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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Sarah Bradley Sarah Bradley selects Tundra Kids by Ikuru Kuwajima as Book of the Week.
Tundra KidsBy Ikuru KuwajimaSchlebrugge Editor, 2016.
This week’s Book of the Week pick comes from Sarah Bradley who has selected Tundra Kids by Ikuru Kuwajima from Schlebrugge Editor.

Book Review Border Cantos By Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo Reviewed by Karen Jenkins Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo first crossed paths in 2012 at the line between the United States and Mexico, as ramped-up border politics continued to exact a heavy toll in lives and the landscape, and the wall between there and here, them and us, felt more mute and impenetrable than ever.
Border CantosBy Richard Misrach and Guillermo GalindoAperture, 2016.
 
Border Cantos
Reviewed by Karen Jenkins

Border Cantos
By Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo.
Aperture, New York, USA, 2016. 274 pp., 257 color illustrations, 13¼x10½".


Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo first crossed paths in 2012 at the line between the United States and Mexico, as ramped-up border politics continued to exact a heavy toll in lives and the landscape, and the wall between there and here, them and us, felt more mute and impenetrable than ever. Border Cantos is the culmination of their subsequent artistic collaboration, building on Misrach’s photographic exploration of the American West and expanding Galindo’s work as a composer and performer. Galindo created musical instruments from objects left behind by migrants, and later gathered by Misrach. He also created musical scores using the photographer’s images of the vast border region as raw material and points of departure. Visual languages play off of sound and music in this multi-media project and texts are presented in English and Spanish, running parallel down opposite sides of each page. Separately and together, Misrach and Galindo’s work deftly reckons with both the powerful physicality of the wall and the artifacts that surround it, as well as the numerous conceptual ways into and through its politics, economics, ideologies and aesthetics.


photo-eye Newsletters Japanese Photobooks Newsletter Vol. 5 Volume 5 of photo-eye's Japanese Photobooks Newsletter featuring titles from Motoyuki Daifu, Kenta Cobayashi, Tokyo Rumando, Diane Dufour & Pierre Hourquet and Shoko Hashimoto.
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The following two titles are published by Newfave Books who produce popular and hard to find books by emerging Japanese photographers like Daisuke Yokota and Hiroshi Takizawa. Supplies of these new titles are very limited.
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Still Life
Photographs by Motoyuki Daifu

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Still Life, is an extension of Motoyuki Daifu's work in Project Family. In this installment, the family home is a dramatic stage, and the dinner table is Daifu's muse: a hectic disarray of mom's cooking, groceries, vivid product packaging, and the spectrum of anonymous objects forgotten in the course of quotidian life. This discordant ensemble is the physical embodiment of daily familial dissonance, illuminated in sharp relief with flash, shot from above.

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Book Review Provoke: Between Protest and Performance By Diane Dufour and Pierre Hourquet Reviewed by Adam Bell Despite covering a period roughly fifty-years ago, Provoke: Between Protest and Performance, took years of groundwork before it was possible in the West. Simply put, Japanese photography is finally getting the recognition and scholarly treatment it deserves after years of relative neglect by the West.
Provoke: Between Protest and Performance.
Text by Diane Dufour and Pierre HourquetSteidl, 2016.
 
Provoke: Between Protest and Performance
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance
Text by Diane Dufour and Pierre Hourquet.
Steidl, Göttingen, Germany, 2016. 720 pp., 600 black-and-white illustrations, 7½x9¾".

Despite covering a period roughly fifty-years ago, Provoke: Between Protest and Performance, took years of groundwork before it was possible in the West. Simply put, Japanese photography is finally getting the recognition and scholarly treatment it deserves after years of relative neglect by the West. To give some context, as recently as 2002, I was one of five people, including the artist and gallerist, at Daidō Moriyama’s book signing and opening for ’71 – NY at Andrew Roth Gallery in New York City. Flash-forward to 2011, Moriyama restaged a 1974 book-making event at Aperture in New York City and hundreds waited to get a customizable, limited-edition book from the acclaimed photographer. Although merely one figure in Japanese photography’s long-tradition, Moriyama’s lack of recognition and subsequent acclaim follows a pattern that is fortunately being addressed. In other words, we’re finally catching up. Since the early 2000s, multiple English language books and exhibitions have addressed the history of Japanese photography, and in particular the fertile period of the 60s and 70s in Japan, including The History of Japanese Photography, Setting Sun: Writings by Japanese Photographers, Japanese Photobooks from the 1960s and 70s, and most recently For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1974. This renewed interest might also be seen as running in tandem with the renewed appreciation of the photobook and its centrality in the dissemination of Japanese photography since the 60s. Provoke: Between Protest and Performance is an astonishing achievement and will be the benchmark for all subsequent treatments of this era for years to come. Combining scholarly essays, historic and contemporary interviews, translated texts from historical publications, and lush reproductions of rare publications, the book offers incredible insight and access into this important period of the medium.

Interview Cig Harvey on making images for Gardening at Night We were delighted to host photographer Cig Harvey at the opening reception of her exhibition Gardening at Night, currently running through June 4th at photo-eye Gallery. After meeting the artist behind the marvelously colorful and spellbinding images, we were captivated.
Cig Harvey's Gardening at Night photo-eye Gallery

We were delighted to host photographer Cig Harvey at the opening reception of her exhibition Gardening at Night, currently running through June 4th at photo-eye Gallery. After meeting the artist behind the marvelously colorful and spellbinding images, we were captivated, not only by Harvey's fabulous style and charming personality but by her unwavering devotion to storytelling and photograph-making. Harvey believes photography is the “most powerful medium in the world,” a belief that is evident in the remarkable fascination her pictures evoke.

Also central to Harvey's practice is the personal journey of making her photographs, which she beautifully discussed in a lecture for the School of Visual Arts. “Writing, journaling, mind mapping, …to make visual what's inside of us,” are all steps of her process and teaching methods, with the goal of "making pictures about things rather than of things." photo-eye’s Savannah Sakry asked Harvey to expand on a few points she made in the lecture, and for more insight into the photographs currently on view in the Gardening at Night exhibition at photo-eye Gallery.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Forrest Soper Forrest Soper selects Alone Together by Martino Marangoni as Book of the Week.
Alone TogetherBy Martino Marangoni
The Eriskay Connection / Danilo Montanari Editore, 2014.
Forrest Soper selects Alone Together by Martino Marangoni from The Eriskay Connection / Danilo Montanari Editore as Book of the Week.

Books In-Stock at photo-eye Bookstore Titles from Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mike Brodie, Sara Davidmann, Sachiko Kawanabe and Esther Teichmann.
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On the Beach
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto

In 1990, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto visited the seas of New Zealand. On one particular deserted beach, he discovered hundreds of car parts, probably from the 1960s, disintegrated and corroded by decades under the waves. Photographing them individually, he imagined that human civilization had ended, thinking that the sight of crafted objects rotting away is at once dreadful and beautiful.

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Book Review Ext.-Int. By Raimond Wouda Reviewed by Adam Bell Film sets can be incredibly boring places. Long stretches of inactivity are punctuated with moments of frenetic activity. In my short career as a still-photographer, I worked on a total of four films before tiring of the poor pay and long, long hours. Always secondary to the task at hand, the still photographer is constantly in the way; the AD yells at you to move while the producer urges you to go back in and get the shot.
Ext.-Int.By Raimond WoudaFw, 2015.
 
Ext.-Int.
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Ext.-Int.
Photographs by Raimond Wouda
Fw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2015. In English. 160 pp., color illustrations, 9½x11¾".

Film sets can be incredibly boring places. Long stretches of inactivity are punctuated with moments of frenetic activity. In my short career as a still-photographer, I worked on a total of four films before tiring of the poor pay and long, long hours. Always secondary to the task at hand, the still photographer is constantly in the way; the AD yells at you to move while the producer urges you to go back in and get the shot. Despite the tedium of a film set, there are moments of luminous beauty. When the lights are set, when the stage is empty and about to be filled, the world waiting to be framed and filmed is transformed. Raimond Wouda first worked as a still-photographer years ago, but recently returned to document the strange rituals, quiet moments, and elaborately staged dramas that unfolded on small Dutch-language film productions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Alternating between arresting portraits of extras, still-lifes, and expansive shots of the often brightly lit stages, Ext.-Int. resembles a script supervisor’s luxuriously illustrated and annotated scrapbook. Despite the often humble illusions and stages it documents, the book reveals a world constantly on the edge of transformation, moving in and out of fantasy, fighting its humble surroundings, waiting for a frame to direct our attention and make the mundane world drop away.

New Work Thomas Jackson: Emergent Behavior Thomas Jackson's Emergent Behavior is inspired by the instinctual self-organizing systems found in termite mounds, schools of fish, or flocks of birds. Colorful and animated, Jackson views images in the Emergent Behavior series as an 'experiment in juxtaposition,' photographing everyday mass-produced consumer goods against the backdrop of a pristine and natural landscape.
Straws no. 4, Mono Lake, California, 2015 – © Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson's Emergent Behavior is inspired by the instinctual self-organizing systems found in termite mounds, schools of fish, or flocks of birds. Colorful and animated, Jackson views images in the Emergent Behavior series as an 'experiment in juxtaposition,' photographing everyday mass-produced consumer goods against the backdrop of a pristine and natural landscape. Sublime in character, the images in Emergent Behavior produce equal parts wonder and worry as we consider the intention and agency of these commodities gathering in uninhabited areas. Originally introduced to the Photographer's Showcase last May with a corresponding gallery exhibition, photo-eye is excited to introduce six new images in the Emergent Behavior series, and asked Jackson for some insight about how these images are constructed as well as the intention behind the new photographs.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Daniel Boetker-Smith Daniel Boetker-Smith selects Body of Work by Bruce Connew as Book of the Week.
Body of WorkBy Bruce Connew 
Vapour Momenta Books, 2016.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Daniel Boetker-Smith who has selected Body of Work by Bruce Connew from Vapour Momenta Books.

Book Review Negative Publicity By Edmund Clark and Crofton Black Reviewed by George Slade Negative Publicity is an exasperating, aggravating book. And I mean this as a compliment. It offers an unusual amount of thorny issues to address. And it does so in the most labyrinthine manner imaginable.

Negative PublicityBy Edmund Clark and Crofton Black
Aperture and Magnum Foundation, 2016.
 
Negative Publicity
Reviewed by George Slade

Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
Photographs compiled by Edmund Clark and Crofton Black. Text by Eyal Weizman.
Aperture and Magnum Foundation, New York, USA, 2016. 288 pp., 35 color illustrations, 8½x11½".


Negative Publicity is an exasperating, aggravating book. And I mean this as a compliment. It offers an unusual amount of thorny issues to address. And it does so in the most labyrinthine manner imaginable. This book of photo- and xerographic images, in toto, carries out its mission of tracking something that supposedly doesn’t exist with dogged perseverance and total success. Even its physical construction, using one of those plastic coil bindings that allow spreads to lie flat but often snags the pages as you flip them, reinforces the difficulty of access inherent to the book and its subject.

Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 22 Volume 22 of photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter featuring titles from René Groebli, Massimo Leardini, Paloma Lanna and Luo Yang.
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Nudes
Photographs by René Groebli

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In the long history of nude fine art one is hard pressed to find a photographer comparable to the Swiss photographer René Groebli. His images appear timeless and exhibit a technical perfection and expression of joy in experimentation that one usually ascribes to the avant-garde.

Book Review Block By Aapo Huhta Reviewed by Sarah Bay Gachot There is a certain light in New York City — especially in winter, and in the late afternoon — that blinds. The sun sinks from up high in the sky and becomes intrusive. It makes one feel side-swiped, or as if walking into the strongest wind.
Block. By Aapo Huhta. Kehrer Verlag, 2015.
Block
Reviewed by Sarah Bay Gachot

Block
Photographs by Aapo Huhta
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015. 94 + pp., 39 color illustrations, 6½x9¼x1".


There is a certain light in New York City — especially in winter, and in the late afternoon — that blinds. The sun sinks from up high in the sky and becomes intrusive. It makes one feel side-swiped, or as if walking into the strongest wind. In SoHo, for instance, I’ve seen it cut and glint up off cobblestones, bounce off of parked cars, and slice through dusty windows that wrap around the corners of buildings. This late afternoon light is solid gold and thick, but cold (just once in awhile warming one’s face — after all, it is coming from nearly 100 million miles away). It stares daggers and reminds one of our planetary status. It makes one’s eyes fail. Sunglasses make it worse. Everything becomes chiaroscuro.

Also on View at photo-eye Gallery: Selections from Bob Cornelis's Carta I and Carta II Series photo-eye Gallery is excited to have selections from Bob Cornelis's Carta I and Carta II series on view along side our current exhibition of Cig Harvey's Gardening at Night, up through June 4th, 2016.
Selections from Bob Cornelis's Carta I & II installed at photo-eye Gallery

photo-eye Gallery is excited to have selections from Bob Cornelis's Carta I and Carta II series on view along side our current exhibition of Cig Harvey's Gardening at Nightup through June 4th, 2016. Originally introduced on the Photographer's Showcase last June, this is the first time photo-eye Gallery has exhibited Cornelis's exquisite platinum/palladium prints here in Santa Fe. A professional fine art printer by trade, Cornelis is obsessed with paper, and through the Carta series, the artist creates formal abstractions utilizing the material as both subject and substrate. photo-eye asked Cornelis to detail the inspiration behind, and process of creating, a few of the images currently installed at photo-eye Gallery.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo Christian Michael Filardo selects High and Mighty by Peter Sutherland as Book of the Week.
High and MightyBy Peter SutherlandSuper Labo, 2010.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Christian Michael Filardo who has selected High and Mighty by Peter Sutherland from Super Labo.

Interview Laura El-Tantawy Nominated for the 2016 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, Laura El-Tantawy’s 2015 self-published book In the Shadow of the Pyramids leaves an indelible impression. On the occasion of her new publication Post-Script, El-Tantawy speaks to photo-eye Bookstore Manager Christopher J Johnson.

Post-ScriptBy Laura El-TantawyRRB Photobook Publishing, 2016.
Nominated for the 2016 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, Laura El-Tantawy’s 2015 self-published book In the Shadow of the Pyramids leaves an indelible impression. El-Tantawy happened to be visiting family in Egypt at the start of the events which eventually brought on the Egyptian Revolution. She spent the next few years extensively photograph the protests in Tahrir Square, eventually pulling her images into the impressive book. Despite her background as a journalist, In the Shadow of the Pyramids is more impressionistic than journalistic, resulting in an atmospheric document of experience. El-Tantawy did not attempt to create a comprehensive summary of events, rather she interwove her personal exploration of identity with that of a country in turmoil, creating a layered record of the protests in Tahrir Square. In his review for photo-eye Blog, Colin Pantall wrote: “The phenomenal thing about El-Tantawy’s book is that she captures this subconscious dream-life of a nation where fear and distrust form the basis of everyday life. She tells the story of Tahrir Square but she also visualizes a way of thinking and how that affects both herself and a people."

Books In-Stock at photo-eye: SALE Titles from Takemi Yabuki, Agnieszka Rayss, Boris Mikhailov, and Marina Gadonneix.
We've selected a few choice titles from our shelf of imperfect books,  new books that arrived with small flaws. The imperfections of each title are described below, and all are marked down by 30%.

SIGNED



Gengetsu — SIGNED 30% OFF
Photographs by Takemi Yabuki

Limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies.

“You can see too much in photography.
It’s dangerous to be exposed to too much.
This is just the right amount of expression to show reality.” — Takemi Yabuki

Imperfect with bumped spines.

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Portfolio In the Wake of the Bind – A New Series by David Trautrimas Ever since the release of Habitat Machines in 2008, Canadian photographer David Trautrimas has been preoccupied with the structure of home. 2015's Eidolon Point uses the remains of dilapidated city neighborhoods as a sober reflection on mortality and corporeal decay. In his latest series, In the Wake of the Bind, Trautrimas goes one step further.

A Reticent Crown, 2016 – © David Trautrimas

Ever since the release of Habitat Machines in 2008, Canadian photographer David Trautrimas has been preoccupied with the structure of home. While Habitat Machines is a coy and somewhat satirical ribbing of 20th Century consumer culture and hi-brow design movements, 2015's Eidolon Point uses the remains of dilapidated city neighborhoods as a sober reflection on mortality and corporeal decay. In his latest series, In the Wake of the Bind, Trautrimas goes one step further — using North American domestic ruins to explore the notion of an afterlife. photo-eye Gallery is proud to release the eight image series In the Wake of the Bind today, and reached out to the artist for his thoughts on the project, as well as its connection to his previous work.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christopher J Johnson Christopher J Johnson selects Tall-Maja by Agneta Ekman as Book of the Week.
Tall-MajaBy Agneta EkmanJournal, 2013.
This week’s Book of the Week pick comes from Christopher J Johnson who has selected Tall-Maja by Agneta Ekman from Journal.

Book Review Cathedral Of The Pines By Gregory Crewdson Reviewed by Blake Andrews What does an art star do next when he reaches the top? He moves on to greener pastures. In the case of Gregory Crewdson the "pastures" were the forests of Western Massachusetts, where Crewdson set up shop in 2012 after disembarking New York amidst the throes of what might be called a mid-life crisis.

Cathedral Of The Pines. By Gregory CrewdsonAperture, 2016.
 
Cathedral Of The Pines
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Cathedral Of The Pines
Photographs by Gregory Crewdson. Text by Alexander Nemerov.
Aperture, New York, USA, 2016. In English. 76 pp., 31 color illustrations, 15½x12".


What does an art star do next when he reaches the top? He moves on to greener pastures. In the case of Gregory Crewdson the "pastures" were the forests of Western Massachusetts, where Crewdson set up shop in 2012 after disembarking New York amidst the throes of what might be called a mid-life crisis. Recently divorced and between photo projects, he settled near the town of Becket — where his parents summered — and took a sabbatical from photography. Crewdson recharged with a natural therapy of long open-water swims, walks in the woods, and cross-country ski tours. One day he discovered Cathedral Of The Pines trail, where "he felt darkness lift, experienced a reconnection with his artistic process, and moved into a period of renewal and intense creative productivity."

Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 21 Volume 21 of photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter featuring titles from Sanne Sannes, Saul Leiter, June Yong Lee and Tiane Doan na Champassak.
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Copyright / Archive
Photographs by Sanne Sannes

When Sanne Sannes (1937-1967) died suddenly and far too young he was, in the Netherlands, a leading photographer on the verge of an international breakthrough.

Sanne Sannes was a true innovator. He worked in both film and photography and edited and processed his images in a search for a new visual language. Today his work is part of several museum collections as his fame, since his death, has increased with each passing year.



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Interview TR Ericsson on Crackle & Drag and his Zine Series Since last year’s publication of the exhibition catalog Crackle & Drag, TR Ericsson has garnered a lot of attention, both as an artist and as a presence within the field of photobooks. Crackle & Drag was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards in the category of catalog, which went a long way to put him in the public eye and draw people to the works featured in that retrospective publication.

Crackle & DragBy TR Ericsson
The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2015.
 
Since last year’s publication of the exhibition catalog Crackle & Drag, TR Ericsson has garnered a lot of attention, both as an artist and as a presence within the field of photobooks. Crackle & Drag was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards in the category of catalog, which went a long way to put him in the public eye and draw people to the works featured in that retrospective publication.

A series of particular interest featured in the Crackle & Drag catalog is the zine collection that shares its name. Numbering a total of 150 individual issues, the only complete set (an edition of 10) was sold to museums; currently the Museum of Art Cleveland and MoMa are happy owners of this impressive collection.

I’ve spent some time talking with Ericsson and over the course of our talks we decided to offer some of those zines again and came up with a photo-eye exclusive series that features five collections, 61 issues total. The titles in photo-eye’s zine series are: Father: 1918-1957Youth: 1958-1968Marriage: 1969-1980Divorce: 1981-1987 and Loneliness, Addiction and Death: 1988-2003. The focus of photo-eye’s exclusive selection is intensely photographic and it is one that Ericsson and myself curated with a photobook audience in mind.

Once we’d completed the curation and started to promote the series we decided to talk again, to take an assessment and ask ourselves, what does the series mean, how did it come about and, perhaps most importantly, how are the zines fundamental to understanding Ericsson and his work? The following is a transcript of that conversation.—Christopher J Johnson

photo-eye Auctions Two Prints from Todd Hido's Roaming Frequent viewers of photo-eye Auctions will have noticed the recent shift in focus. With ten-plus years as a leader in the sale of rare, signed and limited edition photobooks, we are thrilled to connect you with prints by sought after artists. Currently on the block are two prints from Todd Hido's series Roaming.
Todd Hido: Untitled #5157 [from Roaming], 2005

Frequent viewers of photo-eye Auctions will have noticed the recent shift in focus. With ten-plus years as a leader in the sale of rare, signed and limited edition photobooks, we are thrilled to connect you with prints by sought after artists. Currently on the block are two prints from Todd Hido's series Roaming. When it appeared in 2004, Todd Hido’s book Roaming was a fairly radical departure from the work that put him on the map, namely his masterful nighttime images of suburban houses from the series House Hunting and Outskirts.

Portfolio Update Michael Jackson's A Childs Landscape British photographer Michael Jackson's series A Child's Landscape first debuted on the Photographer's Showcase in the summer of 2014. Since then, Jackson has continued to create work for the project, carefully constructing ominous yet adventurous landscapes imbued with what the artist calls "…the excitement of the land as a child would imagine it…"
Cook's Drum, With Sailboat, 2016 – © Michael Jackson

British photographer Michael Jackson's series A Child's Landscape first debuted on the Photographer's Showcase in the summer of 2014. Since then, Jackson has continued to create work for the project, carefully constructing ominous yet adventurous landscapes imbued with what the artist calls "…the excitement of the land as a child would imagine it…" photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce a second A Child's Landscape portfolio available today on the Photographer's Showcase. Prints from the new portfolio are available in a larger size, and are produced on bamboo paper lending the images texture and a sense of three-dimensionality. We reached out to Jackson and asked him to speak about A Child's Landscape and the progression of the series.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Sarah Bradley Sarah Bradley selects Imperial Courts: 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg as Book of the Week.
Imperial Courts: 1993-2015By Dana Lixenberg
Roma Publications, 2015.
This week’s Book of the Week pick comes from Sarah Bradley who has selected Imperial Courts: 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg from Roma Publications.

Book Review Aliqual By Massimo Mastrorillo Reviewed by Adam Bell In 2009, an earthquake struck the town of L’Aquila, Italy. Measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake devastated the regional capital of Abruzzo and left over 300 dead. Fearing aftershocks and further devastation, the government forcibly evacuated the town center, leaving it largely abandoned.
AliqualBy Massimo MastrorilloSkinnerboox, 2015.
 
Aliqual
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Aliqual.
Photographs by Massimo Mastrorillo.
Skinnerboox. In Italian and English. 128 pp., 11½x7¾".


In 2009, an earthquake struck the town of L’Aquila, Italy. Measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake devastated the regional capital of Abruzzo and left over 300 dead. Fearing aftershocks and further devastation, the government forcibly evacuated the town center, leaving it largely abandoned. Starting in 2009, Massimo Mastrorillo re-entered the town, explored the buildings and took pictures of the empty, cracked, and junk strewn apartments and offices. Taken over the course of four years, the photographs that comprise Aliqual are a record of this devastating event, but they are also an intriguing meditation on the camera’s power of estrangement. Thrown into a maze of collapsed and dilapidated rooms, we’re forced to stare at the piles of junk and ruin left behind. Set against a stark and violent background, objects and things that were once common and familiar are made doubly strange by the dramatic rupture of the earthquake and coolly forensic eye of Mastrorillo.

photo-eye Newsletters Japanese Photobooks Newsletter Vol. 4 Volume 4 of photo-eye's Japanese Photobooks Newsletter featuring titles from Nobuyoshi Araki, Takashi Homma, Mayayuki Nakaya and Shoko Hashimoto.
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Last Year's Photographs
Photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki

Hidden away in a box labelled Last Year’s Photographs, 38 pictures Nobuyoshi Araki took between 1975 and 1976 spent a quiet life, surfacing as a time capsule of the Japanese photographer’s early work.

About the Limited Edition:
The special, hardcover edition of Araki’s Last Year’s Photographs is limited to 500 unsigned copies and comes in a case made after the original box the photos were stored in for over 40 years (pictured below).


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