Saturday, April 2, 2011

Featured: Three Photo Books

Nina Pohl
Hardcover, Illustrated Boards

"The large format photographs of this young Düsseldorf photographer possess an air of theatricality and aloofness, a casual epic. There is interplay between the depiction of real and painted landscapes, driven by a Romantic and Symbolist impulse of feeling nature’s granduer. There are clouds, and bird-eye views, lush falling spring blooms and waterfalls, the drama of nature in all its quiet and violent sublimity, captured with an intense awareness of every factor of possible photographic deception. Exquisitely designed and printed, this monograph captures the large scale and scope of Pohl’s work – to articulate the distinctive experience of artificiality intertwined with the pleasure of yearning, to bestow a new and altogether different value upon the illusion of eternity. This elegant volume is the first monograph by Nina Pohl and it includes a text by Jan Verwoert."

Man Ray, La Photographie N’Est Pas L’Art
Twelve unbound plates in printed folder with pamphlet

"Photography is not art, proclaims Man Ray in the essay re-published here as an impeccable facsimile edition of the 1937 original. A pamphlet of loose sheets and 12 images, this publication re-visits an issue that was hotly controversial during the first half of the 20th century – Is Photography Art? – as examined in the influential Paris magazine L’Art. Despite the fact that Man Ray’s provocative works were among the photographs generally agreed by critics to be, in fact, art, Man Ray himself seems barely interested in considering the question. “There’s no point trying to find out if it’s an art,” he said. “Art is a thing of the past. We need something else. You’ve got to watch light at work. It’s light that creates. I sit down in front of my sheet of photographic paper and I think.”

Paul Outerbridge, Command Performance
Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, 1896-1958) burst onto the photographic art scene in the early 1920s with images that were visually fresh, technically adept, and decidedly Modernist. He also applied his talent for composition to the commercial world, introducing an artist's sensibility to advertisements for men's haberdashery, glassware, and JELL-O® in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. An early master of the technically complex carbro color process, he used it to photograph nudes, often shown with a variety of props—images that skirted the limits of propriety in their day.
This catalogue is produced for the first exhibition of Outerbridge's work since 1981, held March 31 through August 9, 2009, at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It brings together one hundred photographs from all periods and styles of the photographer's career, including his Cubistic still-life images, commercial magazine photography, and nudes. The book includes an essay by the curator and a chronology of the artist's life and work.

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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