Title: Artificial Perfection
Photographer/Designer/Publisher: Zach Hoskin
6” x 8.5” (15cm x 22cm)
First Edition of 115 copies printed Dec 2013
Description: A collection of photos and a few words, that explores all of the angles, equations, lines, geometry, networks and systems that make up an urban day-to-day.
to order / website
5:49 pm • 2 March 2014 • 1 note
ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio / but at least you are here my love
Title: ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio
Author: Nico Baumgarten
Language: italian / english, german inlay on request
Number of pages: 68
Size: 14,4 cm x 20,5 cm / 5,7 x 8,1 inch
Edition size: 100 signed and numbered copies
Printing: digital offset
Paper: Cyclus print 135 g/m2 (100% recycled paper)
Cover: 300 g/m2 cardboard, overrun by a car and featuring a silkscreened title
Binding: saddle stitched, handbound
This hand-bound photobook deals with the neighborhood of Scampia (Naples) which is mainly known as a stronghold of the Camorra mafia. But this book doesn’t show gangsters or junkies, it shows the everyday life of people who don’t have anything to do with all this.
It describes a rough reality which is why I didn’t want it to be a precious object. This is why I overrun the covers with a car and printed it on recycled paper. It comes in an edition of 100 copies.
You can find more info and a video of the whole book on my website www.nicobaumgarten.net
10:00 am • 11 February 2014 • 2 notes
Solar Power by Jason Rusnock
21.6cm x 21.6cm (8.50 x 8.50in)
black and white laser
"Light and time are photography’s most fundamental elements. Light and shadow create form; time determines their recorded values. Through manipulations in the photographic process, these images captured on film are presented in ways unique to the medium. They illustrate details both seen by the human eye, and those seen only by the camera.”
12:00 pm • 9 February 2014 • 21 notes
Softcover, 150 x 210 mm
Images 72 b/w
This volume gathers together the essays written by Clive Phillpot since 1972 on the definition and development of artists’ books. In his words, “Artists’ books are understood to be books or booklets produced by the artist using mass-production methods, and in (theoretically) unlimited numbers, in which the artist documents or realizes art ideas or artworks.”
A former librarian at Chelsea School of Art in London, Phillpot became Director of the Library at the MoMA in New York in 1977, and mapped out the field of artists’ books from an institutional point of view. Collaborating with Printed Matter and Franklin Furnace among other places dedicated to the medium of the book, Phillpot helped raise awareness to these objects, while giving them the necessary credentials to enter museums.
The book is a first collection of these historical texts, manifestos, catalogues entries, and essays dedicated to Ed Ruscha’s, Sol LeWitt’s, Dieter Roth’s, and Richard Long’s books. It will prove an invaluable reference for all those interested in the evolution of artists’ books and their perception in the artworld.
The book is part of the “Documents” series, co-published with Les presses du réel and dedicated to critical writings.
From Printed Matter:
On September 19th, Phillpot will also deliver one of this year’s keynote talks at the NY Art Book Fair, hosted as part of the Contemporary Artists Book Conference. He will be joined in conversation by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art. For more information and ticket reservations please see here.
(via Program | JRP-Ringier.com)
8:00 am • 17 September 2013 • 2 notes
Grays the Mountain Sends
Silas Finch, 2013.
11.5 x 13.5 inches
First edition. Includes 42 full color plates printed with UV inks on Mohawk Superfine uncoated paper. Flexible offset-printed cover with steel spine.
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2013
Bryan recently won the Aperture portfolio prize for this project. A write up of the work can be found below:
The great photographic explorations of the American West map the increasingly heavy hand of humankind on the American landscape, from the surveys of wilderness by Carleton Watkins and Timothy O’Sullivan to the desert dunes of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams’s rugged mountainscapes to, more recently, the scars of clearcutting and the suburban encroachment in Robert Adams’s work and stark desert bomb sites in that of Richard Misrach. The landscape itself—albeit with a few human figures for the sake of scale, or the semi-abstract traces of settlement and development—has generally taken precedence over depictions of the individual, at least up until the last thirty years. One could argue that the incorporation of portraits and the human face as an essential component in the description of the American West truly begins with Edward S. Curtis; but his subject, the American Indian, was the face of something disappearing, not arriving, settling, and digging in to make its mark. The lineage of the “real” American West more properly begins, perhaps, with Joel Sternfeld, and continues down the line with Alec Soth and Eirik Johnson, among others. And it is this generation of younger photographers, those who have fine-tuned their descriptive prowess yet seek to sprinkle in a goodly measure of subjectivity and portraiture—a helping of New Topographics combined with a modicum of the New Document, aka the New Docugraphics—who may be best able to fully capture the contemporary lessons of the American West.
In Grays the Mountain Sends, Bryan Schutmaat takes up this mantle with conviction, skillfully working a photographic vein in as much danger of over-mining as the landscapes he photographs. The images describe a series of mining sites and small, hardscrabble mountain towns. Also portrayed are the people who have worked in them, built them, and a few younger people who might—or might not—be looking for a way out of them. It’s this balance between the clearly ravaged land and equally devastated faces, with a few moments of youth, beauty, and the last glimmer of promises never truly fulfilled, that elevates Schutmaat’s work. His photographs, carefully controlled in both palette and structure, have a true regional twang. They evoke the wear and tear perpetrated on the land, as well as on the psyche of people who live there, with scant separation in one’s sense of the individuals and one’s sense of the place. If one were to map, in broad brushstrokes, the emotional trajectory of the aforementioned lineage of photographic portrayals of the American West, it would read something like this: Exaltation; Celebration backed with Cautionary Concern; Alarm and Reproach; Melancholia and Exhaustion, all of which are condensed and contained in Schutmaat’s taut and thoughtful body of work.
—Lesley A. Martin
More images from Bryan’s project can be found on his website
(via Grays the Mountain Sends by Bryan Schutmaat / Shop / Silas Finch)
7:27 am • 17 September 2013 • 2 notes
«Know More» –
by Norbert Bayer,
18,5 cm x 23,7 cm,
Risography print by Ourpress,
1st edition 300 copies,
«Know More» is the name of an artist book by Norbert Bayer. Know What? No More? It reads like a Surrealist novel minus the text, which is to say it does not read like a novel exactly but like a mysterious fictionalization of life, or like an unveiling of the wondrous qualities that life actually has — if you are able to access them. A series of photographs present an odd succession of images that compel one to string them together in a sort of rhyme: plant fronds, feathered metallic ground, the edge of nothingness, the edge of a cornice, a battered coffee table, the people at the party… plants in a window, plants in a market… a curtain curled up with its shadow, two bananas spooning, a pair of shoes with their tongues hanging out. From beginning to end, each image is framed in Masonic mystery by a diamond that seems to zero in on something. But on what? And why? It’s a game Bayer has played himself, and each viewer must play it in turn, uniquely. It will never end the same way twice.
—Lori Waxman 6/9/12 3:52 PM
2:30 pm • 4 March 2013 • 12 notes
60 pages, soft cover
8.25” x 10.75”
hand numbered edition of 100
Collected: self portrait is a self-published book of found photographs, which capture the presence of their photographer through shadows and reflections. Understood as flawed and imperfect on their own, the images as a collection celebrate an intrusion originally described by Lee Friedlander’s Self-Portrait series.
9:42 am • 24 January 2013 • 8 notes
Leer - Nico Baumgarten
Author: Nico Baumgarten
Language: german / english
Number of pages: 220
Size: 15 cm x 20 cm
Edition size: 150
Printing: digital offset
Binding: handsewed french link stitch, naked spine
Cover: hardcover made of recycled corrugated cardboard
Price: 36 € + shipping
ISBN: ISBN-free book
Leer is an ordinary town somewhere in Germany. You can find ordinary people here, just like everywhere else.
From the ex-junkie to the conservative head of a family everybody strives to pursue his own life according to his agenda. But the predominant normality in Leer makes one question how much room there really is for individuality. For one’s own dreams, hopes and expectations.
10:00 am • 23 November 2012 • 2 notes
Manca Juvan - Unordinary Lives
Unordinary Lives, Afghanistan 2003 - 2009
afterwords by Clare Lockhart and Karim Merchant, design by Bostjan Pavletic
21 x 26 cm
Edition size: 700 copies
Price: 50 Euros + shipping
“More than ten years after 9/11 and the international community’s intervention against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the promises of bringing democracy and rebuilding this war-torn nation have proved elusive. The ongoing war and instability in Afghanistan - justified in the name of international security yet sweetened with fleeting glimpses of domestic peace, development and prosperity - continues to diminish the hope of the Afghan people, who have been caught up in this endless conflict of interests and struggles for money, power, and control. Stories of ordinary Afghans deserve to be both told and seen in order to remind us what the real images of war and poverty - of lives far from ordinary - look like.”
To order: http://unordinarylives.com/buy-the-book/
7:08 pm • 20 May 2012
Surfing Hong Kong
Title: Surfing Hong Kong
Artist: James Feldman
Designer: Elise Inthavixay
40 pages, 37 color plates
24.4 x 16.8 cm / 9 5/8 x 6 5/8 in
edition of 500
In Surfing Hong Kong (2012) James Feldman combines “soulful” surf photographs taken 15 to 20 years ago in California, with more recent photographs taken in Hong Kong (where he has lived since 2005). In these 37 images, the moods and surroundings of two discrete periods of a life are woven digitally together, and resonate in a way that’s as uncomfortable with the label “fiction”, as with the label “documentary”.
book available here: http://hongkongpaintings.com/surfing_hong_kong_order.html
11:57 am • 19 April 2012
Sarah Hobbs: Small Problems in Living
Sarah Hobbs: Small Problems in Living
Quote from publisher:
This is a superbly illustrated overview of the work of contemporary artist/photographer Sarah Hobbs. The photographs collected here are the product of an ongoing exploration into our neurotic tendencies. Hobbs’s work explores phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders and how we attempt to deal with them. Set in domestic spaces, the images illustrate the idea that even the most comfortable spaces can house our uneasiness. A compilation of three series, the book allows the viewer to see the work as a whole in order to gain a full understanding of Hobbs’ intent to explore the human psyche and relish the idea that we are all beautifully flawed.
Artists: Sarah Hobbs
Authors: Lisa Kurzner, Winifred Gallagher
Format: 28 x 28 cm
Illustrations: 25 including 24 in color
D.A.P. spring 2012 catalogue: p. 172
11:16 am • 22 March 2012
Donovan Wylie, One Day Taking Photographs in Belfast
Donovan Wylie One Day Taking Photographs In Belfast
by Peter Mann
Printed in an edition of 200 copies, each with a unique cover.
This is a book about watching a photographer at work.The Photographs were taken one afternoon in 2005 during a walk around north Belfast. At the time Peter Mann and Donovan Wylie were in Belfast working on a film about the Maze prison. As well as the ongoing Maze project Magnum photographer Wylie was also making a photographic record of the military architecture in the city of Belfast itself.
Peter Mann has collaborated on film and photography projects with Donovan Wylie since they met in 2000. As well as working on the documentary films Wylie made in the early 2000’s he has edited Wylie’s last three books ‘British Watchtowers’ 2007 (Consultant editor), ‘Maze 2’, 2009 and ‘Outposts’ 2011.
The book is printed digitally and every one of the 200 copies has a completely unique cover and is numbered on the reverse, something that simply cannot be done with litho.
11:10 pm • 9 January 2012