The large format photographs of this young Düsseldorf photographer possess an air of theatricality and aloofness, a casual epic. There is interplay between the depiction of real and painted landscapes, driven by a Romantic and Symbolist impulse of feeling nature’s granduer. There are clouds, and bird-eye views, lush falling spring blooms and waterfalls, the drama of nature in all its quiet and violent sublimity, captured with an intense awareness of every factor of possible photographic deception. Exquisitely designed and printed, this monograph captures the large scale and scope of Pohl’s work – to articulate the distinctive experience of artificiality intertwined with the pleasure of yearning, to bestow a new and altogether different value upon the illusion of eternity. This elegant volume is the first monograph by Nina Pohl and it includes a text by Jan Verwoert. It is being released on the occasion of Pohl’s exhibition at the Oldenburger Kunstverein.
June 2007 / English & German / Exhibition catalog Hardcover / 8 x 11 3/4 inches
72 pp / 2 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-58-4 · Retail Price: $55.00
____ and Willem: Documentation of a Youth
As the title makes clear, something is missing here. Photographer Willem Popelier searches for the genesis of identity and representation, based on his own life experience, in a story about the youthful years of separated twins. By way of his clear, dry photography, Popelier steps back from the private history, creating a distance that is brought into perspective with original family photographs. The artist creates an extensive family tree and portraits of individuals and objects from the past, such as train tickets and the many keys to the twins’ various family homes. Each image is as neutral as possible a documentation of one of the segments that play a role or give insight into the story. A clever investigation from an edgy artist.
2010 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches / 186 pp / 115 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-009-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Most Ugandans are unable to take a holiday. But it is possible for them to have photos taken with a different world in the background, a world of fantasy gardens and luxury beach resorts. Dutch photographer Andrea Stultiens’s prizewinning Pose (Ugandan Images) shows us the photo studios of Uganda as places where people can try on an alternate reality for a short while. Her images of homes and studios, photo albums and found vernacular photography show the importance of photography as a tool for remembrance and status in Ugandan life. The photos on the separate pages of the full-color book are actually panoramas, which are presented contiguously on fold-out front and back covers. Stultiens is the photographer who brought the visual biography of Ugandan community activist Kaddu Wasswa to light.
2011 / Softcover / 6.75 x 9.5 inches
56 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-030-3 · Retail Price: $19.95
Victoria Halford & Steve Beard
Collaborative art team Victoria Halford and Steve Beard have journeyed to the consumer non-places found across the English landscape— its shopping malls and retail parks—to pre-enact the end times. Here, visions of Ranters, Diggers, Seekers and Fifth Monarchists, joined with the Angry Brigade, King Mob and Occupy, gave rise to images of dissident writings stamped into the architectural fabric of drive-through restaurants. Presented as tokens of things to come, this compact book filled with their investigative black-and-white photographs is an invitation, or perhaps an incitement, to break apart these amnesiac zones of consumption, to remake them into crucibles of social transformation warmed by the distant flames of urban riot and revolt.
September 2013 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches / 56 pp / 27 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-48-9 · Retail Price: $16.00
Photographs of America by Peter Kayafas
Wide-ranging American socio-documentary photographer Peter Kayafas has spent twenty years documenting the United States. Think of him as a contemporary Robert Frank or Walker Evans, a photographer with a great interest in place, culture, and people’s stories, a mirror of who we are in America. In this book, which includes 65 duotones, he takes the viewer on the road with him, looking at eateries, and ruins and horizons, the starts of parades, the aftermaths of tornados, human faces, human backs. “His pictures are crisp and direct, and the best of them vibrate with understated graphic tension,” said The New Yorker. With a joyous essay by novelist Allan Gurganus.
2009 / Hardcover / 10 x 8 1/2 inches
160 pp / 65 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9797768-1-6 · Retail Price: $55.00
Reflections on Photography
“Punctum,” a term coined by Roland Barthes in his book Camera Lucida, is a detail in a photograph that pricks or bruises the viewer—or as Barthes wrote, “It is what I add to the photograph and what is nonetheless already there.” In the context of the catalog from the exhibition Punctum: Reflections on Photography at the Salzburger Kunstverein (2014), we are asked to reflect on the phenomenon of the image that relates to its referents but at the same time escapes it. Organized by curator Seamus Kealy, 50 photographs including a variety of work from landscapes and portraits to the indexing of objects and conceptual photography by photo-based artists from Carleton Watkins to Moyra Davey and Kader Attia are reproduced in full-bleed color spreads with short texts by the artists, writers and curators who chose the work. An introductory essay by curator Boris Groys eloquently explores the theoretical concerns behind the exhibition.
SALZBURGER KUNSTVEREIN, AUSTRIA
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches
192 pp / 69 b&w and 43 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-05-2 · Retail Price: $29.95
La Photographie N’Est Pas L’Art
Photography is not art, proclaims Man Ray in the essay re-published here as an impeccable facsimile edition of the 1937 original. A pamphlet of loose sheets and 12 images, this publication re-visits an issue that was hotly controversial during the first half of the 20th century – Is Photography Art? – as examined in the influential Paris magazine L’Art. Despite the fact that Man Ray’s provocative works were among the photographs generally agreed by critics to be, in fact, art, Man Ray himself seems barely interested in considering the question. “There’s no point trying to find out if it’s an art,” he said. “Art is a thing of the past. We need something else. You’ve got to watch light at work. It’s light that creates. I sit down in front of my sheet of photographic paper and I think.”
January 2010 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches / 64 pp / 12 b/w
ISBN: 978-3-902675-30-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Karijn Kakebeeke and Eefje Blankevoort
There’s no more controversial subject in the United States these days than immigration, legal or illegal. Americans can learn from this multi-layered exhibition catalog, in which photographer Karijn Kakebeeke and journalist Eefje Blankevoort spend 18 months following the lives of a group of refugees who win an immigration lottery in The Netherlands. Part socio-documentary, part anthropology, part political commentary, the book uses photography, texts and interviews to show how our world in turmoil uproots people’s lives, and to ask whether anyone can really begin anew. Kakebeeke and Blankevoort address the opportunities and joy of the refugees but also the disappointments and the nostalgia for the lives they left behind. Did the refugees really win the jackpot?
August 2011 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches / 256 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-039-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Be My Guest
2007 / English & German / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 79 pp / 61 color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-77-1 · Retail Price: $29.95
Rembrandt’s etched masterpieces of Christ preaching and healing. Text by curator and scholar A. Hyatt Mayor.
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95