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ANDOR VON BARSY

Photographer in Rotterdam 1927-42

Though known mostly for his films, the German-Hungarian photographer Andor von Barsy’s (1899 – 1965) began in 1930 to take dynamic photos of the harbors of Rotterdam, aiming his camera at cranes and bridges to capture a dynamic image of modern steel construction. This groundbreaking exhibition catalog commemorates the first public showing ever of these vital, almost-abstract photos from the eye of an early modern artist. Von Barsy’s best-known movies (such as 1928’s De stad die nooit rust and 1930’s experimental Hoogstraat) are featured at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011. The impeccably printed catalog includes around 100 photographs, with an introduction by art historian and critic Frits Gierstberg, head of exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6.75 x 8.25 inches / 120 pp / 100 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-26-7 · Retail Price: $39.95

Delphine Bedel

All that Is Solid Melts into Air – Notes on Tourism

Episode Publisher, The Netherlands
2008 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
56 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-5973-072-4 · Retail Price: $42.00

CHARIF BENHELIMA

Harlem on My Mind – I was, I am

Living in Harlem from 1999-2002, Belgian-Moroccan photographer Charif Benhelima creates this personal and powerful document of Harlem, degraded and almost deserted, a landscape of spattered walls, shadowy figures, dirty streets and battered buildings. Using Polaroid 600 film and camera (and occasionally a red filter), the photographer composes works that speak to the continuing condition of African Americans in today’s United States – yet also uplift the viewer with their originality and almost prayerful spirituality. The title of this exhibition catalog by the highly regarded Benhelima recalls the Metropolitan Museum’s overly rosy Harlem on my Mind show in 1967, but this body of work provides a compelling counterpoint for the 21st century.

SNOECK, GERMANY
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8.25 x 10 inches / 80 pp / 39 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-70-4 · Retail Price: $49.95

JUTTA BENZENBERG

Ahead with the Past

The poverty-stricken nation of Albania was the most mysterious of Iron Curtain countries; closed-off to visitors, it was governed by ruthless dictators who were followers of Chairman Mao. But in the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, even Albania has changed dramatically. Twenty years after their first collaboration, German-born socio-documentary photographer Jutta Benzenberg and Albanian author Ardian Klosi look again at this perplexing country through photographs and narration that balances sensitivity and subtle humor with the occasional flash of ruthlessness. Benzenberg has been documenting Albania since she photographed prisons and migrants in 1991, but her archive was destroyed by fire in 2007. In this beautifully produced book, she begins again, like the Albanians, with determination.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
2011 / Hardcover / 11.25 x 9.75 inches
144 pp / 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-45-3 · Retail Price: $65.00

JÜRGEN BERGBAUER

Studies After Nature

A formidable student of perception, German photographer/artist Jürgen Bergbauer presents photographs of “objects” (that is, rocks) found on the side of the road. Bergbauer organized these “objects,” 157 of them to be exact, by composition and utility, and then made 665 photographs of them, digitally isolating them from their backgrounds, turning them into “modules” that can be placed differently in space. A step away from traditional photography, these works allow for different kinds of perception-as graphic, simulation or icon placed on an empty storage space. Bergbauer is at the beginning of his career; this hardcover will surely be the first of many interesting studies. This book rocks!

Fotohof Editions, Austria
2009 / English & German / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 70 pp / 48 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-902675-18-7 · Retail Price: $49.95

WOUT BERGER

When I Open My Eyes

For over thirty-five years, Wout Berger has lived on the IJsselmeer, a freshwater lake in central Netherlands. It is the first thing he sees each morning and his artistic subject matter, besides the landscape and atmosphere of his daily life. From a tripod fixed by his bedroom window, Berger began to photograph whatever he saw. First recorded were the differences—every sailboat, every spectacular sunset, but, eventually the project became more refined. Berger began to capture the amorphous shapes of waves, fog, rain and clouds fading into the photographic surfaces. Recalling both Impressionist light studies and Olafur Eliasson’s photo series of his home country of Iceland, Berger’s subject, however exquisite and incandescent, eventually morphs from the IJsselmeer to the imperceptible transitions between the photographs themselves.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
January 2013/ Softcover/ 9 1/2 x 12 inches/
130 pp/ 64 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-75-0 · Retail Price: $42.00

The Big Top

Eakins Press Foundation, New York
2004 / Paper foldout / 8 pp / 4 1/2 x 6 inches
12 tri-tone
ISBN: 0-87130-064-8 · Retail Price: $9.95

NICOLE BLAFFERT AND FRANZ WAMHOF

JHQ

Städtisches Museum Schloss Rheydt (Ed.)

JHQ, short for “Joint Headquarters,” designates the merger of various military general staffs of NATO and the British armed forces in Germany. The complex, built between 1952-1954 and scheduled to close in 2013, resembles a small town. German photographers Nicole Blaffert and Franz Wamhof lived at the JHQ over a period of two months, recording the architecture, landscape and people, and resulting in an intimate photographic document in the tradition of Atget and Evans. JHQ details the dissolution of a Cold War relic before our eyes. Additional texts from V&A Museum Senior Curator of Photographs, Martin Barnes.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
April 2013/ German & English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 12 x 9 3/4 inches/ 128 pp/ 9 b&w, 64 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-82-8 · Retail Price: TBA

BLUE

Inventing the River Danube

Sophie Ristelhueber and Iosif Király
Fotohof Editions, Austria
2005 / Hardcover with dust jacket / 9 5/8 x 11 inches
228 pp / 200 b&w and color
ISBN: 3-901756-62-0 · Retail Price: $49.95

BOETTI BY AFGHAN PEOPLE: PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN 1990

Photographs by Randi Malkin Steinberger

Randi Malkin Steinberger

More than 15 years after Italian artist Alighiero Boetti’s death, 2011 marks the opening of a major international retrospective of the work of the Arte Povera master, sponsored by MoMA NY, the Tate Modern and Madrid’s Reina Sofia. Adding to the new appreciation of Boetti’s joyous work is this dazzling, multi-layered photo essay on the unseen story behind the making of his seminal arazzi (embroidered works). For the first time, the international web of artisans who made the arazzi comes into focus, through the work of American photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger.

In 1990, Steinberger traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, with Boetti’s blessing, to document how the Afghan refugee women realized the embroideries which Boetti had outlined. Steinberger, traveling with a Boetti assistant, followed “the journey of the cloths” into the craftswomen’s workrooms as they brought color to these spectacular works. When Steinberger returned to Rome, she and Boetti worked together to choose 55 color photographs for a future book. Now, two decades after the photos were taken, they are being published for the first time in this beautiful edition.

Boetti often said that he considered his art a way to communicate across the globe, and that the resulting works were owned as much by the women who realized the embroidery as by the artist himself. Now, their story is revealed, and their work can be celebrated as Boetti intended.

Included are texts by Steinberger, Boetti scholar Christopher G. Bennett, longtime Boetti assistant Andrea Marescalchi, and a conversation between Steinberger and Rome-based gallerist, Alessandra Bonomo.

R.A.M. Publications & Dist., Inc., Santa Monica
2011 / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches / 128 pp / 112 color
ISBN: 978-0-9703860-9-0 · Retail Price: $49.95