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This week, as usual, we start with an exciting range of new and forthcoming titles. We will also be offering a number of rare secondhand books (see below).

New Titles

Firstly, the excellent new(ish) London independent publisher Stanley/Barker have pulled off a major coup with their latest title. It's by Mark Steinmetz, the leading American photographer whose well-regarded photobooks have previously been published by Nazraeli. The new title Fifteen Miles to K-Ville, Steinmetz describes as a poetic journey around the outskirts of a fictional town somewhere between Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia. This collection of darkly humorous and melancholy portraits and landscapes date from the early 1990s when Steinmetz was moving between these two cities. We will have signed copies. Sample images.

It’s proving to be another prolific year for Cristina de Middel, whose Cucurrucucu is about to be published by Editorial RM. It arises from de Middel’s delving into the often violent images in the archive of the Mexican magazine Alerta. She made drawings of 200 different photographs and added dialogue to them, using lyrics from ranchera songs, which in the name of love and passion seem to validate violent actions. From these elements, de Middel weaves a critique of the implicit violence within Mexican culture. Sample images.
Many of Danish photographer Krass Clement’s photobooks have gained the status of classics. His latest Hotel Impasse Syria displays Clement’s distinctive subjective documentary style and contains photographs from his visit to Syria 15 years ago with locations including Damascus, Palmyra, Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ez-Zur, all cities caught up in more recent conflicts. Sample images.

Last week, Morel Books circulated information about a publication by J H Engstrom, Fear of Leaving. It is a limited edition, the size of which was to be determined by the number of orders placed within 48 hours. The intention of this publication is to re-examine Engstrom’s previous projects and juxtapose them with new work. The images are produced as unbound folded sheets. We have a maximum of four copies to sell. Sample images.
Only Photography are producing a limited edition of 300 copies of Signs and Traces by the great Swedish black-and-white photographer Gunnar Smoliansky. At the time of writing, no description was available in English but these sample images should give a good idea of the contents. We will have signed copies.

Like Saul Leiter in the US, Canadian photographer Fred Herzog has in recent years been celebrated as a 1950s pioneer of colour photography, anticipating the work of the likes of Shore and Eggleston. Herzog – now 86 - worked almost exclusively with Kodachrome slide film for over 50 years, and only in the past decade has technology allowed him to make archival pigment prints that match the exceptional colour and intensity of the Kodachrome slide. Two recent collections of Herzog’s work have gone out of print quickly – those with an interest in fine art colour photography of the 50s should order Fred Herzog now. For sample images visit Hatje Cantz and click on Press Download
Ricardo Cases’s highly regarded photobooks include Paloma al Aire. His new work El Blanco comprises images of a visit to the west African country of Mali - photographs of his surroundings being interspersed with images of his Spanish travelling companion. Sample images.

Next, the first of three books from Mack. We will shortly have signed copies of Clare Strand’s Girl Plays With Snake. It comprises found images of women and girls holding, playing with and gazing fondly at snakes, taken from image archives Strand has been obsessively collecting over many years. Sample images and interview.
The long-promised Message from the Exterior by Mark Ruwedel – featuring black-and-white images of abandoned houses in the American desert - has just been published and signed copies are available. There will also shortly be a limited edition: two hardback volumes, each with a tipped-in image and each signed and numbered. Hopefully Mack’s support for Ruwedel will give him the profile he deserves on this side of the Atlantic. Sample Images.

Finally from Mack there’s a celebration of the Hasselblad Award 2016 to Stan Douglas. The book presents three series entitled Night (2014–15), Corrupt Files (2013) and DCTs (2016), which offer intricate meditations on the function, construction and consumption of contemporary forms of photography. Sample images.
New work from Hoxton Mini Press seems to be coming out more frequently and two new volumes are worthy of note. The twelfth in the series ‘East London Stories’ is Polly Braden and David Campany’s Adventures in the Lea Valley. The images predate the transformation of the area in the development of the Olympics site. We are selling the Collectors' Edition with print. Sample images.

The volumes in Hoxton’s new series Tales from the City are 20% bigger than the previous series and the Collector’s Editions are limited to 100. It begins with On The Night Bus, Nick Turpin’s haunting portraits of London commuters on buses at night, shot through steamy windows during the winter months. Sample images.
 
The allusive, poetic work of Sascha Weidner has been compared to that of Rinko Kawauchi. His photographs feature familiar things from completely new, unsuspected perspectives and transfer everyday life into make-believe worlds. He had just completed preparing his first full-length photography book, Intermission II, before he died last year of heart failure at the age of only 41. Sample images (click on Press Download).

In 1991, when Saddam Hussain’s forces retreated from Kuwait after US intervention, oil wells were deliberately set on fire, creating an industrial and environmental disaster. Sebastiao Salgado documented the desperate attempts of fire services to bring these fires under control. Though widely seen in magazines at the time, Salgado’s photographs have never been collected in book form until now with Taschen’s publication of Kuwait: a desert on fire. Sample images.
Finally, two new books on photobooks themselves. Magnum Photobook: the Catalogue Raisonnee is the first complete illustrated bibliography of 1,000 photobooks created by members of the Magnum agency. It explores the evolution of the photobook in parallel with the important role that Magnum has played in the history of documentary photography. Sample page spreads.

Jorg Colberg is one of the most influential contemporary writers about photobooks, particularly through his online Conscientious magazine. Focal Press will shortly be publishing his Understanding Photobooks, intended both to help deepen the understanding of readers of photobooks and to offer advice to would-be photobook creators. See Jorg Colberg's website to get some idea of his approach.

Secondhand books

In this and the next newsletter, we will be offering a number of secondhand books for sale.These have not been individually uploaded to the website, as we only have single copies, so you cannot pay for them via the website. If there are titles you wish to buy, please contact us at info@beyondwords.co.uk and we will sell them on a first-come, first-served basis.

Endnotes

We are down to our last copy of Martin Kollar’s Field Trip, which is now out of print.

Mack are down to their last few copies of Broomberg & Chanarin’s Holy Bible which is now retailed at £55.

We have our final batch of signed copies of Moises Saman’s superb Discordia.

We have stumbled upon a single signed copy of Michael Collins’s excellent Landscape and Industry.

Steidl have recently released a second printing of Provoke, the comprehensive and extensively illustrated book of that influential movement in Japanese photography.
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