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’.
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.
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.
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.
Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography
The profound influence of Le Corbusier (1887–1965) on architects and urban planners was due in part to his use of photography in the promotion of his architectural works and ideas. In six essays and over 400 photographs by Lucien Hervé, Thomas Flechtner, Guido Guidi and many others, including Le Corbusier himself, this volume explores the role of photography in the architect’s thinking and as a major tool for the promotion and dissemination of his ideas.
Queen Elizabeth II
Portraits by Cecil Beaton
The photographs of the British royal family by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–80) are among the most widely published portraits of the 20th century and were instrumental in shaping the monarchy's public image. From teenage princess to mother and sovereign, Elizabeth II posed for his camera on numerous occasions. Containing over 50 formal portraits as well as candid behind-the-scenes photographs, and enlivened with anecdotes from Beaton's personal diaries, this book celebrates a unique collaboration.
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’.
65 Years of Fighting for Freedom
Founded in Paris after the Second World War, the photographers’ collective Magnum has boasted some of the world’s leading photojournalists among its number ever since. With accompanying historical commentary and an introduction by New Yorker journalist Jon Lee Anderson, this book presents the images of 42 of Magnum's celebrated members, including Josef Koudelka and René Burri, recording the drama of 30 popular revolutions, from Hungary and Cuba in the 1950s to the Arab Spring of 2011.
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 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.
Black & White Photography
The Timeless Art of Monochrome
Many of the great names in the history of photography worked in black and white, but digital cameras have, to some extent, relegated its use to a post-production effect. This manual promotes the subtleties and creative possibilities of working in monochrome, combining practical advice on manipulating digital images with insights into how to conceive scenes in black and white and consideration of the tradition of the medium, using examples of artists such as Ansel Adams and Bill Brandt.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Sourcebook of Critical Texts 1921–2000
From László Moholy-Nagy writing on avant-garde photography in the 1920s to Joanna Sassoon’s discussion of the negative effects of digital reproduction of ‘material’ photographs, Sri-Kartini Leet presents over 100 extracts arranged by 18 themes including portraiture, the nude, commercial practice, landscape and the photograph as a cultural document. Leet introduces each chapter and provides notes setting every selection in context and briefly profiling its author.
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 Camera as Historian
Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885–1918
Elizabeth Edwards's study of the nature of photography and its role in the historical imagination focuses on the British photographic survey movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research has uncovered 73 of these surveys and looks in detail at 17, exploring a body of work that includes images of buildings, cultural events and traditions, working life and soldiers, but which has been largely ignored by historians of photography.
Beauty in Decay II
Once-impressive residences, enormous industrial facilities, schools, hospitals, castles and churches are sometimes left to decay; too big, remote or historically important to dismantle and too expensive or impractical to inhabit. Finding the poignant and beautiful in the empty carcasses of such buildings and their abandoned contents, this book presents photographs of forgotten chateaux, factories, asylums and public buildings in Britain and Europe, from an Italian aristocrat's Moorish fantasy to a sinister Belgian 'correction centre'.
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.
In the Studio
Artists of the 20th Century in Private and at Work
From its first issue in March 1949, Paris Match magazine has run features on artists, 'eavesdropping' on painters and sculptors as they worked in their studios or relaxed in private.This volume opens the magazine's photographic archive to present almost 150 photographs, including portraits of artists, their models and a whole chapter devoted to Chagall at work on the Opéra Garnier ceiling in 1964, as well as the revealing images of artists making art and posing with their finished works.
Return to Fukushima
On 3 March 2011, a powerful earthquake shook northern Japan, killing more than 15,000 people and triggering a tsunami that sent the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown. Five years later, survivors were allowed to revisit the evacuated town of Tomioka. Rebecca Bathory accompanied them into the exclusion zone. Her photographs of abandoned streets and schoolrooms vividly convey the human cost of the disaster, and offer a stark warning for the future.
The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co
A selection from the English Heritage archive of some 25,000 photographs taken by professional architectural photographers Bedford Lemere between the 1870s and the late 1920s, this volume focuses on the period after 1890 and offers a view of Britain at the height of its wealth and power. Accompanied by Cooper's introduction, the photographs are arranged by themes, including public buildings, commerce and industry, transport and technology, leisure and entertainment and life at home during the Great War.
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.
Culture on the Edge
The Tibetan way of life is changing fast, with new transport links and communications infrastructure bringing ever more tourists and technology. The environment itself is also in jeopardy as the region heats up and glaciers that feed important water sources flowing into China, India and Pakistan recede. This photographic portfolio presents studies of the striking people, landscapes and customs of Tibet with reference to how these modern threats are affecting the country's traditional devotional Buddhist culture.
Capturing the Light
An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography
Using predominantly large-format film cameras, Peter Watson's landscape photographs are rich in detail and he is meticulous in planning a scene before committing it to film. This portfolio masterclass offers advice for the outdoor photographer working in any format, discussing creative responses to the landscape, lighting and composition, exploring Watson's own thought processes and methods and deconstructing more than 75 of his sumptuous images.
Reading the Landscape
An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography
In addition to the technical details of how each of the landscape photographs in this book was achieved, Peter Watson records the time he spent, once in position, waiting for the perfect light; often several hours. Watson uses large-format (4x5in) cameras and outlines his meticulous approach, exploring different landscape environments from rivers and woodland to mountains and coastlines, and describing how he sets about creating his compositions and controlling the light to realize his vision.
Elliott Erwitt's Paris
Born in Paris in 1928, Elliott Erwitt grew up in Milan, and emigrated to New York in 1938, but he was a frequent visitor to his birthplace and photographed the city with a rare visual wit, producing what Adam Gopnik describes as ‘the artful, ballet-based comedy of a Jacques Tati’. This volume of 170 photographs taken between 1949 and 2009 shows us Erwitt’s Paris and his favourite Parisians: walkers, waiters, museum-goers, lovers and dogs.
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 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.
Harper's Bazaar Models
In her foreword, Harper’s editor-in-chief, Glenda Bailey, writes, ‘You can become a good model with a perfect body, but to become a great model you need a unique face’. With over 200 photographs by some of the greatest fashion photographers, this volume presents the stories of 28 women whose faces, poise and ability to switch personas made them the most sought-after models of the last 60 years, from Dovima and Suzy Parker in the 1950s to Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in the 2010s.
A Life Through a Lens
In 1912, trainee priest Frank Browne was given the unusual present of a trip on the Titanic from Southampton to his native Ireland. The photographs he took demonstrate the talent he had been honing since first acquiring a camera as a teenager. This portfolio of his documentary images mainly depicts life in Ireland between the 1920s and 1940s, but also includes photographs taken while serving in the First World War, and pictures from a trip to Australia in 1924.
Illicit Photos from the City's Heights
This strikingly original book offers dizzying images and hair-raising stories collected by a team of intrepid urban explorers who climbed without permission to the tops of gasholders, council blocks, communications antennae and corporate ‘starchitecture’. The result of the team’s expeditions is a series of astonishing views that most people will never see outside these pages, celebrating the stark poetry of London’s ever-changing skyline and reclaiming the city’s hidden spaces before the developers ‘rip the heart and soul out of them’.
Debate, Democracy and Disturbing the Peace
In an age where the parameters of public discussion are largely set by the mainstream media, Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park remains a rare forum for face-to-face political debate. This book offers a unique portrait of the people who come to argue, discuss, preach, protest, heckle and be heckled. Photographs stretching back almost four decades are accompanied by extracts from speeches, by turns intriguing, shocking, politically incorrect – and often very funny.
Re: viewing Egypt
Image and Echo
Duality is the theme running through Xavier Roy’s magnificent photographs of Egypt. Images of ancient Egyptian civilization are echoed in photographs of modern-day Egyptians – or a relief of Horus stands alongside a real hawk – while landscapes capture unchanging scenes such as feluccas on the Nile. The 145 monochrome photographs are introduced by Gamal al-Ghitani.
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.
Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles
Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) became famous for his society portraits in the 1920s and went on to photograph people in all walks of life – from royalty to rock stars. This volume presents more than 120 of his portraits, accompanied by the photographer's written observations or reflections on his sitters. His thoughts are often wicked – John Betjeman is described as 'an Edwardian vaudeville tramp' – but always compelling as notes from Beaton's vast experience of the worlds of society, art, literature and performance.
The Three Graces
Snapshots of 20th-Century Women
Chosen for some distinctive element – an enigmatic pose or whimsical outfit – this collection of 135 snapshots dating from 1910 to the 1940s and reproduced in sepia tone, all depict three women posing together. Such snaps, displaced from personal albums, give only fragments of stories, but for Michal Raz-Russo, the photographs are 'transformed into cultural artefacts that collectively reveal a great deal about the evolving ritual of self-presentation before the camera'.
Face to Face
Battling the elements at sea is as stern a test of character as any, and resilience and resolve can be read on the faces of many of the 100 'ocean portraits' chosen for this collection. Including a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and essays about maritime photography, the book includes images drawn from historic museum collections and the work of contemporary photographers' and features notable seafarers from 19th-century skippers to champion surfers, Jacques Cousteau to Ben Ainslie.
A Distant War
Robert Nickelsberg accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 1988 and has been photographing in the troubled country for publications including Time magazine and Newsweek ever since. Illuminating the destruction, poverty and oppression of the continual conflict, this volume presents 100 of his images, from the withdrawal of Soviet troops to the departure of the Americans in 2014. The photographs are accompanied by essays by leading journalists and experts on Afghanistan.
Life: The Classic Collection
Launched in 1936, Life magazine created a new kind of visual journalism, using the world's best photographers to bring readers the drama of events, introduce them to the people making the news and show them the wonders of the world. This collection presents its 100 most iconic pictures, among them Eisenstaedt's VJ Day image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, Robert Capa's 'Falling Soldier' from the Spanish Civil War, and the portrait of Gandhi by Margaret Bourke-White. Includes 25 removable 10 x 8 inch prints. Off-mint.
Waiting for the Magic
The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli
Oscar Marzaroli (1933–1988) was Scotland's most prestigious photographer of the 20th century, renowned for his images of Glasgow, and particularly the Gorbals, in the throes of urban renewal. This volume brings together a selection of those iconic photographs along with previously unpublished pictures, including many of friends and family, a sketch biography by his widow, and essays examining less familiar aspects of Marzaroli's work in portraiture and landscape.
The Importance of Elsewhere
Philip Larkin's Photographs
The most widely read British poet of the 20th century, Philip Larkin was also a gifted amateur photographer. This handsome book reproduces the best of his images in short, thematic chapters arranged in chronological order to form a visual biography, capturing the places and people - including his lover Monica Jones and his friend Kingsley Amis - that meant the most to him. These haunting pictures are infused with the poignancy of everyday life that also informs his verse. Off-mint.
An inspiration to preserve what remains, this volume draws on the photographic collections of the Irish Architectural Archive to present a substantial sample of Ireland's lost built heritage. The book is arranged geographically and shows buildings and thoroughfares that range from dry-stone huts, workers' terraces and open markets – bustling with life in 19th century photographs – to grand houses and even castles, including John Nash's Gothic-revival masterpiece at Clogheen, 'destroyed by malice and indifference in 1957'.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
During the golden age of Hollywood the style and elegance of the studios' most famous stars were enhanced by the regular appearance of well-groomed dogs in their promotional photographs. The images collected here feature more than 130 actors posing alongside their canine friends, from the greats of the silent era, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford, to Joan Collins and Lee Marvin in the 1960s, while Elvis Presley meets a real-life Hound Dog.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
'Never act with children or animals,' they say, but many of Hollywood's greatest stars were only too happy to be captured on film with their feline companions. This collection of over 100 vintage photographs offers a glimpse of such luminaries as Dirk Bogarde, Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor in charming unguarded moments with their beloved pets, as well as the nameless strays who ruled the studios.
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 first book in the series contains the work of 58 photographers, arranged by themes such as Light and Shadow, Performance, Portrait and Couples. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.