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January 14th 2014

 
A happy new year to all our customers. At Beyond Words, we’ve recovered from an exhausting build-up to Christmas and are looking forward to another year of exciting photobooks.
 
New Titles

 
 

Our first title is a much-delayed volume of unpublished photographs by Corinne Day, the pioneer of grunge fashion photography whose photographs of a young Kate Moss brought her instant notoriety. As only one major book of her work was published before her early death in 2010, May the Circle Be Unbroken – which is being published in a limited edition of 1000 – will be much sought after. I understand from the publisher Morel Books that most of the print-run has already been pre-sold. See Morel Books website for sample images.

Included in many of last year’s ‘best photobooks’ lists was Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees. Cohen has been photographing the inhabitants of his home town, Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylania, all his adult life. This is street photography of an extreme sort, the subjects being captured very close-up and often startled by the experience. Despite the apparently accidental nature of many of the images, Cohen clearly possesses a superb sense of composition. See here for sample images.

 
 
If Here Far Away helped bring the work of Pentti Sammallahti to a wider audience, perhaps We Walk Alone can do the same for his Finnish compatriot Hannes Heikura. It comprises night or low-light black-and-white shots of Helsinki streets, normally with only one or two people visible, dwarfed by the urban environment. While there is some affinity with Sammallahti, Ray Metzker’s City Stills might be a closer comparison. See here for sample images.

Maroc collects the highlights of 40 years of photography of Morocco by the Belgian master of colour Harry Gruyaert. See here for sample images.
 
 
 
 

When Canadian photographer Robert Leslie first visited the sunbelt from California to Florida in the 1960s, it felt like a land of endless opportunity. In Stormbelt, he revisited this region over a three year period and the images tell a very different story of economic decline and environmental degradation. His images are accompanied by a foreword by Ed Burtynsky. Signed copies are available. See sample images here.

Another new title from Dewi Lewis is Inside Photography, a collection of interviews by David Brittain with ten photographic magazine editors.  It argues for the significance of art photography magazines in defining and extending the medium. Brittain was for ten years editor of Creative Camera.

 
 
 
The Scarti in the title of the new book by Broomberg and Chanarin refers to the paper that is fed through the printing press to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed once the book is printed. But the 'scarti' of Broomberg & Chanarin’s earlier book Ghetto were saved and stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi and only discovered after his early death in 2012. The twice-printed sheets were found to reveal uncanny and often beautiful combinations. See here for sample images.

Davide Monteleone is an Italian photographer who has spent much of the time since 2000 documenting the Russian federation. In Spasibo, his focus is on the republic of Chechnya and, while Monteleone is clearly critical of the puppet regime, his black-and-white photographs are largely not polemical but portray the stoicism of a dominated people. See here for sample images.
 
 
Created in the real-life New York City borough of Queens with the real-life men of photographer Katie Murray’s family and community, All The Queens’ Men is an exploration of masculine roles and rituals across generations. See here for sample images.

Also from Daylight Books comes Sarah Christianson’s Homeplace. After she and her siblings had all moved away from the farm that had been the home of their family for four generations, Christianson decided to create a photographic record of the life that was being lost. This she does through portraiture, documentary, landscape and aerial photography, also using family journals and photographs from the past. See here for sample images.
 
 
If Homeplace is about rural life under threat, The Good Earth is about rural life reclaimed. In 1998, photographer Andreas Weinand discovered an ecological haven cared for by three elderly people in the Ruhr Valley, on the outskirts of Essen. There they had been working the land, caring for crops and animals, year-round for the previous two decades. The three found it a much more rewarding way to spend their sunset years than sitting in an armchair. See here for sample images.

The Young Earth by Jordan Sullivan is a fictional photo series and accompanying photo-text novella set in Iceland. Shot on 35mm and polaroid, the story follows two Americans in the last days of their twenties, one of them terminally ill, as they explore one of the youngest bodies of land in the world. See here for sample images.
 
 
Irene Kung’s Invisible City has been out for some time so apologies for not referring to it before. Her photographs of well-known buildings from across the globe are outstanding and certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. See here for sample images.

Christoph Gielen’s Ciphers looks at modern architecture from a very different perspective, in colour and from the air. The very precise grid systems of new urban developments, mostly in the US, are both mesmerizing and chilling. See here for sample images.
 
 

Capturing the Light by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport interweaves the biographies of Henry Fox Talbot in England and Louis Daguerre in France and traces their development of the earliest photographic processes. “Good on the science and particularly good on the characters and social backgrounds of the two men” (Wall Street Journal).

Marcel Duchamp at the Age of 85 is a bit of photographic micro-history. The photograph referred to in the title was taken when Duchamp was 58. It includes a recently discovered text by Friedrich Kiesler in which he describes how he assisted his friend Duchamp to style himself as a senile artist-philosopher in front of the camera of New York photographer Percy Rainford.

 

 

If any of you didn’t get the copy of the Michael Kenna calendar you were expecting for Christmas – or Tony Ray-Jones’ American Colour - we still have copies in stock. We also have a small number of signed copies of Jon Tonks’ Empire, Antonio Olmos’ Landscape of Murder and Niall McDiarmid’s Crossing Paths.

 

 

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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