From a study of English roses to Welsh kids wearing fashion in the valleys, here are some of the best photography books to get your hands on. this month
This month’s pick of incredible photography books covers flora, fashion and a ‘future fantasy’ – these are the publications we are excited to buy now.
Ffasiwn Magazine by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James, published by the Martin Parr Foundation and Bleak & Fabulous
It’s called Ffasiwn, a series by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James that merges fashion, documentary and portrait photography in its documentation of children in the South Wales valleys, is now published as a zine titled Ffasiwn Magazine, which was designed by Claire Huss. Schneidermann and James collaborated with the Welsh children in workshops on fashion and styling. “I hope the children were encouraged to turn to the creative arts and generally enjoyed being a part of the project. Without them the project wouldn’t exist, ”James told us, and the striking photographs were recently exhibited at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.
Art school by Matthew Finn, published by Stanley / Barker
The captivating series of Matthew Finn, Art school, compiles beautiful portraits of children from art schools in London from the 1990s. 1997, the year Finn – himself barely 24 years old – took pictures of students aged 17 and 18 years at an art school in Watford, has been an exciting time for British art, and his black and white photographs capture confidence and optimism. this might seem foreign to students in 2019. “We had this new government, but more importantly, we had the Charles Saatchi effect. He stood up for the YBAs, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Damian Hirst, people not much older than us who we knew lived and worked nearby, ”says Finn. “All of a sudden we had artists of our own generation to admire – it was almost like they belonged to us.”
English rose by Luke Stephenson, published by Stephenson Press
An English summer also sees the arrival of English roses. With 65 varieties of roses each photographed against a blue background brighter than the sky, photographer Luke Stephenson’s new post is a study of the nation’s favorite flower. Stephenson worked with David Austin Roses on the project, and English rose captures the rich and vivid variety of colors and shapes throughout the flower. Look for their fascinating names as well: from The Lady of Shallott and Roald Dahl to The Albrighton Rambler and Gertrude Jekyll. Plus, find prints from the beautiful series available for purchase through the Photographers Gallery now.
New York Polaroids 1975-1983 by Tom Bianchi, published by Damiani
Tom Bianchi’s Polaroids, taken in the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York City, provide an intimate glimpse into the city’s burgeoning LGBT scene at the time. Bianchi moved to New York City in 1975 and documented his life, friends and lovers with a Polaroid camera, the results of which are now published in a book called 63 E 9th Street. New York Polaroids 1975-1983. “We were kids from the heart of the United States, which was an incredibly dysfunctional place. New York, [and places] like Fire Island, were our world. Not only did we meet people who were physically attractive, but we also discovered gyms and took care of ourselves physically, ”Bianchi told Another Man earlier this month. “I think a lot of gay people like me saw us as the kid who was last picked for the sports team in the gym and not as good as the other boys. Suddenly we turned that around and became our own fantasies for each other. “
Fantasy of the future by Vinca Petersen, published by Idem
A second edition of Vinca Petersen’s 1990’s Diaries is published this month. “With Fantasy of the future, I wanted to take away the feeling of [rave] being extraordinary, to make it feel a bit ordinary so that everyone can relate to it, that they can even be their pictures of their era, or photos they take now, ”Petersen recently told Another Man. Fantasy of the future, which was originally released in 2017 and is the result of a collaboration with Ben Ditto, features flyers, letters and photographs (by Corinne Day) that encapsulate Peterson’s life of delirium, modeling and living between houses and squats in London.
Maldicidade by Miguel Rio Branco, edited by Taschen
Miguel Rio Branco’s nomadic education as son of diplomats fuels Maldicidade, a study of cities around the world and their living, grainy realities. In vivid color, Rio Branco’s photographs delve into the undocumented side of city life, which the imager has grown accustomed to documenting for over 40 years. the exit of Taschen from Maldicidade coincides with an exhibition of the photographs at the Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo.
Made in Dublin by Eamonn Doyle, published by Thames & Hudson
“When you live in a downtown area, you have these brief encounters hundreds of times a week, but they can be loaded with pretty powerful feelings of lust, disgust, or just utter indifference. So the street can be a very stimulating place, ”Eamonn Doyle told AnOther on the occasion of his installation, Made in Dublin, at Photo London last month. A photo book of the same name has just been released, and brings together the archival work of the Irish photographer and some unpublished and unpublished images. Made in Dublin is a collaboration between Doyle and his longtime friends: a series of texts by Kevin Barry presents and the book was designed by Niall Sweeney.
South: Big Sur by Kirk Crippens, published by Schilt
When a landslide in 2017 cut off road access to Big Sur, California’s rugged coastline, photographer Kirk Crippens traveled to the scenic area to capture its lands and people. Now published in a publication by Schilt, Crippens’ photographs showcase the region’s awe-inspiring landscapes as well as quieter moments shot inside the homes of Big Sur residents. The mountainous coastline at the time was isolated and unusually calm – its four million annual tourists could not make it to the area – and Crippens spent two years filming this period of transition, as work was underway to rebuild highway 1.