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November 19th 2012

 
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James Balog has been leading the scientific/photographic Extreme Ice Survey since 2007. Using time-lapse imagery as well as traditional photography at remote sites in Greenland, Iceland, Nepal, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains among other places, the EIS archive of nearly a million photographs reveals the extraordinary ongoing retreat of glaciers and ice sheets. The most dramatic – as well as troubling – photographs are assembled in Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. Sample images here.

By comparison, Ansel Adams’ monumental landscape photographs come from a more innocent era. Looking at Ansel Adams  explores Adams's vision by looking closely at the stories behind 20 of his most significant images, including Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, and Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake. The book includes supporting photographs, alternative versions, and letters and postcards.

Richard Misrach’s Petrochemical America has been mentioned before. I’m mentioning it again now (a) because it’s just been published and (b) because it’s £50 and not £75 as previously announced.

 
 
Bill Schwab, author of Gathering Calm, has added to his 11+1 Signature Series with Belle Isle, which brings together for the first time his photographs of Detroit’s island park, Belle Isle. Like Nazraeli’s One Picture Books, this is a small, signed book with eleven images plus an original print. Only 100 copies are produced. Sample pages here. Bill has also confirmed that copies of the 2nd edition of Gathering Calm are still available.

Terry Evans has been documenting the prairie regions of the US for many years and is perhaps best known for her aerial photographs of those landscapes. Her latest publication, Prairie Stories, includes some of these wider perspectives but is predominantly a more intimate portrayal of the individuals and community of Matfield Green, Kansas. See here for sample images. We will have signed and unsigned copies available.

Celebrated New York street photographer Joel Meyerowitz has taken time out from his usual haunts to produce a colour celebration of the landscape and people of Provence. You can watch Meyerowitz and partner/author Maggie Barrett giving it the hard sell in this You Tube clip.
 
 
 

Thus Spake Lachapelle is a massive new collection of the work of David Lachapelle, published on the occasion of an exhibition in Prague. It is the first retrospective of the artist’s work to include photographs from the mid-1980s up to the present. The early photographs have never appeared before and the most recent photographs have not previously appeared in book form. See here for a video of the book.

Mikhael Subotzky, nephew of the renowned South African photographer Gideon Mendel, has had a meteoric rise to fame, being accepted as a full member of the Magnum agency at the age of 31. Steidl has published Retinal Shift, a substantial retrospective of Subotzky’s career so far, which has already been nominated in many ‘photobooks of the year’ lists.

Abbas Kiarostami is a renowned Iranian filmmaker but, while his still photographs have been exhibited, they have not until now been collected in book form. This has been put right by Hatje Cantz in Images, Still and Moving. The majority of the photographs are in the landscape tradition; some are reminiscent of Todd Hido and Koudelka’s recent work. See here for sample pages.

 
 
 
 

With the Klein+Moriyama exhibition at the Tate Modern drawing the crowds, Moriyama publications are appearing faster than ever – or reappearing in this case: a 2nd edition of his Remix from 2004, a 288-page retrospective of his career to that point. And just a reminder that the recent Journey for Something is still available.

Takashi Homma has produced Mushrooms from the Forest, a beautiful colour series of mushrooms photographed like anatomical specimens against a plain white background, but this is interspersed with photographs of the forest where they were picked. See here for further detail and images.

RCAHMS continue their excellent series of books of aerial photographs of Scotland with Scotland’s Landscapes which uses new imagery from the National Collection of Aerial Photography to demonstrate that, over the past 10,000 years, every inch of Scotland – whether remote hilltop, fertile floodplain, or storm-lashed coastline – has been shaped, changed and moulded by its people. See here for a generous selection of images.

 
 
Sense of Place offers a broad perspective on European landscape photography with contributions from photographers from the 27 countries of the European Union including Andreas Gursky, Massimo Vitali, Carl de Keyzer, Gerry Johansson, Jem Southam and Olafur Eliasson. It depicts Europe’s wonderfully varied geography — shorelines and fjords, mountains and plains, farmland and urban centres. See here for more details of the exhibition on which the book is based.

The catalogue of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 has just been published, with 60 shortlisted entries giving an overview of the current state of portrait photography in the UK. See the NPG website for sample images and details of the exhibition now running at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
 
In The Disappearance of Darkness, Robert Burley offers a documentary elegy to the fast-disappearing world of film-based photography, and in particular the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. See here for a video clip of Burley introducing the book.

Voici Paris is the best collection of photographs of Paris since Paris Mon Amour though it is more focused on the inter-war years when many of the greatest names in photography were based there, such as Brassai, Kertesz, Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy. Its 330 images are taken from the Bouqueret collection which was recently added to the Centre Pompidou collection, the most comprehensive photography collection in the world of this period. I’m hoping that the text being in French will not deter those with an interest in – or love of – Paris. See here for a video introduction to this exhibition which is still running in Paris.
 
 
Finally, can I mention that Jan Tove seems to have resolved the problems with printing Silent Landscape and we expect stock about the end of this month? If you have not already ordered and would like to be sure of a signed copy before Christmas, please order now as we will probably only get one delivery this year. See here for the full range of spreads in this beautiful book.
 
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