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April 2019

New titles

Niall McDiarmid | Southwestern
Niall McDiarmid will shortly be self-publishing Southwestern, his fourth book of portraits of Britain, and the images all from that part of London. Niall is not comfortable with the limiting label of portrait photographer so it’s appropriate that Southwestern includes more general street scenes and café interiors. Some are reminiscent of American colour photographers such as Shore and Eggleston and some even call up the ghost of Edward Hopper. We will have signed copies of this edition limited to 450 copies. Sample images.
Ian Weldon | I am not a wedding photographer

Ian Weldon is a wedding photographer or, rather, according to the title of his forthcoming book from RRB, I am not a wedding photographer. He just takes photographs of weddings, the more informal and unposed the better. “I’m completely unbiased in the photographs I make. A sort of photographic democracy where one photograph is no more important than any other. Emotion and gesture and dancing and wine and door knobs and fancy lights and funny faces and shoes will all be treated the same.” It includes a text by Martin Parr and there is certainly evidence of Parr’s influence on Weldon’s style. We will have signed copies. Sample images.

Gavin Watson | Oh What Fun We Had

Gavin Watson is a leading photographer of English youth subculture in the 80s and 90s. His photographs were published in the books Skins (1994) and Skins and Punks (2008), and the director Shane Meadows cited them as an inspiration for his film This is England. Oh What Fun We Had is the product of delving through Gavin Watson's archive of thousands of negatives shot throughout the 1980s, a journey through unseen photographs of the 'Wycombe Skins'. Sample images.

Polly Braden | London's Square Mile: A Secret City

London’s Square Mile: A Secret City by Polly Braden is the latest in Hoxton Mini Press’s Tales from the City series. It comprises colour images mainly of individuals taken against the backdrop of the City of London’s imposing buildings, ancient and modern. We will have copies of the signed Collector’s Edition with print. Sample images.

Toshiya Murakoshi | An Eventual Saturation

Toshiya Murakoshi has been photographing his home of Fukushima since 2006. The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 transformed the landscape forever. The quiet elegiac black-and-white landscapes of An Eventual Saturation continue Murakoshi’s previous series A Gradual Thaw. “The act of taking photographs is prayer for the irreversible past, and is a starting point for articulating a new narrative.” Sample images.

Daido Moriyama | Japan: A Photo Theater

Japan: A Photo Theater is a new edition of Daido Moriyama’s first book, published in 1968, the year which also saw the launch of the influential Provoke magazine. This 2018 edition is the first to feature English translations of the text by Moriyama’s collaborator Shuji Terayama. The book, limited to an edition of 700, is numbered and signed by Moriyama. Sample images.

Miki Hasegawa | Internal Notebook

Internal Notebook by Miki Hasegawa deals with child abuse in Japan. It won the Photoboox award in 2017, the jury finding it remarkable how she tells the stories in such a respectful, delicate way. The first dummy edition sold out in a very short time but there is now a new edition from Ceiba. “The Internal Notebook is a notebook of the emotional cries of children raised in abusive homes. I have taken portraits of them, along with the diaries and notebooks they have kept.” Sample images.
 

Guy Tillim | Museum of the Revolution

Mack are publishing Guy Tillim’s latest title. Museum of the Revolution records Tillim’s travels to Africa’s cities including Johannesburg, Kigali, Addis Ababa, Luanda, Dakar and Dar es Salaam. These photographs of streets renamed to reflect a socialist nationalism and the end of the colonial era highlight these cities’ subsequent immersion in capitalist culture. Sample images.

Jeff Mermelstein | Arena

Jeff Mermelstein is best known for his close-up street portraits of New York City.  In 2012 he was commissioned to cover 350 events in the first four years of the new Barclays Arena in Brooklyn. Consistent with his usual working practice, we do not get to see basketball games, concerts or boxing matches. We do get “sensitive and loving observation of the eccentricities of human behaviour” – those who turn up to watch the events, the merchandise they purchase and the detritus they leave behind.  We will have signed copies of Arena. Sample images

Robert Mapplethorpe | Pictures

The Serralves Museum in Porto ran a major exhibition of the work of Robert Mapplethorpe this winter and a 400-page retrospective,
Mapplethorpe Pictures was published to coincide. It covers the full range of his career. The exhibition itself ran into controversy when the curator resigned, after the museum allegedly censored twenty works and restricted access for minors.  Sample images.

Graciela Iturbide | Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
The distinguished Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide has also been the subject of a major retrospective exhibition, this one at the MFA in Boston.  Graciela Iturbide's Mexico reflects a country in constant transition, defined by tensions between urban and rural life, and indigenous and modern life. Her subjects include political protests, celebrations and rituals, desert landscapes, cities and places of burial.  Sample images.
Matthias Bruggmann | An Act of Unspeakable Violence

Matthias Bruggmann’s An Act of Unspeakable Violence immerses the viewer into the horrifying conflict in Syria which Bruggmann has been documenting since 2012. The book presents first a flow of explicit images not clarifying who is on which side. He questions the codes of photojournalism and shifts the dividing lines between documentary and art photography. Sample images.

Photobook Belge 1854 - Now

We finish with two titles setting out the history of photobooks in Belgium and Sweden. Photobook Belge covers a period of more than 150 years, and features almost 250 photobooks. It includes works by Dirk Braeckman, Bieke Depoorter, Geert Goiris, Harry Gruyaert, Max Pinckers and Stephan Vanfleteren, as well as many undiscovered gems from Belgium's rich photographic history. Sample images.
 

Published: Photobooks in Sweden

Published is the first exhibition and book that highlights the photobook in Sweden. The project spans the first examples with glued-in photographs from the 1860s, via the different movements that have had an impact on the photobook in the twentieth century. Two hundred books have been selected, based on three themes: Society, The Self, and The Image. It includes titles by Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Gerry Johansson Mårten Lange, Gunnar Smoliansky, Christer Strömholm, Jan Töve, Margot Wallard, JH Engström, Anders Petersen, Andreas Feininger, Sune Jonsson, Jens Olof Lasthein and Lars Tunbjörk. Sample images.

Endnotes

Just In:
 
We have just received our first copies of Thomas Joshua Cooper’s Refuge. If you would like a signed copy, please let us know soon as we hope to get them signed shortly.
 
We have stock of the signed, limited edition of Michael Kenna’s Rafu, as well as the standard edition. An early purchaser, Richard Garlick, writes: “The photographs - and the presentation of them - are so stunningly beautiful that they have literally sent shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes. Michael Kenna certainly has an astounding talent.”

 

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