Books

From pictorialism to Provoke: the most extensive history of Japanese photobooks – The Eye of Photography

The Japanese Photobook, 1912 – 1990, published by Steidl and edited by Manfred Heiting, illustrates the development of photography as seen in photo publications in Japan—from the time of influence of European and American pictorialism, the German Bauhaus and Imperial military propaganda, to the complete collapse and destruction of the country in 1945. Then followed a new beginning: with the unique self-determination of a young generation of photographers and visual artists highlighted by the “Provoke” style as well as protest and war documentation of the late 1950s to the early ’70s, the signature Japanese photobook, as we have come to know it, was born. With detailed information and illustrations of over 400 photo publications, an introduction by Kaneko Ryuichi and essays by Jo Takeba, Yuri Mitsuda, Mari Shirayama, Satomi Fujimura, Kotaro Lizawa, Duncan Forbes, this is the first extensive English-language survey of Japanese photobooks of this period.

Marvin E. Newman’s Spellbinding “City of Lights” – Feature Shoot

Now in his 89th year, American photographer Marvin E. Newman is receiving his due as one of the finest street photographers of the twentieth century. His self-titled monograph, just released as a XXL Collector’s Edition from Taschen showcases his vibrant collection of cityscapes made in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles—as well as in the Heartland of the nation and the outskirts of Alaska between the years 1950 and 1983.

Priscilla Briggs: Impossible is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism | LENSCRATCH

Impossible is Nothing focuses on that phenomenon with a six year investigation of where the east meets west. She traveled throughout the eastern seaboard of China to examine a “new brand of Communism that embraces Capitalism with Chinese characteristics.” Her photographs reveal constructed realities, especially when then relate to ideas of luxury gleaned from Western capitalist values and also shares what lies beneath the façade and the costs of global consumerism, as shown in Briggs’ photographs of factories and polluted waterways. Portraits, still life images and urban landscapes, rich in detail, are woven together to create a lyrical ode to the optimism and imagination of a country where anything seems possible

James Baldwin & Steve Schapiro, The Fire Next Time – The Eye of Photography

First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.” It is now republished by Taschen.

The Lumen Seed: Records of a search in the Australian desert by Judith Crispin – The Eye of Photography

Judith Crispin is many things; a poet, photographer and scholar, as well as a mother, friend and daughter. She is also a cancer survivor. Just as these labels don’t define her, neither do the photographs and stories in her book define those who are featured. Rather, Judith Crispin gives a glimpse into moments that when combined provide a picture that is far more expansive in its storytelling than one image, one poem, one narrative can ever be.

Larry Fink, The Polarities – The Eye of Photography

The portrait of American society that Fink sketches out starting in the 1950s continues. The Polarities narrates modern America, the radical changes between the Obama years and the arrival of Trump, the society of the spectacle – in which “the show must go on” – and the continuing divide between metropolitan and rural areas. Here, Fink’s images recall those of the Farm Security Administration, the great project designed to study the American territory between 1935 and 1943.

Covering Conflict in the Central African Republic: Photos | Time.com

Over the course of the last three years, French photographer William Daniels made 10 trips to the Central African Republic to report on the country’s rapid descent into civil war and its very slow and still fragile recovery. His photographs were published, including in TIME, and exhibited internationally. Now, they are the subject of a new book, RCA, that takes a different approach — one that’s more reflective, “more subtle, more personal,” says Daniels.

Look up! – The Eye of Photography

In the introduction to the new book Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestagram, excerpted below, editor Ayperi Karabuda Ecer discusses the wide-ranging impact of the technological advances that have made drone photography possible.

Puk Damsgård’s The ISIS Hostage Examines the Horror of an Irregular War

The ISIS Hostage: One Man’s True Story of Thirteen Months in Captivity is a case study in what might be called the New War Journalism. Puk Damsgård’s unadorned chronicle of Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye’s capture, confinement and eventual release delivers a lesson as astringent as medicine: in the modern era of irregular warfare, battlefields are no longer demarcated by flags or trenches but by ideology and memory

Bookstore Browsing: 10 Photo Books from Tokyo

Japan is famous for its camera brands and love of photography, but outside of Daido Moriyama, most westerners would probably be hard-pressed to name a Japanese photographer. In browsing a number of titles at the Tsutaya bookstore, I was struck by the popularity of vernacular photography. And in a land replete with the highest resolution digital cameras and technical accuracy, many Japanese photographers seem to embrace film and aim for a grittier aesthetic – perhaps a photographic reflection of their concept of wabi-sabi or the acceptance of imperfection and transience.

Peter van Agtmael: Buzzing at the Sill

Peter van Agtmael’s new monograph, Buzzing at the Sill published by Kehrer, is a timely collection of images of a more challenged America, a sequel to his well-celebrated book, Disco Nights September 11th. Expanding on his work created during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2006 to 2013, and their impact back home, Buzzing at the Sill, shows us a country in flux, a country in crisis, and more importantly, a country in need of better days

The latest issue of Dog Food

Dog Food 5 has just arrived on the scene and introduces the newly formed KRISIS photo agency on the world stage. Follow their exploits from the Island of Lesbos to the depths of Syria. The editors created Archive articles from Kurdistan to Canada. Including a new photo manifesto, trigger-fingers, and a tribute to a photographer that has left us. Can you identify every photographer on the cover? Dog food is free and free for all

A look inside Jim Goldberg’s “The Last Son”

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Through the years, all of Jim Goldberg’s publishing endeavors have been worthy of attention, dating back to his seminal and highly collectable 1995 title Raised by Wolves. With each effort, Goldberg builds brilliant narrative stories, unconventional in presentation and deeply personal.

Michael Dunev: Parallax

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Michael Dunev has just released a significant monograph, Parallax, recently published by Poligrafa in Spain, showcasing 45 years of black and white stunning photography

The Best Photography Books of the Year: 2016

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2016 was an undeniably tumultuous year for the world, which has translated into a strong year for photo books. In time for the holidays we present the best new offerings, as well as highlights from our 2016 roundups in spring, summer, and fall.

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