TIME Photo: “Taxonomy of a Landscape” of Best Books This Season!

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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

“The New York Times Lens” features BETSY KAREL: CONJURING PARADISE

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Screen shot 2014-03-12 at 10.31.20 AM“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 

Photographer Betsy Karel opens up about her new monograph, Conjuring Paradise, in a candid conversation with The New York Times’ Matthew McCann. Click here to read more from that interview.

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.


Radius Titles Honored at CAC New Orleans

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. 


Seth Curcio is an artist and arts writer based in San Francisco, CA. He co-founded the arts publication 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.


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:

Sharon Harper, From Above and Below

Aaron Huey, Mitakuye Oyasin

Justin Kimball, Pieces of String

Rebecca Norris Webb, My Dakota

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
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…

Radius Books Artist Party

Book Sale, Sign-a-thon, Video Shorts &  Silent Auction

Free and open to the public Saturday, September 21, 5 – 8pm at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.


In celebration of our sixth year, RADIUS BOOKS will bring together 50 notable local and international artists for a book sale, sign-a-thon, video shorts, and silent auction. Featured artists include Tom Joyce, Sam Abell, John Gossage, Charles Arnoldi, John Fincher, Tony Delap, Sharon Core, James Drake, Michael Light, Stephen Dupont, David Taylor, Barbara Bosworth, Mark Klett, Victoria Sambunaris, Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, Betsy Karel, Sharon Harper, Johnnie Winona Ross, Charles Ross, Janet Russek, and many more.

We’re taking over the Santa Fe Farmer’s Marker building for the night with a huge pop-up bookstore that will include all of our titles, where you can view and purchase books. And you can meet the artists, who will be available to sign copies or discuss their projects. We will also premier a series of short videos showing artists describing their Radius books. There will be food trucks, local beer, and a silent auction of limited hand-made books.

Justin & Doug Kimball Book Signing at ICP


For four years Justin Kimball accompanied his brother Doug, an auctioneer, into the houses of the recently deceased or dispersed. While Doug cleared these spaces of items for potential resale, Justin sought within them the evidence of an individual’s life. Photographing the smallest objects, he reimagined their existence and relationship to their absent owners. “I use the camera’s descriptive power and the photographic illusion of truth to create the narrative and inspire feelings about its subject,” he writes of these images. “The resulting photographs are my perception of what happened in those spaces: who lived there? What was hidden and what was seen?”

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Janelle Lynch New Limited Edition and Cord Prize Shortlist

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“Janelle Lynch’s book is brave and true. But hold on to your heart. Its quiet passion sneaks up and steals your soul.” — Tony Bannon, Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Radius announces a new limited edition, which is also the cover image for the forthcoming title Janelle Lynch: Barcelona. It is a 16 x 20 inch inkjet print, “Wall II,” edition of 20, image above. Sales help support the publication.

In addition, Janelle Lynch’s photographic work from the book has been shortlisted for The Cord Prize juried by Diana Edkins and Charlotte Cotton. This is the inaugural prize for a new annual international contemporary art award. You can visit an online exhibition of the 25 selected artists here.

The book developed from Lynch’s exploration of the fallow landscape outside of Barcelona from 2007 to 2011. With her 8×10-inch camera and a portrait lens, the artist photographed pylons, puddles, leaves, and litter as metaphors for themes of absence and presence, mourning and remembrance. Following the success of Los Jardines de México (Radius Books, 2011), Barcelona continues Lynch’s long-term interest in representations of the life cycle in the landscape. Included with the five series of images that comprise this remarkable new project are writings in English and Spanish by the artist. The book begins with a personal essay about Lynch’s early relationship with nature. Woven throughout the remaining pages are text about and quotes from Charles Burchfield, Wendell Berry and Roland Barthes, whose works have been influential in Lynch’s process.