The Last Days of Shishmaref
In 2007, Dutch-born, New York-based photographer Dana Lixenberg took her trademark 4-by-5-inch field camera and joined a film crew to document the Inupiaq (Eskimo) shoreline village of Shishmaref, which is disappearing into a rising sea as global warming melts the island’s protective permafrost layer. From these visits comes this unusually powerful book, a hybrid of environmental photography and fine art essay, exploring the relationship between the 600 Inupiaq-people Al Gore has named “the first climate refugees”– and their unforgiving yet beautiful environment. The text addresses village debate about where to move and the effects of popular Western culture. Lixenberg’s poignant portraiture brings to vivid life the men, women, and children whose identity hangs in the balance.
2009 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 208 pp / 103 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-110-3 · Retail Price: $45.00
From the Periphery
The medieval city of Braunschweig, in Germany’s picturesque Hanz Mountains, received a utopian redesign during the new city movement of the 1930s. This abrupt change in the city’s organization proved a starting point for photographer Bettina Lockemann’s newest project. Braunschweig was transformed into a model for the hyper-systemic, democratic urban-planning philosophies of the time, with its vast housing estates and winding streets acknowledging the inevitable domination of automobile traffic. But how does the city function on those precepts today? Lockemann’s photographic images reveal streets too broad, disrupting the flow of space for any use other than driving, restricting the natural interaction of foot traffic and public contact. From the Periphery is a challenging body of work that explores architectural norms and stimulates the rethinking of our urban environments.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 145 pp / 108 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-88-0 · Retail Price: $39.95
Found Altered Snapshots from the Collection of Thierry Struvay
A photograph is forever. Or is it? Culled from the vast vernacular photographic collection of Thierry Struvay, Love & Hate & Other Mysteries presents a funny, often poignant and truthful glimpse into the human condition. The unassuming and elegantly designed hardcover publication explodes once opened with 100 found black-and-white and color photographs that have been manually altered by scissors or pen or physically attacked in a fit of rage. Some deletions, such as a missing face in the shape of a heart or oval, were clearly intended for a locket. Others, however, contain angrily scratched-out heads and bodies or are simply torn in half. A third group feature manipulations more mysterious in nature: strange cut-outs that hint at a mix of emotions and motives. Together the photographs suggest a wide range of human drama, from affection to anger and much in between. The Brussels-based collector’s sprawling collection of found portraits runs the gamut from sexy snaps of men in jockstraps to all-American family portraits, a portion of which is currently on view in Brussels (2016). As with many of the sought-after titles by August Editions, Love & Hate is produced in a limited print run.
November 2016 / Hardcover
6 ½ x 8 ¼ in. / 144 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-5-0 · Retail Price: $40.00
A staggering number of images make up Leipzig-based photographer Frank Madler’s new artist’s book. Kopal is the culmination of an obsessive 20-year project documenting every aspect of the artist’s personal life, neighborhood, family, meals and social events until 2012, when his stock of discontinued SX-70 Polaroid film ran out. The final publication mimics the structure of a quaint family album—but 1,224 Polaroids later, it’s something more personal and complex being presented. In a departure from the large-format photographs that comprise the bulk of his production, Kopal focuses on small images, catalogued chronologically (as they appear in the book), alphabetically and also according to Madler’s own whimsical personal categories. This makes for a self-charted voyage of discovery through the artist’s very personal history. With a text by Insa Wilke.
2014 / English & German
Hardcover / 8 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
455 pp / 1,224 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-86-6 · Retail Price: $58.00
Participating Artists Press Agency
Lino Hellings, Hans Aarsman & Nienke Terpsma (Eds.)
In a brilliant amalgam of old and new media, the Participating Artists Press Agency (PAPA) is an international, curated network of artist-correspondents, initiated and led by artistic director Lino Hellings. The mission of the organization is to manufacture news by taking action. Developed by Hellings at an artist’s residency at the Photo Press Agency Drik in Dhaka, PAPA is intended as an instrument for mapping by reading meaningful patterns from street photography around the world. Correspondents take images with a clear question or issue in mind and then share them on the PAPA blog each day paired with texts. The Making of PAPA is a photobook combining a DIY manual, city guide to PAPA’s nomadic locations, visual essays by correspondents and a text on the agency’s founding.
DRIK, DHAKA, BANGLADESH
January 2013/ Softcover/ 6 3/4 x
9 1/2 inches/ 367 pp/ 100 b&w, 150 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-066-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
The late Dutch photographer Peter Martens found life in the United States to be as ruthless and difficult for many as it is in developing and war-torn countries. Known as a versatile street photographer, Martens was inspired by the American tradition of engaged documentary photography as a form of advocacy for the disadvantaged and outcast. From his first trip to the U.S. in the early 1970s, it became his favorite place to work: he found there the clearest illustration the confusion and lovelessness that he regarded as characteristic of modern Western society. This deeply personal journey through the streets of New York is one of two mock-ups that Martens had left edited but unpublished before his death in 1992. Now, for the first time this poignant body of work has been published in this raw but elegant tribute to Martens’s vision.
January 2013/ Softcover/ 9 1/2 x
11 1/2 inches/ 196 pp/ 170 duotone
ISBN: 978-94-6083-064-8 · Retail Price: $59.95
Few Loving Voices
In Peter Martens’ classic grainy photographs from the 1970s and 80s, Bogotá, Bangkok, Calcutta, Hong Kong and Ouagadougou are revealed as sites of global injustice. The central figure in Marten’s visual universe is that of the human form prostrate among his fellow man—praying, crippled, deformed, begging, ecstatic, morally broken or even lifeless. The flanking figures of authority—uniformed guards, military and religious leaders—represent guidance and oppression, dominance and support. This book, assembled by the artist before his death in 1992, has been held unpublished in the archives of the Nederlands Fotomuseum for the last twenty years. It features the best of this under-recognized sociodocu- mentary photographer’s creative oeuvre—photojournalism as a testimony of the downtrodden.
January 2013/ Softcover/ 9 1/2 x
11 1/2 inches 240 pp/ 214 duotone
ISBN: 978-94-6083-046-4 · Retail Price: $65.00
Yoko Mori (Ed.)
Japanese photographer Taji Matsue works to record the earth’s surface— both the natural and the manmade—with the dispassionate eye of a geographer, his trained profession. Inspired by American historical traditions from 19th century landscape photography of Carleton Watkins to the New Topography of Lewis Baltz, Matsue has become known for his unique aerial photographs of the urban landscape: Chicago from the Sears Tower, for example. Matsue’s large- scalephotographs consistently and consciously eschew depth in order to more graphically record the image. Also featured are Matsue’s video works and “moving photographs” that are first viewed as still images but, when observed over time, begin to subtly change. This beautifully constructed book was recently included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s, The Photobook: A History, Part 1
IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, JAPAN
April 2013/ Japanese & English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 12 x
8 1/2 inches/ 104 pp/ 46 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-14-2 · Retail Price: $49.95
Morgan Is Sad Today
The photo series by Jean-Pierre Maurer and Robert Müller captured the zeitgeist of 1960s Mod London. Exhibited only once—in the Kunstgewerbemuseum Zürich, in 1968, without any commentary other than a text by Ettore Sottsass— the series has now been republished. The title, Morgan Is Sad Today, comes from a song from the movie Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), which marked the introduction of the Free Cinema and a new form of movie making. The featured full-bleed, grainy black-and-white images preserve the feel of the myth-obsessed London of the 1960s, when Zürich Beat bands still posed for record covers wearing suits with skinny ties and leather ankle boots. Sottsass’s text hews close to what the time period embodied without glorification or denigration, and with a subtle sense of amusement. A time capsule of an era when music, fashion and the arts were being redefined by a young generation desperate to create a reality all their own.
July 2015 / Softcover
6 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 232 pp / 95 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-78-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
Wildfremd: Street Portraits from Graz & Vienna
Following in the footsteps of the great street photographers Brassaï, Lisette Model and Diane Arbus, among many others, young Vienna-based photographer Christopher Mavric gathers a selection of portraits taken on the streets of Vienna and Graz. His first book, Wildfremd features passersby, dwellers and denizens in their respective, distinct environments, waiting, lingering or stranded on a bench—each in their own habitus, some wholly contemporary and some entirely of yesteryear—captured in black and white and color. “Photographs are always more authentic when people don’t have time to think about how they look. Many of these captured situations seem absurd, and the people in it peculiar. But they’re not. It is all workaday, and the people are quite ordinary—they’re the people we encounter every day… .”
July 2015 / Softcover
9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 112 pp / 41 b&w and 44 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-04-5 · Retail Price: $39.95