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We will shortly be taking stock of Cristina de Middel’s new book This is What Hatred Did. The work was inspired by Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola’s 1964 novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and combines – in de Middel’s usual practice – documentary-style and constructed imagery. Sample images.

We have stock of the Michael Kenna 2016 Calendar which has some of his finest images from across the world. As ever, Nazraeli have printed this poster-size calendar on an uncoated, natural Japanese paper using Daido black ink. Sample images.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Crude Metaphors, a prominent and celebrated section of HOTSHOE magazine since 2005, HOTSHOE is publishing a very special limited edition collector's box of five books featuring a selection of the most renowned photographers of today, including Roger Ballen, Todd Hido, Edgar Martins, Mayumi Hosokura and Esther Teichmann. Crude Metaphors pairs the work of these photographers with contributions from fiction writers. Sample images.

Independent French publisher Chose Commune have published a beautiful retrospective of the career of the great Japanese photographer Shoji Ueda in a limited edition of 1000 copies. Ueda was profoundly attached to his birthplace of Tottori, on the Sea of Japan, which he used as a backdrop for the vast majority of his work. Ueda brings together a great many previously unpublished photographs, in both black-and-white and colour. Sample images.
Another small French publisher Lamaindonne has published Le Desert Russe by Ljubisa Danilovic. Starting from the prediction that Russia’s population could decline by a third by 2050, Desert Russe is full of chillingly beautiful black-and-white photographs of Russia in winter. We wil have signed copies. Sample images.

Russian photographer Alexey Titarenko uses long exposure and intentional camera movement to forge a unique style of black-and-white street photography. The City is a Novel brings together his early work, intended as a critique of the Soviet Union, with later work from Venice, Havana, New York and elsewhere. See Alexey Titarenko's website for photographs from throughout his career.
Hiroji Kubota Photographer is Aperture’s massive retrospective of the career of Kubota, a member of Magnum since 1965. Kubota extensively photographed the turbulent late sixties in the USA but his photographic territory extended to China, Korea and South East Asia as well as his native Japan. This book includes black-and-white and colour work. Sample images.

Dana Lixenberg’s Imperial Courts must be one of the most sustained documentary projects of recent years. Initially prompted by the riots in Los Angeles that followed the outcome of the Rodney King case in 1992, Lixenberg photographed the lives of the inhabitants of the Imperial Courts housing project over the next 23 years, using a 4*5 field camera. You can browse this book here.
Best known for Detroit Disassembled, Andrew Moore has been working for ten years on Dirt Meridian, bisecting the USA along the 100th Meridian, documenting the sparsely populated landscapes of ‘fly-over country’. Many photographs in this book were made using a specially modified camera in a low flying plane. Sample images.

Mack are publishing Home Front, Kenneth Graves’ black-and-white photographs of urban and small-town America in the 1960s and 1970s. Graves’ highlighting of ‘everyday surrealism’ incorporates some of the visual humour of Elliott Erwitt while anticipating the vision of Alec Soth. Sample images.
From Editorial RM comes Miserachs Barcelona which celebrates one of the finest of all urban photobooks: Barcelona Blanc i Negre (1964), the masterpiece of photographer Xavier Miserachs, who was only twenty-five years old when he made it. It is a monumental work, with almost four hundred photographs of inhabitants of this vibrant city. Sample images.

Hatje Cantz will shortly publish Metropolis by Martin Roemers, who previously produced the excellent Relics of the Cold War (one copy of which is left in stock.) Metropolis is a major worldwide survey of cities with more than ten million people. His colour photographs are taken with long exposure times, causing traffic and people to merge and become blurred, swirling currents. Roemers recently won the Lens Culture street photography award. Sample images.
Idris Khan is a British artist working through a combination of difference media, principally photography, painting and sculpture. Conflicting Lines is the catalogue of his recent exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery demonstrating his use of layering to create something entirely new through repetition and superimposition. Sample images.

Piyatat Hemmatat is a young Thai photographer who returned to his native land after studying art in London. If he is a new name to you as he is to me, the evidence of his book Landscape is that he is exceptionally talented. Whether in black-and-white or colour, his images manage to combine precision with sensuality. Sample images.
Drawing from the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty compiles 161 of Penn’s images, including a number of unpublished works. It accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Penn’s work in nearly 20 years and features photographs from all stages of his career, including street scenes from the late 1930s, celebrity portraits, Parisian fashion photographs, and more private studio images. Sample images.

Endnotes

We gave you incorrect details in the last newsletter of the revised edition of Martin Parr Autoportrait. The UK edition is to be published by Dewi Lewis at £16.99 – much cheaper than the edition we mentioned last time. We are taking orders for signed copies.

Bruno Ceschel’s Self Publish Be Happy has now been published.

We have one copy remaining of Daisuke Yokota’s Color Photographs.

Our offices near Drem, East Lothian, are now in a fit state for customers to visit if they live in the area or are visiting. The offices are not occupied all the time, though, so please email if you would like to arrange a visit.

We are getting active on Instagram where you can find us at BeyondWordsBooks

Matt Botwood kindly sent a sample of his self-published Travels in a Strange Land: Dark Spaces and I am happy to recommend that anyone looking for an original approach to photographing the natural world take a look at his work and buy his book direct from him. “lluminating the dark spaces beneath rocks and trees by viewing them in negative I have unearthed a landscape previously unknown to me."
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