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John Bulmer’s The North, with its excellent documentary photographs of the north of England in the 1960s and 1970s, was a bestseller for us a couple of years ago. Now Bluecoat Books have published Wind of Change, collecting Bulmer’s photojournalism overseas from 1964, when colour photography in newspaper journalism was in its infancy, until 1979.  Bulmer’s first major assignment was to document the radical changes sweeping through Africa.  Later assignments took him to the Middle East, Asia and North and South America.  See here for sample images. We have signed copies. (We also have one signed copy of The North at £25, not on our website – first order by email gets it.)
 
Glasgow-born but long resident in the East End of London, Dougie Wallace has just published Shoreditch Wild Life with the enterprising Hoxton Mini Press.  It’s a typically exuberant celebration of people’s determination to enjoy themselves in a ‘deprived’ environment.  The collector’s edition – a hardcover in a cloth-covered clamshell box with signed and numbered limited edition print – is very good value. See here for Wallace’s full portfolio of Shoreditch Wild Life.  We still have signed copies of Wallace’s recent Stags Hens & Bunnies.  (Signed copies of Hoxton’s East London Swimmers and Portrait of Hackney by Zed Nelson are also still available.)
Reminiscent of some of the work of the Caravan Gallery or Martin Parr, Luke Stephenson has a growing reputation for his depiction of the eccentricities of Britain. His latest publication is 99 x 99s – ninety-nine images of ninety-nine ice creams from throughout Britain coupled with images of the vans and parlours where they are sold. Sample images here.
 
Archive of Modern Conflict curator Timothy Prus has created a typically eccentric publication which starts from the great advances in the 19th century in optical lens systems such as the microscope which allowed the exploration of the microcosm to be a common pursuit among the scientifically minded.  In The Whale’s Eyelash, Prus has edited together some of these historical explorations and recast them as a play – a play that unfolds through a series of 19th century microscope slides.
Two of the biggest names in wildlife and nature photography have just published major new works.  Earth is My Witness measures 11 by 14 inches, has 356 pages and includes an 8 by 10 archival print by its author, Art Wolfe.  It includes images from every continent and records the world’s fastest disappearing wildlife, landscapes, and native culture.  The printing uses a new colour reproduction technique Chroma Centric, which claims to be eight times more precise than standard offset printing.  Sample images here.
 
The Last Great Wild Places is a summation of the forty-year career of Thomas Mangelsen, again featuring images from all continents, from elephants and giraffes on the plains of Kilimanjaro to polar bears in the Arctic, and from mountains and prairies to tropical jungles. See here for a video introduction to the book.
Michael Light is less well-known on this side of the Atlantic than Ed Burtynsky but his documentation of our imprint on the landscape is just as powerful.  His latest book Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain uses aerial photography to survey firstly a lifestyle resort comprised of 21 Mediterranean-themed communities built around a former sewage swamp, then a ‘future community’ where a quarter of a billion dollars was spent on moving earth that has lain dormant for the past six years.  It is accompanied by essays from two of the finest commentators on American culture and landscape, Rebecca Solnit and Lucy Lippard.  We will have signed copies (though probably not before Christmas).
 
In Brooklyn+Klein, William Klein revisits the streets of some of the New York neighbourhoods he brought to life in his most famous work in the 1950s.  This time it’s all in colour and, for the first time, uses only digital cameras.  See here for sample images.
Lee Miller’s War: Beyond D-Day compiles her written dispatches of the last year of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath with two hundred photographs from the Lee Miller Archives.  They show war-ravaged cities, buildings and landscapes, but above all war-resilient people.  The chilling record of Hitler’s abandoned house in Munich is contrasted with meetings with Picasso, Cocteau, Eluard, Aragon and Colette in post-liberation Paris.

From My Land to the Planet is Sebastiao Salgado’s autobiographical account of the planning and execution of his large-scale photographic projects including Workers, Migration and Genesis.  It includes forty photographs.  (Please note we still have copies of the first printing of Genesis.)
German publishers Kehrer consistently produce interesting books from up-and-coming photographers.  We feature two recommended items from among their new titles.  HobbyBuddies by Swizz photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini features meticulously assembled group portraits of obsessional hobbyists, everything from the Poodle Club, the Merriment Pipe-Smokers’ Club to the Sado-Maso Regular's Table. See here for sample images.
 
Fading from Swedish photographer Ellis Hoffman uses images from rural communities near Stockholm as the starting point for a meditation on how beauty is inextricably linked with decay and the passage of time.  If Alec Soth could be combined with Ingmar Bergman, it might look something like this.

 

In the late 90s, Phaidon published The Photography Book which gave one page each to 500 significant photographers from the foundation of the medium to the present day.  This proved to be very influential in raising the status of photography as an art form.  Now they have produced a new edition including photographers who have come to the fore since the original publication.  It’s a perfect overview for anyone with a developing interest in photography.
 
Post-Photography: the artist with a camera is an introduction to the work of contemporary artists working wholly or partly with photography.  It deals with such issues as found photography and appropriation from the internet; staged photography; and post-photojournalism.

The sixty short-listed entrants and the award winners are featured in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Catalogue.  Sample images here.

Endnotes

Signed Mack Books
We now have signed stock of Paul Graham's Does Yellow Run Forever.  These other Mack titles are also available signed: Gregoire Pujade-Lauraine: Perpetual Season; Martin Boyce: Partial Eclipse; Frederic Brenner: Archaeology of Fear & Desire; Broomberg & Chanarin: Holy Bible; Jem Southam: River Winter; Martin Kollar: Field Trip; Joan Fontcuberta: Pandora's Camera; Roe Ethridge: Sacrifice Your Body;  Nick Waplington: Settlement; Thomas Struth.      

Mack Books have a third printing of Julian Germain’s For Every Minute You Are Angry, You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness  just in time for Christmas (not signed).
 
Christmas Pop Up at Stills
This Monday, I will be taking stock to Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, for a pop up shop that will run till Christmas.  Allowing a bit of time to set up the display, it should be ready for customers by Wednesday 3 December.
 
Christmas posting dates
See the Royal Mail website for UK and international posting deadlines for Christmas.

We can use our couriers for later delivery dates in the UK.  Orders must be received by 19 December or, for Highlands or any UK islands, 17 December.  We do not guarantee to have all listed titles in stock so please check with us before finalising an order if you require immediate despatch.
 
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