In remembrance of the time when photography involved chemistry, mechanical cameras and an element of mystery, Vienna-based Austrian photographer and artist Matthias Herrmann (b. 1963) returns to the photo studio with an eye toward traditional still life. But these are not the perfect traditional flower-in-a-vase still lives by Robert Mapplethorpe or Irving Penn. Instead, Herrmann strews his images with professional photography equipment—various color filters and film packaging along with alluring studio lighting—in short, anything that says non-digital and reflecting on photography’s 150-year history of technique. Along with over 100 color and black-and-white images, Herrmann folds in a little writing and art—entries from his own journals; a poem by fellow artist, collaborator and friend AA Bronson, past member of General Idea; plus four exquisite watercolor portraits by Spanish artist Sito Mújica. “This is about the vanishing of classical photography as we knew it, symbolized in its packaging, paraphernalia and fetishes,” as Matthias Herrmann writes in one of his journal entries.
6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 128 pp / 3 b&w and 109 color
Retail Price: $40.00
There Was a Child Went Forth.
For Cuny Janssen’s (b. 1975) sixth publication with Snoeck Verlag, the internationally recognized Dutch photographic artist has chosen to title her new series after a famous Walt Whitman poem, “There Was a Child Went Forth.” Internationally known for her revealing portraits of children within their diverse native landscapes, Cuny presents the viewer with portraits of children from her own city of Amsterdam. In this threepart photo essay, she intertwines portraits of children with bucolic urban parks and neighborhoods. Janssen captures the tentative moment within her young subjects when naïveté is being replaced with worldly knowledge. Juxtaposing natural scenes with images of children pensive or playing in the midst of life, Cuny lulls the viewer into a dreamlike state. Once again the production and design of her limited-edition artist’s book enhances the content, with three separately bound soft folios housing over 100 lush color plates and bound in a delicate hard slipcase secured with a magnetic catch.
9 ¾ x 12 ¼ in. / 124 pp / 121 color
Retail Price: $130.00