March 31st 2014


Book Launch


First, news of a book launch and signing we have arranged for Thursday 24 April at Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. We are very pleased to welcome Phil Bergerson from Canada whose American Artifacts has just been published by Black Dog. Bergerson describes his approach as “sifting through the remains of a culture—sifting through the shards of artifacts left behind by a rushing humanity as it made its way through the streets of a tumultuous America”. The book includes text by photographer Nathan Lyons and Canada’s leading writer Margaret Atwood. See here for sample images. 

Please email if you are interested in attending. If you cannot attend but would like to order a signed copy, please do so in the normal way.

New Titles

Errata Editions’ Books on Books series continues with four more titles celebrating landmark photographic monographs. This time three of the four titles are British. The first is Martin Parr’s Bad Weather, his first book, featuring black-and-white photographs of Brits battling against the elements. Martin Parr has kindly agreed to sign copies for us. See here for sample pages. 

Next there’s Richard Billingham’s Ray’s a Laugh, Richard Billingham’s portrayal of his parent’s home which brought him international fame when first published in 2000. See here for sample pages.

Then there’s In Flagrante, Chris Killip’s powerful documentary study of the impact of deindustrialization on communities in the north of England. The Errata edition includes the original essay by John Berger and Sylvia Grant, plus a new one by Gerry Badger. See here for sample pages. 

For their final selection, Errata go for a less known work by Canadian photographer Donigan Cumming. They describe The Stage as “"one of the most challenging photobooks published in the last century". Cumming collaborates with subjects in domestic and institutional settings to create a kind of “psychological portraiture.” See here for sample pages.

Martin Parr is also featured in a forthcoming title by John Gossage, Looking Up Ben James, in which Parr guides Gossage on a road trip from the south-west to the north-west of England and into Wales. Gossage's only request was that Parr took him to some “typical Parr seaside locations”. Parr comments on the resulting body of work: “It restores my faith in photography to know that a mature and original photographer like John Gossage can see the things I just did not notice.” 

Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers is a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format 8-by-10-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. “The resulting photographs raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.” See here for sample images.
Land/Sea Volume 1 is the first of Triplekite’s planned series of landscape photography collections, each one involving a photo essay by five different photographers, in this case Joe Wright, Valda Bailey, Al Brydon, Giles McGarry and Finn Hopson. See here for sample images. 

I fear I’ve not been as assiduous as some of our customers in researching Volume 3 of Parr & Badger’s The Photobook. However, we shall shortly be taking stock of one of their recommended titles, Rasen Kaigan by Lieko Shiga. Shiga was the official photographer in Kitagama, Japan, when it was devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Parr and Badger commend it as “a highly expressionistic, poetic mixture of the realistic with the fictional, the objective with the personal, the diaristic with the staged, the fine art photographic with the snapshot…It could be described as sprawling but, if so, it sprawls to magnificent effect.” See here and here for sample images.
Rasen Kaigan is published by Japanese publisher Akaaka and, as we’ve not featured their work before, we’d like to mention a small sample of their titles here. Surrendered Myself to the Chair of Life is an even more sprawling work than Rasen Kaigen, measuring 297 × 420 mm and 400 pages long. The photographer Jin Ohashi is much admired by Nobuyoshi Araki and this title is a frank and exhaustive study of human sexuality. See here for sample images. 

The title of Miki Jo’s Sex would suggest similar subject matter but its actual subject is the movement of water, photographed in black-and-white and printed on very large pages (303*402mm). Any erotic implications are purely in the eye of the beholder. See here for sample images. 

Our last choice from Akaaka is Gama Caves by Osamu James Nakagawa, a beautiful sequence of colour photographs taken inside a cave system in Okinawa. See here for sample images. 

You can view all Akaaka titles here. If any of their titles are of interest to you, please let us know and we can quote you a price.
Final Notes

We have copies of Cristina de Middel’s Party.  All signed copies have now been sold but unsigned copies are still available. 

Apologies, we left one of our new remainders off our newsletter last week. That was Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz. 

Thanks to regular customer Allan Bovill, we have been able to get hold of more copies of Carlos Spottorno’s The Pigs.

We don’t have a firm date yet but we are glad to hear that Kehrer are intending to reprint Sea Change, Michael Marten’s excellent exploration of the tideline around the British coast, sometime this Spring. 

Finally, a reminder that the deadline for bids for our auction for second hand books ends at 11:59 this Monday 31 March. If you have not already seen the list and think you might be interested, please email immediately.


As always if you would like to order any of the titles listed or would like more information concerning anything mentioned in our newsletters please contact us by phone or at the email address at the bottom of this message. You may also order any of these books at


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