Metaphor Vietnam Present Memories
July 2005, Hardcover, 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
112 pp, 75 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-901756-57-4 · Retail Price: $45.00
Tichá (which means silence) is a border village in southern Bohemia, one wooded hillside away from where photographer Helmut Steinecker lives. In his simultaneously lush and restrained photographic essay Tichá, Steinecker conveys the aura of this formerly restricted zone along what was once the Iron Curtain and is now referred to as the Green Belt. He captures a sense of silent anticipation in his photographs of the village, the landscape and its ruins from almost half a century of a divided Europe, and captures the village—as the old bombedout buildings are removed one by one, beginning to settle into a new identity halfway between ruins and kitsch. Framed in a tactile green silk fabric cover Steinecker’s color images are both objectively concentrated and emotionally affecting. A narrative text by writer Thomas Ballhausen with recollections of the once ironclad threats opens up further dimensions in this eloquent photographic essay.
January 2015 / German & Czech
Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 11 inches
112 pp / 65 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-06-9 · Retail Price: $49.95
Marie-Isabel Vogel & Alain Rappaport (Eds.)
Maximilian Stejskal (1906–1991), an ethnologist and gymnastics teacher from Helsinki, carried out a study for his PhD thesis on “folk athletic” contests amongst Finland’s Swedish-speaking male rural population between 1929 and 1937, and then again in 1948. Each year, Stejskal set off on his green Italian bicycle with two bellows cameras and glass photographic plates in a rucksack across southeastern Finland and Finnish Estonia. He systematically collected images of fast-disappearing “folk athletics,” recording elderly farmers’ and craftsmen’s tales of the exercises and tests of strength and courage with which they proved their virility in their youth. Their sons, relatives and farmhands were asked to perform the exercises in front of Stejskal’s camera. This slender, oversized publication includes a selection of these bizarre and often humorous images, enlarged and reproduced as full bleeds with titles such as “Crawling away from your sins” and “Upend the apprentice,” making this a source book of strangely compelling performative imagery. With texts by Maximilian Stejskal, Marie-Isabel Vogel and Alain Rappaport in English and Swedish.
July 2016 / English & Swedish / Hardcover
9 ½ x 13 ¾ in. / 120 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-906803-02-9 · Retail Price: $50.00
Southern California’s modern landscape was formed by the automobile. This wide-ranging exhibition catalog examines how the automobile invaded the consciousness of Los Angeles artists in the late 1960s through the early 1980s, influencing every aspect of their art. From Ed Ruscha’s meditative celebration of the parking lot, to Darryl Curran’s sexually charged view of the gas station, to Jane O’Neal’s colorful street carnival, to Julian Wasser’s time-exposure approach to motion – here is an abundant buffet of the car-saturated essence of the Los Angeles landscape. For artists in the region, this was a pioneering moment that drew from the emergent sensibilities that informed New Topographics, embraced the unbridled nature of their art community, and internalized the unique street view that cemented the disparate geographies of Southern California.
August 2011 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 10 x 7 1/2 inches / 60 pp / 22 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-15-8 · Retail Price: $20.00
Photo Roman (2)
2006 / English & German / Hardcover
11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches / 128 pp / 409 color
ISBN: 3-901756-67-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
A mythic place of inspiration and production, the artist’s studio has long been a source of interest. Like Brancusi’s atelier preserved in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the environment, tools and objects that artists choose to surround themselves with help us feel closer to how the works came into being. In a very nontraditional or narrative way, young Austrian photographer Franz Bergmüller creates a kaleidoscope-like look into his studio world and the unique objects that fill his working environment. Full-page black-and-white plates of images taken at every possible angle create both a wonderful journey and intimate view into this artist’s creative process. Also included is a short but informative essay by Hildegard Fraueneder. A parallel iPad app can also be downloaded, if the still image experience is not quite enough.
September 2013, English & German
Softcover, 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches, 93 pp, 93 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902675-72-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Never Really There
The first exhibition catalog for emerging photographer/filmmaker Sebastian Stumpf explores the gaps in public space and the accessibility of pictorial space in various media. The video project documented in this catalog is part of a group called Leaving White Spaces, which are produced in different art institutions and then projected at the site of their production. There are also 28 photographs of Stumpf literally standing on doors and walls between the gaps of buildings in Tokyo. While there are clear signs of life, the only figure inhabiting these architectural spaces is Stumpf’s. The Leipzig-based artist, a student of renowned photographer Timm Rautert, is included in the upcoming 2010 Berlin Biennale. His photographs flash us back and forth between our lived experiences of cities and the possibilities available in the gaps.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 6 7/8 x 9 5/8 inches / 88 pp / 46 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-36-1 · Retail Price: $25.00
The Commercial Photography for Druzstevni Práce
2003 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 9 x 121/2 inches
93 pp / 56 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-952-5371-12-3 · Retail Price: $59.95
Rika Noguchi captures the abstract beauty of the everyday using the camera’s eye, through compositions the emphasize the otherworldliness of geometrical forms. The Sun, begun in 2005, depicts images recorded by shooting directly into the sun using the most primitive type of lens-less device for capturing images: the pinhole camera. The soft-focus glow of these works suggest the unknown the resides within the possibility of human experience. The series was included in the 2008 Carnegie International exhibition, as well as the Walked Art Center and the Jumex Collection in Mexico City. This limited edition book of 1500, featured in a custom slipcase, includes 36 color images, as well as a secret photographic image on the front cover using thermal-sensitive ink, brought only into exposure through ambient heat and light.
2010 / English & Japanese / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover w/ slipcase / 14 1/4 x 10 inches / 80 pp / 36 color
ISBN: 978-4-9004257-04-3 · Retail Price: $89.95
An entire generation has now passed since Germany’s reunification, and in this artist’s book Susanne Huth has gone in search of the East Germany of her childhood. The search is reflected in Huth’s fond photographs of the run-down remnants of the socialist housing project in which she grew up, and also in the sweet reproductions of the autograph album of her school days, which in a subtle way already hinted at political resistance. In an evocative essay, Berlin author Annett Gröschner explores the relationship between public and private, with a certain ironic nostalgia for the now-vanished German Democratic Republic girlhood she shared with Huth. This is Huth’s first book publication.
2011 / Hardcover / 5.75 x 7.75 inches
70 pp / 16 b&w and 48 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-43-9 · Retail Price: $29.95