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Book of the Week: A Pick by Rob Hornstra
Black Sea of Concrete by Rafal Milach

"Early 2011 I bought my first (and also one of my last) book from Blurb. It was the book Black Sea of Concrete from the emerging Polish photographer Rafal Milach (who is now a member of INSTITUTE). I am not fond of Blurb productions. But I loved the work, which is a beautifully dark poetic road story on the Ukrainian Black Sea Coast. Recently the book has been republished, this time a beautiful large offset edition in a customized blue linen box. The work has finally been given the exquisite publication that it deserved." — Rob Hornstra

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Across the Ravaged Land is the third volume in Nick Brandt’s remarkable trilogy about the disappearing wildlife and pillaged landscapes of East Africa. This volume offers a darker vision from Brandt’s previous work, pointing to the destructive nature of mankind by introducing humans into the images. Brandt’s signature style comes to a powerful culmination with extraordinary portraits of the animals that roam these East African landscapes and the devastation inflicted on them at the hands of man.

On November 21, 2011 at 5:40pm Richard Misrach photographed a couple sitting on the beach. At first glance, it appeared the couple was photographing the sunset with their iPhone. It wasn't until Misrach was back in his studio that he discovered something uncanny — the couple was not photographing the sunset, but making a portrait of themselves on the beach. Misrach realized they were photographing the same subject in that moment — and this began a new series, entitled "On the Beach 2.0." The sixteen photograph sequence in 11.21.11 5:40pm starts with Misrach's original photograph of the couple on the beach, zooms in to the point of abstract pixilation, and then out again — a single photograph and a single moment in time, imagined sixteen different ways.

da.gasita by Satoru Watanabe is a wandering, nostalgic recollection of memories of a cold winter from the photographer's childhood. The black & white photographs are empty and haunting — as though Watanabe retraced his childhood memories, aiming to capture fleeting moments that made an impression on him as a young child. A flock of birds flies overhead, a thermostat reads ten degree Celsius, a town is covered in several feet of snow. Occasional captions give more insight into Watanabe's childhood memories and sublime photographs.

Known for his surrealist photographs of his travels throughout the world, Zine Collection No. 7 explores the work of Bernard Plossu. Un Roman Gris (A Gray Novel) is a haunting collection of Plossu’s black & white photographs, in which the time and place are entirely unclear. This is a narrative with no beginning or end, but fleeting moments of beauty that we experience travelling through a foreign place. Printed in an edition of 200, each copy comes signed and numbered with a color print.

Homies by Adam Amengual is a rare and fascinating look at ex-gang members in Los Angeles. Through crisp, studio portraits and text from some of his subjects, Amengual sheds a hopeful light on the ex-criminals whose tattoos and expressions engage us in their struggle to make a new life for themselves. Five dollars from every sale will go directly to Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that helps ex-gang members in their new life endeavors.

The MVS Resource Guide: Summer 2013 is a valuable resource compiled by one of the leading photography industry professionals, Mary Virginia Swanson. This comprehensive guide provides the working photographer with invaluable information from applying to competitions and portfolio reviews to writing grant proposals and crowd funding. The guide also includes upcoming deadlines and career-building opportunities available to photographers.

Selected as Book of the Week by Jeffrey Ladd, he writes, “Having been a self-proclaimed Sergio Larrain junkie for long while, I heard about and waited patiently for this book’s release date. I wondered if there would be images that haven’t been published before. I didn’t realize that 1/2 the book would be of images new to me — and the best part is, much of it is even better than the work I had known."

Somehow Familiar Places is an appropriate title for Kazuo Kitai's new monograph. The black & white photographs document daily life in Japan — a place I have never been — but somehow, these places feel familiar to me. Kitai captures the ubiquity of the everyday, hum drum moments that few photographers would be compelled to photograph. But the common threads we find in first world cultures — military presence, consumerism, growth and expansion, finding respite in nature — leave us with a sense of déjà vu.

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

This Week's Auctions
The New York Art Book Fair is happening at PS 1 in Long Island City through Sunday. On hand are rare titles & signed books and association copies by William Klein, Andy Warhol, Irving Penn, Philip Jones-Griffiths, JH Engström and many more! After an overwhelming response from bidders back in July and to celebrate the Book Fair, The Afronauts is back for an encore! Not just that, this time it is the LIMITED EDITION with a signed print!! Check out Eric's presentation below in which he reprises his comments on The Afronauts. We'll be adding some more books after the fair so stay tuned!

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Nick Brandt
Across the Ravaged Land - SIGNED
Richard Misrach
11.21.11 5:40 PM - SIGNED
Satoru Watanabe
da.gasita - SIGNED
Bernard Plossu
Zine Collection N°7 - SIGNED
Adam Amengual
Homies - SIGNED
Mary Virginia Swanson
MVS Resource Guide
Sergio Larrain
Sergio Larrain
Kazuo Kitai
Somehow Familiar Places - SIGNED
Cristina De Middel: The Afronauts (Limited Edition with Signed Print!)

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