Simone Demandt has proved that he is a master in his field: a psychologically insightful and technically skilled photographer. And yet everything is different about the photographs in this series. Instead of traditional portraits, one finds rows of confiscated objects and collected evidence. Instrumenta Sceleris, the artist’s newest book and exhibition catalog, documents objects sequestered in police crime rooms, silent witnesses of a past unidentified crime. Working quickly and fastidiously to expose and index these politically charged items, Demandt improvised a studio setup and lighting; each machete, handgun or broken beer bottle was placed in the same white box and then excruciatingly documented to perfection. The result is a chilling sequence of images that leave room for expansive interpretation. Demandt’s new catalog comes on the heels of his recent survey catalog by Hatje Cantz. With texts by museum director Harald Siebenmorgen, Katrin Lorbeer and media theorist Peter Weibel.
BADISCHES LANDESMUSEUM KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 104 pp / 63 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-083-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
Long one of the world’s most tragic perpetual war zones, the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus was divided into two sections in the 1970s: the Turkish-occupied north is Moslem, and the Greek south is Greek Orthodox. In these evocative color photographs, Berlin-based artist Johanna Diehl shows us the surreal results of the partition that disrupted a couple of thousand years of human history as Cypriots rushed to move to the “right” side of the dividing line. Diehl’s photos of destroyed churches and mosques, left to deteriorate, floors of churches covered in carpets for Moslem prayer, mosques defaced by graffiti, have a rigor that at first recalls the Becher School. Her precise eye for minimal formal details reveals the collective fate of the people she never shows. With an essay by the German art historian Miriam Paeslack, who lectures at the University of Buffalo, NY.
2011 / Hardcover / 11 x 13 7/8 inches / 76 pp / 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-28-6 · Retail Price: $59.95
1998, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover, 9 x 6 1/4 inches
112 pp, 83 duotone reproductions
ISBN: 3-7212-0522-7 · Retail Price: $65.00
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95
The creation of seamless illusion without jarring disruptions of cinematic space or time remains the driving tenet of Hollywood cinema. The preservation of this order, called continuity, is John Divolas focus in this striking book. Divola creates haunting installations of fictive reality through his use of original still photographs of Warner Bros. film sets from the 1930s which he has collected. Divided into such subject categories as Hallways, Broken Furniture, and Evidence of Aggression, these images display a glorious formal beauty (made possible by the use of 8?10 negatives) as well as the solid intellectual grounding one finds in the best conceptual art. Essay by Edward Dimendberg.
SMART ART PRESS, LOS ANGELES
1997 / Softcover / Series V. III, No. 34
10 x 12 in. / 72 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9630785-4-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Starting in the 1970s, Austrian artist Peter Dressler (1942–2013) was instrumental in shaping the new vision of contemporary Austrian photography. An active artist, lecturer, collector and critical participant in the arts community, Dressler influenced generations of young photo-based artists. In recognition of his long career, a major retrospective show at the Kunsthaus Wien (November 2016 – March 2017) and accompanying catalog has been assembled. This long anticipated survey catalog, filled with b&w and color reproductions along with archival documents encompasses his photographic oeuvre, from his earliest works to his later performative series. With vibrant wit, Dressler inserted himself into found and invented scenarios to bring them to life, teasing out art-historical as well as social implications and highlighting the peculiarities of human behavior. Accompanying essays by Christine Frisinghelli, Rainer Iglar, Bettina Leidl, and Michael Maurache.
KUNST HAUS WIEN, AUSTRIA
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 ¼ x 12 ¼ in. / 184 pp / 94 b&w and 112 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-41-0 · Retail Price: $42.00
Photo Concepts 1970 —›
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl & Wim van Sinderen (Eds.)
For the first time an extensive retrospective catalog covering more than four decades of work by conceptual Dutch artist/photographer Hans Eijkelboom (b. 1949) has been released. The catalogue includes 60 series with nearly 3,500 photographs spread across almost 400 pages. Eijkelboom’s discipline has long been part of the 1970s conceptual art movement where his early sequential works were exhibited along side artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jan Diebets and Robert Smithson. Eijkelboom, who considers the streets of major international cities to be his studio, relentlessly scrutinizes human identity. His subjects—men, women, young adults, children—speak via their appearances. His work evinces a deep wit and obsession with culture, fashion and the photographic image. His use of indexing and grouping creates visual experiences that at first glace reference Muybridge and the Tim Study work but morph into something much more complex. Essays by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Wim van Sinderen, Gerrit Willems, and Dieter Roelstraete. Photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur Cologne, and Fotomuseum Den Haag (2016) hosted the exhibitions.
KULTUR COLOGNE FOTOMUSEUM
DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS SNOECK, GERMANY
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English, Dutch & German
Flexicover / 11 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 400 pp / 3,500 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-189-1 · Retail Price: $55.00
Still (and all)
2000, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
40 pp, 9 b&w and 52 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-893900-01-0 · Retail Price: $22.00
Until now, Walker Evans’ legendary 1971 interview with Eakins Press founder Leslie Katz has been unavailable, except in anthologies. In Incognito, a new, limited-edition tribute to the great American photographer, Eakins Press Foundation has finally reprinted this candid interview, in which Evans speaks freely about his photography and philosophy with his longtime friend Katz. The eight photographs included were selected by Evans himself to illustrate pivotal moments in his career. This buckram-bound edition, with luscious tritone prints and letterpress-printed text, is truly a masterpiece of the printer’s and book binder’s art.
1995 / Hardcover / 6 x 12 inches
42 pp / 8 tritone reproductions
ISBN: 978-0-87130-057-7 · Retail Price: $75.00
A Gallery of Postcards
2000 / Aluminum display box / 5 3/4 x 4 inches
8 tri-tone postcards
ISBN: 0-87130-060-5 · Retail Price: $25.00