NEW ARRIVALS +  01.11.14 Vol 10.2

This week we're featuring another selection of Best Books of 2013, all of which are currently in stock and available to order.

New Arrivals

Selected by Melanie McWhorter as a Best Book of 2013, Taryn Simon’s Birds of the West Indies is now in stock. McWhorter writes, "This is yet another of Taryn Simon's soon-to-be-classics of photobook publishing after An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar and A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I-XVII. For this book, the artist now looks at the inventory of items used in James Bond films including women, weapons and vehicles: Solitaire (Jane Seymour), 1973, 1965 Aston Martin DB5 and Razor-edged Bowler Hat, 1964 are among over 196 color illustrations. The author of the spy novels Ian Fleming took the name for his lead character James Bond from the author of the publication Birds of the West Indies after discovering it on a trip to the Caribbean in 1936. Simon completes the circle with the focus and title of her new publication."

Johan Van Der Keuken moved to Paris from Amsterdam in the mid-50s, photographing his new surroundings in rich black & white with a sense of desolation. In 1963 he published a selection of these photographs in Paris Mortel. Fifty years later, the original book dummy is reproduced here with a selection of previously unpublished images. Paris Mortel was selected by Jeffrey Ladd as one of his Best Books of 2013.

Selected by four contributors as a Best Book of 2013, Manik Katyal writes, "SCARTI is another keeper from London-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. 10 years after the publication of Ghetto, 'which was made with blood, sweat and tears, I promise,' to quote Adam. Scarti is a by-product of the printing process revealing striking and uncanny combinations."

Included as a Best Book by Doug Rickard and Alec Soth, hardbound copies of Emmet Gowin are now in stock. Rickard writes, "This retrospective survey of Gowin demonstrates a power and beauty that is contained in photography in perhaps a pure sense. If not pure then perhaps the idea of a sort of pure tradition, if we can put forth that a tradition exists within photography. The photographs are exquisite in their disparate but connected treatment of the moving parts of life: the family, the land and love. Fiercely intimate and also large and at distance, one would be hard pressed to find a stronger example of these very basic human themes explored. A wonderful survey look at what makes us human and what photography may look like as a 'tradition.' In a time of rapid photographic evolution and changing of 'tradition,' this will be one to look back at to provide a reference of a time."

Selected by Jeffrey Ladd and Eric Miles for their Best Books of 2013, Hustlers by Philip-Lorca diCorcia documents male prostitutes in Los Angeles from 1990-1992. After receiving funding from the NEA, diCorcia made several trips to Los Angeles to find the models to act out his pre-established narrative, and paying the men their regular “hustler” fee to pose for his camera. In 1993, twenty-five of the photographs marked diCorcia’s first solo exhibition (at MoMA), and now, twenty years later, the entire series of sixty-six color photographs has been published for the first time in Hustlers.

Matthew Carson, Rosset Lederman and Olga Yatskevich of 10x10 Photobooks selected Shanxi by Zhang Xiao as one of their Best Books of 2013. They write, "Haunting and surreal images taken during a traditional Lunar Year celebration in China. Zhang Xiao observes the transformation of villages in the Shanxi region as people put on costumes of mythical creatures, apply bright colors and escape daily routine. In these images that blur the lines between reality and dreams, everything turns into a wonderland."

The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography by Joan Fontcuberta was selected by Elisa Medde and Manik Katyal as one of their Best Books of 2013. Medde writes, "This publication comes after Joan Fontcuberta was granted with the Hasselblad Award 2013. Beautifully produced by MACK, it presents as a unique, fantastic journey in six different series spanning from 1984 to 2002. Through a fascinating wandering through botany, zoology, astronomy, cosmonautics, paleontology, geography and geology, Fontcuberta makes us test the limits of our desire to believe in photography, as Geoffrey Batchen writes in the accompanying text."

The Pigs by Carlos Spottorno was selected by five Best Books contributors this year, including Martin Parr, who writes, "The ever-enterprising RM publishers have come up with another gem here. PIGS, which is Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, the near bankrupt European countries. The format, based on the graphics of the Economist, is used to house the images of the above countries starting to fray at the edges."

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

This Week's Auctions

This week we lead off with three signed books by Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima, who has been justly re-discovered and celebrated in recent years. Kitajima's early work is adopts the 'rough, blurry, out-of-focus' aesthetic pioneered by the Provoke artists of the late 60s & early 70s (he was a student of Moriyama). His unfiltered and graphic images along with his DIY, punk ethos challenged the very notion of what photography could be. Up for grabs: super-rare signed copies of New York, Photomail from Tokyo—with the original, 'first-state' obi and the brilliant exploration of 'urban-psycho-topogrphic-portraiture' A.D. 1991 (fans of Philip-Lorca diCorcia have to check this out!).

Also on the block this week:
  • Prints by Henri Cartier Bresson & Walker Evans
  • John Gossage: Four American Photographs (One Picture Book No. 2—4 Vol. Set with 4 Variant Prints)
  • Terri Weifenbach: Instruction Manuals No. 1, 2 & 3 (One Picture Book No. 1, 3 & 4)—Includes the debut volume in the OPB series!
  • Josef Koudelka (with Aymeric Fouquez): En Chantier. Une Université et un Quartier

  • Eric is back with commentary on Kitajima and other listings; be sure to have a listen. Coming up next week: fantastic signed books by Friedlander; rare Koudelka; prints by William Klein & Flor Garduno and much more! Thanks for looking! For consignment inquiries as well as discreet, expert advise on building your collection, be sure to contact Eric Miles for details.

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    Taryn Simon
    Birds of the West Indies
    Johan Van Der Keuken
    Paris Mortel
    Broomberg & Chanarin
    Emmet Gowin
    Emmet Gowin
    Philip-Lorca Dicorcia
    Zhang Xiao
    Joan Fontcuberta
    The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography
    Carlos Spottorno
    The Pigs
    Henri Cartier-Bresson Córdoba, Spain 1933
    Margaret Bourke-White: Coffee Through The Camera's Lens
    Walker Evans: Havana 1933 (with Two Prints: 'Man in a White Suit' + Havana Policeman)
    Toto mesto je vespolecne peci obyvatel (This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens)
    Josef Koudelka (with Aymeric Fouquez): En Chantier. Une Université et un quartier
    Masahisa Fukase: The Solitude of Ravens (Karasu)--1991 Reprint
    John Gossage: Four American Photographs (One Picture Book No. 2--4 Vol. Set with 4 Variant Prints)
    Terri Weifenbach: Instruction Manuals Nos. 1, 2, & 3 (One Picture Book Nos. 1, 3, & 4)
    Todd Hido: Taft Street (One Picture Book, No. 6--Rare, Slipcased 4 Vol. Set with 4 Variant Prints!)
    Keizo Kitajima: New York (SIGNED)
    Keizo Kitajima: A.D. 1991 (SIGNED)
    Keizo Kitajima: Shashin Tokkyubin Tokyo (Photomail from Tokyo)--SIGNED, with Original Obi

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