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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Amelia is 14 years old. In many ways, she is your average American teenager: since she was three years old, she has been her mother’s muse, and the subject of her photographs. However, not every mom is a world-class photographer with a predilection for photographing animals. And it’s not every teenager who has portraits of herself with elephants, llamas, ponies, tigers, kangaroos, chimpanzees and endless dogs, cats, and other animals–portraits that hang in the collections of major art museums around […]
Julie Blackmon has transfixed the contemporary art world with images of her children, nieces, nephews and friends (and their children). Following the success of the bestselling volume Domestic Variations (2009), Homegrown shows how Blackmon’s style has evolved, as she continues to capture the tensions between the harmony and disarray of everyday domestic life. Though her photographs continue to be undeniably contemporary, references to classic painting and portraiture can be detected: the influence of seventeenth-century Dutch painter Jan Steen mixes with more […]
Simen Johan‘s ongoing series of photographs and sculptures, Until the Kingdom Comes, begun in 2005, depicts a natural world that is at once familiar and otherworldly. Most (but not all) of the images are intricate digital constructs incorporating elements the artist photographed in various geographical locations. Towering giraffes, captured in various US zoos, populate a hazy, desolate landscape created from images taken in Turkey, Bali and Iceland; spectacular Javan peacocks from Asia are camouflaged within a Spanish pepper tree; and […]
Between 2006 and 2013, Lucas Foglia traveled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, some of the least populated regions in the United States. ‘Frontcountry‘ is a photographic account of people living in the midst of a mining boom that is transforming the modern American West. Published in a first edition of 2,000 casebound copies, ‘Frontcountry’ is Lucas Foglia’s second monograph. Foglia’s first monograph, ‘A Natural Order’ was published by Nazraeli Press in 2012 to international critical […]
Dutch photographer and film-maker Ed Van der Elsken (1925-90) was one of the most vibrant documentary photographers of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s The subject of his photographs is often the darker side of human existence inspired by Weegee’s book Naked City In the early 1950s he created Love on the Left Bank, his most celebrated work, which secured his reputation Ed Van der Elsken (1925-90) was one of the most vibrant documentary photographers of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. […]