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Very best wishes to all our customers for 2017. Any of you hoping to live in uninteresting times is likely to be disappointed this year. Fortunately this applies to photobooks too as we don’t seem to be suffering any midwinter lull in interesting new titles.

New Titles

The stellar rise of Daisuke Yokota looks set to continue. His exhibition Matter has been shown across Europe and Asia over the last few years. Matter/Burn Out is an extension of this work which was exhibited in Xiamen in 2015, 70 years after the war between Japan and China. Once the exhibition had come to a close, the work was burnt in the newly vacated exhibition space. This process was documented in 4,000 photographs, whereby the data was processed, manipulated and revived to form a brand new, large-scale work. Sample images.

Kominek will shortly publish two new Yokota titles. The images in Berlin are the product of Yokota’s nocturnal wanderings through the city and display his experimental processing techniques whilst also demonstrating unconventional shooting methods like re-appropriating thermographic and infrared cameras and rendering the images onto analogue film. Sample images.
100 Bilder is a collaboration between Yokota, Yoshi Kametani and Hiroshi Takizawa. Again it comprises night photographs of Berlin - all manner of places from forests to strip clubs, industrial estates, parking lots and darkened streets. Sample images.

IMA is an influential Japanese photographic magazine and book publisher. They have just published their first IMA English Edition subtitled A New Chapter Of Japanese Photography. It is a substantial introduction to established and up and coming Japanese photographers, including Yokota again, Mizutani, Hosokura, Rumando, Araki and Kitari. Sample images.
Jacob Aue Sobol has two new publications. The first, Road of Bones is self-published. It contains photographs from the road in Siberia. We will have signed copies. See here for a video of this catalogue.

Sobol’s With and Without You is published by Super Labo. It is a tribute to his father who died when Jacob was 20 years old. Printed on Sobol’s 40th birthday, it is a compilation of all the projects that he has made and that his father never got to see. It includes images from all of his work including out-of-print books such as Sabine and I Tokyo. Again we will have signed copies. Sample images.
Art & Theory Publishing have produced the first full English language edition of Christer Stromholm’s Poste Restante. It comprises the original photographs, layout and texts, including the unrevised introduction from 1967, plus a text based on a taped interview with Strömholm conducted over five days at a hotel in Paris. Its non-narrative style has had a huge influence on subsequent generations of photographers. Sample images.

Next, three from Swedish publisher Journal. Simon Johansson’s Across the Bridge depicts life on the island of Oland. A long road bridge was built from there to the mainland in the 1970s and there were fears at the time that it would threaten the island’s distinctive culture. But Johansson finds that, after the initial adjustment, “most things have kept the same, time runs slower here.” Johansson’s sensitive black-and-white images might appeal to fans of Martin Bogren. Sample images.
Floating features Kicki Lundgren’s delightfully playful black-and-white portraits of holidaymakers swimming and having fun on the beaches of Turkey and Croatia. Sample images.

The last pick of Journal’s recent publications is Karl Henrik-Edlund’s Bright Hours, photos in black-and-white and colour taken in Arctic regions of north-west Russia. Portraits predominate but there are still lifes and landscapes too. Sample images.
Enda Bowe seems to be setting out to do something similar in At Mirrored River, a detailed evocation of an unnamed small town in the west of Ireland. It attempts to find beauty in the everyday and, in the portraits, a sense of belonging – and perhaps of longing too. Sample images.

Barry Cawston’s Are We There Yet? mixes his photographs of Banksy’s Dismaland ‘funfair’ with his own street photographs of Weston-Super-Mare, the seaside town where Banksy’s project was located in summer 2015. Sample images.
 
Velvet Cell are bringing out Taipei Diary, the fourth volume in Peter Bialobrzeski’s City Diary series. Bialobrzeski is one of the foremost contemporary photographers of the urban landscape and this volume maintains the standard of the earlier titles on Athens, Cairo and Wolfsburg. Sample images.

Recently published by Velvet Cell and also concerning the urban environment is Lars Mortensen’s In Search of Habitat. This work is focussed on rapid urban expansion in India. Mortensen is influenced by New Topographics but these images are exclusively in colour. Sample images.
Chinese publisher Jiazazhi are renowned for their imaginative design and this continues with their new publication of Beijing-based Slovenian photographer Matjaz Tancic’s 3D portraits from North Korea made in 2014. 3DPRK comes in a box and includes 3D photos on card and 3D glasses. Sample images.

Aeronautics in the Backyard is Xiaoxiao Xu’s fascinating investigation of an obsession shared by a number of farmers across China to design and build their own light aircraft from scratch. If comparisons with The Afronauts are understandable and perhaps helped find the project a publisher, this publication deserves to be appreciated on its own merits. Sample images.

Endnotes

Several eagerly awaited titles, announced last year but delayed in publication, are now in stock.  If you’re a fan of Lee Friedlander or of black-and-white images of the American West, you should treat yourself to Western Landscapes. It’s massive, measuring 13.5 by 15 inches and with 189 images printed one to a page.
 
Jantar Mantar, from Nazraeli, beautifully reproduces Simon Chaput’s photos of stone observatories built in the 18th century in India for the study of astronomy.
 
Buzzing at the Sill, Peter van Agtmael’s follow-up to Disco Nights, is also out now.
 
For anyone wanting to catch up on the career of William Christenberry, who died recently, we have copies of the most substantial retrospective of his career.
 
Our customer Ian MacIlwain has published a limited edition book, When I Was 19…I won a Honda 50 and went to Transylvania. Over the last ten years he has been able to revisit the rural villages he first encountered 50 years ago. His book is a lovely photographic account of his relationship with these communities. You can find out more here and buy direct from Ian.
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