Archaeology in Reverse by Stephen Gill

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Nobody, London, 2007.
104 pages, 104 color illustrations, 8½x8½”.

Stephen Gill has learnt this: to haunt the places that haunt him. His photo-accumulations demonstrate a tender vision factored out of experience; alert, watchful, not overeager, wary of that mendacious conceit, “closure.” There is always flow, momentum, the sense of a man passing through a place that delights him. A sense of stepping down, immediate engagement, politic exchange. Then he remounts the bicycle and away. Loving retrievals, like a letter to a friend, never possession What I like about Stephen Gill is that he has learnt to give us only as much as we need, the bones of the bones of the bones… –Iain Sinclair

Continuing to photograph where his award-winning book Hackney Wick left off, Stephen Gill also made Archaeology in Reverse in this personally cherished area of East London. Still making pictures with the camera he bought at Hackney Wick market for 50 pence, for this volume Gill focuses on things that do not yet exist.

This magnificently produced book features traces and clues of things to come in a poetic, sometimes eerie and quiet photographic study of a place in a state of limbo prior to the rapid transformation that the area faces during the build-up to the Olympics in 2012

Archaeology in reverse is available at Amazon

Stardust by Melissa Catanese

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Ping Pong, 2007.
68 pages, full color illustrations, soft cover, 7½x9¾”.

Stardust is a subtle but uplifting narrative about the visual potential of what is around us. -Ping Pong

This is an interesting book from a little know independent press…Ping Pong. You can’t beat the price - $18.

Stardust is available at Ping Pong

Scorpio - Mike Slack

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The Ice Plant, Los Angeles, 2006.
80 pages, 41 color illustrations, hardback, 7×9″.
Limited to 2000 copies

Scorpio is vailable at The Ice Plant, and Amazon

Ok Ok Ok - Mike Slack

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Edited by Jason Fulford.
J&L Books, Atlanta, 2002.
80 pages, 40 color illustrations, hardback, 7×9″
Out of Print

Mike Slack lives in Los Angeles and works as a sales rep for various publishers. OK OK OK, his first book, is a collection of polaroids, taken across the United States.

Second Edition available at The Ice Plant, and Amazon

Jason Fulford - Raising Frogs for $$$

Raising Frogs for $$$ Photographs by Jason Fulford.
The Ice Plant, Los Angeles, 2006.
96 pages, full color, hardback, 9¼x11½”.

Jason Fulford has arranged his third collection of photographs into eight distinct chapters that can be read as a game, a series of essays, an abstract visual narrative or all of the above. The design of the book is rigid and deliberate, while its meaning is flexible. “The intention of this edit and layout,” Fulford explains, “is to create as many relationships as possible between the pictures as well as the chapters. I like the idea of a meticulously planned-out event that remains unpredictable.” The work in RAISING FROGS FOR $$$ was selected from his personal archive, taken between 1997 and 2005 in various countries. - Ice Plant

Fulford’s photographs have been used on the dust jackets of books by Don Delillo, John Updike, Bertrand Russell, Terry Eagleton, Ha Jin and many others. His work frequently appears in Harper’s and the New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Scranton, PA, and is a co-founder of J&L Books.

Raising Frogs for $$$ is available at The Ice Plant, and PhotoEye

Ed Panar - Golden Palms

Golden Palms Photographs by Ed Panar
J & L, Atlanta GA, 2007.
96 pages, full color, hardcover, 10×8″.
Limited to 1000 copies.

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Limited Edition available with original C-print directly from J & L.

Golden Palms is a collection of Ed Panar’s photographs of Los Angeles, where he lived for two years without a car. The cumulative effect is a subtly hilarious and beautiful walking tour through generic back streets, showing us a side of contemporary LA that most people speed by.

Ed Panar is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition to his straight photography, Panar creates video art and poetry as his guardian angel alter-ego, Johnny B. Smooth, with collaborator the B. Dazzler. He has also edited projects for the London based Tomato Workshops. Golden Palms is one piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is Ed Panar. Taken in the context of Panar’s various other artistic endeavors, Golden Palms reveals an educated eye with a sensitivity to personality and humor. - J & L

Release date: June 2007 - look for more to come on this interesting new title from the J & L team.

Stephen Gill - Buried

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Nobody, London, 2006.
32 pages, full color, hardback in slipcase, 5½x7¾”.
Limited to 750 signed copies. Includes original c-print.

The photographs were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly.

When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but It just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as I’d said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet.

Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place - allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture - felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark. -Stephen Gill

The book is available on Stephen Gills site

It is also available at PhotoEye and Dashwood

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