18 June 2012



Dear Friend of Beyond Words,

Martin Parr has roamed across most parts of the globe now with his camera capturing contemporary consumer and tourist culture. Australia feels like pretty natural territory for his perspective. In No Worries, he focuses on three coastal towns in Western Australia, Fremantle, Port Hedland and Broome.

‘My previous encounters in
Australia have been urban, in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, so it was good to see smaller towns, all different, but full of character. I feel I know the country a lot better now. I am a nosy person and with a camera as an excuse you can witness people’s lives and hear their stories.’ .





Simultaneously Parr publishes Up and Down Peachtree to coincide with a major exhibition in Atlanta. Peachtree Street is the main road around which the city grew. Parr creates a portrait of daily life in the city. His subjects include the Atlanta Pride Festival, the CNN Center, the annual Dogwood Festival, Atlanta’s zoo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



The high school prom is one of America’s most anticipated rites of passage. Prom, a new book by the internationally recognized documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, celebrates this important ritual of youth. Although the traditions of finding the perfect outfit and the perfect date for this formal occasion remain much the same as they have since the 1950s, today’s prom incorporates individualistic clothing, same-sex dates, high security, and teen pregnancy. Mark worked with a rare Polaroid 20x24 Land Camera and some of the last remaining stock of Polaroid-manufactured 20x24 instant film. Mark’s husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, collaborated with her on the project to produce and direct a film, also called Prom, which features interviews with the students about their lives, dreams, and hopes for the future. A DVD of the film is packaged with the book.

Coincidentally Tim Mantoani has also published Behind Photographs which uses the same camera and film as Mark. He used them for portraits of some of the greatest living photographers, photographing them holding a print of one of their best-known images. For an insight into the development of his project, click here.





In My Dakota, Rebecca Norris Webb photographs her home state and commemorates her brother, who died unexpectedly. The colours, both of the interiors and of the details in the landscape, are beautifully captured and printed to high standard as usual by Radius Books. See sample pages here.

Brian Rose makes a living as an architectural photographer in
New York but Time & Space on the Lower East Side show him to be an excellent street photographer too. It brings together his colour photographs from 1980, taken with a 4x5 view camera, with images of the same locations from 2010. It’s amazing how long ago 1980 feels! See sample images here.



Several years ago, the Saatchi Gallery’s survey of contemporary photography I Am a Camera garnered a lot of attention, not least because Tierney Gearon’s photographs of her children naked on a beach with masks on were for a while threatened with prosecution. Out of Focus is Saatchi’s first international survey of photography since then. The book has 364 pages and includes work by Mikhael Subotzky, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Elina Brotherus, J H Engstrom, John Stezaker, Hannah Starkey, Mitch Epstein, Katy Grannan, and Ryan McGinley. The gallery website has work by all the contributing photographers.

Greg Girard, a Canadian photographer, whose excellent Phantom Shanghai was published several years ago, recently published a collection of his early colour work In the Near Distance. As it was acclaimed by reviewers and there were only 500 copies printed by Kominek Books, we were surprised to find it was still in print. Covering his early colour photography in the period 1973-86 when he photographed in
Vancouver, Tokyo and elsewhere, often with street lamps as the only lighting, it represents a significant addition to the colour photography of that era.

Kominek also publish Series, a collection of the work of Mexican crime photographer Enrique Metinides. There are obvious similarities with the work of Weegee though Metinides’ style is much more cinematic and his depictions (I should warn you before you click on the link) often much more gruesome.



We have recently reconnected with the Rathole Gallery in Japan from whom we got copies of the wonderful reprint of Fukase’s A Solitude of Ravens several years ago. They have three collections of photographs of Nobuyoshi Araki published in the last year: Shamanatsu (samples here), Higan (samples here) and Rakuen (samples here).



You could hardly find a more different Japanese photographer from Araki than Hiroshi Sugimoto. Much of his career has been spent photographing other artworks and architecture. Now, in Rodin - Sugimoto he has turned his attention to Rodin’s sculptures, the subject of his exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. Sample images here.

In addition to these new titles a reprint is due of Marchand & Meffre’s monumental Ruins of Detroit (sample spreads here)



The last of our new books is a very special limited edition from Stephen Shore of work previously only available in 83 print-on-demand books (each of which was limited to 20 copies).  “Each book was a visual record of his activities on one particular day. The project shifted in emphasis from August 2005, when Shore determined to make an entire book wherever he was in the world 'on days that The New York Times deemed an event newsworthy enough to bestow one of its six-column, full-width banner headlines to it’.”  Only 250 copies of The Book of Books will be available worldwide.  The two volumes will comprise 2302 pages with 1000 colour illustrations.  They too will be printed on demand and, if you decide to purchase, you should expect to wait six weeks while they are printed.  The recommended price is $2500.  We are selling it at £1620. For an interview with Shore on this project, click here.


Amazon Price-Beater


In the first of a regular series of Amazon Price-Beaters, we are listing Peter Fraser’s new City in the Mind at £40 until the end of June. Its recommended price is £54; Amazon are selling at £45.90. Even with carriage of £4.50, you’re still better off buying from us.





One of our regular customers, Peter Iain Campbell, has an exhibition at the Arches in Glasgow"Produced in Dumbarton, at the confluence of the Leven and Clyde rivers, ‘What Hercules Might See (Part III)’ is a sub-chapter, or perhaps an incongruous visual diversion within a larger body of photographic work (part fictional/part documentary in narrative and production) that considers the metamorphosis of an area of land and the shift in human occupation as a result of industrial evaporation and post-industrial opportunism."  For sample images


Best wishes,

Neil McIlwraith


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