September 9th 2013

New Titles


The influential English photographer Tony Ray-Jones started his career in the United States. American Colour 1962-5 collects a number of colour street photographs from this period for the first time. See here for sample images.

Martin Parr was very influenced by Ray-Jones’ work. We mentioned last time that Aperture would soon be publishing The Nonconformists featuring Parr’s black-and-white images of Hebden Bridge in the late 1970s. We have since had word from Martin Parr that we will be able to get signed copies of this book.

He, She, It compares the nudes of Harry Callahan and Edward Weston, in particular their images of partners or lovers. It “looks at Callahan and Weston’s images through an examination of the relationship of the body and nature, but also, that of photography and affection.”

The street photography of Vivian Maier created a sensation when it was discovered after her death. Amongst the many images that came to light has been a sprinkling of self-portraits, often taken in mirrors in shops or on the street. Now sixty of them, previously unpublished, will be assembled in Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits. See here for sample images.

In May 2012 the Italian village of Finale Emilia was devastated by an earthquake. Over the next few weeks, aftershocks affected many other communities and, all told, thirty people died and many buildings were destroyed or irreparable. Six months later, revered Swedish photographer Anders Petersen was invited to record the state of the affected communities and their attempts to rebuild themselves. The results are recorded in To Belong. See here for details and images.

The younger Danish photographer Jacob-Aue Sobol is one of the inheritors of Petersen’s interweaving of personal and documentary elements. Veins is the result of their collaboration for an exhibition in Riga this summer.

Steidl are publishing a reprint of Arnold Odermatt’s Karambolage. Odermatt was a Swiss police officer responsible for documenting car crash scenes in a rural canton from 1939 to 1993. It was only after he retired that the exceptional quality of these photographs came to light. See here for sample images.

The architect Le Corbusier apparently made disparaging comments about the value of photography but archival research by architectural historian Tim Benton have revealed that he had in fact been not only a committed but clearly extremely talented photographer in various phases of his life, from his youthful travels across Europe and through his professional career. 500 of these works are assembled in Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer. Sample images can be found here.

Asako Narahashi’s Half Awake and Half Asleep in the Water has been one of Nazraeli’s great successes of recent years, selling out two printings. The majority of her images have the camera placed half below and half above the surface of water. Their gently disorienting effect has us questioning the relationship between water and land, human and elemental. We will shortly be taking stock of signed copies of her latest book Ever After. Sample images can be seen here.
Due from Steidl next month is At Zenith, a book of colour photographs by William Eggleston. A departure from his best-known work, these fifteen cloudscapes have only previously been published in an edition of twenty in 1979.

Alec Soth discusses the influence of Eggleston and Sternfeld among others in Ping-Pong Conversations, a series of interviews with Francesco Zanot which also covers all of Soth’s major projects to date. Copiously illustrated, this represents an excellent and affordable introduction to Soth’s work.

Soth is one of the many photographers discussed in Reading Magnum, the most comprehensive critical analysis of the Magnum agency yet published. Experts from several fields investigate Magnum’s central archive of 200,000 photographs, located at the University of Texas at Austin, and assess the impact of this body of work on our understanding of the world. See here for images from the archive.

New Topographics: images of a man-altered landscape, one of the most influential collections of photography ever published, dating from 1975, has been reprinted. It includes work by Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon and Stephen Shore.

Final Notes


Pentti Sammallahti’s wonderful Here Far Away has at last been reprinted and is in great demand again.

We welcomed Takeshi Shikama and his wife Yukiko to Edinburgh last Thursday and they spoke to an audience of about 70 at Inspace. Because of the interest their stay in Scotland has aroused, we are temporarily out of stock of Silent Respiration of Forests but they will be sending us more signed copies when they return to Japan at the end of the month.



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