De Afstand (Distance)

Published by Witte de With, Rotterdam, 1990, cloth-bound hardcover, 32 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 25.5 × 30.7 cm, English / Dutch

Price: €11

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition De Afstand, at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (1 September 1990 – 7 October 1990).

De Afstand investigated the relationship between photography and reality, by way of the concept of distance. The selected works focused on the representation of nature. Historically, the genre of the landscape painting had presupposed a specific viewing distance as well as the display of a changing continuity and unity in a tableau. The camera, however, cannot present such a unifying picture of nature. It cannot keep a distance. It functions rather as an analytical instrument, cutting like a scalpel into the continuity of the visible world.

Participating artists were: Jean-Marc Bustamante, Paul-Armand Gette, Andreas Gursky, Raoul Hausmann, Craigie Horsfield, Jean-Luc Moulène, Thomas Struth, Christopher Williams.

#1990 #christopherwilliams #jeanlucmoulène #jeanmarcbustamante #landscape #photography #raoulhausmann #thomasstruth #wittedewith
Passionate Signals Martha Rosler

Published by Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2005, 288 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24.8 × 17.5 cm, English / German

Price: €25

Most of the encounters that unfold in Martha Rosler’s works originate in seemingly ordinary everyday situations: scenes of domestic life or everyday activities such as shopping, watching the news, reading the newspaper, or traveling. The photographic series featured in this book – works from the eighties to the present – are also devoted to these themes. They are studies of the highways and byways of daily life, views of roads, subway tunnels, airports, shopping districts, parking lots, and the like. These photographic documents of Rosler’s also offer critical insights into day-to-day movements within rigidly structured relationships of power.

#2005 #martharosler #photography
LETTERS TO JILL. A CATALOGUE AND SOME NOTES ON COPYING Pati Hill

Published by Kunstverein München, München & Mousse, Milan, 2020, 128 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, English

Price: €8

Reprint of Pati Hill’s 1979 book published on occasion of her first posthumous solo exhibition, Something other than either, at Kunstverein München on view from March through August 2020. The book is composed of images and texts by Hill through which she intended to contextualize and explain her working methodology to Jill Kornblee, her New York gallerist. Untrained as an artist, Pati Hill began to use the photocopier as an artistic tool in the early 1970s, leaving behind an extensive oeuvre that oscillates between image and text. Besides this comprehensive body of xerographic work, she published four novels, a memoir, several short stories, wrote poetry, and made drawings. Instead of an exhibition catalog that would offer an interpretation of her work, this publication provides space for Hill’s own writing that interrogates and accompanies her visual work.

A video tour of the exhibition can be seen here.

#2020 #kunstvereinmünchen #patihill #photography
The Photographic I: Other Pictures

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2017, 128 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20 × 26.5 cm, English

Price: €13

Publication accompanying the first part of a diptych exhibition at S.M.A.K., Ghent, spread over two years, comprising new and existing work by artists and photographers including Lewis Baltz, Tina Barney, Mohamed Bourouissa, Moyra Davey, Marc De Blieck, Sara Deraedt, Patrick Faigenbaum, Peter Fraser, Alair Gomes, Jitka Hanzlová, Roni Horn, Stephanie Kiwitt, Aglaia Konrad, Jochen Lempert, Zoe Leonard, Jean-Luc Moulène, Zanele Muholi, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Trevor Paglen, Doug Rickard, Torbjørn Rødland, Michael Schmidt, Arne Schmitt, Allan Sekula, Ahlam Shibli, Malick Sidibé, Dayanita Singh, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marc Trivier and Tobias Zielony.

#2017 #aglaiakonrad #allansekula #jeanlucmoulène #jochenlempert #lewisbaltz #moyradavey #photography #romapublications #ronihorn #saraderaedt #wolfgangtillmans #zoeleonard
Today Is The First Day Wolfgang Tillmans

Published by Walther König, Köln & Wiels, Brussels, 2020, 512 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 25.1 × 19.7 cm, English

Price: €30

Conceived and designed by Wolfgang Tillmans, and published in association with the exhibitions Rebuilding the Future at IMMA, Dublin and Today Is The First Day, at WIELS, Brussels, this richly illustrated artist’s book explores the latest developments in Tillmans’s work over the last three years. Spanning the artist’s multifaceted approach to image-making, video, performance, music and political activities, presenting newly commissioned texts from contributors including novelist Olivia Laing, historian Brian Dillon, curator Catherine Wood, and geologist Dr David Chew. The scope of the book includes over 30 pages featuring his set design for the English National Opera’s production of War Requiem, recent portraits, and detailed installation views.

#2020 #photography #waltherkönig #wielsbrussels #wolfgangtillmans
Casual Relationships Max Creasy

Published by InOtherWords, London, 2018, single section mounted into a case with exposed core and 4 foil blocks to cover, 56 pages (colour ill.), 21.8 × 30.6 cm, English

Price: €30

Casual Relationships explores the mechanisms at work in the construction of visual culture. By carefully curating and simulating photographs from contemporary vernacular sources, Max Creasy identifies the way these images are endorsed within social groups and norm circles. The sequencing and design of the publication articulate the associations and patterns discerned from this promiscuous collection of images. The book is offered as a 56pp single section mounted into a case with exposed core and 4 foil blocks to cover.

Designed by OK-RM, London.

#2018 #maxcreasy #ok-rm #photography