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Books In Stock at photo-eye: Out of Print Four out of print titles from Roger Eberhad, Anders Petersen, Masahisa Fukase and Bernd and Hilla Becher.


This week we're excited to feature a new selection of out-of-print books. Due to limited availability, purchase links will put you in touch with us via email unless otherwise noted. The images in this post depict the actual books for sale. Questions? Send us an email.

Book Review The Day the Dam Collapses By Hiroshi Watanabe Reviewed by Blake Andrews Judging by his photographs Hiroshi Watanabe has always had a deep contemplative streak. But in recent years it has become outsized. Maybe he feels the rush of late middle age as he approaches his mid-sixties. Or perhaps it's inspired by the birth of his son 5 years ago. Whatever the cause, he's been doing some extra deep thinking lately about, you know, the big stuff.

The Day the Dam Collapses. By Hiroshi Watanabe.
Daylight Books, 2014.
 
The Day the Dam Collapses
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

The Day the Dam Collapses
By Hiroshi Watanabe
Daylight Books, 2014. 88 pp., 66 color illustrations, 7½x9½".


Judging by his photographs Hiroshi Watanabe has always had a deep contemplative streak. But in recent years it has become outsized. Maybe he feels the rush of late middle age as he approaches his mid-sixties. Or perhaps it's inspired by the birth of his son 5 years ago. Whatever the cause, he's been doing some extra deep thinking lately about, you know, the big stuff. The cycle of humanity and the universe. The end of time. Death. God. Birth. It's all that mysterious crap you used to debate back in college drunk at 3 am. You never settled it then and you never will because there've never been any final answers. But the issues become harder to ignore in later years, in particular the central one: What does it all mean?

Interview Interview: Victoria Sambunaris - Part I In Part I of our two part interview, photo-eye's Melanie McWhorter talks to Victoria Sambunaris about becoming a photographer, her documentary process and her new publication Taxonomy of the Landscape from Radius Books.

Taxonomy of a Landscape. By Victoria Sambunaris.
Radius Books, 2014.
 
Victoria Sambunaris has been photographing the far reaches of America for over twelve years, venturing out on solo journeys to the Alaskan frontier, Hawaiian volcanic landscapes and the United States/Mexico border among many other locations. Her desire to document the grand idea of the American Dream and how it manifests itself in the culture and landscape are based in her personal and professional experience and her exploration of many fields of study including geology, cartography, economics, and art. In her documentary process she uses journals, Polaroids and large format photographs to convey her ideas and create a personal record of her numerous explorations of the country.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christopher J. Johnson Reviewer and poet Christopher J. Johnson selects Pikin Slee by Viviane Sassen as photo-eye Book of the Week.
Pikin Slee. By Viviane Sassen.
Prestel, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from reviewer and poet Christopher J. Johnson who has selected Pikin Slee by Viviane Sassen published by Prestel.

Book Review Untitled: (I've taken too many photos / I've never taken a photo) By Anouk Kruithof Reviewed by Colin Pantall How do you edit your pictures? How do you decide what goes into your photobook or exhibition? You can layout your piles of prints and flick them back and forth between piles of yeses, nos, and maybes like a twitching picture monkey.

Untitled. By Anouk Kruithof and Harrison Medina.
Stress Press, 2014.
 
Untitled: (I've taken too many photos / I've never taken a photo)
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

Untitled: (I’ve taken too many photos / I’ve never taken a photo)
Photographs by Anouk Kruithof. Edited by Harrison Medina.
Stress Press, 2014. 112 pp., color illustrations, 8¼x11".


How do you edit your pictures? How do you decide what goes into your photobook or exhibition? You can layout your piles of prints and flick them back and forth between piles of yeses, nos, and maybes like a twitching picture monkey. Or maybe you can seek advice from experts and, with their conflicting suggestions firmly in hand, end up twisting yourself into multiple layers of indecision about exactly what it is you’re trying to do with your pictures.

photo-eye Gallery From the Flat Files: Platinum Recording - Prints by Kevin O'Connell, James Pitts, & Nick Brandt “The prince of all media” — is how Alfred Stieglitz once referred to the platinum printing process. Indeed, platinum printing lives up to this moniker as it is one of the oldest, most refined, and stable of all black and white procedures in photographic history. Here at photo-eye Gallery we are proud to represent a few photographers who print with this noble metal including: James Pitts, Kevin O’Connell, and Nick Brandt.

Nick Brandt – Ostrich Egg Abandoned, Amboseli, 2007
28x36 inch Platinum Print

“The prince of all media” — is how Alfred Stieglitz, Photo-Secessionist and founder of Camera Work, once referred to the platinum printing process. Indeed, platinum printing lives up to this moniker as it is one of the oldest, most refined, and stable of all black and white procedures in photographic history.

Book Review Grassland By H. Lee Reviewed by Blake Andrews My favorite marijuana joke is about three guys who walk into a bar. The first man is very tall. He walks over to the bartender and says… No, wait. I'm getting it wrong. The second guy is the tall one because… Let's see. He asks the bartender for a glass of water and… No, hold on… That's not right. Let me start over…

Grassland. By H. Lee.
Kehrer Verlag, 2014.
Grassland
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Grassland
Photographs by H. Lee
Kehrer Verlag, 2014. 112 pp., 80 color illustrations, 9½x11¾".


My favorite marijuana joke is about three guys who walk into a bar. The first man is very tall. He walks over to the bartender and says… No, wait. I'm getting it wrong. The second guy is the tall one because… Let's see. He asks the bartender for a glass of water and… No, hold on… That's not right. Let me start over… How did it go? Something about a priest… And I know the punch line — melting ice! But I can't remember the rest of it exactly. But it was funny. Trust me, hilarious. Um, I guess you had to be there.

photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space Interview: Brad Wilson on Wild Life & the Affinity Series We are pleased to host an exhibition and the international book launch for Brad Wilson's Wild Life at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space on August 22, 2014 from 5-7pm. photo-eye’s Book Division Manager Melanie McWhorter speaks with Wilson about the experience and challenges of photographing wild animals in captivity, his thoughts on presenting this body of work and what he has learned in the process.

Great Horned Owl #1, Espanola, NM, 2011 — Brad Wilson

We are pleased to host an exhibition and the international book launch for Brad Wilson and his new book Wild Life being released by Prestel this fall. The opening and book signing will be held at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space on August 22, 2014 from 5-7pm. The exhibition will continue through October 11, 2014.

Wilson has been photographing his Affinity series, close-up portraits of birds, reptiles and mammals, since 2010. For the photo-eye exhibition titled Avian: Selections from the Affinity Series, we highlight Wilson’s engaging images of birds. The prints showcase an often larger than life representation of the animals. Shot with stunning detail, the studio lighting and skilled camera execution illuminate every feather and focus on the bird’s eyes while the black background isolates the animal for concentrated experience with the photograph. Wilson's book Wild Life expands upon our selection, featuring over 70 plates from the series and a large variety of animals. 

photo-eye’s Book Division Manager Melanie McWhorter speaks with Wilson about the experience and challenges of photographing wild animals in captivity, his thoughts on presenting this body of work and what he has learned in the process.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Lex Thompson Photographer Lex Thompson selects Birds of the West Indies by Taryn Simon as photo-eye Book of the Week.
Birds of the West Indies. By Taryn Simon.
Hatje Cantz, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer Lex Thompson who has selected Birds of the West Indies by Taryn Simon published by Hatje Cantz.

Book Review Natur By Michael Schmidt Reviewed by Adam Bell As the last book completed by Michael Schmidt before his untimely death this spring, Natur comes to us with an elegiac aura. Sadly, Schmidt passed away right before completing Natur and winning the 2014 Pric Pictet for his previous body of work, Lebensmittel. Compiled from black and white images shot between 1987 and 1997, Natur is a somber collection of details and fragments of nature.


Natur. By Michael Schmidt.
Mack, 2014.
Natur
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Natur
Photographs by Michael Schmidt
MACK, 2014. 104 pp., 63 black & white illustrations, 7x9½".


As the last book completed by Michael Schmidt before his untimely death this spring, Natur comes to us with an elegiac aura. Sadly, Schmidt passed away right before completing Natur and winning the 2014 Pric Pictet for his previous body of work, Lebensmittel. Compiled from black and white images shot between 1987 and 1997, Natur is a somber collection of details and fragments of nature. The complex and psychologically resonant images of Natur explore the act of looking and the disorderly beauty of the natural world.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Sale Four great deals on lightly damaged books from Antoine d'Agata, Rimaldas Viksraitis, Lieko Shiga and a box set featuring Daido Moriyama, Christian Patterson, JH Engstrom, Takashi Homma, Roe Ethridge, Ron Jude, Slavica Perkovic, Bertien van Manen, Terri Weifenbach & Harvey Benge.


We take great care to make sure that books get to our customers in pristine condition, but sometimes shipments arrive at photo-eye in less than perfect shape. Today we're sharing a selection of great "imperfect" books -- new books that have arrived with some kind of defect -- all of which are 20% off. Photos depict actual books for sale and are representative of the type of damage to expect if ordered.


Book Review Purity By David Magnusson Reviewed by Blake Andrews Purity is just a single book, but it might have two completely different meanings depending on your viewpoint. If you are the sort of Christian who believes that virginity should be preserved until marriage, this book is a wonderful tribute to that worldview. On the other hand, if you are someone who believes the exact opposite, this book will also confirm that belief system.Everything depends on the viewer, and the book leverages that fact to convey conflicting ideas in a way that is rare among photobooks.

Purity. By David Magnusson.
Max Ström, 2014.
Purity
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Purity
By David Magnusson
Max Ström, 2014. Unpaged, color illustrations, 10¾x13¼".


Purity is just a single book, but it might have two completely different meanings depending on your viewpoint. If you are the sort of Christian who believes that virginity should be preserved until marriage, this book is a wonderful tribute to that worldview. On the other hand, if you are someone who believes the exact opposite, this book will also confirm that belief system. Everything depends on the viewer, and the book leverages that fact to convey conflicting ideas in a way that is rare among photobooks. It's like one of those optical illusion posters. It's one thing at first, but after staring a while you realize it's something else completely.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Nicoló Degiorgis Photographer Nicoló Degiorgis selects 19.06_26.08.1945 by Andrea Botto as photo-eye Book of the Week.


19.06_26.08.1945. By Andrea Botto.
Danilo Montanari, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer Nicoló Degiorgis who has selected 19.06_26.08.1945 by Andrea Botto published by Danilo Montanari.

"Andrea Botto produced this book in memory of the journey his grandfather made, travelling from Northern Germany back to Tuscany after his release from Nazi captivity at the end of World War II. As Andrea states, the book is dedicated to all the Italian Military Internees who shared this terrible experience with his grandfather.

By interweaving images from the internet, relating to the dates and places of the journey, with astonishingly accurate reproductions of his grandfather documents and letters, the book invites the reader to follow a personal path along the journey rather than outlining a sequential narrative.

Well researched, beautifully designed and technically intriguing, 19.06_26.08.1945 represents a great example on how to create a photobook out of an archive and an archive out of a photobook."—Nicoló Degiorgis

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19.06_26.08.1945. By Nicoló Degiorgis. Danilo Montanari, 2014.
19.06_26.08.1945. By Nicoló Degiorgis. Danilo Montanari, 2014.


After studying Chinese at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Nicoló Degiorgis moved to Hong Kong to work for a trading company and later to Beijing to continue his studies at Capital Normal University. He interned at Magnum Photos in Paris for six months and was awarded a 2008/09 Fabrica fellowship, Benetton’s communication research centre in Treviso (I). In 2009 he became a researcher on immigration issues at the University of Trieste and was granted a one year artist-residency in Venice at the art foundation Bevilacqua La Masa. In the same year he joined photo agency Contrasto and engaged in an intense period of editorial assignments for major international magazines, documenting various events, from art biennales to the Arab Spring. In 2011, the US photo magazine Photo District News ranked him among the thirty emerging photographers to watch. Since 2013 he teaches photography inside the prison of Bolzano. He is a founding member of Zona, an association that develops projects to raise social awareness, of the design collective Institute of Friends and of the independent publishing house Rorhof.

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Book Review How to Win Friends and Influence People By Erik Schubert Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson How to Win Friends and Influence People is a title that many are familiar with. The book, in its original incarnation, is not only a classic of the Self-Help genre, it is one of the first of its kind. In it one learns through six ”simple” steps how to move up in the world; some of its themes and ideas for a better and more successful life include...

By Erik Schubert. Lavalette, 2013.
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Reviewed by Christopher J. Johnson

How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Erik Schubert
Lavalette, 2013. 88 pp., illustrated throughout, 8½x11".


How to Win Friends and Influence People is a title that many are familiar with. The book, in its original incarnation, is not only a classic of the Self-Help genre, it is one of the first of its kind. In it one learns through six ”simple” steps how to move up in the world; some of its themes and ideas for a better and more successful life include: increase your popularity, be a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves, show genuine interest in others, don’t nag or bicker or criticize or condemn, and to remember and frequently say people’s names because, “a person's name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”


photo-eye Gallery Nick Brandt - Behind the Photo: Wildebeest Arc, Maasai Mara, 2006 In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog. This week, Wildebeest Arc, Maasai Mara, 2006.
In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog.

Wildebeest Arc, Maasai Mara, 2006 — Nick Brandt