From sharks to flowers, Paris to London – New Photography books

This month’s selection will please nature lovers and fashion trendsetters alike, architecture photography enthusiasts as much as children discovering the thrill and techniques of this art for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSharks : face-to-face with the ocean’s endangered predator
“Michael Muller’s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision, bringing the Hollywood portrait session he is famed for, to the ocean predator. In ocean depths around the world, he approaches the sharks with a patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig, developed with NASA engineering, and no cage. To compliment Muller’s work for advocacy organizations such as WildAid and EarthEcho, the images are contextualized with essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and marine biologist Alison Kock, who discuss exploration and conservation of our oceanic kingdom.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStreet style : an ethnography of fashion blogging
“Street style blogging has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the last decade. Amateur photographers, often with no formal training in fashion, have become critical arbiters of taste and trends, influencing the representations that appear in magazines and on runways, and putting new cities on the fashion world map. Chronicling author and anthropologist Brent Luvaas’ experience over three years of blogging through vivid street imagery and rich ethnographic detail, this book turns the lens of street style photography back onto anthropology itself, arguing that the phenomenon is a powerful mode of amateur ethnography. Bloggers blur the distinction between professional and amateur, insider and outsider, self and brand.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced style : older & wiser
“This follow up to bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. In this new edition Ari Seth Cohen shares his work from the past few years, which now includes photographs of some of the world’s best-dressed older gentlemen as well as ladies. Advanced Style: Older And Wiser is similar in format to the original with dozens of images from cities all over the world.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLondon rising : illicit photos from the city’s heights
“In this book, an intrepid crew of city explorers share dizzying photos and stories collected while journeying up, over, and into the London skyline. Over the course of seven years, a well-respected team of adventurers has embarked on scores of not-quite-legal investigations inside, below, and above the city’s hidden infrastructures. Their first book published by Prestel, Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital , took readers under the city. Now, they reveal the results of their expeditions scaling the city’s heights. Jaw-dropping photographs offer extraordinary views from vantage points that most of us will never reach.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis changing : revisiting Eugène Atget’s Paris
“Between 1888 and 1927 Eugène Atget meticulously photographed Paris, capturing in thousands of photographs the city’s parks, streets, buildings, and diverse inhabitants. His images preserved the vanishing architecture of the ancient régime as Paris grew into a modern capital, and established Atget as one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers. Christopher Rauschenberg spent a year in the late 1990s rephotographing many of Atget’s locations. By meticulously replicating the emotional and aesthetic qualities of Atget’s images, Rauschenberg vividly captures the changes the city has undergone and its enduring beauty.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe flowers
“In this beautifully illustrated flower arranging book, Dr Lisa Cooper gives us an insight into the philosophy and practices of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentler instruction, and photographic essays, The Flowers takes us from Cooper’s studio workspace and to the growers’ farms, to see flowers in their natural form as well as their display arrangements. There are 17 formal floral designs as well as a collection of stories from the people, family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners, and florists who have influenced and inspired her work.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDomes : flowers of Garden by the Bay
“In collaboration with Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Man Cheung presents a photographic gallery of the most exquisite flowers found inside the Gardens’ two conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Domes illuminates in loving detail the intricate beauty of some 100 flowers, pushing the boundaries of how we view them. For those interested to learn more about the featured flowers, there is also an index appended, listing their botanical names and classification.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFeathers : displays of brilliant plumage
“Exquisite images from award-winningNational Geographic photographer Robert Clark offer a captivating perspective on the vast beauty and myriad functions of a seemingly simple thing: the bird feather. Each detailed close-up is paired with informative text about the utility and evolution of the feather it depicts, making this handsome marriage of art and science the ideal read for bird lovers, natural history buffs, and photography enthusiasts.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGo photo! : an activity book for kids
Go Photo! features twenty-five hands-on and creative activities inspired by photography. Aimed at children between eight and twelve years old, this playful and fun collection of projects encourages young readers to experiment with their imaginations, get messy with materials, and engage with the world in new and exciting ways. Indoors or outdoors, from a half-hour to a whole day, and whether alone or with friends, family, or an unsuspecting pet, there is a photo activity for all occasions. Some don’t even require a camera!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSelfie : the changing face of self-portraits
“Selfies are everywhere – from Kim Kardashian, queen of the selfie, to the Queen of England photobombing the Australian hockey team’s selfie in 2014, you can’t open a newspaper, or visit a news website, without seeing one. Selfie charts the progress and the development of the self portrait, from Indonesian caves, through famous self-portrait artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and the invention of the camera, to iconic modern selfies such as the 2014 Oscar photograph. It looks at trends, techniques and the tales behind some famous self portraits, such as those of Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.” (Adapted from Syndetics)