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Now here are a few things until the weather warms up a bit. Maybe one of Brian Eno's ambient records might be a good soundtrack while browsing.


Click for availability and more information Balthazar Korab: architect of photography , by John Comazzi
 
No one captured the midcentury modernism of the Mad Men era better than Balthazar Korab. As one of the period's most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. His iconic photographs for master architects immortalized their finest works, while leaving his own indelible impact on twentieth century visual culture. In this illustrated biography, the first dedicated solely to his life and career, author John Comazzi traces Korab's circuitous path to a career in photography. 


Click for availability and more information Coming into Fashion: a century of photography at Condé Nast , by Nathalie Herschdorfer
 
Condé Nast launched the careers of many great photographers. The discovery of most of the biggest names in fashion photography and the nurturing of their talent can rightly be credited to that visionary publisher. Condé Nast himself was gifted at spotting future stars and by surrounding himself with the very best and most creative he placed Vogue magazine, along with other titles such as Glamour, at the forefront of the photographic avant-garde and propelled them to positions of great social and cultural influence. This volume, the result of unprecedented access to the empire's archives, reaches back to 1910. The list of photographers included in this treasury is impressive. Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, and Mario Testino are just some of the figures who, working with masterful art directors, created a legacy that left its mark on the history of photography and is being built upon in the present day. 


Click for availability and more information The Disappearance of Darkness: photography at the end of the analog era, by Robert Burley
 
Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. Burley's atmospheric large-format photographs transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the alchemy of the photographic process was practiced over the last century, from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and documentary, this book is a reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight. 


Click for availability and more information Faking It: manipulated photography before Photoshop, by Mia Fineman
 
Photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era. What will come as a revelation to readers of this wide-ranging book is that nearly every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe's now-ubiquitous Photoshop software was also part of photography's predigital repertoire, from slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles to adding people to (or removing them from) pictures, not to mention fabricating events that never took place. Indeed, the desire and determination to modify the camera image are as old as photography itself--only the methods have changed. By tracing the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of the medium to the release of Photoshop 1.0 in 1990, Mia Fineman offers a corrective to the dominant narrative of photography's development, in which champions of photographic "purity," such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, get all the glory, while devotees of manipulation, including Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, and John Heartfield, are treated as conspicuous anomalies. Among the techniques discussed on these pages--abundantly illustrated with works from an international array of public and private collections--are multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture, over-painting, hand coloring, and retouching. The resulting images are as diverse in style and motivation as they are in technique. \


Click for availability and more information Laundromat, by Snorri Bros.
 
Laundromats are as varied as the people inside. They often reflect the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the neighborhood they reside in (announcements, flags, and symbols displayed often reveal something about their mainly mom-and-pop owners), yet they additionally possess a story of commercial storefront design, inspired and mundane: the trend date of awning design and lettering; the poster advertising for cleaning; the refreshment options for adults and their charges. Neighborhood laundromats are one of the last holdouts of the disappearing storefronts of New York City as small shops are driven out of business by chains and venture-capital initiatives. Like the beloved Korean green grocer/bodega/Arab deli, someday soon there could be far fewer of these ugly ducklings, and another genuine element of New York's street life will be...washed away. Laundromat was photographed from 2008 to 2012 and represents all five New York boroughs and most of its neighborhoods. 


Click for availability and more information Leica: witness to a century, by Alessandro Pasi; English translation by Jay Hyams
 
This revised English-language edition celebrates the 100-year history of the fine, portable camera created by a German engineer named Oskar Barnack in 1913. The volume contains plenty of Leica-made images made by world-famous photographers as well as pictures of the camera itself as it evolved. The text, interwoven with the images, sets the political and cultural context of the camera and its use over the decades.

Click for availability and more information More Than Human, by Tim Flach
 
Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent years inquiring into the essential bond we have with animals. Now he presents the culmination of a career-long endeavor. The book showcases a menagerie of creatures--pandas, tigers, bats, lions, orangutans, cobras, bullfrogs, chimpanzees, wolves, porcupines, elephants, owls, armadillos, among many others--as they have never been seen before. 


Click for availability and more information Reconstructing the View : the Grand Canyon photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe
 
Using landscape photography to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, and the construction of perception, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon for their most recent project, Reconstructing the View. The team's landscape photographs are based on the practice of rephotography, in which they identify sites of historic photographs and make new photographs of those precise locations. Klett and Wolfe referenced a wealth of images of the canyon, ranging from historical photographs and drawings by William Bell and William Henry Holmes, to well-known artworks by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and from souvenir postcards to contemporary digital images drawn from Flickr. The pair then employed digital postproduction methods to bring the original images into dialogue with their own. 


Click for availability and more information Terrywood, by Terry Richardson
 
Terrywood is the Richardson's vision of everything that Hollywood has meant and continues to mean in the public imagination: grand-scale glitz, big-budget glamour-and of course the awards ceremonies, in homage to which Terry Richardson produced a series of ten award statuettes for the show, fashioned in his own bespectacled likeness. These works and all of the photographs included in the exhibition are reproduced here, alongside documentation of the year-long process of planning the exhibition, and coverage of the opening night. This volume compiles all of the photographs from his 2012 show Terrywood, held at the OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles. 


Click for availability and more information Vivian Maier: out of the shadows , by Richard Cahan & Michael Williams
 
This volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 10,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few of them were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen photographs--gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty--were shown online. What followed was a firestorm of attention, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography. Her work has appeared in numerous museum exhibits and a feature-length documentary on her life and art has already been planned.

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