3.24.2020

THE GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Enter the 26th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition

“Posts” by Brian Kosoff, Winner of the Griffin Award, from the Griffin Museum 25th Annual Juried Exhibition (courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography).

“Tapestry #6 (A Pleasure to Give) by Astrid Reischwitz, from the Griffin Museum 25th Annual Juried Exhibition (courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas).

From the Mother series by Jennifer Georgescu, from the Griffin 25th Annual Juried Exhibition (courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography).

July 18 – August 30, 2020
Reception July 18, 2020 

Deadline to Enter: April 19, 2020

Programming with Alexa Dilworth and Aline Smithson will take place on July 18, 2020. Awards include a total of $4000 in monetary prizes; 4 exhibitions will be awarded that will take place next June and July 2020.

More information here: griffinmuseum.org/show/26th-annual-juried-members-exhibition/


3.02.2020

VISIONS 1020: Curated by Beuford Smith


Visions 1020 Curated by Beuford Smith
March 8 to May 2
Opening Reception: March 8, 3-6PM
Panel Discussion: Saturday, March 28, 3-6PM

Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House
214 East 2nd Street at Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

Curator Beuford Smith is well known as the Founder of Césaire Photo Agency; a founding member and past president of the Kamoinge Workshop (the pioneering photographic collective of New York based African-American photographers founded in 1963 at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement); cofounder of the Black Photographer's Annual and recipient of the “Culture of Legacy” Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. 

So many great photographers included. I hope to see you there!!
 
Kenkeleba House is a non-profit art gallery dedicated to celebrating and presenting the visual aesthetic and cultural legacy of African American artists and other artists of color that have been historically overlooked by the art world establishment and cultural mainstream. Kenkeleba has been at the forefront of positive change in New York City’s East Village for more than 30 years. (212) 674-3939 | kenkeleba@msn.com

Snapshot of Curator Beuford Smith (far right) with photographers Herb Robinson and Leslie Jean-Bart. BTW: Herb Robinson was the co-editor of "Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge" (Schiffer Publishing). Both photographers work is included in Visions 1020.

2.25.2020

NYC BOOK SIGNINGS: March 2020

Nicolas & Adrien. A World with Two Sons 
 Photographs © Martine Fougeron

Nicolas & Adrien. A World with Two Sons (Steidl, 2020)

"Nicolas & Adrien. A World with Two Sons, published by STEIDL, is a series of intimate portraits of Martine Fougeron's two sons and their friends growing up in New York and France. Both tender and distanced, the book is a visual bildungsroman that delves into the intense present of her sons’ adolescent states of mind before they become independent adults."

Book Signing
March 12th 7-8pm

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 “The Rest Between Two Notes” (Unicorn, 2020)

 Image 2020 © Fran Foreman

 The Stranger, 2019 © Fran Foreman

"By integrating her contemporary photography with historical periods and various settings around the world, Fran Forman creates a world of illusion. Upon closer inspection, what appears ordinary suggests an underlying tension and an aura of mystery. Expressed in the diffused colors of twilight and chiaroscuro, her images blur the boundaries between photography, late Renaissance painting, and film noir…." 

“The Rest Between Two Notes”
The Strand Books
March 12, 2020

March 18, 2020 

March 25, 2020

(links in red)
Image: Amanda Smith


JUROR | Elizabeth Avedon 
A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas
Entries due: March 23, 2020. 
Exhibition: May 8 – June 21, 2020.
Image: Amanda Smith

12.29.2019

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS OF 2019 : ROUND-UP PART II

Sara, Oahu, Hawaii 2017 © Ashly Stohl

Charlie's Handprint, Tribecca, New York 2017 © Ashly Stohl

The Days Are Long & The Years Are Short
Photographs by Ashly Stohl • Peanut Press

DAYS & YEARS
Photographs by Ashly Stohl
Foreword by Lynn Melnick
Peanut Press Books


"I take pictures of my kids, and if you’ll look closely you’ll also see me in there – my worries and fears, my attempts to correct the problems of my own childhood, my heart and my struggles.

Motherhood isn’t talked about enough in public places. Oh they say it’s the most important job in the world, but it isn’t treated that way, is it? People like it when you talk about the wonderful aspects, like hugs and fireflies in a jar, and of course that stuff makes everyone feel good. Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard, and women only talk about the hard parts conspiratorially over a glass of wine, or late at night on the internet in private groups and instant messages. I want to talk about it in public because I’m tired, and when I’m tired the filter between my brain and my mouth (or keyboard) completely breaks down. Can we just talk about what it’s really like, like out in public? Sorry if it makes you uncomfortable. Actually not sorry.

In parenting circles, people often say, “the days are long and the years are short,” and for me nothing has ever felt so true. When Sara was a colicky newborn, I didn’t think I could survive a single day, and now she’s seventeen and going to college. Where did it go, all that time when the clock moved so slowly? Well some of it is in these pictures – the good, the bad and the ugly. The days I was my best, and the days I was not, and the same for my kids. It’s all there in our memories and in these pictures,  The Days & Years." – Ashly Stohl 




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ON DEATH • Kris Graves Projects / Humble Arts
Image: Nebula (A Portrait of Philip), Tim Pearse 2017
My Mothers Ashes © Aline Smithson 2003
Diverting Apprehension © Ellen Jantzen 2013

ON DEATH
Text: Roula Seikaly, Jon Feinstein
Design: Kris Graves • Sequence: Tia Weiss
Kris Graves Projects / Humble Arts



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Adrienne Defendi, Aline Smithson, Alvaro Deprit, Azin Seraj, Barbara Diener, Cheryl St. Onge, Christine Collins, Cody Cobb, Constance Thalken, Cook Williams, Daniel Mebarek, David Beazley, Deanne Sokolin, Debmalya Ray Choudhuri, Diana Guerra, Edgar Martins, Elea Jeanne Schmitter, Elena Helfrecht, Ellen Jantzen, Federico Vespignani, Jacob Haupt, Jane Waggoner Deschner, Jason Koxvold, Jed Devine, John-David Richardson, Jose David Valiente, Joshua Dudley Greer, Karla Guerrero, Ken Rosenthal, Kevin Cook, Kurt Simonson, Lauren Forster, Lindley Warren Mickunas, Liza Ambrossio, Lori Waselchuck, Louie Palu, Orestes Gonzalez, Paolo Morales, Paul Jimenez Thulin, Preston Gannoway, Rana Young, Riley Goodman, Sue Palmer Stone, Tabitha Soren, Tim Pearse, Tommy Kha, Tony Chirinos

“Following Humble Arts 2018 online group show On Death, and later show, Loss, Kris Graves invited Jon Feinstein and Roula Seikaly to team up on a followup photography book, On Death. For critics and philosophers, including the late Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, photography itself was a “kind of death,” or as Sontag put it in On Photography, a “memento mori that enables participation in another’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability.” Sure, Sontag and Barthes’ waxed wisdom is decades old, but we continue to see it transcending time and shifting attitudes towards the medium. Building on the two previous online shows, the book looks at contemporary photographic takes on the end of life, not only as it passes, but conceptually and in the metaphors entangled in the practice – how time and life arrest within a frame.” – Kris Graves Projects

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 Myth of a Woman / Goðsögn um Konu
 Photographs by Agnieszka Sosnowska
Text by Ingunn Snædal, Kat Kiernan

 Goðsögn um konu / Myth of a Women Photographs by Agnieszka Sosnowska

© Agnieszka Sosnowska

Myth of a Woman / Goðsögn um Konu
Photographs by Agnieszka Sosnowska
Text by Ingunn Snædal, Kat Kiernan

Þjóðminjasafn Íslands, Reykjavík

The Icelandic landscape is beautiful, but brutally unforgiving. There is majesty in the black cliffs and glaciers, but harsh winds and long winters render them dangerous for part of the year . . . a place both alluring and treacherous, Iceland is the perfect metaphor for Agnieszka Sosnowska’s photographs about the dichotomies of womanhood. – Kat Kiernan, Myth of A Woman
The National Museum of Iceland published a selection of photographs by Agnieszka Sosnowska in conjunction with her exhibition, Goðsögn um konu / Myth of a Women. Sosnowska's intention was to interpret the poem, “Móðir mín í kví, kví,” in a series of self-portraits shot in the East fjords of Iceland in many of the same places from where these stories originated. The myth tells of a woman haunted by the voice of her abandoned child and driven to madness. Sosnowska has stated she is unable to bear children and this painful fact had affected her sensibility. In this way she connected with these Icelandic women and their sacrifices; to have the ability of motherhood taken away from you by means out of your control can be consuming. The result is a unique body of work, using a 4X5 view camera to create these mythical images.

The book includes articles by Ingunn Snædal, poet and translator, and text by Kat Kiernan, editor and managing director of Panoptican Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. The project received funding from the Hjálmar R. Bárðarson fund and the Icelandic Museum of Photography, Reykjavík. This 80 page book was designed by Nuno Moreira. The exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Avedon. Purchase 

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Todd Hido : House Hunting
Photographs by Todd Hido
Remastered 2nd Edition
Nazraeli Press

Nazraeli Press announced a newly remastered edition of Todd Hido's iconic and highly sought-after first monograph, House Hunting. To celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of this important book - certainly one of the most influential and oft-cited photography monographs of our time - they have collaborated closely with the artist to achieve a new impression of the highest possible fidelity.

'Todd Hido's large color photographs of suburbia are lonely, forlorn, mysterious... and strangely comforting. Hido photographs the interior rooms of repossessed tract homes, and the outsides of similar houses at night whose habitation is suggested by the glow of a television set or unseen overhead bulb. Seldom does the similar evoke such melancholy. Yet rather than passing judgment on his anonymous subjects, Hido manages to turn the banal into something beautiful, imbuing his prints of interiors with soft pastels, and allowing the exteriors to glow in the cool evening air.’ – Nazraeli Press

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 Peuple de la Nuit
Photographs by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory (Stanley/Barker)
Les jeunes danseurs de Sikasso Sira, 1972
‘This was shot in a popular Bobo-Dioulasso neighbourhood called Sikasso Sira, where many Malian people lived. I would imagine this was a young Malian couple dating and preparing for a dance. I would often go to that place as this white wall was a perfect scene for me to shoot dancers and lovers’ 

Les deux amoureux de Dogona, 1972 
‘Dogona was a suburb outside of Bobo with leafy trees where lovers could meet up in the dark, but I think those teenagers wanted to show off their relationship’

Les Trois Cowboys de la Brousse, 1971
Ibrahima Sanlé Sory recalls: ‘These three guys were from a village around the Kou river valley, perhaps Faramana. They dressed up like the cowboys they’d seen in the movies – and some of them did indeed ride horses in order to tend their cattle.’


Peuple de la Nuit
Photographs by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory
Stanley / Barker

‘Life was cheap and everyone could have a ball. You could always go out and have some fun.’ 
- Sanlé Sory

Peuple de la Nuit is a tribute to the people who posed with cheery abandon, for the lens of Sanlé Sory from 1960-83. While Sory spent days at his Volta Photo studio in southern Burkina Faso, his nights were spent capturing a flourishing music scene, youth culture, dance parties, weddings and portraits of his home city. When he wasn’t out looking for customers at venues such as Volta Dancing, Calebasse d’Or, Normandie or Dafra Bar, Sory would set off towards the remote villages along the Kou Valley, north West of Bobo, in his Volta Photo 2CV van, with a few lights and a homemade sound system, to set up his own Bals Poussière (dustball parties). The parties lasted until well after the sunrise, at which point the farmers and herders would head straight back to tend their fields and cattle. – Stanley/Barker

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By 编号223 / LinZhipeng (aka No.223)
published by T&M Projects

"In his photography, Beijing photographer LinZhipeng (aka No. 223) carves out a portrait of an alternative young Chinese generation which enjoys life with all its might, playful, arrogant, and empathetic. The photobook “Flowers and Fruits” presents a series by Zhipeng which focuses on the titular motifs of youth, beauty, energy and transience. In colorful, vibrant images, he draws comparisons between bodies and fruit, sexuality and flowers, youth and bloom." Artist @finger223 / T&M Projects @tandmprojects  / Designed by Satoshi Suzuki  @zuduki Purchase or Inquire


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 Geomancy STANLEY/BARKER

 © Michael Lundgren

Geomancy • Michael Lundgren
Photographs by Michael Lundgren
Stanley / Barker 

“This is not a climate peril book, but it is a natural peril book,” says Lundgren. "Michael Lundgren's darkly beautiful photographs, motivated by a perceived lack of connection between humans and nature, give the viewer a window into a mystical world where time itself seems to collapse." Oversized OTA Softback, designed by le Entente

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 The Khudi family is one of 12,000 Nenets still migrating the same routes as their ancestors have done for centuries.


New Path : A Window on Nenets Life
Photographs by Alegra Ally
Schilt Publishing



Documentary photographer and anthropologist Alegra Ally traveled to the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia to study and document the Nenets way of life. For thousands of years, indigenous Nenets have lived nomadic lifestyles herding reindeer across the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic.
“New Path” follows the Khudi family, one of 12,000 Nenets of northern arctic Russia still migrating along the same routes as their ancestors did for centuries. Lena is nine-months pregnant and the journey takes a dramatic turn as she prepares to give birth while the family needs to continue their annual winter migration in order to ensure the future of their herd of 800 reindeer.

“New Path” opens a window onto Nenets life today, highlighting the adjustments they have made to modern life, and the challenges they now face in the light of expanding resource extraction in the Arctic, globalization, and climate change – Schilt Publishing


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 Through Positive Eyes Aperture
 Through Positive Eyes

Through Positive Eyes is a collaborative photo-storytelling project by 130 people living with HIV and AIDS around the world.

Through Positive Eyes
Edited by David Gere and Gideon Mendel
Foreword by Richard Gere
Published by Aperture

Through Positive Eyes is a collaborative photo-storytelling project by 130 people living with HIV and AIDS around the world. All have participated in workshops led by South African photographer Gideon Mendel, with photo educator Crispin Hughes, and David Gere, director of the Art & Global Health Center at the University of California--Los Angeles (UCLA). 

The Project chronicles a very particular moment in the epidemic, when effective treatment is available to some, not all, and when the enduring stigma associated with HIV and AIDS has become entrenched, a major roadblock to both prevention and treatment. The participants in the project have volunteered to tell their stories, in words and in photographs, empowering themselves in order to banish stigma.Aperture
 

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HONORABLE MENTIONS


Circling The Mountain; folded, bound by hand, in a slipcase

 August Eriksson, Galleri Axel, Stockholm

Circling The Mountain; folded, bound by hand, in a slipcase

Circling the Mountain
Photographs, Text and Design by August Eriksson

An edition of 300 signed and numbered, folded and bound by hand, in a slipcase

Shortlisted for Nordic Dummy Award:

A monk walks around Mount Hiei night after night to empty his consciousness and transform into a living Buddha. By the end, he has walked a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth. August Eriksson went there to walk around the same mountain and find the wandering monk. Eriksson is interested in how perception is related to movement and the possibility of finding the meaning of life through something as seemingly futile as going round in circles. Purchase  

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TREASURES: Objects I've Known All My Life
Photographs and Design by Bootsy Holler
BearHeart Publishing

The photographs printed on postcards in Treasures are of simple objects from Holler’s mother’s home. “My mother has always been very particular about how she likes her things - every item has its place, every task has its way of being done. Inevitably, these things and this way have become part of my life as well.” Holler is a contemporary photographer strongly influenced by stories of family, history and place. Purchase

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Somewhere Between: 
Toward the Middle Space Between Images and Words
Photographs and Poetry: Jonas Yip and Wai-lim Yip
National Taiwan University Press


Two artists, father and son, engaging in a cross-cultural, multi-generational dialogue with rhythmic, vital energy, tracing for the reader an odyssey of cultural and living complexes, explore the push-and-pull interactions between poetry's linguistic signs (seething images in the heart/mind) and photography's visual signs. We experience in this gap what American poet Ezra Pound called the “inter-recognition” between arts, “where paintings or sculptures seem, as it were, “just coming over to speech.”

Published by National Taiwan University Press, this fully bilingual book, presented in English and Chinese, collects all the photograph/poetry collaborations to date between Jonas Yip and noted scholar and poet Wai-lim Yip. This volume includes the series Paris: Dialogue, re:place, and Somewhere Between, along with the poetry inspired and written in response to those photographs. Also included are an introduction by Leo Ou-fan Lee, as well as a new essay tying it all together, by Wai-lim Yip.

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12.27.2019

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS OF 2019 : ROUND-UP PART I


Photographs by Elinor Carucci
Foreword by Kristen Roupenian 
Monicelli Press

From acclaimed photographer Elinor Carucci, a vivid chronicle of one woman’s passage through aging, family, illness, and intimacy. "As one of the most autobiographically rigorous photographers of her generation, Carucci recruits and revisits the same members of her family that we have seen since her work gained prominence two decades ago. Even as we observe telling details—graying hair, the pressures and joys of marriage, episodes of pronounced illness, the evolution of her aging parents’ roles as grandparents, her children’s increasing independence—we are invited to reflect on the experiences that we all share contending with the challenges of life, love, and change.” Purchase

 
from Caress : (r) Elinor Carucci (l) Mickalene Thomas

A Yoffy Press Triptych

Elinor Carucci also featured in this impressive limited edition 3 book set along with David Hilliard and Mickalene Thomas in from Yoffy Press. All three photographers explore intimacy, emotion and connection between the people in front of their lens, the artist and subject. Purchase

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© Roy DeCarava
  
Roy DeCarava : Light Break
Photographs by Roy DeCarava
Preface by Zoé Whitley
Introduction and text by Sherry Turner DeCarava
David Zwirner Books

Light Break presents a wide-ranging selection of Roy DeCarava’s photographs accompanied by a preface by Zoé Whitley, an American curator based in London, and features an introduction and essay by curator and art historian Sherry Turner DeCarava. Titled “Celebration,” Turner DeCarava’s essay considers the artist’s singular poetic vision, his timeless portrayals of individuals and places, and his mastery of composition and photographic printmaking.

“In making photographs, as in life, DeCarava was patient. Possessing both a peerless self-awareness and acute observational skills, he knew intuitively when to wait and when to open the camera’s shutter. In the dark room, he availed himself of these same attributes, moving with steady assurance to develop his prints so as to allow the full range of what he called his “infinite scale of grey tones”—often realized at the deepest end of the spectrum—to emerge slowly and fully.” Purchase

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 Cover : This Empty World
Bus Staion With Elephant In Dust © Nick Brandt

 River Of People With Rhino © Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt - This Empty World
Photographs by Nick Brandt
Thames & Hudson, London   

"Moving into color photography for the first time, this monograph of new work from photographer Nick Brandt is both a technical tour de force of contemporary image making and an ambitiously scaled project that uses constructed sets of a scale typically seen in major film productions."

"Each image is a combination of two photographs taken weeks apart, almost all from the exact same camera position. The starting point of each composition is always the animal photographed in its native savanna landscape. Brandt then designs and builds sets in the precise location of the original photograph depicting the human developments, such as gas stations, highway and bridge construction sites, and bus stations, that are invading the East African landscape. A second sequence is then photographed with the completed set, populated by a large cast of people drawn from local communities and beyond."

"The final images are powerful composites of the two source photographs, which presents the wild animals and the people as equal victims of the environmental—both now aliens in their once-natural, once-native habitat.” PhotoEye Books

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 Veruschka and sumo, Yuzawa, 1966 © Gideon Lewin 

Gideon at Modernage Labs, working on the Twiggy mural 
for the retrospective exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum 1979
Photo: Kaz Nakamura 
  Ara Gallant creating a bracelet (on Veruschka), Tokyo, 1966 © Gideon Lewin

Avedon – Behind the Scenes 1964-1980
Photographs and Text by Gideon Lewin
PowerHouse Books

"This monograph on the work of Gideon Lewin, master printer and assistant to Richard Avedon for 16 years, reveals moments never told, stories never heard, and a life that only a few ever experienced. It is a story of a close working relationship and collaboration with a master." 

Beautifully written and illustrated, Lewin shares with us a look back stage at one of the most prolific and successful photography studio's. Publishers Weekly Review (12/11/2019): "Photographer Lewin pays homage to his mentor, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004), in this lavishly illustrated tribute. Having worked as Avedon’s assistant and studio manager for 16 years in the 1960s and ’70s, Lewin describes highlights including assisting a shoot in 1967, when Avedon photographed Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in bed to promote The Graduate. Lewin speaks about a range of subjects, such as helping around in the studio, traveling to the Japanese countryside to photograph supermodel Veruschka (von Lehndorff) alongside a sumo wrestler, and the unexpected and humorous difficulties that came with working with Hollywood megastars such as Sophia Loren (who continually motioned to adjust the light) and Raquel Welch (who “demanded to look in the mirror every time Dick pointed the camera” at her). The true strength of the volume lies in its descriptions of Avedon, whom Lewin describes as “totally committed to photography, consciously creating imagery with a fierce determination to leave a legacy.” Lewin’s enthusiastic testimonial will thrill Avedon’s fans." Purchase

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Dear Mr. Picasso: An illustrated love affair with freedom 


"Fred Baldwin’s life took a turn in the direction of the extraordinary when he decided to interview and photograph Pablo Picasso. In his last year of college, he delivered a letter with own drawings to the artist. This made Picasso laugh and open the door. Baldwin’s life changed. He followed his dream, used his imagination, overcame fear, and acted – now he could accomplish anything. What followed were picture stories about reindeer migrations, a day and a night with the Ku Klux Klan, Nobel Prize coverage, cod fishing in Arctic Norway, polar bear expeditions. Then underwater images of the fight of hooked Marlin in Mexico – an homage to Hemingway. In 1963, Baldwin joined the Civil Rights Movement, photographing Martin Luther King. A two-year stint as Peace Corps director in Borneo was followed by more photojournalism in India and Afghanistan. This account takes the reader to high adventure worldwide, but also to disaster and failure. This illustrated love affair with freedom shows how a camera became a passport to the world.” – Schilt Publishing. Purchase

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 Vince. New York © Alec Soth

Nick. Los Angeles © Alec Soth

MACK Publishing

"Taking its name from a line in the Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Gray Room,” Alec Soth’s latest book is a lyrical exploration of the limitations of photographic representation. While these large-format color photographs are made all over the world, they aren’t about any particular place or population. By a process of intimate and often extended engagement, Soth’s portraits and images of his subject’s surroundings involve an enquiry into the extent to which a photographic likeness can depict more than the outer surface of an individual, and perhaps even plumb the depths of something unknowable about both the sitter and the photographer." Mack Publishing
 
“After the publication of my last book about social life in America, Songbook, and a retrospective of my four, large scale American projects, Gathered Leaves, I went through a long period of rethinking my creative process. For over a year I stopped traveling and photographing people. I barely took any pictures at all. When I returned to photography, I wanted to strip the medium down to its primary elements. Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and, hopefully, briefly glimpse their interior life. In order to try and access these lives, I made all of the photographs in interior spaces. While these rooms often exist in far-flung places, it’s only to emphasize that these pictures aren’t about any place in particular. Whether a picture is made in Odessa or Minneapolis, my goal was the same: to simply spend time in the presence of another beating heart.” – Alec Soth

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  Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park
 Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park
  Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park


Photographs by Kohei Yoshiyuki
Introduction by Yossi Milo
Text by Vince Aletti
Interview by Nobuyoshi Araki
Radius Books / Yossi Milo

For his notorious Park photos, taken by night in Tokyo’s Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama parks during the 1970s, Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki used a 35mm camera, infrared film and flash to capture a secret community of lovers and voyeurs. His pictures document the people who gathered in these parks at night for clandestine trysts, as well as the many spectators lurking in the bushes who watched—and sometimes participated in—these couplings.

With their raw, snapshot-like quality, these images not only uncover the hidden sexual exploits of their subjects, both same-sex and heterosexual, but they also serve as a chronicle of a Japan we rarely see. As Martin Parr writes in The Photobook: A History Volume II, The Park is “a brilliant piece of social documentation, capturing perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo.”

This newly designed, comprehensive edition of Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park brings this collectible classic back into print with eight never-before-seen images, as well as documentation of the sold-out 1980 Japanese zines that predated the 2007 Hatje Cantz/Yossi Milo edition. Purchase
 

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Vince Aletti : Issues 
PHAIDON Press

Acclaimed photography critic Vince Aletti has selected 100 significant magazine issues from his expansive personal archive, revealing images by photographers rarely seen outside their original context. With his characteristic élan and featuring stunning images, Aletti has created a fresh, idiosyncratic, and previously unexplored angle on the history of photography.

Issues, a luxury, oversized object, richly illustrated with brilliant reproductions, and enclosed in an elegant archival-style magazine-file box, is an essential addition to every book collection on photography, fashion, and graphic design.

It's the first survey to explore the history of photography through the lens of fashion magazines, spanning the years 1925 to 2018. Magazines featured include American, British, and French Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Details, Purple Fashion, The Face, Dutch, and many more. –Phaidon Press 

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Tod Papageorge : On the Acropolis
Photographs by Tod Papageorge
Stanley / Barker 

In 1983 - 1984, Tod Papageorge spent a month each summer on the Acropolis in Athens, producing a body of work that seems lost in time, fusing the ancient with the modern.

“I stayed at a nice hotel, the Zafolia, five minutes from the Acropolis, where every surface in my room was marble, and where I did laps in the pool every evening, driving the hotel staff crazy. I usually ate lunch at a vegetarian restaurant in the Plaka, right under the Parthenon. I just liked the food. Have no memory at all of where I’d go for dinner. Very solitary the whole time. That was it: up The Hill in the morning, down for lunch, usually back up for more after that, then a swim and dinner somewhere nearby.” - Tod Papageorge

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Raghunath Manwar examines an X-ray of one of several workers who has been diagnosed with asbestosis in Ahmedabad, India. Raghunath is the secretary of an NGO, the Occupational Health and Safety Association, that assists employees affected by asbestos from a power-generating company and a cement factory. Image © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press


Asbestos tailings from the mining of chrysotile asbestos, a.k.a. white asbestos, seen in the city of Thetford Mines in Quebec, Canada. Image © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press

Photographs by Louie Palu
Essay by Alison Nordstrom, PhD
Yoffy Press 

In A Field Guide to Asbestos, Louie Palu documents the effects of asbestos on people and the landscape in Canada, the US, India and the UK. In this 15-year-long award-winning investigative project, Palu also addresses the visual aspects of asbestos that are related to fatal diseases that can take up to 40 years after exposure before they appear. – Yoffy Press

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Images of the New West
Photographs By Joan Myers
Essay by Lucy R. Lippard
Damiani Editore 

"In this latest collection of photographs, taken over the last forty-five years, Joan Myers turns her lens to the contemporary American West. In so doing, she turns our conception of western landscapes and the life contained within them upside down, revealing the changes the region has undergone over the last half-century. Her perspective is at once elegiac and ironic, capturing the myth and reality of the West, its shaping and appropriation by Hollywood, popular culture, and the ever-present, but fracturing American dream. “

In deconstructing the pictures, cultural critic Lucy Lippard notes that they “seem to emerge from cracks in American culture. They show us a past that still affects, and reflects, our present, revealing unexpected insights into how the myths of the West were formed and how they relate to reality.” Purchase

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Anastasio Bonnie Sanchez, left, a rancher in Colorado's San Luis valley, whose Hispanic ancestors can be traced to early settlements in neighboring New Mexico, and the San Geronimo church massacre site in Taos Pueblo, right, which U.S. troops attacked in 1847, killing 150 © Tomas van Houtryve/VII

Medicine Bow Peak, left, near the early-19th-century border between Alta California, Mexico, and the United States. Ralph Peters III, right, a member of the Hupa tribe. 2017 © Tomas van Houtryve/VII


Portraits by Tomas van Houtryve
Radius Books

What if Mexico Still Included California, Nevada and Texas? 

With Lines and Lineage, Tomas van Houtryve takes aim at America’s collective amnesia of history. The work addresses the missing photographic record of the period when Mexico ruled what we now know as the American West. To visualize the people and places from the remarkable yet unseen Mexican era, van Houtryve chose to photograph the region with glass plates and a 19th-century wooden camera. 

Using a North American map from 1839 (the same year that photography is thought to have made its debut in Europe), Mr. van Houtryve traveled along Mexico’s old northern border to meet families who have lived in the region for centuries.

His portraits of direct descendants of early inhabitants of the West—mestizo, Afro-Latin, indigenous, Crypto-Jewish—are paired in diptychs with photographs of landscapes along the original border and architecture from the Mexican period. This book lifts the pervasive fog of dominant Western mythology and makes us question the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West – Radius Books

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 Lost Venice, Damiani
Photographs by Sarah Hadley

 from Lost Venice © Sarah Hadley

Photographs by Sarah Hadley
Text by Karen Haas, Susan Burnstine
Damiani

Los Angeles based photographer Sarah Hadley’s 'Lost Venice' is both an alluring and haunting portrayal of that majestic city as distilled through her personal lens of loss and nostalgia. Hadley contemplates the paradoxes of Venice with evocative images that celebrate the magnificent architecture and its fragility.

Hadley’s unusual childhood and lengthy history with the city, coupled with the premature loss of her father who introduced her to Italy, have allowed her to channel Venice’s ethereal nature with subtle intensity. Her dream-like images of dark waters and shadowy passageways emanate longing and conjure a forgotten Venice – Damiani    
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      Serge Kayaking Through the Salvinia © Lynne Buchanan

Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril
Photographs By Lynne Buchanan
Essays by Jason M. Evans, Robert L. Knight
George F. Thompson Publishing


"Lynne Buchanan began photographing rivers to create artistic records of her connection with water and the lessons she learned from rivers about being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life. The more time she spent photographing waterways in her native Florida, the more she noticed what was being damaged and lost due to human impact….The result is Changing Waters, which documents the negative effects of climate change, agricultural pollution, population and urban growth, and land development on Florida’s inland and coastal waters and springs." Purchase

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Anna Marie Mesa, 16, listens to music on her smartphone in Centro Havana. Technology is leapfrogging the infastructure in Cuba where citizens went from landlines to smartphones in a matter of months. Cubans born after 1989 have only known a time after the USSR dissolved and left the Caribbean nation with little resources and a powerful, growth-crippling, US-led economic embargo © Greg Kahn

Havana Youth © Greg Kahn

Havana Youth : Greg Kahn
Photographs by Greg Kahn
Introduction by Ariana Hernandez-Reguant
Yoffy Press

"In Havana Youth, Greg Kahn explores Cubans born after 1989, who have only known a time after the USSR dissolved and left the Caribbean nation with few resources and a growth-crippling, US-led economic embargo. Those kids, born during what is called “The Special Period”, are now in their twenties and developing a sense of individuality in a society that was historically focused on collectivism. This is their cultural counter-revolution, and they are redefining what it means to be Cuban." Yoffy Press

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The Best of LensCulture,  vol 3  
Schilt Publishing

The next generation of contemporary photographers. . .

"Here are 150 award-winning photographers you should know. These exciting contemporary photographers hail from 42 countries on five continents, and they are making remarkable work right now in diverse cultures around the world. It's fresh, inspiring, insightful and thought-provoking. LensCulture is the leading online destination to discover the latest trends and freshest contemporary photography, and this volume compiles some of the best discoveries of the year. This book celebrates excellence in the visual language of photography in all genres: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, portrait, street photography, abstract, landscape, architecture, nature, alternative
process, experimental, poetic, personal, and more. Everyone who is curious about the current state of photography around the globe will be delighted to discover the rich variety of photographers and their imagery presented in these pages." – LensCulture.com

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Kwaidan. Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Photographs by Hiroshi Watanabe
Text by Lafcadio Hearn
Introduction by Paul Murray
Unicorn Publishing Group



PHOTO-EYE Book Store asked internationally renowned experts and artists from the photobook world to choose just one book for their 2019 photo-eye Favorite PhotoBooks List. Check them out https://www.photoeye.com/best-books-2019/index.cfm

"Out of this year’s vast ocean of photography books, I chose "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things" with photographs by award-winning contemporary photographer Hiroshi Watanabe illustrating Lafcadio Hearn's century-old folk stories. One of my favorite short stories opens the book...with Watanabe’s magnificent photograph, remarkably created with an accurate Buddhist spell painstakingly written all over the entire body of the main character, Hoichi, also shown on the book cover." Elizabeth Avedon