TIME LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books and has chosen three Radius Books photographers Michael Light, Julie Blackmon, and Laura Letinsky for their inspired forthcoming monographs. “These photo books, lovingly designed and meticulously edited, are a rare treat in a time when photography is all-too-often relegated to selfies and snapshots, and offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book.” (more..)
Jonathan Bell of Wallpaper* magazine took some time with Victoria Sambunaris to discuss her recent monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape, and what led her to this gorgeous body of work.
“The American landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has completed her first monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape. Sambunaris studied at Yale and still teaches there, although her main passion is the regular road trips she takes into the American interior. The monograph brings together many of the images she took in South Texas – a rich natural landscape that is also shifting fast due to the demands of the energy industry – covering over a decade’s worth of shooting.” Keep reading…
Congratulations to Aaron Huey for winning National Gold in Photography at the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards for his sold-out monograph, Mitakuye Oyasin. In this powerful book of photographs, Huey portrays both the broken social landscape and the ceremonial warrior culture of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
About the IPPYs
The “IPPY” Awards were launched in 1996 and are designed to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers. They were established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,650 entries in the national categories, 1,150 regional entries and 440 e-book entries. The medalists represented 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and eight countries overseas.
“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”
Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits & Diaries has been selected as the winner at the 57th Annual New England Book Show in the Illustrated Books category. This project records noted Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s most important cultural and historical zones. Dupont’s work has earned many awards, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award.
The New England Book Show is an annual juried show that recognizes the year’s most outstanding work by New England publishers, printers and graphic designers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Photographer Kevin Bubriski has been visually documenting the country and people of Nepal since his first visit in 1975. Sent as a young Peace Corps volunteer to the northwest Karnali Zone, the country’s remotest and most economically depressed region, he spent three years walking the length and breadth of the Karnali, planning and overseeing construction of gravity flow drinking water pipelines. He also photographed the local villagers, producing an extraordinary series of 35mm and large format black-and-white images. For nearly four decades, Bubriski has maintained his close association with Nepal and its people. Both visual anthropology and cultural history, this remarkable body of photographic work documents Nepal’s evolution from a traditional Himalayan kingdom to a rapidly changing, globalized society. Nepal: 1975–2011 also offers an incisive and comprehensive look at the aesthetic evolution of an important contemporary photographer.
With an introductory essay by Charles Ramble, Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Bubriski is Assistant Professor of Photography at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and was the 2010 recipient of the Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.
TIME LightBox presents their preview of the season’s best photography books, featuring Radius Books’ forthcoming Spring release Taxonomy of a Landscape by Victoria Sambunaris (with essay by Natasha Egan and short story by Barry Lopez). Click here for more from “TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Spring/Summer Photo Books.”
“In an age when so many of us experience photography almost exclusively on digital screens, these beautifully produced publications, from publishers large and small, proudly embrace the power of print and keep the brilliant tradition of the photobook very much alive.” -TIME Photo Department
“On that last visit, Frank’s symptoms receded like the tide; his pain disappeared and, as Ms. Karel writes in the afterword, ‘Disease no longer defined our lives.’ Though they were as seduced by visions of palm trees, daiquiris and surf as anyone else, it genuinely did the trick, and the Karels were eager to embrace the illusion.”
-Matthew McCann, The New York Times, Lens
Betsy Karel first visited Waikiki in 2009 with her husband, who was dying of cancer. He loved the place and while there, the ravaging symptoms of his disease seemed to vanish. Waikiki was his paradise. His exuberant spirit and his wry sense of humor were in full bloom. She promised him she would try to capture the happiness he felt in a new series of photographs. The work in this book, which continued over the next four years, is dedicated to his memory.
Organized to celebrate the printed image in book form through photography and repurposed images, Unfolding Images is a functioning library and reading room, allowing visitors the opportunity to review a juried selection of photobooks at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans during PhotoNOLA 2013.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Seth Curcio is an artist and arts writer based in San Francisco, CA. He co-founded the arts publication DailyServing.com in October of 2006, and served as publisher and creative director from 2006 to 2013. Curcio is currently the Associate Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. From 2005 to 2009 Curcio served as curator and director of the experimental non-profit gallery, studio, and education space Redux Contemporary Art Center.
SELECTED RADIUS BOOKS
From this distinguished field, Exhibition Juror & Associate Director of Pier 24 Seth Curcio has chosen the following Radius Books submissions for inclusion in the 2013 Unfolding Images exhibition:
All publications selected for the Unfolding Images exhibition will be placed into the CAC’s photobook library, on display December 2-30, 2013. Click here for more information about Unfolding Images.
Janet Russek: The Tenuous Stem
Book signing and exhibition
Tuesday, November 26 from 4-6pm
RADIUS BOOKS Studio
227 East Palace Avenue, Suite W
Radius Books will host a book signing and exhibition opening for Santa Fe photographer Janet Russek in celebration of the of her new retrospective book, The Tenuous Stem.
The poignancy and promise of the life cycle informs Janet Russek’s long term photographic project, The Tenuous Stem. In 1989, Eliot Porter—her mentor and friend—gave her a monorail camera. The camera was too unwieldy for anything but studio work, and although she has always worked with 4 x 5 cameras, she set up still lifes for the first time in 1993 to use it in her studio. More…