This beautiful book presents a meditative, arresting, and dazzling collection of 240 black-and-white images of Japan, made over almost 30 years by the internationally renowned photographer Michael Kenna. A rocky coast along the sea of Japan; an immense plain of rice fields in the snow; Mount Fuji towering over misty wooded hills; silent temples devoid of people but brimming with Buddhist deities; a Torii gate mysteriously emerging from moving clouds and water–these are a few images from this remarkable collection […]
Kitakamigawa Originally published in 2005 by Shumpusha, this newest edition of Shoko Hashimoto’s photobook Kitakamigawa is a visual assemblage of images taken in between the 1950s to the late 1980s along the Kitakami river located in the Tohoku region of Japan. Born in 1939 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, Hashimoto graduated from the prestigious photography department of Nihon University in 1963. The photographs assembled within the edition offers viewers once again, the opportunity to glimpse into the lives of the people […]
Facsimile Edition. Photographs by Peter Mitchell. RRB Publishing, Bristol, England, 2016. In English. 136 pp.. A long overdue facsimile reprint of a title that has been out of print for many years. Quarry Hill Flats was a large housing estate, built on continental lines and peculiar to Leeds. The largest and most modern of their kind in Europe, housing around 3,000 people, the Flats were constructed during the 1930s as part of a ‘great social experiment‘ to accommodate an entire […]
Filled with startling portraits of Africa’s raw and tragic beauty, this first retrospective of Pieter Hugo’s award-winning work collects the most important images from the photographer’s career to date. Pieter Hugo has been documenting his native continent of Africa since his late teens. An autodidact, he was eventually drawn to portraiture, an interest that culminated with his hugely popular book, The Hyena and Other Men. Since that book, Hugo has continued to earn high praise while testing the limits of […]
Paolo Pellegrin is a journalistic and fine-art photographer with few equals. As well as becoming a full member of Magnum in 2005, he is a contract photographer for Newsweek. The recipient of many prizes, he has achieved various awards including eight World Press Photo and numerous Photographer of the Year accolades. Taking photographs worldwide, his subjects often include the underprivileged and those caught in political conflicts. Pellegrin’s painterly images are both evocative and remarkably original. He is also a celebrity […]
Jeff Wall: Complete Edition Jeff Wall (b.1946) adopts the nineteenth-century poet Baudelaire’s famous description of one of his contemporaries as ‘a painter of modern life’ to describe his own very different work: huge transparencies mounted on to light boxes that diffuse a brilliant glow of white light evenly through his photographs of contemporary urban scenes and ‘constructed’ social situations. Wall is foremost among the pioneering artists who since the late 1960s have brought photography to the forefront of contemporary art. […]
I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again is a diary of sorts, following invisible men, down piss alleyways and into empty bars. The photographer accompanies the seekers of oblivion, their lopsided faces caught between ecstasy and apathy, their mouths chasing the numbness of inebriation. This is Ballinasloe, a sandstone town on the River Suck in the easternmost corner of Galway in Ireland, seen through the eyes of a […]
Photographs by Eliot Porter. Text by James Gleick and Janet Russek. Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 2001. Unpaged, 102 color illustrations, 8×10″. With 102 spectacular full-color photos, this fascinating “field guide” explores the world’s natural disorder.
In his photographs Robert Stivers shows the difficulty of communication. Language, both spoken and visual, vies with the hard-won wisdom of age, the misunderstandings of youth, and the subtle art of reading between the lines. Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2014. 54 pp., 26 color illustrations, 16×20″.
For forty years, Wendy Ewald has travelled the world working with local communities, especially children. In addition to making her own photographs, she developed a method of handing out simple cameras and encouraging people – ordinarily the ‘subjects’ of a professional photographer – to author their own images of themselves and their communities. Because the photographers are trusted observers, innocent of the techniques (and wiles) of professionals, the results have the uncanny feel of unadorned truth. In This Is Where […]
For several years Monica Ursina Jäger has been drawing built and natural landscapes inspired by Modernist-style architecture. Her precise works, using media including ink and pigment transfers, combine hope and downfall: on one hand designers’ aspirations, and fantasies, for the future; on the other the dystopia of failure. In creating these works Jäger has assembled a huge stock of images of buildings and environments, both her own photographs and images found in print and online, including rendered as well as […]
In 1941, the American photographer Helen Levitt spent several months in Mexico, photographing the capital city and its inhabitants. With neither sentimentalism nor romanticism and working almost exclusively in urban and semiurban areas of the city, she confronted the conflicts and juxtapositions that announced Mexico’s arrival into the modern world, and she did so with compelling force and dry wit. Her images show scenes in Chapultepec Park, the streets around the colonial center of the city, and the pulquerias and […]
Internationally-revered German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh revolutionized his metier with iconic images of the 1980s supermodels. From his beginnings, he has sought to capture the personality, character, and identity of fashion models, not just the glitter and glamour. In 1997 he presented his seminal book Images of Women comprising his work of the 1980s and 1990s. As a sequel, Lindbergh now presents Images of Women II featuring the highlights of his work created between 2005 and 2014: fashion photographs, nudes, […]
The legendary photographer relates intimate themes of his life and art in a scrapbook memoir illustrated by his works—from portraits of Magritte to Warhol, to painted tintypes, and the revolutionary multiple-image sequences and handwritten texts for which he is best known—and by pieces from his personal art collection, now donated to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. Whether a portrait of Eugène Atget by Berenice Abbott, collages by Joseph Cornell, or drawings by David Hockney, the works of Michals’s artistic lodestars […]
Close Your Eyes is a frenzied reworking of the accumulated archive of photographer Gareth McConnell. An onslaught of kaleidoscopic imagery fuses portraits he took of rave-goers in Ibiza with pictures he both shot and found of a number of key moments in recent British history, from the 1985 Battle of the Beanfield to the London Riots of 2011. Amongst this we find collected references to the Zen mystic Osho, whose people are said to have experimented with Ecstasy and taken […]