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Why didn’t I keep a copy of Peter Bialobrzeski’s wonderful Heimat from 2005 – largely a book of landscapes that both flirted with and questioned the Germans’ romanticising of their homeland? He’s about to publish Die Zweite Heimat that focuses more on the landscapes of urban and small-town life in Germany today and the ways in which indications of escape are often built into those landscapes. I am excited to say we will have signed copies. (Despite the German title, there is text in English). Sample images.

Niall McDiarmid is a Scottish street portrait photographer, now based in London, with a wonderful eye for colour, for character and for style. He clearly has the ability to build up a rapport with subjects from the complete range of backgrounds. Though not made explicit, this ability calls into question any ideology based on division. His two previous books Crossing Paths and Via Vauxhall, both very popular, are now out of print. We’re very happy that we’ll shortly have signed copies of his new Town to Town with fifty street portraits from throughout Britain. Sample images.

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s latest work is The Gates of Paradise. In 1585, four Japanese youths appeared before Pope Gregory XIII, summoned to his court from the newly-founded Christian community in Japan. Sugimoto follows in the boys’ footsteps, capturing the architectural wonders of Rome, Florence, and Venice as the eastern visitors might have seen them. Sample images.

Record is drawn from the first thirty issues of Daido Moriyama’s personal publication, from the seventies to the present day. Beside the pictures taken on his home ground in Tokyo and Osaka, Moriyama photographed the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Florence, Paris and London. Sample images. Please note we also have one signed copy left of the Japanese edition.

Mack Books have a busy autumn programme and our next four titles are theirs. Synthesizing an array of photographic genres and approaches, Torbjorn Rodland’s The Model comprises elements of critical appropriation, diaristic snapshot, reportage, commercial and staged photography – all strung together by the face of Polish actress and fashion model Malgosia Bela. Sample images.

In Nothing But Clouds Kristina Jurotschkin brings together images made in various places in Europe over numerous years. Her black-and-white images present alienating views of everyday spaces. Sample images.

In December 1975 Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen made a series of black-and-white photographs capturing daily life in metropolitan Hungary. I Will Be Wolf brings together many previously unpublished images edited by British photographer Stephen Gill. Her snapshots of commuters, grocers, chemists, café workers, and street vendors contain all the hallmarks of a bygone era. Sample images.

The Waiting Game catapulted Txema Salvans to public attention in 2014. Now My Kingdom offers a sharp-witted insight into contemporary Spanish society, and a wry comment on the climate of power in the artist’s home country. Salvans splices together black-and-white photographs of ordinary citizens enjoying the Mediterranean coast with quotes from the political rhetoric of former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I. Sample images.

Local Objects is a quietly impressive collection of urban and suburban landscapes of the American Midwest by Tim Carpenter. The meticulously sequenced black-and-white images are close in spirit to the work of Gerry Johansson. Sample images.

The Englishman and the Eel is Stuart Freedman’s documentary celebration of the surviving eel, pie and mash shops of London’s east end. Freedman grew up in the area and the images are a testament to the survival of these community institutions through a period of fundamental social change. Sample images.

Ewen Spencer’s photographs of young people in varying degrees of inebriation and intimacy on nights out are the subject of a new title from Stanley Barker, Young Love. The photos were taken in 2000 and were the result of a commission from The Face magazine. They are worthy successors to the images in Tom Wood’s celebrated Looking for Love. Sample images.

Hoxton Mini Press, the enterprising independent publisher from East London, will be considerably extending their reach after signing up for a collaboration with Penguin Press. The first fruit is Really Good Dog Photography. Intended as an antidote to the cute photos overloading the internet, these photos “approach the dog as a dignified, intelligent and noble being”. It includes work by William Wegman, Alec Soth, Charlotte Dumas, Traer Scott, Tim Flach, Elliott Erwitt, Jo Longhurst and Dougie Wallace. Sample images.

Glasgow-born Harry Benson, now 87, is the subject of a massive retrospective published by Powerhouse. Perhaps best known in the UK for his photos of the Beatles on their early tours, Benson has documented as much of the celebrity and political life of the USA as any other photographer. He is indeed the only photographer to have photographed twelve consecutive presidents, right up to you-know-who. Persons of Interest includes Benson’s own writings on his career and his encounters with the important, the rich and the famous. Sample images.

Bystander by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz is the most authoritative history of street photography available. The first edition of 1994 gave due recognition to the heavyweights of the genre, from Atget, Stieglitz and Strand, to Frank, Arbus and Winogrand. This new edition includes more contemporary photographers and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography. Sample images.

Endnotes

For the first time, we have signed stock of Thomas Joshua Cooper’s Shoshone Falls.
 
We will shortly have more signed copies of the 2017 edition of Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi including a last few with a fold-out poster measuring 42*53cm.
 
We will be providing the bookstall at Martin Parr’s signing event at Stills on 14 November. As that event is now sold out, we would like to offer anyone who cannot attend the chance to order signed copies of any of our Parr titles. Orders by this Friday, 3 November, please.

Stop Press!  We've just received signed copies of A Pink Flamingo, Jack Latham's new book after his great success with Sugar Paper Theories. More info in the next newsletter but available to order now.

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