This photo book seamlessly weaves together the disparate strands of American photographer Ron Jude’s three-part look at his childhood home of Central Idaho. Pulling equal parts from Alpine Star (2006), emmett (2010), and Lick Creek Line (2012), Jude fleshes out the consistent tone and crossover between what appear on the surface to be three incongruent projects. An aging fur trapper, a young man on the threshold of adulthood in the early 1980s and an entire community (as represented by a weekly newspaper) converge through the repeating motif of a woodland landscape. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Backstory (2013) at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago, Fires functions not as a catalog, but as a self-contained piece that exploits photography’s tendency to continuously tip away from empiricism into the realm of the prose poem.
MOCP AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE, CHICAGO
2013 / Exhibition catalog / Unbound newsprint
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches / 52 pp / 13 b&w and 25 color
ISBN: 978-0-9703860-8-3 · Retail Price: $15.00
2004 / Paper foldout / 8 pp / 4 1/2 x 6 inches
ISBN: 0-87130-063-X · Retail Price: $9.95
MIRA, STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT
Like a family album with its linen-embossed cover and single inset snapshot, the book Mira, Study for a Portrait is a meticulous artistic re-creation of one woman, one family, one country. Jelena Jureša traces Mira’s life and the story of the Perera family, a family of Sephardi Jews, during their life in prewar Bijeljina, Bosnia. The intimate journey is re-created by Juresa using found photographs beginning with Mira’s birth and childhood, her life first in Belgrade, later in Sarajevo, the birth of her children, her marriage, divorce, and work in an old people’s home, ending with her tragic death in 1990 when the riots broke out heralding the beginning of war in Croatia and the fragmentation of former Yugoslavia. This project not only tells the story of a woman’s journey through life but the parallel story of a nation that would fall into a brutal civil war, in many ways mimicking the tragedy of Mira’s life.
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 8 1/3 inches / 320 pp / 44 b&w and 110 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-94-1 · Retail Price: $58.00
A Visual Biography
With Africa at the world’s latest front line in political, cultural and ecological issues, this extraordinary exhibition catalog presents an unforgettable story of a quiet soul in a rural village in Uganda who had a huge impact on his nation. Dutch photographer Andrea Stultiens met Ugandan teacher Kaddu Wasswa in 2008 through his grandson, photographer Arthur C. Kisitu, and discovered the meticulous archive in which Wasswa documented his years of community activism including youth development, international exchange and organic farming techniques. Stultiens and Kisitu added their own photographs, and the result is an absorbing visual biography that stretches from Uganda’s colonial days through its first 50 years of independence, which will be commemorated in 2012.
2011 / Hardcover / 7 x 9.5 inches / 256 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-029-7 · Retail Price: $59.95
For decades, Austrian fine art photographer Leo Kandl has looked at a broader concept of portraiture, using newspaper ads to find his models in cities as diverse as New York, Moscow, London, Kiev and Vienna. He hooks-up with an eclectic and engaging group of young, self-assured subjects who like the idea of self-expression. Kandl gave his models complete freedom to stage their photographs, allowing a delicate interplay between artist and model. Kandl’s method of photography allows plenty of scope for emotional interaction, with the potentially risky process of two people unfamiliar with each other coming together in the roles of model and photographer. The very personal color images produced are characterized by curiosity and an occasional erotically charged atmosphere.
February 2011 / English, German & Russian text / Hardcover
9.5 x 11 inches / 104 pp / 2 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-09-5 · Retail Price: $59.95
Business or Pleasure: Photos & Stories
July 2005, Hardcover, 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches
128 pp, Extensive b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 3-901756-61-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
Works from 1986–1990
When Barbara Kasten photographs architecture, she colors it, breaks it into fragments and bends it to her will. With custom made geometric mirrors, electrical generators, lights fitted with colored gels and a crew of assistants, she creates a new reality —hard-edged, disorienting, vivid, surreal —and then she takes the picture.
1991 / English & Japanese / Hardcover
10 ¼ x 12 ¾ in. / 54 pp / 21 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-0-9630785-0-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Vitrinen in Arbeit
American photographer Kaucyila Brooke finds sly ways to explore of the values of contemporary culture. In this beautiful collection, Brooke looks at the renovation of the display cases at Vienna’s Natural History Museum as an opportunity to record the layering of time and history, and to comment on what information our cultural arbiters – in this case, museum curators – see as important. As the museum transitions from the static 19th-century exhibition model to an interactive 21st-century style, Brooke makes knowing use of the reflections and transparency of the glass cases, and the disorder of their contents. The oversized collection of 140 color images is cleverly packaged in a hardcover binding and clear dustcover made to represent a vitrine.
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 12 x 11 1/2 inches / 132 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-932187-69-8 · Retail Price: $75.00
The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
This entrancing full-color book (the first by American photographer Peter Kayafas) documents the astounding folk art of Ion Stan Patras (1908-1977), a Romanian woodcarver whose life’s work was the storytelling grave markers of his northern Romanian village, Sapanta. Kayafas fell under the spell of these vividly colored, painted masterpieces in 2003, and returned to Romania in 2004 determined to capture both the artwork and poetic epitaphs on the grave markers. Whether someone died young or old, quietly in his bed or far from home, Patras’ markers remain unique memorials, and Kayafas’ photos do them justice. Includes meticulously translated epitaphs by Adrian Sahlean.
June 2008 / English & Romanian / Softcover
61/2 x 91/2 inches / 120 pp / 47 color
ISBN: 978-0-9797768-0-9 · Retail Price: $45.00
Socio-documentary photographer Peter Kayafas explores the abandoned buildings of the West in this elegant monograph and exhibition catalog. His timeless images are often considered contemporary extensions of the visions of luminaries such as Walker Evans and Lee Friedlander. The crumbling churches, barns and houses—once maintained as part of vital communities of farmers and migrants—now stand in various states of decay. The images are “simple and spare, yet quietly overpowering with their evocations of history on a scale beyond that of individual lives,” wrote critic Mark Feeney in The Boston Globe. Kayafas approaches buildings as he might photograph people: he creates formal portraits to capture the dignity and resilience of the simple but extraordinary structures that seem to call out for recognition.
August 2012 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 104 pp / 42 duotones
ISBN: 978-0-9797768-2-3 · Retail Price: $55.00