Berlin-based artist Katja Eydel’s photography often focuses on environments or situations characterized by crisis. Gathered together in this extensively illustrated monograph are photographs from numerous series she produced over the past 10 years including Long Jumpers (1993/2000), What If I Could Be Anything (2004), Model v Sembol: The Invention of Turkey (2005), Habitus (2011) and others dealing with communities and their fringes, proxies and symbolic representations as manifested, for example, in forms of protest or religious garments. Eydel uses her camera to look not only at what is being photographed but the context and political environment in which her subjects are effected. Insightful essays by artist Ariane Muller on “The Subjective,” art historian Clemens Krummel on “Self-Reflectivity,” to theorist Kathrin Peters on “Spaces of Governance” and critic and curator Helmut Draxler on “The Formation of Habit” explore the social structures and spatial logic of images in Eydel’s thoughtful work.
January 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 9 x 11 1/4 inches
184 pp / 5 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-058-4 · Retail Price: $38.00
Model ve Sembol. The Invention of Turkey
Modern Turkey, teetering on the brink of entry into the European Union for several years now, invented itself after World War I, trying to create a new national political identity through radical Westernization. Based on a photographic project by Katja Eydel, this extensively illustrated book documents the visionary and utopian framework underlying the formation of modern Turkey almost a century ago, and the much more complicated social reality of the current state. Several engrossing essays discuss the comprehensive integration of architecture and new media (such as photography), in an attempt to convince the Turks and the outside world of the dynamism of the newly created republic. A fascinating approach to political and social history.
2007 / Softcover / 8 x 9.75 inches
184 pp /120 b&w and 126 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-16-0 · Retail Price: $30.00
Portraits in Contemporary Photography
October 2002, Exhibition catalog
Softcover with dust jacket, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
110 pp, 90 b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 3-901756-30-2 · Retail Price: $29.95
The richly embroidered photographs presented in Sequence, the new artist’s book from artist Sissi Farassat, are a unique combination of Persian and Viennese art and design influences. Born in Tehran in 1969, Farassat moved with her family to Vienna in 1978. Her largely autobiographical works reveal her personal history not only in their imagery but in their technique of hand-weaving—in this case with thread, sequins or semiprecious stones, into her analog color photographs, or embroidering their reverse sides with the image’s silhouette. Encountering Farassat’s works, one quickly sees that hundreds of hours have been spent weaving threads as one might a carpet, thus slowing down the instantaneous photographic process and changing what is traditionally a multiple into a unique object. Text by New York-based visual artist and photographer Daniel Blochwitzco on the artist’s process and 38 color images complete this slender and elegant book.
Hardcover / 7 3/4 x 9 inches
80 pp / 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-97-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
2004 / English & German / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 64 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 3-936859-03-5 · Retail Price: $35.00
Since 1982 Günther Förg has devoted himself to large format photography alongside the paintings he is best known for. The Kunsthalle Bremen recently compiled Förg’s extensive photographic oeuvre for exhibition and the publication of this impressive catalog. In total, this presentation creates a eloquent picture of an important aspect of the artist’s career. Sequenced by Förg himself, the catalogue reads as an artist’s book, and an enticing engagement with photographic representation. The photographs capture a range of modern and classic European architecture from across the continent. The buildings Förg seeks are not without purpose, they are symbols of political engagement and remnants of a past lost. Förg captures the monumentality of these buildings, communicating this architecture as it seeps with a feeling of failed modernist utopia.
September 2006, English & German text
Exhibition catalog, Hardcover with dust jacket
9 x 12 7/8 inches
172 pp, 140 b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 3-936859-44-2 · Retail Price: $66.00
Photography as a Schooling Issue
Maren Gröning (Ed.)
From the Photoinstitut Bonartes’ ongoing series on photography, Frame and Focus addresses the issue of education in relation to photography in Germany, the United States, Croatia and France between 1900 and the present. Starting with the school Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt, founded by Austrian photochemist and photo historian Josef Maria Eder in Vienna in 1888, this reader explores important topics including the independence of photography from other disciplines, photography as art or applied technology, photography as science, hobby and profession, and, currently of the rampant exchange of images through mobile devices and the Internet, as a “de-skilled” activity. Created and edited by Vienna-based director of the Photoinstitut Bonartes, Monika Faber, with Maren Gröning, Ulrike Matzer, and director of photography Walter Moser of the Albertina Vienna. Contributors include Julia Blume, Michael R. Peres, Klaus Hentschel, André Gunthert, Rudolf Scheutle, Marija Tonkovic, Anne McCauley, Ann Thomas, John Fleetwood, Christine Frisinghelli, Walter Seidl and Alfred Holzbrecher.
PHOTOINSTITUT BONARTES, VIENNA
May 2016 / Softcover / 6 ¼ x 8 ½ inches
270 pp / 72 b&w and 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-14-4 · Retail Price: $35.00
I Am – Paradox Identity
Photographer Ilse Frech produces an innovative, unbound folio that gives a larger-than-life view of dozens of young Muslim women who live in the outer suburbs of Paris. Frech, whose other major projects include Russia Love and Family Document, interviewed and photographed women in their homes and at work to explore their relationships with their own religion and culture, with French culture, with their race, and with being young women. The intimate photographs and interview excerpts compile a ménage of individuals who lead, in many ways, dual lives. Waves of immigration in Europe have led to greater diversity and wrenching confrontation; this deeply human collection of photographs combats stereotypes of Muslims and Muslim culture.
2009 / Softcover / 91/ 2 x 13 1/2 inches / 112 pp / 112 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-107-3 · Retail Price: $65.00
[Manzanar] Architecture Double
A richly illustrated display of history, memory, and the contingencies of remembrance. Photographer Andrew Freeman’s [Manzanar] Architecture Double is a work based on mapping, tracing and recovering through photography the buildings which originally made up Manzanar, the notorious Japanese-American internment camp in California’s Owens Valley. At the end of World War II, the federal government moved quickly to dismantle the camp, selling off hundreds of the barracks to anyone who would move them to another location. But even though the camp itself “disappeared,” the buildings live on. Manzanar documents the current condition and location of many buildings used at the camp, and in the process expresses how man indelibly layers the land with history, landscape and architecture. As Matthew Coolidge, director at the Center of Land Use and Interpretation, writes, “Each of the buildings is an architectural face that speaks of the assimilation of this dark side or the American story.“
The Center for Land Use Interpretation
November 2006 / Hardcover / 11 x 9 inches
128 pp / 7 b&w and 54 color
ISBN: 978-0-9897315-0-8 · Retail Price: $42.00
This catalog extensively and lavishly surveys the work of photographeracademic Thomas Freiler, whose inventive and unorthodox work grows out of Kandinsky and van Doesburg’s concept of “concrete art.” This abstractionist trend—still vigorous today—proposes an autonomous inner organization in painting and plastic art independent of the external visual reality. Freiler’s photograms are made without a camera, using techniques that involve a minimum of tools and a variety of lightsensitive materials and chemicals. Made using techniques that date back to the very beginnings of photography, the images have an expressive, timeless quality. In color and black and white, many of the images mix media to add to the depth of the art.
August 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 160 pp / 50 b&w and 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-51-4 · Retail Price: $59.95