Fabienne Eggelhöfer & Monica Lutz
Hair salons are curious little worlds and their window-dressing an art unto itself— fascinating, perplexing, risible and often divorced from the core business itself. Showcased in this collection of 360 images assembled by editors Eggelhöfer and Lutz are veritable gems of eccentric aesthetics: a window adorned with Corinthian columns, fishing nets and shells; colorful life preservers during the summer season; or photos of Miss Switzerlands, past and present. But what could Swiss hairdressers possibly be thinking when they place a nibbled pinecone and a wooden hedgehog (half of whose spines are broken) on a Styrofoam pedestal in the window? The sheer diversity of hair salons’ one-off productions is unrivaled in any other line of retail business. That such a decorative culture should survive into the age of professional branding is but one more reason to devote a whole book to this bizarre phenomenon.
February 2016 / Hardcover
7 x 5 inches / 360 pp / 360 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-92-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
No one’s going to accuse appropriation artist-photographer ichael Schäfer of trying to deceive anyone with his photo montages. The manipulation of images is obvious in the witty works featured in this exhibition catalog: Schafer chops the heads off political figures and replaces them with movie stars, making a powerful statement about the meaning of a public identity. Take away the persona and what’s left? In the two bodies of works featured, Berlin-based Schäfer uses computer-aided photo montage as a content-based image strategy. In one group, pupils at an elite boarding school put on business outfits and the camera catches them acting out expected social roles. In another, the artist re-stages press photos of politicians and business people, showing their essential isolation.
August 2011 / English & German
Hardcover / 7 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches / 128 pp / 81 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-50-7 · Retail Price: $45.00
May 2004, English and German text
Hardcover, 12 x 10 3/4 inches
72 pp, 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-901756-41-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
2007 / English & German / Hardcover
10 x 12 1/2 inches / 80 pp / 55 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-69-5 · Retail Price: $45.00
Nikolaus Schletterer’s photographic imagery can be seen as a conceptual engagement with the ontology or history of apparatus-assisted perception— from premodern machines to contemporary photography, filmmaking and screen culture. Suspended, the work exhibited at the Manifesta 8 biennial in Spain, is about processing appropriated imagery and examining its reducibility to the bare essentials. Ironically, the artist’s process begins with raw images collected from the Internet. This radical “distillation” process generates the final abstract images, seductive and completely reinterpreted. For the first time, this series is being reproduced accompanied with essays by Lauren Mele, Alfredo Cramerotti and Andrej Siclodi.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 12 3/4 inches / 143 pp / 105 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-73-6 · Retail Price: $49.95
Places Gaze Landscape
2003 / English and German / Hardcover with dust jacket / 11 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
128 pp / 80 b&w and color
ISBN: 3-901756-34-5 · Retail Price: $54.00
Photographer Michael Schmidt’s latest obsession is the mechanized, industrialized food system of contemporary Western culture. Using his trademark style combining social documentary and urban topographics, he explores the fascinating topic of how we feed ourselves, from the farm to the table (or the fast-food restaurant). This impeccably produced book, clothbound, embossed and slipcased, is a series of images only – no text – that looks at the processes and residue of the food system in Europe. The images are arresting, and the subject matter urgent, whether it’s a huge pile of discarded food or the details of turning nutrition into big business.
April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
12.5 x 11.75 inches / 264 pp / 174 b/w and color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-93-3 · Retail Price: $175.00
2006 / English & German text / Hardcover
11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches / 140 pp / 67 full pg duotone
ISBN: 3-936859-18-3 · Retail Price: $105.00
1972—At Home and on the Way
In early 1972, Swiss filmmaker Iwan Schumacher (b. 1947) bought a Canon half-frame camera while teaching photography at an art school in South London. The small camera accompanied him everywhere he went for a year, resulting in a visual diary which strangely anticipates the way we take cell phone pictures today. His subjects include portraits of young friends and co-workers whose moods see-saw between elation and melancholy, a mother with her children and a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock along with dreamlike landscapes and light abstractions seen through car or train windows. Schumacher takes us on a very personal visual journey through his 124 pictures edited from the 3,000 images recorded throughout 1972. Ironically, after that year, he abandoned photography for a career in filmmaking. Schumacher’s early use of filmic sequencing engages the viewer in a very personal narrative of moments and memories frozen in time.
February 2017 / German only / Flexicover
7 ⅔ x 10 in. / 160 pp / 132 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-22-7 · Retail Price: $40.00
Exchange: Portraits with Artists
2008 / English & German / Softcover
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 124 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-9017556-94-8 · Retail Price: $39.95