Peter Bogner (Ed.)
There is nothing more intriguing than the artist’s self-portrait. How do artists see themselves, and in what context do they allow the viewer to enter into their very personal worlds? A thought-provoking exhibition catalog, curated by Brigitte Konyen, not only combines the work of 23 contemporary Austrian artists but also features statements and essays by each. The only restriction was that the artists had to be working in some type of photographic or film medium. Me Myself & Them creates a lively approach to the definition, importance and meaning of exploring the self through photography, with the artists’ statements offering a rare look into their motives of dealing with issues such as identity and self-representation. Featuring artists Sissi Farassat, G.R.A.M., Matthias Herrmann, Leo Kandl and many more. Essays by Brigitte Konyen, Manisha Jothady, Timm Starl and Angela Schwank.
September 2013, English & German, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 6 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches, 120 pp, 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-83-5 · Retail Price: $39.95
A brief exhibition catalog for the controversial Marilyn Minter, who, since her retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 2005, is considered a major protagonist in the American art scene. Represented in key collections such as MoMA, LA MOCA and the Whitney, Minter has attracted wide attention with work such as her virtuoso spectacles of erotically charged sensuality: in her paintings, photographs and video works, high heels, pearls, sweat, and skin are rendered in larger-than-life compositions. The catalog encompasses nearly 40 works, beginning with Minter’s early photographs which portray her drug-addicted mother, and including the video “100 Food Porn Commercials,” and the Food Porn paintings. Other works were created after 2000, right up to the large-format works Glisterine and Chesire from 2011.
Deichtor Hallen, Germany
November 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches / 48 pp / 7 b&w and 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-81-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
The Pencil of Nature
Masashi Kohara (Ed.)
A must-have for all lovers of classic nature photography. Just as French scientist Étienne-Jules Marey first invented a photographic gun to shoot images of flying birds in rapid sequence, so too have many other photographers drawn analogies between hunting and shooting a camera. The title takes its name from a publication by the British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877). In the original Pencil of Nature, widely considered the first photo book, Talbot referred to photography as a way of taking portraits that are self-“drawn” in light. For Manabu Miyazaki, known in his native Japan as “the photojournalist of the natural world,” images of uncannily humanistic animals act as mirrors of a contemporary society grown distant from nature.
In Miyazaki’s case, however, it is the animals themselves who do the shooting. Unmanned cameras, equipped with infrared sensors, shine a spotlight on wild animals hidden by the veil of the forest—when animals trip a sensor, they trigger the camera lens, resulting in breathtaking, unstaged shots. Miyazaki’s unusual photographic equipment, documented in a fascinating photographic index, is an assemblage of various everyday items and parts—what Claude Lévi-Strauss called a “bricolage.” Examples include a waterproof strobe encased in PVC piping, a camera with a homemade electrical coil to prevent the fogging of the lens, and a waterproof cover for an infrared sensor made from a Tupperware container.
This publication accompanies the Izu Photo Museum’s remarkable 40-year retrospective of Miyazaki’s work. The book encompasses the artist’s major series, beginning with Animal Trails and including Eagles and Hawks, Ural Owls, Death in Nature, Animal Apocalypse and Persimmon Tree. With an introduction and artist interview by essayist Masashi Kohara.
IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, JAPAN
September 2013 / English & Japanese
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
168 pp / 170 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-16-6 · Retail Price: $46.00
Where once there was desert, cities sprawl for miles; sixteen-lane highways dictate urban rhythm and daily commutes, often taking hours. Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s car culture and high-consumption environment is the subject of Fully Fueled, French social documentary photographer Basile Mookherjee’s newest look into a culture rarely explored. In 2012 and 2014, Mookherjee captured young Emiratis’ nights out on the town. The traditionally garbed young men and women have created an entire subculture in and around their cars and against a Vegas-like urban backdrop. The oversized floppy catalog mimicking the glossy pages of high-end fashion magazines portrays a strange world of over-the-top consumption. Reflecting on the UAE’s abrupt petrodollar-driven modernization of essentially nomadic Middle Eastern culture, Mookherjee limns a world somewhere between desert dust and Gotham City, Islam and spending power, tradition and modernity. In addition to his career in fashion photography, Mookherjee explores the cultural contradictions inherent in our fast-changing world.
January 2017 / Softcover
10 ¼ x 13 in. / 172 pp / 191 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-15-9 · Retail Price: $40.00
Vegas and She
Austrian-based photographer Stefanie Moshammer’s recent project Vegas and She led her into the underbelly of Nevada’s shimmering city, Las Vegas. Eightyeight color images in this photojournalistic monograph guide us through stark, shiny dreamworlds of constructed settings and beguiling scenery that exist somewhere between illusion, desire and fantasy. From portraits to details to landscapes, she portrays the ambiguities behind the shiny façade in which the protagonists are striptease dancers who keep Vegas moving—the inside that keeps the outside alive. Complementing her raw and wild images is Moshammer’s thoughtful and poetic text. A snippet: “Vegas is comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness and it comes all in one. When you meet Vegas once you feel like you are standing on the edge of a very tall cliff. If you fall, you fall into a jungle of madness. Vegas, who is it but a desert breeze. A hot, wild breeze.”
October 2015 / Hardcover
8 x 10 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 88 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-13-7 · Retail Price: $45.00
In this slender first-time solo publication of recent works by the German photo-based artist Jurgen Nabor, a series of 48 black and white photographs of bus shelters in people-less rural Norwegian landscapes recall the visual texture of the Düsseldorf aesthetic of the 1970s. An essay by independent curator Henriette Heidbrink discusses the centering of the subject in each photograph and Nabor’s debt to other conceptual photographic series such as Ed Ruscha’s 26 Gas Stations (1963), Thomas Ruff’s series of houses (from 1987), Jens Hauge’s Treehouses (2009), and Joself Schulze’s photographic works Ubergang (2005-8) and Poststructure (2012).
January 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 inches
64 pp / 48 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-86442-094-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
2004 / Paper foldout / 8 pp / 4 1/2 x 6 inches
ISBN: 0-87130-062-1 · Retail Price: $9.95
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95
“ When we look at Antarctica, from the deck of a ship, or in a makebelieve tableau, and fix it in our gaze, what we see is a figment of the imagination,” writes prominent New Zealand photographer Anne Noble in the first part of her trilogy on the myth of Antarctica. Noble set her sights on Antarctica early in the 21st century, undertaking three missions there and making a world tour of Antarctic-study centers as well. Ice Blink juxtaposes the real and the imaginary, presenting imagery taken in the study centers (including aquariums and museums) and photos of real human encounters with the icy continent. Nobel’s seductive and challenging images are complimented by the thought-provoking essay by acclaimed essayist and novelist Ian Wedde.
August 2012 / Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches / 124 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-5-6 · Retail Price: $49.95
The Last Road
Gwynneth Porter (Ed.)
The second in the Antarctic trilogy of books by acclaimed New Zealand photographer Anne Noble, beginning with Ice Blink (Clouds, 2011) and WhiteOut/WhiteNoise (forthcoming), The Last Road draws on the archive of Antarctic photographs that Noble created during her visits to the continent in 2002, 2005 and 2008 as a grantee on the US National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers program. The second volume addresses images of human intervention into the icy continent, and involves writing by the artist, author Lloyd Jones and science writer Richard Panek. Noble is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and will be an artist-in-residence at Colombia College Chicago, in 2014.
July 2014 / Hardcover
11 3/4 x 10 inches / 112 pp / 72 color
ISBN: 978-0-9876593-0-9 · Retail Price: $49.95