NEW ARRIVALS +  04.12.14 Vol 10.15

Selected by Rafal Milach as Book of the Week, The Irreversible by Maciek Nabrdalik is now in stock. Milach writes, "The book The Irreversible is a physical experience. It feels uncomfortable and coarse. The sandpaper on the cover hurts your fingers. The longer you hold the book in your hands, the more disturbing it feels. This is also the case with the subject matter of The Irreversible project. Page by page you read (or rather have the impression of hearing) voices of Nazi death camp survivors. But rather than being historical accounts, the 45 stories in the book are a testimony to human experience in the extreme conditions of a concentration camp."

The Photograph As Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton is now in its third edition and has been revised and updated to outline photography’s evolution from documentary to fine art. With the advent and accessibility of digital media, the new edition of The Photograph As Contemporary Art focuses on the expanding range of photographic working practices as well as the ubiquitous dissemination of photographs in the twenty first century.

Two new monographs add to Theo Anderson's Cadillac series: Last Date and Lions & Tigers & Bears. The two books, designed, printed, signed, numbered and bound by Anderson, are limited to only twenty copies and are presented on fine art cotton rag paper — the same paper used by the artist for his editioned prints. Last Date includes fourteen color photographs of Anderson's exploration of daily American life. They illustrate a sense of emptiness and desolation amidst a changing social landscape. Lions & Tigers & Bears also includes fourteen photographs. The sequence juxtaposes images of taxidermied animals on display in a museum alongside photographs of people in crowded places. It's a curious and smart connection to draw with a rich conceptual basis.

TransCuba presents photographs of the rich transgender culture in Cuba taken by photographer Mariette Pathy Allen. The transgender community has seen a renaissance in the last few years under Raul Castro's relaxed presidency. In 2008 a law was passed that allowed transgender individuals to legally change their gender following sex reassignment surgery. Allen focuses on the growing visibility of the transgendered people under the new regime and includes interviews as well as a contribution from the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana, Mariela Castro.

Uelsmann Untitled: A Retrospective provides an in-depth look at more than fifty years worth of work by the masterful photomontage artist Jerry Uelsmann. This retrospective is the largest ever produced on Uelsmann's innovative and imaginative work — more than 200 photographs comprise Uelsmann Untitled. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, provides an insightful essay about the historical and biographical context for understanding and appreciating Uelsmann's work.

Preganziol, 1983 by Guido Guidi includes sixteen color photographs taken in the same room in Preganziol, Italy. The photographer's exercise illustrates the myriad of ways light describes and transforms a single, empty space. The photographs allude to the passage of time, abandonment and the world outside the room, filtering in through the windows.

In the Beginning No Bird Sang by Anaïs López was selected by Larissa Leclair as one of her Best Books of 2013. She writes, "I pause at each photograph to imagine the sounds within."

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

This Week's Auctions

This week we lead off with a Mexican rarity from the 1930s, Enrique Gutmann's Despertar lagunero (Awakening in the Comarca Lagunera), one of the most singular visual documents of Latin American Revolutionary politics of the era, and in many ways equal to the great Soviet propaganda photobooks of the period. Eric talks about it in this week's presentation below. Also on the auction block this week:

  • Frederick Sommer: Aperture 10:4 1962 (1939-1962 Photographs) — rare hardbound edition
  • André Kertész: Day of Paris — in scarce dust jacket
  • Ikko Kagari: Document Commuter Train — Parr/Badger, III
  • Jessica Dimmock: Ninth Floor — Parr/Badger, III

  • Don't Forget: All books shown in the Post-Auction Sale Inventory are available at the low opening bid prices shown! Thanks as always for looking!

    Invitation to Consign: Do you have photobooks or prints you'd like to sell? For consignment inquiries as well as discreet, expert advise on building or selling your collection, be sure to contact Eric Miles Director of Rare Books & Online Auctions.

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    MacIek Nabrdalik
    The Irreversible - SIGNED
    Charlotte Cotton
    The Photograph As Contemporary Art (Third Edition)
    Theo Anderson
    LAST DATE - Limited Edition
    Theo Anderson
    LIONS & TIGERS & BEARS - Limited Edition
    Mariette Pathy Allen
    Jerry Uelsmann
    Uelsmann Untitled - SIGNED
    Guido Guidi
    Preganziol, 1983 - SIGNED
    Anais Lopez
    In the Beginning No Bird Sang - SIGNED
    Robert Frank: Lines of My Hand (1972 First Edition)
    Danny Lyon: Knave of Hearts (Signed Limited Edition)
    Enrique Gutmann/Jose Reyes Pimentel: Despertar lagunero (Awakening in the Comarca Lagunera)
    Jessica Dimmock: Ninth Floor
    Larry Sultan: The Valley (SIGNED
    O. Winston Link: Night Trick (In Original Envelope)
    Alec Soth and 'Lester B. Morrison': Broken Manual (Limited Edition with Print)
    Toto mesto je vespolecne peci obyvatel (This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens)
    William Eggleston: Galerie 2-13 catalogue
    Miyako Ishiyuchi: Sweet Home Yokosuka + Club & Courts, Yokosuka Yokohama
    Emmet Gowin: Photographs (1st monograph, 1976, Rare Hardbound Edition!) --INSCRIBED!
    Eikoh Hosoe: Otoko to Onna (Man and Woman)--1st edition!
    Nell Dorr: Life Dance (SIGNED Limited Edition, 1/100) + Mother and Child (INSCRIBED)
    Herb Ritts: Pictures (SIGNED)
    Herb Ritts: Africa (SIGNED)
    André Kertész: Day of Paris (in Scarce Dust Jacket! )
    Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (Rare 1st Printing with 'Two Girls in Identical Raincoats'!)
    Ikko Kagari: Document Commuter Train
    Frederick Sommer: Aperture 10:4 1962 (1939-1962 Photographs)--Rare Hardbound Edition!
    Roni Horn: Arctic Circles (Ísland: To Place, vol. 7)

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