June 2019

New titles

Ken Grant | Benny Profane

We start with two titles soon to be published by RRB. Benny Profane is drawn from Ken Grant’s long-term engagement with a dockland district that he first knew as a labourer in his youth. Bound by a few square miles at the edge of the River Mersey, it dwells on the river's hinterland and, in particular, the vast expanse of the Bidston Moss, to become an immersion into one area and those who depended upon it. This is a limited edition of 500, including a 5x6" signed pigment print. Sample images.


John Myers | The End of Industry

John Myers’ The End of Industry documents the rapid decline of manufacturing in the Black Country in the 1980s. This is a signed and numbered edition limited to 450 copies. Each copy is accompanied by a 5x4” signed and dated silver-gelatin print of ‘Bricks Drying, William Mobberley Brickworks, Kingswinford, 1983’. See webpage for
sample images.

Anders Petersen | Stockholm

Anders Petersen, one of Europe’s greatest photographers, has had exhibitions and photobooks representing many of the world’s great cities but it was only in 2015 – invited by the Liljevalchs Gallery - that the idea of doing the same for his home city of Stockholm was generated. Petersen has spent the better part of the last four years wandering round Stockholm with his analogue camera. The exhibition and book Stockholm are the result. With 395 pages, it presents a kaleidoscopic impression of the streets and inhabitants. We are very happy to have copies for sale as it will have very limited distribution outwith Sweden. See webpage for sample images.

Bill Henson | Principio Erat (two limited edition + signed C print)
Editions Bessard will soon be releasing two limited versions of Australian photographer’s Principio Erat. The publisher describes these nudes as ’sculptures of flesh’ and indeed they do manage to be deeply corporeal and sculptural at the same time. Each version is limited to 500 and has a different cover image and a different print. Each copy is signed. Please take care in ordering your preferred version. See webpages for sample images of one and two.
Ekaterina Vasilyeva | Petergof
Ekaterina Vasilyeva’s Petergof was shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Book Award 2019 and now is available in a very limited edition of only ninety signed copies. Her focus is on the road between St Petersburg and Petergof, established by Peter the Great in 1710 to connect the newly built capital to the monarch’s suburban residencies. “Over the past three hundred years, the Petergof road landscape has borne witness to many a utopian vision; each of them transformed and scarred it, leaving behind marks which have often remained unaccounted for.” In naming Alec Soth, Mark Power and Alexander Gronsky as possible influences, I don’t wish to suggest that Vasilyeva’s work is derivative, just that it deserves to be considered in that company. I think this is a really first-rate piece of photographic observation and I hope it eventually gains wider publication. In the meantime, this limited edition shouldn’t last long. All our copies will be signed. Sample images.
Berris Connolly | Sheffield Photographs 1988-92

Berris Connolly’s Sheffield Photographs 1988-92 were the result of a commission to several photographers in 1988 to document the significant changes that were taking place in the city. Connolly decided to focus primarily on the industrial heartland of the Lower Don Valley, which had become a scene of partially cleared brownfield sites and ongoing demolition. This new Dewi Lewis title assembles these images in book form for the first time. See webpage for sample images.

John Riddy | Photographs

English photographer John Riddy’s images have previously only been available in slim catalogues so it’s great to see a major retrospective of his work now published by Steidl. Photographs presents all his major series, predominantly of urban architecture and rural landscapes in countries as disparate as Japan, Italy, South Africa and the United States. See webpage for sample images.

Christopher Anderson | Cop

Christopher Anderson started taking street photographs of New York police officers in the wake of 9/11. The election of Donald Trump prompted him to resume the project but Anderson’s own critical intent was undermined by the experience: “I saw a portrait of a working class, immigrant America.The uniform only served as a thread on which to hang a cross section sample. The photographs felt more like a love letter to New York.” They have now been published together as Cop. See webpage for sample images.

Louis Stettner | Travelling Light

Louis Stettner’s work has spent too much time in the shadow of his influences and peers such as Lisette Model, Paul Strand, Weegee and Brassai. Stettner was influenced by both American street photography and French humanism and appropriately spent most of his career shifting between Paris and New York. There hasn’t been a major publication on his work since the wonderful Wisdom Cries Out in the Street (which we were selling as a remainder in 2002 for £10!). So Traveling Light, published to coincide with an exhibition in San Francisco, is very welcome, covering all phases of his career. It also has 19 essays about photography written by Stettner himself. See webpage for sample images.

Saul Leiter | Early Color and Retrospective
The rediscovery of Saul Leiter's 1950s work has been meteoric over the last fifteen years. Two key publications have been out of print for some time though so it’s great that they’ve both been reprinted at the same time. Early Color from Steidl is now in a remarkable eighth printing since 2006. And the Saul Leiter Retrospective from Kehrer is in its second printing.
Susan A. Zadeh | Drowned in a Dream

Now for two new titles from Nazraeli Press. Drowned in a Dream comprises 25 photomontages by Susan A. Zadeh. Until recently best known as a champion of outsider artists through her art magazine Eyemazing, since 2013 she has concentrated on her own work as an artist. Zadeh’s unsettling imaginary landscapes anticipate the soft submersion of Holland into the seas while also serving as a sort of personal diary. “Forever daydreaming . . . after 37 years of living in Amsterdam, it was about time to make this village mine.” See our webpage for sample images.

Kim Jungman | Can You Hear the Wind Blow

Can You Hear the Wind Blow is a series of large format photographs by Korean Kim Jungman illustrating the sound of wind by the subtlest movements of tree branches, leaves, and birds in flight. Despite the trees' heroic, almost mythical, appearance, all the images depict a row of neglected street trees in an alley between the artist’s studio and home in Seoul. See our webpage for sample images.

Masahisa Fukase | Family/Kazoku
Finally Mack’s new edition of Masahisa Fukase’s Family/Kazoku was mentioned in a recent newsletter. More recently it has been announced that there is also to be a special edition of only 150 copies with a print - see our webpage for the limited edition print image.


We were very pleased to welcome Thomas Joshua Cooper to our office on Wednesday. He kindly signed many copies of his most recent book Refuge and we have a few that have not yet been claimed. We'll have more good news of TJC publications in our next newsletter.
We were delighted to receive some signed copies of Niall McDiarmid’s Southwestern. It’s a slight departure from Niall’s previous books. While it includes some of his trademark street portraits, there are more images of the local environment: street landscapes, shop fronts and café interiors. There are echoes of American colour photographers such as Eggleston and perhaps a touch of Edward Hopper too. It all adds up to something of a love letter to this Scottish photographer’s adopted home. Highly recommended.

We’ve run out of the first printings of Jack Davison: Photographs mentioned in our last newsletter. We are now taking advance orders for the second printing, due in July. Given the speed with which the first printing disappeared, there should still be plenty of demand.
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