NEW ARRIVALS +  09.17.11 Vol 8.38

First Pictures First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld is an impressive collection of images preceding the photographer's most well-known work. Focusing on four separate projects between the years of 1971 and 1980, this book gives insight into Sternfeld's early influential artistic vision. The photographs featured in this book paved the way to his first Guggenheim Award in 1978, subsequent second award in 1982, and lead him to his nearly decade-long project American Prospects. The sharp detail and crisp colors of Sternfeld's Kodachrome slides serve as a time capsule of American culture and display the artist's importance in the brief history of color photography. Copies of this new monograph are now in stock and available for order.

The American Wall The American Wall by Maurice Sherif is an impressive collection of thought-provoking photographs and essays. This over-sized two-volume set is stunning in design, emulating the American monstrosity erected to keep undocumented migrants from entering the United States. Taken with large format Polaroid film, the one hundred black-and-white images in the first volume are simply arresting and beg the viewer to question the ramifications and symbolism of building such an exclusionary structure. While shooting in the unforgiving desert heat, Sherif's film melted, becoming tattered and framing the images in a stark and foreboding fashion. The second volume in this set includes powerful essays by Charles Bowden, Miguel Diaz-Barriga, Scott Nicol, Denise Gilman, James Tryon and Martha Davidson with translations in English, Spanish and French. Copies are in stock and available for order. Signed copies are arriving soon.

Oceanomania Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas by Mark Dion is a new monograph published by Mack Books and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, revealing the human fascination with the sea. Dion explored the collection of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and NMNM bringing together an exhibition that includes the works of thirteen writers and twenty visual artists including Matthew Barney, Allan Sekula, Man Ray and many others. This curious project displays different aspects relating to the viewers understanding of the ocean as a place for exploration and discovery, while also bringing to light the human exploitation of aquatic life and mineral resources. Copies are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

Causes and Spirits by William Carter is a hefty volume displaying the photographer's personal and assignment work taken over the course of five decades. The images presented in this retrospective book brings together Carter's early street photography from New York, daily life in the American West and Midwest and his more recent imagery from his travels to the Middle East and India. Many of the photographs here have never been published before, giving those who are already familiar with the photographer's work a greater appreciation for Carter's dedication to a life in photography. The accompanying text written by Carter gives further insight into the photographer’s work and influences. Copies are now in stock and available for order.

Presenting forty years of Fouad Elkoury's photographs, Be ... Longing is an intriguingly designed monograph presenting images from the artist's travels through many parts of the world. Weaving poetic text throughout this series, Be ... Longing is a personal journal of reminiscence giving intimate insight into the photographer’s life. The photographs in this book are presented in a similar fashion to an intimate diary, allowing the viewer a personal glimpse into the artist's private existence. Elkoury's in depth study of society and culture is breathtakingly dramatic, at times offering intense photographs of civil conflict mixed with the photographer’s apparent wanderlust and love of life. Copies are now in stock and available for order.

Pontiac by Gerry Johansson is the photographer's documentation of Pontiac, Michigan, offering a meditation on the decline of the auto industry in the Great Lakes state. The images in this book are formally beautiful and depict a landscape that is often vacant and homogenized. The eerie sense of abandonment and seclusion that is apparent in many of these photographs is subtly drawn out by the photographer's approach of focusing on quiet neighborhoods, deserted parking lots and empty buildings. Beyond its depiction of Michigan, Pontiac is an intriguing commentary on the state of America as a whole and a sensitive portrait of small town life. Copies are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

Read George Slade's review of Pieter Hugo's Nollywood in photo-eye Magazine.

Read Tom Leininger's review of Pieter Hugo's Permanent Error in photo-eye Magazine.

Signed copies of both Nollywood and Permanent Error are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

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Joel Sternfeld
First Pictures
Maurice Sherif
The American Wall
Fouad Elkoury
Be … Longing
William Carter
Causes and Spirits
Mark Dion
Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas
Gerry Johansson
Shawn Records
From the Bottom of a Well - SIGNED
Nicholas Muellner
The Amnesia Pavillions - SIGNED
Ian Teh
Traces - SIGNED
Pieter Hugo
Nollywood - SIGNED
Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error - SIGNED
Erik Van Der Weijde
Bonsai - SIGNED

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