Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s Memory City continues to get astounding press. Recently they were interviewed by Teju Cole for The New Yorker where he said of the book, “For sure, there’s an exhilaration in being able to sequence image and text and have it published. There’s a greater exhilaration in seeing it done well. Nox is a great example, and I think Memory City is another one, too.”
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s new book, Memory City was chosen as one of “11 Edgy New Photobooks That Will Make You Look (and Think) Twice” by ARTnews.
Animals Are Outside Today offers us the chance to contemplate our intersections with animals and consider the multi-layered impact humans have upon other living beings. Contradictions define our relationships with animals. We love and admire them; we are entertained and fascinated by them; we take our children to watch and learn about them. Animals are embedded within the core of human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them in countless ways. This book moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of sacred will survive alongside our evolution.
Victoria Sambunaris’ gorgeous new monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape, is officially in our warehouses and ready to ship! This first monograph on Sambunaris’ work consists of two handsome hardback volumes. The first includes a retrospective selection of her images from 2000 to 2013; the second documents the artist’s collected professional ephemera as a photographer and researcher. Included among this fascinating assortment of documents are images of books on geology and history, maps, artifacts such as mineral specimens, journals and road logs, as well as her small photographic sketches. An essay from MOCP Director Natasha Egan provides an insightful overview of this ardent chronicler of contemporary America.
Sambunaris recently had a beautiful feature on the book and her artistic process in Smithsonian, and was chosen by Interview mag as one of six best coffee table books to own. (The limited edition of her book is also now available. For $100, you get this great book and a 4 x 5 polaroid. They are selling quickly so act fast if you are interested.)
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have received an incredible amount of attention with our new book, Memory City. This elegiac look at Rochester, New York (home of Eastman Kodak for 125 years before the company’s bankruptcy in 2012) is a meditation on film, memory, time, and the city itself. Webb’s black and white images taken with his last rolls of Kodachrome are punctuated with photographs shot in his signature medium of digital color. Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium’s uncertain future by creating a poetic refrain of color still lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present.
The artists have been featured in The Guardian, TIME Lightbox, The New York Times LENS, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Democrat & Chronicle, International New York Times, and 20Minutos (in Spanish). The Webbs recently sat down with BBC World Service “Newshour” to discuss their project and Kodak’s lasting effect upon Rochester, New York (available for download here).
Janelle Lynch’s Barcelona has been included in the prestigious Arles Book Award Exhibition (July 7-September 21, 2014).
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.
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.”
This new project by German-born photographer Renate Aller, titled Ocean and Desert, is an extension of the ongoing series and sold-out book oceanscapes (Radius Books, 2010). Aller has continued to make images of the ocean from a single vantage point—for which she is internationally known—but for the last several years, she has also photographed sand dunes in New Mexico and Colorado.
She has now paired the resulting images in a fascinating new series that continues her investigation into the relationship between Romanticism, memory, and landscape in the context of our current socio-political awareness. There is both a visual and visceral relationship between the two bodies of work, as though the minerals of the sand dunes carry the memory of the ocean waters that were there millions of years before. The desert images also capture visitors to the dunes, who engage in beach activities far away from any large body of water. And while these parallel realities are from completely different locations, the simultaneous, multiple activities on the sloping sand hills appears as if layers of different people and activities were choreographed next to rolling waves of the sea.
Aller’s first combination of these images was in book form, for a mammoth hand-made book that was 36 inches wide. The overwhelming success of that object has inspired the new trade copy edition, which is as large a binding that can be mechanically bound, and includes an expanded selection of the work.
Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Ocean and Desert is her third monograph published with Radius Books, following Dicotyledon and the long-term project Oceanscapes-One View-Ten Years. Pieces from that series and other site specific art works are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, including the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Yale University Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New Britain Museum of American Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison.
Janet Dees is currently a curator at SITE Santa Fe. A Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware, she received her BA in Art History and African/African American Studies from Fordham University and her MA in Art History from the University of Delaware. Before pursuing graduate work, Dees worked as a museum educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York African Burial Ground Project and as assistant director for a contemporary art gallery in New York.
Following the sold-out success of Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009), Homegrown captures Blackmon’s ever-evolving talent for portraying the tension between the harmony and disarray of domestic life. As Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch said of her work, “Visual jokes and puns are plentiful. But so are family mysteries, childhood psychodramas and painterly richness.”
The influence of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen can be seen in photographer Julie Blackmon’s kindred sense of humor and colorful attention to the absurd at home. Though playful and entertaining, her depictions provide an analogous observation on the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality, two opposites that strive to dominate.
Included in this new volume are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview of the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, as well as an insightful introduction by the renowned poet Billy Collins.
Julie Blackmon is an award-winning photographer who has amassed several honors since beginning her career just a few years ago. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Her work has been in such publications as New York, TIME, VOGUE Italia, New York Times and The New Yorker.
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.
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