July 29th 2013

Sorry for the long silence while I was on holiday in Skye where I met up with the great platinum/palladium photographer Takeshi Shikama from Japan and his wife Yukiko.  (Some of you may be aware of his beautiful book The Silent Respiration of Forests. More recent work may be seen on his website). Takeshi is an artist in residence this summer at the Gaelic language college, Sabhal Mor Ostaig.  When we spoke, he was planning to devote his photographic attention to standing stones.  I am hoping to organize an event (probably in Edinburgh but open to other offers) where Takeshi can meet people who are interested in his work.  Please get in touch if that includes you.
New Titles

Aperture have reprinted Alex Webb’s excellent retrospective The Suffering of Light, which includes well-known images and previously unpublished photos. This Magnum member has brought an innovative use of colour into his 30 year career in photojournalism. See here for sample images.

Aperture are also about to produce a new edition of Edge of Vision, Lyle Rexer’s authoritative history of abstraction in photography. It includes examples of abstract photographs from throughout the history of the medium.

Richard Misrach is producing 11.21.11 5.40pm, the first in an intended series of artist’s books. This one emerged from a second series of his On The Beach project. Photographing from distance a couple on a beach, it was only when he got back to his studio that he discovered that the couple themselves had been taking a self-portrait on their i-phone. The images in this book emerge from that coincidence. See here for more detail.

Jan Banning’s Bureaucratics, published by Nazraeli, has now sold out of two printings. For his latest publication, Down and Out in the South, he has photographed 42 homeless people in the southern US, not in a documentary style, but in colour, in a studio setting against a neutral background. See here for details and sample images.

Yale University Press are producing two major volumes of interest to devotees of early photography. William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography situates Fox Talbot’s photographic experiments in the context of his broader intellectual pursuits in the fields of optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.

All the Mighty World is a substantial retrospective of the brief but meteoric career of Roger Fenton, the English photographic pioneer who excelled in architectural photography, landscape, portraiture, still life, reportage, and still life. As well as rural and urban English scenes, he travelled to Russia, photographed the Kremlin and battlefields of the Crimean War.
Thircuir publish introductory books on contemporary Chinese photographers at less than £10 each. The three we’ve chosen to feature have all produced extraordinary work. The best known is probably Wang Qing Song but there’s also Liu Bolin who, in Hidden in the City, loses himself in his creations in a way that I find quite amazing and Yang Yongliang whose photomontages superimpose modern cityscapes on traditional Chinese landscape paintings. See here for samples of all the above and other Thircuir titles – let us know if there are any others you are interested in.
Ukrainian Boris Mikhailov’s depiction of his homeland since the end of the Soviet Union – and in particular of groups of homeless people – are well known. A new publication simply entitled Books allows us to view, in facsimile, his earlier artist’s books Krymskaja Fotomanija (Crimean Photomania) and Mountains, each of which is 128 pages and are here supplemented by 80 pages of informative, illustrated text.

Antony Cairns uses experimental printing techniques to render his photographs of London buildings and streets at night unfamiliar and unsettling. A selection of 60 metal prints from his LDN series was exhibited at Les Rencontres D’Arles this year. To coincide, he has published LDN2, a radically new edition of his (originally handmade) 2010 book LDN with pages measuring 25 x 34cm and using fine 170 gsm paper. See here for sample images.
Our final new title could not be more different. John Parminter is an experienced colour mountain photographer and in Scotland’s Fifty Finest Mountains, he selects 120 of his favourite images. For a portfolio of his Highland images see here.
I’d like to close by briefing you on a few titles previously mentioned in our newsletter. Robert Adams’ Light Balances and On Any Given Day in Spring is now available, as are the reprints of Mike Brodie’s Period of Juvenile Prosperity and Magnum Contact Sheets.

Peter Mitchell’s photographs of 1970s Leeds have been getting a lot of media attention recently and his Strangely Familiar should be available at last in a couple of weeks. Michael Kenna’s Shinan is unlikely to be available till late September but the cover image and design have now been revealed..
Pop-up Shop

We will be running a pop-up shop from 2 August till the end of the month at Stills Gallery, Cockburn Street.  We will be presenting a selection of bestsellers, new titles, signed copies and special offers.  We will also be involved in a Document Scotland event at Stills in the evening of Fri 23 August - more details to follow.

See the Stills website for the full details of their programme
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