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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Martin Parr Photographer Martin Parr selects i by Eamonn Doyle as photo-eye Book of the Week.

i. By Eamonn Doyle.
D1, 2014.
This week's book of the week selection comes from photographer and photobook historian Martin Parr. A few weeks ago Parr got in touch with us to share Eamonn Doyle's i, and agreed to let us share it with you as Book of the Week.

photo-eye Gallery Opening Friday at photo-eye Gallery - Tony Bonanno's Synergy: Studies of the Female Nude Shot in the Galisteo Basin photo-eye is pleased to host Tony Bonanno: Synergy, an exhibition of the artist’s female nude study in the Galisteo Basin. In this new portfolio, Bonanno utilizes the graceful contours of his model to enhance his portrayal of geologic outcroppings and skies in this arid New Mexico landscape.


photo-eye is Pleased to Announce an Exhibition of Images by Tony Bonanno
Synergy: Studies of the Female Nude Shot in the Galisteo Basin
Opening Reception: Friday, April 25th at 376 Garcia Street from 6-8 pm
Exhibition runs through June 6th


photo-eye Gallery Photographer's Showcase: Bear Kirkpatrick's Wallportraits photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce a new portfolio, Wallportraits, by Kirkpatrick. The new series brings together exquisite studio portraiture and seminal paintings throughout art history. Kirkpatrick talks about the new images with photo-eye Gallery's Erin Azouz.

Ashley 3: The Triumph of Death, 2013 by Bear Kirkpatrick

Last year we released a portfolio by photographer Bear Kirkpatrick, whose series Hierophanies depicted nude figures in dark, wooded landscapes. photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce a new portfolio, Wallportraits, by Kirkpatrick. The new series brings together exquisite studio portraiture and seminal paintings throughout art history. We asked Kirkpatrick to tell us about the new work.

Book Review State By Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert Reviewed by Karen Jenkins There are many ready ways to look at the State of Haiti and the state it’s in; photographer Paolo Woods and journalist Arnaud Robert masterfully make the subject their own in this collaborative work. They foreground the constant attention of an international community that has followed the maelstrom of political corruption, natural disaster, persistent poverty and other ills in this island nation.

State. By Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert.
Elysee, 2014.
 
State
Reviewed by Karen Jenkins

State
By Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert
$66.00
Elysee, 2014. 248 pp., color illustrations, 8x10". 


There are many ready ways to look at the State of Haiti and the state it’s in; photographer Paolo Woods and journalist Arnaud Robert masterfully make the subject their own in this collaborative work. They foreground the constant attention of an international community that has followed the maelstrom of political corruption, natural disaster, persistent poverty and other ills in this island nation. In all this looking and attending to, many see Haiti in a state of victimhood, or as a forsaken place in need of salvation. There are more NGO’s per capita there than anywhere else in the world and Woods and Robert question the motives and outcomes of such foreign agencies that have come to function as a de facto Haitian State. They also point to the voluminous attentions of other journalists and photographers, especially those who came to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, in devastation’s wake, expecting the worst and finding it. Without disavowing the headlines and big pictures, Woods and Robert sought out Haitians’ homegrown means of survival, their stand-in systems of order and belief, their everyday normal. Three years of interviews and exploration led to a body of work ordered into thematic sections: Presidents, Owners, Whites, Leta (the Creole word for state), Substitutes, and Gods.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Photobooks In celebration of our moving sale we're sharing a ANOTHER selection of covetable in stock books. Order now for 20% off! Details inside.

In celebration of our moving sale we're sharing a selection of covetable in stock signed books. All books are in stock at the time of this post but many will sell out quickly! Place your order this weekend for 20% off!

Enter the code SPRING20 in the “Special Instructions” box at checkout. Offer valid Saturday, April 19th - Monday, April 21st. Discount will be applied when your payment is processed. Find more in stock titles on our website and select the "In-stock at photo-eye" option from the drop down box when searching. Find more information here.
By Guy Archard
$65.00 Signed
Bemojake

"In this book, Guy Archard takes me on a visual journey with his poetic photography, which ranges from portraits to landscapes, through still lifes or just simple colors. I really appreciate how he goes from concrete to completely abstract without trying to mimic painting and staying within the medium of photography." —Regina Anzenberger


Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Photobooks In celebration of our moving sale we're sharing a selection of covetable in stock books. Order now for 20% off! Details inside.

In celebration of our moving sale we're sharing a selection of covetable in stock signed books. All books are in stock at the time of this post but many will sell out quickly! Place your order this weekend for 20% off!

Enter the code SPRING20 in the “Special Instructions” box at checkout. Offer valid Saturday, April 19th through Monday, April 21st. Discount will be applied when your payment is processed. Find more in stock titles on our website and select the "In-stock at photo-eye" option from the drop down box when searching. Find more information here.

By Martin Parr
$33.00 Signed
Multistory

"Nosey Parr-ker hits it out of the park with this hysterically funny yet humane look at working class women in the English West Midlands. While the magazine format initially seemed like a joke, it actually prompted me to look at an otherwise invisible population and consider my own cultural bias." Alec Soth

By Danny Lyon
$59.95 Signed
Bleak Beauty Press

Family snapshots of Danny Lyon's ancestors in czarist Russia and pre-World War II Germany combine with his photographs of his children to create an unusual and imaginative time-travel narrative.

Sale! Moving Sale! We’re happy to announce that photo-eye Gallery will be relocating to the Railyard Arts District and photo-eye Bookstore will be moving into the current gallery space at 376-A Garcia Street in Santa Fe. Due to our exciting yet laborious move, we’re offering a 20% discount on all in-stock books this weekend only! Details inside.


20% off ALL IN-STOCK BOOKS
INCLUDING signed, sale and limited edition books*

We’re happy to announce that photo-eye Gallery will be relocating to the Railyard Arts District and photo-eye Bookstore will be moving into the current gallery space at 376-A Garcia Street in Santa Fe.

Book Review Deletrix By Joan Fontcuberta Reviewed by Sarah Bradley Deletrix presents a collection of photographs of censored documents in the collection of European libraries, an on-going project by Joan Fontcuberta. With dates spanning between the 15th and 20th centuries, the images depict a range of scholarly, historical, religious and artistic texts, all the victims of censorship.

Deletrix. By Joan Fontcuberta.
Ediciones Poligrafa, 2013.
 
Deletrix
Reviewed by Sarah Bradley

Deletrix
By Joan Fontcuberta
$63.00 Signed
Ediciones Poligrafa, 2013. 96 pp., 44 color illustrations, 9x11".

"Deletrix is conceived as a rejection of any kind of censorship, wherever it comes from, and embodies this rejection in highly evocative images from the annihilating brutality of censorship" -- Carme Arenas, Present of the Catalan PEN Centre

Deletrix presents a collection of photographs of censored documents in the collection of European libraries, an on-going project by Joan Fontcuberta. With dates spanning between the 15th and 20th centuries, the images depict a range of scholarly, historical, religious and artistic texts, all the victims of censorship. The work is presented with and in support of the Catalan branch of the writer's association PEN and are accompanied by a number of well-written essays that will re-ignite the passions of the converted. Apart from the bona fide cause of raising awareness, I'm wary of the expectation that depictions of the subject of protests inherently speak to the topic beyond the visual example. By viewing historical censorship are we able to understand something fundamental about current battles for freedom of expression?

Book Review Eden and After By Nan Goldin Reviewed by Blake Andrews After studying Nan Goldin's recent book Eden and After, I wanted to look through one of her older books to remind myself why I liked her photos. I pulled out my tattered copy of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency from the shelf. It was my first time thumbing through it in a while but the photos were just as powerful as I'd remembered.

Eden and After. By Nan Goldin.
Phaidon, 2013.
 
Eden and After
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Eden and After 
By Nan Goldin
$100.00
Phaidon, London, 2013. 320 pp., 300 color illustrations, 10¼x10¾".

After studying Nan Goldin's recent book Eden and After, I wanted to look through one of her older books to remind myself why I liked her photos. I pulled out my tattered copy of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency from the shelf. It was my first time thumbing through it in a while but the photos were just as powerful as I'd remembered. They had the force of a dime-store dream. They were raw, seedy, descriptive, confessional, vulnerable, and expressed an impeccable sense of casual precision. In short they were everything we think of when we think Nan Goldin.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Morten Andersen Photographer Morten Andersen selects Shikishima by Tamiko Nishimura published by Zen Foto Gallery as photo-eye Book of the Week.

Shikishima. By Tamiko Nishimura.
Zen Foto Gallery, 2014.


This week's Book of the Week selection comes from photographer Morten Andersen who has selected Shikishima by Tamiko Nishimura published by Zen Foto Gallery.

photo-eye Gallery Photographer's Showcase: Svjetlana Tepavcevic's Means of Reproduction — New Work photo-eye Gallery is pleased to release a new portfolio of images from Svjetlana Tepavcevic's Means of Reproduction series on the Photographer's Showcase. Tepavcevic talks about the new images with photo-eye Gallery's Erin Azouz.
photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce the release of a new portfolio of work by Svjetlana Tepavcevic, Means of Reproduction  New Work. The new images are a continuation of the series by Tepavcevic that we published last year (read the first interview we did with her on photo-eye Blog). Means of Reproduction is a vivid, colorful exploration of the world of seeds and seedpods, which hold the code for life and allude to the passage of time, death and rebirth. I asked Svjetlana to discuss some of the new photographs in this series and how the project has evolved. —Erin Azouz

Svjetlana Tepavcevic, Means of Reproduction no. 524
Erin Azouz:     You've stated that coming across the seeds and seed pods naturally, such as on hikes in the wilderness, is important to you. Can you talk about how that informs your work?

Svjetlana Tepavcevic:     It is important to me to be aware of the world around me — not just on hikes in the wilderness, but every day, wherever I happen to be at the moment. Our environment is fascinating and enormously complex, but we mostly go through life not paying attention to its complexities. And that’s the whole point of the project — to show the essential elements of life in a new and unfamiliar way, to make people more aware of the world around them.

EA:     Can you tell us about the experience of encountering some of the seed pods in this new portfolio? How and where did you find them?

ST:     About half of the images in this new portfolio are of the seeds and seed pods I found, mostly going about my daily life, in totally unadventurous scenarios, such as picking up clothes at dry cleaners, where I found the silver maple samaras. The Japanese maple is from my neighborhood.

Book Review Ongaku By Junichi Taguchi Reviewed by George Slade I was forewarned that this book had something to do with music. Its title is the Japanese word for music. Naturally, then, I brought it to my violinist friend for any general comments and asked her to translate the inscriptions on the cover.

Ongaku. By Junichi Taguchi.
Tosei-Sha, 2013.
 
Ongaku
Reviewed by George Slade

Ongaku
By Junichi Taguchi

$44.00
Tosei-Sha, 2013. 73 pp., 36 color illustrations, 10¼x7¾".


I was forewarned that this book had something to do with music. Its title is the Japanese word for music. Naturally, then, I brought it to my violinist friend for any general comments and asked her to translate the inscriptions on the cover. To me, the notations Fl, Xyl, Vib, and Voice at the beginning of four staffs were cryptic.

Stephanie casually informed musically-challenged me that these were the parts of a composition for flute, xylophone, vibraphone, and voice. To her eyes, their meaning was simple and clear. I then wondered how inscrutable the book’s contents would be.

There is, fortunately for us, more visual language here than musical. Ongaku presents two worlds made by hand. One world produces the ethereal realm of sound, while the other refers to the entirely physical environment of rock, mineral, and wood.


Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Photobooks Under $20 Four signed in stock photobooks from Yann Gross, Murray Brott and Jim Krantz all under $20.


Book Review William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, & Chitra Ramalingam Reviewed by Alexandra Huddleston William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography is an illustrated collection of twelve academic essays on the eponymous inventor of numerous early photographic technologies.

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography.
 By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, & Chitra Ramalingam.
Yale University Press, 2013.
 
William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography
Reviewed by Alexandra Huddleston

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography
By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, and Chitra Ramalingam

$75.00
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013. 328 pp., 100 color illustrations, 7x10".


William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography is an illustrated collection of twelve academic essays on the eponymous inventor of numerous early photographic technologies. The stated aim of the work is to use recent research on Talbot’s archive of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondences, and photographs to contextualize Talbot and his photographic discoveries within the framework of his other research and of the historical, cultural, and scientific context he inhabited.

As a collective, the essays effectively do just that, and a quick glance at the biographies of their authors shows why the essays are so persuasive and why the subtitle is aptly ‘beyond photography.’ Talbot was the quintessential polymath, and his work on photography’s discovery is only the most well know of his many research topics. He was also a botanist (with a particular interest in mosses), a mathematician (with a focus on elliptic functions), an Assyriologist (who worked on the early decipherment of cuneiform), and an amateur fiction writer. His accomplishments in many of these fields may never have been groundbreaking, but they are significant enough that the expertise of the historians of mathematics, science, and Ancient Middle Eastern science who have contributed some of the included essays brings a necessary perspective to Talbot’s work and his place in art and scientific history.

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography. By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, & Chitra RamalingamYale University Press, 2013.

Individual readers will most likely choose their favorite essays depending on their own particular interests and preoccupations, and there is a wide range to choose from. I was particular fascinated by Larry J Schaaf’s piece 'The Caxton of Photography:' Talbot’s Etchings of Light since I was not aware that Talbot discovered the halftone dot and developed early techniques of photogravure.

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography. By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, & Chitra RamalingamYale University Press, 2013.

Perhaps the most startling quote for readers who only know of Talbot as Britain’s contestant for the inventor of photography is Eleanor Robson’s statement at the end of her essay “Bel and the Dragon: Deciphering Cuneiform after Decipherment”: “Assyriology provided, in short, a limitless source of apparently unattractive and intractable problems of the sort that Talbot had relished since he was a child. From this perspective it is clear that Talbot’s Assyriology was far from an irrelevance, an old man’s hobby with which he idled away the quiet decades between his great invention and his death. On the contrary—indeed, to be deliberately contrarian—one could even argue that photography was just a phase he went through on the way to finding his true vocation.”

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography. By Mirjam Brusius, Katrina Dean, & Chitra RamalingamYale University Press, 2013.

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography is part of a series of works on British art published by the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art. There are relatively few photographs in the book, and the work makes no apologies for its academic approach—and it has no reason to. However, a reader seeking an image-rich study or a more introductory text on early British photography would probably be more likely to enjoy a different work (such as Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negative, 1840-1860 or a the fairly recent publication of a reproduction of The Pencil of Nature). Nonetheless, anyone who enjoys lifting higher the veil thrown by the obscurities of time and culture over the past, will enjoy the light shed by the essays of this book on one of photography’s pioneers.—ALEXANDRA HUDDLESTON


ALEXANDRA HUDDLESTON is an American photographer who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up in the Washington, DC area and in West Africa. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MS in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. Her work has been published in The New York TimesZeit Magazine, and National Geographic Explorer, and exhibited in group and solo shows worldwide. Among other honors, she has received a Fulbright Grant for her photographic work. Her prints are in the permanent collection of the US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art Eliot Elisofon Photo Archives. In 2012 Huddleston published the collaborative artists’ book Lost Things under her own imprint, The Kyoudai Press. 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu is her second book and Searching for Lost Time: Night Photographs from Timbuktu is her third. http://www.alexandrahuddleston.com

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Jim Stone Photographer and educator Jim Stone selects We Shall by Paul D'Amato published by DePaul Art Museum as photo-eye Book of the Week.

We Shall. By Paul D'Amato.
DePaul Art Museum, 2013.

This week's Book of the Week selection comes from photographer and educator Jim Stone who has selected We Shall by Paul D'Amato published by DePaul Art Museum.