NEW ARRIVALS +  12.10.11 Vol 8.50

Interior Relations Interior Relations by Ian van Coller is an important and powerful portrait of post-apartheid conditions in South Africa. Taken in white upper-class homes, van Coller's intimate portraits of wealthy homeowners' black housekeepers are a revealing commentary on social class and condition. The elegant furniture, spacious rooms and other luxuries these women tend to for their white employers, surrounds the nannies and maids. Dressed in their best clothes, the photographer's subjects are presented with elegance and often a confidence that challenges the viewers' previous understanding of class conditions in South Africa. This telling and complex body of work is further elevated by the thoughtful and brilliant introduction of Sindiwe Magona, a former housemaid. Signed copies are now in stock and available for order.

Mose Mose by Stephen Shore is an intriguing collection of photographs taken in Venice, Italy. Focusing on the city's floods and the construction of the mobile gates designed to protect the Venetian lagoon, the book presents a surprising mix of photographic and documentary aesthetics. Shore's aerial shots, along with newspaper articles, historical maps and many other documents are coupled with the photographer's well-known approach to the social landscape. The book presents a mix of crucially informative photographs to better understand the importance and magnitude of these mobile gates, as well as a visually striking series of images. Signed copies are now in stock and available for order.

Salt and Truth Salt & Truth by Shelby Lee Adams is a stunning view into rural life in the Appalachian Mountains. The photographer's portraits — taken from an intimate and rarely seen perspective — are a staggering account of the hardships apparent in this impoverished part of the United States. Adams presents his subjects with a respect that exposes a life of dignity and hard work, but also vulnerability. This tender series — taken with a large-format camera — contains numerous images of children, animals and families in their homes and self-reliant surroundings. Signed copies are now in stock and available for order.

"I am always on the lookout for innovative social or environmental landscape work and everyone here knows it when I find a killer new book. L'Illusion Du Tranquille by French photographer Francois Deladerrière is one of those books. Deladerrière's trek through the French landscape isn't presented in the most uniquely designed book nor is it wildly striking in approach. The images are just really good. There is almost always a sign of the hand of man. Gloomy, haunting landscapes appear on most of the pages. Whether it is a brush fire, signs of small-scale industrialization or lonely interiors of nightclubs, Deladerrière forces the viewer to question where humanity's priorities lay. An image of a small quaint town, surrounded by beautiful hill country and nestled next to an industrial plant bellowing smoke into the atmosphere is disconcerting." – from Antone Dolezal's post on photo-eye Blog.

Self-published by Paula McCartney, On Thin Ice, in a Blizzard — a sub-series of the artist's project, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice — is an imaginative collection of abstract images. Created in the photographer's darkroom, the photographs here can easily be seen as an elegant documentation of winter's fragility. At times the images also closely resemble the dense patterns of the cosmos. Signed copies are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

Two new titles on the artistic prodigy Francesca Woodman are now available. First, published by DAP and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Francesca Woodman is a compelling collection of well-known and previously unpublished photographs. Woodman's expressive use of her own body, accompanied with dimly lit and often ghostly interiors became highly influential to successive artists following her untimely death. This book highlights her signature style and has been published to accompany a touring exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

Second, Francesca Woodman's Notebook is a delicate and precious object housed in a lightweight printed box. The images were created while Woodman studied in Italy on a yearlong RISD honors program. Making prints from transparent film, the young artist applied her photographs atop pages from five found school exercise books, originally printed in 1906. These unique objects, occasionally accompanied with English or Italian hand-written text, offer unparalleled insight into the significance of Woodman's work. Copies of both titles are now in stock and available for order.

For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness by Julian Germain captures the elegant life of Charles Albert Lucian Snelling (Charlie). This gorgeous reprint offers a contemplative look at a man in the last years of his life. Surrounded by personal items and precious memories, Charlie is seen as a man absorbed by what truly matters in life. These beautiful photographs suggest a life of simplicity and elegance, free from the distractions of the modern world. Copies are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson is a dark and tragic story of two young mass murderers, 19-year-old Charles Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate. During their killing spree through Nebraska and Wyoming, Starkweather and Fugate murdered ten people, including Fugate's family. The 1958 events have inspired numerous artistic interpretations, including the films Badlands and Natural Born Killers, the Bruce Springsteen song Nebraska and the novel Outside Valentine. Patterson has managed to loosely retell this violent narrative through the use of conceptual photographic practices. Incorporating images that record both places and physical objects central to this story and reference forensic photography and image appropriation, the photographs display a powerful reenactment of the horrific events. Copies are arriving soon and are available for preorder.

Traveling through the Rust Belt of the United States, Gregory Halpern has put together a captivating body of work in his new monograph A. Depicting the gritty streets of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Omaha, and Detroit, the photographer has arranged a cast of characters that emerge from the outskirts of a decaying society. Edited by Jason Fulford, the images presented feel almost post-apocalyptic. Industrial monstrosities and dilapidated homes appear side by side with their human and animal counterparts, creating an often haunting and ambiguous environment. Signed copies are in stock and available for order.

In Search of Dominguez & Escalante by Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus retraces the 1776 expedition that was to go from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California by Franciscan friars Francisco Atansio Dominquez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. Venturing into uncharted territories and never even coming close to reaching Monterey, Dominguez and Escalante trekked through a land predominantly unseen by non-Native American eyes, encountering native peoples and describing the frontier lands of the Colorado Plateau. Mac Gregor and Halus undertook the task of retracing the friars' steps and documented their own site-specific expedition, largely using Escalante's journal as a guide. The contemporary images are coupled with excerpts from the original diary, lending insight into the importance and magnitude of the original expedition, simultaneously showing — sometimes with subtle humor and irony — the changes that have occurred along the way. Signed copies are now in stock and available for order.

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Ian Van Coller
Interior Relations - SIGNED
Stephen Shore
Francesca Woodman
Francesca Woodman
Francesca Woodman
Francesca Woodman's Notebook
Shelby Lee Adams
Salt & Truth - SIGNED
FranÇois Deladerriere
L’illusion Du Tranquille
Gregory Halpern
Greg MacGregor & Siegfried Halus
In Search of Dominguez & Escalante - SIGNED
Paula McCartney
On Thin Ice, in a Blizzard - SIGNED
Hiroshi Nomura
One Year for Japan 2012
Julian Germain
For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness
Christian Patterson
Redheaded Peckerwood

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