In Hinwil, southwest of Zürich, Swiss artist Barbara Heé (b. 1957) asked her close friends what their favorite place was in the nearby vicinity of Mount Bachtel. Without exception, they each recalled a different waterfall they had experienced—and identified as “theirs.” Heé tracked down the spots they had described and documented those falls for several months, after storms, floods and summer dry spells. The near magical time of twilight captivated her, and her photographs probe the mysterious phenomenon of twilight and the falls, portraying many small elements—a cold wind blowing, the phases of the moon and pouring rain—that capture nature’s mysterious whims. Out of the thousands of photographs that she took of the falls, none were cropped or edited, making the apparent fairies, gnomes and ghosts within the selected photographs in the pages of Waters an elemental, almost supernatural portrait of nature.
February 2017 / English & German / Hardcover
8 ¼ x 11 ½ in. / 140 pp / 135 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-23-4 · Retail Price: $55.00
A Politicized Vision of Peasants and Skiers
In Austria, what is generally referred to as Heimat (home or homeland) photography featured local sights: peasants, churchgoers, skiers and rural alpine landscapes. As these traditional, romanticized images came to be identified with the idea of a nation, they were used by the Standestaat of 1930s Austria to promote a national identity that grew into fascism. Author Elizabeth Cronin proposes “to consider the history of the genre as a whole” in this study that utilizes selections from the collections from the Albertina and Photoinstitut Bonartes to explore Heimat photography as a “crucial part of 1930s visual culture.” Her essays discuss the work of the genre’s principal exponents—Rudolf Koppitz, Peter Paul Atzwanger, Simon Moser, Stefan Kruckenhauser, Wilhelm Angerer, Hans Angerer, Hans W. Hannau and Adalbert Defner. This telling research into the power of imagery allows us to see how images can be easily manipulated and redefined depending on the political climate of a time and the forces in power.
July 2015 / Softcover
6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 240 pp / 30 b&w and 44 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-11-3 · Retail Price: $29.95
Robert Heinecken (1931–2006), who headed the photo program at UCLA for three decades, was one of America’s most influential contemporary, conceptual photographers. Heinecken rarely used a camera; his definition of photography encompassed everything related to the photo, as his interest was on the relation of methods and formalism—often in an irreverent and humorous way—to popular media. This comprehensive overview of Heinecken’s work from the 1960s through the 1990s features a complete reproduction of one of the artist’s best-known works: Are You Real series (1964–1968) in addition to his numerous forward-thinking bodies of work. Also includes extensive illustrations and writings that make this book indispensible to any art library, public or private.
August 2012 / Softcover / 9 1/2 x 12 inches / 144 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-47-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
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During the winter of 2011-2012, the Austrian Ministry for Cultural Affairs sponsored artist Matthias Herrmann to live and work in New York City as part of a residency program. The address/title of this book refers to the studio sup- plied by the Ministry, from which Hermann explored the city and the surrounding areas. Herrmann’s New York is an abandoned, quasi-nocturnal world of empty museums, train tracks and office plazas, their details and imperfections captured on an analogue camera without the use of digital manipulation, cropping or even a tripod. He considers the photographic inventory as a characteristic aesthetic of his work—and the strict sequencing of the photographs in the book make it perhaps the defining element of this poetic project. Internationally known for his challenging homoerotic self-portraits, this accomplished artist took an unexpected and exciting detour in this personal study of the urban landscape.
January 2013/ Hardcover/ 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches/
192 pp/ 190 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-70-5 · Retail Price: $42.00
8 X 10”
2004 / Softcover / 8 x 10 inches / 152 pp / 128 color
ISBN: 3-901756-44-2 · Retail Price: $52.00
Mihriban, a Turkish girl’s name, means “good friend, with a good heart and a laughing face”; it’s also the title of a well-known love song in Turkey. And this book is Swiss photographer Linda Herzog’s love song to the country she lived in from 2004-2007. The 50 color photographs chosen from her Turkish journeys prove her to be an acute observer whose vision is unclouded by romantic notions and touristic illusions; she depicts the juxtapositions of a modern nation with a deep, soulful past. Includes a fine interview with Martin Jaeggi.
2008 / English, German & Turkish / Hardcover
113/4 x 93/4 inches / 120 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-03-1 · Retail Price: $42.00
Birmingham, Istanbul, Zürich
2005 / English, German & Turkish / Hardcover
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 72 pp / 52 color
ISBN: 978-3-00-015509-3 · Retail Price: $49.00
When German photographer Matthias Hoch (b. 1958) first visited the Kobenzl Hotel in Salzburg, it had been vacant since 2006. The rooms were almost untouched with the silverware still in drawers, sheets on beds and curtains intact. Hoch, who has a keen interest in the history of abandoned spaces—as in his recent publication, Silver Tower, Frankfurt/Main (2014)—traces the hotel’s past through vacant and unnerving interior spaces. Embedded between the sequencing of images are hotel ephemera heralding its once respected history. Hand-typed letters dating from the early 1970s confirm the arrival of noted guests such as Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher and Herbert Grönemeyer and press photos document the hotel’s years of accommodating the rich and famous. Since the hotels closing, it’s fate was unknown until in 2015 when the building was earmarked to become a refugee clearing center, giving the hotel’s slogan, “The world is at home at the Kobenzl,” a whole new meaning.
February 2017 / English & German / Hardcover
7 ¾ x 10 ¼ in. / 160 pp / 41 b&w and 75 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-25-0 · Retail Price: $42.00
Between early 2012 and late 2015, Austrian photographer Kurt Hörbst (b. 1972) documented the construction of the S10, a new highway construction across the northern part of the Austrian Mühlviertel region along the border of the Czech Republic. The massive project cut through virgin terrain with tunnels, bridges, and endless miles of asphalt. The road, which now ends at the border will one day link the cities of Linz and Prague. In this fascinating monograph where crisp color images of natural landscapes are juxtaposed next to raw construction digs, one can feel Hörbst reflecting on the impact this project will have on the land, villages, settlements and towns, the people who have long lived there and how the urban expansion will forever change future generations’ relationship to open land. A factually-charged and experimental essay by Bodo Hell provides the introduction to S10.
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 ½ x 12 ½ in. / 176 pp / 85 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-29-8 · Retail Price: $46.00
German photographer Olaf Holzapfel became fascinated, during a residency in Tokyo, with a “city within the city” – yellow bumps and grooves on the ground that form a guidance system for blind people walking with canes. Holzapfel contrasts photographs from the Nakano Sakaue rail station with other images of Tokyo for a photo essay that art historian Andreas Spiegl characterizes as a “geography that … describes perception as a territory – the view of the visible and the imaginary.” This embossed hardcover blends rich color photographs, dominated by the (in)visible yellow lines that traverse Tokyo, with black-and-white images of what were originally garishly colored scenes, reinforcing the contrast between the seen and the unseen worlds of Tokyo.
2009 / English & German / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 15 b&w and 53 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-65-8 · Retail Price: $34.95