Presentation House Gallery
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Out of Print

Robert Frank
Books and Films

Edited with text by Alex Rühle. Text by Philip Brookman, Robert Frank (Photographer), Sarah Greenough, Gerhard Steidl

$40.00

Specs

64 pages
242 BW
2016
English
Newsprint
Published by Steidl / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich in 2016
ISBN 9783869309866

Robert Frank: Books and Film, 1947–2016 (a special edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, following its original design and format) is the unconventional catalogue to a recent retrospective exhibition at New York University, featuring interviews, essays, letters and opinion pieces alongside rich picture sequences printed on newsprint.
The exhibition presented six decades of books and films made by Robert Frank (born 1924) against the background of his iconic photographs. These images were shown in an immediate and straightforward way—printed on nearly 10-foot sheets of newsprint and installed unframed on the wall—and contextualized with information about Frank’s life, his working processes and broader cultural history.
Robert Frank: Books and Film, 1947–2016 recreates the raw, innovative approach of the exhibition in an unpretentious and accessible printed object. Frank himself summarizes the appeal of the “catalogue”: “Cheap, quick and dirty, that’s how I like it!”

This edition is now Out of Print at Steidl Books.

PHG Bookstore has 2 copies in stock.

Martin Boyce
A Partial Eclipse

Martin Boyce (Photographer)

$80.00

Specs

60 pages
25 color plates
Tipped-in image on embossed hardcover
Published by Mack Books in February 2013
ISBN 9781907946325

Martin Boyce is known for his large installation work in sculpture, creating angular replications of the world around him, finding meaning in everyday surroundings and working steel structures into amplifications of these moments in space and time.

“It’s all about landscape, I’m interested in the psychological landscape, the physical landscape, the built environment, the things we pass through everyday and then occasionally catch a glimpse of and maybe see something that has a meaningful resonance.”

A Partial Eclipse brings together photographs from an on-going private library of images which feeds into Boyce’s work. The images adopt a sombre and darkened palette, as if the light has been stolen from each photograph creating the illusion of a mythical perma-dusk allowing us to see the world as Boyce sees it. Images of trees and foliage permeate the collection, ellipses and perforations reoccur, patterns of cracks, fractures and spider webs repeat and thresholds appear in the form of windows and doorways.

Hundreds of photographs were edited down until the shape of a book emerged. The series creates the feeling of stillness and distance between the viewer and photograph. Printed on double sided paper, the photographs reflect blurrily in the coated page opposite it’s matte brother. The book as an object extends the experience of distance through its design, keeping the darkened images enclosed and projected between the folds of paper.

Hamilton-born Boyce studied at both Glasgow School of Art and California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited widely across the world including solo exhibitions at Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 2002); Tate Britain (London, 2006); the Centre Contemporain (Geneva, 2007) and The Modern Institute (London 2011).

Reviewed on the Photo-Eye Blog and Photobookstore.

In Order of Appearance

Kalev Erickson and the Archive of Modern Conflict

$80.00

Specs

Spiral bound album containing 15 photographs.
Limited edition of 100 copies


Published by AMC in May 2015
ISBN

Kalev Erickson decided to produce an exact replica of an album he found on the shelves of the Archive of Modern Conflict, the only difference being that the original album cover was red. The album contains photographs depicting a curious gathering on a central London street sometime during the early 1990s. We see a blue Robin Reliant (the three-wheeled car made famous by the TV series Only Fools and Horses), two Tetley Tea characters, Father Christmas, and a large elephant, amongst others. The editing is more than idiosyncratic, although the events appear to take place over a single day, and no artist could manage to conjure such a scatological dream.

Limited Edition of 100 copies

Now Out of Print

Art of Projection
Stan Douglas & Christopher Eamon, eds.

Edited by Christopher Eamon and Stan Douglas. With contributions by Mieke Bal, Adriane Beyn, Beatriz Colomina, Mary Ann Doane, Tom Gunning, David Joselit, Branden W. Joseph, Sven Lutticken, Thomas McDonough Mark Nash, Gregor Stemmrich
Signed by Stan Douglas. Out of Print.

$400.00

Specs

Hardcover
192 pages
24 x 16.5 cm / 9.5 x 6.5 in
Signed by Stan Douglas
Published by Hatje Cantz in August 2009
ISBN 978-3775723701

This volume investigates the historical and contemporary use of projected images in art, from the screen to the exhibition space and back again. Ten essays, written by leading art historians and critics, including Stan Douglas, Mieke Bal and Beatriz Colomina, address precedents for the projection of images in space, including nineteenth-century magic lantern shows and the novel spatial/temporal representations pioneered by Surrealists and experimental filmmakers during the early and mid-twentieth century. Central to the book’s thesis are various alternatives–which were investigated by adherents of Expanded Cinema in the 70s and resurrected by video artists in the 90s–to the conventional portrayals of space and time promoted by the mainstream culture industry. Art of Projection serves as a timely reconsideration of media art’s history.
Signed by Stan Douglas

Paul Graham
1981 & 2011
Hasselblad Award 2012

With text by David Campany

$75.00

Specs

Embossed hardcover
104 pages
20.5 cm x 25.5 cm
Published by Mack Books in October 2012
ISBN 978-1907946332

Paul Graham, winner of the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, is a vital figure in contemporary photography, working for over thirty years and continually challenging different genres of photographic practice. His work has been widely embraced, with exhibitions at the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art, and published in more than 12 monographs. The Hasselblad Award is considered photography’s highest prize for lifetime achievement and the list of past winners is a roll call of photography’s greatest masters.

In honour of the 2012 award, the Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden is showing an exhibition, together with this book 1981 & 2011, which unites Graham’s first published work A1 – The Great North Road (1981) and his latest The Present (2011). Edited by Paul Graham in collaboration with Dragana Vujanovic and Louise Wolthers from The Hasselblad Foundation, the book links this thirty-year span, together with an essay written by David Campany, author, curator and artist.

At the beginning of the 1980’s Graham was among the first photographers to unite contemporary colour practice with the classic ‘social documentary’ genre. In 1981/2 he completed A1 – The Great North Road, a series of colour photographs from the length of the British A1 road, which forged a dramatic challenge to the black and white tradition that dominated British photography to that point. This work, along with his other photographs of the 1980’s, were pivotal in reinvigorating and transforming photographic practice in the UK and abroad.

In 2011 Paul Graham released The Present, which embraces street photography, a genre unique to photography where the artist works with the ceaseless flow of life. These images break with the traditional approach of locking the world into frozen instants and instead brings us each scene together with its double, the briefest fraction of time apart, so that we glimpse the continuum, the before/after and coming/ going of life’s dazzling dance.

Designed by Paul Graham and MACK, printed in colour throughout, 1981 & 2011 aligns these two bodies of Graham’s work across the 3 decades spanning his career. With David Campany’s incisive essay, we can piece together and explore the concerns that link and bind an artist over the years making this a salient book on the passage of creativity in the observable world.

TULSA
Larry Clark

$35.00

Specs

Softcover
64 pages
0.6 x 23.5 x 31.1 cm
Published by Grove Press in October 2000
ISBN 978-0802137487

When it first appeared in 1971, Larry Clark’s groundbreaking book Tulsa sparked immediate controversy across the nation. Its graphic depictions of sex, violence, and drug abuse in the youth culture of Oklahoma were acclaimed by critics for stripping bare the myth that Middle America had been immune to the social convulsions that rocked America in the 1960s. The raw, haunting images taken in 1963, 1968, and 1971 document a youth culture progressively overwhelmed by self-destruction – and are as moving and disturbing today as when they first appeared. Originally published in a limited paperback version and republished in 1983 as a limited hardcover edition commissioned by the author, rare-book dealers sell copies of this book for more than a thousand dollars.

Larry Clark: Tulsa was exhibited in the gallery from September 10 – November 13, 2011

Moonshine

Bertien Van Manen

$150.00

Specs

Hardcover with silkscreen
112 Pages
78 colour plates
26.4 x 22.8 x 2.6 cm
Published by Mack Books in April 2014
ISBN 978-1907946622

Spanning almost three decades, Moonshine is a portrait of the American Appalachian folk, a mythologised region populated by ‘moonshiners’. Van Manen’s images are defined by a fierce intimacy with her subject, as the viewer teeters on the edge of the frame, perpetually trespassing on private moments: rollicking children practicing handstands on the couch; a kneeling daughter combing the hair of her grandmother.

Van Manen first visited the region in 1985, to the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, returning periodically up until 2013 to visit mining families with whom she lived: the Boggs family with their ten red-haired sons; miners Mavis and Junior. The intergenerational images subtly trace the insidious changes undergone by Appalachia – the slow and steady demise of the mining industry, and the migration of inhabitants from ramshackle wooden cabins to the city, or urban trailer parks. Van Manen intermixes black-and-white images with later colour work – another register of time passing and the inevitability of change.

Bertien van Manen rolled into photography almost by accident, taking pictures of her children with an old camera. As her work became more public she was soon drafted into the world of fashion photography. In 1977 she tired of the industry, and on discovering the documentary photography of Robert Frank and Josef Koudelka, van Manen began to explore the developing relationship between herself and her subjects, keeping a closeness and developing a personal, organic style of photography.

The Photography of Nature and Nature of Photography

Joan Fontcuberta (photographer), Texts by Geoffrey Batchen and Jorge Wagensberg

$150.00 $99.00

Specs

Embossed hardcover
224 pages
242 colour plates
Published by MACK BOOKS and The Hasselbald Foundation in October 2012
ISBN 978-1907946516

Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta is the 33rd recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

To celebrate the award MACK and The Hasselblad Foundation are publishing a collection of six of Fontcuberta’s most iconic series including: Herbarium (1984) and Fauna (1987), dealing with botanical and biological findings of newly discovered species; Constellations (1993), images of previously undiscovered stars and their stardust; Sputnik (1997), which tells the tale of a Russian cosmonaut still lost in space; also included are Sirens (2000), an investigative project for National Geologic on the finding of the Hydropithecus (mermaid) fossils, and Orogenesis (2002) in which Fontcuberta explores landscapes using Terragen technologies.

Fontcuberta’s photography is itself about photography’s own workings, and with each series he challenges the audience’s trust in the veracity of the medium and its function as a system of representation. Confronting our anxieties about that system, Fontcuberta’s careful fabrications are laced with clues and inconsistencies – the photographer himself even appears, disguised as Hans von Kubert or Joan Fontana. In exposing the various artifices of the photographic medium, he asks how and why photography acquires a seductive truthfulness in the eyes of its viewers. As Jorge Wagensberg suggests, ‘The mere possibility that it could be a Fontcuberta is an invitation to think; in other words, it makes the believer sceptical and the incredulous believe’.

The book is a survey of Fontcuberta’s oeuvre displaying his genius as photographer, essayist, humorist and fantasist alike. In teasing fashion, the book can be flipped to reveal an essay section, with texts by Geoffrey Batchen and Jorge Wagensberg that examine and unpick the myths that Fontcuberta has so meticulously constructed.

This title is now out-of-print. We have shrink-wrapped copies available.

Lynn Valley 9
Jack Pierson, Tomorrow’s Man

$125.00

Specs

Softcover
84 pp, edition of 1000
24.1 x 16.5 cm
full colour cover and pages
Published by Bywater Bros and PHG in 2013
ISBN 978-0-920293-91-1

This Catalog is Out of Print, we have a limited number of copies available.

Utilizing an unconventional design layout in which imagery has been dropped in with a complete disregard for page breaks and centerfolds, this compendium quickly establishes itself as something other than a straightforward photo book.

Tomorrow’s Man, Lynn Valley 9, combines familiar imagery from Pierson’s vast repertoire—portraits, vintage ‘Physique’ magazines, celebrity promo shots, and oddball ephemera—alongside work from an eclectic range of contributors such as David Carrino, Florence Derive, Alex Jovanovich, Dan McCarthy, Ryan Sullivan, Evan Whale, and others. The unusual design and diverse imagery presents Pierson in way never seen before and shows off his skill as an inventive editor.

Includes a short story by Veralyn Behenna entitled The Lobster.

Edited and designed by Jack Pierson and Roger Bywater

 

Annette Kelm

Edited by Beatrix Ruf, Susanne Pfeffer, Nicolaus Schafhausen.

$95.00

Specs

Hard cover with paperwrap
160 pages
Bilingual edition
Published by Walter Konig in 2010
ISBN 978-3865606228

Annette Kelm brings such extreme clarity to her intense photographs of everyday objects, people and places that she manages to almost rupture their connection to any surroundings. Gathering more than 80 photographs from 2001 to the present, this monograph surveys her direct yet elusive vision, on the occasion of her first solo institutional exhibitions in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Presentation House Gallery exhibited Annette Kelm’s first North American retrospective exhibition in 2012. The exhibition was curated by Director Reid Shier and will be accompanied by a new publication to be released in 2013.

This edition is out of print but our Bookstore has copies available.

Jason Fulford
The Mushroom Collection, Minneapolis

Published in conjunction with the exhibition: New Pictures 5: Jason Fulford, The Mushroom Collection

$40.00

Specs

24 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 in. / Saddle-stitched
30 color, 16 b&w photographs
Edition of 1500

Published by Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2011
ISBN 978-9-9800484-8-3

Photographer Jason Fulford’s Mushroom Collection project began with a set of photographs of wild mushrooms found at a flea market. These anonymous photographs inspired Fulford to create his own collection of photographs, publications, sculptures and performances, culminating in a final exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and this accompanying catalogue. In the exhibition, the original found photographs are displayed alongside Fulford’s own photographs and videos. The show continues through the museum’s other galleries, where Fulford spread additional mushrooms to interact with works in the permanent collection. In a similar spirit, the catalogue invites readers to curate interventions with works from the MIA’s permanent collection by providing color reproductions of Fulford’s photographs–bound into the book on perforated stamp sheets–that can be affixed on the following pages according to the reader’s preference.

Three copies in stock, two copies in shrinkwrap

This edition in now Out of Print

First Son
Portraits by C. D. Hoy

Essay by curator Faith Moosang with a foreword by Paul Yee.

Price Not Announced

Specs

170 pages, with 96 duotone reproductions.
10.5 x 7”, paperback with a dustjacket.
Published by Presentation House Gallery and Arsenal Pulp Press in 1999
ISBN 1-55152-071-0

An extraordinary collection of photographs by Chow Dong Hoy (1883 – 1973), a Chinese-Canadian photographer working in British Columbia’s Cariboo. His startling, evocative portraits of First Nations, Chinese, and Caucasian people in small-town British Columbia, taken between 1909 and 1920, form an important historical and cultural document about the roots of  “otherness” in Canada. Hoy’s photographic aesthetic was in the portrait, and was driven by the spirit of invention. He was not a simple portraitist: his work was deliberate and informed, often including elaborate  and precisely-positioned backgrounds. Taken as a collection, these moving and exquisite images depict a multiracial community frozen in time, and are as rich, varied and vital as the people they protray. Guest curated by Faith Moosang. Edited by Karen Love with assistance from Brian Lam.

Publication is Out of Print

Exhibition Dates: September 4 – October 17, 1999

Touring Exhibition: 2000 to 2005

Designer: Timmings & Debay. Printed and bound in Canada by Harpell Printing. Ottawa