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Last time we mentioned Nazraeli’s Everglades by Jungjin Lee – stock has just arrived and it’s an absolute beauty. Hot on its heels comes another new title by Jungjin Lee. Echo is the perfect book for anyone wanting to catch up on her earlier career, with examples from seven projects carried out since she moved from her native South Korea in the 1990s and first encountered the vast landscapes of the American west. Browse Echo.

For Revoir, J H Engstrom went back to the negatives of Trying to Dance, the book of which propelled him to international attention in 2004. As he looked again through the files, he found “so many images, so many that were not used in Trying to Dance, and so many new combinations that hit me; it was then that I decided that we should publish Revoir." Sample images.
There’s another couple of gems from the London-based independent publisher Stanley/Barker. In the 1980s Siberian photographer Nikolay Bakharev worked in a factory in the USSR. To supplement his income he would solicit work as a black market portrait photographer on the public beaches of Eastern Russia. If the shoot went well, he would invite his subjects to make further images in a more intimate setting, compelling his subjects over several hours into contorted, erotically charged poses, which at the time was highly illegal. These images are reproduced in Novokuznetsk. Sample images and Aaron Schuman’s introductory essay.

Secondly from Stanley/Barker, there’s Washington Square by Dave Heath, which the American street photographer was working on until he died recently. The book showcases Heath’s photographs of bohemian New York in the late 1950s. It includes images of beat writers such as Ginsberg, Kerouac and Corso. Sample images.
Ren Hang is a young Chinese photographer, controversial in his homeland for his many photographs of his friends doing interesting and sometimes quite graphic things with their bodies. Until now his books have been small editions, independently published. That all changes now that he has had the Taschen treatment – Ren Hang is a collection measuring 300 by 225 mm with over 300 pages. See sample pages from the book and the photographer's website for more of Ren Hang’s work. We also have copies of his Athens Diary in stock.

Pierre et Gilles are also subject of another large volume, Pierre et Gilles: 40, celebrating 40 years as a personal and artistic partnership. It’s a comprehensive retrospective and traces the development of their “confected fusion of photography and painting” from being perceived predominantly as a gay cultural phenomenon to a time when it is accepted – and much copied - in mainstream culture.
The first printing of Thomas Boivin’s Short Story sold out quickly. He’s now produced a second printing. It is a love story told through text and black-and-white images. It was well reviewed by Jorg Colberg and Colin Pantall among others. Sample images.

Aperture publish Highway Kind by Justine Kurland who has over a six year period been on a series of road trips with her young son. Her colour photographs explore the American Dream, the lure of escape and alternative lifestyles. Sample images and essay.
New York has played a pivotal role in photographic history. In view of the recent proliferation of books on photobooks, the appearance of New York in Photobooks is entirely fitting. It is the catalogue of a travelling exhibition curated by Horacio Fernández, who is also the editor of the book. It includes books published by European and Japanese, as well as American, photographers. They include Berenice Abbott, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cecil Beaton, Roy DeCarava, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Bruce Gilden, Lewis Hine, Evelyn Hofer, André Kertész, William Klein, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Daido Moriyama, Aaron Siskind and Weegee. Sample page spreads.

Continuing that tradition, three new photobooks on New York have appeared in recent weeks. Steidl are publishing Philip Trager’s powerful black-and-white images of the cities’ buildings and streets in New York in the 1970s. The negatives for the images in this book, only recently rediscovered, had originally been archived for printing but Trager began other projects before any prints were made. Sample images.
 
Hell on Wheels
New York: A Century of Aerial Photography
Presenting a very different perspective on the same era, Hell on Wheels is a wonderfully vibrant, colourful evocation by Austrian photographer Willy Spiller of the New York subway from 1977 to 1984 – a location portrayed at the time as very dangerous but seen in a more generous, varied light in Spiller’s images. Sample images and critical essay.

Our final New York choice is New York: a century of aerial photography, which traces the parallel evolution of the city and of photography, as buildings rise, the shoreline expands and more sophisticated photographic techniques allow for breathtaking views of New York’s unmistakable skyline. Sample images.

 
Mack Books have published Live in the house and it will not fall down, a collection compiled by Italian artists and recipients of the first Lewis Baltz Research Fund, Alessandro Laita and Chiaralice Rizzi, based on an archive of images collected over four decades by the late Venetian artist Bruno Rizzi, who died in 2004. The images serve as traces of the artist's life and the life of Venice. Sample images.

Takamoto Yamauchi’s Till Dawn follows on from his earlier publication From Dusk. He describes his subject matter as psychological pain, and I can see in his work something of the sensibility of Jacob Aue Sobol. Using two types of black ink, the photos have been printed on Japan’s finest ultra high-gloss paper. The book was bound traditionally, in such a way that the pages can never be fully opened, with opposite pages reflecting the content of each other.

 
Finally two books featuring opposite ends of the earth. The Arctic: Reflecting the Landscape, Wildlife, and People of the Far North brings together work from some of the finest contemporary nature photographers to celebrate the beauty of that region and to highlight its fragility at a time of increasing environmental and economic pressure.

The Noise of Ice – Antarctica is a stunning record of the journey to Antarctica undertaken by the Italian photographer Enzo Barracco, inspired by the example of Ernest Shackleton. Sample images.

Signed Mack Books

Signed copies are available of the following titles published by Mack. (We have not had time to update all our listings as signed but all orders received will be assumed to be for signed copies unless you let us know otherwise).

 

Endnotes

This will be our last newsletter with a full list of new titles this year. There will be one more newsletter in a week's time with a list of recommended Christmas gifts suitable both for photobook specialists and for a wider range of recipients.

Recommended final pre-Christmas overseas posting dates are: 7th December for Asia and Eastern Europe, 8th for South America, 10th for Australia and New Zealand, 15th for North America, and Western Europe. Remember, we cannot guarantee to have all listed titles in stock so please email us to check availability if pre-Christmas delivery is essential.

A new book, The Early Photographers of Perthshire, has been published by Roben Antoniewicz and Paul Philippou and is available directly from the publisher.

I was privileged to meet the great landscape photographer and one-time assistant to Ansel Adams, Charles Cramer, at the recent On Landscape conference and came back with a small number of signed copies of his Yosemite for sale.
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