As Time Goes By
1982 1988 1997 2014
Swiss artist-photographer Barbara Davatz’s As Time Goes By is now considered a classic, with its frontal black-and-white images of a dozen pairs of young people looking straight at the camera against a light gray studio backdrop. In 2014, 32 years after having taken the very first pictures of her subjects, Davatz resumed this long-term conceptual project shot in Zürich with a new round of portraits of the same cast of characters. The project now covers three generations, their ranks swelled over the years with the addition of 14 children and several grandchildren. Without revealing any personal information, the series narrates the separations, aging and loss, growth of families and the inheritance of family traits over time, creating a portrait not only of people but of changing times. Davatz casts a sober but sympathetic eye on the personal and collective details of her subjects in this straightforward yet epic narrative.
FOTOSTIFTUNG SCHWEIZ, SWITZERLAND
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German / Hardcover
10 ¾ x 13 inches / 168 pp / 89 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-79-9 · Retail Price: $80.00
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
GIORGIO DI NOTO
Italian photographic artist Giorgio di Noto (b. 1980) takes a journey into the dark side of the web for his fascinating new body of work, The Iceberg. Few know that the worldwide web we use daily represents only a small percentage of what is available on the Internet. Known as the “darknet,” the deep web is made up of an encrypted and constantly evolving anonymous network, a lawless no-man’s land where anything goes and nothing is traceable, and where illicit online businesses proliferate. Some items are so controversial that only the use of an ultraviolet light applied to the computer screen reveals their content. In di Noto’s provocative publication, this controversial world is brought to light in over 70 images lifted from assorted illegal websites. In keeping with the surreptitious nature of the content, select images are printed with invisible ink requiring the use of an ultraviolet light to be viewed. Di Noto, currently studying philosophy at La Sapienza in Rome, brings the viewer face-to-face with the veiled realities we face in today’s world.
October 2017 / Hardcover
6 ½ x 9 ¾ in. / 128 pp / 76 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-39-5 · Retail Price: $70.00
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
EILEEN COWIN, WORK 1971-1998
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