Witness the Historical Transformation of Japanese Photography

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“Many photographers started questioning what was the duty, what was the mission for them to reflect the society which changed radically in the ‘60s,” says Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator of photography at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, who produced the exhibition For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979, the first major show devoted to the radical transition in Japanese visual culture.

Publishing Photo Books: Success Tips from Brad Mangin

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We asked Brad to share his book publishing experiences with the PhotoShelter community. Having experienced the process of compiling, editing, producing, and marketing photography books (now four times) affords Brad some amazing insights. We asked Brad to dig into everything from choosing a publisher to contract terms and design intentions – his responses are candid and very helpful.

New zines from Hamburger Eyes

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With titles like Celly Brain, Koinstars, Face Time and California Nights, Hamburger Eyes continues to be one of the most prolific publishers of black and white photography zines out.

Harry Gruyaert: A Belgian photographer embraces the color movement of the 1970s

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It’s hard to read anything about Harry Gruyaert without at least one mention of the word color. The Belgian’s somewhat radical embrace of the medium in the 1970s has certainly helped define his career thus far: Black-and-white photos were the last things on viewers’ minds while walking through Gruyaert’s recently closed show at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris or while turning the pages of a retrospective of his work around the world, Harry Gruyaert.

Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin photograph the Republic of the Congo in their book, Congo.

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Compared to its larger Central African neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo has not been widely documented. Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin provide plenty of visual records in their book, Congo, which Aperture published in May, but they don’t seek to illuminate much, at least in terms of names, places, and historical context. Their photographs, a mix of captivating city scenes and tropical landscapes, are uncaptioned and untitled. An interview with Majoli over email yielded little more in the way of concrete information. Their goal, he said, was to leave viewers with only “what is necessary” to draw their own conclusions—namely, images—and nothing more.

In China, the Photobook as Art and History

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On a fateful 2006 trip to a Beijing flea market, the photographers Martin Parr and Ruben Lundgren were fascinated by the Chinese photobooks they discovered. Soon, they became obsessed. Mr. Lundgren, who relocated there and became fluent in Mandarin, helped Mr. Parr make sense of the many volumes they began to systematically collect. By 2009, Mr. Lundgren’s Beijing apartment overflowed with books.

Odysseia by Antoine D’Agata


When I was on the ground, I constantly questioned the usefulness of my presence. I photographed people dying, to show them to those who let them die.

Pathways from Darkroom to Digital

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In a new book, “From Darkroom to Daylight,” Harvey Wang interviews fellow-photographers and other renowned photo-world professionals about their experiences navigating technological changes in the medium. Some, such as Sally Mann, have continued to rely on early photographic processes; others, such as Stephen Wilkes, have eagerly embraced the possibilities of digital. Below are excerpts from Wang’s conversations with those and other artists, accompanied by images that embody each of their photographic practices. The aim in initiating these dialogues, Wang writes in the book’s introduction, is to find out “if other photographers’ worlds were turned upside down when they stopped mixing chemicals and isolating themselves in the dark.”

This Week In Photography Books: Sol Neelman

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This is the kind of book that is very hard not to like. In fact, if you hate it, I’ll have to accuse you of lacking any sense of humor whatsoever. Which means you’re no fun, so I’d rather you spent your Friday reading time elsewhere.

Collective book: Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli published by Aperture

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Magnum photographers Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli present a collaborative document of the Congo and its people. Bringing together the best of each photographer’s personal styles as well as experimental forays into abstraction and collage, this volume captures what Alain Mabanckou describes as a full range of the landscape, “from urban scenes to great forests and back, reflecting the way it is in most African societies today.” With no captions or individual photo credits, the densely printed images—presented on full-bleed pages, as gatefolds, or as double-spread gatefolds—become wholly immersive.

A look at Eli Reed’s career in the book, A Long Walk Home

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Whether he’s photographing Hollywood actors or armed militia men, Eli Reed’s work can be characterized by a distinct sense of humanity and empathy. His book, A Long Walk Home, which was published by University of Texas Press in May, is an expansive testament to this quality through more than 250 black-and-white images from several continents and more than five decades covering a wide spectrum of subjects.

Olivia Arthur’s Stranger


This new project by Olivia Arthur takes as its starting point a shipwreck that happened in 1961 and traces the footsteps of a fictional survivor through the modern city.

On Daido: 31 Photographers Pay Tribute to Japan’s Most Inspiring Image-maker

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Daido Moriyama is one of the most influential photographers in the history of the medium—but why take our word for it? The forthcoming book On Daido, from FBF, the publishing branch of the not-for-profit Fotobookfestival Kassel, features homages from 31 photographers and 21 writers exploring what it is about his deceptively simple images that continue to captivate and inspire so many to follow suit. The book is being funded through Indiegogo and, as of this writing, is about two-thirds away from target with just over two days left in the campaign.

Paul Schiek TBW Books Interview

There’s a whole process to looking at books. You know this as a reviewer. You look at them in a certain way, in a certain environment. Are you standing up, or are you sitting down? Are you drinking a beer, or are you not?

I take all these things into consideration. Who is my audience? How are they going to experience this? I love, love, love thinking about all those things.

Book : Encerrados 10 years, 74 prisons by Valerio Bispuri


Valerio Bispuri photographed prisoners, cells, but his camera was on something else. This was the lack of freedom that often precedes  the life of whoever ends up in prison. The lack of freedom, and thus of choice, is what has convicted the thousands of prisoners that Bispuri has caught with his camera. The prisons he entered in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela are among the most dangerous on the Latin American continent. ”