From Vinyl to silk – New Photography books

As our new vinyl collection makes it début, this month’s photography selection features a 448 page new book dedicated to vinyl covers and the artists behind them. We also welcome back in our collection John Berger’s seminal Another Way of Telling and delve into the world of silk, taffeta and super models.

Syndetics book coverTotal records : photography and the art of the album cover
“The history of photography is teeming with portraits of musicians made iconic by their album covers: Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, Miles Davis by Irving Penn, Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe. The history of album cover art also includes collaborations between prominent figures, such as Mick Rock and David Bowie, Annie Leibovitz and John Lennon, and Robert Frank with the Rolling Stones. Images like the Abbey Road crosswalk are deeply inscribed in our collective memory, yet few details are known about the photographer. This book is a compendium of electrifying images and the albums they grace.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Eggleston portraits
“So many people take those simple snapshots of life, but there’s something about Eggleston that no one can match.” –Sofia Coppola.
The eminent American photographer William Eggleston (b. 1939) was a pioneer in exploring the artistic potential of color photography. Eggleston made a name for himself with his eccentric, unexpected compositions of everyday life that were nonetheless rife with implied narrative, elevating the commonplace to art. This sumptuously illustrated book features Eggleston’s masterful portraits, including many familiar and beloved images as well as some previously unseen photographs from his long and productive career.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPeter Lindbergh : A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
“When German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot five young models in downtown New York City in 1989, he produced not only the iconic British Vogue January 1990 cover but also the birth certificate of the supermodels. The image didn’t just bring revered faces together for the first time; it marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. To mark a major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography to celebrate his unique and game-changing storytelling and the new romantic and narrative vision it brought to art and fashion.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFocus : the secret, sexy, sometimes sordid world of fashion photographers
“Before Instagram was an art form, fashion photographers and the models they made famous were pop culture royalty. From the postwar covers of Vogue to the triumph of the digital image, the fashion photographer sold not only clothes but ideals of beauty and visions of perfect lives. Focus probes the lives, hang-ups, and artistic triumphs of more than a dozen of fashion photography’s greatest visionaries such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn or Helmut Newtown to name but a few.  An unprecedented look at an eccentric and seductive profession and the men and women who practice it on the treacherous shifting sands of pop and fashion culture.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe importance of elsewhere : Philip Larkin’s photographs
“Philip Larkin was a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin’s photographic work, divided into short thematic chapters arranged in chronological order. The book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writer and indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and empty churches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother and his literary peers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnother way of telling
“In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised (originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years), the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact. Asking a range of questions – What is a photograph? What do photographs mean? How can they be used? – they give their answers in terms of a photograph as ‘a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photography are often contradictory’. A classic, now available as an ebook.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFifty Paths to Creative Photography: Style & Technique
“In keeping with the best tradition of Freeman’s writing, this isn’t a technical manual looking at camera settings, but a volume which will encourage you to explore what makes great photography. In Freeman’s own words: “There’s a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius.” (Syndetics)

Cuba People: Street Photography from Cuba Street Wellington, Aotearoa-New ZealandCuba people street photography from Cuba Street Wellington “Wellington’s urban environment is rich with opportunities to observe and capture life in the city. With the black and white photographic images in the Cuba People series I aim to celebrate the everyday, the surprising, the humorous, the beautiful, and the sad aspects of people out and about in this unique street, in central Wellington.” (Syndetics)

View Newtown Forever by MARY HUTCHINSONNewtown forever : street photography festival series 2016
“My photography collection Newtown Forever (Main Series) captures some of the human moments that contribute to present day Newtown’s well-recognised cultural diversity – be they facial expressions, clothing styles, architectural features or everyday activities. These combine with the myriad detail of urban visual patterns, and other graphic elements, in making my black and white street photographs. My images emphasise the diversity, universality, poignancy and fragility of human connectedness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s guide to travel photography
“The best-selling Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography is written by internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I’Anson. He shares his wealth of experience and knowledge about travel photography in this jargon-free guide to taking better photographs. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and refreshed with up-to-the minute advice, information and instructions on how to take amazing travel photographs using the latest digital cameras. It also includes tips on how to get great results from smartphones, DSLR cameras, drones and GoPro action cameras.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe five-minute fix : 200 tips for improving your photography and growing your business
“Unlike many books for “beginners”, Dale takes photographers from the beginning stages and continues nurturing them into starting a business and becoming a professional. His approach of providing a lot of bite-sized chunks of information on photography techniques, business, and marketing in one book is truly unique. For the photographer who wants both business and photography knowledge, this single book takes the place of two! Plus, with Dale’s accessible, conversational voice, you’ll not only find the book informative-but fun and engaging, too.” (Syndetics)