NEW ARRIVALS +  06.03.11 Vol 8.23

Figures and Fictions Featured in this week’s newsletter, Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography edited by Tamar Garb and published by Steidl. Laden with politically compelling imagery, this comprehensive publication highlights the work of seventeen South African photographers whose images were made within the last decade and hold an emphasis on the literal and metaphorical idea of the human figure. While the photographs in this book focus on the interaction between photographer and human subject, the use of the word ‘figure’ also implies an ambiguity between literal and figurative interpretation. The figurative interpretation alluded to in many of the images showcase photography’s capacity to create a fictitious dialogue while using factual subjects for artistic understanding. Rich with historical context, Figures & Fictions communicates an extensive conversation on South Africa’s abundant photographic history and prolific artistic present. Copies of this comprehensive monograph are now in stock and available for order.

Photographic Memory Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography edited by Verna Posever Curtis and published by Aperture is an exquisite representation of the photographic album as an important social and historical object. This book explores the notion of the album as a unique genre, a one-of-a-kind approach to storytelling that elevates family lore and photographic memory. These hand-made objects — beautifully represented — are from the collection of the Library of Congress. The albums selected for this monograph are provocative in subject and visual imagery, telling inspiring stories from war and cultural documentation to contemporary album construction. Copies of this intriguing monograph are now in stock and available for order.

Behind the Zines Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture is a superb and timely book on the importance of the zine in mainstream publishing culture. For independent publishers and photographic entrepreneurs, Behind the Zines gives both context and the inspiration behind these objects and why they hold prominence in contemporary book-making culture. Presenting thorough layouts of intriguing designs, the publications in this book offer insight into both artistic intent and what makes a visually successfully object. This title is an outstanding companion to The Photobook: A History Volume 1 and Volume 2, Errata Editions Books on Books series and The Book of 101 Books. Copies are now in stock and available for order.

Previously featured in our new arrivals newsletter, four titles by German photographer Olaf Unverzart comprise a subtle exploration of small gestures and hidden signs barley visible in the visual world. The photographs — taken during his extensive travels — are an examination of artifacts and constructions in the landscape that bear witness to human existence. The photographer’s monograph Sana Moi is a reflection on the human experience while the images are devoid of human beings. Roads, deforestation, forgotten buildings each contribute to a series of acute traces of man, providing a meditation on the human footprint upon the land. Leichtes Gepäck, which translates to Light Luggage, is an equally engaging journey into the subtle evidence of human existence. Offering a number of beautiful portraits alongside photographs of everyday moments, Leichtes Gepäck intertwines intriguing imagery to tell an inconspicuous story. Spuren exhibits a poetic narrative of both photographs and text. The black and white images in this book relate ambiguously to one another and allude to a surreal and alluring narrative. Lastly, Unverzart’s newest monograph Don't Fade to Grey continues the artist’s journey of finding importance in the banal. There are rarely stand-alone images presented — a direct acknowledgment of the photographer — but rather a consistency of curious photographs that ultimately tell a powerful story of exploration and intrigue. Signed copies of all four of Olaf Unverzart’s monographs are in stock and available for order..

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Tamar Garb
Figures and Fictions
Richard Learoyd
Amin El Dib
Autonome Bilder
Fred HÜning
R. Klanten
Behind the Zines
Olaf Unverzart
Sana Moi - SIGNED
Olaf Unverzart
Spuren - SIGNED
Olaf Unverzart
Leichtes Gepäck - SIGNED
Olaf Unverzart
Don't Fade to Grey - SIGNED
Marc McAndrews
Nevada Rose
Verna Posever Curtis
Photographic Memory

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