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New Titles in Photography & Contemporary Culture 4 July 2016
The Blind Photographer

Isbn 9780992831615
Publisher Redstone Press
Idea code 16266
€ 38.30

This book is the first to explore the worldwide phenomenon of the blind and partially-sighted who take up photography in all its vibrancy and diversity and showcases brilliant work from Mexico, India, China, the UK, and elsewhere. With over 150 striking photographs, many accompanied by the photographer's own words, we encounter the paradox that it is sight itself that seems sharpened by blindness.

216 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 30 cm, hb, English

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Peeping Tom's Digest #4: Paris (le Grand And Beyond)

Isbn 9791095226000
Publisher Peeping Tom
Idea code 16297
€ 21.50

Peeping Tom’s Digest is an experimental, empirical and subjective publication dedicated to contemporary artistic practices. This issue, dedicated to Paris, teases out an offbeat and distanced portrait of the Parisian and French scene, through contributions from 70 participants, the restitution of work groups (dinners, performances, round table) and a residence at CNEAI (Paris suburban art center).

324 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 25 cm, pb, French/English

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Dafy Hagai - Golden Showers

Isbn 9780994388360
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 16285
€ 24.40

Oscillating between youthful cheekiness and visceral sexuality, 'Golden Showers' continues Dafy Hagai's unique re-routing of the queer gaze and presents an at once gritty and playful update on the language of female desire. Characterised by her unique acumen for framing, gesture and visual cadence, 'Golden Showers' represents a striking new development in the Tel Aviv-based artist's output.

38 p, ills colour, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Bartolomeo Celestino - Surface Phenomena

Isbn 9780994388339
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 16284
€ 47.90

Bartolomeo Celestino has been returning to a particular section of Sydney’s coastal fringe – atop an otherwise unremarkable set of cliffs in the eastern suburb of Bronte – day after day, year after year, to undertake the protracted task of setting up his large-format camera and training his lens downward to the fierce waters below. In the images that populate his debut book Surface Phenomena, the horizon, the land or any other contextual details are absent; the ocean is everything and everywhere. The mass of turbulence and white water and the deft flashes of calm that these photographs describe occupy a fundamentally different formal and conceptual space to the iconography of the Australian coast.

112 p, ills colour, 21 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Emma Phillips - A Light On The Wall

Isbn 9780994388377
Publisher Perimeter Editions
Idea code 16356
€ 28.75

Taking her cue from late Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri and his 1991 essay 'A light on the wall', Emma Phillips’ new body of work adopts a mode of investigation that perpetuates this notion of the camera as conjurer. At once untethered, methodical and speculative in tenor, the Melbourne photographer’s works describe a claustrophobic, disorientating and mildly ominous space; they read as vignettes or sketches, adrift between the schisms of reality and the illusory, authenticity and artifice. Slowly, quietly, they unfold and surprise and reveal. In this collection of images, she describes various planes of representation, photographs the photographed and the painted and complicates the landscape and the architectural.

48 p, ills colour, 19 x 26 cm, pb, English

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51n4e, Stefano Graziani, Falma Fshazi: How Things Meet (eng Ed/ Hb)

Isbn 9789490800468
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 16276
€ 35.00

Brussels-based 51N4E deals with matters of architectural design, concept development, and strategic spatial transformations. Headed by Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn, the office was founded in 1998 and aspires to contribute to social and urban transformation. This photo-novel tells the story of 51N4E in multiple ways. Combining short stories by Falma Fshazi with photographs by Stefano Graziani, it is a narrative of discovery and embracing otherness, as well as a retrospective look at projects since 2004.

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

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Thomas Min: The Perfect Document

Isbn 9789490800420
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code 16402
€ 25.00

Every conceivable object once likely had a photographic companion, either as a document or an artistic interpretation. On the one hand, it is a lovely and even comforting idea that things are given a second life, yet it is also a depressing thought that reveals something about our obsession to portray. Through the camera’s flattening gesture, which transforms the object into an easily comprehensible image, another conflict originates. Simply put, it is an illusion to think that the viewer can become familiar with the object through its picture. Thomas Min plays with this idea through his sterile photographic reproductions of various objects from catalogues or sold at auction houses.

44 p, ills colour, 20 x 28 cm, pb, English/Dutch

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Tiane Doan Na Champassak - Siam's Guy

Isbn 9791090306509
Publisher Rvb Books
Idea code 16346
€ 37.65

In addition to his personal photographic practice, a French artist of Asian origin, Tiane Doan na Champassak carries out a reflection about anonymous photography, collected via various sources such as Internet, family albums, or magazines. His work often translates into bookmaking and publishing and he has already released over a dozen books. 'Siam's Guy' is his first book blending together his own photography and his re-appropriation practice. The book borrows its title from one of his collected items, 'Siam's Guy', a Thai erotic magazine from the 1960s and 1970s that remained available over the counter in spite of censorship.

72 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 26 cm, pb, English

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Erik Kessels - Unfinished Father

Isbn 9791090306387
Publisher Rvb Books
Idea code 16241
€ 32.25

In 2014, the father of Erik Kessels suffered a stroke; he has since been barely able to speak or move. Prior to this, he was extremely active. His projects included restoring examples of that Italian icon, the Fiat 500 (or “Topolino”). He had completed four such restorations and was working on a fifth, the half-finished carapace of which remains at his home. Kessels undertakes a project to transport this last Topolino to Reggio Emilia, showing it alongside his father’s own images documenting the restoration. For the artist, this work is about a man who will never be complete, but remain unfinished, like the vehicle. This second edition is limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

72 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English

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Erik Kessels - Small Change

Isbn 9789070478476
Publisher Kesselskramer
Idea code 16358
€ 30.00

Online auction sites often show photographs where details or sections of the photograph have been covered up due to privacy and/or censorship issues. As a result sellers are forced to come up with smart and practical solutions so that the photograph conforms to privacy and censorship guidelines but still show enough of the image to interest prospective buyers. This version of 'Ein Volk ehrt seiner Führer' was purchased at an online auction. Coins were used to censor the images.

64 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Erik Kessels / Joep Eijkens: In Almost Every Picture 07 Shooting Gallery Updated

Isbn 9789070478452
Publisher Kesselskramer
Idea code 16357
€ 25.00

In almost every picture #7 presents with the story of a Dutch woman whose life is seen from the point of view of a fairground shooting gallery. The chronological series begins in 1936, when a 16 year old girl from Tilburg in Holland picks up a gun and shoots at the target in a shooting gallery. Every time she hits the target, it triggers the shutter of a camera and a portrait of the girl in firing pose is taken and given as a prize. And so a lifelong love affair with the shooting gallery begins. This series documents almost every year of the woman's life (there is a conspicuous pause from 1939 to 1945) up until present times. Updated version with eight new shots.

138 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Charlotte Dumas - Reverie

Isbn 9789081350136
Publisher Charlotte Dumas
Idea code 16251
€ 20.00

In 2005, Charlotte Dumas travelled to Norway and Sweden, New York and Colorado to create portraits of the majestic canines in her series Reverie. Despite her close proximity to the wolves in her photographs, Dumas reveals the vast distance between the world of humans and wolves as her photographs portray the wolf as an enigmatic, imperceptible being.

20 p, ills colour, 20 x 25 cm, pb, no text

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Deanna Templeton: The Swimming Pool

Isbn 9781942884002
Publisher Um Yeah Press
Idea code 16322
€ 60.55

'The Swimming Pool' is a new photographic essay from street photographer Deanna Templeton that departs from her usual style to offer an expressive, intimate view of the human form underwater. The series was born after an impromptu nude swimming-pool shoot of husband and artist Ed Templeton, which spurred an eight-year journey in the study of light, expression and the enigma of water. Templeton sent friends into the pool to be photographed in their truest form. Unlike her street photography, in which subjects were often strangers, Templeton found that creating these portraits required more intimacy and connection

96 p, ills colour & bw, 32 x 28 cm, hb, English

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Order And Collapse - The Lives Of Archives

Isbn 9789188031020
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
Idea code 16267
€ 27.50

The normative order and authoritarian use of conventional archives has long been criticised. This volume investigates the digitally informed transformation and multiplication of archives today, in conjunction with the increase in both accessibility and the amount of data produced, stored, and circulated. Despite improved search capabilities, documents, photographs, and other images are in danger of vanishing. Yet new knowledge, connotations, and materialities are also emerging. Through various texts and artworks, a selection of contemporary artistic and research-based approaches to existing archives, the act of collecting images, and creating new archives is represented.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Takashi Suzuki: Bau

Isbn 9784865871005
Publisher Amana
Idea code 16203
€ 37.45

Born in Kyoto, Takashi Suzuki graduated from the Photography Department of the Art Institute of Boston. In his most recent series, he attempts to discover how many different sculptural forms can be created using assemblages of particular mundane items – in this case, colourful sponges of all shapes and sizes. Set against a black background, the constructions signal a differentiation of context, introducing potentially unexpected propositions. Rather than concerning himself with “what” the actual photographic subject is, Suzuki’s interest shifts towards “how” that subject is perceived. His core motivation is exploring new definitions of how we see photography.

540 p, ills colour, 10 x 13 cm, pb, no text

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Nudes Curated By Julien Dossena- Photographed By Coco Capitan

Isbn 9789077745151
Publisher Paco Rabanne
Idea code 16271
€ 16.15

In 1969, photographer Jean Clemmer immortalised his creative partnership with fashion designer Paco Rabanne in a daring monograph of glamorous female nudes strategically covered by sculptural garments made of plastic, synthetic fibres, and metal. It epitomised an era of sexual liberation and female empowerment. French designer Julien Dossena has worked towards a contemporary vision of femininity for the Paco Rabanne fashion house since 2013, most recently by commissioning Spanish photographer Coco Capitán to revisit Clemmer’s images in a new portfolio shot on the grounds of the 1920s Villa Noailles. Poems by Capitán accompany the sensual and bold images.

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

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Roger Cremers - World War Two Today

Isbn 9789462261419
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16226
€ 35.00

The further away World War Two lies behind us, the more intensely it seems to be experienced. Dutch documentary photographer Roger Cremers has tried to answer what role its legacy still has in everyday life. For this book he explored the culture of remembrance by travelling through Europe for eight years, documenting places of commemoration, archaeological digs, events, and monuments. "The culture of remembrance makes tourists of us all, tragic tourists, because we are forced to remember things we have never seen," states Dutch author Arnon Grunberg in his essay that accompanies the photographs.

160 p, ills colour, 23 x 28 cm, hb, Dutch/English

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Gerard Wessel - Circus Amsterdam

Isbn 9789462261723
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16255
€ 29.95

For a long time, photographer Gerard Wessel lived on the Singel, in the centre of Amsterdam. There he became fascinated by the city’s multifarious urban life existing within a short distance from his house: junkies, prostitutes, tourists, vagrants, club kids, and rebellious youth. Many aspects of society, politics, music, visual arts, and fashion could be found on the streets. Wessel captured the city’s daily life with his Rolleiflex Wide camera, his archive growing steadily through the 1980s and ’90s, and into the 21st century. He became so well-known that, for some young people, you were only really part of Amsterdam’s nightlife scene if you had been photographed by Wessel.

192 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 28 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Morad Bouchakour - Bye Bye Portfolio

Isbn 9789462260740
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16254
€ 75.00

The first major overview from photographer Morad Bouchakour is also his creative farewell to the medium of the portfolio. It is based on his last portfolio from 2008, in which he collected the best photos from fifteen years of commissioned work and independent projects. Before websites and digital slideshows became common, portfolios were a crucial component of photographic practice, and Bouchakour always invested a great deal of time in producing them. Supplemented with recent works, the book offers intimate portrayals of Mennonites in Mexico, Native Americans, dynamic street photography in New York, and portraits of Dutch and international celebrities.

320 p, ills colour, 30 x 35 cm, hb, English

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Ed Van Der Elsken - Eye Love You (reprint)

Isbn 9789462261815
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16253
€ 39.95

The first book by Ed van der Elsken completely in colour, based predominantly on his travels for the magazine Avenue, was released in 1977. The starting point for this book was love, particularly the love between man and woman as it exists all over the world. Halfway though, the focus changed and became the struggle for existence that men and women experience in solidarity. Just as with the book 'Amsterdam!', all original slides have been cleaned, scanned and meticulously edited using a new technique developed by the restoration studio of the Nederlands Fotomuseum. This reprint presents Van der Elsken’s work in the best quality.

160 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, hb, Dutch/French/English

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Ed Van Der Elsken - Amsterdam! (eng Ed. Reprint)

Isbn 9789059373808
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 14282
€ 39.95

Ed van der Elsken dove into his extensive archive in the late seventies to compile a book of his black-and-white images of Amsterdam, the city in which he had always lived, with the exception of 1950-1954. He often worked in the neighbourhood of his house on Koningsstraat, taking photos on the Nieuwmarkt, Zeedijk and Waterlooplein. Atmospheric images of the fifties, the riots during the turbulent sixties, lots of people, young people, but also architecture and degradation in the old city centre. This unique document has now been reissued, including new scans from the original negatives.

240 p, ills bw, 29 x 30 cm, pb, English

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Ateliers O-s Architects - Like A Boomerang - Cyrille Weiner

Isbn 9782364090699
Publisher Le Gac
Idea code 16270
€ 26.90

More than just a monograph on the St-Germain-Lès-Arpajon Cultural Centre by Ateliers O-S architectes, this book explores the wider context of the project and its subsequent interplay with the programmatic functions of the building, which broaden to include a library and music and dance schools. As underlined in the essay by Sophie Trelcat, landscape is the design’s driving force, seen in its cohesion with the contours of the sloping site, as well as in its carefully managed connection with the town. Besides numerous photos by Cyrille Weiner of both the building and the activities therein, the volume includes an introduction by Rudy Ricciotti and an interview with the architects.

144 p, ills colour, 23 x 29 cm, hb, English

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Barbara Bosworth & Margot Anne Kelley: The Meadow

Isbn 9781934435960
Publisher Radius Books
Idea code 16317
€ 57.90

Emily Dickinson wrote that all it takes to make a prairie is "one clover, and a bee. / And revery." It turns out that to know a prairie (or meadow) is a bit more complicated, as photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley have discovered. For more than a decade, Bosworth and Kelley have meandered in, studied and photographed a single meadow in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Part photo-essay, part journal and part scientific study, this book is a meditation on the shifting perspective that occurs when one repeatedly sees the same place through new eyes.

164 p, ills colour, 27 x 30 cm, hb, English

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Skateboarding Annual 2

Isbn
Publisher Carhartt
Idea code 16298
€ 15.00

Skateboarding brand Carhartt WIP delivers its second annual roundup of its various skateboarding projects over the last year. Among the features are Stephen Roe’s survey of the skateboarding scene in Mongolia’s capital, an interview with Yoshihiro “Deshi” Omoto on the Japanese perspective, getting on the ground in Denmark, the science of ball bearings, interviews with six new team members, including Aaron Herrington, Felipe Bartolomé, and artist Chris Milic, plus a self-reflective piece on launching a niche print magazine in this day and age. With travel narratives and previously unpublished photos of the entire team, it offers rich survey of skateboarding’s eclectic community.

176 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, pb, English

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