Work 1935 – 1965
One of the few freelance female photographers who came to prominence in the early 20th century, between the wars, Gerti Deutsch was born in Vienna and fled to London in 1938, where her career flourished in exile. This exhibition catalog, with over a hundred black and white images, is the first to offer insight into Deutsch’s complete photographic work. Shooting with a Leica, Deutsch documented the political and social environment in the same genre as Robert Capa and other contemporaries, shooting perceptive photo essays for Tattler, Harper’s Bazaar, Picture Post and other important British publications. The catalog also looks at her post-war work, including features shot in her birthplace of Vienna and other European locations. An exciting re-discovery for photojournalism buffs.
November 2011 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches / 128 pp / 130 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902675-55-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
2008 / Softcover / 8 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches / 204 pp / 245 color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-0-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
If you’ve ever wondered if consumer culture in the former Soviet Union has caught up with the West, this amazing book will put those thoughts to rest. The largest marketplace in Europe is located “7 km” from Odessa, in the Ukraine. Russian photographer Kirill Golovchenko has made this vast institution into a fascinating work of sociodocumentary photography. Golovchenko plunged into this 200-acre-plus city of commerce, where 16,000 “shops” are housed in shipping containers, and 200,000 retailers come to purchase their goods. He chooses images that portray both the market itself and the essence of the 60,000 people who work there. It all jells into a riot of colors and orderly chaos. Strong, deep work by a young artist – born in 1974 – following in a great photographic tradition.
2010 / English & German / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 inches / 144 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-31-5 · Retail Price: $49.95
2006 / Softcover / 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
64 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 90-5973-042-9 · Retail Price: $59.95
From 2010 to 2013, German photographer Göran Gnaudschun created a rich social document about the daily activities at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a major public square that retained its socialist character after reunification. The square, where drug use and drinking is the norm, is home to marginalized, stranded individuals, runaways, homeless, attention-seekers and show-offs. Even if tenderness and violence make for a volatile blend, the Alexanderplatz offers a sense of safety and security. Gnaudschun, a professor at the University of Potsdam, spent years on site gradually establishing relationships that enabled him to conduct personal interviews and make intimate portraits and situational photographs As the artist sums up his three year project, “An artist project, yes, but also an important document of Berlin street culture in the early 21st-century”.
July 2014 / Softcover
8 x 10 3/4 inches / 218 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-01-4 · Retail Price: $58.00
Greetings from Auschwitz is an intimate view of the failure of image and language to address the trauma caused by one of the greatest catastrophes in human history. Postcards made after the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau became a tourist attraction are assembled by Polish artist and curator Paweł Szypulski in this small, quiet book. Nearly all the postcards reproduced here were once in circulation, written and sent to families, friends and acquaintances. The oldest dates from 1947, only two years after the liberation of the camp. On one—a panorama of the death camp, crematorium chimney and entrance gate, a man wrote “greetings from Auschwitz … Everything is fine, all I miss is you and the sun.” Silence is one of the central themes of Holocaust-related art, and the question of what is appropriate is always crucial. The postcards in Szypulski’s collection illustrate a chatty and inappropriate narrative and deepen the horror.
FOUNDATION FOR VISUAL ARTS, POLAND
May 2016 / Hardcover
8 ½ x 9 inches / 88 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-89-8 · Retail Price: $40.00
Die Schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern
Part document, part photographic album, this book by artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys captures the sculptural revisionings of the descendants of an executioner family from Greifswald in Pomerania, a historical region on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. The “dirty puppets” are weary, the clothing worn in by history, their story line deadpan and fable-like. In the twelfth century, the family amassed a fortune through the management and maintenance of the gallow fields; their influence also extended to the judiciary and its decision making. After three generations in power, the empire suddenly and inexplicably collapsed. It was said that the frenzy of executions was the reason for the downfall. The family descendents left to roam Pomerania, relegated to a fate of taunt and mockery.
February 2016 / Softcover
7 ¾ X 11 inches / 40 pp / 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-208-3 · Retail Price: $26.00
As the setting for WAR ROOMS, Austrian photographer Katharina Gruzei (b. 1983) chose a photographic journey through the halls of Moscow’s Museum of the Great Patriotic War. She turned her gaze away from its large-scale war dioramas to focus on areas of the space in which museum structures and staging strategies become apparent. The large-format images in this oversized artists book both capture the epic scale of war and portray the museum’s pathos-filled murals of wartime activities engaging in absurd dialogue with the museum’s daily functioning. Painted soldiers appear entrenched behind a desk that belongs to the museum staff; a gathered group of military commanders seem to stare at a red phone placed in the room; and, set in the middle of painted battlefields, museum doors suggest an escape route out of war. In this series of images, Gruzei combines fundamental questions about museum staging and the representation of war with a subtle criticism of the institutions themselves.
February 2017 / English / Russian & German / Softcover
11 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. / 18 pp w/insert / 16 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-32-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
What if a counter proof makes any proof an illusion?
To consider beauty as a quality of truth has a very long history, especially within a scientific context. Antje Guenther’s new project questions how aesthetic impulses, as well as the desire to prove, have been influencing the development of theories and hypotheses. Urban photographs of Barcelona, Glasgow and Osaka are combined with full-page reproductions of American photographer Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photomicrographs of snow crystals. Bentley produced over 5,000 photomicrographs, proving that no two crystals are exactly alike. Guenther closely analyzed Bentley’s book Snow Crystals (1931), which supposedly contained 2,453 different crystals; in it she detected 76 exact crystals reproduced twice and two reproduced three times. In addition to her and Bentley’s black-and-white photographs, Guenther includes text fragments on questions of beauty in science and the concept of supersymmetry. The book, created from her prior installation and projections, is built symmetrically, to visually seduce as well as to carefully compare images for potential evidence.
July 2016 / Softcover
8 ¼ x 12 ¼ in. / 124 pp / 56 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902993-22-9 · Retail Price: $40.00
Everything in Best Order
2008 / Exhibition catalog /English & German
Softcover / 8 x 91/2 inches / 200 pp / 176 color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-95-5 · Retail Price: $45.00