O. Winston Link is America´s most celebrated railroad photographer. Link began photographing the Norfolk and Western, the last major steam railroad in the United States, in the mid-1950s, when the N&W was converting its operations from steam to diesel. Link´s N&W project captured the railroad industry at a moment of transition, before the triumph of the automobile and the airplane that ended passenger service on the line and before the corresponding dramatic reduction in the workforce. And, just as importantly, Link´s work reveals a small-town way of life that was about to experience seismic shifts and in many cases vanish completely. The images in O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line focus on the people and communities surrounding the railroad, in particular recording life in the Appalachian portion of the Norfolk & Western´s service area. The book is published in cooperation with the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, which holds the complete archive of Link´s N&W project. It replaces two previous Abrams books on Link, Steam, Steel & Stars and The Last Steam Railroad in America. O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line offers a broad view of the entire range of Link´s portfolio of the last years of the Norfolk and Western in steam, including excellent examples of both the keystone work and of the photographs, such as modernist images, that have not been previously published.
Nach seinen atemberaubenden und preisgekrönten Bildern von der Küste Grönlands in Broken Line, wendet sich Olaf Otto Becker ( 1959 in Travemünde) in seiner neuen Serie Above Zero dem Inselinneren zu. Das Inlandeis Grönlands ist nach der Antarktis die zweitgrößte Eisfläche der Welt. Beckers spektakuläre Porträts dieser Region entstehen auf physisch anstrengenden, teilweise lebensgefährlichen Touren mit einer unhandlichen und schweren Großformatkamera zwischen Gletscherspalten und Schmelzwasserflüssen. Seine Fotostudien offenbaren die überwältigende Schönheit dieser Eislandschaft und dokumentieren zugleich deren existenzielle Bedrohung. Denn selbst in dieser vollkommen unbelebten Gegend hat der menschliche Einfluss fatale Folgen: Staub und Ruß aus der Luft lagern sich als schwärzliche Krusten ab, was zusätzlich zur globalen Erwärmung das Abschmelzen des Eisschildes noch beschleunigt - mit wohl unabwendbar katastrophalen Folgen.
The Bones of Chuang Tzu is Andy Summer´s interpretation of China. Influenced by many aspects of Asian culture since his teenage years and particularly the writings of fourth-century Chinese poet, philosopher and disciple of the wandering life Chuang Tzu, this book is a logical culmination of these interests. Rather than a collection of standard pictures of China, Summers uses the backdrop of the country to explore its symbolic and poetic tropes as he sees them, finding the unique lines, shapes and textures that repeat and represent that civilization in metaphoric terms-thus we find the lotus, the brushstroke, the dragon. Summer focuses on aspects of China that are rapidly disappearing. But rather than romanticizing the past and seeing photography as an act of preservation, his pictures gesture towards the specific vitality of a culture. Take for example, Summer´s photos of the Naxi orchestra in western China, through which he felt like he knew all these old musicians, but returning a year later he was dismayed to see many had passed on. ´´I found myself no longer shooting everything that confronted me,´´ says Summers, ´´but rather slicing out pieces of my environment that would express something other: photographs as haiku. From Shanghai to Tibet, The Bones of Chuang Tzu reflects what happened.´´
Flowers is a facsimile of the third of William Egglestons rare artist´s books, which was first published in an edition of only fifteen by Caldecot Chubb in New York in 1978. The original Flowers was a linen-bound volume with red leather spine and corners recreating the look of a photo album, and housed in a slipcase. Within its pages were twelve original chromogenic coupler prints focused on the theme of flowers. Flowers, along with trees and other foliage inevitably feature in many of Eggleston´s photos as part of the Memphis streetscapes and interiors that are his favorite motifs. But in this book the flowers take center stage in all their mundane glory-be it a kitsch spray of gladioli and carnations in a cut-glass vase, a single rose before a box hedge, or a forlorn bunch on a white marble tomb inscribed with the word ´´Mama.´´ Along with Eggleston´s Morals of Vision, also released this season, Flowers is a further chapter in Steidl´s publication of Eggleston´s artist´s books in new editions that honor the design and spirit of the originals, while exposing their contents to the wider public for the first time.
A beautifully designed monograph surveying the works of the highly acclaimed contemporary photographer. Kenna´s photographs captivate viewers through their silent drama and magnetism: rather than being accurate descriptions of a place, the photographer seems interested in capturing the invisible lines which enclose space, and in so doing arousing a viewer´s imagination and reverie. This catalog showcases 290 black-and-white photographs: 200 trace the artist´s career, from early 1970s images shot in England, to the photographs of the following three decades, which result from travels and commissions in every continent throughout the world; 35 record Venice´s everlasting appeal; 20 reflect one of Kenna´s most important jobs, that of recording the Nazi concentration and extermination camps.
Acclaimed for her contemporary and intimate depictions of the nude, Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest series She Disappeared into Complete Silence. Photographed at a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light refl ections and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop ofthe Californian desert. The human fi gure, Mona´s friend and collaborator Jacintha, emerges like a surrealist mirage, fragmented and indistinct, at times submerged in shadows or overexposed. The building´s facade of glass and mirrors serve as optical planes, an extension of the artist´s camera and lens. Light is split into refracting colors, desert vegetation grows sideways, inside is outside and outside in. Kuhn pushes a certain disorienting effect by introducing metallic foils as an additional surface, at times producing purely abstract results. She Disappeared into Complete Silence marks Kuhn´s increasing use of techniques that appear to merge the figure, abstractions and landscape into one.
This book of Ken Light´s earliest photos from 1969 to 1974 documents the social, cultural and political landscapes of America as they roiled with upheaval, and marks his transformation from a student activist to a concerned social documentary photographer. Light´s frontline photos show people across race, class and political lines, and counteract the truncated memory of the sixties that has often been promoted by the media. Light´s journey through America begins with teenagers at the beach with their transistor radio. Here is the quiet before the storm: high-school students with their Eisenhower textbook, retirees playing cards and cafeteria workers quietly striking. And then, suddenly, the new, alternative worldview bursts forth: the Vietnam Moratorium, the Republican Convention, riots, POWs returning home, Nixon´s resignation. What´s Going On? reveals how politically divided the United States was as a progressive, more egalitarian world order was foisted upon it. It stirs long forgotten memories for those who were present, creates a cultural and historical legacy for the youth of today, and argues that much of our current turmoil is the result of cataclysmic changes of the sixties we have not yet absorbed.
Flüchtig geflasht, akribisch beobachtet, rauschhaft energiegebündelt, schockgefroren, voyeuristisch aufgeladen, drastisch überspitzt, romantisch wild, tragisch, komisch, grüblerisch abwesend und seltsam erschreckend - die Straße, der ´´urban space´´, als direkt und alltäglich erfahrbarer städtischer Lebensraum ist eines der mit Abstand schillerndsten und facettenreichsten fotografischen Sujets. Die im Rahmen der Triennale der Photographie stattfindende Ausstellung Street. Life. Photography umfasst 52 fotografische Positionen mit rund 350 Arbeiten aus der Sammlung F. C. Gundlach und der Sammlung Falckenberg sowie zahlreichen Leihgaben und Kooperationen mit zeitgenössischen Künstlern. Sie gliedert sich in sieben thematische Gruppen: Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Urban Space, Lines and Signs, Anonymity und Alienation. Emanzipiert von Henri Cartier-Bressons ´´decisive moment´´, drängen neue erzählerische Tendenzen der Street Photography die Konzentration auf fotografische Zeugenschaft beiseite. Fotografiehistorische Ikonen und aktuelle Positionen laden sich gegenseitig auf und geben in einem bewusst subjektiv gewählten Überblick Auskunft über gesellschaftliche Phänomene, wie sie sich innerhalb der letzten 70 Jahre fotografisch auf der Straße manifestierten.