[D A M I A N I ] Gidropark Yelena Yemchuk
Available: March 2011 ISBN: 9788862081603 Price: £25.00 Format: Paperback Pages: 112 Illustrations: 72 b/w photos Size: 278 x 215 mm Category: Photography Rights: UK & Eire, Greece, E Europe, Middle East, Far East only
Photographer and painter, Yelena Yemchuk is most commonly known for her fashion and portrait photographs. Yet her personal work, usually shot on a 35mm camera while traveling around the globe, has rarely been seen. On one such trip to her hometown of Kiev, Ukraine, Yemchuk visited Gidropark, an island on the Dnieper River that she frequented as a girl. Taken over three summers between 2005 and 2008, Yemchuk captures life on the beaches, sports grounds and woodlands of Gidropark as only she can portray it. Families, stripped down to their bathing suits (or even less) enjoying a picnic, take on a Felliniesque quality through her lens. Yelena Yemchuk was born in Kiev, and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was eleven. She has contributed to Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Another, The New Yorker and The New York Times.
[D A M I A N I ] About Skin Mustafa Sabbagh
Available: February 2011 ISBN: 9788862081481 Price: £24.95 Format: Hardback Pages: 104 Illustrations: 40 col photos Size: 225 x 295 mm Category: Photography Rights: UK & Eire, Greece, E Europe, Middle East, Far East only
JOHN RULE SPRING 2011
About Skin presents nearly 50 full-page photographs by the ItalianJordanian photographer Mustafa Sabbagh. Along with photos of landscapes, fashion, and still lifes, his portraits reveal, the book’s true theme: human skin. In fact, by avoiding the now common practice of photo retouching-up, Sabbagh highlights the natural imperfections of the epidermis. About Skin therefore unveils a theory of moles, scars, reddened skin, veins, wrinkles, stretch marks, signs left by clothing: an atlas that, on the one hand, refers the observer to North European painting from the 1500s and 1600s (for example, Dutch still lifes and Nordic Renaissance portraits) and, on the other, to contemporary photos by Wolfgang Tillmans, Jurgen Teller, and Rineke Dijkstra. Mustafa Sabbagh was born in Amman, Jordan. For several years, he was Richard Avedon’s assistant in London. He has been based in Italy since 1979. His work has appeared in Arena, The Face, Vogue Italia, l’Uomo Vogue, Rodeo, Gasby, Front, Kult, Sport & Street.