Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes by Lee Friedlander

Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes. Photographs by Lee Friedlander.61g0jw48i9l_ss500_.jpg
D.A.P., New York, 2008.
84 pages, 89 tritone illustrations, 13×12¾”.



This book is beautifully done, from the images to the selection of end paper. Lee is a master, and this is the type of book you would expect from him. Make sure this is in your collection. -PIP



A natural chronicler of all things uniquely American, photographer Lee Friedlander here puts his lens to the work of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), designer of many of this country’s most iconic public landscapes and the father of North American landscape architecture. Olmsted was responsible for a staggering number of America’s greatest parks, including the Niagara reservation (North America’s oldest state park),Washington Park, the Biltmore Estate, the U.S. Capitol building landscape and entire parkway systems in Buffalo and Louisville. His most famous work remains New York City’s Central Park, a pioneering egalitarian gesture that, at the time, was very unusual for its ready accessibility. This book, published to coincide with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2008 exhibition, compiles 89 photographs made by Friedlander in Olmsted’s public parks and private estates.

This stunning collection of rich tritones celebrates the complex, idiosyncratic picture-making of one of the country’s greatest living photographers, and also arrives upon the 150 year anniversary of Olmsted’s 1858 design for Central Park. Rambling across bridges and through open meadows and dense undergrowth, Friedlander locates a pure pleasure in Olmsted’s designs—in the meticulous stonework, the balance of exposure to shade and in the mature, weather-beaten trees that attest to the durability of Olmsted’s vision. -D.A.P.



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Hassla Books

Hassla Books

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David Schoerner Photographs by David Schoerner.
Hassla Books, New York, 2007.
12 pages, 10 color illustrations, 8×5½”.
Edition 500, numbered by artist.

The Beginning Photographs by Ola Rindal.
Hassla Books, New York, 2007.
20 Pages, 10 color illustrations, 8×6″.
Edition 500.



Check out the photobooks published by this cool little press. Their first two photography books are a strong start, and Photography in Print looks forward to seeing what else this independent press puts out in the future. You can’t beat the price, $12 per book. Support Independent Publishers! - PIP



Hassla Books is an independent publishing company with a focus on art, photography and literature. We specialize in publishing small, low-run artist books that feature the work of both emerging and established artists, always working one-on-one with the artists to create a publication that evokes the very essence of the artist’s focus. This intimate process, coupled with Hassla’s simple ascetic, allows for an interior view into the artist’s work.

Hassla Books was founded in January, 2007 in Amherst, New Hampshire by David Schoerner. The first publication was released in March. In July 2007, Hassla moved to New York City and is currently working on it’s fourth publication. - Hassla Bio



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The Westerns by Katy Grannan

The Westerns. Photographs by Katy Grannan.grannan-westerns-cover.jpg
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2008.
46 Pages, 23 color illustrations, 15×12″.



This is a great oversized, softcover book. Eventually this work will be published in a longer hardback version, and this early edition will be a sought after collectors item. The Westerns is a steal at $25. - PIP



Katy Grannan’s color portraits depict subjects the artist describes as “new pioneers,” northern Californians who struggle to define themselves under the scrutiny of relentless sunlight. California serves as both a literal and metaphorical backdrop for Grannan’s new photographs. It is a mythical destination and a real end-point where sunshine illuminates both the abject and the joyful.

In The Westerns, Grannan explores the uneasy relationship between fixed photographic portraiture and her subjects’ mercurial identities. The photographs are replete with ambiguity and contradiction: they are evidence of an invented, unknowable self, confronting inescapable photographic description. - Fraenkel Gallery



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Hackney Flowers by Stephen Gill

Hackney Flowers. Photographs by Stephen Gill. hackneyflowers2.jpg
Nobody, London, 2007.
114 Pages, 65 color illustraitons, 11¼x8¾”.







UK photographer Stephen Gill has again used his surroundings as the inspiration for this beautiful and evocative series. Hackney Flowers evolved from Gill’s longstanding interest in Hackney, East London. For this volume, Gill collected flowers, seeds, berries and objects from Hackney, then pressed them in his studio and re-photographed them alongside his own photographs and other found ephemera, thus building up multi-layered images built from the area. Some of the base photographs were also buried in Hackney Wick, allowing the subsequent decay to imprint upon the images, stressing this collaboration with place. A parallel series also runs within this finely produced book, showing members of the Hackney public with floral details on their person. This is a warm, poetic and visually exciting book containing images that leave an overwhelming sense of color, emotion and rhythm extracted from a single borough of London.







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Archaeology in Reverse by Stephen Gill

Archaeology in Reverse. Photographs by Stephen Gill. 51ouizz1xl_ss500_.jpg
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





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Vinter Photographs by Lars Tunbjork.

Vinter. Photographs by Lars Tunbjork. Edited by Greger Ulf Nilson. 51tvgovhekl_ss500_.jpg
Steidl, Gottingen, 2007.
144 pages, 105 color illustrations, 12¼x9½”.



This is Lars Tunbjörk’s most interesting book to date. He returns to his gritty roots. There are some really great portraits inside. A must have for any Photobook collection. Pick up a copy before it costs as much as Home or A Country Beside Itself! - PIP




‘I often feel beside myself in the wintertime, and I try to go to warmer and lighter places. But the last couple of years I have traveled into the winter and darkness instead-into areas, conditions and encounters in which I don’t really know where the outer and inner begin. And even less where they end.’ Lars Tunbjörk’s photographic explorations of northern Sweden capture the atmosphere of the gloaming winter months in Scandinavia, and the lives of the people who live under those dark skies. Vinter began as a means of surviving the dark part of the year; it has a correspondingly different mood, color range and temperament from Tunbjörk’s previous work, but shares its style, understated humor and often absurd subject matter. The artist was born in 1956 in Borås, on the western coast of Sweden, and now lives and works in Stockholm. His images have been exhibited internationally, and are published regularly through the Paris picture agency VU and in monographs, among them Country Beside Itself (1993), Office (2001), Home (2002), Dom alla (2003) and I Love Borås! (2006). -Steidl





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A Shimmer of Possibility by Paul Graham

A Shimmer of Possibility. Photographs by Paul Graham. 415wdfgjrl_ss500_.jpg
Steidl Mack, 2007.
360 pages, 160 color illustrations, 13×10″





Since all the recent scholarship about “photobooks,” this is the most important and interesting thing to happen. This is a must have for any book collection. Paul Graham, and Steidl have created a classic. Get it while you can! - PIP



Inspired by Chekhov’s short stories-and by his own contagious joy in the book form-photographer Paul Graham has created A Shimmer of Possibility, comprised of 10 individual books, each a photographic short story of everyday life. Some are simple and linear-a man smokes a cigarette while he waits for a bus in Las Vegas, or the camera tracks an autumn walk in Boston. Some entwine two, three or four scenes-while a couple carry their shopping home in Texas, a small child dances with a plastic bag in a garden. Some watch a quiet narrative break unexpectedly into a sublime moment-as a man cuts the grass in Pittsburgh it begins to rain, until the low sun breaks through and illuminates each drop. Graham’s filmic haikus shun any forceful summation or tidy packaging. Instead, they create the impression of life flowing around and past us while we stand and stare, and make it hard not to share the artist’s quiet astonishment with its beauty and grace. The 10 books gathered here are identical in trim size, but vary in length from just a single photograph to 60 pages of images made at one street corner. Paul Graham’s work has been widely exhibited and published for 25 years, most recently in the book American Night. -Steidl



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Five Books by Henry Wessel.

Five Books. California and the West, Odd Photos, Las Vegas, Real Estate Photographs, Night Walk.41qjjuff4bl_ss500_.jpg
Photographs by Henry Wessel.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2005.
154 pages, five slipcased softbacks, 56 color illustrations, 10×9½”.



This is a great set of books. If this is not in your collection you need to purchase this set before it goes out of print.




The photographs in these five books represent a sustained effort to describe the contemporary vernacular landscape of Southern California and the American West. From his early work in the 1970’s to the most recent series in Las Vegas (2000–2004), Wessel’s wit and insight illuminate a world rich in nuance, humor, and irony.

For the past thirty years, Henry Wessel has observed and recorded the unusual and the iconic, the light, the landscape, and the surprising effects both have on the people who made their way to the edge. In the end, the work creates a synthesis that reflects our world back on to us, challenging us to examine our preconceptions of Southern California and the American West. - Steidl




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