The Rolling Stones: In the Beginning
With Unseen Images
Bent Raj had unprecedented access to The Rolling Stones between summer 1965 and spring 1966, touring with them and becoming a trusted friend. Reflecting that intimacy, this collection of his photographs captures the months in which the band transitioned from mere fame to rock superstardom, with hundreds of images showing the Stones ‘off guard’ as well as on stage and at home.
Days Gone By
Roadside Photographs of the American South
Taken across Georgia, then later in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, Jörg Rubbert’s photographs are ‘a call to action, a powerful plea for the historical legacy they document to be embraced’. With brief notes on each area’s social history, the 150 or so images capture the impact of the economic downturn of the early 21st century, depicting second-hand stores and pawnshops, deserted towns and decaying buildings, but also the glory of a faded past.
Seventy Years of Railway Photography
Seven Decades Behind the Lens
Colin Boocock became a railways enthusiast as a child, when his parents took him to nearby Weybridge to watch the steam trains passing. This collection from his seven decades of photography shows how much the world of rail has changed, and showcases his images of notable lines and engines, not only in Britain but also further afield.
A Photographic Journey Through Scottish Adventure Sports
From the rugged coastline to remote mountain trails, Scotland provides ideal terrain and picturesque backdrops for a variety of extreme sports. With contributions from leading adventure sports athletes, this photographic survey captures the action throughout the year, including kayaking, trail running, ski touring, surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing.
The Photographer's Vision
Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography
A professional photographer himself, Michael Freeman goes beyond the technical aspects of taking good images to consider the art and meaning of photography. Aimed at aspiring practitioners as well as lovers of photography the book uses example images by many of the greats to discuss approaches to different types of subject and what constitutes a good picture. Slightly off-mint.
The modern timepieces in this illustrated tour of 60 finely crafted, creative and original watches include the 15.48 Driver Watch, the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow and two bespoke designs from the author, founder of Paolo Mathai Horology. They were made by remarkable watchmakers from Aaron Becsei, a third-generation Budapest watchmaker, to Remi Maillat, who left Cartier to create his own brand.
The Great War
A Photographic Narrative
The images from the Western Front in this photographic collection are harrowing in their detail of the conditions in the trenches but the portfolio gives a much broader view of the conflict. It includes depictions of the war at sea and in the air as well as in distant theatres such as the Middle East and the Dardanelles, with most of the 380 carefully chosen images reproduced full-page in this large-format volume.
Victorians in Camera
The World of 19th Century Studio Photography
Whether it was an expensive daguerreotype, a piece of studio trickery, or a carte de visite, the Victorians were fascinated by photography, and by portraits in particular. Using contemporary texts and images, Robert Pols describes the experience of the 19th-century photographic studio from the subjects’ point of view, exploring why and how they chose a photographer, pose or style, and their uses for the finished products.
50 Treasures from Winchester College
Founded by William of Wykeham in the late 14th century, Winchester College houses an outstanding collection of medieval manuscripts, books, old maps, paintings and artefacts as diverse as a cast of the Parthenon frieze and a former science master’s pitch flow experiment. After a substantial introductory history, this volume provides detailed commentary on 50 items, including a Ming dynasty meiping, CRW Nevinson’s Twilight (1916), and first editions of Newton’s Principia, Hooke’s Micrographia and the King James Bible.
Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Cameron
Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection
With an introduction and individual commentaries, Sophie Gordon presents 14 photographs by Roger Fenton (1819–1869), six portraits of writers and artists by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), and portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by John JE Mayall (1813–1910).
One of the most recognizable towns in the Hebrides, Tobermory is known for its brightly coloured buildings and waterside location. In addition to photographs of some of its wildlife, this collection of images represents different aspects of life in the thriving community, from the daily work of fishermen to musicians and participants in sporting events such as the Mull Games and caber toss.
Visions of Our Solar System
Increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment and probes sent to the outermost reaches of the Solar System have amassed a wealth of visual information since the beginning of the space age. Michael Benson has selected the best, often assembling, filtering and re-colouring frames, to create the crisp detailed images in this portfolio. The chapters cover the Sun and each planet of the Solar System, from Earth and its Moon to Uranus and Neptune.
Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality
Based on the photography collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, each book in this series illuminates a facet of 20th-century African American history through 50–60 photographs, with brief captions and curators’ commentaries.Volume two focuses on the Civil Rights Movement and the protests of the 1960s, such as the Chapel Hill Freedom Movement sit-in and the Chicago Freedom Movement rally in 1966.
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
In 1954 the modernist photographer Paul Strand (1890–1976) spent three months on South Uist, Tir a’Mhurain in Gaelic (‘the land of bent grass’). He wandered the island and its neighbours and lived among the islanders until he was ready to photograph them. The result is a masterpiece: a collection of images that illuminate the life and character of the Outer Hebrides and the Gaels who inhabit them.
Scotland for Gardeners
The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres
Arranged by geographical area and illustrated with colour photographs, this comprehensive guide to Scottish gardens includes a detailed description of each location, recommendations on the best time of year to visit and what to look out for, an introduction to the history of gardening in Scotland and information about specialist nurseries, garden centres, wildflower walks and public parks.
The Poor Man's Picture Gallery
Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian Era
Popular Victorian paintings were often reproduced as engravings, but photographers also recreated the scenes with actors, to produce stereoscopic cards for commercial sale. Originally published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, this slipcased volume explores the relationship between paintings, popular illustrations and cartoons (such as those published in Punch), and 3D stereo photographs. It also includes a stereoscope to view the examples, which are mainly drawn from the collection of Queen guitarist Brian May.
Facing the World
Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
Actually starting long before Rembrandt, with Palma Vecchio (c.1480–1528), this catalogue of 150 self-portraits accompanied a collaborative exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland and galleries in Karlsruhe and Lyon. After three essays discussing the motivation and progress of the self-portrait from a medieval goldsmith inserting himself in an altar to the ubiquitous selfie, the book brings together an extraordinary range of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, with commentary on each artist and how they pictured themselves.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the belle époque, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as examples of grand architecture such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace, Lindisfarne Priory, the Martyrs’ tree in Tolpuddle, and a water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, are a few of the historically meaningful places that were nominated by the public and selected by Historic England’s experts for the Irreplaceable project. Arranged by ten themes, from science and discovery to protest, the book offers a richly illustrated, multi-faceted history of the country, explored through the landscapes and built environments around us today.
German Photographic Cultures Across the Iron Curtain
From 1955, when Edward Steichen’s touring exhibition The Family of Man opened in West Berlin, and Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel (‘War Primer’) was published in the East, to the 1980s, this study examines five documentary projects by photographers Karl Pawek, Evelyn Richter, Rudolf Schäfer, Bernd and Hilda Becher and Michael Schmidt, looking at their work in relation to a world transformed by the Holocaust and the ideological, cultural and technological impact of the Cold War.
The Nude in Photography
The first photographic nudes of the mid 19th century took their cue from classical sources, but as the medium developed, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston developed new ways of looking at the human form. This well-curated survey is drawn from the collection of the J Paul Getty Museum and contains 78 works by artists ranging from Thomas Eakins and Man Ray to Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.
The English Meadow
A Portrait of Country Life
Modern farming almost eliminated meadows from our countryside but these ‘beautiful, therapeutic reservoirs of a unique eco-system’ are now gradually returning. Drawing on the author’s experience of creating and managing a flower meadow, this book surveys different meadow types and the tools, crafts, buildings and wildlife associated with them; it also shows how churchyards, rooftops and roadside verges are helping the resurgence of wild grasses and flowers. Appendices list notable English meadows, rural museums and conservation organizations. Slightly off-mint.
Old England, Scotland & Wales
Drawn from the Francis Frith Collection photographic archive, this volume of over 400 photographs from the period 1865 to 1928 shows urban and rural Britain, people at work and play and tourist attractions such as Stonehenge and Bodiam Castle. The book includes chapters on childhood in Victorian and Edwardian times, the new world of leisure opening up during that period, and the shops and markets in the ‘empire of trade’. Text in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This second volume in the series presents selections of the nude work of 17 contemporary photographers, with introductory notes on each photographer and a short personal statement. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice plains, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it retells the dramatic expeditions of explorers including Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark and Edmund Hillary.