Wilshire Boulevard is one of Los Angeles’s transportation lifelines, and as close as one gets in the sprawling metropolis to a Main Street. Running east-to-west from downtown to the ocean, Wilshire is a link from late-19th-century L.A. to the explosive growth of this city in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Fascinated by its history, New York– based photographer Adrian Gaut pays tribute to L.A.’s most famous strip in his unique framing of architectural details. Gaut’s photographs evoke the 100-year-plus of L.A.’s history and growth through rigorous documentation of the boulevard starting with One Wilshire in downtown L.A. and ending with traffic cones that divide the Pacific Coast Highway. In between—the Art Deco details of Miracle Mile, the 1980s reflective glass facades of Century City and the midcentury modern architecture omnipresent throughout the entire strip—is captured in over 100 color and black-and-white semi-abstract compositions. A brilliant way to mark a time and place in Southern California in the early 21st century.
8 ½ x 11 ¼ in. / 180 pp
100 b&w and 100 color
Retail Price: $50.00
Trapped is a massive illustrated book comprised of over 500 snapshots of domestic and exotic animals, mostly taken at night by automatically triggered “camera traps.” Originally taken for scientific purposes in various habitats and climatic zones, Swiss artist and professor, Alex Hanimann (b. 1955), gathers and presents these surreal compositions to raise questions about the authorship and use of digital pictures. By embedding them in the context of art, each highly idiosyncratic shot may be reassessed according to formal artistic criteria such as lighting, cropping and texture, apart from its original purpose of recording animal behavior at night. Despite Hanimann’s contemplative indexing, however, the viewer must grapple with the voyeuristic element of the process. Peering at animals at night in their natural habitats creates a feeling of almost paparazzi intrusion—a stark moment loaded with issues regarding human intervention in nature. With 350 pages overflowing with images, Trapped is engaging right to the end.
Softcover / 8 ¼ x 11 in. / 350 pp / 550 color
Retail Price: $60.00