NEW ARRIVALS +  01.05.13 Vol 9.53

Focusing on seminal works by some of the most revered photographers in history, the Books on Books series aims to make rare and out of print photobooks accessible once again to students and photo enthusiasts alike, who would be otherwise unable to experience some of the greatest photobooks. Sweet Life by Ed van der Elsken is #13 in the Books on Books series, and is now in stock at photo-eye. Van der Elsken and his wife spent over a year traveling and photographing all over the world in black & white, capturing nuances of culture and life abroad. The reproductions of van der Elsken's gravures bring out rich blacks and grays, holding true to the book's original printing.

122 Colour Photographs by Keld Helmer-Petersen pioneered color photography in this photobook originally published in 1948. His color photographs were harbingers of a major shift in photography from black & white to color, paving the way for the influential work of William Eggleston and Stephen Shore. 122 Colour Photographs depicts the banality of everyday objects in vivid color. It is the 14th book in the Books on Books series and contains a great essay by Mette Sandbye.

Paying tribute to his late wife Yoko, Nobuyoshi Araki's The Banquet is a photographic diary of the food they shared in the last few months of Yoko's life. Produced using a ring flash and a macro lens, the photographs are beautiful, yet strange compositions of traditional Japanese foods. The essay by Ivan Vartanian provides thoughtful insight into this body of work that was made during a time of deep, personal loss for Araki.

Drum by Krass Clement was originally published in 1996 and was his most influential photobook. Clement shot a mere three rolls of film for Drum, which focused on a single subject and explored themes of community, loneliness and alcoholism. Drum achieves a filmic quality through its sequencing which makes evident the slight variations of movement from frame to frame, creating a subtle yet powerful narrative of a person who retreats from a group of men to drink by himself in the corner.

Published by Revue Niore, Zwelethu Mthethwa is a new self-titled monograph from the South African photographer, containing colorful portraits of South Africans and their homes. Mtethwa's attention to light and color illustrates his background in painting. The photographer approaches his subjects in an honest and frank manner — each of them facing the camera with a blank stare. Their homes feel warm and colorful yet claustrophobic, providing an alternate narrative that suggests a culture in perpetual transition.

Photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar joined forces and went on a roadtrip through Australia to produce Tall Poppy Syndrome, exploring an Australian social phenomenon in which individuals are scorned for having exceptional talents, setting them apart from the rest of Australian society. Their work explores the ostracized, the desire to be accepted, and the strange "syndrome" that exists in Australian culture. Signed copies by both photographers will be available in 1-2 weeks.

Terry Richardson's new monograph is both an exhibition catalog and documentation of the planning and implementation of the exhibition Terrywood, a triumphant success that attracted some of Hollywood's most notable stars to its grand opening. Terrywood is Terry Richardson's account of Hollywood — both a physical and ethereal place where glitz and glamour are utterly pervasive forces.

The new monograph from Joshua Lutz, Hesitating Beauty, weaves together to a fictional narrative about mental illness through text and photographs. The photographs — some from family photo albums, others taken in hospitals, nature and beyond — are tinged with a sense of nostalgia. The text anchors the story of a woman struggling with mental illness and how her family has dealt with her disease. The fabricated narrative helps the viewer empathize with the illness by blurring the line between reality and fiction.

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

photo-eye Auctions

Eric Miles, photo-eye Auctions Director, is down with a touch of the flu this week, so he is reprising a presentation from last year on one of his all time favorites, the Czech Surrealist masterpiece, This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens. As always, for your viewing pleasure, brief slideshows for most books are contained within the individual listings. Other stellar selections this week include David Goldblatt's 1973 On the Mines, a collaboration with Nobel Prize winning writer Nadine Gordimer; the slipcased 1st edition of Lucien Clergue's Toros Muertos; Dutch photographer Sanne Sannes classic of erotica The Face of Love & Much More!!

What's on your shelves? For inquiries regarding the sale of a single book or print, or an entire library or collection, contact Eric Miles, Director of Rare Books & Online Auctions

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Miroslav Peterka/Bohumil Hrabal: This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens
Kurt Blum & Michele Parrella: Immagine di una fabbrica [Pictures of a Factory]--1959 First Edition
Lucien Clergue: Toros Muertos (1st Edition, In Slipcase!)
Peter Beard. Art Edition
Ryan McGinley (Flasher Factory monograph)
Nan Goldin: Ballad of Sexual Dependency (First Edition)
Deborah Turbeville: Unseen Versailles (Double Signed) + Fashion Pictures (SIGNED) + 1 other
Emmet Gowin: Petra, In The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan
David Goldblatt: On the Mines
Ian Lambot & Greg Girard: City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City (Scarce HB First Edition!)
Duane Michals: 4 Books (Including 2 SIGNED!!)
Tony Ray-Jones: A Day Off (Scarce Hardbound First Edition!)
Allen Ruppersberg: 23 Pieces
Ed Van Der Elsken
Books on Books #13: Sweet Life
Keld Helmer-Petersen
Books on Books #14: 122 Colour Photographs
Nobuyoshi Araki
Books on Books #15: The Banquet
Krass Clement
Books on Books #16: Drum
Zwelethu Mthethwa
Zwelethu Mthethwa
Stein & Mehrf
Tall Poppy Syndrome (SIGNED arriving in 1-2 weeks)
Terry Richardson
Joshua Lutz
Hesitating Beauty

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