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Anybody found copy of Minutes to Midnight?
Old 12-23-2013   #1
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Anybody found copy of Minutes to Midnight?

Title says it all. Has anybody been able to find a copy of the Trent Parke Minutes to Midnight book?

I, like many others, pre-ordered a copy from Amazon over a year ago, only to see my pre-order cancelled in the last half-year.

Apparently it has been published, but none of the usual channels have it available, and it now shows as Out of Print on the Steidl website.

So, did anybody get lucky? And if so, any leads on possible copies still available or upcoming distribution? I'm going to be really gutted if I end up missing out on this one.

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Old 12-23-2013   #2
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Livrenoir on Amazon UK has a Used copy for $2xx: link
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Old 12-23-2013   #3
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Yes, I found mine on Amazon.de Marketplace, got it directly from Steidl. It is beyond anything, fantastic.
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Old 12-23-2013   #4
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I got mine from Amazon UK. I avoided early preorder due to cancelation stories like yours, so ordered it about 1.5 months ago. Two weeks ago it arrived, together with the refund of 3 pounds (initial price dropped to 24).
Surely enough price started going steadily up just 3 days later, but that was to expected.
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Old 12-23-2013   #5
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Got mine also from UK Amazon, with the rebate of around 3 also.
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Old 12-23-2013   #6
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Got it from Amazon.co.uk for 18 a couple of weeks ago (Amazon sold it to me at a discount!).

Pre-ordering months in advance on Amazon is dangerous - it often seems to result in people "falling off" the list or cancellation. When I heard publication was imminent (a few weeks in advance), only then did I put in an order.

Unfortunately for many, the book was so popular that the entire print run sold out in about a week!

"The Christmas Tree Bucket" is still available (for now), and I'd get it as it's hilarious! Here's hoping you have a better Christmas than the one Parke pictures...!
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Old 12-23-2013   #7
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here is the online version from Magnum website: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?V...RID=24KL534BCY

btw, his b&w work could be mistaken for moriyama.
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Old 12-23-2013   #8
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Here's the Magnum link: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?V...D=2TYRYDCVEAFT
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Old 12-23-2013   #9
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Hi,

Thanks all for the information. It's starting to look like I missed out on this one. I think my mistake was assuming there would be North American distribution and waiting for it to become available on Amazon Canada. Too bad, and a bit disappointing, really.

I refuse to buy at drastic mark-ups from the resale vultures. Does anybody know if there is a second printing expected, or some allocated for North America that have not yet been released?

If any good soul has an extra copy they're willing to part with, do let me know - or if you do hear of any available copies at a reasonable price, please give me a heads up.

Thanks - and happy holidays to all!

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Old 12-23-2013   #10
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Does anybody know if there is a second printing expected
Sorry - I've been informed that there will be no reprints.

Only single editions with no reprints are now the norm for photobooks. Today, photobooks have become collectible/desirable objects in their own right (just like prints), so photographers don't want multiple editions of their books or reprints, as that would damage their reputation - just as being careless about editioning for prints would.

Case in point... Christina de Middel was advised not to reprint her "Afronauts" book, which came out as an edition of 1500 in 2012. Costing 40, it soon sold out, and the price went stratospheric (especially after she became a finalist for the Deutsche Borse photography prize). When available, her book now sells for 1000-1500: http://snipurl.com/28cp8pk. (I bought an early copy from her for 40, which she signed!)

Christina self-published "Afronauts", raising the money herself, and she would definitely make a tidy sum if she reprinted. But she won't, as her reputation would be tarnished.

As for "resale vultures", I don't know about that: it's a case of supply and demand. And the demand's certainly there. On Amazon and Abe Books combined, there appears to be just one copy of "Minutes to Midnight" available! So, no one wants to sell...

If you really want a copy, I'd buy a one even at a a steep mark-up. I suspect that within a few weeks the price will settle somewhere around 200 for the foreseeable future...
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I've found a copy through Amazon Canada sold by Bookdepository. I went to bookdepository but they say they don't have it. Steidl says it came out Dec 15 but mine arrived Dec 12, I don't understand anything but at least I have the book
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Old 12-31-2013   #12
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Just picked up three from Amazon.ca, keep watching - they seem to pop up every now and then. Also, Steidl has confirmed that it is out of print:
http://www.steidl.de/flycms/en/Books...024304657.html
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Old 01-01-2014   #13
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I pre-ordered and paid mine through bol.com and it still says that delivery will be available on jan 15th... so they might have their own batch reserved and available.
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Old 01-01-2014   #14
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Polare.nl also states availability in two weeks time:

http://www.polare.nl/boek/parke-tren...9783869302058/
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Old 01-07-2014   #15
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It's for sale on Magnum now, if anyone's still subscribed to this..
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Old 01-08-2014   #16
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Thanks all for the tips. Ended up getting a copy through Amazon US just after Christmas. It arrived yesterday - beautiful book!
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Old 01-10-2014   #17
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I pre-ordered and paid mine through bol.com and it still says that delivery will be available on jan 15th... so they might have their own batch reserved and available.
Yup. Same. Also ordered it through the UK Amazon. We'll see what happens. Really hope I can get this book.
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Old 01-17-2014   #18
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I had ordered 7 from various sellers in hopes one would show up. My local bookshop called today said their suppliers have them and I'd see one Wednesday. BAM supposedly has shipped one of the three I had ordered and the 3 ordered from amazn are still pending. Bought one of these just in case:
(4 left as of this posting) $37.16 shipped from US seller.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380819635785
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Old 01-17-2014   #19
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Thanks for the ebay link gm13. You got me off my lazy butt and made me order.
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I had ordered 7 from various sellers in hopes one would show up. My local bookshop called today said their suppliers have them and I'd see one Wednesday. BAM supposedly has shipped one of the three I had ordered and the 3 ordered from amazn are still pending. Bought one of these just in case:
(4 left as of this posting) $37.16 shipped from US seller.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380819635785
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Powell's of Portland (http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9783869302058-0) is showing 25 copies in hand. After being rebuffed by the EBAY sale, I selected Powell's (just down the street from Seattle!).
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Powell's of Portland (http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9783869302058-0) is showing 25 copies in hand. After being rebuffed by the EBAY sale, I selected Powell's (just down the street from Seattle!).
thanks for posting this, i placed an order. i noticed the number in the warehouse didn't go down after my order, though, so i'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
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I've been chasing this book for a loooong time. I ordered two copies from amazon.gb and from a local Australian retailer, hopefully at least one of them ships!

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Old 01-19-2014   #24
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michaelwj - amazon has some for 30 if you act quick.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...qid=1390193264

local australian retailers are normally useless, you have to import.
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local australian retailers are normally useless, you have to import.
Especially useless when it comes to a great Australian photographer with a book of photos from Australia.
The AUS retailer is the backup. Also ordered through Amazon. I'll see how its going in a few days and order another (can't hurt to have 2...)
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Canadians: Chapters' site claims to have it in stock.
I'm not a big collector of photo books, but I recognize Trent Parke's work and Stedl's print quality reputation. I may order it.
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Especially useless when it comes to a great Australian photographer with a book of photos from Australia.
The AUS retailer is the backup. Also ordered through Amazon. I'll see how its going in a few days and order another (can't hurt to have 2...)
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Also ordered one through Powells. We'll see what ships...
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Looks like extra copies have made their way through distribution, at least in the UK and US, and are priced near retail. Search Amazon and Abe Books.

I doubt these will be available for long, especially at this price - photobooks are printed in low quantities (typically 1000—3000) and are increasingly not reprinted or re-editioned (even if popular) in order to appease collectors (i.e. they're limited editions, in the same way as photographic prints).
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Looks like extra copies have made their way through distribution, at least in the UK and US, and are priced near retail. Search Amazon and Abe Books.

I doubt these will be available for long, especially at this price - photobooks are printed in low quantities (typically 10003000) and are increasingly not reprinted or re-editioned (even if popular) in order to appease collectors (i.e. they're limited editions, in the same way as photographic prints).
Thanks! Just ordered mine from Abe. Still a few available!
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Ebay seller I linked above just discovered a "technical error" with my paid order, hence a delay. We'll see...(edit: shipped note from seller, maybe it's a go)

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Sorry - I've been informed that there will be no reprints. ..
Received this reply from Matthias Wegener, Steidl's sales and marketing guy, today:

"2500 copies; the second run is scheduled for September 14."

Of 2014 I assume.
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What? They're doing a reprint?

I just got an email this morning that my copy was shipped out. I paid 29,49€ (incl. s/h) at Bol.com, the Dutch 'Amazon'.
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Yes! I got my bol.com notice too Expecting delivery today... schweet!
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Yes! I got my bol.com notice too Expecting delivery today... schweet!
Mine came in today. My first Steidl!
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Ordered from Chapters here in Canada, shipped today.
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I have three on order, but none was stocked...so September it is? :/
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What? They're doing a reprint?
1 printing in 2 batches? I assume Steidl knew they were going to do 2500 copies and just spaced the printing out for whatever reason.

Received a copy today, have yet to open it. My Russell order doesn't look promising, an email today stated out of stock, at least 2 week wait--which could mean till Sept. 14.
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Amazon.com shipped a copy to me today, ordered on Jan 2nd.
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Powells closed my order and stated that the stock is no longer available. Not even back order. Need to hunt again.
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Trent Parke/Narelle Autio: Dreamlives documentary. I'm sure someone's linked this somewhere on rff but here it is again:
http://vimeo.com/6831560
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Thanks, I hadn't seen that before.
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