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Old 07-30-2012   #1241
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Koudelka: Lime (a new extended edition).
Bernard Plossu: Retrospective
Has the printing changed in the new edition ? Gypsies was significantly different in all respects, paper, printing etc.
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Passed by a local second hand store - and in the window was "Paris, mon amour". It is the taschen, soft cover book by JC Gautrand. A compilation of Paris photos over the centuries, including HCB, Sieff, Plossu etc. At $8 I could not pass it up - and by adding another $5 I got a Konica C35 Automatic that seems to work fine (only one roll through now - will do some more with it later).

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Been another lengthy spell since I had time to post my photo-related book acquisitions. So, here goes.


Michael Spano, Time Frames: City Pictures, powerhouse classics, 2002
isbn: 978-1-57678-392-2
Michael teaches (black and white film) photography at Sarah Lawrence College (where I teach), so I had to pick up his book. It's interesting, divided into panoramas, grids, portraits, multi-exposures, and diptychs. These are all what we usually call "street photography", but Michael changes things up in that each type of photo plays self-consciously with time. A tad more experimental than I normally go for, but I enjoy seeing what my colleagues do.


Lee Friedlander, Mannequin, Fraenkel Gallery, 2012.
isbn: 978-1-881337-32-4
I found this disappointing. Perhaps it's the sameness of the subject, but I had a hard time appreciating most of these images. There are a few gems and the printing is good, but it did not hold my interest like America By Car or most of his other work. I'm sure I'll give it a few more chances here soon so perhaps it will grow on me. ...


Raymond Depardon. Afriques. Hazan, 2005
isbn: 2-7541-0045-8
Depardon is one of my favorite photographers and this book doesn't disappoint (me at least). It's nothing particularly different if you're familiar with him and it reprises quite a number of images that are found in his Voyages, but the reproductions here are much bigger. It also includes much more recent material, running up to the early 2000s.


Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography (中国人本:纪实在当代), edited by Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆), curated by AN Ge (安哥), HU Wugong (胡武功), and WANG Huangsheng (王璜生), 2nd ed, 2009 (1st ed. 2003)
isbn: 978-7-5362-2847-4
Nearly 600 photos; all black and white, both 35mm and medium format. Fabulous documentary (news, reportage, etc.) images from the 1950s through 2000s. The full range of human emotion is here: triumph, despair, laughter, anger, hatred, envy, etc., etc. It covers the gamut from rural to urban, height of Maoism to reform-era capitalism. Seems to be somewhat heavy on northern China, but there's enough from south and west to make the coverage fairly good. The only downsides are the small size of the reproductions and the shoddy translation. (Many of the Chinese captions are mis-translated into English -- sometimes it's humorous, but some are nearly unintelligible, completely masking the original meaning.)



Patrizia Bonanzinga, The Road to Coal. 2004
isbn: 88-7757-176-4
An interesting book of documentary photos around the extraction and transportation of coal in Shanxi province. Many rural areas of China still depend on coal briquets for cooking and heating, but the laborers who work to supply and transport it are poor. Not earth shaking but decent.



CHANG, Chien-Chi. Double Happiness, Aperture, 2005
isbn: 1-931788-56-1
Chang photographed some of the Vietnamese girls who sign up at businesses to be purchased brides for Taiwanese men, the interview process by which they are selected, and their weddings. Dispassionate framing and style, but it's very moving for the desperation that lurks on the faces all parties (brides, grooms, and grooms' mothers).



Robert Hirsch. Seizing the light: A Social History of Photography, 2nd ed. 2009
isbn: 978-0-07-337921-0
isbn: 0-07-337921-2
Sadly, I haven't done much more than crack this open. Too much other reading to do and not enough time -- a frequent issue for me. Look forward to it sometime soon (I hope!) in large part because the "social" aspect hinted at in the title is enticing to me.




Art and Artifice: Japanese Photographs of the Meiji Era, Emiko K. Usui and Mark Polizzotti, eds. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004
isbn: 0-87846-682-7
Essays and early photographs from the Meiji period (1868-1912). Portraits, landscapes, tourist spots. Many hand-colored.


The errata editions reprint of Yutaka Takanashi, Toshi-e (Towards the City). 2010
isbn: 978-1-9935004-10-3
Thoroughly enjoyed this. When I teach post-war Japanese history, I do a class period on photography centered around Shomei Tomatsu (as midway between Ken Domon and Daido Moriyama). This gave me another book to make available to the class as discussion material.



Nobuyoshi Araki, A Sentimental Journey. (Japanese ed.), 1991.
isbn: 4-10-380001-1
One of the saddest, most desolate, photobooks I've ever seen. I bring this in to class as well.



HE Zhiya (何智亚). Chongqing laocheng (重庆老城) [The Old Cities of Chongqing]. 2010
isbn: 978-7-229-02926-5
HE spent nearly 20 years documenting the changes in Chongqing, now China's largest municipality (a total population of some 32 million people though there are significant portions that are countryside villages). HE concentrates on Chongqing proper (the central city), Jiangbei (across the Jialing River), and Nan'an (across the Yangzi River). Many of the alleys and old architecture he photographed are no longer there, having been demolished to make way for the glittering developments of recent years. Richly toned, detailed photos paired with essays and notes on the buildings and areas of the city.



Mark Henley, China [sur]real. Timezone 8, 2006
isbn: 988-99265-6-3
Color street photographs from reform-era China. Many of these are quite good, particularly of the cities. The colors are a bit over-saturated for me, but that's a minor quibble and it does emphasize the often garish quality of recent Chinese development (at least in the cities).



Shen Wei. Chinese Sentiment. 2011
isbn: 978-0-981-8770-2-0
Although Shen is from Shanghai, this book is shot around many places (cities) in China -- images are of his friends, streets, cityscapes, details of life, etc. It's lyrical, intimate, and sensuous but not in a classical beautiful way. I didn't like it much at all on first look because I couldn't detect many strong connecting themes. And I still can't, but it has grown on me each time I look through it. I enjoy the colors in here -- subdued without being pastel and without losing richness.


Terry Bennett. Zhongguo sheying shi: 1842-1860 [中国摄影史:1842-1860] (History of Chinese Photography: 1842-1860). 2011.
isbn: 978-7-80236-567-4
This is the Chinese translation of his book, which is OOP and very expensive (much cheaper to order the Chinese version from the mainland Amazon affiliate). Again, more of a history text than an art book. Lots of illustrations though and that makes it fascinating to look through, though I haven't yet read much of the text.



CHEN Shen (陈申) and XU Xijing (徐希景), Zhongguo sheying yishu shi (中国摄影艺术史) [A History of Chinese Art Photography], 2011
isbn: 978-7-108-03382-6
Haven't yet gotten to read this and it is, obviously from the title, a narrative history of art photography and not primarily about images per se. From the table of contents it seems quite complete (major people, groups, areas, and eras). Looking forward to reading this lengthy tome.



CHEN Xiaobo (陈小波). Tamen weishenme yao sheying (他们为什么要摄影) [Why They Photograph]. 2011
isbn: 978-7-5039-5108-4
The author conducted a series of interviews with 25 major Chinese photographers, talking about their careers, important images, subjects, working methods, etc. Fascinating and I've only dipped my toes into the first several interviews.
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Old 08-07-2012   #1245
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Recent acquisitions:

- Rei Yanagi: Long shots
A little booklet from booklet press ;-) . I was interested in the small edition stuff and it looked interesting online. Some very nice photos in there some OK ones.

- Thomas Hoepker: DDR Ansichten - views from a vanished country.

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I've got a book of Antanas Sutkus (Lithuanian photographer) as a present from my wife:

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Stopped by The Strand bookstore today and picked up Watabe Yukichi, A Criminal Investigation. Fascinating.
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Robert Hughes died today. He was one of the greatest art critics and historians of our time. I've had "The Shock Of The New", his history of modernism, for years. He also wrote a history of colonial Australia, "The Fatal Shore". Hughes was Australian.
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last Sunday at the SF Bay area meet up at SFMOMA, I picked up Shomei Tomatsu's "Skin of the Nation" for over 50% off!
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Old 08-07-2012   #1250
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At last I picked up my copy of Ragnar Axelsson's Last Days of the Arctic - brilliant book, both the colour "lanscape-ish" images as well as "the usual RAX" - bw documentary-ish stuff.
Also recieved Nick Brandt's On this earth - lovely as well.

The good news is there are a couple more in the post!
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Went to a book signing by Martin Parr on Monday evening. Picked up his two latest - Up And Down Peachtree and No Worries. Got him to sign them and a opy of The Last Resort I already had.

He gave a little talk - said he has a separate building to house his photobook collection. He has over 12,000.

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Nice find! It's a good retrospective and shows Tomatsu's range.

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I looked through Peachtree on the train home - haven't had chance to look at No Worries yet.

I think that when you buy a Martin Parr book you know what you are getting and Peachtree is Martin Parr doing what he does best. The design of the book is quite interesting in that there will occaisionally be a crop of a photo on one page and then the full frame image on the next page.

Expect bright, colourfull images of food, people, people eating food, animals and signs.

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NICE ! Where did you buy that one? I'm very interested!.
I bought it in Barcelona, at Laie bookstore in Via Laietana. It's a Spanish edition in two volumes, but the English edition seems to be easy to find. It's a good book, lots of contact sheets; I might post a mini-review next week.
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After a thread on here that mentioned him I picked up William Mortensen : A Revival . Very interesting

Yes, this guy like Steve Jobs never invented anything just was an innovator (well maybe Mortensen invented a few things but not patented). His books are NOT picture books, but technique books. His lighting innovation is still useful today. I first learned of him reading Barry Thornton's 'Edge of Darkness' (also not a picture book) that has an almost appendix and the end that mentions one of Mortensen's technique.
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Robert Hughes died today. He was one of the greatest art critics and historians of our time. I've had "The Shock Of The New", his history of modernism, for years. He also wrote a history of colonial Australia, "The Fatal Shore". Hughes was Australian.
The Fatal Shore is a wonderful book. Such vivid writing. It must be twenty years since I read it but I can still remember some sentences, one describing the galahs flying in formation, alternately grey and then pink against the sky, and another describing the many rocks beneath the cliffs around Sydney Harbour, his analogy a biscuit with crumbs the size of houses having fallen from the cliffs. In the TV program of the Shock of the New his pieces to camera were descended from Kenneth Clark's Civilisation, right down to the rapid turns of the head to right and left as he made his strident points. He decried the bus loads of dentists from New Jersey in their Gucci loafers buying up modern art. Of Jeff Koontz he alluded to Socrates' dictum regarding the unexamined life not being worth living, paraphrasing him - the unlived life not being worth examining.
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Got myself Rob Hornstra's "Safety First" today. It is entirely composed of negatives which were damaged by x-ray scanners during his stay in Grozny.
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Ha. My girlfriend also bought a thick Martin Parr book today. I've never seen The Last Resort in my book store so always assumed it to be no longer available to the poor...
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Ha. My girlfriend also bought a thick Martin Parr book today. I've never seen The Last Resort in my book store so always assumed it to be no longer available to the poor...
It was reissued a year or 2 ago so you can now get it at regular the person's price. I picked one up last year. The collector in me would love to have first editions of these things, but prices are often just too crazy.
I'm happy for these reprints. And the quality is often better on the newer editions anyway.

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A History of Photography from 1839 to the Present, The George Eastman House Collection, Taschen.

A number of Photofile books, to keep my editions of Saul Leiter and Jozef Koudelka company:
Ernst Haas
Lewis Carroll
Duane Michals
Paolo Roversi

And some Phaidon 55 mini books:
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I've never seen The Last Resort in my book store so always assumed it to be no longer available to the poor...
It was $48 at the ICP in NYC and I'm sure it'll be cheaper on amazon and ebay.
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Thanks for the info sar-photo. It sounds like something I'll need to pick up.
I had this book pre-ordered since April and it still hasn't been released.
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MoMA's 75th anniversary edition of Walker Evans, American Photographs -- the original edition is too pricey to justify, at least until an unknown rich uncle dies and leaves me his fortune.
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MoMA's 75th anniversary edition of Walker Evans, American Photographs -- the original edition is too pricey to justify, at least until an unknown rich uncle dies and leaves me his fortune.
I almost bought a first edition once, but got cold feet in the end.
My copy is a later edition from the 60's or 70's. I'll get this new version for its faithfulness in design to the original. How do you find the production quality? The MOMA description mentions "Digital" printing.

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Gary,

The notes for the edition, written by Sarah Hermanson Meister, go into more detail on the methods and source material used. Here's the relevant paragraph:

"The advent of digital printing has once again transformed the methods of book production; the reproductions in this volume were made using the same duotone offset printing process as the fiftieth-anniversary edition, but now produced from digital files. Original source material continues to deteriorate or disappear, and the possibilities for digital mischief are extraordinary, making it ever more necessary to be scrupulous in characterizing the ways in which this edition takes advantage of current technology (however, any refinements with analog equivalents that were not previously deemed noteworthy are likewise here considered a routine part of the printing process). [details of restoring specific images edited out ... ] The purpose of these modifications is to emulate the general feel and the specific crops of the 1938 edition. Equally important is to balance this respect for the past with the potential for approximating ever-more-closely the cool beauty of prints made by Evans: careful observers might notice some reproductions capturing this better than ever before." (p. 204).

The reproductions look very good to me. There are some obvious differences image-to-image. Some are virtually grainless with very high contrast and minute detail, others have very large and obvious grain, lower contrast, less fine detail, etc. I'm guessing these differences are there in the original prints and edition, but I've never seen the original edition to say for sure how faithful each one is.



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My copy is a later edition from the 60's or 70's. I'll get this new version for its faithfulness in design to the original. How do you find the production quality? The MOMA description mentions "Digital" printing.

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Just ordered American Photos as well. I have the books on books version and some of the images are just too tiny to enjoy.
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Thank you very much for that. I've already placed my order.
This is one of those titles that many would consider a "Must Have".
If you haven't already, look for Walker Evans and Robert Frank, An Essay on Influnce, by Tod Papageorge. An interesting look at this book and Frank's, The Americans.

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Gary,

You're more than welcome. It's definitely one of the Ur photo books, so I've been on the look out for a long time but just couldn't get up the nerve to spend the dosh for earlier editions. Saw the 75th anniversary at The Strand last week and decided not to wait any longer (and it's so reasonably priced too). I look forward to hearing your reaction once your copy arrives -- your eyes may be far more discerning than mine!

The Papageorge book is pretty pricey for 60 pages! But, it looks good (good choice of cover images to suggest the dialogue between the two men) -- I'll use inter-library loan to take a read. Thanks for the suggestion!



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Thank you very much for that. I've already placed my order.
This is one of those titles that many would consider a "Must Have".
If you haven't already, look for Walker Evans and Robert Frank, An Essay on Influnce, by Tod Papageorge. An interesting look at this book and Frank's, The Americans.

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I got myself Frizot/Wanaverbecq's retrospective of Kertész' life and work.
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Ansel Adams: Polaroid Land Photography. Very interesting to read of the level of research and experimentation that Ansel put into the topic of Polaroids. And boy do some of those Type 55 and Polacolor 2 type 808 images really shine.
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Just ordered American Photos as well. I have the books on books version and some of the images are just too tiny to enjoy.
Me too.
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Looking forward to your and John's reactions too.

For my part, I'm grateful for these reprints, even when they aren't 100% faithful to the originals -- they let me pick up books I couldn't really ever afford (or justify) otherwise.

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