Die Photographien von Cy Twombly (1928-2011) erblickten erst spät das Licht der Öffentlichkeit, faszinierten aber sofort durch ihre eigentümliche Ästhetik und die ´´stille Präsenz´´ (Helmut Friedel), die sie ausstrahlen. Unser kleiner, eleganter Band, der eine Studio-Ausstellung im Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, als Katalog begleitet, versammelt 35 von Cy Twomblys eindrucksvollsten Photographien aus den Jahren von 1944 bis 2006, ausgewählt aus einer bedeutenden Münchner Privatsammlung. Alle Schauplätze, Themen und Motive, die dem Künstler lieb und wichtig waren, sind hier vertreten: das New Yorker Atelier in der Fulton Street, das er mit Robert Rauschenberg teilte, seine geliebten Päonien, Interieurs, Landschaften in Lexington, Virginia und im italienischen Gaeta und Detailansichten seiner Skulpturen und Gemälde. Aufwändig gedruckt und mit einem Essay des Münchner Kunsthistorikers und langjährigen Direktors der Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Helmut Friedel, bietet unser Buch einen repräsentativen Einblick in das poetisch-sinnliche photographische Werk von Cy Twombly - und das zu einem erstaunlich günstigen Preis.
Over the course of nearly six decades, William Eggleston-often referred to as the ´´father of color photography´´-has established a singular pictorial style that deftly combines vernacular subject matter with an innate and sophisticated understanding of color, form, and composition. ´´I am at war with the obvious,´´ Eggleston has said. His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning. Featuring selections from the ten-volume The Democratic Forest (Steidl, 2015), this new book highlights 68 exceptional images from Eggleston´s epic project. His photography is ´´democratic´´ in its resistance to hierarchy where, as noted by the artist, ´´no particular subject is more or less important than another.´´ Featuring original scholarship by renowned art historian Alexander Nemerov, The Democratic Forest. Selected Works provides historical context for a monumental body of work, while offering newcomers a foothold in Eggleston´s photographic practice. ´´Eggleston´s ... hard architecture of splendid colors, flattened and floating in the sky, vividly shows-and appreciates-the American hubris of eternal disposability. He notes how the tastes of the moment (the golden arches, the shimmering soda bottles, the red Pegasus) cast themselves in immortal terms.´´ Alexander Nemerov Co-published with David Zwirner Books, New York
Injustice, violence, the rise of the American civil rights movement, high fashion and the arts-Gordon Parks captured half a century of the vast changes to the American cultural landscape in his multi-faceted career. I AM YOU: Selected Works, 1934-1978 reveals the breadth of his work as the first African American photographer for Vogue and Life magazines as well as a filmmaker, and as a writer. Reportage for major magazines dominated Parks´ work from 1948 to 1972. He chronicled black America´s struggle for equality, exposing the harsh realities of life in Harlem, institutionalized racism, and shocking poverty. Parks was equally accomplished as a portraitist, capturing figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King alongside entertainers including Duke Ellington and Ingrid Bergman. He turned his attention to film in the 1960s with social documentaries as well as the now cult classic Shaft (1971). This book traces the threads of Parks´ achievements, examining his multi-layered oeuvre through the interaction between his photographic and filmic visions.
Selected from the New York Public Library archives, a powerful collection featuring the images of two pioneering civil-rights photojournalists captures the energy, humor and humanity of the groundbreaking LGBTQ equality protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots.
Bernard Plossu is a french photographer born in 1945 in southern Vietnam. His work was a broad-reaching response to his enviable wanderlust. Europe is co-published by La Fábrica Editorial and the Fundación Santander 2016. The photographs features in this publication were selected from a total number of roughly 350. They were taken over the course of many years. Some of them are a clear response to the conceptual seduction Plossu feels towards the night.
After nearly 30 years working in large format photography, Massimo Vitali brings together his 12 ´´best´´ photographs in a beautiful volume. The selection of just 12 works was made following many lengthy conversations with collaborators and curators who know his work deeply. The selected works are not necessarily his most well-known pieces, rather each one speaks to a particular moment of his artistic research. The different images unfold in a changing world which is reflected in the landscapes depicted and the human interaction with that landscape. 12 photographs - tipped-in by hand - like 12 months in a year: short stories of a long career.
Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present offers a new overview of the history of Swiss photography. The focus is on seventy selected photobooks, from classics to long-forgotten publications or brilliant works by contemporary photographic artists. The individual books are presented with lavish series of illustrations and texts by highly-esteemed authors, while five longer essays position them in their respective eras. An extensive bibliography completes this volume. Swiss Photobooks is a chronologically organized reference work that traces photography´s transition from a document to a subjective or artistic means of expression. It also pays homage to the photobook, which has repeatedly shown itself to be an ideal medium for the presentation of photographic work. With this compact presentation published on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary the Fotostiftung Schweiz adds to its earlier standard works on the history of Swiss photography and in the process provides a new key to understanding an important aspect of contemporary visual culture since the 1920s.