August 12th 2013


It’s early August but already we’re starting to feature some of the publishers’ intended autumn blockbusters. As Steve McCurry is now one of the world’s best-known photographers, it is rather frustrating that I managed to be away on holiday when he visited our Cockburn Street shop about twelve years ago! Due out at the beginning of September, Untold will look behind the scenes at fourteen of McCurry’s most important assignments. Includes 264 color photos over 500 pages.

Nick Brandt brings his east African trilogy to an end in Across the Ravaged Land. The sense of threat from human intervention pervades his magnificent wildlife photography. The book combining the first two volumes, On This Earth a Shadow Falls, is still available. The work is being exhibited at the Atlas Gallery, Cork Street, London from October 21 to November 10. See Brandt’s site for images

Similar concerns inform Earth to Sky by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, renowned National Geographic photographer, though this time with photographs in colour. It amounts to a passionate plea for the conservation of the African elephant and its habitats.

Also from Aperture comes Storms, a collection of the photography of Mitch Dobrowner, previously only available in a very expensive volume. Dobrowner is a ‘storm chaser’ and here reproduces his dramatic black-and-white images of extreme weather in the Western and Mid-Western United States. See here for sample images.

Initial reaction to Dav Thomas’ With Trees has been uniformly ecstatic. That’s partly down to the quality of Dav’s images of trees (see here for samples) and partly down to the fantastic job done by his publisher, David Breen, for whom this also represents a debut volume of his Triplekite Publishing. The stochastic printing process allows for the highest quality of reproduction. Dav’s beloved Peak District is well represented but there are images from across the UK.

I’m looking forward to the new publication from the great Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson. Behind the Mountains is not yet published but I wanted to give you fair warning as we are taking advance orders for signed copies. For the past 25 years Axelsson has observed sheep farmers on their roundups in one of the most difficult but also magnificent grazing terrains of the Icelandic wilderness. See here for sample images.

Similarly, Simon Roberts’ Pierdom is not published till 20 September but we will be placing an order for signed copies and urge you to reserve a copy as soon as possible. Acting as a more focused companion volume to the excellent We English, Simon uses his 4 x 5” plate camera to document the 50 or so remaining pleasure piers. See here for sample images.

Also from Dewi Lewis is Tractor Boys by the talented Swedish photographer Martin Bogren. For this project, he documented the subculture of boys in Sweden who customize old agricultural vehicles. “Youngsters meet up on the village outskirts, racing their tractorcars, burning tyremarks into the warm summer asphalt. The cars form into a circle as the boys take turns in the middle – showing their skills – showing off to the girls.” Bogren’s previous work, Lowlands, is an undiscovered gem and is still in print. See here for samples from both projects.
South of the north-west Highlands there is no part of Scotland I love more than Glen Lyon so I was delighted to hear about Winter in Glen Lyon by local resident, photographer and damn-fine coffee roaster Jamie Grant. See here for samples of Jamie’s black-and-white photography. Once again we will be getting signed copies and the sooner you order, the likelier you are to get one.

This title is published by the Aberfeldy Watermill, a wonderful bookshop/café which I visit as often as I can and fills me with a mixture of appreciation and envy! They will also be publishing An Eye on the World, a retrospective of the work of film-maker and photographer David Peat. It is based on an exhibition of his work in 2011 shortly before he died. See here for further info and sample images.

Japan’s Modern Divide explores how, in the 1930s, Japanese photography evolved in two very different directions: one towards documentary photography, the other favoring an experimental, or avant-garde, approach strongly influenced by Western Surrealism. This book explores these two strains of modern Japanese photography through the work of two contrasting figures: Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto. See here for background and sample images.

In Bouvetoya: a cultural history of an isolated landmass, Freddy Dewe Matthews looks at the way we project our hopes and fears onto isolated islands, in this case on the world’s remotest island. It is claimed to be the first published history of Bouvetoya and includes thirty-two photographs selected from the archive at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. See here for details and a video of the book.

Yanina Shevchenko is a new name to me but I’m very impressed by her colour images of a trip across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway and back again. See here for sample images. About twenty of them make it into a modest publication Crossing Over in a limited edition of 300.

Among a batch of remainders recently received we have RCAHMS’s excellent collection of photographs of Victorian Scotland as well as new stock of titles on John Gutmann, Louis Faurer and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. We have also reduced the price on our final few copies of Johsel Namkung’s Retrospective to £75. These have slight flaws on one or two pages. Please contact us if you would like more detail. See here for a full list of our discounted titles.

Always the most popular of our calendars is the beautiful production by Nazraeli Press of photographs by Michael Kenna. For 2014, the emphasis is on images of Japan, Korea, China and south-east Asia. His new book Shinan is now expected to be published in late September.

Finally, if you are resident in or visiting Edinburgh during August, please call in at our pop-up shop in Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street, open 11 to 6 seven days a week (except 13th and 23rd).



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