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photo-eye Gallery Michael Kenna: A Retrospective – Exhibition and Portfolio Introduction photo-eye Gallery is excited to formally debut three online portfolios corresponding with our exhibition Michael Kenna: A Retrospective on view this Friday, July 29th.


photo-eye Gallery is excited to formally debut three online portfolios corresponding with our exhibition Michael Kenna: A Retrospective on view this Friday, July 29th, as a part of the Railyard Arts District's Last Friday Art Walk. While the exhibition showcases more than 50 beautifully installed black-and-white works, the gallery has over 70 total prints available by the artist. Michael Kenna: A Retrospective features selected works produced by the artist between 1987 and 2016 and includes images made in Japan, China, France, Egypt, South Korea and the United States, among other countries. Continuing through September 10th, 2016, an opening, artist reception, and book signing will take place on Friday, August 5th from 5 – 7 PM. 

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Forrest Soper Forrest Soper selects Retrospecting Sandy Hill by Chris Shaw as Book of the Week.
Retrospecting Sandy HillBy Chris ShawMorel, 2015.
Forrest Soper selects Retrospecting Sandy Hill by Chris Shaw from Morel as Book of the Week.

Book Review Indago By Yurian Quintanas Reviewed by Sarah Bay Gachot There is one short paragraph of quoted text in Yurian Quintanas’ Indago, his dark photographic foray into nature. It’s from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Indago. By Yurian Quintanas. editions 77, 2016.
Indago
Reviewed by Sarah Bay Gachot


Indago
Photographs by Yurian Quintanas
editions 77, Paris, France, 2016. In English. 80 pp., 37 black-and-white illustrations, 9½x12½".


There is one short paragraph of quoted text in Yurian Quintanas’ Indago, his dark photographic foray into nature. It’s from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Printed small, Quintanas ends the book with this, at the top of an otherwise grey light-rag-textured page. It’s a relatively well-known quote from the section of Walden in which Thoreau writes on “Where I’ve Lived, and What I’ve Lived For,” but I would argue the words following this passage are more appropriate to Quintanas’ black-mirror view of nature displayed in Indago: “...I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life... to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world.” The images of Indago are raw, tangled, and full of wet dirt. They depict the night mystery of nature — this sentiment of meanness, of sucking the marrow out of life, suit their sublimity well.


photo-eye Gallery Nick Brandt - Behind the Photo: UNDERPASS WITH ELEPHANTS, 2015 (Lean Back, Your Life is On Track) In this Behind the Photo segment, Nick Brandt describes his intentions while creating Underpass with Elephants, 2015 (Lean Back, Your Life is On Track), one of the most compelling images from his latest series Inherit the Dust.
In this Behind the Photo segment, Nick Brandt describes his intentions behind Underpass with Elephants, 2015 (Lean Back, Your Life is On Track), perhaps the most compelling image from his latest series Inherit the Dust. In his own words, Brandt expands on the transformative power of context and the loss of mankind's connection to nature. Inherit the Dust is currently on view at photo-eye Gallery through July 23rd, 2016.

Underpass with Elephants, 2015 (Lean Back, Your Life is On Track) – © Nick Brandt

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Maggie Blanchard Maggie Blanchard selects The Power of Nature by Lori Nix as Book of the Week.
The Power of Nature. By Lori Nix. Wienand Verlag, 2016.
 
Maggie Blanchard picks The Power of Nature by Lori Nix from Wienand Verlag as Book of the Week.

"Lori Nix — The Power of Nature is a catalogue from the exhibition of the same name held at the Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany in 2015. The book contains two bodies of work, The City and Lost, but as both projects focus on the power of nature and the non-existence of mankind, having them together is not incongruous.

Newsletters In Stock at photo-eye: Books on Photobooks In stock titles investigating the art of the photobook.
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Looking In. Robert Frank's The Americans
Expanded Edition
Photographs by Robert Frank
Edited and with Text by Sarah Greenough

This edition is a reprint of the first edition. It includes reproductions of Robert Frank's contact sheets for The Americans, variant croppings of the images that changed from one book edition to another, a comparative sequencing of preliminary and subsequently published editions of The Americans, a map and chronology, correspondence and archival materials.

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Book Review Unspeaking Likeness By Arne Svenson Reviewed by George Slade Many related impressions and perhaps a few tangential thoughts arise as I regard this strange and remarkable book.
I’m aware of the scale of the book. Its dimensions could easily form the width and breadth of a box capable of containing a human head.

Unspeaking LikenessBy Arne Svenson
Twin Palms Publishers, 2016.
 
Unspeaking Likeness
Reviewed by George Slade

Unspeaking Likeness
Photographs by Arne Svenson
Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2016. 112 pp., 49 duotone illustrations, 11x14".


Many related impressions and perhaps a few tangential thoughts arise as I regard this strange and remarkable book.

I’m aware of the scale of the book. Its dimensions could easily form the width and breadth of a box capable of containing a human head. I can hold the book in front of myself and convincingly replace my head with one of the reconstructed heads in Svenson’s photographs. Thinking of heads in boxes reminds me of what happened to Tracy, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in the 1995 film Seven, and of Mills, her husband, played by Brad Pitt, who discovers the box and its contents.

photo-eye Gallery Nick Brandt - Behind the Photo: WASTELAND WITH ELEPHANT, 2015 In this Behind the Photo segment, Nick Brandt describes the creation of Wasteland with Elephant, the signature image from his new series Inherit the Dust.
In this Behind the Photo segment, Nick Brandt describes the creation of Wasteland with Elephant, the signature image from his new series Inherit the Dust. In his own words, Brandt expands on the scene’s characters and context including details about the elephant, the area, and the human inhabitants. Inherit the Dust is currently on view at photo-eye Gallery through July 23rd, 2016.

Wasteland with Elephant, 2015 – © Nick Brandt

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Olga Yatskevich Olga Yatskevich selects Geografia de la diferencia by Philippe Gruenberg as Book of the Week.
Geografia de la diferenciaBy Philippe Gruenberg
Meier Ramirez, 2015.
Olga Yatskevich picks Geografia de la diferencia Philippe Gruenberg from Meier Ramirez.

Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 24 Volume 24 of photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter featuring titles from Monika Macdonald, Hajime Sawatari, Sara Davidmann and more.
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In Absence
Photographs by Monika Macdonald

In Absence will not be distributed in the US by the publisher. photo-eye Bookstore is ordering copies for our US clients.

The women portrayed in In Absence all have one thing in common: their solitary search for belonging — to something or someone. This autobiographical account, which is also a psychological and intimate reflection, runs like a common thread throughout the images. The women are like-minded in their hesitation and uncertainty; in their longing, or yearning for some form of love.

photo-eye is taking pre-orders for copies of In Absence. If our supplier runs out, orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received. The cutoff time for ordering is Tuesday, July 12th at 12:00 PM Mountain Time.

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Book Review Astres Noirs By Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick Reviewed by Colin Pantall There’s a lot of black in photography at the moment. Awoiska van der Molen’s photobook Sequester shows us the gradations of blacks in her European landscape work, Paul Gaffney’s Stray takes us on a night-time journey through the forest in a psychological exploration that makes us part of the landscape we live in.
Astres Noirs. By Katrin Koenning & Sarker Protick. 
Chose Commune, 2016.
 
Astres Noirs
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

Astres Noirs 
Photographs by Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick.
Chose Commune, Paris, France, 2016. 168 pp., 79 black-and-white illustrations, 6¼x8¾".


There’s a lot of black in photography at the moment. Awoiska van der Molen’s photobook Sequester shows us the gradations of blacks in her European landscape work, Paul Gaffney’s Stray takes us on a night-time journey through the forest in a psychological exploration that makes us part of the landscape we live in. From Spain, David Jimenez and Jon Cazenave are working with extremes of light to express the sensations of land, of belonging, of home, and of the metaphysical.

photo-eye Gallery Opening Friday July 29th: Michael Kenna - A Retrospective photo-eye Gallery is excited to announce Michael Kenna: A Retrospective, an exhibition of black-and-white silver gelatin prints by seminal photographer Michael Kenna opening Friday, July 29th and continuing through September 10th, 2016.

Michael Kenna - Huangshan Mountains, Study 31, Anhui, China. 2009

MICHAEL KENNA: A Retrospective
Selected Works from 30 Years

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo Christian Michael Filardo selects Ever After by Asako Narahashi as Book of the Week.
Ever AfterBy Asako NarahashiOsiris, 2013.
Christian Michael Filardo picks Ever After by Asako Narahashi from Osiris as Book of the Week.

Newsletters In Stock at photo-eye: MACK In stock photobooks from MACK, including signed and sale titles.
photo-eye has only a few copies of each of the following titles in-stock.
They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Book Review Horizon Avenue By Aaron Stern Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson The lyrical photobook, by which I mean those photobooks whose main content is something elucidated through sequence and not necessarily something immediate, is a difficult subject to address. Staples of the lyrically sequenced photobook are: A.) a lack of adroit, in-your-face single images that contain individualized meaning, B.) no or minimalized text, and C.) a progression of story, idea or thought presented through the sequence of the images.

Horizon AvenueBy Aaron Stern205-A, 2016.
 
Horizon Avenue
Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson

Horizon Avenue: San Francisco and other places
Photographs by Aaron Stern. Poetry by Aaron Stern and David Wagoner.
205-A, New York, USA, 2016. 66 pp., 39 four-color illustrations, 5½x8½".

The lyrical photobook, by which I mean those photobooks whose main content is something elucidated through sequence and not necessarily something immediate, is a difficult subject to address. Staples of the lyrically sequenced photobook are: A.) a lack of adroit, in-your-face single images that contain individualized meaning, B.) no or minimalized text, and C.) a progression of story, idea or thought presented through the sequence of the images. Outside of these three central ideas we see a wide range of subject matter and, of course, effectiveness of the methods used.

Interview Magda Biernat on Adrift Magda Biernat's Adrift, currently installed at photo-eye's Bookstore + Project Space, was recently awarded Center's 2016 Director's Choice Award. Adrift is Biernat's commentary on global climate change. Gallery Associate Lucas Shaffer interviewed Biernat about her inspiration for Adrift, what it took to make the images, and her ultimate goals for the project.
Magda Biernat's Adrift installed at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space

Magda Biernat's Adrift, currently installed at photo-eye's Bookstore + Project Space, was recently awarded Center's 2016 Director's Choice Award. Adrift is Biernat's commentary on global climate change as witnessed in the areas most affected: the earth's polar regions. Photographed throughout 2013, Adrift pairs Alaskan Inupiat hunting cabins along side Antarctic icebergs in compelling color diptychs. Drawing on her experience photographing architecture, Biernat's images are precise, clean, and even, giving the icebergs and fishing huts the same visual weight within the frame despite their massive difference in scale. Gallery Associate Lucas Shaffer interviewed Biernat about her inspiration for Adrift, what it took to make the images, and her ultimate goals for the project.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christopher J Johnson Christopher J Johnson selects The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel as Book of the Week.
The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel
By Kurt CaviezelRorhof, 2015.
Christopher J Johnson selects The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel by Kurt Caviezel from Rorhof as Book of the Week.

"The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel is composed of an unbelievable number of images gathered from 15,000 publicly streaming webcams across the globe. It compiles people kissing, birds napping, solitary clouds, bus stops, cafe tables seen top down and Coke advertisements; its main subject matter is those situations, behaviors, locations, natural phenomena and encounters that are globally universal.

Book Review The Castle By Federico Clavarino Reviewed by Adam Bell Conceived in the aftermath of Word War II, the European Union is in a precarious state. The UK tragically voted for the Brexit, the economic state of various member states remains in peril, and the rise of divisive policies and rhetoric threatens to undo the goodwill that has held the EU together for years.
The CastleBy Federico Clavarino. Dalpine, 2016.
 
The Castle
Reviewed by Adam Bell

The Castle
Photographs by Federico Clavarino
Dalpine, Madrid, Spain, 2016. 160 pp., black-and-white illustrations, 8¼x11¾".


Conceived in the aftermath of Word War II, the European Union is in a precarious state. The UK tragically voted for the Brexit, the economic state of various member states remains in peril, and the rise of divisive policies and rhetoric threatens to undo the goodwill that has held the EU together for years. Visualizing the elusive bonds that hold any group of people together as a nation is always a challenge, but a loose affiliation of nations is even more challenging. Traditional symbols of nationalism no longer suffice and what bonds do exist are even less tangible. Although infused with doubt and paranoia, Federico Clavarino’s The Castle offers a cautiously optimistic assessment of Europe in the early 21st century. Over the course of the book’s four chapters, Clavarino points at the tragic roots that inspired the formation of the EU and attempts to visualize the illusory and often alienating bureaucracy that holds it together. Filled with vague iconography of power, dissolution, separation, and tension, The Castle does not offer easy solutions or glib propaganda about Europe and its fate in the 21st century. Like the castle in Kakfa’s famous novel of the same name, Clavarino’s castle rules with inscrutable authority; we live at its mercy. How we choose move forward is up to us.

photo-eye Newsletters Japanese Photobooks Newsletter Vol. 6 Volume 6 of photo-eye's Japanese Photobooks Newsletter featuring titles from Daido Moriyama, Shinya Arimoto, Hajime Sawatari, & Tokyo Rumando.
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Scandalous
Photographs by Daido Moriyama

Limited Edition available to order!

Edition of 350 signed and numbered copies.

The book contains Moriyama's own selection of 'visually scandalous' images including unreleased works, taken mainly from the Accident series made in the late 1960s, and entirely silkscreen printed for this edition.

photo-eye is taking pre-orders for Limited Edition copies of Scandalous. If our supplier runs out, orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received. The cutoff time for ordering in our shipment is Tuesday, June 28th at 12:00 PM MDT. 

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Interview Nick Brandt on Inherit the Dust On Friday June 10th photo-eye Gallery was thrilled to open our newest exhibition Inherit the Dust by Nick Brandt. Gallery Associate Lucas Shaffer spoke with Brandt to find out more about the artist's activism, his desired outcomes for the project, and what it took to realize his vision.

Road to Factory with Zebra, 2014 – © Nick Brandt




On Friday June 10th photo-eye Gallery was thrilled to open our newest exhibition Inherit the Dust by Nick Brandt. As we outlined in our series introduction, Brandt's latest body of work is a compelling and emotional call-to-action regarding conservation efforts to curb rampant urban sprawl and loss of natural habitat across Africa. Photographed in East Africa, Brandt erects oversized panels of his iconic animal portraits on location at quarries, garbage dumps, and urban developments, effectively transforming the animals to mere ghosts in the landscape. Gallery Associate Lucas Shaffer spoke with Brandt to find out more about the artist's activism, his desired outcomes for the project, and what it took to realize his vision. Inherit the Dust is on view at photo-eye Gallery through July 23rd, 2016.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Sarah Bradley Sarah Bradley selects On A Good Day by Al Vandenberg as Book of the Week.
On A Good DayBy Al VandenbergStanley/Barker, 2016.
Sarah Bradley selects On A Good Day by Al Vandenberg from Stanley/Barker as Book of the Week.

Book Review End. By Eammon Doyle Reviewed by Colin Pantall Watch Hitchcock’s Vertigo and you quickly understand Saul Bass’s belief that it’s important that the film starts with the titles, that they have a message that goes beyond the merely functional or decorative.
End.  By Eammon Doyle. D1, 2016.
 
End.
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

End. 
Photographs by Eamonn Doyle
D1, Dublin, Ireland, 2016. In English. 140pp pp., 293 illustrations, 19¾x28".


Watch Hitchcock’s Vertigo and you quickly understand Saul Bass’s belief that it’s important that the film starts with the titles, that they have a message that goes beyond the merely functional or decorative.

It’s the same with photobooks. In a good photobook, the book should start with the title. And everything that is in that book, the text, the images, the cover, the end pages, should serve the message of the book as a whole. That doesn’t often happen, but in an ideal world, in an ideal book, it should.

Newsletters In Stock at photo-eye + Pre-Order: Michael Wolf In stock titles by Michael Wolf, plus a pre-order for the latest in his Hong Kong series.
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Hong Kong Rubber Boots and Shoes
Photographs by Michael Wolf

Whether hung up to dry, propped between pipes and walls, neatly arranged in rows, tucked into nooks, or upside-down on poles, this mundane and often grubby type of work footwear also comes in all kinds of colours and sizes. As if patiently awaiting the next opportunity to perform their function, when their user pulls them on again and goes about cleaning fish, cooking food, or sweeping gutters, the boots express unspoken urban narratives of their own.

photo-eye is taking pre-orders for SIGNED copies of Hong Kong Rubber Boots and Shoes. If our supplier runs out, orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received. The cutoff time for ordering is Tuesday, June 21st at noon MDT.

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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Forrest Soper Forrest Soper selects Libyan Sugar by Michael Christopher Brown as Book of the Week.
Libyan SugarBy Michael Christopher Brown
Twin Palms Publishers, 2016.
Forrest Soper selects Libyan Sugar by Michael Christopher Brown from Twin Palms Publishers as Book of the Week.

"In Libyan Sugar, Michael Christopher Brown has created a body of work unlike anything I have ever seen before. Shot almost exclusively on a mobile phone, the images in this book document the Libyan Revolution in 2011 and the photographer’s experiences in two separate trips to the country. Alongside the imagery, text, predominantly in the form of electronic messages from the photographer’s family, friends, and colleagues, provides insight into the life and mind of Michael Christopher Brown. The result transforms this book from a mere document of a time and place into an incredibly personal journey as a photographer experiences a war zone.

Interview Deanna Templeton on The Swimming Pool photo-eye Bookstore Manager Christopher J Johnson speaks to Deanna Templeton about her new book The Swimming Pool.

The Swimming PoolBy Deanna TempletonUm Yeah Arts, 2016.
 
Deanna and Ed Templeton do nearly everything together, often photographing in the same locations, though photographically their voices are unique. Deanna Templeton’s voice has perhaps never been clearer than in her most recent monograph from Um Yeah Press titled The Swimming Pool. Made over the course of 8 years simultaneously with projects like Scratch My Name on Your Arm, Templeton captures the beauty of bodies. Featuring both men and women, shot in color and black and white and on a variety of film stocks, Templeton approached the subject from a true place of exploration, creating an environment around her backyard pool conducive to experimentation. As a result, her subjects notably exude confidence and a sense of freedom as they glide below the shimmering surface of the water, allowing Templeton to considering the expression of the human form and the particular qualities of water for reflection and distortion.

The results are stunning. photo-eye Bookstore Manager Christopher J Johnson describes the book as a “quiet meditation similar to the act of swimming” and being alone underwater. Christopher J Johnson talked to Templeton about making The Swimming Pool, her current projects and the benefits of taking your time with your art.

Book Review Mississippi History By Maude Schuyler Clay Reviewed by George Slade When I first saw this book, some months ago, it stuck a barb in my mind; I’m still trying to work out that little pricker. Life is like that, though. Certain things attach and won’t let go.

Mississippi HistoryBy Maude Schuyler ClaySteidl, 2015.
 
Mississippi History
Reviewed by George Slade

Mississippi History
Photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay. Foreword by Richard Ford.
Steidl, Gottingen, Germany, 2015. 240 pp., 110 illustrations, 9¾x14½".


When I first saw this book, some months ago, it stuck a barb in my mind; I’m still trying to work out that little pricker. Life is like that, though. Certain things attach and won’t let go.