Transmitting the Forms of Divinity
Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan
Buddhism was introduced to Japan by an emissary from Korea’s Paekche kingdom around the year 538. The region’s early Buddhist culture is the subject of the 15 essays in this volume, the illustrated catalogue of a major exhibition on the two states’ formative links. In particular, the authors draw on recently discovered evidence to present new theories about the transformation of Buddhist art and architecture in Korea and Japan between the sixth and ninth centuries.
Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
Vincent van Gogh
The Lost Arles Sketchbook
All 65 drawings in Van Gogh’s rediscovered sketchbook, created in an account ledger in Provence between 1888 and 1890, are reproduced here in facsimile and accompanied by detailed analyses, photographs and pictorial references. Using reed pens cut by his own hand, Van Gogh sketched the people and places in and around Arles, producing landscapes, still lifes and portraits that offer unprecedented insight into his final works, including The Night Café and The Yellow House.
A pioneering woman in the arts and one of the founding artists of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1987) made her debut at Alfred Stieglitz’ 291 gallery in New York in 1916. A century later, Tate Modern celebrated her work with a major exhibition and this lavishly illustrated study of her life and work. Accompanying over 300 reproductions, six essays cover the whole span of O’Keeffe’s art, from the early ‘artistic dialogue’ with Stieglitz to the abstract landscapes of her late work.
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.
Earth from Space
Views from space can provide telling information about the Earth’s ecosystems and their health. Forest fires in Siberia, ice cracks in Antarctica and smog in Beijing are all visible from on high and are among the beautiful – and disconcerting – satellite images that fill this book. Images are grouped by topic, including deforestation, farming, pollution and urbanization, and discussed by environmental experts who also allude to the fascinating ways in which satellite imagery can be used to protect the planet.
Global Street Style
The shiny skirts, bowler hats and plaits of Bolivian ‘Cholitas’ reveal them to be a cut above the peasant women, while the ‘born-free’ Smarteez of South Africa express their superiority through avant-garde individuality. Based around the images of an award-winning fashion photographer, this photographic extravaganza explores how, in seven distinct areas of the world, modern-day ‘tribes’ use style as a means to express themselves, often overcoming hardship or personal misfortune in the process.
Robert Altman's breakthrough film as a director was MASH in 1970 and he went on to establish a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers, receiving further acclaim for The Player and Short Cuts in the 1990s after a period of relative inactivity. This celebration of his career includes a foreword by Martin Scorsese, interviews and reviews, stills and production shots as well as writings and memorabilia from Altman's own archive.
The Oliver Stone Experience
Before studying film in New York, Oliver Stone had spent over a year on active service in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, experiences that would later inform his breakthrough film as a director, Platoon, in 1986. This biographical celebration of the filmmaker is led by extensive interviews with Stone about his life and films and also includes essays about his work and archive photographs and film stills covering his whole career.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Tails from the Booth
Set of 3 Notebooks
What happens when you put two dogs in a photo booth? Lynn Terry tried it and the result, Tails from the Booth (2015), became a huge success. Here some of the canine mug shots adorn the covers and (in sepia tone) the pages of three notebooks: one plain paper, one lined, one squared.
Super Mario Bros Notecards
12 Die-Cut Notecards
The ultra-low 8-bit resolution of the original Super Mario Bros game of 1985 provides the retro artwork for this set of twelve notecards featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. The cards can be transformed into self-standing cutouts and come with matching envelopes.
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.
The Most Beautiful Universities in the World
From the ancient Italian and Spanish universities of Bologna and Salamanca, to the ultramodern Rolex Learning Centre, part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened in 2010, the architecture of universities has reflected a striving for cultural and intellectual excellence. In this selection of 23 universities from 15 countries, Guillaume de Laubier presents photographic studies of their facades, libraries, ceremonial halls and teaching buildings, while writer Jean Serroy outlines the history of each institution and its architecture.
Trees and Forests
Wild Wonders of Europe
In a world where areas of natural woodland are shrinking, a journey through Europe's forests is a salutary reminder of what we could lose. For a year, an international team of wildlife photographers roamed the continent recording its surviving woodlands, from Sweden's Arctic taiga to the cork-oak forests of Sardinia. Whether arboreal details or panoramic landscapes, of caterpillars or brown bears, the photographs are a celebration of these richly varied ecosystems and the amazing diversity of flora and fauna they support.
The Crows of Pearblossom
Every day Mrs Crow laid an egg, and every afternoon, while she was out shopping, it disappeared, so that after tea she had to lay another one. Then one day she came home earlier than usual and found an old rattlesnake swallowing her egg. She wanted Mr Crow to kill the snake - but Old Man Owl had a plan. Aldous Huxley wrote this tart tale for his niece, Olivia in 1944. Age 4+
The Art of Japanese Paper Theater
Before giant robots, space ships, and masked super heroes filled the pages of Japanese comic books--known as manga--such characters were regularly seen on the streets of Japan in kamishibai stories. Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater tells the history of this fascinating and nearly vanished Japanese art form that paved the way for modern-day comic books, and is the missing link in the development of modern manga.
The tropical rainforests are the lifeblood of the planet, regulating the climate, producing oxygen and providing a home to over half of the world's known species. This large-format photographic portfolio celebrates the wonders of this unique environment in images ranging from close-up studies of plants and insects to portraits of mammals and aerial views. Many photographers are represented, while the text explores the rainforests' astounding biodiversity and emphasizes why they must be preserved.
After a biographical portrait of Roman Polanski (b.1933) up to the end of his studies at the film school in Łódź, Poland, James Greenberg surveys, film by film, one of the most distinguished careers in cinema history. From Knife in the Water in 1962, through Cul-de-Sac, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, up to Carnage in 2011, each of Polanski's 19 films is discussed in depth and illustrated with informal stills, taken on the sets.
Hello Kitty Super-Sweet Stencils
With 80 stencils, 25 stickers and simple instructions for tracing and colouring, this book will let fans of Hello Kitty create their own scenes for her pastimes and adventures. Starting with Hello Kitty and friends, there are stencils for a beach, classroom, park, living room, kitchen and garden, all ring-bound and with a card flap to use for tracings. Age 4+
Reefer Movie Madness
The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide
The original Reefer Madness was a 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film that presaged the American ban on the drug by a year and later became a camp cult classic, beloved of the legalize cannabis lobby. This movie guide reviews 700 films that either relate to pot culture, contain drug-taking scenes, such as Apocalypse Now, or are simply favoured movies to watch when stoned, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Life and Love of Cats
Structuring his book around the mythical nine lives of cats, author and photographer Lewis Blackwell explores the feline mystery and magic that brings so much joy to cat-lovers, but he also asks: what do cats think of us? The text ranges from the history of cats - big and domestic - to their sense of smell, their healing powers and superstitions surrounding black cats, and accompanies 115 full-page and double-page cat portraits by leading animal photographers from around the world. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Babar and the Wully-Wully
Babar's children discover a Wully-Wully and bring him home to Celesteville. The lovable creature has a wonderful time playing with the little elephants; but there's trouble when Rataxes the rhino decides he wants the Wully-Wully. Will Rataxes steal Wully-Wully, or will he learn to share? This anniversary edition, by the son of the original creator of Babar, is sure to charm a new generation of readers. Age 4+
In this madcap race through Paris, an unlucky family tries to make it to the airport through a chain of catastrophe. With no taxis to be found, a crashed pink limousine, an escaped elephant and a diversion down a sewer, will they catch their plane in time? The brightly coloured illustrations and outlandish events are sure to appeal to crazy kids everywhere. Age 3+