Timeline in photography

This month’s new picks in photography range from the most contemporary and high tech artists to the rediscovered pre-digital alternative techniques, not to forget the book on technique, this time about wedding photography, the best in a long time.

Contemporary Photography from the Far East

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A true catalogue raisonné, Asian Dub Photography presents the works of twenty-one of Asia’s most important contemporary artists who have made their mark on the international contemporary art scene in the fields of photography, video, and film. It features works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yang Fudong, Cao Fei, Kimsooja, Nobuyoshi Araki, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Tabaimo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Ai Weiwei, among others. It is accompanied by in-depth biographies and artists’ statements and is introduced by critical essays by Filippo Maggia and Taro Amano, chief curator at Yokohama Museum of Art.
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Shadow Catchers Camera-less Photography

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“At the dawn of photography, various image-makers explored camera-less techniques, and today there are a number of artists who continue to challenge the belief that a camera is necessary to create a photograph. Shadow Catchers presents the work of five leading practitioners – Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller and Floris Neusüss – who, by casting shadows on light-sensitive paper or by chemically manipulating its surface, capture the presence of objects, figures or glowing light. The results are powerful images, often with surreal effects and symbolic content. This is the first book to gather together the exciting works of these key contemporary artists, revealing the technical processes and creative practices involved in their art. In an age of mass-produced imagery, Shadow Catchers offers hand-crafted photographs that are both haunting and thought-provoking.
A unique survey of the most prominent contemporary artists creating photographs without the use of a camera.
An authoritative and sumptuously produced account of the history of camera-less photography and the processes involved”.
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Photographers A-Z – Hans-Michael Koetzle

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The greatest photographers of the last 100 years

A comprehensive overview of the most influential photographers of the last century and their finest monographs: Richly illustrated with facsimiles from books and magazines, this book includes the major photographers of the last hundred yearsespecially those who have distinguished themselves with important publications or exhibitions, or who have made a significant contribution to the culture of the photographic image. While most of the 400-plus entries feature North American or European photographers, the scope is worldwide, with significant emphasis on the photography of Japan and Latin America, Africa and China.
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PERMANENT ERROR – Pieter Hugo

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When you see your work referenced in a music video, you know you have reached a certain level of recognition. First it was Nick Cave, then came Beyoncé. Beyond those, some will remember the striking and hauntingly beautiful portraits of The Hyena & Other Men that established Pieter Hugo’s place among today’s influencial photographers.
In Permanent Error, the award-winning photographer depicts in the same format, colour palette and intense gazes, the  livehoods scavenged on a wasteland dedicated to e-waste by a local community on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana’s capital. Jim Puckett’s essay on the issues raised by e-waste trade and the devastating consequences it has on poor countries communities is as thought provoking as those impossible to ignore photographs.
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Fine Art Wedding Photography – Jose Villa & Jeff Kent

Acclaimed wedding photographer Jose Villa was a pioneer in fine art wedding photography before it became a trendy buzzword. Here, he shares his secrets for bringing a stylized sense of composition, lighting, posing, and most important, design, to your images, while still keeping them organic and narrative. You’ll learn Jose’s trademark technique of capturing the more natural moment after a pose, and tips for getting images right in-camera to avoid the need for heavy postproduction.
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