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Books In Stock at photo-eye: Sale Four titles on sale from Martin Boyce, Agnieszka Rayss, Nicolas Guiraud and Sara Blokland, all in stock at photo-eye Bookstore.

A Partial Eclipse
By Martin Boyce published by MACK
$80.00 SALE $59.95 — Purchase Book

"A Partial Eclipse brings together photographs from an on-going private library of images which feeds into Boyce’s work. The images adopt a sombre and darkened palette, as if the light has been stolen from each photograph creating the illusion of a mythical perma-dusk allowing us to see the world as Boyce sees it. Images of trees and foliage permeate the collection, ellipses and perforations reoccur, patterns of cracks, fractures and spider webs repeat and thresholds appear in the form of windows and doorways."—the publisher

Book Review Assignment No. 2: San Quentin Prison Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto & Richard Misrach, essay by Michael Nelson Reviewed by Allie Haeusslein Reading through Michael Nelson’s essay in Assignment No. 2 testifies to the compelling power of looking, and the inseparable link between observation and personal experience. At age fifteen, Nelson was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.


Assignment No. 2: San Quentin Prison.
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto & Richard Misrach.
Essay by Michael Nelson. TBW Books, 2014.
 
Assignment No. 2: San Quentin Prison
Reviewed by Allie Haeusslein

Assignment No. 2: San Quentin Prison
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Misrach. Text by Michael Nelson.
TBW Books, 2014. 20 pp., 2 full-color plates, 9½x12".


“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin

Reading through Michael Nelson’s essay in Assignment No. 2 testifies to the compelling power of looking, and the inseparable link between observation and personal experience. At age fifteen, Nelson was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He pled guilty in 1998; he has been in San Quentin Prison for his entire adult life. Nelson wrote the essay in Assignment No. 2 for “Visual Concerns in Photography,” a course taken through the Prison University Project, the state’s only on-site, degree granting college program.

photo-eye Gallery Selected Works - Keith Carter on BogDog photo-eye Gallery's current exhibit titled Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by photo-eye Gallery artists. This week we feature Keith Carter.


In this final installment of the Selected Works blog series, we take a look at Keith Carter's enigmatic new series Ghostland. We are pleased to have Carter's equisite BogDog tintype currently on view in Selected Works, and asked Mr. Carter to comment on both his new series, and his image.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Diane Smyth Diane Smyth selects the self-titled 2041 as Book of the Week.
2041 by 2041.
Here Press, 2014.

This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Diane Smyth who has selected the self-titled 2041 from Here Press.

Book Review Marching to the Freedom Dream By Dan Budnik Reviewed by Blake Andrews Social unrest. Demonstrations, marches, rallies. Racially charged homicides. If this sounds like a description of certain 2014 events, you're right. But the words also apply to the scene a half-century ago in America's Deep South during the civil rights movement. As chaotic as things got last summer in Ferguson, they did not approach the upheaval felt in Alabama in the early 1960s.

Marching to the Freedom Dream. 
By Dan Budnik. Trolley Books, 2014.
 
Marching to the Freedom Dream
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Marching to the Freedom Dream
By Dan Budnik
Trolley Books, 2014. 300 pp., 9¼x10¾x1¼".


Social unrest. Demonstrations, marches, rallies. Racially charged homicides. If this sounds like a description of certain 2014 events, you're right. But the words also apply to the scene a half-century ago in America's Deep South during the civil rights movement. As chaotic as things got last summer in Ferguson, they did not approach the upheaval felt in Alabama in the early 1960s. The heroism and tension of those events had all the drama of a Hollywood epic.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Four signed titles from Aaron McElroy, Carol Yarrow, Takeshi Shikama and Jerry Uelsmann, all in stock at photo-eye Bookstore.
After Wake (Second Edition)
Photographs by Aaron McElroy published by Ampersand Editions
$30 SIGNED — Purchase Book

"After Wake is a collection of visual fragments and anonymous female subjects from the artist’s daily life. Separated from the minutia of McElroy’s lived reality, however, the photographs also allow for an endless drift of fictitious suggestion and voyeurism. After Wake can be a half-alert morning recollection of disjointed dreams. Or it's a catalog of contradictory eyewitness accounts. It may also be selections from the visual diaries of a life-long peeping tom. Perhaps it's a snapshot paper trail of lovely women from a savant's poetic thoughts."—the publisher

Book Review Grays the Mountain Sends By Bryan Schutmaat Reviewed by Sarah Bradley I frequently find myself explaining to people what I do. I tell them I work at a photobook store, that I write and edit writing about photobooks, and then almost inevitably, I explain what I mean by photobook. After outlining the idea of a fine art monograph, the description can go on to include what I like in a photobook.

Grays the Mountain Sends. By Bryan Schutmaat.
Silas Finch, 2014.
 
Grays the Mountain Sends
Reviewed by Sarah Bradley

Grays the Mountain Sends (Second Edition)
Photographs by Bryan Schutmaat.
Silas Finch, 2014. 102 pp., 42 color illustrations, 11½x13½".


I frequently find myself explaining to people what I do. I tell them I work at a photobook store, that I write and edit writing about photobooks, and then almost inevitably, I explain what I mean by photobook. After outlining the idea of a fine art monograph, the description can go on to include what I like in a photobook. My favorites are often those that are discrete, self-contained works of art, objects that live with the turn of the pages, considered and designed cover to cover, executed in such a way that they stand alone. These are the books that I like best, and Bryan Schutmaat’s Grays the Mountain Sends is that kind of book.

photo-eye Gallery Selected Works - Colette Campbell-Jones photo-eye Gallery's current exhibit titled Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by photo-eye Gallery artists. This week we feature Colette Campbell-Jones.


This week Selected Works dives in deep with Colette Campbell-Jones about Abyss #2 a large 60" mural detailing the last remaining deep shaft mine in Wales. Abyss #2 is part of a larger body of work titled Stories from the Underground, and this week's article is an excerpt from three part interview with Campbell-Jones published in 2011. Follow the links at the end of the piece if you are interested in reading the original statement in its entirety.  



Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Azu Nwagbogu Azu Nwagbogu selects Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore as Book of the Week.
Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore.
Laurence King Publishing, 2014.

This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Azu Nwagbogu who has selected Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore from Laurence King Publishing.

Book Review Private By Mona Kuhn Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson A separate reality; a place of sepia, endlessly erudite, that is, despite itself, a thirst: of the eye, the hand in its search for texture, and the spirit that does not always long for separateness, but wholeness through affinities; all of this is Mona’s Kuhn’s Private.

Private. By Mona Kuhn.
Steidl, 2014.
 
Private
Reviewed by Christopher J. Johnson

Private
Photographs by Mona Kuhn
Steidl, 2014. 112 pp., 74 color illustrations, 11¾x12¼".

A separate reality; a place of sepia, endlessly erudite, that is, despite itself, a thirst: of the eye, the hand in its search for texture, and the spirit that does not always long for separateness, but wholeness through affinities; all of this is Mona’s Kuhn’s Private.

In one of her previous collections, Evidence, the game seemed to be about sun and light’s kinship with the flesh (raw, palpitating, human flesh), but Private finds the elements of Kuhn’s work to no longer be sky, light, and air, but hard earth and stones and the yielding yet inexhaustible nature of sand; how there is always too much of it and how it is not removed easily, ever-present in its sift.

photo-eye Gallery photo-eye Gallery News photo-eye Gallery news from Jamey Stillings, Brad Wilson and Mitch Dobrowner.

Jamey Stillings
The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar #7986, 5 June 2012 – Jamey Stillings

Two weeks ago TIME magazine's LIGHTBOX photoblog features the work of Jamey Stillings and his project The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar. Olivier Laurent's featurette doesn't dig in to the details of the project, but does succinctly describe Stillings' impetus for photographing renewable energy, and the importance of documenting large public works projects. The article does exhibit 13 outstanding images by Stillings, including a few stunning color images of the Crescent Dunes Solar Plant near Tonopah, Nevada and the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in the Mojave Desert.

Book Review One Mahogany Left Standing By Carol Yarrow Reviewed by Blake Andrews When a photograph is made it becomes immediately joined to a moment that recedes, and that recession continues indefinitely. It's an inescapable component of photography and part of its magic spell.

One Mahogany Left Standing. By Carol Yarrow.
Self-Published, 2014.
 
One Mahogany Left Standing
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

One Mahogany Left Standing
By Carol Yarrow
Self-published, Portland, 2014. 84 pp., 31 duotones with spot varnish, 9¾x8¾".


When a photograph is made it becomes immediately joined to a moment that recedes, and that recession continues indefinitely. It's an inescapable component of photography and part of its magic spell.

Society for Photographic Education photo-eye Bookstore Signing Schedule at SPE National Conference We are thrilled to be back at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, held in New Orleans, LA from March 12-15th, with a pop-up bookstore and ton of booksignings.


We are thrilled to be back at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference this year, selling books and hosting signings at booth 7 in the exhibition hall. This year's conference is being held in New Orleans, LA from March 12-15th at the Hyatt Regency. Last minute tickets are still available, but you don't need a ticket to stop by our booth to browse our selection of photobooks, pick up a signed book and say hello to Melanie and Sarah. We hope you'll visit us if you're in the area.

We are hosting a HUGE number of signings this year. Our full schedule is listed here:

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by David Carol David Carol selects Invisible City by Ken Schles as Book of the Week.
Invisible City by Ken Schles
Steidl, 2014.

This week's Book of the Week pick comes from David Carol who has selected Invisible City by Ken Schles published by Steidl.

Book Review Spook Light Chronicles Vol. 3: We Always Lie to Strangers By Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal Reviewed by Colin Pantall “I guess I keep coming back out here for something. For the life of me I don’t know what.” –from the start of the first volume of Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal’s Spook Light Chronicles
By the end of that volume, the question is answered.

Spook Light Chronicles Vol. 3: We Always Lie to Strangers.
By Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal, Search Party Press, 2014.
 
The Spook Light Chronicles: Thankful for a chance to say goodbye
A review by Colin Pantall

Spook Light Chronicles Vol. 3: We Always Lie to Strangers
Photographs by Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal.
Search Party Press, 2014. 60 pp., 52 color illustrations, 7x9".


“I guess I keep coming back out here for something. For the life of me I don’t know what.” –from the start of the first volume of Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal’s Spook Light Chronicles

By the end of that volume, the question is answered. The reason she or he keeps coming back to the dark woods of the Ozarks is the Spook Light, a light that comes out at night to haunt the locals. What is this Spook Light? Is it a natural, man-made or supernatural phenomenon? Is the mysterious light that floats along the Bible Belt hotspot of Devil’s Promenade really Satan in disguise, or is it car lights from Route 66 reflected through the forests and the glades, or is it a manifestation of the spiritual baggage that weighs so heavy on the few souls who live in this isolated corner of the United States?

Book Review Invisible Maps By Andrzej Kramarz Reviewed by George Slade Now, there’s a title to whet a reader’s appetite. Or a reviewer’s. Or this reviewer, at least.
Kramarz’s book may contain all sorts of intriguing information. But like the maps of the title, it’s all invisible, hidden within a concatenation of images that just barely manage legibility.

Invisible MapsBy Andrzej Kramarz
Museum in Gliwice, 2014.
 
Invisible Maps
Reviewed by George Slade

Invisible Maps
Photographs by Andrzej Kramarz
Museum in Gliwice, 2014. 90 pp., 92 color illustrations, 10¼x8¼".


Now, there’s a title to whet a reader’s appetite. Or a reviewer’s. Or this reviewer, at least.

Kramarz’s book may contain all sorts of intriguing information. But like the maps of the title, it’s all invisible, hidden within a concatenation of images that just barely manage legibility. That is, if you feel sequence is important. Or if you insist upon knowing which end is up. There’s no horizon in these photographs. At moments the book seems to want to be read sideways. Or backwards. The book itself becomes the place it purports to map.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Sale Four titles on sale from Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Chen Jiagang, Daido Moriyama and Darren Almond, all in stock at photo-eye Bookstore.


Snowy
Photographs by Yoshihiro Hagiwara published by Tosei-Sha

Sale copies are imperfect with bumped corners
SIGNED $78.00 SALE $62.40 Purchase Signed Book







Book Review Islands of the Blest Edited by Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis Reviewed by Adam Bell In 1893, the historian Frederick Turner Jackson presented his influential paper “The Significant of the Frontier in American History” at the World Fair in Chicago. In the paper, Jackson argued that the western frontier forced settlers and pioneers to shed old traditions and to adapt to the rugged landscape forging a new and unique American identity.


Island of the BlestEdited by Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis.
Silas Finch, 2014.
 
Islands of the Blest
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Islands of the Blest
Edited by Bryan Schutmaat and Ashlyn Davis
Silas Finch, 2014. 68 pp., illustrated throughout, 11½x13½".


In 1893, the historian Frederick Turner Jackson presented his influential paper “The Significant of the Frontier in American History” at the World Fair in Chicago. In the paper, Jackson argued that the western frontier forced settlers and pioneers to shed old traditions and to adapt to the rugged landscape forging a new and unique American identity. Closely linked to the concept of Manifest Destiny, Jackson’s theory not only helped promoted the idea of American exceptionalism, but also occluded more complex narratives about the inhabitation and contested nature of the American West. Despite the efforts of historians over the years to debunk Turner’s theories, the myths he promoted continue to hold sway. Islands of the Blest by Bryan Schumaat and Ashley Davis gathers together a collection of archival photographs of the American West that consciously explores this mythic narrative. At the same time, it is a thoughtful examination of the malleable afterlife of photographs that can be resurrected to tell or retell stories that speak of the past and to the present.

photo-eye Gallery Selected Works - Laurie Tümer photo-eye Gallery's current exhibit titled Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by photo-eye Gallery artists. This week we feature Laurie Tümer.

Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints currently on view at photo-eye Gallery highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by our represented artists. For the next few weeks, covering the duration of the exhibition, we are engaging the featured artists about their photographs inviting them to tell the stories behind their images.

In this week's Selected Works installment Laurie Tümer addresses the environmental inspiration behind her Glowing Evidence series. Since the exhibition opened, Tümer's shifting and glittering diptych Glowing Evidence: In My Study  has received extensive attention from gallery attendees. We asked Tümer to speak about her decision to use lenticular images, and the process it takes to create one.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Rémi Faucheux Rémi Faucheux selects Self-Publish Be Happy (SPBH) Book Club Vol. VII by Lucas Blalock as Book of the Week.
Self-Publish Be Happy (SPBH) Book Club Vol. VII by Lucas Blalock
Self-Publish Be Happy, 2015.

This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Rémi Faucheux who has selected Self-Publish Be Happy (SPBH) Book Club Vol. VII by Lucas Blalock from Self-Publish Be Happy.

Book Review Bronx Boys By Stephen Shames Reviewed by Tom Leininger “I am not here, just be you.”

Stephen Shames repeated that phrase many times to a group of young men growing up in the Bronx as he documented their lives. Jose “Poncho” Munoz writes in the book Bronx Boys about how Shames was always around “doing pictures” and reminding them to just be themselves.

Bronx Boys. By Stephen Shames. 
University of Texas Press, 2014.
 
Bronx Boys
Reviewed by Tom Leininger

Bronx Boys
By Stephen Shames
University Of Texas Press, Austin, 2014. 224 pp., 123 duotone illustrations, 6¾x9".


“I am not here, just be you.”

Stephen Shames repeated that phrase many times to a group of young men growing up in the Bronx as he documented their lives. Jose “Poncho” Munoz writes in the book Bronx Boys about how Shames was always around “doing pictures” and reminding them to just be themselves. His pictures capture just that, but what he witnessed also reflects the complicated nature of their lives.

The project started in 1977 as an assignment for the now defunct Look magazine. Shames spent 20 years off and on in the Bronx recording difficult, tender and occasionally lighter moments. Life starts in the street and winds into a group of boys lives; drugs, sex, violence, humor, and sadness. Once he was accepted into this group, Shames made images that are up close and personal. Energy and emotion come through in grainy and rich shades of black, white and grey. The vibrant feelings of those particular moments jump out of the pictures.

Book Review Nail Houses or the Destruction Of Lower Shanghai By Peter Bialobrzeski Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson Those of us who muse day after day upon photography often enjoy those musings in plush armchairs or upon nice couches or over fresh hot coffee in a clean café; in other words, we do so from a lap of luxury – even if that lap is a shoebox apartment in a questionable part of New York City, Los Angeles or Berlin. I know this because it doesn’t take much to be known.

Nail Houses or the Destruction Of Lower Shanghai.
By Peter Bialobrzeski. Hajte Cantz, 2014.
 
Nail Houses or the Destruction Of Lower Shanghai
Reviewed by Christopher J. Johnson

Nail Houses or the Destruction Of Lower Shanghai
Photographs by Peter Bialobrzeski
Hatje Cantz, 2014. 116 pp., 64 color illustrations, 8x11¾".

Those of us who muse day after day upon photography often enjoy those musings in plush armchairs or upon nice couches or over fresh hot coffee in a clean café; in other words, we do so from a lap of luxury — even if that lap is a shoebox apartment in a questionable part of New York City, Los Angeles or Berlin.

I know this because it doesn’t take much to be known.

We are blessed to have time for these thoughts because we don’t have too much on our shoulders; sure, we may have personal issues, arguments, ill friends and relatives, or an occasional longing, but we’ve got it good and that goodness can be difficult to transcend. The fact is that those who pursue fine art in a globalized world are fortunate. However, photography has also historically been quite effective in showing us the other side of this reality, helping us transcend and by doing so, understand the state of others, people unable to pause from their days to contemplate the landscapes of Nadav Kander or the street photographs of Viviane Meier.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Five new signed titles from Antoine d'Agata, Dagmar Kolatschny, Clara Bahlsen, Tiane Doan Na Champassak and Daido Moriyama, all in stock at photo-eye Bookstore.
Fukushima
Photographs by Antoine d'Agata published by SUPER LABO
$200.00 SIGNED — Purchase Book

Slipcased. Limited edition of 500 with numbered and signed certificate.

"The void surrounds me and eats my belly. Through the clear glass of the car window, everything is grey: slow descent into a warm and acrid cell nucleus, memory wearing off through scattered images whose logic is as atomized as the territories I go through. The method, because it takes the form of a diary whose structure is premeditated in order to challenge its own rules, ends up depending on resurgences that alter the physical space of the exclusion zone. I am being led by my own moves from fear into stillness, knowing every gesture traces an impossible path to be followed."—Antoine d'Agata





Book Review Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality By Aaron Siskind Reviewed by Adam Bell As both an artist and educator, Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) has influenced countless photographers and played a central role in defining the medium in the late 20th century. Given the recent vogue for photographic abstraction, the need to understand the work of Siskind has become all the more important.


University of Texas Press, 2014.
 
Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality
Photographs by Aaron Siskind
University Of Texas Press, Austin, 2014. 200 pp., 150 duotone illustrations, 10x12".


As both an artist and educator, Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) has influenced countless photographers and played a central role in defining the medium in the late 20th century. Given the recent vogue for photographic abstraction, the need to understand the work of Siskind has become all the more important. Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality charts the evolving nature of the artist, demonstrating the fluidity with which he moved between different styles and how, even at his most abstract, he remained firmly rooted in the world and its visual pleasures.

photo-eye Gallery Selected Works - Nick Brandt and James Hajicek & Carol Panaro-Smith photo-eye Gallery's current exhibit titled Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by photo-eye Gallery artists. This week we feature Nick Brandt and James Hajicek & Carol Panaro-Smith.

Selected Works is a group show of photographic prints currently on view at photo-eye Gallery highlighting the diverse styles and subject matter embraced by our represented artists. For the next few weeks, covering the duration of the exhibition, we are engaging the featured artists about their photographs inviting them to tell the stories behind their images.

In this Selected Works segment we reached out to gallery artists Nick Brandt and James Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith for some background details concerning their exhibition images.  Nick Brandt bears witness to an emotional scene while James and Carol complete a decade long investigation.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Russet Lederman Russet Lederman selects Student Radicals, Japan 1968 – 1969 by Takashi Hamaguchi as Book of the Week.
Shashasha, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Russet Lederman who has selected Takashi Hamaguchi's Student Radicals, Japan 1968 – 1969 from Shashasha.

Book Review Songbook By Alec Soth Reviewed by Blake Andrews At this point in Alec Soth's career, it might be easy to forget that he began as a newspaper photographer shooting general stories for a small-town paper near Minneapolis. That period didn't last very long. He soon developed the blend of large format color portraiture and Americana landscapes for which he is now best known.

Songbook. By Alec Soth.
Mack, 2014.
 
Songbook
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Songbook
Photographs by Alec Soth
Mack, 2014. 144 pp., 75 tritone plates, 11¼x10½x½".


At this point in Alec Soth's career, it might be easy to forget that he began as a newspaper photographer shooting general stories for a small-town paper near Minneapolis. That period didn't last very long. He soon developed the blend of large format color portraiture and Americana landscapes for which he is now best known. Sleeping By The Mississippi established him immediately as a rising star in the art world. Niagara and Broken Manual sealed the deal. His blog, publishing house, and strong social media presence kept his name circulating and hinted at a restless spirit. These strands have combined to make Soth perhaps the most prominent photographer of his generation, the flavor-du-jour in certain photo circles and broadly influential. It's 2015. The photo world is his oyster. Any photo project he undertakes will gain attention. Any book will sell out.