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photo-eye Gallery Don Hong-Oai Currently on exhibition at photo-eye Gallery is a very special collection of images by Don Hong-Oai. These photographs are among the very last Don prints outside of private and museum collections.
Spring Bamboo Boat (horizontal) — Don Hong-Oai

Currently on exhibition at photo-eye Gallery is a very special collection of images by Don Hong-Oai. These photographs are among the very last Don prints outside of private and museum collections. My love affair with the work of Don Hong-Oai started over nine years ago after finding the images on photo-eye’s website, years before I was employed by photo-eye Gallery. As I embarked on my new vocation at photo-eye, I immersed myself in all of the wonderful stories of the artists represented by the gallery, and in this process concluded that the story of Don Hong-Oai is almost as remarkable as his images.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Laura El-Tantawy Laura El-Tantawy selects Grand Circle Diego by Cyril Costilhes as Book of the Week.
Grand Circle Diego. By Cyril Costilhes.
Akina, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Laura El-Tantawy who has selected Grand Circle Diego by Cyril Costilhes from Akina.

Book Review Oben By Diane Vincent Reviewed by George Slade When a young man from the Midwestern plains takes up residence in Manhattan, a significant perceptual change occurs. The world rotates 90 degrees — from landscape mode to portrait, in contemporary photographic parlance. The vertical dominates in urban settings; horizontals must be sought.

ObenBy Diane Vincent
Self-published, 2015.
 
Oben
Reviewed by George Slade

Oben
Photographs and text by Diane Vincent
Self-published, Berlin, Germany, 2015. In English.


When a young man from the Midwestern plains takes up residence in Manhattan, a significant perceptual change occurs. The world rotates 90 degrees — from landscape mode to portrait, in contemporary photographic parlance. The vertical dominates in urban settings; horizontals must be sought. Back home, finding the earth/sky demarcation was simple. Look out, absorb what lay at eye level, some distance away. In the bigger, denser cities (New York City isn’t the only one, by the way), horizon-seekers become more giraffe-like, craning necks back, or out and up from a low apartment window into an airshaft in order to find the line.

Books 2015 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlists In mid-September, the jury for the 2015 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Awards released the Shortlist (the nominees) for this year's awards. We are pleased to present the shortlisted titles below, along with photo-eye Bookstore links, bookteases and reviews when available.

In mid-September, the jury for the 2015 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Awards released the Shortlist (the nominees) for this year's awards. The final jury will meet in Paris on November 12, 2015, and the announcement of the winners will be made the following day, Friday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m.

The Shortlist contains thirty-five outstanding titles in the categories of First Photobook of the Year, Photobook of the Year and Photography Catalogue of the Year, with one additional honorable mention. We are pleased to present the shortlisted titles below, along with photo-eye Bookstore links, bookteases and reviews when available.

Book Review In Still Air By Dana Stölzgen Reviewed by Christopher J Johnson Dana Stoltzgen's work examines the intimate. She captures both what is close and what is familiar; her favorite subject — the human body. In her latest book, In Still Air, she examines the body by photographing three women: a young girl, a woman in her 30s and an older woman, juxtaposed with three notable objects: portals (doors and windows), beds and flowers.

In Still Air. By Dana Stölzgen.
Peperoni, 2014.
 
In Still Air
Reviewed by Christopher J. Johnson

In Still Air
Photographs by Dana Stölzgen
Peperoni Books, 2014. In English. 160 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 7½x11".  


Dana Stoltzgen's work examines the intimate. She captures both what is close and what is familiar; her favorite subject — the human body. In her latest book, In Still Air, she examines the body by photographing three women: a young girl, a woman in her 30s and an older woman, juxtaposed with three notable objects: portals (doors and windows), beds and flowers. These objects are lyrical metaphors of passage; they both anchor time and show its flow.

Photographer's Showcase Portfolio & Interview: Teri Havens on Last Light Photographer Teri Havens believes there is solace in the night, and indeed the images from her series Last Light — new this week to the Photographers Showcase — are imbued with a sense of midnight calm. photo-eye's Lucas Shaffer asked Havens about her photographic practice and the process of creating the series.
Jack's Place, Delta County CO, 2013 – Teri Havens

Photographer Teri Havens believes there is solace in the night, and indeed the images from her series Last Light — new this week to the Photographers Showcase — are imbued with a sense of midnight calm. Beginning in 1991, Havens has taken to the street under the cover of darkness to photograph American vernacular vignettes — perhaps tame in daylight — but given dramatic center stage under the spotlight of a full moon or streetlamp. Inherently, Last Light places a focus on traditional nightlife, corner bars play a central roll and are accompanied by a supporting cast featuring an inn, a casino, and the white bell tower of a West Virginian church buried in the woods — perhaps a subtle reminder that every Saturday night transforms into a Sunday morning. photo-eye is excited to welcome Last Light to the Photographer's Showcase; photo-eye's Lucas Shaffer asked Havens about her photographic practice and the process of creating the series.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Laura Pressley Laura Pressley selects The Art in Ruin by Robert Stivers as Book of the Week.
The Art of Ruin. By Robert Stivers.
Twin Palms Publishers, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Laura Pressley who has selected The Art of Ruin by Robert Stivers from Twin Palms Publishers.

Book Review Light Break By Nicolai Howalt Reviewed by Blake Andrews In order to understand Nicolai Howalt's project Light Break, it helps to first know something about Niels Finsen. Finsen was a Danish scientist who conducted experiments with light therapy on human patients around the turn of the last century. Using concentrated bursts of carefully filtered electromagnetic radiation on skin (visible light as well as non-visible wavelengths), he successfully cured skin lesions created by diseases like smallpox and lupus.

Light Break. By Nicolai Howalt.
Fabrik Books, 2015.
 
Light Break
Reviewed by Blake Andrews

Light Break: Photography / Light Therapy
Photographs by Nicolai Howalt. Text by Morten Søndergaard.
Fabrik Books, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015. In English/ Danish. 256 pp., 79 Color and 45 black & white illustrations (124 total), 10¾x9".


In order to understand Nicolai Howalt's project Light Break, it helps to first know something about Niels Finsen. Finsen was a Danish scientist who conducted experiments with light therapy on human patients around the turn of the last century. Using concentrated bursts of carefully filtered electromagnetic radiation on skin (visible light as well as non-visible wavelengths), he successfully cured skin lesions created by diseases like smallpox and lupus. This was before antibiotics. Light therapy not only worked, it was one of the few treatments available. Finsen's approach proved revolutionary. He won a Nobel Prize and worldwide acclaim. In the modern era his notoriety — at least outside of Denmark — has somewhat faded. But in the late 19th Century Denmark he was the rough equivalent of Pasteur or Salk, a breakout star. If you need a brush up on Finsen, or perhaps never learned about him, don't worry. The book recounts his career in detail.

Books In Stock at photo-eye: Signed Signed titles from Peter Mitchell, Mariken Wessels, Thomas Mailaender and Hiroshi Takizawa, all in stock at photo-eye Bookstore.
Some Thing Means Everything for Somebody
Photographs by Peter Mitchell
RRB Publishing

"The mementos and markers collected in this volume narrate boyhood adventures and family ties, academic firsts and artistic achievements. But they don’t do it alone; each curated page is paired with photographs of scarecrows guarding the fields of Mitchell’s native Yorkshire in northern England. These figures (which he calls ‘friends’) have been part of the photographer’s story since 1974, when he was working as a truck driver and about to have his first one-man show. Like Mitchell’s architectural views of Leeds begun at the same time (recently published as Strangely Familiar), these scarecrows are wonderfully rooted and yet other-worldly sentries of home."—from the review by Karen Jenkins




Book Review Island In My Mind By Irina Rozovsky Reviewed by Adam Bell For Americans, the illicit and until now legally forbidden landscape of Cuba has its own visual language — classic cars, or yank tanks, decaying grand villas, and verdant courtyards — whose picturesque appeal masks as much as it reveals. In 2012, Irina Rozovsky traveled to Cuba and began taking the photographs that make up her second book, Island In My Mind.


Island In My Mind. Photographs by Irina Rozovsky. 
Verlag Kettler, 2015.
 
Island in My Mind
Reviewed by Adam Bell

Island in My Mind
Photographs by Irina Rozovsky
Verlag Kettler, Dortmund, Germany, 2015. In English/ Spanish. 104 pp., 81 illustrations, 7¾x10¾".


For Americans, the illicit and until now legally forbidden landscape of Cuba has its own visual language — classic cars, or yank tanks, decaying grand villas, and verdant courtyards — whose picturesque appeal masks as much as it reveals. In 2012, Irina Rozovsky traveled to Cuba and began taking the photographs that make up her second book, Island In My Mind, which went on to win the 2014 Kassel Fotobook Festival Dummy Award. I’m ill equipped to judge the veracity of Rozovsky’s Cuba, but placed aside the clichéd images of the island, her images crackle with unsettling energy and strike me as true, even if they may be false. Hot, confusing, and exciting — Rozovsky leads us through a heat soaked and surreal landscape full of beauty and life.


photo-eye Gallery photo-eye Gallery News photo-eye Gallery news from Liz Hickok, Tom Chambers, Aline Smithson, Ben Marcin and Richard Tuschman.

Liz Hickok

 Left: Test for Refinery: M.A.P., Wire, Tubing, and Green Residue
 Middle: Meditation, Right: M.A.P. on Wire and Tall Metal Tubing all © Liz Hickok

Liz Hickok has been hard at work creating two new bodies of work, Ground Waters and Sets and Tests — recently covered by notable photography blogs Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, and Don't Take Pictures.

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Gregory Barker Gregory Barker selects Marvelous Tales of Black Ink by Nobuyoshi Araki as Book of the Week.
Marvelous Tales of Black Ink. By Nobuyoshi Araki.
Morel Books, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Gregory Barker who has selected Marvelous Tales of Black Ink by Nobuyoshi Araki from Morel Books.

Book Review Before the War By Alejandro Cartagena Reviewed by Colin Pantall The history of Mexico’s drug industry makes for fascinating reading. Marijuana and heroin production flourished in the 1930s after the collapse in the price of gold and the discovery of a demand for recreational drugs. The illegal drug industry expanded, addiction rocketed and by the end of the decade Mexico had a drugs crisis on its hands.

Before the War. By Alejandro Cartagena.
Self-published, 2015.
 
Before the War
Reviewed by Colin Pantall

Before the War
2nd Edition.
Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Edited by Fernando Gallegos.
Self-Published, Mexico, 2015. In English. 102 pp., 1 booklet, 1 poster, 1 foldout Risograph, Offset printing., 11¾x9¼".


The history of Mexico’s drug industry makes for fascinating reading. Marijuana and heroin production flourished in the 1930s after the collapse in the price of gold and the discovery of a demand for recreational drugs. The illegal drug industry expanded, addiction rocketed and by the end of the decade Mexico had a drugs crisis on its hands.

Artist Books Falling Leaves and (Re)Cycle of Life Melanie McWhorter talks to Smith Eliot and Denis Roussel about their handmade artist books Falling Leaves and (Re) Cycle of Life.

(Re) Cycle of Life: Beauty where you find itBy Denis Roussel. Self-published, 2015.

 Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a selection of artist’s books that we discovered at portfolio reviews and one-on-one visits with artists. As we've learned from conferences and fiery discussions, exactly what defines an artist book is open to interpretation. In the case of the books that we highlight here, the artist usually has a role in not the only the works featured, but also the book's mechanical production.

Book Review Group f.64 By Mary Street Alinder Reviewed by Kurt Markus The hard act to follow for Mary Street Alinder is herself; the book, Ansel Adams: A Biography. Published in 1996, it is a gem; there is no better window into that great photographer’s life, warts and all, than this. It seems to me that A Biography is the result of a rare meeting of subject and writer, the one embracing the other in a beautiful bout of storytelling.


 
Group f.64
Reviewed by Kurt Markus

Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography
Text by Mary Street Alinder.
Bloomsbury USA, 2014. 416 pp., 50 illustrations, 6½x9¼x1½".


The hard act to follow for Mary Street Alinder is herself; the book, Ansel Adams: A Biography. Published in 1996, it is a gem; there is no better window into that great photographer’s life, warts and all, than this. It seems to me that A Biography is the result of a rare meeting of subject and writer, the one embracing the other in a beautiful bout of storytelling. You have to read this book, it’s as fine a biography, regardless of subject, as you’ll ever encounter.

Video Michael Lange on WALD Photographer Michael Lange discusses his series WALD, currently on view at photo-eye Gallery.

WALD | Landscapes of Memory, #6678 – Michael Lange
Silence, stillness, and a sense of solace are the hallmarks of the photographs in Michael Lange's series WALD, completed in 2012, and his first landscape series. In this video introduction to Lange's atmospheric collection of large format color images made in German forests, the photographer discusses the genesis of WALD including its central themes as well as his personal relationship with the forest. Lange also speaks to his photographic practice while creating WALD and how its signature muted and silvery look came into being.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Simon Baker Simon Baker selects Taratine by Daisuke Yokota as Book of the Week.
Taratine. By Daisuke Tokota.
Session Press, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Simon Baker who has selected Taratine by Daisuke Yokota published by Session Press.

Book Review The Sea Remembers By Rosemarie Zens Reviewed by George Slade For some time now — perhaps as long as I’ve been writing reviews — it’s been clear to me that I am not a very good reader of other writers’ reviews, here on photo-eye’s stream or elsewhere. Much as I love photobooks, I rarely gravitate towards reading what others have to say (though I often skim reviews of books in other genres). I guess I’m preoccupied with my own peculiar way of thinking about and reacting to the photobook phenomenon.

The Sea RemembersBy Rosemarie Zens
Kehrer Verlag, 2015.
 
The Sea Remembers
Reviewed by George Slade

The Sea Remembers
Photographs by Rosemarie Zens.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015. In German/ English. 136 pp., 30 color and 20 b/w illustrations, 7¼x9¾x½".


For some time now — perhaps as long as I’ve been writing reviews — it’s been clear to me that I am not a very good reader of other writers’ reviews, here on photo-eye’s stream or elsewhere. Much as I love photobooks, I rarely gravitate towards reading what others have to say (though I often skim reviews of books in other genres). I guess I’m preoccupied with my own peculiar way of thinking about and reacting to the photobook phenomenon. How much would I be influenced by reading others’ writings? Probably not much, but I hesitate to try it. Do any of my fellow reviewers feel this way?

Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 15 Volume 15 of photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter featuring books that explore the human form in a variety of ways. Today we highlight titles from Paweł Jaszczuk, Peter Suschitzky, Saul Leiter, Jimmy DeSana, Peter Lindbergh and Irina Ionesco.
photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter features books that explore the human form in a variety of ways. Sign up for the Nudes/Human Form Newsletter here.

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Kinky City — SIGNED
Photographs by Paweł Jaszczuk

For about three years, from 2007 to 2010, Paweł Jaszczuk routinely grabbed his bike after returning from his day jobs and dived into the metropolis’s nightlife, looking for Tokyo’s swinger clubs and happening bars, its couple kissas and private sex-parties. He won over their hosts and owners, sat at bars and in booths, listened to at times questionable music and convinced the guests to be pictured by him while living their fantasies.

Kinky City is a ‘naked’ book with open-thread stitching in a relief silkscreened slipcase made of raw cardboard and has been printed in an edition of 400.

photo-eye is taking pre-orders for signed copies of Kinky City. If our supplier runs out, orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received. The cutoff time for ordering in our shipment is Monday, September 7th at 10:00 am MDT.

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Book Review Fire in Cairo By Matthew Connors Reviewed by Adam Bell While aspects of a revolution can be disclosed in iconic images of crowds, dramatic standoffs and confrontations, real political change unfolds over a long period of time and is impossible to reveal in photographs. In January of 2013, Matthew Connors traveled to Egypt to witness the dramatic events in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.


Fire in Cairo. Photographs by Matthew Connors. 
SPBH Editions, 2015.
 
Fire in Cairo
Reviewed by Adam Bell 

Fire in Cairo
Photographs by Matthew Connors.
SPBH Editions, London, England, 2015. In English. 130 pp., Lithograph illustrations, 7¾x10".  


While aspects of a revolution can be disclosed in iconic images of crowds, dramatic standoffs and confrontations, real political change unfolds over a long period of time and is impossible to reveal in photographs. In January of 2013, Matthew Connors traveled to Egypt to witness the dramatic events in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Arriving two years after the initial protests, occupation of Tahrir Square, and eventual deposition of former President Mubarek, Connors was present during the peak of opposition to then President Muhammad Mori and returned several times leading up to the eventual escalation of protests in June of 2013. Distilled from thousands of photographs, Fire in Cairo is the result of Connors’ time there and an evocative portrait of an unfolding revolution. Using Tahrir Square and the whole of Cairo as a stage, Connors has crafted ambitious and thoughtful book that is at once humanistic, yet also expansive and metaphoric in scope.


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Mary Goodwin Mary Goodwin selects By Rail and By Sea by Scott Conarroe as Book of the Week.
By Rail and By Sea. By Scott Conarroe.
Waltz Books, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Mary Goodwin who has selected By Rail and By Sea by Scott Conarroe from Black Dog Publishing.