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April 2019

New titles

Michael Kenna | Korea Part 1

Gallery Kong in Seoul are currently holding the first of two exhibitions of the work of Michael Kenna in Korea. Each exhibition will have a book linked to it. We have just had copies of the first volume, Korea Part 1, in a limited edition of only 500. Sample images.

Guido Guidi | Sardegna (Signed)

Mack Books’ forthcoming three-volume title of Guido Guidi’s photographs of Sardinia will not be published till June.  But we wanted to alert you to it now as the previous Per Strada went out of print with phenomenal speed late last year.  All copies of Sardegna will be signed. (There’s no webpage dedicated to images from it at the moment. Once there is, we’ll feature it in another newsletter)

Aaron Schuman | Slant

Other highlights of a busy Spring season from Mack include Aaron Schuman’s Slant. Inspired by the rather humdrum police reports featured in the local paper of Amherst, Massachusetts, Schuman created his own collection of quirky photographic observations of small town life in the vicinity of Amherst. In a contemporary culture of ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’, Slant "serves as a wider reflection upon something strange, surreal, dissonant and increasingly sinister stirring beneath the surface of the contemporary American landscape, experience, and psyche". We will have signed copies. Sample images.

Maja Daniels | Elf Dalia
Also exploring the boundaries of documentary and fiction is Maja Daniels’ Elf Dalia. Daniels’ photographs of the isolated Swedish community of Älvdalen (whose own language is spoken by 2,000 people) are juxtaposed with those of Tenn Lars Persson from a century earlier. Daniels enters into dialogue with Persson in order to reinforce the community’s unique eccentricity and to question when historical continuity and pride becomes insularity, We will have signed copies. Sample images.
Takashi Homma | Trails
Finally from Mack there’s Takashi Homma’s Trails. Deer in Japan have controversially faced culls due to growing populations, which upset agricultural communities struggling to protect their crops. To aid their mission in reducing numbers, the government encourages local hunters to take matters into their own hands. Homma traces the blood trails of deer killed in Shiretoko National Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The resulting colour photos are haunting and delicate. We will have signed copies. Sample images.
Paul Kenny | O Hanami
Next news of two forthcoming titles from the independent English publisher Kozu Books, now moving into larger scale publications. One is Paul Kenny’s O Hanami, showcasing work made with scraps of natural material from his garden and the hedgerows around his home in Northumberland. The latest of these exquisite abstract works were made using material gathered on daily dog walks from trees that were damaged by the storms of September 2018. We will have signed copies. Sample images. (We also have a small number of signed copies left of Paul’s out-of-print Seaworks.)
Doug Chinnery | Abstract Mindedness

Doug Chinnery’s Abstract Mindedness features images created in the year following a nervous breakdown in the spring of 2018. “I have tried to use my art as a way of coping, healing and understanding what has been happening in my head.” Abstract Mindedness uses the images made over the 12 months from the time of the breakdown until just prior to going to press, along with some of Doug’s writing from the period, to explore the effects of the mind on his creativity. We will have signed copies. Sample images.

Tim Carpenter and Nathan Pearce | Still Feel Gone

Next, two titles from the estimable American independent press The Deadbeat Club. Still Feel Gone juxtaposes images inspired by the railroad by Illinois photographers Tim Carpenter and Nathan Pearce. Pearce uses a handheld camera to take photographs from legendary trains in motion such as the California Zephyr, the Empire Builder, and the City of New Orleans. Carpenter’s photos are made with a view camera placed on or near the rails of his home county. All copies signed. Sample images.

 

Ed Panar | In The Vicinity
In In The Vicinity, Ed Panar navigates a remote corner of Mendocino County, an area located within the Emerald Triangle, also known as the heart of California’s cannabis culture. Taken between 2007 and 2017, Panar’s photos rarely feature the crop or its farmers directly. What we see are oblique evidential traces of the industry. Signed copies. Sample images.
Terri Weifenbach | Des Oiseaux
Terri Weifenbach’s images of birds constitute the third in the series of Xavier Barral’s Des Oiseaux. Most often taken at ground level in Weifenbach’s garden with the lens lost among the flowers, her photographs don’t have the birds centre-stage but elusive and delicate in their surroundings. Sample images

Pentti Sammallahti’s earlier volume in this series is also in stock.
Pixy Liao | Experimental Relationship
Pixy Liao is a Chinese photographer. Her Experimental Relationship explores her relationship with her younger Japanese boyfriend in a delightful, playful and humorous way. “My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships. What will happen if man & woman exchange their roles of sex & roles of power?” A limited edition of 500. Sample images.
Clay Maxwell Jordan | Nothing’s Coming Soon

Next a first book from young American photographer Clay Maxwell Jordan. Exploring the landscapes and communities of his Georgian childhood, Nothing’s Coming Soon is inspired by the Buddhist belief that ‘life is suffering’. Robin Titchener describes Nothing’s Coming Soon as “a thing of quiet meditative beauty... Hopes, dreams, aspirations...regret...mortality. All frozen in crystalline beauty, and rendered in a gentle perfectly nuanced colour palette. Some images sending out their messages clearly and succinctly, others surreptitiously entreating us to dig a little deeper.” (See Robin's full review - and link to his other excellent photobook reviews.) We will have signed copies. Sample images.

Hiroshi Sugimoto | Seascapes

In 2015, Damiani collected Hiroshi Sugimoto’s celebrated seascapes in a single volume for the first time. Now their new edition of Seascapes contains five new, previously unpublished photographs. Sample images.
 

The Gaze of Things

The Gaze of Things presents an overview of Japanese photography from the 1950s to present day that focuses on the artists that were part of the group Vivo (1957-1961) and the collective responsible for the journal Provoke. The book features works by key photographers such as Shomei Tomatsu, Akira Sato, Yutaka Takanashi and Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Koji Enkoura, Tamiko Nishimura and Hiroshi Hamaya. Sample images.

Remainders at bargain prices

We’ve just got in a new batch of remainders, usually selling at about one third of their original prices. Featured photographers include David Eustace, Lois Conner, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Weston & Harry Callahan, Moises Saman, Anders Petersen, plus volumes on the nude, American street photography and salted prints.
I Write to Tell You of a Baby Born Only Yesterday
David Eustace


Was £60 > Now £25
Natural Magic: Salted Paper Prints in North America

Was £33 > Now £11
Prom
Mary Ellen Mark

Was £37 > Now £12.50
He, She, It
Edward Weston, Harry Callahan

Was £45 > Now £15

 
Anders Petersen

Was £45 > Now £17.50
Afghanistan: Broken Promise
Moises Saman

Was $39.95 > Now £9.95

 
The Nude in Photography

Was £18.95 > Now £6.25
Unfamiliar Streets

Was £55 > Now £10

 
Lois Conner

Was £30 > Now £10
 
You can see a full list of our bargain titles on our website.

Endnotes

Signed copies of Stephen Gill's new title The Pillar are now in stock.

Remembering the Future by Albarran and Cabrera, announced before Christmas but delayed, is available now.

Our half price sale of all in-print Triplekite titles continues.

Finally, Alicia Bruce - who many of you will remember working in our shops back in the noughties but now making a living as a photographer and educator - has set up her own Portobello Photography School. She will be running a series of Saturday workshops in Edinburgh, including The Camera on 4 May, The Photographic Portrait on 8 June and The Still Life on 7 September.

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