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Syndetics book coverEmmet Gowin
“Throughout his prolific career as a photographer, Emmet Gowin has threaded together seemingly disparate subjects: his wife, Edith, and their extended family; American and European landscapes; aerial views of environmental devastation, brought together by his ongoing interest in issues of scale, the impact of the individual, and notions of belonging. This long-awaited survey pays tribute to Gowin’s remarkable career and his impact on the medium. Following his marriage to Edith Morris in 1964, Gowin began work on a series of images of his extended family that is now recognized as a touchstone of twentieth-century American photography. He photographed the children and the aging parents, and made intimate portraits of his wife, continuing a photographic tradition inherited from his mentor, Harry Callahan, with whom he studied in the 1960s. His focus broadened in the 1980s, when he began an exploration of landscape and aerial photography, most specifically in his documentation of Mount St. Helens and the American West. He has photographed in the Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Japan and the United States, with a continued interest in irrigation, mining and natural resources, and the effects of military testing on the environment. As a photography professor at Princeton University from 1973 to 2009, Gowin has exerted a powerful influence on several generations of photographers. “(From Amazon.com)

Charles Marville : photographer of Paris / Sarah Kennel ; with Anne de Mondenard, Peter Barberie, Françoise Reynaud, Joke de Wolf.
“Charles Marville (1813-1879) is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century. Accompanying a major retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in honor of Marville’s bicentennial, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris surveys the artist’s entire career. This beautiful book, which begins with the city scenes and architectural views Marville made throughout France and Germany in the 1850s, also explores his portraits and landscapes s before turning to his photographs of Paris made both before and after the city’s dramatic modernization in the 1850s and 1860s. Commissioned to record the city in transition, Marville created one of the earliest and most powerful photographic series documenting urban transformation on a grand scale. Despite the importance of his work, Marville has long been an enigma in the history of photography, in part because many of the documents about his life were thought to have been lost in a fire that destroyed Paris’s city hall in 1871. Based on meticulous research, this volume reveals many new insights into Marville’s personal and professional biography, including the central fact that he was born Charles-François Bossu. He shed this name (which means hunchback) and adopted the pseudonym Marville when he began his career as an illustrator in the 1830s. With five essays by respected scholars, this book offers the first comprehensive examination of Marville’s life and career and delivers the much-awaited public recognition his photographs so richly deserve.” (Publisher)

Syndetics book coverDorothea Lange : grab a hunk of lightning : her lifetime in photography / by Elizabeth Partridge.
“This generously illustrated (more than 100 plates) monograph is a companion to a PBS American Masters episode airing in 2014. -Partridge (writing, Vermont Coll. of Fine Arts; Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of -Dorothea Lange), an established children’s book author, examines the career and works of her godmother, Dorothea Lange, one of the 20th century’s most important women photographers. Beginning as a portrait photographer in San Francisco in 1918, Lange worked for various state and federal entities during the 1930s and 1940s, recording pivotal moments during the Depression and World War II. Later, she produced images for books and popular magazines, traveled the world in the 1950s and 1960s, and took fine-arts photos. In 1966, Lange became the first woman photographer to have a retrospective solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Focusing on Lange’s early works but also featuring a significant number of her later ones, this book is organized in the same way as a museum exhibition catalog, with a well-written, insightful introductory essay by Partridge. All the plates are captioned; some are showcased with quotations from Lange’s interviews and letters. Verdict? Of interest mostly to general readers, students, and others, this survey of Lange’s life and works is highly recommended for many public and some special and academic libraries.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe Latin American photobook / Horacio Fernández ; advisory committee, Marcelo Brodsky … [et al.].
“Compiled with the input of a committee of researchers, scholars, and photographers, ‘The Latin American Photobook’ presents 150 volumes from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. It begins with the 1920s and continues up to today.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSerge Lutens : Berlin à Paris
“One of the world’s most famous stylists and photographers, and perfume creator par excéllence, for a time, Serge Lutens is an undisputed protagonist in the international scenario of the world’s most exclusive perfumes.
Born in Lille, he moved to Paris, where he was hired by Vogue to create make-up and hair-styles. This is how he came to meet leading photographers like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. In 1967, Christian Dior commissioned Lutens to create a new line of cosmetics, which Vogue America was to describe as ‘revolutionary’. His years working for Dior, between 1967 and 1977, are the focus of this book, which presents the extraordinary hitherto unpublished material from the advertising campaign he created to launch his company’s new line of make-up.” (Publisher)

Syndetics book coverRodarte : Catherine Opie, Alec Soth  
“California Condors, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, Japanese horror films and Gordon Matta-Clark are among the many influences that make up the world of Rodarte. In just five short years, Rodarte has upended the fashion scene, bringing Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind the company, to the forefront of contemporary design and visual culture. Kate and Laura, who live and work between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, have consistently brought their love of nature, film, art and science to bear upon their unconventional and exquisitely crafted collections. Burning, sanding, dyeing, knitting, twisting, staining and weaving are some of the many complex techniques that have entered into the Rodarte textural vocabulary. Kate and Laura’s past collaborations have included artists, actors, musicians and writers such as Miranda July, Autumn de Wilde, Ryan McGinley, Ari Marcopoulos and Darren Aronofsky. Created in collaboration with two of the art world’s most sought-after and acclaimed photographers, Catherine Opie and Alec Soth, this is the first publication to examine the world of Rodarte. For the occasion, each photographer has developed an entirely new body of work in collaboration with Kate and Laura Mulleavy, examining the many facets of Rodarte’s creative spectrum.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

lynchDavid Lynch : the factory photographs / [edited by] Petra Giloy-Hirtz.
“Filled with dreamlike and eerie images, this first book of photographs from the director David Lynch offers a window into the iconic filmmaker’s creative vision. Anyone familiar with David Lynch’s cinematic achievement will identify similarities between this series of photographs and his most powerful films. Dark and beautiful, mystical and enigmatic, these photos reveal Lynch’s unique style. The exterior and interior black and white shots of factories in Berlin, Poland, New York, England, and other locations are filled with Lynchian characteristics: labyrinthine passages, decaying walls, industrial waste, and detritus. Devoid of nature, the dying, manmade structures are actually being overtaken by nature’s innate power. They are haunting cathedrals of a bygone industrial era–the perfect setting for a David Lynch film, and a revealing addition to his unique and fascinating oeuvre.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverNight photography : from snapshots to great shots / Gabriel Biderman with Tim Cooper.
“Are you a night owl looking to make stunning images of streetscapes, fireworks, or the night sky? Do you like to bend time with long exposure photography? Do star trails or lightning strikes inspire you? Then this book is for you!
In Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Gabriel Biderman brings you the basics of digital night photography—exposure, composition, and light—and how to scout and capture different nocturnal locations once the sun goes down. Gabriel will help you understand the fundamentals and bring your unique artistic expression to any night situation. Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHumans of New York / Brandon Stanton.
“Six months after Stanton got his first camera in 2010, he lost his job as a bond trader. Before that, he’d been spending his weekends photographing everything he could find in Chicago, returning home with more than 1,000 images each day. After a weekend trip to New York City floored him with the city’s wide variety of inhabitants, Stanton packed his bags and returned to launch “Humans of New York,” a photo blog that soon morphed into a Facebook page that garnered over 500,000 fans in a little over a year. Here, he presents his most striking images accompanied by commentary from his subjects. Many photo essays of this type have a singular topic in mind, such as highlighting urban blight or homelessness. Stanton doesn’t shy away from those topics, but he doesn’t dwell either, preferring to offer a more optimistic view of his fellow New Yorkers. There’s the Yugoslavian janitor who studied for 12 years to earn his classics degree; Banana George, the world’s oldest barefoot water-skier who’s now in a wheelchair; Muslims in prayer; and shots of adorable kids, crazy fashionistas, and young lovers, all paired with a comment from Stanton or from the subjects themselves. There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.” (Publisher Weekly)