E-MAIL NEWSLETTER  01.29.14 Vol 13.5
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 Book of the Week: A Pick by Jason Fulford




Book of the Week: A Pick by Jason Fulford
Political Chaos by Paul Kooiker


"I love books that appear simple on first glance, but reveal layers of meaning on further inspection. It's a refinement of an idea to only the essential parts. Such is the case with Political Chaos, a new book by Paul Kooiker, published by Études Books. The cover depicts a head floating on a shimmering surface of water. The expression is either one of ecstasy or pain. Inside, the photographs are cropped into circles on black backgrounds, as if you are looking through a telescope. Each image depicts another head bobbing on water, some close-up and others just a black dot on a seascape." —Jason Fulford

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Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a contributing editor at Blind Spot, and frequent lecturer at universities. Monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs For $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), and Hotel Oracle (2013). He is co-editor, with Gregory Halpern, of the upcoming Aperture book, The Photographer's Playbook.
 photo-eye Photographer's Showcase
Ben Marcin's Last House Standing

We are pleased to release a portfolio of images by Ben Marcin on the Photographer's Showcase. Last House Standing features Marcin's documentation of free-standing row houses, buildings that were once linked with many others of the same style and structure. Often three stories, the buildings have slowly been torn down as they fall into disrepair, but occasionally one unit will remain, a standout against a disintegrating neighborhood.

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 Art Photo Index
Featured Artist: Beth Yarnelle Edwards

"In 1997 I began photographing in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, where I had lived for many years. These suburbs are a physical embodiment of the American Dream as it has often been represented — a place where natural beauty intersects with opportunities in high tech industry, an increasingly diverse yet predominately affluent population, and access to nearby cultural centers." —Beth Yarnelle Edwards
 photo-eye Gallery Opening
Kevin O'Connell: Conventional Entropy
Opening & Artist Reception Friday, February 7th from 5-7pm

Exhibition runs Friday, February 7th through March 29th, 2014
photo-eye Gallery is located at 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Denver-based photographer Kevin O'Connell from his series Conventional Entropy. O'Connell's photographs depict pipelines, pumps, tanks and towers used to extract energy from the natural landscape. However, the machines succumb to the natural world and the massive structures stand as monuments to entropy itself. O'Connell explores the topic of energy development and consumption and the proliferation of these machines unable to withstand the test of time. Riddled with paradox, O'Connell's subtle and exquisite color photographs allow the viewer to consider the possibility of a landscape transformed by machinery in a constant state of decay.

The exhibition at photo-eye runs concurrent to Kevin O'Connell's solo exhibition at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts: Everything Comes Broken, which runs January 21-May 17, 2014. Everything Comes Broken features video and photographic work by O'Connell with a focus on wind farms. The Marion Center is located on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus at 1600 Saint Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505. The artist reception is Thursday, February 6th from 5-7pm at the Marion Center.
 photo-eye Book Reviews


Annette Messager: Voluntary Tortures

"In 1972, Messager placed herself firmly in this 'obscured and oppressed' territory and became a collector of images. For Voluntary Tortures, Messager snipped her way through countless magazines and collected pictures of women undergoing a variety of beauty treatments. She put these in grey passe-partouts and stuck them on gallery walls... It's a lovely book. It's large-sized and comes in a buff cardboard slipcase. Tip it out and it's a slim softcover album of loose leaves held in place by a piece of twine that doesn't quite fit right. The cover is elegant and absurd; a framed picture of a woman undergoing a primitive form of electronic chin massage therapy. The picture is still in its grey passe-partout so placing the work in its art context." — from Colin Pantall's review of Voluntary Tortures by Annette Messager

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W. Eugene Smith: The Big Book

"Smith was a magician in the darkroom. Shadows and highlights were his visual language. Smith's prints forced the viewer to see the picture in a certain way; bleached highlights and rich black shadows became roadmaps for viewers to navigate his pictures. This book does not focus on this aspect of Smith's legacy. The pages are faithful reproductions of a two-volume book dummy created with cream-colored paper and early photocopies of Smith's prints. All of the lusciousness is washed out of the prints, yet they showcase his formal vision of the interplay between shadow and highlight. This is a reinterpreted and abstracted view of Smith, one that he probably would not have wanted published. This is W. Eugene Smith in a way you have not seen before." — from Tom Leininger's review of The Big Book by W. Eugene Smith

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 photo-eye Deep Discounts
Deep Discounts

This week's selection of sale books includes three great photobook titles. Each selected title is discounted up to 31% off the original price. Limited stock is available, and once we sell out we will not be getting any more in stock. The discounted items this week include:

The Night Is Never As Dark As It Is In Childhood by Marcel Gahler
Hardbound Original Price $58 — photo-eye Price: $40 (Save 31%)
Only 3 copies in stock

New Documentary by Takashi Homma
Softbound Original Price $90 — photo-eye Price: $63 (Save 30%)
Only 2 copies in stock

Le Silence/Une Fiction by Cristiano Raimondi & Simone Menegoi
Softbound Original Price $50 — photo-eye Price: $35 (Save 30%)
Only 2 copies in stock

The Unreachable by Roger Guaus
Softbound Original Price $39 — photo-eye Price: $28 (Save 28%)
Only 5 copies in stock

See other great titles now on sale here.
 Limited Editions
Annabelle Fürstenau: <em>Blütenstände</em> Annabelle Fürstenau: Blütenstände—Signed

Blütenstände by Annabelle Fürstenau includes 30 loose-plate color photographs. Flower petals, stems and grasses are pulled apart, meticulously arranged and photographed on a light table. Each plate reads like a cipher, encouraging the viewer to engage without a legend or translation. It is as though we are being presented with a story in a secret poetic language that is impossible to understand, yet still seems communicate.

A deluxe limited edition is also available with an accompanying print produced in an edition of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. Please send an email inquiry about availability of this edition as copies are limited. READ MORE

Cat# ZF620H Hardbound List Price: $650.00
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<em>Blütenstände</em>
 photo-eye Auctions
  • A signed copy of Dirk Alvermann's 1969 'photo-novel' Eine Handvoll Glück (A Handful of Happiness) — Alvermann is best-known for L'Algerie.
  • Thirty years separates two books that capture vibrant New York 'scenes' that were centers of social and artistic celebrity culture — John Perona's El Morocco Family Album (with a SIGNED photo of Perona) and the hardbound issue of Andy Warhol's Index (Book) — with 3-D cover image.
  • Robert Doisneau: La Banlieu de Paris in a sweet dust jacket
  • Another French favorite, Willy Ronis, gives us a Signed, Limited Edition Portfolio, issued by Galerie Camera Obscura, with 12 Collotype Plates.

  • Eric weighs in below on a few of this week's listings; be sure to give a listen and to check out all of this week's stellar listings! Thanks as always for looking!

    Bids shown below are current as of 4:16 pm MT, 01.29.2014
    If you have auction items (valued at $250 or more) to consign, please e-mail us.
    Auction Item High/Opening Bid Time Left  
     V. Palla and C. Martins. Lisboa. Cidade Triste e Alegre. (Lisbon: Sad and Happy City)--INSCRIBED: V. Palla and C. Martins. Lisboa. Cidade Triste e Alegre. (Lisbon: Sad and Happy City)--INSCRIBED $3,995
    21h 43m
    Dirk Alvermann: Eine Handvoll Glück (A Handful of Happiness)--SIGNED!: Dirk Alvermann: Eine Handvoll Glück (A Handful of Happiness)--SIGNED! $600
    21h 48m
    Andy Warhol's Index (Book) : Andy Warhol's Index (Book) $2,295
    21h 53m
     Andy Warhol/Gerard Malanga: Screen Tests/A Diary    : Andy Warhol/Gerard Malanga: Screen Tests/A Diary $495
    21h 58m
    John Perona's El Morocco Family Album (Photographs by Jerome Zerbe)--with SIGNED Photo of Perona : John Perona's El Morocco Family Album (Photographs by Jerome Zerbe)--with SIGNED Photo of Perona $1,995
    22h 3m
     	Edward Weston: 50 Photographs (Limited Edition, Initialed by Weston!) : Edward Weston: 50 Photographs (Limited Edition, Initialed by Weston!) $1,865
    22h 8m
    Iván Cañas: El cubano se ofrece (The Cuban is Offered): Iván Cañas: El cubano se ofrece (The Cuban is Offered) $695
    22h 13m
     	Robert Doisneau: La Banlieu de Paris: Robert Doisneau: La Banlieu de Paris $995
    22h 18m
     	Ed Van Der Elsken: Love on the Left Bank (Dutch First Edition): Ed Van Der Elsken: Love on the Left Bank (Dutch First Edition) $395
    22h 23m
    Richard Prince (1988 French Catalogue): Richard Prince (1988 French Catalogue) $595
    22h 33m
    Willy Ronis: Signed, Limited Edition Portfolio with 12 Collotype Plates : Willy Ronis: Signed, Limited Edition Portfolio with 12 Collotype Plates $1,195
    22h 38m

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