NEW ARRIVALS +  05.18.13 Vol 9.72

A Black Matter by Gregoire Eloy explores the world of astrophysics. Eloy photographed the office spaces, laboratories, and the researchers themselves in a fascinating documentary project on this powerful subject. The astrophysicists pictured in A Black Matter are responsible for photographing celestial bodies in deep space, as well as studying and understanding them. Despite the grandiose work that they do, their work environment is entirely unexciting and monotonous. The title is derived from dark matter of the universe — that which is hypothesized to exist but is invisible and immeasurable. It is not entirely clear what it is what we are looking for (or looking at) in A Black Matter, drawing the perfect metaphor for seeking the unknown. Additional copies will be arriving soon.

Mountain Photographer Torahiko by Takashi Homma is a small softbound monograph containing color photographs by the elusive Torahiko — a photographer Homma encountered at a hot spring in the mountains of Japan. Torahiko was a famed fashion photographer in Tokyo, but left the big city and his career behind in favor of a simple, quiet life in the mountains. After losing touch with him, a mysterious package showed up on Homma's doorstep with eighteen small prints inside with 'Torahiko' scribbled on the back of the package. These prints comprise Mountain Photographer Torahiko, which is signed by Homma.

In Christopher Johnson's review of Stand By by Sputnik Photos, he writes, "Stand By is far and away the best single anthology of photography I have encountered in years. It is focused and professionally polished, topical and searching. The Sputnik Photo Collective seems at a point in their career where they are beyond doubt, beyond reproach and at the crossroads of entering the everlasting history of art." Read the entire review on the photo-eye Blog.

Floating World by Brigitte Carnochan is a beautiful selection of photographs paired with poetry by women. The photographs are sensual, delicate female nudes, lightly tinted and inscribed with each photograph's title in Japanese characters. The book itself is also finely crafted with a wooden latch and a tipped-in photograph on the cover.

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at MMK of her video art, Rineke Dijkstra's The Krazy House is a sweeping look at the Dutch photographer's work about the codification of convention through the lens of youth culture. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the dynamic video projection The Krazy House, which depicts Dutch adolescents dancing against a white studio background. The book also includes Dijkstra's important photographic bodies of work such as Beach Portraits, Almerisa and Park Portraits.

Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments looks at one of the photographer's most iconic photographic series made in the 1960s. His vernacular architectural photographs of the built environment in Los Angeles informed a new sensibility through a deadpan, serial cataloguing aesthetic. Virginia Heckert provides an engaging essay on Ruscha's photography, comparing his work to that of Carleton Watkins, Eugène Atget and Walker Evans.

Reflection and Refraction is a compilation of two previous monographs by Daido Moriyama — Autoportrait (published in 2010) and Sunflower (published 2011). The book is carefully sequenced and exquisitely printed with Moriyama's deep blacks accentuated by his signature grainy textures. This selection of photographs is an intimate look into Moriyama's rich oeuvre.

In Amani Willet's monograph Disquiet, he weaves together a narrative of intimate family photographs punctuated by dark undertones of war and economic instability. This survey employs portraits, landscapes and still life photographs to illustrate the tension between beauty and decay, love and war, and starting a family amid deep political and social unrest.

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Isolated Gesture by Bil Zelman is a fascinating study in portraiture itself. Zelman's subjects give a curious look, raise their hand to the camera, pucker their lips or grab the arm of a friend – gestures that become the focus of each photograph, allowing the viewer to ponder the photograph's ability to describe the essence of a person in a single, still frame. Zelman creatively exploits the limitations of the photographic image to frame each of his subjects' gestures in exciting and unexpected ways.

Street Shots/Hooky is Rich Allen's documentation of New York City in the 1970s. Allen often captured an entire story in a single frame as he rode his bike all over the streets of New York City when he was a bike messenger. He began making a film about the kids in his neighborhood on East 3rd Street when a turf war broke out. Allen escaped but others were less fortunate. The black & white photographs provide a distinct, evocative portrait of a New York City that no longer exists but is now immortalized in Allen's photographs and film.

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

photo-eye Auctions

This week's auction listings are stacked with multi-item lots: twenty books (and related items) in six lots featuring Bruce Davidson, Ryan McGinley, and a lot of four signed books by William Klein yet to come. Also included is a collection of six early works by Les Krims: all three boxed sets (The Deerslayers, The Little People of America 1971 and The Incredible Case of the Stack O'Wheat Murders) plus Making Chicken Soup, Fictcryptokrimsographs and Eight Photographs. Krims, well into his sixties, has had something of a meteoric career revival, his work having caught the attention of such cultural and style arbiters as Ryan McGinley, Ken Miller and Jen Brill as well as the uber-hip publications Vice and Purple.

Also on the block is the scarce hardbound edition (only 1/100) of Richard Misrach’s first book, published by Grapestake gallery, which Parr and Badger call his "masterwork in terms of book-making;" the rare Frederick Sommer monograph that appeared as Aperture 10:4 1962 (1939-1962 Photographs) and Lewis Baltz’s seminal New Topographics photo-essay The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine. Be sure to check out Eric’s presentation where he talks about the idiosyncratic career of Les Krims. Thanks as always for looking!!

Don't Forget: All books shown in the Post-Auction Sale Inventory are available at the low opening bid prices shown!

With more traffic than ever before and new bidders coming on board all the time, it's a fantastic time to consign! For inquiries regarding the sale your fine photobooks and/or prints, contact Eric Miles, Director of Rare Books & Online Auctions.

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Les Krims: Lot of 6 Items ( 3 Boxed Sets + Chicken Soup* + Fictcryptokrimsographs + Eight Photos)
Richard Misrach: Grapestake Gallery Exhibition Catalogue (Hardbound, Signed Ltd. Ed. of 100!!)
Lewis Baltz: The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California (1st ed.!)
Bruce Davidson: Lot of 6 Books (ALL SIGNED!)
R. McGinley: 'Flasher Factory'; Moonmilk; agnès b flier; Life Adjustment Ctr; Olympic Swimmers
Frederick Sommer: Aperture 10:4 1962 (1939-1962 Photographs)
Gregoire Eloy
A Black Matter - SIGNED
Sputnik Photos
Stand By
Takashi Homma
Mountain Photographer Torahiko - SIGNED
Brigitte Carnochan
Floating World - SIGNED
Daido Moriyama
Reflection and Refraction
Amani Willett
Rineke Dijkstra
The Krazy House
Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments
Bil Zelman
Isolated Gesture
Rich Allen

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