NEW ARRIVALS +  01.12.13 Vol 9.54

Selected by Anne Wilkes Tucker as one of her Best Books of 2012, Pieter Hugo's There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a stark look at the faces of Hugo's friends by a digital process that manipulates his portrait sitters' skin pigmentation, exposing blemishes in the skin and more importantly, assumptions about race based on skin color. Tucker writes, "Printing was critical to success of this book in which Hugo portrays South African friends with faces blackened by his technical process, not just blackened, but depending on the pigment, sometimes seeming marred or modeled. The pictures are disquieting."

Still by Patrick Hogan was selected by Sputnik Photos Collective as one of their Best Books of 2012. Sputnik writes, "The book with four different covers (with option to choose one of them), a book where images sometimes appear twice — in their original form and elsewhere in a cropped, faded or fragmented form — like memories of the original photograph. The book is about memory, illusion, reality; with pre-dominant atmosphere of stillness and fragility."


Selected by Tony Cederteg as one of his Best Books of 2012, Car Crash Studies by Nicolai Howalt. Cedertag writes, "Who could've thought crashed cars could be so attractive in book form?" It's true — much like passing a car crash on the highway, we can't help but gawk at these stunning photographs of mangled metal, broken glass and deflated airbags. At times resembling abstract paintings, and at other times employing a documentary approach, Nicolai Howalt has produced a staggering edit of car crash photographs that simultaneously horrify and engross the viewer, reminding us of the fragility of life and the ubiquity of these death traps in our daily routines.

Also selected by Tony Cederteg as one of his Best Books of 2012, Matador by Nicolas Hosteing explores the theme of the hunter and the hunted in this small but stunning monograph. Julien Perez has provided the essay, contextualizing the book in the trope of old westerns in which the protagonist narrowly escapes death time and time again. After reading the intriguing essay, the book's title, Matador, sheds new light on the content of this book. Perhaps the matador in this book is not the protagonist but the deadly motorbike on which he rides off into the sunset.

Most Popular of All Time by Gordon MacDonald & Clare Strand was selected by Aaron Schuman as one of his Best Books of 2012. Schuman writes, "A refreshingly simple, playful, engrossing and clever means of forcing readers to re-familiarize themselves with — and then re-engage, reevaluate, and potentially re-imagine — the ten most popular (and therefore often most taken for granted, ignored, and overlooked) photographs of all time. Give it to your kids, and see what happens!" In short, the book is a compilation of some of the most iconic photographs of all time presented in connect-the-dots line drawings.

Live Through This by Tony Fouhse was selected as a Best Book of 2012 by Colin Pantall. He writes, "Tony and Stephanie, Stephanie and Tony. Life meets death in Tony Fouhse's exploration of Stephanie's addiction and her attempts at recovery." The book is a frank investigation of one woman's evolving relationship with substance abuse. It is a startling photographic sequence that begins with her seemingly occasional use of the drug that quickly spirals out of control in the matter of a couple months. The photographs are honest and at times very tender, indicating that the photographer has been deeply moved by the young woman and her struggle.

Selected by Tom Claxton as one of his Best Books of 2012, To the Past by Nobuyoshi Araki explores thirty years of the artist's personal diary. Claxton writes, "To The Past is a reconstructed chronology that compellingly manipulates time and experience, like a journal of fading memories. It is a tenderly revealing personal journey spanning three decades of the artist's auto-dated diary work. This is a luxuriously produced object with exquisite attention to detail, an affecting and joyous experience to view."

Gary Briechle Photographs was selected by Melanie McWhorter as one of her Best Books of 2012. McWhorter writes, "There are many photographic advantages to living in Santa Fe, but it ain't no New York. We occasionally have a photographer or publisher stop by to show us a new publication and in this case, we are lucky to have Twin Palms in town. The reason I will brag in this instance is that I am one of the first to see their new book, Gary Briechle Photographs. Briechle photographs his own life in wet plate collodion and Twin Palms has reproduced the images on deep black paper with heavy varnish to recreate the feeling of the originals. The photos are unlike any others that I have seen using this medium. Outstanding work and reproduction."

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

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Andreas Gursky is best-known for his wall-size murals portraying what critic Jerry Saltz called the "border-to-border, edgeless hum and busy obliviousness of modern life," what Francis Fukuyama ridiculously declared "the end of history," George W.S. Trow called "the context of no context," and Rem Koolhaas dubbed "unkspace." Parr & Badger liken Montparnasse to a one-picture book: it consists of the eponymous print measuring almost 19 inches, plus two small books—"Images," showing ultra-close up details from the vast image, and a book of "Texts." Housed in an elegantly proportioned package, it is really Gursky's only attempt to date to translate his outsize images into the photobook medium.

Like Gursky, Massimo Vitali's work takes the high, wide "all-over" approach characteristic of the Dusseldorf School. Swimming Pools is a limited edition "company" photobook published by Sunparks Resorts, a Belgian amusement park operator. Vitali is not the only artist working in this style to hone in on leisure as a subject — it is central the whole history of Modernist art, really, but that's another story.

Also on the block: from Italy, the harrowing Morire di classe (Death of a Class) — think Mary Ellen Mark's Ward 81 — sex-fueled, twilit nether world of Antoine D'Agata's Insomnia.

Perhaps the best photobook in the Warhol cannon, the famed Moderna Museet Catalogue of 1968, with photos by Stephen Shore, Billy Name and others, is one of the key documents of the 60s Factory scene.

This week Eric Miles discusses D'Agata, Morire di classe, Gursky and Vitali. Be sure to check out his presentation below! Thanks as always for looking!



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WEEKLY AUCTIONS
Antoine D'Agata: Insomnia
Andreas Gursky: Montparnasse
Andy Warhol: Moderna Museet Catalogue
Julian Germain: For Every Minute You Are Angry ... + Face of the Century (2 Books)
Morire di classe (Death of a Class)--Franco Basaglia and Franca Basaglia Ongaro, eds
William Eggleston: Galerie 213 catalogue
Massimo Vitali: Swimming Pools (SIGNED, Limited Edition!)
Peter Beard: The Last Word From Paradise (Japanese Catalogue)
Robert Adams: Denver
Anders Petersen: Le Bistrot d'Hambourg (INSCRIBED) +
NEW ARRIVALS
Pieter Hugo
There’s a Place in Hell for Me & My Friends
Patrick Hogan
Still - SIGNED
Nicolai Howalt
Car Crash Studies
Nicolas Hosteing
Matador
Gordon MacDonald & Clare Strand
Most Popular of All Time
Tony Fouhse
Live Through This - SIGNED
Nobuyoshi Araki
To the Past
Gary Briechle
Gary Briechle

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