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Book Review Message from the Exterior By Karen Jenkins Reviewed by Karen Jenkins “Ruwedel has a keen eye for the potential in absence. He has long honed in on the faded traces of human presence and intervention in the landscape, manifesting the humble remains of our aspirations and disappointments. "
Message from the ExteriorBy Mark Ruwedel. Mack, 2016.
 
Message from the Exterior
Reviewed by Karen Jenkins

Message from the Exterior.
Photographs by Mark Ruwedel.
Mack, London, England, 2016. 184 pp., 6½x9¼".  


photo-eye Gallery Now Representing Maggie Taylor photo-eye Gallery is thrilled to announce Maggie Taylor as our newest represented artist. Taylor constructs what she terms “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.”

Cloud caster, 2013 – © Maggie Taylor
photo-eye Gallery is thrilled to announce Maggie Taylor as our newest represented artist.  Taylor constructs what she terms “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.” An early adopter, Maggie Taylor has been utilizing digital technology to build her evocative and elaborate photomontages for more than 20 years. These whimsical narratives often begin as pastel background drawings with additional components such as 19th Century photographs, drawings, vintage toys, seashells, feathers, and taxidermy scanned and meticulously arranged over time to complete the scene. Working instinctively, Taylor crafts a surreal alternate reality rife with curious peculiarities and rich in symbolism.
"I work very spontaneously and intuitively, trying to come up with images that have a resonance and a somewhat mysterious narrative content. There is no one meaning for any of the images, rather they exist as a kind of visual riddle or open-ended poem, meant to be both playful and provocative. " – Maggie Taylor
Poet's house, 2015 – © Maggie Taylor
photo-eye is pleased to debut an online portfolio today including 20 works by Taylor in her signature style. We are also excited to announce that many of these pieces will be available to view in person at photo-eye Gallery’s booth during Art Palm Springs 2017.

Limited edition archival pigment prints are available:

8 x 8 inches
Edition of 15
$1,500

15 x 15 inches
Edition of 15
$2,800

22 x 22 inches
Edition of 10
$4,500

36 x 36 inches
Edition of 9 or 5
$8,000

For more information, and to purchase prints by Maggie Taylor, please contact Gallery Staff at 505-988-5152 x 202 or gallery@photoeye.com.



A tale begun in other days, 2016 – © Maggie Taylor


photo-eye Bookstore Project Space Bookstore Project Space Exhibition – Karen Kuehn: Maverick Camera photo-eye welcomes Karen Kuehn to our Bookstore Project Space for an Exhibition Opening and Book Signing from 3 – 5pm on Saturday, February 25th.



Maverick Camera
KAREN KUEHN

BOOK SIGNING & EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 3–5pm

photo-eye Bookstore Project Space
376 Garcia Street
Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-988-5152 x 201

ABOUT THE EVENT

photo-eye welcomes Karen Kuehn to our Bookstore Project Space for an Exhibition Opening and Book Signing from 3 – 5pm on Saturday, February 25th. Kuehn will be present to sign copies of her latest monograph Maverick Camera, a collection of color and black-and-white photographs released in 2016 by FARMHOUSE Girl Productions. A selection of works by Kuehn from Maverick Camera will be on view in the Bookstore Project Space through Saturday, April 29th, 2017.


ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Maverick Camera is a collection of Karen Kuehn’s work primarily centered on her time as a professional photographer in New York City. Previously a Ranger for the US park service in Montana, Kuehn arrived in NYC in the late 1980’s just as The Factory, Interview Magazine, and Punk Rock were exploding on the scene. Maverick Camera is a memoir of sorts, where personal recollections and anecdotes mix with images lending an intimacy to the book while giving readers insight as to how a particular model or experience affected Kuehn. Karen’s beliefs, desires, and interests are delineated in her poetic text but also illustrated in her images, as Reid Callanan of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops states:

“…Karen is one of my favorite portrait photographers because her portraits express an unwavering belief in the goodness of people. Her portraits reveal as much about her worldview as they do about the person sitting, standing, leaning or jumping in front of her lens.” 

The Bookstore Project Space exhibition includes black-and-white celebrity portraits from Kuehn’s time working in New York City, including Bill Murray, Brian Eno, Cher, The B-52’s, James Taylor, Robin Williams, and Tom Hanks among others.

Cher, 1989 – © Karen Kuehn

Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live, 1987 – © Karen Kuehn

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Karen Kuehn is a photographer with a knack for seeing with a unique point of view. The past 25 years and her images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, People, The New York Times, National Geographic, and numerous other publications. In her personal projects, she is committed to documenting and preserving aspects of Americans, viewing each as an individual. Karen lives and works on a small farm in Peralta, New Mexico.
For more information, and to purchase prints, please contact Lucas Shaffer at 505-988-5152 x 114 or lucas@photoeye.com


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christopher J Johnson Christopher J Johnson selects Lost Territories Wordbook Designed by Ania Nałęcka-Milach as Book of the Week.
Lost Territories Wordbook.  
Designed by Ania Ania Nałęcka-Milach. 
Sputnik Photos, 2016.
Christopher J Johnson selects Lost Territories Wordbook Designed by Ania Nałęcka-Milach from Sputnik Photos as Book of the Week.

"Sputnik Photos has shown over and over again their dedication to a sense of place, to the onus, “what does it mean to belong to or to be from a place.” Specifically Russia and the Former Russian states or affected regions of what had been the USSR.

Wordbook presents about one hundred very brief narratives on subjects that relate to the former USSR; the subjects are disparate, but hinge on a sort of Joe Brainardesque, “I remember…” set-up in that the idea is how things have changed, what was and doesn’t exist anymore or still exists, but as a more shadowy presence than its former life of importance in the USSR. The topics range from Russian manufactured cigarettes, the Holodomor, apartment balconies and Eastern European camera models to Leninism and Soviet Bookshops.

The narratives are provided by twenty-one different authors writing in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish (all translated into English) who had lived, often as young people or children, during the collapse of the Soviet Union and are, so it seems, now fully mature and advanced in their writing careers. A total of twenty pictures accompany the texts from Sputnik’s official collective of: Andrej Balco, Jan Brykczynski, Andrei Liankevich, Michal Luczak, Rafal Milach, Adam Panczuk and Agnieszka Rayss (all photographers familiar to the readers of photo-eye’s blog).

The result of the presentation style is something like reading Svetlana Alexievich’s books (photobook bibliophiles will recognize her as the author of the text featured in 7 Rooms), there are a variety of voices and concerns, but all are centered on a single theme and all are also intimate explorations of their subject.

Wordbook is a wonderful companion to the work that the collective has put out so far. In fact, I might go as far as to say that it is the most essential volume as it takes as its subject the voices of those that these photographers have captured again and again in their images. — Christopher J Johnson

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Lost Territories WordbookDesigned by Ania Ania Nałęcka-Milach. Sputnik Photos, 2016.
Lost Territories WordbookDesigned by Ania Ania Nałęcka-Milach. Sputnik Photos, 2016.


Christopher J Johnson lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a resident writer for the Meow Wolf art collective. His first book of poetry, &luckier, has been released by the University of Colorado. He is Manager of photo-eye’s Book Division.

Book Review One Sun, One Shadow. By Shane Lavalette Reviewed by Antone Dolezal The American South is a region marked with a rich photographic history, one eclipsed by the legacies of Walker Evans and William Eggleston and contrarily plagued by an over-saturation of contemporary work. To understand the South is to understand America.
One Sun, One ShadowBy Shane Lavalette. Lavalette, 2016.
One Sun, One Shadow. 
Reviewed by Antone Dolezal

One Sun, One Shadow.
Photographs by Shane Lavalette. Text by Tim Davis.
Lavalette, Syracuse, New York, 2016. 124 pp., 61 color illustrations, 8½x10½".


photo-eye Gallery Local Eight: Works by New Mexico Artists - On View Feb. 7th – April 22nd photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce Local Eight a group exhibition of photographs featuring eight represented artists from Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. On view at photo-eye Gallery beginning Tuesday, February 7th, an Opening and Artist Reception will take place on Friday, February 24th from 5 – 7 PM in correspondence with the Railyard Art District’s Last Friday Artwalk.



LOCAL EIGHT
Works by New Mexico Artists

ON VIEW:
February 7th – April 22nd, 2017
OPENING & ARTIST RECEPTION:
Friday, February 24th 5–7pm

photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce Local Eight a group exhibition of photographs featuring eight represented artists from Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. On view at photo-eye Gallery beginning Tuesday, February 7th, an Opening and Artist Reception will take place on Friday, February 24th from 5 – 7 PM in correspondence with the Railyard Art District’s Last Friday Artwalk.

Northern New Mexico and Santa Fe is home to a vast, varied and thriving artist community. Local Eight’s collection of works showcases not only the diversity of style within the area’s photographic community but exhibits the wide-ranging conceptual and material practices represented by photo-eye’s artists.

Subject matter in the exhibition runs the gamut, covering topics such as climate change, dreams, American highway culture, and landscape all while expressing these ideas utilizing an impressive array of photographic materials, including the albumen print, platinum, traditional silver gelatin, as well as the ubiquitous archival pigment print.




ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Motel, Highway 66, Holbrook, Arizona, 1973 – © Steve Fitch
•      Steve Fitch — Pena Blanca based photographer focusing on American Highway Vernacular and topologies including the American Motel, the Drive-In theater, and Signal Towers. Most recently Fitch released the monograph American Motel Signs published by The Velvet Cell, London.





Bottle with Sharon's Seeds, 1998 – © James Pitts
•      James Pitts — Santa Fe-based studio photographer creating delicate and expressive floral still-lifes. Pitts primary focus for 20 years was creating hand coated platinum prints from large format negatives.

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River Lune, Cumbria, England, 1981 – © Edward Ranney 
•      Edward Ranney — Santa Fe-based internationally recognized photographer working with the natural and man-altered landscape for over forty years. Ranney's latest exhibition with photo-eye, Two Landscapes: England and Peru, opened in the Fall of 2015 and showcased work never before seen in the United States. A few of those works, including River Lune, Cumbria, England pictured above, are featured in Local Eight.

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#10292, 9 September 2015, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico – © Jamey Stillings
•      Jamey Stillings — Santa Fe-based landscape photographer working with issues of sustainability and a special focus on renewable energy development and water. San Juan Basin aerials are included in the exhibition. Stilling's 2015 monograph, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar published by Steidl, received numerous Book of the Year nominations and Stillings himself received the 2016 International Photography Award for Book Photographer of the Year.



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Cloud No. 3655/3652 (diptych) – © Laurie Tümer
•      Laurie Tümer – Espanola-based photographer who’s ongoing cloud series is a healing meditation on beauty and sublimity that lessens everyday ills by looking outward. Tümer recently self-published a monograph of the series, aptly titled Clouds, and copies are available to order during the exhibition.





Cross-Pollination, 1992 – © Jo Whaley
•      Jo Whaley – Santa Fe-based photographer Jo Whaley’s series Natura Morta draws from 17th Century Vanitas still-lifes to craft scenes that expose ironies between urban culture and nature.



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The Glass Wall #12, Santa Fe, NM, 2010 – © Brad Wilson
•      Brad Wilson – Santa Fe-Based, Brad Wilson is most well known for his strikingly detailed animal portraits aimed at exhibiting similarities between species and promote empathy through relationship; Wilson's AFFINITY was photo-eye Gallery's most recent exhibition. For Local Eight, Wilson showcases work from two earlier projects, The Glass Wall, and Relics.

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Fledgling, 2016 – ©  Zoë Zimmerman
•      Zoë Zimmerman — Taos-based studio photographer utilizing metaphor to subvert the Everyday and provoke the viewer’s subconscious. In 2015, Zimmerman released her first monograph, Of Men: Strength and Vulnerability, a three-part series examining fraternal intimacy and physicality among men. Images in Local Eight include new work from Zoë's Her Dream series.




Local Eight is currently on view at photo-eye Gallery and runs through April 22nd, 2017.
For more information and to purchase prints please contact Gallery Staff at 505.988.5152 x 202 or gallery@photoeye.com.






Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Martin Parr Martin Parr selects Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust. by Harry Borden as Book of the Week.
Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust. 
By Harry Borden Cassell, 2017.
Martin Parr picks Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust. by Harry Borden from Cassell as Book of the Week.


Book Review Will By Reiner Riedler Reviewed by George Slade "Will is a disturbing catalogue, an uncanny assemblage of parts. On a figurative level, Riedler’s photographs present compelling evidence of humans’ insatiable desire to meddle in our own affairs."
WillBy Reiner RiedlerLa Fabrica, 2016.
Will.
Reviewed by George Slade

Will.
Photographs by Reiner Riedler. Text by Paul Wombell.
La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain, 2016. 144 pp., 100 color illustrations, 8½x11¾".


Start with this detail: an image of a human heart, cast in glass. Add this: the “Alderson phantom,” a metallic human head, eerily echoing an x-ray, sliced laterally and topped with a knob that might twist the slices apart. “Untitled,” “uncatalogued,” “undated,” “experimental prototype,” and “found object,” all captions attached to photographs of other humanoid models that arise alternately from J. G. Ballard’s Crash, an astrological acupuncturist’s study, and H. R. Giger’s biomorphic monsters.

Other items in the book have firmer positions in known, Cartesian space. A Melanesian skull, for instance, dated 1899, sitting on an elegant wooden tray pulled from storage in Vienna’s Natural History Museum, familiar in all regards except for the big hole in the forehead which for all the world resembles the socket for one’s third eye. A pair of prosthetic hands, their thumbs and first fingers aligned, are reassuringly “flesh” colored until you pass the second knuckle, when they reveal their metallic, functional form. Westworld leaves the screen and meets its real world counterparts.

WillBy Reiner RiedlerLa Fabrica, 2016.

Will is a disturbing catalogue, an uncanny assemblage of parts. On a figurative level, Riedler’s photographs present compelling evidence of humans’ insatiable desire to meddle in our own affairs. These images capture both things and, to apply the book’s title, the will to conceive, build, and incorporate them.

WillBy Reiner RiedlerLa Fabrica, 2016.

A curious blend of attraction and repulsion surfaces as one regards this book. It is a blunt object, page after page laying out the evidence, largely against decontextualizing black backgrounds. The spot-lit objects hover in front of you. The shifting scale disorients you. Example: A computerized tomography device, a donut-shaped CAT scanner in which a prostrate human fills the hole, appears the same size on the page as the aforementioned heart and skulls.

WillBy Reiner RiedlerLa Fabrica, 2016.

Riedler has dedicated a significant chunk of time and travel to compile these disquieting glimpses into our bionic, vulnerable selves. We have sought interventions, material and divine, for a long, long time. Before we invented and implemented pacemakers, iron lungs, and anesthetics, we looked to the outer world to help us comprehend and shape our destiny. A set of oracle bones, inscribed flakes of organic material that sought information about destiny’s intentions in ancient lives, are arrayed in Riedler’s photograph to resemble the tattooed talons from some primordial creature.

To read Will is to engage in an extended act of anthropomorphizing in which the objects rest in a membrane between us and our vanities.—George Slade

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GEORGE SLADE, a longtime contributor to photo-eye, is a photography writer, curator, historian and consultant. He can be found online at http://rephotographica-slade.blogspot.com/

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photo-eye Gallery photo-eye Gallery at ART PALM SPRINGS 2017 photo-eye Gallery is heading to Palm Springs, California for the 2017 ART PALM SPRINGS Art Fair at the Palm Springs Convention Center, February 17th – 19th.




photo-eye Gallery is packing our bags and heading to Palm Springs, California with some of our favorite work for the 2017 ART PALM SPRINGS Fair.  The 6th annual Fine Art fair will return to the Palm Springs Convention Center, February 17th – 19th, coinciding with Palm Springs Modernism Week. The fair will exhibit over 60 galleries from around the world, specializing in post-war and contemporary art. photo-eye Gallery is thrilled to be joining in 2017, and will have work on display by the following represented artists:



We are proud to also announce three of our artists have work included in this year's new Art Palm Springs SELECTS, which highlights pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics.

Pool, 2015 © Julie Blackmon | Archival Pigment Print, 22 x 31.5", Edition of 10, $4,000
“I love photography and this suburban pool has a great look. Can’t tell if it’s a random shot or setup but it’s fun and compelling.” 
-Beth Rudin DeWoody 
Art Collector, Curator, and President, Rudin Family Foundations

Hillside Fence, Study 6, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007 © Michael Kenna | Gelatin-Silver Print, 8x8", $4,000
“I could stare at this piece for hours…the fact that it is a photo enhances the mystery of discovery, how a simple Zen-like image can be recognized and translated. Simply magical.”
-Jeff Jurasky
Principal, Jeffrey Jurasky & Associates  

Mammatus, 2016 © Mitch Dobrowner | Archival Pigment Print, 20x30", Ed. of 40, $2,500
“A reminder to never stop seeing”
-Lance O’Donnell
Architect, o2 Architecture

Opening Night is February 16th with a benefit for the Palm Springs Art Museum. Come say Hello to photo-eye Founders Rixon Reed and Vicki Bohannon and Gallery Director, Anne Kelly at booth 215, and join us for one the year's most anticipated events for collectors, curators, artists and tastemakers around the globe!

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For more details about the fair and represented artists, please contact the Gallery at 505.988.5152 x202 or gallery@photoeye.com.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo Christian Michael Filardo selects Shapeshifter by Marco Pietracupa as Book of the Week.
ShapeshifterBy Marco Pietracupa Yard Press, 2017.
Christian Michael Filardo picks Shapeshifter by Marco Pietracupa from Yard Press as Book of the Week.


Book Review Passport. By Alexander Chekmenev Reviewed by Forrest Soper After the fall of the Soviet Union, there was an effort to fully integrate the former Soviet citizens into the newly independent Ukrainian government. One of the ways the government accomplished this, was to require its citizens to replace their former Soviet passports with new Ukrainian issued documents.
Passport. By  Alexander Chekmenev. Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017. 
 
Passport.
Reviewed by Forrest Soper.

Passport.
Photographs by Alexander Chekmenev.
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, England, 2017. In English. 156 pp., 74 color illustrations, 9¼x12x¾".



photo-eye Gallery Behind the Photo: Brad Wilson – Cheetah #2 In this Behind the Photo segment, Brad Wilson describes the charming yet challenging circumstances he faced while making Cheetah #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2011. " Cheetah #2 is currently on view in Wilson’s exhibition AFFINITY running through February 4th, 2017 at photo-eye Gallery.


In this Behind the Photo segment, Brad Wilson describes the charming yet challenging circumstances he faced while making Cheetah #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2011Cheetah #2 is currently on view in Wilson’s exhibition AFFINITY running through February 4th, 2017 at photo-eye Gallery.

Cheetah #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 – © Brad Wilson

"This male cheetah I worked with in 2011 came from a sanctuary in northern California. He was a beautiful animal - regal and relaxed, but, unfortunately for me, he was a fairly reluctant model. Most cats are. After a lot of patient waiting, and many raw chicken legs, he decided to cooperate for a few fleeting minutes. This image of him was the only profile I captured during our time together, and, luckily, he was looking right into the light. However, this was not my most memorable moment with him. Once, while adjusting some equipment on the photo set, I felt something extremely rough and warm moving across my skin. It startled me at first, but when I looked down I saw the cheetah calmly licking my arm. I just allowed him to continue, fully aware that this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This particular cheetah was safe and well-cared for at his sanctuary, but the wild members of his species are not so well off. An international team of researchers from organizations like the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Zoological Society of London, Panthera, and many others have recently discovered that cheetah populations are declining precipitously across Africa and Asia. By current estimates, there may be only about 7000 cats left. My photograph has been used by various conservation groups to help call attention to the cheetah’s plight and inspire action. I hope future efforts yield positive results so the world doesn’t lose this truly majestic creature."

– Brad Wilson

On Saturday, February 11th Brad Wilson’s prices will increase. This is great opportunity to collect work from the AFFINITY series in its current pricing structure. 

Current Pricing: 

20 x 29 Inches
Edition of 15
$1,250

30 x 44 Inches
Edition of 10
$2,500

40 x 60 Inches
Edition of 3
$5,000

As of Saturday February 11th, 2017:

20 x 29 Inches
Edition of 15
$1,500

30 x 44 Inches
Edition of 10
$2,750

40 x 60 Inches
Edition of 3
$5,250


Wilson in the studio with Cheetah #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.

For more information, and to purchase prints, please contact the gallery at 505.988.5152 x 202, or gallery@photoeye.com.

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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Forrest Soper Forrest Soper selects Women in Trees by Jochen Raiß as Book of the Week.
Women in TreesBy Jochen RaißHatje Cantz, 2016.
Forrest Soper selects Women in Trees by Jochen Raiß from Hatje Cantz as Book of the Week.


Book Review Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné. By Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin Reviewed by Blake Andrews The current photobook renaissance has been ongoing for more than a decade now. So it was perhaps inevitable that at some point its head would begin eating its tail.
Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne. 
By  Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin. Phaidon Press, 2016. 
 
Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné
Reviewed by Blake Andrews.

Magnum Photobook.
The Catalogue Raisonné.

Text by Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin.
Phaidon Press, London, England, 2016. In English. 272 pp., 1500 color & 100 black-and-white illustrations, 8½x11¾x1¼".  

The current photobook renaissance has been ongoing for more than a decade now. So it was perhaps inevitable that at some point its head would begin eating its tail. Judging by several recent compilations, we're now well into that meta realm. Photobooks about photobooks have become fairly common. In the current millennium, there have been all sorts, from Roth's The Book of 101 Books to the three Parr/Badger volumes to Errata Editions' photobook facsimiles. There is a photobook for Dutch photobooks, one for Japanese photobooks, one for Chinese photobooks, and one for Latin America. At this rate, there will soon be one covering each country, and we'll need a catalogue raisonné to track all of the photobooks about photobooks.

Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne. By  Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin. Phaidon Press, 2016.

Such a book may eventually happen but we're not there yet. In the meantime, publishers can tackle the task of comprehensive annotation in small chunks. Or large chunks, as the case may be with Magnum Photos. Now in its seventieth year, Magnum is a titan in the world of documentary photography, representing luminaries such as Cartier-Bresson, Erwitt, and Koudelka. Collectively its members have published over a thousand photobooks. Why there's enough material for a photobook about their photobooks.

Into the breach step Fred Ritchin and Carole Naggar with Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné. As the title suggests, the book systematically annotates every single photobook by Magnum authors. That's right, Every. Single. One. There is also a large section profiling selected photobooks in depth, and a brief chapter Making Photobooks with short example-based contributions from Magnum photographers.

Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne. By  Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin. Phaidon Press, 2016.

We'll get to those in a moment. But first let me discuss the working engine of this book, which is the comprehensive listing of all Magnum photobooks: the catalogue raisonné. The books are listed by author, each one with a small icon of the cover and publishing information. It's not a lot of information per book, but when taken as a whole the scope of this project is mammoth. The cataloging —in microscopic font— consumes over fifty pages of the book's last chapter. For librarians, archivists, photobook collectors, Magnum buffs, and anyone else in need of a definitive publishing record this section of the book alone is worth its weight in 4 pt lead type. There is nothing else like it that I know of.

Interspersed between the comprehensive index and Fred Ritchin's oddly dispassionate introductory text, The Catalogue Raisonné is filled out with two other sections. The primary body of the book is The Photobooks: In Detail 1938 - 2016. This section follows the now familiar format pioneered by Roth, Parr/Badger, and other photobooks on photobooks mentioned above. A facsimile of the book's cover is spliced into an attractive layout with a few interior spreads and a brief written analysis. The images are scanned from original copies with yellowing pages, scuff marks, grease stains, and shadows, inferring them with book-like tangibility. You almost feel you could lift the books off the page and hold them.

Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne. By  Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin. Phaidon Press, 2016.

Note, the In Detail section does not list every book by Magnum authors. That's the job of the comprehensive index. Instead, the selections highlight well-known Magnum photobooks in depth, no more than one per author. They are sequenced chronologically from Capa's Death In The Making (published in 1938, before Magnum was established) to Michael Christopher Brown's Libyan Sugar published just last year. In between is a heavy smattering of the usual suspects, along with several titles which will be new to most.

The texts (primarily written by Naggar) give a nice overview of each photo book. For those hungry for more, eight of the books are expanded on further in the brief middle section Making Photobooks. In this chapter, the original Magnum authors write from first-hand experience about how their photobooks were made, illustrated with early drafts, notes, and ephemera. This is a fascinating section but unfortunately not very long. It's the briefest chapter at just fifteen pages.

Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne. By  Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin. Phaidon Press, 2016.

Taken as a whole, The Catalogue Raisonné fills any number of niches. It's a beautifully illustrated browsable book in the mold of Parr/Badger. It's an exhaustively researched catalog. It even has a bit of how-to bookmaking instruction. Finally, it's a loose history of photojournalism and photobook design. Since Magnum has played such a dominant role in documentary photography, the chronology of its books can't help but tell some of that story. How, you wonder, did we get from The Three Banners of China to Hotel Afrique? This book illustrates the rough progression. If a catalogue raisonné is ever published which tracks photobooks about photobooks, this book will surely be highlighted. — Blake Andrews

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BLAKE ANDREWS is a photographer based in Eugene, OR. He writes about photography at blakeandrews.blogspot.com.

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