Something in Between
It’s a surprise to see ultra-rad skateboard culture clothing manufacturer Carhartt underwriting an exhibition catalog of fine photography – except when the artist is skateboard punk chronicler and performance artist Sergej Vutuc. The young Bosnian artist started skateboarding before he was 10, using improvised equipment on the streets of the former Yugoslavia. Whether he’s following young skaters or elderly dancers on the streets of Germany or Pittsburg, he chronicles his surroundings with rare empathy in dynamic black and white photos. He doesn’t hesitate to scratch his prints, interfere with images, let things go blurry; it’s all part of the improvisational feel. Says Vutuc, “Tom Waits make me feel common. Make dead city more nice.”
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 9.5 inches / 104 pp / 70 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940953-62-9 · Retail Price: $49.95
In the wake of what has been referred to since the summer of 2015 as the refugee crisis, the term “upper limit” was introduced into the Austrian domestic political debate as both a theoretical and factual notion. Austrian photographer Christian Wachter’s new artist’s book moves silently through loosely edited color photographs of European Christian churches alongside flocks of birds and atmospheric tracings in the Algerian skies. There are no texts or artist comments, just the quiet sequencing allowing a very personal conversation to begin. In his new work, Wachter wonders whether “in the dispute over the right of asylum it might not be better to relate that upper limit to top incomes and assets?” Also embraced in the concept of the book is a network of formal levels of meaning, referencing on the one hand the contrapuntal music form of the fugue (Lat. fuga—i.e., flight, running away), and on the other, widespread fears relating to differences in religious beliefs and cultures.
February 2017 / German only / Hardcover
6 ⅔ x 9 ¾ in. / 103 pp / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-34-2 · Retail Price: $35.00
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95
Photography from China and the Netherlands
This far-ranging exhibition catalog combines the works of Chinese and Dutch artists looking at our consumption-driven world. The traveling exhibition (which includes a website) appeared in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, covering a vast variety of topics ranging from economic growth to the environment, from energy production to capital flows, from migration to consumption. In our globalized world, all these phenomena are linked and we have a trans-national, shared responsibility to cope with them. Although WATW is not overtly political, the montage of the artists’ works and projected info-graphics provide realtime data such as how many days are left until the end of oil, or the world’s daily CO2 emissions. An ambitious book about an ambitious – and vital – project. Featured artists include Jin Jiangbo, Song Chao, Zhao Liang, Jacqueline Hassink, Frank van der Salm, Ad van Denderen besides many more. Essays by Stephanie Tung, Tsai Meng, Bas Vroege, Louise O. Fresco and Menno van der Veen.
2010 / English & Chinese / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 284 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-020-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
The Vienna Project
2008 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches / 400 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-89-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
Imagine pure form captured as light on paper – it’s almost indescribable, yet those are the photograms of Austrian photographer Werner Schnelle. In this book’s high-quality, large-format duplex prints, the viewer can appreciate the detail and subtlety of Schnelle’s contact prints and process engravings that conjure up the Bauhaus, Moholy-Nagy and the “Construct” movement in Europe. Insightful commentaries by Margit Zuckriegl and Kurt Kaindl provide an insight into a photographic approach which has been embraced by only a small group of fine art photographers.
January 2010 / Hardcover / 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
267 pp / 200 b/w and color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-26-2 · Retail Price: $49.95
In Henk Wildschut’s powerful new book, he uses makeshift shelters to document the lives of migrants – whether they’re known as refugees, asylum-seekers or illegal immigrants – who have traveled many miles to Europe but whose journey is still unfinished. Wildschut’s photos show the remarkably inventive encampments built of waste materials in which these travelers exist, capturing the way in which this basic necessity of life shows the underlying story of violence, fear, political manipulation, desire, courage, sadness and anxiety. In focusing on the individuality of these dwellings – an incongruously colorful quilt, a plastic tent in a field of snow – Wildschut allows viewers to see these lives vividly, to transcend what he calls “the platitude of photography.” Full-color photos, a rich essay and a beautiful fold-out cover.
2011 / Softcover / 9.5 x 13.5 inches / 112 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-034-1 · Retail Price: $49.95
In today’s culture of obsession with “organic,” “biodynamic,” and “fair trade,” what does the food landscape actually look like? Chosen for the 15th edition of Document Nederland, a joint award by the Rijksmuseum and NRC Handelsblad newspaper that asks photographers to highlight a current social phenomenon, Henk Wildschut set out to understand contemporary food production in the Netherlands. He immersed himself in modern farming, vegetable breeders and cultivators, stock farms, hatcheries, fish farms, laboratories, inspection bodies and suppliers of abattoir equipment. Theirs is a squeaky-clean realm in which the world of Food is often a far cry from food itself. Already hailed by Martin Parr as one of the best photo books of the year, Food is a must-have for all devoted photo book collectors. The accompanying catalog to the Rijksmuseum exhibition and a follow-up to Wildschut’s acclaimed book Shelter (2011).
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 inches
144 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-074-7 · Retail Price: $65.00
Pareidolia is the phenomenon of perceiving things that don’t exist in inanimate objects, such as human faces on the moon or animal heads in rocks. Over the years, the Swiss painter and writer Jean Willi (b. 1945) has photographed rocks that appear to have faces, discovering a realm of stone apparently teeming with petrified “souls.” Often it’s just the sunlight tracing patterns on the rock or only two dark spots like eyes, which the viewer fashions into a face in his or her mind’s eye. Underlying Willi’s photographic record of this phenomenon is a questioning of our so-called reality: what do we actually perceive and what do we unconsciously alter to form into something familiar? Many of the faces in Steingesichter seem so real that it’s hard to believe their features are drawn only by nature and the play of light with no rearranging of rocks or photographic retouching.
May 2017 / English & German / Softcover
8 ½ x 5 ¾ in. / 208 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-34-0 · Retail Price: $40.00
The Portrait in Contemporary Photography
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl & Stephan Berg (Eds.)
Contemporary portrait photography is a great forum for reinvention. With Different Eyes presents a wide range of aesthetic approaches to photographic portraiture ranging from documentary to staged to abstract. Curators Gabriele Conrath-Scholl and Gefan Gronert from Kunstmuseum, Bonn, and SK Kulturstiftung, Cologne, respectively, have selected almost 300 portraits from their collections for this hefty exhibition catalog. From SK, portraits by international artists with a conceptual or stylistic connection to their August Sander holdings complement the historic and contemporary photographs, focusing on portraiture in Germany 1990 to the present, from the Kunstmuseum. Artists represented include Ute Behrend, Annette Kelm, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Charles Frèger, Pepa Hristova, Hiroh Kikai, Albrecht Tübke, Diane Arbus, Jim Dine, Francesco Neri, Judith Joy Ross, Thomas Ruff, August Sander, Rosalind Solomon, Peter Hugo, Katja Stuke, Christopher Williams, Bernhard Fuchs, Jitka Hanzlova, Katharine Bosse, Clegg and Guttmann and others. A fascinating look at the evolution of photographic portraiture over almost a century of time.
SK KULTURSTIFTUNG, COLOGNE
KUNSTMUSEUM BONN, GERMANY
May 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ½ x 11 ¾ inches / 352 pp / 280 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-158-7 · Retail Price: $55.00