Food. Photographs by Henk Wildschut. Post Editions, 2013. 144 pp., 90 color illustrations, 9Â˝x11". Publisher's Description Few subjects evoke as much controversy nowadays as the subject of food. The world's population continues to grow, and with the rise in prosperity comes an ever greater need for food that can be trusted. Inevitably, it seems, this means both an increase in scale and unceasing technological innovation, with unpredictable results at times. If critical documentary makers point out the pitfalls, false assumptions and deception in the food industry, the branch itself advertises its wares with nostalgic images of cows in the meadow and heads of corn swaying in the morning sun. Images that the consumer all too willingly embraces. Meanwhile, scandals in the food chain fuel our desire for a transparent world where food can once more be cultivated reliably and at a modest scale. The present lack of transparency and the fact that few know the real state of play have elicited the widest range of opinions about how our food can best be produced. The one scientific study refutes conclusions drawn in the other. Indeed, the issue is so complex and inclusive that every discussion seems doomed to sink under its own weight. For Food, Henk Wildschut immersed himself in the world of today's farmer whom he originally saw as the most important innovator in the food production process. But even here appearances are deceptive: farmers are often forced to switch to a method of husbandry where efficiency and scaling-up are the name of the game, all under the banner of public health, food safety, the environment and animal welfare. This holds equally for organically produced food. In his endeavour to get to grips with the production and
processing of food Wildschut, rather than restricting himself to modern farming, also directs his quest at vegetable breeders and cultivators, stock farms, hatcheries, fish farms, laboratories, inspection bodies and suppliers of abattoir equipment. Theirs is a squeaky-clean world where rules, regulations and protocols are riveted together in the stainless-steel abstraction of the industrial scheme of things; a world that often seems such a far cry from the food itself.
The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova. & The North Caucasus. By Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen. The Sochi Project, 2013. 352 pp., 32 page insert and 107 color illustrations, 8x10½".
Signed copies available to order! Publisher's Description Khava Gaisanova lives in Chermen, a village in the heart of the North Caucasus. In 2007 her husband disappeared, like so many men in the North Caucasus disappear without a trace – kidnapped, arrested or simply executed and buried in anonymous graves. Writer Arnold van Bruggen and photographer Rob Hornstra met her by chance and became intrigued by her story, which is drenched with blood but punctuated by the will to survive. Hornstra and Van Bruggen then came to the attention of the security forces, who ultimately prevented them from travelling through the region. Even the strong Khava was intimidated and her family has avoided all contact since. Khava’s history reads like the history of the North Caucasus itself. Hornstra and Van Bruggen have visited the North Caucasus numerous times between 2009 and 2012. They too became victims of the violence, corruption and abuse of power that have plagued the region for centuries. This book is a penetrating account of their travels.
Cut Shaving, the Xerox Edition. Photographs by Jaap Scheeren. FW: Books, 2013. 144 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 8Â˝x11Â˝". Publisher's Description 'Fresh anarchy' is a way to describe the work of Dutch photographer Jaap Scheeren. With his own, slightly absurdistic, style he investigates the coherence between reality and photography. By doing so Scheeren developed a visual world in which he follows its own intuition, logic and rules. Always with a humorous twist. 'Cut Shaving, The Xerox Edition' combines for the first time all of Scheeren's work. The publication explores ways of reproducing photography, photo-books and visual archives, resulting in a a fresh and anarchistic publication that is not just documenting his oeuvre, but also becomes part of it.
The Arrangement. By Ruth van Beek. RVB Books, 2013. 48 pp., 28 collages and 13 illustrations, 9Âžx13Âź". Publisher's Description The Arrangement is a group of images Ruth Van Beek made with a collection of books on flower arranging.She has been collecting books on this subject for years, mostly instructional books dating from fifties to the the seventies. They combine colorful stillives of flowerarrangements with the functional photograhphy of a manual.Ruth Van Beek is specialy interested in the translation of the strict rules and symbols of Japanese Ikebana into instructional books for Dutch housewifes.
Via PanAm* By Kadir van Lohuizen Paradox and Ydoc Publishing Over the course of a year, Van Lohuizen travelled from the southernmost tip of South America to the northernmost tip of Alaska, visualizing migration along the PanAmerican Highway. Partly due to the addition of stories, charts and graphs, the book has become an intriguing reference work. See more at: http://blog.photoeye.com/2014/01/bestbooks2013robhornstra.html#sthash.a6WXeNF9.dpuf
Paris Mortel. Photographs by Johan van der Keuken. Van Zoetendaal Publishers, 2013. 188 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 7Â˝x10Âź". Publisher's Description In 1956 Johan van der Keuken (1938-2001) moved from Amsterdam to Paris to study at the School of Film. There Van der Keuken took thousands of photographs, the city acting as a background to his feelings of desolation. In 1963 a selection of these were published in a book called 'Paris Mortel'. The complete book, including the original dummy Van der Keuken made and a few previously unpublished photographs are collected in this publication.
Studio Paradiso. Photographs by Max Natkiel. Voetnoot, 2013. 624 pp., illustrated throughout, 9x9Â˝". Publisher's Description As a frequent visitor to concerts at Paradiso, Amsterdam?s long-running music venue, in the early 1980s, Dutch photographer Max Natkiel encountered all manner of subcultures: punks, new-wavers, rockers, mods, Rastafarians, squatters, and metaland skinheads. Eventually he decided to bring along his camera and started making portraits of the fascinating people he found; a collection eventually numbering over 1000. A selection of about 600 of these black and white photographs appears here, reflecting the explosion of pure youth culture and fierce desire for individuality he experienced in the decade between 1980-1990. With an introduction by philosopher Dirk van Weelden.
The Gospel of the Photographer. Photographs by Elisabeth Tonnard. Elisabeth Tonnard, 2013. 64 pp., 25 color illustrations, 8¼x6".
Signed copies available! Publisher's Description What would it be like if Jesus had been a photographer? What would he have done differently and which images would he have snapped? The Gospel of the Photographer imagines this possible world through a rewriting of the gospel of Mark. Words from the gospel were replaced by words connected to photography, resulting in a booby trapped text in which photography appears as an agent of miracles and healing-and announces itself ultimately as the new religion. The book includes twenty-five newly discovered photographs. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he took photographs. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, 'Everyone is looking for you.' And he said to them, 'Let us go on to the next towns, that I may take photographs there also, for that is what I came for.' And he went throughout all Galilee, photographing in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Yoshino. Photographs by Cuny Janssen. Snoeck, 2013. 58 pp., 20 color illustrations, 18x13Âž". Publisher's Description 'Ever since the day I saw the blossoming treetops in the Yoshino's mountains, my heart has left my body behind', wrote the Japanese poet SaigyĂľ in the twelfth century. And even in those days, the area planted with over 30,000 cherry trees flanking the Yoshino Mountains must have been an awe-inspiring sight and make it an eloquent witness today to man's harmonious design for luxuriant nature, so characteristic for Japan. For over 1,400 years, the temple, the mountain slopes and the river in Nara prefecture are thus part of the Spring cherry blossom season in the Buddhist pilgrim calendar; in former times, it was the preserve of the aristocracy, today Yoshino is a popular tourist attraction. With 19 major cross-format photographs, Cuny Janssen has gathered together not only captivating and sensitive nature shots from Yoshino in her unusual book of photographs, but has also included a small anthology of Japanese poetry compiled by Jos Vos, which the Dutch Japan specialist rounds up with a travel essay, 'A fox in Yoshino'. In a way rivalled by almost no other contemporary photographer, Cuny Janssen knows how to structure her books to suit the given topic - in Yoshino for example she increases the calm and contemplative mood of her photographs with a selection brittle poetry that celebrates of this site of Japanese longing.
Viviane Sassen. In and Out of Fashion. Photographs by Viviane Sassen. Prestel, Lakewood, 2012. 260 pp., 250 color illustrations, 9x11". Publisher's Description Following the success of Parasomnia, this major new book focuses on the fashion photography of Viviane Sassen. Bringing together 17 years of work in the fashion world, this eye-catching volume features selections from Sassen’s awardwinning series and campaigns for Stella McCartney, Adidas, Carven, Bergdorf Goodman, MiuMiu, and M Missoni, along with editorials for magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, i-D, Numéro, Purple, AnOther Magazine, Dazed &Confused, Fantastic Man, and POP. Sassen’s intuitive and imaginative style can be flamboyant, contemplative, erotic, and surreal, often simultaneously. This volume includes essays that offer a context for Sassen’s work in the history of fashion photography as well as a bibliography of nearly all of her fashion series. The book will be a delight for Sassen’s many fans and those eager for inspiration or beautiful escape. Read Christopher J. Johnson's review of In and Out of Fashion on photo-eye Blog.
Easter and Oak Trees. Photographs by Bertien van Manen. MACK, 2013. 112 pp., 25 tritone illustrations, 6½x8". Publisher's Description Bertien van Manen’s blissful images of family holidays in den Eikenhorst (literally meaning Nest of Oak Trees) from the 1970s are the subject of her latest publication, Easter and Oak Trees. It was her son, one of the primary subjects in the series, who recently reminded van Manen of the archive. Lightness dominates these black and white images, and the obvious pleasure, family warmth and security of her children and family in the less politically correct ‘70s. Children pose, play and run but ultimately the photographs communicate the intimate comfort that comes with family, uninhibited in their expression and exposure to the camera. Easter and Oak Trees offers an enticing invitation to share a small part of this familial idyll. The images raise the question, could a photographer still do this in 2013? Could she photograph her children naked, footloose and carefree, acting up to the camera with fake cigarettes and a bottle of beer? Or is this spontaneity, this innocence, lost thanks to rancid affairs and small-minded moralism? Whilst this work is some of the earliest made by van Manen, it has all the qualities found in her mature work. “One recognizes the lyrical looseness, the sensuality and the melancholy but also a striving for balance and composition. Her photographs look like
free, insouciant improvisations on themes, that later, in ‘a Hundred Summers a Hundred Winters’ or in ‘East Wind West Wind’ have taken shape in a more outspoken way”. Hripsimé Visser