opinions about it." To present the world as he sees it – in fascinating, precise and often startling detail – Nixon has consistently used unwieldy large-format cameras, with negatives measuring 8 x 10 inches or 11 x 14 inches.

180 p, colour & bw, 24 x 27 cm, hb, English

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Rene Groebli - Nudes

Isbn 9783906822044
Publisher Sturm & Drang
Idea code 16228
€ 48.40

A standout among post-war Swiss photographers, René Groebli’s work has spanned many subjects and genres, from zoology, architecture, and landscape, to portrait, documentary, and the nude. After having given up commercial photography, he moved to Southern France in 1979 and set up his studio in an old farmhouse. The nudes in this book are drawn from various points in his career, beginning in the 1950s, developing through the ’70s and ’80s, and reaching their culmination in the year 2001, which Groebli himself describes as most productive. No matter the era, his sensual, black-and-white images nevertheless appear timeless. With a text by Daniel Blochwitz.

100 p, ills bw, 31 x 30 cm, hb, German/English

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Ruud Van Empel - Souvenir D'intime / Still Life

Isbn 9789081383240
Publisher Photoworks International
Idea code 16145
€ 49.95

Published with an exhibition at the Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam, this catalogue presents two series by visual artist Ruud van Empel: ‘Still Life’ and ‘Souvenir d’Intime’. The latter is a sequel to Ruud’s earlier ‘Souvenir’ series, which is themed around his childhood and can be described as pictured collections of the everyday objects of nostalgia. ‘Still Life’, on the other hand, comprises a series of works inspired by themes of the ‘Vanitas’. Looking closely, it is clear that none of these meditations on past and present are installations photographed as such. Van Empel captures each element separately, later assembling them into a whole and creating a new reality.

76 p, ills colour, 31 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Loek Van Vliet - Sacred Grounds Quiet Areas In The Netherlands And Flanders

Isbn 9789082420609
Publisher Sub
Idea code 16150
€ 39.95

For this photo series, photographer Loek van Vliet selected a specific type of landscape, “quiet areas”. A relatively new phenomenon in this densely populated and highly industrialised region of Europe, these demarcated outdoor spaces enjoy governmentally instituted noise restrictions, thereby allowing the natural sounds of flora and fauna to predominate. They signal a shift in attitude towards our surroundings, and affirm humanity’s growing desire to temper, if not bring an end to the supremacy it has established over nature. Not only does Van Vliet succeed in capturing the solemn magnificence and beauty of the Low Countries, he also builds upon this desire to reconnect.

108 p, ills colour, 29 x 29 cm, hb, Dutch/English


Unlocked

Isbn 9789608963757
Publisher Atopos
Idea code 16132
€ 49.70

The new publication from ATOPOS attempts to “unlock” the depiction of the naked body in the post-photographic, digital era. Based on an original idea and research by Vassilis Zidianakis, the book’s more than 500 pages constitutes a recording of a new visual language that has emerged from contemporary digital platforms and other forms of social media. From Ren Hang’s raw, avant-garde photography and the hedonistic, vibrant images of Maisie Cousins, to Robert Wilson’s unconventional video portraits of Lady Gaga, the volume presents works by 145 international photographers and artists, including Cheyenne Sophia, Jacopo Benassi, and Kostis Fokas.

512 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, hb, English

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Peter Hauser - Hello I Am Not From Here

Isbn 9783906822013
Publisher Sturm & Drang
Idea code 16229
€ 52.70

The first book release by young Swiss photographer Peter Hauser shows his straightforward, analog black and white pictures of nature and urban landscapes that yield a distinctive observation of perceptual phenomena: rectangles float; shadows fall into hard-edge shapes; surfaces reveal patterns and unlikely grids. Photographer Edward Weston drew a distinction between making pictures to learn about the world and those that impose a vision upon it. It was his intention to make pictures, he once said, not as “an interpretation, a biased opinion of what nature should be, but a revelation — an absolute, impersonal recognition of the significance of facts.”. Peter Hauser's work is subscribing to this mantra.

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

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Michael Wolf - Hong Kong Rubber Boots And Shoes

Isbn 9783941825932
Publisher Peperoni Books
Idea code 16219
€ 30.15

Known for his observations in the backstreets and hidden corners of the Hong Kong metropolis, photographer Michael Wolf continues his detail-oriented explorations by framing rubber boots and shoes as the subjects of this series. Whether hung up to dry, propped between pipes and walls, neatly arranged in rows, tucked into nooks, or upside-down on poles, this mundane and often grubby type of work footwear also comes in all kinds of colours and sizes. As if patiently awaiting the next opportunity to perform their function, when their user pulls them on again and goes about cleaning fish, cooking food, or sweeping gutters, the boots express unspoken urban narratives of their own.

72 p, ills colour, 16 x 21 cm, hb, English

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Erik Hinz - Twenty-one Years In One Second

Isbn 9783941825819
Publisher Peperoni Books
Idea code 16220
€ 45.25

Based in Münster, Erik Hinz is a freelance photographer whose profession has taken him all over the world. Whether for reports, commissioned work, or to satisfy his own curiosity, his camera has been both his passion and his method for documenting the multitude forms of human behaviour in different environments, situations, and cultures. For this book, Hinz assembled 100 images from more than two decades of work. Indonesia, China, Russia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, England, Greece, Spain, and Cyprus are just some of the places that surface among this captivating series of portraits, urban snapshots, everyday scenes, and more.

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

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Daido Moriyama : Record 29

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Publisher Akio Nagasawa
Idea code 16207
€ 43.55

In this edition, Daido Moriyama reflects upon his relationship to another well-known Japanese photographer, Takuma Nakahira, spurred by his friend’s recent passing in September 2015. The two had been acquainted for more than 50 years, and initially connected through both photography and the fact that they both lived in Zushi. Moriyama writes that “my awareness of his presence helped me self-reflect on my work in a rather relative way”. Perhaps, then, the photographs he has selected to feature here, from bustling urban scenes and quieter backstreets in Japanese cities, to advertisements and people intently busy with their smartphones, is his tribute to Nakahira.

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

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Daido Moriyama: Record 30

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Publisher Akio Nagasawa
Idea code 16208
€ 43.55

In November 2015, Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama visited Marrakesh for the first time in 26 years. Diving into the chaos of this Moroccan city and following several routes through the souks that run like labyrinths inside the medina, camera always at the ready, he recorded his new, yet in many ways familiar, impression of it. Moriyama also made a side trip to one of the Berber settlements scattered at the edge of the Atlas Mountains. Standing thus at the intersection of various ethnic groups, he found himself completely lost in rambling speculations about “why the human world is so similar and yet so different at the same time…”

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

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Erik Van Der Weijde - Nina

Isbn 9789491047107
Publisher 4478zine
Idea code 16193
€ 15.00

'Nina' contains photographs of a sleeping dog. Sleeping figures have been present in several of Van der Weijde’s publications in the past and it is, as he states, ‘an unconventional but pure and intimate form of portraiture, where the viewer becomes more of voyeur.’ The intimacy of this title is in sharp contrast with Van der Weijde’s other new book ‘Toyota’, with images of architecture, devoid of any (human) life.

32 p, ills bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English

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Erik Van Der Weijde - Toyota

Isbn 9789491047091
Publisher 4478zine
Idea code 16192
€ 15.00

Due to the economic importance of its major employer, the city of Koromo changed its name to Toyota in 1959. The Homi public housing development in Toyota City opened in 1975 and was then a highly desirable residence for many families. Today it is home to a large population of Brazilian immigrants, who came to the area to work at Toyota and related manufacturing jobs, but are now often the first to lose those jobs due to recession. Architecture and the ways that people live continue to be Van der Weijde’s main themes. The absence of people in these photographs cover them with a spooky layer, even more when one knows that over 11,000 people live in this estate.

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

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We Belong Dead

Isbn 9783952420621
Publisher Everyedition
Idea code 16144
€ 18.00

This small book describes itself as a story told in an endlessly looped movie trope. The classic camera shot of the last words of a protagonist who dies in the arms of his or her counterpart has grown so familiar that it is now exchangeable. Page after page depicts this cinematic cliché of storytelling in a compilation of such scenes collected from 88 movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to classic Westerns and animated films. Designer Piero Glina arranges the images in such a way that no two characters on opposing pages match – each single page contains one scene from one movie on its front and back, intertwining the trope and thus creating narratives that never happened.

168 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, no text

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Yoshinori Masuda - Tiger 2

Isbn 9789462261853
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16225
€ 25.00

Winner of the 2015 Unseen Dummy Award, a collaboration between Unseen and Lecturis to showcase the work of exceptional artists and designers from around the world and give them a chance to realise and publish their photobook dummy, Yoshinori Masuda’s ‘Tiger 2’ presents an extensive series depicting a single tiger in its enclosure in a zoological park. We observe the majestic animal in captivity, in a static environment that only seems to change with the seasons, as snow appears and then disappears. We can see the reflections in the glass through which the photographer aims his camera. We understand that the tiger is not in its natural environment, and never will be.

128 p, ills colour, 21 x 30 cm, pb, no text

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Exit 61: Photographer Painters

Isbn 15772721
Publisher Exit
Idea code 16131
€ 29.10

Painters who choose to integrate photography in their work, merging photographic characteristics with the essence of painting, are in a way practitioners of an entirely new dimension of visual expression. They often use photography as a means to broaden their perspective, expanding upon the formal and conceptual aspects of their painted works. Although there are barely any differences between their paintings and photographs, each feeds on the other, allowing an alternative method to view and catalogue the world. This issue offers encounters with those worlds, through contributions from Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Sigmar Polke, Karen Kilimnik, and more.

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

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