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photo-eye Gallery Nick Brandt - Behind the Photo: Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007 In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog. This week, Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007.
In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog.

Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007 — Nick Brandt

Book Review The Lines By Edward Ranney Reviewed by William L. Fox Edward Ranney has several claims to fame, among them photographing the construction of the heroic Land Art installation Star Axis by Charles Ross, which stands on a mesa south of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The 11-story tall observatory is both architecture and art, a testament to our enduring need to connect Earth to Heaven, sky to ground, project anchored to our planet’s rotation around the North Star.


The Lines. By Edward Ranney.
Yale University Press, 2014.
The Lines
Reviewed by William L. Fox

The Lines
By Edward Ranney, with essay by Lucy R. Lippard
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014. 88 pp., 44 tritone illustrations, 12x9¾". 


Edward Ranney has several claims to fame, among them photographing the construction of the heroic Land Art installation Star Axis by Charles Ross, which stands on a mesa south of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The 11-story tall observatory is both architecture and art, a testament to our enduring need to connect Earth to Heaven, sky to ground, project anchored to our planet’s rotation around the North Star. It’s been under construction since 1979 and Ranney has documented its progress each year in photographs that reveal the intent of the sculpture as well as its relationship to the surrounding land. And this has everything to do with Ranney’s newest book, a selection of his images made since 1985 of geoglyphs in southern Peru and northern Chile.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Out of Print Four out of print titles from Bruce Weber, Mitch Epstein, Keith Carter and Robert ParkeHarrison.

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

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Marco Delogu Photographer, publisher and artistic director of the FOTOGRAFIA Marco Delogu selects The Beats by Larry Fink as photo-eye Book of the Week.

The Beats. By Larry Fink.
powerHouse Books, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer, publisher and artistic director of the FOTOGRAFIA Marco Delogu who has selected Larry Fink's The Beats published by powerHouse.

Book Review Frowst By Joanna Piotrowska Reviewed by Adam Bell Families are notoriously prickly beasts. Even for the most loving family, there are moments of tension and an intimacy too close to disavow or escape. Yet, however much we assert our autonomy, familial ties, both chosen and given, shape us as individuals and remain with us throughout our lives. Equally funny and perplexing, Joanna Piotrowska’s Frowst is a sublimely absurd family album.


Frowst. By Joanna Piotrowska.
MACK, 2014.
Frowst
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Frowst
By Joanna Piotrowska
MACK, 2014. 48 pp., 28 tritone illustrations, 9¼x10½". 


Families are notoriously prickly beasts. Even for the most loving family, there are moments of tension and an intimacy too close to disavow or escape. Yet, however much we assert our autonomy, familial ties, both chosen and given, shape us as individuals and remain with us throughout our lives. Equally funny and perplexing, Joanna Piotrowska’s Frowst is a sublimely absurd family album. Tightly edited, the book presents a series of staged moments between members of Piotrowska’s family that hover on the edge of tender embrace and claustrophobic revolt. The book’s title, frowst, is an archaic and predominantly British term, that not only denotes a stuffy, cozy and/or oppressive environment, but can also be used as a verb, and means to lounge around in that same space. Whether or not our family is near or close, we all lounge around in that space — touched from a distance or up close, shaped as individuals and united as families, we can’t escape.

photo-eye Gallery Nick Brandt - Behind the Photo: Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli 2011 In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog. This week, Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli 2011.
In early May, Nick Brandt began posting the stories behind his beautiful and evocative portraits of African animals to his Facebook page. Brandt has graciously given us permission to reproduce them on photo-eye Blog.

Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli 2011 — Nick Brandt

Book Review Stasis By Trine Søndergaard Reviewed by Adam Bell Both as a solo artist, and in collaboration with Nicolai Howalt, Trine Søndergaard has demonstrated wide range. Whether she is documenting the lives of sex workers, exploring the primal and visually evocative nature of hunting with Howlat, or cataloging the varieties and beauty of women’s traditional garments in formally evocative portraits, Søndergaard’s work has always displayed clarity of focus that is striking.

Stasis. By Trine Søndergaard.
Hatje Cantz, 2014.
Stasis
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Stasis
By Trine Søndergaard
Hatje Cantz, 2014. 156 pp., 94 color illustrations, 11x12½". 


Both as a solo artist, and in collaboration with Nicolai Howalt, Trine Søndergaard has demonstrated wide range. Whether she is documenting the lives of sex workers, exploring the primal and visually evocative nature of hunting with Howlat, or cataloging the varieties and beauty of women’s traditional garments in formally evocative portraits, Søndergaard’s work has always displayed clarity of focus that is striking. Stasis, a beautiful, but flawed new catalog accompanies a traveling exhibition, and gathers three related bodies of work — Strude (2007-10), Interiors (2010) and Guldnakke (2012) — that all explore themes of stillness and introspection.

photo-eye Gallery Opening Friday at photo-eye Gallery: Tom Chambers - Reverie photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Tom Chambers, Reverie. The artist will be present for the opening and reception on July 25th, 2014 from 5-7 pm. This is the second exhibition in our new gallery located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District.


Pennants Over Pienza, 2011 - Tom Chambers

Opening & Artist Reception Friday, July 25th, 2014 from 5-7pm
photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Exhibition runs through September 13th, 2014

photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Tom Chambers, Reverie. The artist will be present for the opening and reception on July 25th, 2014 from 5-7 pm. This is the second exhibition in our new gallery located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District.

Tom Chambers modernizes Renaissance painting techniques with his camera, creating photomontages that embody the aesthetic capacity of light in the printed image. While drawing from pivotal works in the lineage of art history, from Renaissance art to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Chamber's photographs are inspired by dreams and reverie, presenting curious narratives that captivate the viewer and engage the imagination.

In 2012, Modern Book published Chambers’ first monograph, Entropic Kingdom. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Huffington Post, Lenscratch, Burn Magazine, Musee Magazine and more. He’s received recognition through various awards including the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Critical Mass Top 50, Fotoweek DC and the Texas Photographic Society. Chambers also received fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.



View Tom Chamber's work at photoeye.com

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For more information or to purchase a print, please contact Anne Kelly at 505-988-5152 x121 or anne@photoeye.com

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Matej Sitar Photographer Matej Sitar selects Anyone in Love With You (Already Knows) by Chad Moore as photo-eye Book of the Week.

dienacht Pubishing, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer and publisher Matej Sitar who has selected Anyone in Love With You (Already Knows) by Chad Moore from dienacht Publishing.

"Chad Moore's book is like a bite into Proust’s Madeleine. A page, then the next one and I suddenly remembered. Remembered is not exactly the right word, I felt it. The lightheartedness of being young. A special feeling, the irony of it that one comes to appreciate it later, usually when it is over. You are left wondering how you could not have grabbed it and kept it for longer. But this is also the beauty of it.

Book Review Oasis Hotel By Nicolo Degiorgis Reviewed by Colin Pantall Every weekend I go and eat an ice-cream in the square outside the abbey in my hometown of Bath. I sit with the tourists and watch the world go by. My favourite thing is to watch the Falun Gong lady. She stands against the walls of the abbey in a yellow t-shirt against a backdrop of Chinese language posters detailing how followers of Falun Gong have been beaten, tortured and had their organs harvested.

Oasis Hotel. By Nicolo Degiorgis.
Rorhof, 2014.
 
Oasis Hotel
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

Oasis Hotel
By Nicolo Degiorgis
Rorhof, 2014. 92 pp., 176 color illustrations, 9½x6¼". 


Every weekend I go and eat an ice-cream in the square outside the abbey in my hometown of Bath. I sit with the tourists and watch the world go by. My favourite thing is to watch the Falun Gong lady. She stands against the walls of the abbey in a yellow t-shirt against a backdrop of Chinese language posters detailing how followers of Falun Gong have been beaten, tortured and had their organs harvested.

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

Lion Before Storm II - Sitting Profile, Maasai Mara, 2006 — Nick Brandt

Book Review Until the Kingdom Comes By Simen Johan Reviewed by Sarah Bradley I typically watch movies and TV shows on the screen of my laptop. It's not the best resolution and really only ideal for personal viewing, so when a friend recently suggested watching a CGI heavy TV series on the super fancy HD TV at a place she was house sitting it sounded like fun.

Until the Kingdom Comes. By Simen Johan.
Yossi Milo Gallery, 2014.
 
Until the Kingdom Comes
Reviewed by Sarah Bradley

Until the Kingdom Comes
By Simen Johan
Yossi Milo Gallery, 2014. 64 pp., 26 color and 2 black & white illustrations, 12½x15½". 


I typically watch movies and TV shows on the screen of my laptop. It's not the best resolution and really only ideal for personal viewing, so when a friend recently suggested watching a CGI heavy TV series on the super fancy HD TV at a place she was house sitting it sounded like fun. About half way through the episode I was so distracted by the digital manipulation that I started shouting "green screen!" at the television every time I noticed it, which was often enough that I now don't really remember what happened in the episode. I can kind of be a jerk about these things.

To be fair, I only really run into problems when I’m asked as a viewer to accept a hyperreality and the edges are showing. I find myself more willing to suspend disbelief for work that doesn’t seem insistent on being perceived as real. Which is precisely the case with Simen Johan’s Until the Kingdom Comes, so it doesn't really bother me when the seams of his digital manipulation are visible. Instead, Johan's work seems intentionally balanced on the edge of judgment, combining clearly constructed images with others that have been only lightly manipulated, and some that are reportedly not altered at all. Johan's work thrives in the grey zone between credulity and doubt, at the extremities of believability.

photo-eye Gallery photo-eye Gallery News News from Photographer's Showcase artists Ben Marcin, Luigi Fieni and Bear Kirkpatrick, as well as an update from photo-eye Gallery artist Jamey Stillings.

Camden, NJ by Ben Marcin
Ben Marcin has been busy heading up three exhibitions of his work across the United States this summer. On July 14th, four of Marcin's photographs from his Towers series will open in the show Summer 14 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. The opening reception is July 16th from 6-8pm and the exhibition runs through August 23rd. On July 10th, seven photographs from Marcin's Last House Standing and A House Apart series will appear in the exhibition Home: Human = Cafe: Cockatoo, curated by Cheryl Harper, at the 2014 Artscape Festival. The show runs through August 9th with an opening reception on Saturday, July 12th from 2-4pm. Finally, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston will feature Camden, NJ by Ben Marcin (above) as part of the Peter Urban Legacy 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, curated by Aline Smithson. The exhibition runs from July 10th through August 31st with an opening reception on Thursday, July 10th at 7pm.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Antone Dolezal Photographer Antone Dolezal selects Dead Man's Hand by Jonah Samson as photo-eye Book of the Week.

Dead Man's Hand. By Jonah Samson.
Self-Published, 2013.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer Antone Dolezal who has selected Jonah Samson's Dead Man's Hand.

"Upon opening Jonah Samson’s Dead Man’s Hand I knew I had unsealed a puzzle. The box functions as an evidence file for an unsolved crime. Loose plates of crime scenes, pin-up ads and criminal arrest records are stacked on top of one another as the only proof left of a brutal act of violence. It all hints at a nostalgia for mid-20th century crime photography and the limitations the medium had for solving these violent offenses. It also begs the viewer to put together the vague pieces and come to their own conclusions of the characters portrayed in this book.

The artist doesn’t try to hide the fact that this is all one big fabrication. He blends a mixture of mediums, even constructing his own dioramas of the crime scenes and photographing them with an old Speed Graflex. It’s a refreshing approach to the genre of evidence driven photography that has come into vogue over the last few years. It’s fiction, but the artist’s puzzle hints that it could be real and the only conclusion that matters is your own."—Antone Dolezal


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Dead Man's Hand. By Jonah SamsonSelf-Published, 2013.
Dead Man's Hand. By Jonah SamsonSelf-Published, 2013.


Antone Dolezal is a photographer and writer whose work explores the American social landscape and its relationship with history and folklore and is often accompanied by vernacular imagery, found objects and fictional literature. His work has recently been exhibited at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Rayko Photo Center, among other venues and is slated for exhibition this fall at 555 Gallery in Boston. Antone’s photographs have been featured on National Public Radio, Oxford American, Photo District News and Mossless Magazine and his prints and books are held in various collections including the British Library (London), Marion Center for the Photographic Arts (Santa Fe) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago).

Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal's Devil's Promenade is currently on view at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space at 376A Garcia Street. Signed copies of their new publication Spook Light Chronicles, Volume II are nearly sold out; copies of the limited edition are still available. Read the interview with Shipley and Dolezal here.

Book Review Hidden Islam By Nicolo Degiorgis Reviewed by Colin Pantall There are millions of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists working in Saudi Arabia, but not one recognised church, temple or chapel to accommodate their beliefs. You can’t send a card at Christmas, or light a candle at Diwali in public. You’re allowed to have your beliefs, under sufferance, but in no way are you allowed to express them.

Hidden Islam. By Nicolo Degiorgis.
Rorhof, 2014.
 
Hidden Islam
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

Hidden Islam
By Nicolo Degiorgis
Rorhof, 2014. 90 pp., 132 black & white illustrations, 6¼x9½". 


There are millions of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists working in Saudi Arabia, but not one recognised church, temple or chapel to accommodate their beliefs. You can’t send a card at Christmas, or light a candle at Diwali in public. You’re allowed to have your beliefs, under sufferance, but in no way are you allowed to express them.