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August 25th 2014

 

 
New Titles

 
 

Marco Paoluzzo has been photographing in the Far North for 20 years – his earlier book Terra Borealis was an excellent collection. His latest publication focuses solely on Iceland. The first part illustrates the country's unspoilt landscapes (‘my zen garden’) while the second part reveals the signs of human intervention. See here for sample images. 

Another photographer associated with northern climes is Olaf Otto Becker but, in his forthcoming Reading the Landscape, he moves first to tropical rainforests that are being managed with conservation in mind, then looks at other forests that are being felled unsustainably and finishes with artificial forests that are being created in some urban areas. See sample images here

 
 
Schirmer have published a new edition of August Sander’s Rheinlandschaften, their very first book published in 1975, on the occasion of their 40th anniversary (rather in advance). Sander’s pre-eminence as a portraitist has overshadowed his considerable talents as a landscape photographer so it is good to see this back in print. 

Edward Ranney has been photographing the Peruvian landscape for 50 years and The Lines focuses on the Nazca Lines. More often seen in aerial shots, here they are viewed from the ground using a large-format camera. See here for sample images and an interview with Edward Ranney
 
 
 
 
The Yale Center for British Art are currently exhibiting work produced in Britain and Ireland by contrasting American photographers Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro in the 1960s and 1970s. A substantial catalogue, Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland, has been published to accompany the exhibition. See here for sample images and an interview with the curator. 

Few contemporary photojournalists have produced such a wide-ranging body of work documenting US conflicts at home and abroad as Larry Towell. Aperture will shortly be publishing a limited edition book of Towell’s photographs of Afghanistan showing the effects of 30 years of war in over 350 images. See the Magnum site for a portfolio of Towell’s Afghanistan images.
 
 
 
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down is Eugene Richards’ account of his relationship with poor African-Americans of the Arkansas Delta who he first documented in black-and-white between 1969 and 1973 when he worked there as a social worker and reporter. In recent years he has revisited this community and photographed again, this time in colour. The books was funded by a kickstarter campaign whose webpage is still live and this gives the best understanding of the contents of this book. 

Nationality Doubtful is the catalogue of an exhibition of the work of Josef Koudelka currently showing at the Art Institute of Chicago. While serving as a general retrospective, it emphasizes his original vintage prints, period books, magazines, and significant unpublished materials. See here for sample images.
 
 
While Koudelka emigrated from Czechoslovakia when his photos of the Soviet invasion put him at risk, his compatriot Jiri Hanke remained in the town of Kladno till his death in 2006. His classic sequence Views from the Window of My Flat is now available as a book published by Kant. Through the story of one street, he captures in a unique manner the later years of the Soviet era and society’s subsequent transformation during the 1990s. See here for sample images and here for more information on Hanke. 

Viktor Kolar was another Czech photographer who emigrated to Canada from 1968 to 1973, then returned to Czechoslovakia – much to the suspicion of the authorities – and spent the rest of his career in Ostrava. His photographaphs of Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto are collected in Canada.
 
 
Andreas Trogisch is a German photographer with a growing reputation. He’s not young; he’s been working away quietly for many years, a street photographer of sorts but with a tendency towards abstraction. His work might appeal to fans of Siskind, Metzker, Friedlander or Callahan. His previous publications have been slim volumes of just a few pages. Replies is his first more substantial monograph. It is in a limited edition of only 350. See here for sample images. (We also have single signed copies of his three earlier publications, Desiderata, Technik and Asphalt, of which only 100 copies were printed.  Email us if you're interested.)

In Escape, young Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko documents the lives of men who have turned their backs on society to live alone as hermits in the wilderness of Russian and Ukrainian forests. See here for sample images.
 
 
While still using the intense light and colour of his previous works, David Lachapelle’s LandScape represents a radical shift from his celebrity-filled tableaux. It comprises two series, Gas Station and Refineries, shot respectively in the rainforests of Maui and on the coastlines of California. Here LaChapelle has constructed scale models of disturbingly dazzling oil refineries and petrol stations with bright, fluorescent smokestacks—handcrafted from cardboard and a vast array of recycled materials from egg cartons to tea canisters, hair curlers and other byproducts of our petroleum based, disposability-obsessed culture. See here for sample images. 

Subtitled A Photographic Diary of Fashion, Art, and Sex, OZ Diary by founder of Purple magazine Olivier Zahm, containing 600 pages, is published on 2 Sep.
 
 
Glen E Friedman’s earlier collections of skate, punk, and hip-hop photography came with X-rated titles. I don’t know if he’s mellowed but his new collection (the most comprehensive yet at 324-pages) is called The Rules. See here for sample images. 

New i-phone only publications seem to be coming out regularly now. In September, experienced photojournalist David Hume Kennerly will be publishing On the iPhone: Secrets and Tips from a Pulitzer-prize Winning Photographer, a photo-a-day diary of i-phone photos taken over a year. The experience convinced him that “paring down his formidable photo arsenal to a single, simple camera forced him to sharpen his eye and made him an even better photographer.”
 
Final Notes

 
Our pop up shop at Stills, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, continues till 31 August. It’s open seven days a week. 

Street Level in Glasgow have just opened an exhibition of contemporary documentary in Scotland and Wales from A Fine Beginning and Document Scotland.  A catalogue of the exhibition is available directly from Document Scotland.

In early September, we will be taking stock of the second printing of Hidden Islam by Nicolo Degiorgis, winner of the major book prize at the Arles Festival this year. As before, they will be signed.

We have one signed copy of Peter van Agtmael's excellent Disco Night in stock, though more are on the way.

 
 

 

As always if you would like to order any of the titles listed or would like more information concerning anything mentioned in our newsletters please contact us by phone or at the email address at the bottom of this message. You may also order any of these books at www.beyondwords.co.uk.

 

Best Wishes,

Neil

Beyond Words

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