Finalist for a 2015 National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts category
Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, photography, film, and posters played an essential role in the campaign to disseminate modernity and Communist ideology. From early experimental works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky to the modernist photojournalism of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers were not only in the vanguard of style and technological innovation but also radical in their integration of art and politics. Filmmakers such as Dziga Vertov, Sergei Eisenstein, and Esfir Shub pioneered cinematic techniques for works intended to mobilize viewers.
Covering the period from the Revolution to the beginning of World War II, The Power of Pictures considers Soviet avant-garde photography and film in the context of political history and culture. Three essays trace this generation of artists, their experiments with new media, and their pursuit of a new political order. A wealth of stunning photographs, film stills, and film posters, as well as magazine and book designs, demonstrate that their output encompassed a spectacular range of style, content, and perspective, and an extraordinary sense of the power of the photograph to change the world.
A landmark work of American photojournalism "renowned for its fusion of social conscience and artistic radicality" (New York Times)
In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when, in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was first published to enormous critical acclaim. This unsparing record of place, of the people who shaped the land and the rhythm of their lives, is intensely moving and unrelentingly honest, and today--recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century--it stands as a poetic tract of its time. With an elegant new design as well as a sixty-four-page photographic prologue featuring archival reproductions of Evans's classic images, this historic edition offers readers a window into a remarkable slice of American history.
One day in the early 1970s, Robert Adams (born 1937) and his wife saw from their home a column of smoke rise above the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, near Denver, Colorado. For an hour they watched the plume grow and experienced a sense of helplessness before what appeared to be a nuclear accident in progress. Ultimately it was announced that the fire was burning outside the plant, but Adams decided to try to picture what stood to be lost in a nuclear catastrophe. He photographed in Denver and its suburbs; the individuals shown were within hazardous proximity to the Rocky Flats Plant. The new Steidl edition of Our Lives and Our Children presents an expanded sequence that retains the potent compactness of the first edition (out of print for nearly three decades).
This book is a selection of contact sheets and photographs by international and well-known photographers through which one can write an "original" history of photography. Each selected photo tells us the point of view of his/her author, whereas the contact sheets offer us the opportunity to better understand how the photographer has come to choose the right shot. Each selected photo is accompanied by a text written by the photographer, in which he/she tells to the reader when and why the picture was realized. This first book in the series features photographs by Michael Ackerman, Morten Andersen, Roberta Bayley, Stefano De Luigi, Jason Eskenazi, Joan Fontcuberta, Stanley Greene, Lauren Greenfield, Graciela Iturbide, Nadav Kander, Steve McCurry, Paolo Pellegrin, Anders Petersen, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Webb, and many others.
Giammaria De Gasperis was born in Sora in 1983. He is co-founder and editorial director of the photographic magazineRearviewmirror. He also works as exhibition curator and photo consultant for both Italian and foreign photographers. He is the curator ofFive Horizons, the First International Official Pearl Jam Exhibition (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, 2013; DanceHaus, Milan, 2014). He edited the two volumes ofContattiProvini d'autore, published by Postcart Edizioni and André Frère éditions, that are distributed worldwide and translated in Italian, English, and French. He lives and works in Rome.
In her series Removals, Finnish photographer Maija Tammi looks at the most common diseases by showing their raw evidence just a few minutes after operations. A removed gallstone, a goiter in a kidney bowl, looking like rare gems. "People find them really visually pleasing when they don't know what's in the photo," Tammi says, "They sometimes change their mind when they find out."
In Leftover, "portraits" of used radiation therapy masks, collected from hospitals, deal with the fear of sickness; both defined and undefined.
The intriguingly designed double book Leftover / Removals combines both series into a parallel story.
From Bhutan to Bali, from China to the Ukraine, from Micronesia to Cuba, Paul Chesley has photographed not only the romance of illusions but "the magic of reality in thousands of instants," as said by Joseph Conrad. This memoir of an artist's life will highlight the best images of his career from a geisha on a phone in a limousine, to the chromatic lifestyles of Havana, the forbidding ranks of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the faces of post-war Vietnam and the volcanic island of Iceland plus countless other countries in the past four decades. Chesley often focuses on the mercurial aspects of cultures in transition. He is drawn to those places where life seems to be on hold for just a fraction of time between the past and the future. His goal has always been the fleeting moments of the present before it is swept away in the never ending tide of history. While this book takes us to a score of faraway places, it is not attempting to be an ethnographic record. The accompanying, informal essays and the Introduction by Keith Lorenz intend to furnish a personal vision of history and place. These perspectives do not encourage facts to overwhelm the narrative. The aim of photos and text is to provide a mood, not an explanation.
small tears to cover at bottom of spine; otherwise like new
It is in such small communities as those so beautifully photographed by Hugh Palmer that the true spirit of Provence is to be found. Brilliant sunlight slants across jostling terra-cotta roofs, and great plane trees cast velvety shade across ancient squares where the only sound is that of a moss-covered fountain. The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence stunningly evokes the beauty and spirit of Provence, which has drawn visitors to it from ancient times to the present day. Its enduring charm is here celebrated in Palmer's magnificent photographs of such gems as Riez and its fields of lavender or the mysterious cobbled paths of Crestet. These entrancing places, and many others, make this book a lasting tribute to a magical world. Featuring a special listing of hotels, restaurants, festivals, and markets, this book celebrates a part of the world that has entranced millions.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show is the UK's largest outdoor show and features international competitions in four different equestrian disciplines. It also encompasses military displays involving The King's Troop and The Household Cavalry, as well as various other regiments from the British Army, Navy and Air Force. Anderson &?Low look behind the scenes during this very special week of events.