When the painter Luciano Castelli began posing for the camera in the early 1970s, he adopted a variety of roles, acting out every conceivable facet of himself. In utter disregard of gender distinctions, he variously transformed himself into an androgynous mythical creature and a glam rock diva. His virtuoso, surreal self-portraits, so far published only in limited form, are of an undiminished vibrancy in their playful eroticism and darkly narrative thrust. They reveal a hitherto underrated aspect of Castelli’s ouevre, which now, several decades later, could well be seen in an entirely new light. Very much in the spirit of the French psychoanalyst and art critic Jean-Michel Ribettes, who already in 2001 read Castelli‘s expressive theatricality as a timeless phenomenon and critique of a puritan society: “Castelli‘s expressive theatricality is there to protest at the confusion of a gregarious, prudish, vilely mercantile period.”
ISBN: 978-3-905929-57-7 · Retail Price: TBA
Beauty Lies in the Eye
An exciting and atmospheric photographic document of the New York punk, no-wave and avant-garde music scene during its heyday. With her keen eye for drama, Catherine Ceresole captures them all on black-and-white film: David Byrne, John Zorn, Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Nick Cave, Black Flag, Lou Reed, Lydia Lunch, Glenn Branca, Christian Marclay and others. Additional photographs from the 1990s through 2013, an essay on the period, and conversations between Catherine Ceresole, Emmanuel Grandjean, Nicolas Ceresole and Francis Baudevin.
2015 / Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 312 pp / 786 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-43-0 · Retail Price: $65.00
Four Over One
An unusual artist’s book from Los Angeles-based artist Phil Chang explores ideas of economy and obsolescence. Created with designer Jonathan Maghen, this oversized, hard-cover volume is structured around Chang’s interest in how new outcomes arise from an antagonism between perceived and actual forms of value. The photographs that appear in the book were created using expired photographic materials exposed by an “out of date” archival book scanner – some observers might say they were all blank. Through a sparse display of color, black and white, and half-tone photographs, in conjunction with a restrained typographic treatment – that is, no words at all – the artist considers the roles of abstraction, methods of art production, rapidly changing technology and modes of distribution in our contemporary culture.
2010 / Hardcover / 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 41 color
ISBN: 978-0-87587-204-9 · Retail Price: $39.95
Diane Droin-Michaud, Anais Martane, Jacques Penhrin
2008 / Hardcover / 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
96 pp / 40 pp
ISBN: 978-3-936859-95-9 · Retail Price: $54.00
The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier
Peter Kayafas and Deborah Walk
The circus is in town! This exciting new volume showcases the thrilling circus photography of the American photographer Frederick W. Glasier, who photographed the circus during its 1890-1925 heyday. Now considered as masterful a chronicler of time and place as his contemporaries Atget and Sander, Glasier made photos which bring the three-ring pageant of the circus to life with an irresistible narrative rhythm. With 73 gloriously reproduced images from the 1,700 glass plate negatives from the collections of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art at Florida State University, informative anecdotal captions by the circus historian (and co-editor of this volume) Deborah Walk, and a fascinating essay by Luc Sante.
2009 / Hardcover / 12 x 12 1/ 2 inches / 168 pp / 73 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-87130-068-3 · Retail Price: $75.00
2004 / Paper foldout / 8 pp / 4 1/2 x 6 inches
ISBN: 0-87130-061-3 · Retail Price: $9.95
Beyond the Edge
In the work of photographer Thierry Colin, every picture definitely tells a story – a memory of happiness, an expression of anger, a message of shared humanity. In this beautifully printed, large-format book, these political and poetic photos from Colin’s travels in the Third World – from India to Morocco to Cuba – show, as the artist says, “the experience of what lies beyond the pictures.” Whether he’s shooting children in Phnom Penh as they rummage with rats on a garbage dump, or a stunning forest scene in Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve, Colin is doing what true artists do: letting us see the world through his eyes.
September 2008 / English, French & German
Hardcover / 11 x 11 1/2 inches / 136 pp / 92 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-936859-86-7 · Retail Price: $62.00
Transparent Stills of the 1920s and 1930s
Monika Faber & Walter Moser (Eds.)
In the 1920s and 1930s, motion pictures enjoyed a great popularity. To guarantee cinema’s visibility beyond the sphere of projection though, the help of its elder brother, photography, was called for. Color Lucency is the first book to explore a rare medium of film photography indebted to its day and, like film, relying on celluloid: brightly hand-colored stills owing their lucency to backlight illumination. Taken on the set, these mostly anonymous pictures were aimed at arousing the public’s visual curiosity in the lobbies of Vienna’s movie palaces and at encouraging them to purchase a ticket. Following the supposedly sharp dividing lines—between color and black and white, moving image and still, incident light and backlight—Roland Fischer-Briand’s text enters hitherto unexplored terrain. Fischer-Briand (b. 1975) is an art historian and senior curator of the Stills Collection of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna.
PHOTOINSTITUT, BONARTES, VIENNA
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 8 ¼ x 8 ¼ in. / 120 pp / 15 b&w and 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-37-3 · Retail Price: $20.00
Melting Point (Continued)
An extensive monograph/exhibition catalog on Stéphane Couturier, who is undeniably one of the most important French contemporary photographers, an influential presence on the international exhibition scene since the mid-1990s with his large-format, brilliantly elaborated photographic tableaux. His architecture photographs – inspired in particular by the aesthetics of Le Corbusier – and his cityscapes are the result of a special image construction that uses the media properties and possibilities of photography and film to create transitory states between documentation and fiction. Couturier asks engrossing questions about the nature of modernity. Images selected from series including Brasilia, Barcelone, Chandigarh, Couvent La Tourette, Itamarati and La Havane. Also includes documentation of the intense new multipart videos Brasilia and Seoul. Essay by Dr. Martin Hochleitner and Damien Sausset.
2011 / English, French & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 5/8 x 12 inches / 94 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-47-7 · Retail Price: $39.95
Out the Window [LAX]
2007 / Forum 02 / Softcover / 7 x 81/2 inches
80 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-0-9763166-2-6 · Retail Price: $19.95