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Ricardo Cases, ‘El porqué de las naranjas’

A visual wandering across ephemeral details and amazing banalities compose Ricardo Cases’ publication ‘El porqué de la naranjas’ (MACK, London). The body of work was entirely produced in the region of Levante, Spain, where the author chose to let himself carried away by the beauty of his near surroundings. The vibrant and colorful portrait of the…

Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine, A Perpetual Season

Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine’s A Perpetual Season flows, as a musical arrangement, in a minor scale. Intriguing and unsettling. Repeated encounters with detached strangers alternate with glimpses of worn-out concrete surfaces and indispensable pauses, with a rhythmic and slow cadence. The book consists of a journey through an unknown, yet familiar city, made of instants and fragments. The…

Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin, This Equals That!

What do a sailing boat and a square ruler have in common? And what about a bookstall and a brick wall? These are only few of the question marks raised by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin in their publication This Equals That!.   Entirely dedicated to all children from five to one hundred years old,…

Max De Esteban, Heads Will Roll

Max De Esteban’s volume Heads Will Roll is the fourth episode of the author’s series of Propositions, a long-term investigation arising from today’s growing embracement of technologies within the artistic approaches and methods. The images gathered in this book hail from a variety of sources, among which the digital world and the news, today definable…

Sergio Romagnoli, A Drop in the Ocean

  Éditions du Lic’s volume A Drop in the Ocean is a homage to the life of Sergio Romagnoli, a 37-year old Italian naturalist and science teacher who was murdered under mysterious circumstances in 1994 on the island of Sao Tomè and Principe (Gulf of Guinea, Western Africa), where he had moved with his wife after…

Paul Graham, Does Yellow Run Forever?

Collected in a precious tiny volume published by MACK, Paul Graham’s latest series of photographs Does Yellow Run Forever? brings into question what we seek and value in life – love, wealth, happiness, beauty – therefore following the author’s ceaseless research on the ephemeral and quotidian in our lives.   Three distinct groups of images – rainbows…

Jochen Lempert, Phenotype

Phenotype is the first comprehensive monograph dedicated to the photographic work of the German biologist Jochen Lempert’s, spanning from the 1990s until today. Divided into thematic chapters and completed by a rich section of texts, the book offers an overview of Lempert’s distinctive black and white depiction of animals, plants and humans. Lempert’s method, although…

Guido Guidi, Veramente

Retracing the distinctive 40-year career of Italian photographer Guido Guidi’s, “Veramente” gathers excerpts of his entire oeuvre spanning from 1959 to the present. Pioneer of Italian landscape photography, Guidi’s body of images highlights the importance of the medium as a process and experience of understanding, and carries out a visual discourse upon the meaning of…

Roe Ethridge, Sacrifice Your Body

In his latest publication by MACK, Roe Ethridge combines a series of personal documentary images taken in western Palm Beach County and surreal collage works, together with discarded images from a Chanel fashion shoot. The author’s narrative – largely inspired by David Lynch’s approach to film-making and pertaining to the “new school of synthetic photography” – aims…

Hans J. Wegner, Just One Good Chair

In order to celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007), Hatje Cantz dedicates the monograph Just One Good Chair to his groundbreaking career, identified with the production of an unrivalled number of chairs. Trained as a furniture maker, Wegner was capable to push the technical limitations of wood by always giving…

Marcel Dzama, Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets

The book “Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets” illustrates Marcel Dzama’s solo exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery in London. The artist’s eclectic puppets and masks, a peculiar subject matter that originates from Dadaism and Marcel Duchamp’s influences above all, are presented here in form of drawings, collages, sculptures, dioramas, paintings and video stills. Best known for his…

Andy Sewell, Something like a nest

Sewell’s new book consists of beautiful landscapes, domestic interiors and still-lives that make up a delicate portrayal of today’s English countryside. The artist explores how our idea of this land, and the pastoral symbolism related to it, intersects with contemporary culture. Sewell goes beyond the clichés in order to create a visual experience in which the…

The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

‘The Sochi Project’ was born in 2007 from the will of Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen’s to tell the story of the city of Sochi, Russia, site of the controversial Winter Olympic Games that took place earlier this year. The city is located on the border of the conflict zone Abkhazia and, across the Caucasus…

Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

First published by Aperture in 1986, Nan Goldin’s groundbreaking publication The Ballad of Sexual Dependency – now considered as a contemporary classic – was given new life in a fresh paperback edition with new scans from the original transparencies. Originally presented as a slide projection, this body of work offers an intimate visual portrait of the photographer and…

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image

This is the first release (together with Larry Fink’s) of the new ‘Photography Workshop Series’ edited by Aperture. The series features a selection of the world’s most renowned photographers, who were asked to share their approaches, techniques and insights on photography for the purpose of recreating the workshop experience in a book. Internationally acclaimed for their color…

Paul Salveson, Between the Shell

Published by MACK after winning this year’s edition of the First Book Award, Between the Shell by Paul Salveson consists of a series of photographs taken in New York and Virginia between 2006 and 2011. Absurdist playful constructions are jocosely extracted from commonplace objects, within the walls of domestic environments. Salveson’s photographic process is intended…

Linda Fregni Nagler, The Hidden Mother

Italian artist Linda Fregni Nagler’s book The Hidden Mother collects 1.002 children portraits – tintypes, ambrotypes, snapshots, daguerreotypes, cartes de visite and cabinet cards – taken between the advent of photography and the 1920’s by mostly anonymous authors. At the time the photographs were taken, because of the slow exposure times, babies needed to be…

Joan Fontcuberta, The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography

Hasselblad Foundation recently assigned its 33rd prestigious International Award in Photography to Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta. Co-published by the Swedish Foundation and MACK specifically for this occasion, “The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography” combines six of the author’s most iconic series: Herbarium (1984), Fauna (1987), Constellations (1993), Sputnik (1997), Sirens (2000) and…