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December 2019

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John Gossage | Jack Wilson's Waltz

Jack Wilson's Waltz is evidence of John Gossage’s continuing ability to create a kind of visual poetry out of the everyday. These pictures, taken from 2003 onwards on his journeys through the US, find Gossage to be quizzical and anxious about developments in his homeland but still tentatively hopeful. Sample images on our webpage.
 

Dora Maar

Dora Maar, published to coincide with her current major exhibition at the Tate Gallery, shows this influential surrealist photographer to be much more than Picasso’s muse. It includes consideration of Maar's commercial work in fashion and advertising, the nude and eroticism, Maar's social and political engagement, her position among the surrealists, Maar's portraits by Picasso, her documentation of Guernica, and an examination of her late negatives. Sample images.

Bruce Gilden | Lost and Found

Bruce Gilden’s renown is based on his extreme close-up street portraits in New York City using flash and catching his subjects off-guard. His latest publication, Lost and Found, explores his early photography from 1978 to 1984, utilising an immense archive discovered by accident by Gilden himself when he was moving house. These are images of the chaos and energy of the New York streets, in black-and-white, but with a little more warmth than in his later images. Sample images.

Harry Gruyaert | Last Call
Harry Gruyaert has been one of the great pioneers of colour photography since the 1970s. His mastery is evident in his latest book, Last Call, which brings together his images made in airports around the world. For Gruyaert the apparently anonymous spaces offer endless fascination. They are, he writes, spaces “with a host of players gliding through as though they’re on a stage.” Sample images.
Henri Cartier-Bresson | China 1948-9, 1958

Henri Cartier-Bresson China 1948-9, 1958 is the most complete account published of Cartier-Bresson’s two visits. The first lasted ten months, coinciding with some of the most spectacular moments in China’s history: he photographed Beijing in the last days of the Kuomintang and then headed to Shanghai, where he bore witness to the new regime’s takeover. In 1958 Cartier-Bresson was one of the first Western photographers to go back to China to explore the changes that had occurred over the preceding decade. Sample images.

Mark Steinmetz | Summer Camp Special Edition
Raymond Meeks | Seven Kinds of Loneliness
We have previously mentioned Summer Camp by Mark Steinmetz, which will be available shortly. We now need to let you know about a Special Edition of only 100 copies, signed and numbered and presented in a custom cloth covered slipcase. This a collection of photographs that capture the spirit of youth during trips spent away at a summer camp. Sample images on our webpage.


 

Sevens Kinds of Loneliness is a very limited – and expensive – edition of only 25 copies by Raymond Meeks, published by Stanley Barker. It comprises a series of six diptychs presented as broadsides, each showing one tipped on silver print and one silver halide transparency and a silver print housed in a hand-constructed print box. The diptychs pair domestic landscapes with portraits of Meeks’ partner in deep repose. Sample images.

Garrett Grove | Errors of Possession

Now for two titles from the small US publisher, Trespasser Books. Garrett Grove’s Errors of Possession is about the land and people of the United States' rural Northwest. It offers an ambiguous look into the lives of blue collar Americans and the ways in which agriculture, industry, and humans' pursuit of a fabled American Dream have profoundly altered the country. Sample images.

Mark Mahaney | Polar Night

Mark Mahaney’s Polar Night is a passage through a rapidly changing landscape in Alaska’s northernmost town of Utqiagvik. It’s an exploration of hauntingly beautiful snowscapes over a two-month period of prolonged darkness. Sample images.

Adam Gibbs | Quiet Light

Born in England but long-time resident of Canada, Adam Gibbs was the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018. Kozu have produced Quiet Light, a beautifully printed collection of Gibbs’ finest landscape and nature photographs. See our webpage for sample images.

Thibaut Cuisset | French Landscapes
Another landscape photographer being recognised with a major publication is Thibaut Cuisset, who sadly died in 2017. Steidl are publishing French Landscapes with 218 images from across Cuisset’s career. Influenced by the New Topographics photographers, Cuisset captured the French landscape without frills or nostalgia, and reveals it to be the result of historic layers and constant human interventions. See our webpage for sample images.
John Downing | Legacy
Bluecoat Press are publishing Legacy, a long-overdue retrospective of the career of press photographer John Downing. Downing was Chief Photographer on the Daily Express with a career that spanned over five decades and took him to over 100 countries and all seven continents. He not only witnessed natural and man-made disasters, but also war zones and famine; he covered royal tours, political events such as the IRA bombing of the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in 1984, the lives of the famous and the infamous, the needy and the poor. Sample images.
Joey Lawrence. | We Came From Fire
We Came From Fire is a very powerful collection of war photography by Joey L. Since March 2015, photographer and author Joey Lawrence. has had unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organizations fighting against ISIS, embedding himself into the chaos of the Iraq and Syrian Civil War on three separate trips. As well as the photographs, there are intimate journal notes of vivid personal experiences while working as a photographer in the war. Sample images.
Chris Shaw | the hunter gets captured by the game
In the hunter gets captured by the game Chris Shaw returns to similar material as his first successful series Life as a Night Porter and the later publication Before and After Night Porter, but instead of London hotels we are amid the vibrant nightlife of a Thai holiday resort – Pattaya, a seaside town 150 km south of Bangkok. Shaw documents the hedonistic nightlife now being cleaned up by authorities keen to benefit from mass Chinese tourism. Sample images.
Paul Wolff and Alfred Tritschler | Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow presents nearly 1000 images from the massive archive of Paul Wolff and Alfred Tritschler, two pioneers of the Leica camera. Based in Frankfurt, their diverse work reflects several chapters of German history: from the cultural awakening during the years of the Weimar Republic, through the Third Reich, and on to the Second World War, in the end phase of which significant portions of the Wolff archive were also destroyed. Sample images.

Scott Conarroe I The Great Eastern
Canadian photographer Scott Conarroe has previously documented the railways of North America. In The Great Eastern, his new title from Velvet Cell, he looks at modern-day China against the background of its massive high-speed rail expansion. This infrastructure project is a domestic strand of the Belt and Road Initiative (also known as the New Silk Road). Conarroe calls the high-speed network a “time machine”, connecting China’s futuristic cities in the East with the rest of the country.
Sample images.
 

Endnotes

Signed copies of the new editions of Moriyama's A Hunter and Farewell Photography are now in stock; as are signed copies of Dougie Wallace's East Ended.

Thomas Joshua Cooper's The World's Edge continues to sell well.  It is almost out of print - we have had to order in copies from the US as stock no longer seems to be available in the UK.

We have just a few copies left of Michael Kenna's Korea Part 1 and 45 Year Odyssey.

A reminder of overseas pre-Christmas posting dates:

9 Dec: Asia, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, Central and South America
10 Dec: Cyprus, Malta
11 Dec: Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia)
12 Dec: Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey
14 Dec: Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Canada, USA
16 Dec: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
18 Dec: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg



 

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