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Fred Herzog

blogEntryTopperIt is great to have Fred Herzog back in print again. This volume published by Hatje Cantz promises to be the most comprehensive publication on this important photographer to date. Fred Herzog is known for his unusual use of colour in the fifties and sixties, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black and white imagery. The Canadian photographer, 86 years young this year, worked almost exclusively with Kodachrome slide film for over 50 years, and only in the past decade has technology allowed him to make archival pigment prints that match the exceptional colour and intensity of the Kodachrome slide.This book will bring together over 230 images, many never before reproduced.
Samples of his work can be seen here
Also Time lightbox link

Colour Correction returns

Haas new
If you missed the 1st. edition of this book as I mentioned here, well your in luck as Stedl are publishing a second edition this month (November2016) The last one sold out quickly so it may not be around long!

Josef Sudek

Josef Sudek at Jeu de Paume from Jeu de Paume / magazine on Vimeo.

Books on the horizon

blogEntryTopperThose of you that read this blog will know that I am admirer of the work of Alex Webb so it’s good to see a new book from him on the way. La Calle brings together nearly thirty years of photography by Alex Webb, created from 1978 to 2007 in Mexico City and the surrounding states, villages, and cities. Webb frequently credits the landscapes and cityscapes of Mexico for prompting his shift to colour photography. To be published by Aperture around mid September 2016. More info here


Also on the horizon an interesting collection of photographs by the Czech photographer Josef Sudek. If you missed SUDEK -THE LEGACY OF A DEEPER VISION published by Hirmer Verlag, which was one of my books of the year in 2013, then this new publication coming mid September also looks like a lovely production. Josef Sudek (1896–1976) was a Czech photographer, best known for his photographs of Prague. He was a bookbinder before turning to photography after losing his right arm in WWI. This book, published to accompany an exhibition, examines how Sudek’s photographs reflect his relationship to the world around him, from intimate explorations of cherished objects and views through his window to his night walks through the streets of Prague and its periphery, as well as excursions into the surrounding countryside. Published by 5 Continents Editions more information here

Book Highlight : Charles Cramer - Yosemite

blogEntryTopperIt’s not everyday that that one comes across a monograph by that great American landscape photographer Charles Cramer. Come to think of it, I know of none! So this future publication by landscape photography publishing specialists, Triplekite, in the UK is all the more special. Due to be published in July 2016 it can be pre ordered from their site here The special edition of the book I’m afraid, is sold out at this time. If unfamiliar with Charles’ work, than have a look at his website. Also have a look at the youtube video below to see the man himself talk about his work. A true master of the art and craft of classical landscape photography, oh and he can play the piano too.

Walker Evans - aperture masters of photography

blogEntryTopperAperture has recently published an update to it’s 1990s masters of photography, Walker Evans book. I must say that it would make an excellent primer for the young photographer. If the book I mentioned on an earlier blog here is too expensive then this should fit the bill.



This hardcover book is about 8 inches square and has an introductory essay and excellent commentary by David Campany on the photos featured. All photos are printed one to a page on the right hand side with commentary on the left page - a simple elegant design.


The book shows work by Evans from as early as 1929 to as late as 1973/74 the late work being in colour and made with a polaroid SX-70 camera.


What is very impressive with this new publication is the quality of the printing. In beautiful duotone, this is about the best I have ever seen Evans work reproduced. When you consider that the book retails for about €16 this would make a handsome addition to any photography students library.



Book details here

Happy New Year


My favourite Books of the Year 2015

As we come to the end of 2015 it’s time to share with you my favourite books I bought during the year. It has been a year in which ‘retrospective’ books caught my eye and heart. First up is Josef Hoflehner Retrospective 1975-2015.

Really the book contains only a couple of photos taken prior to 2002 so the work is taken from the many book he published between then and now. But having published over a dozen books in that time, there is a lot to choose from. And indeed there is a lot here in this teNeues publication.



With excellent printing quality, this large format (12inx13in ) book has over 200 black and white images, presented in a straight forward style, one square formatted photo per page. They are not presented in chronologically or grouped by publication but are mixed up, grouped in pairs perhaps of similar theme or others for contrast of content. This makes for a lively read through the book.




As can be seen from my illustrations, all photos float on the page which creates a quiet viewing environment which benefits the work.


I must admit that I have not got one of his books before but became aware of his work through magazines and on line. If you find his work interesting and inspiring and you have not got any of his books then this retrospective will give you a lot and is highly recommended.



Next up is Harry Gruyaert’s retrospective book published by Themes & Hudson which I wrote about earlier in the year here.

Likewise another great book which is reviewed below is On This Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt. It’s a beautiful soulful publication.


The City is a Novel by Alexey Titarento and Small Things in Silence by Yamamoto Masao were also great buys in 2015 and I will write more on them in the new year.



On This Earth, A Shadow Falls- Nick Brandt

blogEntryTopperNick Brandt started photographing the animals of East Africa around the year 2000 and in 2005 produced the first book, On This Earth. Since then two more books have been published, A Shadow Falls and Across the Ravaged Land. This particular volume, which I got this year, is the Artist's Edition book, entitled, On this Earth, a Shadow Falls, (Big Life Editions) was published in 2010, combining the best 90 photos from the first two books, in a larger volume with much superior printing to the first two books.

Brandt’s work is nothing like the colour documentary style that is prevalent in wildlife photography today. He photographs on medium format using black and white film and does not use telephoto or zoom lenses. The resulting work is a combination of wide panoramas and close up portraits. He photographs the animals as he would a person.

Brandt has said "You wouldn't take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you'd move in close."


In his afterword in On This Earth, Brandt explains the reasons for the methods he uses:
“I’m not interested in creating work that is simply documentary or filled with action and drama, which has been the norm in the photography of animals in the wild. What I am interested in is showing the animals simply in the state of Being. In the state of Being before they are no longer are. Before, in the wild at least, they cease to exist. This world is under terrible threat, all of it caused by us. To me, every creature, human or nonhuman, has an equal right to live, and this feeling, this belief that every animal and I are equal, affects me every time I frame an animal in my camera. The photos are my elegy to these beautiful creatures, to this wrenchingly beautiful world that is steadily, tragically vanishing before our eyes.”


His work is at once monumental and reflective. There is an intimacy to the images and an unhurried gaze which reveals and rejoices in the personality of these magnificent creatures. There is real engagement with the animals by Brandt and it leaps off the pages. They are shown at rest and reflective, or on the move, alert, in communal gatherings, supportive and protective.



The book itself is a very fine example of quality printing. Large, 14in by 15in it’s hardcover is bound in linen with an inset cover plate. The pages inside is like fine photographic baryta paper. Most photos are printed in a light sepia and the quality binding allows the book to open pretty flat to view the panoramas that can stretch to 26 inches or so.




A quality package all round and worth seeking out by the animal and photographer lover alike.

Nick Brandt gives some background to the photos on his website here