Of all the performance artists who use their body as a subject, none is more original or just plain funnier than New York-based Austrian artist Maria Petschnig. Deeply influenced by the outrageous Viennese Actionist movement, no one today is more likely to make viewers squirm with discomfort as she turns breasts, genitalia and fat into carnival-funhouse faces and mysteriously icky lumps. This book, an overview of Petschnig’s video and photo works of recent years, looks at how the artist uses clothing to re-frame her body parts, creating images that are not what they seem at first glance. Underneath it all, Petschnig seriously addresses issues of beauty, sexuality, identity and voyeurism, unafraid of becoming grotesque to make her points about the uses and abuses of the female body. With essays in English and German.
2011 / Softcover / 6.5 x 8.5 inches
68 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-9502046-2-9 · Retail Price: $22.00
Chechez la Femme
Zurich artist Walter Pfeiffer presents us with more than 100 portraits of women in his book Cherchez la femme! Most of these photographs are being published for the first time and show a new facette to Walter Pfeiffer’s rich oeuvre. Pfeiffer celebrates his quest for beauty and glamour with sophistication, irony, and wit. He guides you through a world residing between reality and reverie, snapshot and mise-en-scène. With simple means he creates intelligent and classic images of beauty and bliss, imbued with a wistful awareness of their artifice. Stylish, suggestive, and erotic, his images create an encyclopedia of desire.
2007 / Hardcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches / 188 pp / 133 color
ISBN: 978-3-905509-66-3 · Retail Price: $69.95
Nature De Luxe
An American who grew up in Arizona, Andrew Phelps camped out as a child in search of adventure. Then he moved to Europe and discovered a place where “the world of the camper is one of comfort, predictability and a desperate attempt at a home away from home; the wilderness is avoided at all cost.” These oddly lyrical photos of permanent campgrounds in Austria turn the American idea of camping on its head, with the kind of permanent detail - a vase of flowers on a window sill, a satellite dish, a trellis festooned with vines - that you’d never see on a trailer or tent that was meant to be portable. Phelps has an eye for the juxtaposition of nature and domesticity, enjoying the image of the manicured lawn by the lake, or the swimming pool under the pines. Wonderful social commentary in a full-color book.
April 2006, English and German text
Hardcover with dust jacket
108 pp, 93/4 x 8 inches
Full -color reproductions
ISBN: 3-7025-0492-3 · Retail Price: $39.95
34 Years in the Grand Canyon
cubic feet/sec is a visual diary by American photographer Andrew Phelps documenting nine boat trips through the Grand Canyon with his father between 1979 and 2013. Over the course of 34 years, his cameras recorded thousands of images but time is thrown out the window when Phelps edits this archive to tell the story of one trip through the canyon. The title alludes to the flow of time as two lives journey through this beautiful, ancient landscape that remains the same as Andrew and his father grow older. Phelps, who currently lives in Salzburg, Austria, has published 12 photography books since 2004 exploring the contemporary landscape in an ever-changing world. cubic feet/ sec is the second book published with his father, their first collaboration being Point Sublime (Fotohof, 2012). With texts by Andrew Phelps and Brent Phelps.
October 2015 / Softcover
7 x 9 inches / 112 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-12-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 31 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-063-2 · Retail Price: $35.00
Golden Days Before They End
Viennese photographer Klaus Pichler and writer Clemens Marschall have paired their talents to investigate the characters and atmosphere of Vienna’s neighborhood working-class bars, called Branntweinner. Small drinking places that open early in the morning, these dens—as the customers refer to them—are places where time seems to have stopped and regulars create tight-knit families. Passing by, you might hear loud laughter, glimpse a fight or even witness a stabbing between friends, all occuring during a daily drinking session. In this intimate photo essay Pichler’s raw, graphic and dark images of the bar’s inhabitants, the daily grind and occasional bar drama and Marschall’s poignant interviews with the owners form a brutal portrait of people with little to live for and familial ties that have long been lost. Pichler has been recognized for his award-winning photo documentaries and Marschall for his writings and publications on contemporary popular culture.
October 2016 / Hardcover
11 ¼ x 9 in. / 250 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-06-7 · Retail Price: $53.00
LIVES OF THE UNHOLY
Contemporary photographer and art historian Krzysztof Pijarski is not interested in making narrative images of a place; instead he strives to represent how cultures define themselves through the layering of history and alteration of its artifacts. Lives of the Unholy, Pijarski’s first book translated into English, is a visual archaeology of the city of Warsaw in which he looks closely at Polish monuments that were destroyed during times of political transformation. Reproduced are small black-and-white details of the monuments—not large enough to define their time and purpose but compelling enough to mark the effects of changing times and political agendas. Leaning on the archive theory of towering figures such as Jacques Derrida, Pijarski attempts through his own photographs to capture what he calls the hieroglyphs of Warsaw’s postwar utopian planning.
July 2014 / Hardcover
5 1/4 x 8 inches / 144 pp / 117 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902675-92-7 · Retail Price: $39.95
“I discovered two strips of negatives in a drawer, in my parents’ house.” So begins Mark Pimlott’s In Passing, a book of photographs as memoir investigating “junctions in time.” Photos from those two strips of negatives made when the Montreal-born artist/architect, was 12 years old set the stage for a book.” Fundamental and fleeting perceptions revealed the World to me,” the artist writes. “I saw meaning embedded in spaces and objects: their forms held the key to understanding both the human impulse, the World, and one’s place in it.” The almost mythic black and white and color photos, gorgeously reproduced, span the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairie, the 1960s paradox of suburban banality and futurism, light captured in spaces both personal and anonymous.
2010 / Softcover / 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches / 160 pp / 88 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-16-8 · Retail Price: $49.95
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