E-MAIL NEWSLETTER  12.06.12 Vol 12.49
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Michal Chelbin's Sailboats and Swans
Michal Chelbin's Sailboats and Swans
 photo-eye Gallery Opening
Pentti Sammallahti — Here Far Away

Opening Reception on Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm.
Exhibit runs through January 26, 2013.
photo-eye Gallery is located at 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

On Friday, December 7th 2012, photo-eye Gallery will open an exhibition of work by esteemed Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti.

Pentti Sammallahti, born in 1950 in Helsinki, is a benchmark figure in contemporary Finnish photography. His unique observations capture authentic moments as he travels and photographs all over the world, finding beauty in the ordinary. Each of his exquisite compositions illustrate a sublime moment in time, allowing the viewer to pause and reflect on man's relationship with nature and his surroundings. The exhibit celebrates the release of his long-awaited new monograph, Here Far Away.

Two new portfolios of Sammallahti's work have been published here.

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 Best Books 2012
photo-eye is happy to present our Best Books of 2012. This is the time of year when nearly every publication comes out with at least one year-end list. Some people love them, some hate them, and their value is nearly always up for debate, yet they seem irresistibly interesting. What we strive for with our list is a little different from most, and this year we thought we'd clarify our process.

We start with recommendations for contributors from the photo-eye Bookstore staff. Our contributors are then asked to select up to ten books that they believe are the Best Books of the year. We have two simple rules: the books must be published in the current year and the contributor may not select a book that they have played a role in creating. There are no additional restrictions — we do not prompt our contributors with a pre-selected list of books or ask them to choose from what's already in our online catalogue.

The result is a list of Best Books that contains between 150-200 titles — not exactly a tidy top 10. But we don't see this as a problem; we aren't seeking consensus or a ranking. For us, Best Books is about discoveries. When generating our list of contributors, while some are annual fixtures, we strive for a diversity that will shed light on corners of the photoworld that we may miss. We assemble the list knowing that a certain amount of luck determines what a person happens to see, purchase or seek out during the course of the year. Because of this, it's important to note that a book selected by only one person may be no less great than a book selected by numerous people — its fewer appearances may simply be an issue of access or chance. Knowing this, we also ask our contributors to write a sentence or two about each title on their list, making each photographer, curator, publisher or bookseller's list full of personal insight into what makes each book remarkable.

Just like every year, we have made new discoveries during the compilation of Best Books 2012, and we look forward to seeing each new book that comes through the door. In the coming weeks we will continue to investigate this list and give you a better look inside some of them with write-ups and reviews on photo-eye Blog and additional BookTeases. We hope that you will enjoy exploring photo-eye's Best Books of 2012, and hopefully find a new amazing photobook that will make it on to your personal list of Best Books.

This year's contributors are
Aaron Schuman
Adam Bell
Alec Soth
Andrew Phelps
Anne Kelly
Anne Wilkes Tucker
Christian Patterson
Colin Pantall
Erik Kessels
Erin Azouz
John Gossage
Jonathan Blaustein
Marco Delogu
Markus Schaden
Martin Parr
Melanie McWhorter
Miwa Susuda
Natasha Egan
Pierre Bessard
Rebecca Senf
Remi Faucheux
Ruben Lundgren/Thijs groot Wassink(WassinkLundren)
Shane Lavalette
Sputnik Photos
Svetlana Bachevanova
Tom Claxton
Tony Cederteg
Todd Hido

View the Best Books of 2012 page on photoeye.com
 photo-eye Auctions
We kick off the photo-eye Auctions' Holiday Season listings with a selection that slants towards the Düsseldorf School: Mark Power gives us Treasury Project (SIGNED) from 2002; DL 07 Stereotypes of War from Jens Liebchen (also SIGNED), Thomas Ruff's Nudes (SIGNED) [shown] and finally Massimo Vitali: Les Plages du Var. The coolly objective, typological approach of the Düsseldorf tendency, as Parr & Badger refer to it, which has its roots in German Modernism of the 1920s (as typified by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy: Painting Photography Film) is manifest in Ed Ruscha, of course, perhaps most famously in his clinical images of vernacular architecture. This week we are thrilled to offer a super-crisp first printing of Some Los Angeles Apartments. Also on the block: Richter's Atlas; a signed 1st edition of Nicaragua by Susan Meiselas & MORE. Be sure to check out Eric's weekly presentation below! As always, thanks for looking! -Eric Miles

Bids shown below are current as of 1:00 pm MT, 12.06.2012
If you have auction items (valued at $250 or more) to consign, please e-mail us.
Auction Item High/Opening Bid Time Left  
Ed Ruscha: Some Los Angeles Apartments (First Printing!!): Ed Ruscha: Some Los Angeles Apartments (First Printing!!) $2,995
0h 59m
Ed Ruscha: Various Small Fires and Milk: Ed Ruscha: Various Small Fires and Milk $295
1h 4m
Massimo Vitali: Les Plages du Var: les pieds dans l'eau: Massimo Vitali: Les Plages du Var: les pieds dans l'eau $195
1h 9m
 Dash Snow: Polaroids : Dash Snow: Polaroids $165
1h 14m
Elizabeth Peyton: Craig: Elizabeth Peyton: Craig $125
1h 19m
 Allan Kaprow: Assemblage, Environments & Happenings  : Allan Kaprow: Assemblage, Environments & Happenings $325
1h 24m
 	Matthew Sleeth: Tour of Duty (1st Printing, Signed): Matthew Sleeth: Tour of Duty (1st Printing, Signed) $195
1h 29m
Boris Mihailov: Die Dämmerung (At Dusk) + Am Boden (By the Ground)--2 Volume Set: Boris Mihailov: Die Dämmerung (At Dusk) + Am Boden (By the Ground)--2 Volume Set $315
1h 34m
Gerhard Richter: Atlas : Gerhard Richter: Atlas $195
1h 39m
Susan Meiselas: Nicaragua (First Edition, SIGNED): Susan Meiselas: Nicaragua (First Edition, SIGNED) $295
1h 44m
 	Jens Liebchen: DL 07 Stereotypes of War (SIGNED): Jens Liebchen: DL 07 Stereotypes of War (SIGNED) $195
1h 49m
Lazlo Moholy-Nagy: Painting Photography Film (First English Edition): Lazlo Moholy-Nagy: Painting Photography Film (First English Edition) $195
1h 54m
Mark Power: The Treasury Project (SIGNED): Mark Power: The Treasury Project (SIGNED) $295
1h 59m
Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body (SIGNED, Limited Edition!): Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body (SIGNED, Limited Edition!) $395
2h 4m
Thomas Ruff: Nudes (SIGNED): Thomas Ruff: Nudes (SIGNED) $620
2h 9m
Emmet Gowin: 3 Books (ALL SIGNED): Emmet Gowin: 3 Books (ALL SIGNED) $445
2h 14m

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 photo-eye Book Reviews
Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel

"I was immensely saddened by Larry Sultan's death in 2009. I had only encountered him once or twice in person, for brief exchanges after lectures and over books being signed. I regret that his passing deprived me of further exchanges with a man I realized was extraordinarily eloquent about his own work and about the work of photography in general... The fact that grey areas permeated Sultan's work is highlighted in this new monograph documenting his collaborations with Mike Mandel. If nothing else, the book celebrates 'negative capability,' which essayist Carter Ratcliff expounds upon in his important exegesis on Evidence, the crowning achievement of the Sultan/Mandel enterprise. " — from George Slade's review of Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel

Read the entire review on photo-eye Blog.

Purchase a copy here.
Marc Asnin: Uncle Charlie

"Tell Eugene Smith to make a family album and you might end up with something like Marc Asnin's Uncle Charlie; a book that is like one of those good, old-fashioned mega-projects without beginning and without end. Uncle Charlie consists of several hundred black and white pictures spread across 370 pages. It tells the story of Marc Asnin's Uncle Charlie, a man whose life, partners and family roller-coaster through a cross-family cocktail of insomnia, alcoholism, addiction, AIDS and mental illness. A family album with a difference then; like Richard Billingham's Ray's a Laugh, but on a grander scale with a lot of love and tenderness thrown in to confuse the viewer." — from Colin Pantall's review of Uncle Charlie by Marc Asnin

Read the entire review on photo-eye Blog.

Purchase a copy here.
Arthur Grace: America 101

"Arthur Grace is a photographer who knows how to get his point across. Working as a wire service photographer in the 1970s trained him to sum up situations with a neutral, direct photographic language. This book is not a collection of retread journalistic pictures but a vision of a photographer with a statement to make. Typically, America is shown in books as a road trip a photographer may have made, or as a colorfully sentimental place. In this book Grace uses wit and humor to point out the small quirks of America, politicians and the landscape. Middle and rural America is well represented here." — from Tom Leininger's review of America 101 by Arthur Grace

Read the entire review on photo-eye Blog.

Purchase a copy here.
Ari Marcopoulos: Out to Lunch

"Ari Marcopoulos is a photograper known for many things: his documents of his life surrounded by graffiti artists and skateboarders, his love of the Xerox as a means to produce zines and books and a no bullshit, no frills approach to his photography. His new limited edition book Out To Lunch is all that and more. The designers do not deny Marcopoulos' love for matte paper and have printed many of the plates on uncoated stock. The book is worth the cost with all its object elements: the matte pages, glossy contact sheets, vinyl stickers, and over-sized teen-magazine-like pullout posters. All this great content is wrapped in black gauze binders housed in a bag with comments, yearbook style, addressed to Ari on the outside." — from Melanie McWhorter's review of Out to Lunch by Ari Marcopoulos

Read the entire review on photo-eye Blog.

Purchase a copy here.

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 Book of the Week
Michal Chelbin: <i>Sailboats and Swans</i> Michal Chelbin: Sailboats and Swans

"There is nothing easy about it. It is a constructed moment, a scene within a scene, the real within the unreal. They are moments, lunga fermata, suspensions of time in the midst of what might otherwise be unbearable. The images are about a kind of discomfort—theirs, hers, mine and ours. It is like an old fashioned staring contest—one guy looks at the other and the first one who blinks is the loser, except Michal Chelbin never blinks. Instead she captures with the click of a shutter. Chelbin is always looking, drawing what is hidden to the surface. She captures—we shudder. —A.M. Homes" —the publisher READ MORE

Cat# TT173H Hardbound List Price: $65.00
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<i>Sailboats and Swans</i>

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 From Our Flat Files: Great Prints $600-$800
Jo Whaley's Lyropteryx apollonia
Jo Whaley's Lyropteryx apollonia
"I never thought much about collecting photography until I started working at photo-eye Gallery. In the last few months, I have been going through our flat files, getting familiar with the work of the many great artists we represent.

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting a selection of work from photo-eye Gallery artists that I find inspiring, beautiful and best of all, affordable for both first-time and avid collectors. For this installment, I will focus on selected prints from David H. Gibson, Jo Whaley and Maria Luisa Morando." — Erin Azouz

Read the entire post on photo-eye Blog.

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 photo-eye Gift Certificates & Holiday Wrapping
Gift Certificates for the Photobook Lover

Not sure what to get for that photo-eye photobook lover? photo-eye offers gift certificates in any dollar amount. Simply click here or on the gift certificate icon on the bookstore front page, enter the amount, select to email or mail the certificate to that special person and finish with photo-eye's easy checkout process. We also accept gift certificate orders by phone for all US customers at our toll free customer service number 800.227.6941 x201 or for phone calls outside the US, call 505.988.5152 x201.

Free Gift Wrapping!
Just include "please gift wrap" in the special instructions when you finalize your order. We'll wrap it up nicely at no charge!

Add a Card!
Just put "add a card" in the special instructions section when you finalize your order. Include the greeting you would like and the person(s) name. We'll include a gorgeous William Clift card and envelope. There is an additional $4 charge for this service that will be added to your order.

Want to purchase a gift certificate? Simply click here.

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 Santa Fe Events
From left to right: Maggie Blanchard, Joanna Hurley, Alexandra Huddleston
From left to right: Maggie Blanchard, Joanna Hurley, Alexandra Huddleston

photo-eye's Photobook Series #2: A Panel Discussion on Photobook Publishing

Where: Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Tipton Hall
When: Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30-8:30
Contact: Melanie McWhorter
Phone: 505.988.5152 x 112
Email: melanie@photoeye.com

photo-eye and Santa Fe University of Art and Design are pleased to host a panel discussion with local book publishers and art photographers on their experience in the field of photobook publishing. Join us for a lively discussion about working with established publishers, self-publishing, and fundraising for your photobook. The panel will be moderated by photo-eye Book Division Manager Melanie McWhorter and will include three panelists from the world of book publishing, personal fundraising and book packaging: Maggie Blanchard, Alexandra Huddleston and Joanna Hurley.

Maggie Blanchard is Director of Twin Palms Publishers. For over thirty years Twin Palms has published exceptional photography and art books with an emphasis on monographs. Each beautifully made book honors the original work while creating an object that has a life of its own. Formerly, Maggie was Co-Director of Center. Her experience at Center gave her the opportunity to view thousands of portfolios and gain familiarity with the network of industry professionals.

Alexandra Huddleston is an American photographer who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up in the Washington, DC area and in West Africa. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MS in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Zeit Magazine, and National Geographic Explorer, and exhibited in group and solo shows worldwide. In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to photograph and research the legacy of traditional Islamic scholarship in Timbuktu, Mali. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Huddleston is publishing her first artists' book, Lost Things, under her own imprint, The Kyoudai Press.

For the past twenty years Joanna Hurley has been president of HurleyMedia, LLC, an award-winning agency that packages and promotes fine art and photography books for a variety of publishers and arts organizations. She is also a co-founder of Radius Books, and longtime board member of CENTER, a not-for-profit organization based in Santa Fe that supports and provides opportunity for gifted, committed photographers.

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