A Journey with Cecil Beaton
With this remarkable compilation of photographs, artworks and quotations, Lisa Vreeland has created a vivid and multi-layered portrait of Cecil Beaton (1904–1980), drawing together the many strands of his personality and his art. The book is arranged in nine chapters, each one devoted to a facet of Beaton’s life or career: his special friendships, scrapbooks, the designs for dance, fashion photography, his work in New York and in Hollywood, and his portraits of artists, literary stars and fellow photographers.
Postcards of a Lost Paris
Eugène Atget’s photographs of Paris around the turn of the 20th century have become part of that city’s enduring image, but only found fame after his death in 1927. For much of his life, he recorded its ‘little trades’ in a series of postcards, 80 of which are reproduced here. They offer a glimpse of the working city – its butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, flower-sellers, knife-grinders and rag-and-bone men – in all its reality.
Conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) lived and worked in New York, producing her most influential pieces, generally in the photographic medium, during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective includes examples of work from throughout her career as well as contextual essays.
Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains
The Barabaig are nomadic cattle herders in north central Tanzania, but the land development of recent decades has eroded their territory and threatens their survival. In the 1980s, as part of a project to highlight the threat, Charles Lane lived among the people for two years and has campaigned on their behalf ever since. Recounting his personal experiences, this photographic volume paints a portrait of their culture and lifestyle.
Fashion, Beauty and Portraits
The photographer Clive Arrowsmith is renowned both for his work for publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair and his images of celebrities. This visual celebration of his career features a broad selection of his iconic portraits of famous figures including LS Lowry, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher and the members of Monty Python, as well as highlights from his magazine portfolio and stills from his two successive Pirelli calendar shoots.
George Steinmetz was in the Central Sahara using a motorized paraglider to take photographs when he made a slow, angled descent towards a rare sight of two camel caravans passing one another. The result – ‘a macro overview and at the same time a more human, three-dimensional sense of place’ – set Steinmetz off on a 15-year mission, paragliding over deserts across the world. In this magnificent book he tells the stories of his travels and shares images that show the variety and strangeness of Earth’s wildernesses.
Lucien Clergue: Brasília
Lucien Clergue, the notable French photographer and friend of Picasso, was invited by the architect Oscar Niemeyer to photograph the futuristic city of Brasília in the 1960s. Accompanied by informative essays, this collection of the resulting images is a tribute to the spectacular curves and brutal monoliths of modernist architecture and the movement’s vision of a future that never quite happened.
Born into a poor immigrant family in Philadelphia in 1912, Eve Arnold found her calling in photography in her late thirties, after studying briefly with Alexey Brodovitch. Drawing on her diaries, letters and extensive photographic archive, this celebration of her life and career demonstrates the range of her work, from recording the lives of the poor and dispossessed in China and India to intimate portraits of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X.
The Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge
The first official photographer to the royal court of Benin, Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911–1994) took portraits of its obas, or kings, in their regalia, and created a record of ceremonial life. Produced in collaboration between Washington’s Smithsonian Institution and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, this book reproduces many of his images, examines their role as a documentary record of an era of change, and explores the practices of early studio photography in West Africa.
In close-up photographs of flowers and their pollinators, the wildlife photographer Heather Angel reveals the key floral parts which aid reproduction and shows precisely how and where pollen is transferred to particular visitors. Taken in Kew Gardens, her own garden in Surrey and 20 different countries, the photographs include studies of wind pollination as well as bees, blister beetles and butterflies, a honey possum and many different birds, all captured in the act of pollinating. Slightly off-mint.
Using scanning electron microscopes, award-winning photojournalist Lennart Nilsson presents images of human development from conception to adulthood. His groundbreaking photographs capture with extraordinary detail the organs, hair and muscles that make up the body, as well as the bacteria and viruses that threaten life, including HIV, SARS and herpes. Likened to Leonardo da Vinci, his work combines technical skill with artistic flair to picture the intricate details of life. Slightly off-mint.
Roland and Sabrina Michaud have spent most of their lives exploring Africa and Asia. Organized by region, this account of their travels features nearly 500 colour photographs depicting the temples of India, Chinese monasteries, and the tents of Mongolian nomads. Their commentary explains the background to the images and describes the sense of shared humanity they felt with people whose lives were very different from their own.
Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Alice Cooper, Aboriginal Australians, icons from the fashion world, East End club-goers from the 1960s, rock stars, film stars and Nelson Mandela: David Bailey’s photographs prove that, in the words of Sandy Nairne, the National Portrait Gallery’s director, ‘we stand equal in life’. Published to accompany the 'Bailey’s Stardust' exhibition in 2014, this volume contains over 250 portraits – each one extraordinary – chosen by the photographer himself and introduced by Tim Marlow’s essay, ‘Bailey and Portraiture'.
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
Jerry Dantzic was commissioned to photograph Billie Holiday during a week-long engagement at Sugar Hill jazz club in Newark, New Jersey, in 1957. Allowed into her inner circle, Dantzic was able to capture intimate moments backstage and at the singer's Manhattan apartment, as well as atmospheric shots of her performances. The 100 images in this portfolio present a poignant portrait of the troubled star two years before her death at the age of 44.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) witnessed and photographed the events, people and places of the 20th century with an instinct for the decisive and creative moment, the significance of the scene and its composition. In this biography, Pierre Assouline retraces Cartier-Bresson’s life ‘to tell the story of one man’s vision’.
Just One More...
A Photographer's Memoir
An association with the sculptor Henry Moore led Gemma Levine into a career as a photographer, making portraits of many of the most influential figures in British life in the 1980s and 1990s, including Princess Diana, Robert Maxwell and Margaret Thatcher. Part autobiography, part portfolio, this book explains her early work with Moore and her travels across Israel in the 1970s, and presents the best of her portraits with anecdotes about the sitters.
A Personal Memoir of 1960s Britain
At the core of this photographic collection are the images taken by the author during the 1960s, charting everyday events and people in his life. The addition of a variety of facsimiles of period ephemera, including excerpts of magazines, advertising and tourist brochures, and the fact that the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was the author's cousin and appears in a number of the images, make this an unusual and fascinating evocation of the period.
Doris Kloster's Demimonde
A Visual Exploration of Fetish
Doris Kloster, the photographer and editorial director of FAD magazine, presents an album of 160 photographs celebrating the world of night people, drag goddesses, dominatrixes and divas that inhabited New York’s club scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Sexually explicit.
One of the first female members of the Magnum Photos agency, Inge Morath was at her most prolific during the 1950s and 1960s, travelling widely for magazines such as Life, Vogue and Paris Match. This collection of her work focuses on the style and fashion of the period in England, France and America, and ranges from street scenes and society parties to portraits of famous models, couturiers and actresses.
The Death of Photography
In 1970s London the photographer Peter Gravelle shot portraits of The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Siouxsie Sioux and other punk icons. But the death of Sid Vicious convinced him to switch to fashion, beginning in 1980 with a shoot for Italian Vogue. This collection of Gravelle’s uncompromising and often experimental work also features personal musings on his relationships and career, both derailed by an addiction to heroin which would dominate his life. Contains graphic images and sexually explicit.
Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave
Enlisted as stills photographer to work on Jean-Luc Godard's first film, Raymond Cauchetier employed a spontaneous style that perfectly matched the sensibilities of the French New Wave directors, and he collaborated on the iconic films of the movement over the next ten years. Including images of directors Godard and Truffaut, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jeanne Moreau, this collection features portraits, production stills and off-camera reportage from films including Jules et Jim and À bout de souffle. Foreword by Philippe Garner.
For a Love of His People
The Photography of Horace Poolaw
The photographer Horace Poolaw (Kiowa, 1906–1984) was born near the Wichita Mountains in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, which became the state of Oklahoma in 1907. In photographs taken between the 1920s and 1950s, he captured images of his community; a people in transition, but preserving its culture within modern America. This book, published to accompany an exhibition at The National Museum of the American Indian, presents over 150 photographs and several essays by Native American writers and scholars.
Earth is a desert planet. Nearly half its land area is either cold or hot desert, but these areas are rarely seen by residents of the outside world. Documentary photographer Michael Martin has ridden his motorbike across the Sahara and Atacama deserts, and traversed the ice-fields of Greenland and Spitsbergen by dog sledge. This volume charts his travels through more than 400 photographs, gripping reportage, scientifically exact maps and environmental analysis from contributing experts.
Although his photographic training was minimal, photography was the first medium which Robert Rauschenberg explored, the first in which he gained recognition, and it remained integral to much of his work. This first in-depth presentation of Rauschenberg’s photographs includes images documenting the creation of other works or destined to be integrated into the Combines series, as well as photographs of family, friends (notably Cy Twombly), New York and people and places in Europe and North Africa.
Spirit into Matter
The Photographs of Edmund Teske
Whatever his subject matter, rubbish bins or the human body, Edmund Teske (1911–1996) used the medium of photography – its film, chemistry, optics and mechanics – to create serious, reflective and often composite works of art. This volume accompanied an exhibition of his photographs at the J Paul Getty Museum in 2004. As well as over 110 illustrations, the book contains Julian Cox’s biographical and critical essay and an interview with Teske’s close friend of 30 years, the artist George Herms.
The Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) was an athlete in Hungary and a fashion designer in Paris before turning to photography in 1938. In 1949 he was commissioned to do an article on Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and began the long collaboration with the Modern Movement pioneer which made Hervé the photographer of choice for many architects. In this volume, over 150 photographs – of architectural and other subjects – accompany a biographical and critical essay by Olivier Beer.
From the Marches to the Sea
A Photographic Journey
From Hergest Ridge and Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border near Leominster to Radnor Forest, the Elan Valley, the Vale of Rheidol and on to Cardigan Bay, this photographic journey moves westward through rolling fields, woods and rocky heather-covered high ground, past waterfalls and down slate scree slopes to the dramatic coastline. John Rux-Burton's portfolio includes studies of light and movement and explorations of details of nature and the landscape as well as grand panoramas.
Banaras, or Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In these 249 photographs, the award-winning photographer Christopher Roche has captured the colours and energies of Banaras’ streets and temples, its sadhus or holy men, and the religious rites on the burning ghats of this great spiritual centre.
Sarah Angelina Acland
First Lady of Colour Photography, 1849–1930
Sarah Acland was inspired to take up photography by her acquaintance with artistic luminaries such as John Ruskin and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Following in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron, whom she also knew, Acland became an important pioneer in the field of colour photography. This catalogue of her work includes the influential photographs she made using the Sanger Shepherd and Autochrome processes. Her subjects include Oxford scenes, architectural and nature studies, and portraits of people in her circle.
The Elio Sorci Collection
From the success of Roman Holiday in 1953, the arrival of the film industry in Rome and the release of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1960, a new breed of celebrity-scoop photographers emerged, the paparazzi, with Elio Sorci at the forefront. A virtual who’s who of 1960s and 1970s cinema, this portfolio of Sorci’s work includes his famous ‘kissing picture’ that confirmed the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra.
The photographer Philippe Halsman (1906–1979) is known for his collaboration with Dalí in the 1940s and 1950s, for portraits of prominent figures including Albert Einstein and JF Kennedy and for the famous ‘jump’ portraits. This volume by his grandson presents Halsman’s ‘unknown’ work: more than 110 images mined from the photographer’s own archive, many dating from his years with Dalí, and accompanied by his handwritten texts reflecting on photography and creativity.
Photographs, Drawings and Photomontages
The photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1968) was born in Berlin and spent the inter-war years working in Amsterdam and Paris before escaping to New York. This catalogue of a major exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris reproduces hundreds of his striking works in all media and from all phases of his career, from the early experimental collages that won him acclaim, through his political work satirizing Hitler, to his later fashion photography for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Wildlife photography typically aims to capture animals in their natural environments, inviting us to study their behaviour as unseen observers. This portfolio takes a different tack, bringing tame or trained animals into the studio for controlled portraits. The resulting pictures frame each subject against a pure black background, focusing attention on their form and texture and drawing us to engage with the eyes and face of a kangaroo, a giraffe or a tiger as we would with a human subject.
The Art of Music
As Keats observed in his ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, music and art have been intertwined since antiquity. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, this beautiful volume explores the connection from ancient pottery to contemporary video art. Superbly illustrated with more than 250 colour images, the essays examine the representation of music in the arts of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, collaborations between musicians and artists, and phenomena such as synaesthesia.
Life On The Line
People of the Arctic Circle
The photographer Cristian Barnett travelled eastward from Alaska, through Canada, Greenland and the countries of Scandinavia, completing the Arctic Circle in Russia, and capturing images of life and work along 'the line where each year there is one day when the sun does not set, and one when the sun does not rise'. Accompanying the portfolio of 182 colour photographs are an interview in which Barnett talks about his northern journeys and an Alaskan resident's reflections on the Arctic year.
La Vida de un Reportero/A Reporter's Life
The Spanish-born photojournalist Enrique Meneses (1929–2013) had a knack of being in the right place at the right time, earning his reputation with a set of photographs following Fidel Castro and his guerrillas in the Sierra Maestra mountains before the Cuban Revolution. With text and captions in Spanish and English, this book collects the best of Meneses’ work, including coverage of Nasser’s Egypt, the American Civil Rights movement and the Khrushchev/Kennedy summit as well as Cuba.
The Best of Steam
Railways of the World in Photographs
Keith Strickland's enthusiasm for steam led him to visit Austria in the 1970s to see the locomotives still running there on some secondary routes. The trip initiated a 40-year odyssey to experience and photograph steam railways around the world. This collection of his images focuses on regular service railways rather than heritage lines and includes chapters on Eastern Europe, China, India, South Africa and Cuba. The explanatory captions include technical details about the locomotives and railways. Foreword by Sir Mark Tully.
A History in Picture Postcards
The largest and most luxurious ship afloat when it was built, Lusitania was famous even before it was sunk by a German submarine in 1915 with the loss of about 1,200 lives. This book tells the story of the vessel through a collection of contemporary postcards, charting its construction and service but also its cultural impact in the aftermath of its sinking, focusing anti-German feeling and helping to bring America into the First World War.
Images of a Plague
Described by the Russian photographer Gusov as an 'anthropological investigation of contemporary man – who we are, who we have become and how absurd we can be at times', this collection of over 300 photographs has consumerism and tourism in its sights. Gusov's lens focuses on the odd juxtapositions of advertising and real life, and on people taking photographs, disporting themselves on beaches, eating street food, sleeping or working in locations that range from Ascot to Siberia.
Theatre of War
In a preface to this magnificent collection of wartime photographs, Mark Holborn describes Cecil Beaton as 'able to realize the visual potential from the most mundane as well as the most dramatic circumstances'. Whether taken on the home front amid the London Blitz, in the Western Desert, in India, Burma, China or industrial Tyneside, Beaton's photographs for the Ministry of Information are unfailingly eloquent and a powerful record of the years 1939 to 1945. With commentary by Beaton and a detailed chronology.