Books

Mattia Balsamini: In Search of Appropriate Images

By Linda Zhengová - 06/2/21

The exploration of oneself became an important aspect of COVID-19 related confinement. Our needs and desires became loud when taken away from us. By being forced to adjust and re-define our values and behaviour, a new space for previously unknown possibilities and perspectives opened up. This urg...

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Mark Templeton: Ocean Front Property

By Sophie Beerens - 06/2/21

Ocean Front Property, an image and audio based work by sound artist and photographer Mark Templeton, is a meditation on our obsessive wanderlust —  as he dreams of distant shores from the landlocked province of A...

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Ryu Ika: The Second Seeing

By Linda Zhengová - 05/27/21

Sometimes, we become so immersed in the cycle of life, that we forget to take a step back and question where we are actually going. This paradox of life is the theme of Ryu Ika’s first monograph ‘The Second Seeing’ (published by AKAAKA). Through her lens and exploration of ...

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Oğulcan Arslan: All The Rivers Flow In The Nuthouse

by Sophie Beerens - 05/20/21

Ogulcan Arslan’s ‘All The Rivers Flow in the Nuthouse’ reads as a heartfelt ode to a friend suffering from schizophrenia, but also as a sharp critique of the dehumanization suffered by adolescents placed under the so-called protection of state clinics in Turk...

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Diana Michener: Twenty-Eight Figure Studies

By Linda Zhengová - 05/10/21

In her latest photobook ‘Twenty-eight Figure Studies’, published by Steidl, American artist Diana Michener (b.1940) photographed stills from pornographic films. Her way of working with the pornographic material subverts the hyperreality of the medium into something more ambig...

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Joanna Piotrowska: Stable Vices

By Linda Zhengová - 04/28/21

Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985) explores systems of power and potential forms of resistance through the medium of photography. In her latest photobook ‘Stable Vices’ (published with MACK) she showcases three photographic series, together reflecting on the themes of ...

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Mattia Parodi & Piergiorgio Sorgetti: The Missing Eye

By Linda Zhengová - 04/15/21

Did you know that people who are blind since birth are able to dream in images? Scientific studies and academic papers written by scholars such as Rosalind Krauss, George Bataille and Roger Caillois have revealed that, concerning photography, there are indeed different ways of interaction, surpas...

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Journal of Grievances Vol. 3: Fool’s Paradise

By Linda Zhengová - 04/9/21

The notion of collaboration seems to be defining the new era of pandemic-created works. Or perhaps to be more precise: co-activated artistic initiatives on distance. One example of a one-of-a-kind artistic outcome can be considered the third volume of the ‘Journal of Grievances’ – Fool...

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GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE: DOUBLE ORBIT

By Sophie Beerens - 04/8/21

For Double Orbit, Gregoire Pujade-Lauraine (1981, France) photographed buildings, from almost aggressively angular structures to curiously anthropomorphic, swirling concrete shapes. The strange architectural idiosyncrasies documented hide in plain ...

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Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

By Linda Zhengová - 03/31/21

Ming Smith is the first African American female photographer whose work has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her poetic gaze and experimental photography, reflective of the 20th century African American experience, has now been composed into ...

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John Divola: Terminus

By Sophie Beerens - 03/26/21

Some eighty miles from Los Angeles, California, at the southwestern edge of the arid and perpetually sunny Mojave Desert, lays the abandoned remnants of George Air Force Base.  In 2015, this base gained a new occupant, in the form of renowned visual artist<...

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AL J THOMPSON: REMNANTS OF AN EXODUS

By Sophie Beerens - 03/22/21

Al J Thompson’s Remnants of an Exodus is a project that could never have arisen from the photographer-as-tourist, or the photographer-as-investigative journalist — that much can be felt within the powerful emotion that resonates in his images. The af...

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Riccardo Dogana: Panopticon

By Sophie Beerens - 03/9/21

Riccardo Dogana‘s latest work, Panopticon, is unified in its source: the inexhaustible database that is Youtube. Through a highly personal selection process, Dogana photographed fragments from uploaded videos, often exploiting motion blur, or the grai...

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Yurian Quintanas Nobel: Dream Moons

By Linda Zhengová - 03/3/21

With ‘Dream Moons’, Yurian Quintanas Nobel gives a sneak-peak into the confines of his home. Not in a mundane but in a rather uncanny and surreal manner. Nobel already began his project back in 2015 when he started to explore the diverse possibilities of photography. In Nobel...

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Efrem Zelony-Mindell: Primal Sight

By Linda Zhengová - 02/26/21

What is the purpose of black and white photography today when we have colour?

After the establishment of colour photography, black-and-white has become a choice, an intention. Exploring this intriguing aspect of the medium, Efrem Zelony-Mindell brings together 146 internat...

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Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: TALK SOON

By Linda Zhengová - 02/10/21

Despite the COVID-19 related feeling of collective dread being experienced in recent times, we have been witnessing a new wave of creative initiatives. In particular, an influx of collaborations between artists has been emerging all over the world (such as Read More

Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi: Ballad of Woods and Wounds

By Linda Zhengová - 02/3/21

‘Ballad of the Woods and Wounds’ (published by studiofaganel) brings us to the Monferrato and Roero Woods that besiege the commune of Cocconato d’Asti in northern Italy. The Monferrato region is located just a few miles away from one of the most COVID-19 affected areas in the country. In th...

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Ângela Berlinde: TRANSA: Ballads of the last sun

By Linda Zhengová - 02/1/21

‘TRANSA: ballads of the last sun’, a book by Ângela Berlinde, reflects on the rapid destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. It contains, and is inspired by, numerous indigenous myths and tales, such as that of Iracema (“the virgin of the honey lips” in José de Alencar...

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Carolyn Drake: Knit Club

By Linda Zhengová - 01/11/21

Carolyn Drake (b.1971, the USA) is a Magnum photographer who generally works on long-term photo projects that tend to re-examine dominant historical narratives in a creative way. Her approach to the medium of photography is defined by collaboration where the binaries of the autho...

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New Queer Photography: Edited by Benjamin Wolbergs

By Linda Zhengová - 01/6/21

‘New Queer Photography’, edited by Berlin-based art-director Benjamin Wolbergs, contains exquisite samples concerned with the latest developments of queer art expression by way of photography – confronting our heteronormative gaze and most commonly, the artists reflect ...

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Gui Christ: Fissura

By Linda Zhengová - 01/4/21

Initially successful in advertisement and commercial photography, Gui Christ (b. 1980, Brazil) later decided to pursue a career as a documentary photographer. Since 2015, he focuses mainly on pressing social issues in Brazil and other regions in South America. He recently self-pu...

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Momo Okabe: Ilmatar

By Linda Zhengová - 12/9/20

‘Ilmatar’ (published by Mandrake) is the first Japan-published book by Momo Okabe (b. 1981, Japan), centred around the birth of her daughter. Okabe is an asexual woman who reflects on the mythical image of the modern ritual of childbirth that excludes sexual intercourse. Her ...

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Vasantha Yogananthan: Afterlife

By Patrycja Rozwora - 11/25/20

Over the course of seven years, Vasantha Yogananthan (b. 1985, France) travelled to various parts of India to develop his long-term project titled ‘A Myth of Two Souls’. The work draws inspiration from the Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature.

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Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good

By Patrycja Rozwora - 11/14/20

Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, United States) works across various genres to explore and celebrate a new aesthetic of Blackness.

Mitchell’s love for images was sparked years ago, growing up in the Atlanta suburbs. Back then, he started to film and photograph his sk...

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Raymond Meeks: ciprian honey cathedral

By Patrycja Rozwora - 11/12/20

Much of the work by American photographer Raymond Meeks (b. 1963) focuses on memory and place; the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. In his new book, ‘ciprian honey cathedral’, Meeks captures the ...

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Reinout van den Bergh: Eboundja

By Patrycja Rozwora - 11/7/20

Reinout van den Bergh (b. 1957, The Netherlands) went back and forth to Cameroon for several extended trips between 2011 and 2017, attempting to document the changing reality of one specific village in this West African country: Eboundja.

Less than ten kilometr...

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Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

By Linda Zhengová - 10/8/20

Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Germany) and Nobuyoshi Araki (b.1940, Japan) can be both considered among the elite of contemporary photography. The latest collaboration between the two seminal photographers is ‘Leben und Tod’ (published by Steidl) where the authors...

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Lin Zhipeng (no.223): Grand Amour

By Linda Zhengová - 10/3/20

Lin Zhipeng (b.1979), also known under the alias “223”, is a Chinese photographer and writer currently based in Beijing. In 2018, he did a project during a four-day stay at the Grand Amo...

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Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

By Patrycja Rozwora - 09/25/20

Some years ago, Marco van Duyvendijk (b. 1974) went through a dark and intense period of life. He had the feeling of falling apart, over and over again. With ‘Valetudo’, he took the loneliness and isolation that came with this existential episode as a starting point for a cr...

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Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

By Linda Zhengová - 09/17/20

‘Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography’ published by Steidl and The Walther Collection brings together leading academics dealing with vernacular photography to discuss the social relevance of this type of imagery from various perspectives.

Vernacular photogra...

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Carlo Rusca: Turistica

By Linda Zhengová - 09/10/20

When Carlo Rusca (b. 1989, Italy) returned back to Locarno in 2016, after six years of working as a director of photography in Germany and Brazil, he felt estranged both by the fact how he remembered the town and the discrepancy between how Locarno is presented: as a touristic de...

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Eman Ali: Succession

By Patrycja Rozwora - 09/9/20

‘Succession’ is a cahier format artist book by Eman Ali (b. 1986, United Kingdom), who lives and works between London, Oman and Bahrain. The work was commissioned by Ffotogallery in Wales on on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Place I Call Home’, and ...

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RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

By Linda Zhengová - 09/6/20

In 2016, Galician photographer Ruth Montiel Arias (b. 1977, Spain) started following different groups of hunters in various batidas (hunting modalities) in Spain. ‘Bestiae’, as this 2-year project is titled, has now turned into a multi-layered photobook reflecting on the ritu...

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Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

By Linda Zhengová - 08/25/20

In 2019, London-based photographer and film director Alex de Mora travelled to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. For his project ‘Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar’, he was particularly interested in documenting the city’s unrepresented hip-hop scene which exploded in Mongolia...

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Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

By Linda Zhengová - 08/24/20

Ariko Inaoka (b. 1975, Japan) started to photograph Erna and Hrefna, identical twins from Iceland, since 2008, visiting them every year to capture the very precious period of their growth from children to teenagers. They are always together and almost never fight with each other....

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Damian Heinisch: 45

By Linda Zhengová - 08/9/20

Damian Heinisch (b. 1968, Poland/Germany) is an Oslo-based artist who grew up in Germany, where he completed his MA in Visual Arts at the Folkwang School, Essen. Recently, he also won the Read More

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

By Linda Zhengová - 08/2/20

Long-standing Magnum member Josef Koudelka (b. 1938, Czech Republic) comes with a new monograph: ‘Ruins’ (published by Thames & Hudson) – a grand overview of Koudelka’s photographs captured throughout the Mediterranean in the span of twenty-eight years. While visi...

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Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

by Daniel Milroy Maher  - 07/31/20

‘This project aims to reveal the physical and emotional resilience of our species. In this resilience – paradoxically – lies the tragedy of being human. Where other species give up, ours is able to withstand a little more,’ writes Txema Salvans of his latest b...

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JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

By Linda Zhengová - 07/26/20

Yulia Polyashchenko (b.1986, Ukraine) is a Kyiv-based photographer who goes by the artistic name Julie Poly. She is particularly known for her editorials in Ukraine’s Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other fashion magazines. But in her latest monograph ‘Ukrzaliznytsia...

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Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

By Linda Zhengová - 07/19/20

Ken Light (b. 1951, the USA), a renowned socially engaged photographer, re-visits his pictures taken between 1983 and 1987: night rides with the U.S. Border Patrol agents guarding the Californian/Mexican border. While the agents searched for migrants along the border, Light captu...

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AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

By Linda Zhengová - 07/6/20

The primacy of church, suppression of women, ethnic and sexual minorities, ecological problems, fake news and propaganda in Poland are all topics addressed in Agnieszka Sejud’s ‘HOAX’.

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Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

By Patrycja Rozwora - 07/2/20

Scott Caruth (b. 1990, Scotland) recently concluded a six years long research into studio portraiture photography from the West Bank. 

The title ملثم (‘Molatham’) literary translates ‘to cover one’s ...

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MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

By Linda Zhengová - 06/24/20

Maria Dabrowski (b. 1988, The Netherlands) researched her family roots, revealing a story of expatriation, war crimes and trauma. ‘Odsłonić’ her self-published monograph, consists of a collection of landscape and portrait photographs created between 2013-2016, making person...

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AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES

By Linda Zhengová - 06/15/20

‘African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other’ brings together 33 artists of African origins from around the globe in conjunction with the FotoFest Biennial 2020 exhibition. The included artists challenge traditional understandings of blackness and transnational histories in relation...

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XIAOXIAO XU: WATERING MY HORSE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/25/20

Xiaoxiao Xu (b. 1984, China), a Netherlands-based photographer with Chinese roots, observes both East and West from a distance in order to understand her identity and the stories behind the world she lives in. In her latest monograph, ‘Watering My Horse’ (The Eriskay Connecti...

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MAYUMI HOSOKURA: NEW SKIN

By Linda Zhengová - 05/20/20

‘New Skin’ by Mayumi Hosokura (b. 1979, Japan) is deeply inspired by the writing of feminist biologist/philosopher Donna Haraway – on the proposing of a novel vision on the concepts of identity, the body and desire in relation to our technological innovations. Hosokura incl...

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FRANÇOIS-MARIE BANIER: BATTLEFIELDS

By Linda Zhengová - 05/18/20

François-Marie Banier (b.1947, France) is a playwright, actor, novelist, artist, and photographer. His latest monograph ‘Battlefields’ (published by Steidl) contains images captured between 1994-2018 at Gay Prides in Brussels, London, New York, Paris and Rome. Besides the ce...

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John Divola: Chroma

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Throughout his photography career, John Divola (b. 1949, the USA) has approached a wide range of subjects, oscillating between the abstract and the specific. For his latest monograph ‘Chroma’ (published by Skinnerboox), Divola presents a series of images that function as a vi...

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Centralia: Poulomi Basu

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Poulomi Basu (b.1983, India) is a transmedia artist, photographer and an activist. Her first photobook ‘Centralia’ (published by Dewi Lewis), exposes hidden crimes of war where indigenous people fight for their survival; a conflict that remained largely invisible particularly...

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HENRIK SPOHLER: HYPOTHESIS

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Henrik Spohler (b. 1965, Germany) has worked as a freelance photographer since 1992 and from 2009 he became a professor of Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. In his latest monograph, ‘Hypothesis’ (published by Hartmann Books), he aims to add...

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MARIA LAX: SOME KIND OF HEAVENLY FIRE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Maria Lax is a London-based photographer with a background in cinematography, which influences her photographic oeuvre highlighted with precise use of colour, and an amalgamation of fantasy and reality. In ‘Some Kind of Heavenly Fire’, her first monograph, she returns to her ...

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27 GOOD-BYES

by Deanna Dikeman - 05/13/20

Deanna Dikeman (b. 1954, United States) documented her parents’ life for nearly 27 years. In the images, we can see her mother and father – during different life stages – waving her good-bye as she drives away.

Climate change and its massive consequences is something we can no longer deny. However, the hard changes our nature and environment have to endure are not immediately visible to our eyes, which makes us blind and ignorant as the problems increase. It is this paradigm...

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AIKATERINI GEGISIAN: Handbook of the Spontaneous Other

By Linda Zhengová - 05/10/20

Aikaterini Gegisian (b. 1976, Greece) is an artist of Greek-Armenian heritage who is currently based in both the UK and Greece. In her work, she generally explores the role of imagery in the construction of national and gender identities. In her latest monograph, ‘Handbook of the Spontaneous Ot...

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Niina Vatanen: Time Atlas

By Linda Zhengová - 02/26/20

The art practice of Niina Vatanen (b. 1977, Finland) is based on cumulating layers into her images through painting, cutting, staging and re-photographing. Her latest publication ‘Time Atlas’ (2019) includes playful interventions that highlight the primacy of sight as the inherent as...

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N E W F L E S H

By Linda Zhengová - 01/27/20

What can queerness bring to visual culture? That is a question triggered by the recent title n e w f l e s h published by Gnomic Book. It introduces an abundance of artists who aim to bring across a new way of looking, detached from traditional understandings of gender and identity in the current...

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Campaign Child: Xiaopeng Yuan

By Alex Blanco - 12/6/19

Campaign Child by Chinese artist Xiaopeng Yuan (b. 1988, China), a Shanghai-based photographer, immediately takes off with confronting and rather absurd images: a breathless canary bird crushed down with a clean film on the floor; a hospital bed dripping with liquid; children s...

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JASPER

GUP TEAM - 03/6/19

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The Earth is Only a Little Dust Under our Feet

GUP TEAM - 12/7/18

“If there is a place to believe in magic, then Iceland must be that place,” says Bego Antón (b. 1983, Spain) about the Nordic island where more than half of the people believe in the existence of elves, trolls, fairies and monsters. Rather than simply document the gorgeous Icelandic s...

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CARL MARTIN

GUP TEAM - 12/3/18

Carl Martin’s (b. 1958, United States) self-titled book reveals the result of a twenty-five year long career of photographing ordinary people as they go by in their daily life. It’s a collection of images that highlights the subtle human gestures which make every person unique, and att...

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CONGO TALES

GUP TEAM - 11/28/18

In the middle of the Congo rainforest, the people of Mbomo lead isolated lives in harmony with nature. Their oral history, filled with folkloric tales and myths, has never been written down or shared outside of their community. New York-based photographer Pieter Henket...

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NOTHING’S COMING SOON

ANGELO ZINNA - 11/26/18

Nothing’s Coming Soon by Clay Maxwell Jordan, published by Fall Line Press, is a collection of portraits and landscapes depicting life as it is expressed in the southern state of Georgia. Shot over the course of five years and inspired by the Buddhist philosophy of “life is s...

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GAP IN THE HEDGE

ANGELO ZINNA - 11/16/18

The Gap in the Hedge is a 450-meter high mountain pass that connects the Rhondda Valley in South Wales to the rural town of Bridgend. Known locally as Bwlch-y-Clawdd, the pass also connects to the Afan Valley through a coastal road reaching the industrial town of Port Talbot...

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MOST WERE SILENT

Angelo Zinna - 11/13/18

Robert J. Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, described his sensation after the first nuclear test like this: “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture...

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MARGINS OF EXCESS & RED INK

Angelo Zinna - 11/1/18

Max Pinckers (b. 1988, Belgium) makes mysterious scenes alternate with equally curious characters. Stories are told by means of quotes, newspaper snippets and found images, but the overall question remains: is this arriving from reality or is it fiction? In Pinckers’ work there are n...

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SUBTERRANEAN RIVER

Angelo Zinna - 10/31/18

After an invitation to visit Japan’s Kagawa province as part of the European Eyes on Japan initiative, Polish photographer Lukasz Rusznica (b. 1980) was drawn to the mysterious creatures that populate traditional folk stories. His attraction to demons, monsters and ...

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SW

Angelo Zinna - 10/26/18

Alvaro Deprit’s (b.1977, Spain) desire to dig deeper into his family roots first originated when, as a child living in Madrid, he would browse through photo albums trying to imagine the lives of his relatives in Andalusia. The curiosity derived from the photographs ...

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DARK CITIES

by Angelo Zinna - 10/17/18

A black paper box, a small printed index of its contents and a partially readable title, Dark Cities. This is the name of Shyue Woon (b. 1975, Singapore) latest project, a collection of three books that try to re-imagine fringe spaces in the metropoles of Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. A bibl...

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PALIMPSEST

by Angelo Zinna - 10/12/18

In a world where digital information is constantly shared without ever being seen in its material form, it’s unusual to think of data as something tangible. Knowledge, however, relies on physical spaces, hard infrastructure and man-made archives to exist and be passed on f...

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I WENT LOOKING FOR A SHIP

by Maria Guetti - 10/10/18

I Went Looking For A Ship is the romantic journey of Natascha Libbert (b 1973, The Netherlands) in the port of Amsterdam at IJmuiden. It all started with an assignment commissioned in 2015 by the Province of North Holland and the North Holland Archive, to document the...

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DANDAKA

by Angelo Zinna - 10/5/18

Vasantha Yogananthan’s (b. 1985, India) A Myth of Two Souls was inspired by the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu poem about the struggles and successes of prince Rama as he tries to save his beloved Sita from the demon king Ravana. Yogananthan is retracing the legendary r...

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HONG KONG

by Angelo Zinna - 09/21/18

Seen from afar, all of Hong Kong’s residential buildings look deceivingly similar, clusters of metal and concrete blocks recognisable only by their colour palettes. Inspected singularly, however, a wide array of typologies appears: the slab, the H-Block, the cruciform,...

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MOTHER RIVER

by Maria Guetti - 08/28/18

Mother River is a photographic journey by British-Chinese photographer Yan Wang Preston (b. 1976), for which she took her large-format film camera to document the Yangtze river during four years. From its source to the sea, Preston takes us across all 6,211km of China...

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2099

by Jorre Both - 08/22/18

It becomes clear early on that the book 2099 by Sybren Vanoverberghe (b. 1996, Belgium) doesn’t tell just one story. Even though it presents a combination of natural and cultural scenes, this is not documentary photography by any means. Some images he just came acro...

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A GLASS DARKLY

by Jorre Both - 08/10/18

Kevin Lear has been an urban dweller for many years, pointing his camera at man-made structures he comes across in the streets of London and Kent. Rather than simply document his surroundings, he aims to look beyond the everyday, to somehow immortalise what ...

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Rayon Vert

Erik Vroons - 08/1/18

Swiss photographer Senta Simond (b.1989) arranged sessions between herself and her subjects – young female friends she has been closely acquainted with for a decade or so. In these somewhat outlandish photographs, a mix of colour and duotone, the young women come across as empowered, dre...

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HUMANISE SOMETHING FREE OF ERROR

by Maria Guetti - 07/27/18

Humanise Something Free of Error is a collection of mysterious images about human attempts to change weather conditions to their advantage.

Human beings have always tried to profit from Earth. This has undoubtedly brought us great benefits, but the question that echoe...

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EVEN FIREMEN

by Jorre Both - 07/27/18

“Papa, does everyone die?”
“Yes, sweetheart. Everyone.”
“Even firemen?”

In the fall of 2013, Dutch photographer Caspar Claasen started suffering from anxiety and depression. Most of his fears were for the well-being of his four-year-old ...

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UNTOUCHED

by Katherine Oktober Matthews - 07/18/18

Guy Bourdin (1928 – 1991, France) entered the world of fashion photography with his first publication in Vogue, February 1955. What followed was a career marked by daring and sexy fashion photographs, geometric and vibrantly coloured, but before that first publication, he worked in black and wh...

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ANASTASIIA: SHE FOLDS HER MEMORIES LIKE A PARACHUTE

GUP TEAM - 07/16/18

 Christian van der Kooy (b. 1983, The Netherlands) mixes photographs, Skype screenshots, and text in Anastasiia to present a wholly original attempt at narrative sense-making. Told from the point of view of a student from Kiev – the Anastasiia ...

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THE PIGEON PHOTOGRAPHER

by Jorre Both - 07/4/18

Nowadays, drones make aerial photography look easy, but it hadn’t been possible without a few key inventions throughout the history of the medium. In 1907, German pharmacist’s son Julius G. Neubronner patented a camera that could be attached to a pigeon. Its journey was ...

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Too Tired for Sunshine

by Maria Guetti - 06/15/18

There could be no better title for Tara Wray‘s work (b.1978, United States) than Too Tired for Sunshine. In a demoralised postmodern society, phenomena such as “the sunset” have become blatant, banal and romantic. We don’t find them exciting anym...

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THE GAMBLERS

by Anthony Guevara - 06/4/18

There is something quintessentially English about the crowds of bettors Martin Amis (b. 1973) shows us from the race tracks of southern England. The older men wear tweed jackets and caps, or fedoras and thick glasses, binoculars hanging around their necks. The younger ones shout, smoke and...

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PROMISE ME A LAND

by Anthony Guevara - 05/25/18

In his book Promise Me a Land, Clément Chapillon (b. 1982) approaches the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the study of the disputed land itself. Images of pastel-coloured landscapes and the people that claim them as their own, in combination with floating, unatt...

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STILLED

by Anthony Guevara - 05/9/18

Edward Dimsdale’s (b. 1965) Stilled is a wonderfully mysterious newspaper: printed in the classic broadsheet format, there is no text or explanation, or even the artist’s name to be found in the paper itself, only twenty-four elegant full-bleed images. The effect is very subtle, and th...

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IN MOST TIDES AN ISLAND

by Anthony Guevara - 05/2/18

Nicholas Muellner’s (b. 1969, United States) In Most Tides an Island is special photobook in that the texts are absolutely lovely and integral. Here, photographs and words work together to offer a deeply personal look at post-Soviet queer life. These lives are often...

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A PLACE BOTH WONDERFUL AND STRANGE

GUP TEAM - 04/20/18

“To me a mystery is like a magnet. Whenever there is something that’s unknown, it has a pull to it. For instance, if you were in a room and there was a doorway open and stairs going down and the light just fell away, you didn’t even see the bottom, where the stairs ended, you...

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JOSEPH PLUMMER

GUP TEAM - 04/2/18

“Joseph Plummer is remembered because he wished to be alone,” reads a text that opens Amani Willett’s new book, The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer. Based on the true story of a mysterious hermit who retreated from his town of 100 people to live in seclusion in the woo...

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DEEP NIGHT

by Anthony Guevara - 03/30/18

Deep is the night. It is fascinating in its mystery, the unseen provoking and prodding the imagination. The dark is as seductive as it is sinister, shadowy store fronts and parking lots mirroring the dark corners of the mind. To look into the dark abyss is to look into ourse...

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WHITE NIGHT

GUP TEAM - 02/20/18

White Night is the first monograph from Chinese photographer FENG Li (b. 1971), bringing together 160 images from his bold street photography shot between 2005 and 2015. “I don’t know whether they are photographic works, but they do present another side ...

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THE KINGDOM

by Katherine Oktober Matthews - 02/5/18

The United States has long ago thrown off any allegiances to a crown and no longer knows a thing about kingdoms, yet in the early morning of modern day, a waitress passed to French photographer Stéphane Lavoué (b. 1976) a steaming cup of coffee that read: “Welcome to the ...

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MY MAASAI

GUP TEAM - 01/23/18

The Maasai people of Kenya are well-known to outsiders, or, at least, their stereotypical image is well-known. You will have seen them before in photographs and films, jumping in the air as part of a traditional dance and surrounded by wildlife, other ...

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SONGS OF THE WALÉS

By Marie Pöpping - 01/16/18

French photographer Patrick Willocq (b. 1969) spent several years of his childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as he says, “at the age of six when your mind starts opening to the world.” Decades later, he followed the urge to reconnect with his early youth and moved back to ...

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NOWHERE FAR

by Katherine Oktober Matthews - 01/16/18

Nowhere Far is the first monograph from English photographer Nicholas Hughes (b. 1963), bringing together fifteen years of his dramatic and often enigmatic seascapes and landscapes. Shot from a distance, and made to emphasize the high contrast between light and shadow, the scenes convey the power...

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SEA I BECOME BY DEGREES

GUP TEAM - 01/11/18

At this point in time, the ‘Aral Sea’ is something of a misnomer – formerly one of the largest lakes in the world, it has been shrinking, due to man-made diversions and drying out, and transforming to desert. Inspired by this story of ecological disaster, Russian photographer Natalia Bal...

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I Loved My Wife (Killing Children Is Good for the Economy)

GUP TEAM - 01/9/18
In his photobook, ‘I Loved My Wife (Killing Children Is Good for the Economy)’, Belgian photographer Dieter de Lathauwer (b. 1978) relays the horrific story of the T4 Aktion, a genocide program under the Nazi regime that targeted the mentally i...

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Good Luck with the Future

GUP TEAM - 01/1/18

Good Luck with the Future is a collaborative project between Spanish photographers and romantic partners Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalte, as they go on a journey together to explore uncertainty. Over multiple years, they use movement through space to exami...

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ARCHIVING EDEN

GUP TEAM - 12/31/17

Around the world and in remote locations are facilities dedicated to the preservation of seeds – the source of life for plants, and by their fruits, ourselves. For Archiving Eden, Dornith Doherty spent nine years documenting the efforts of more than sixteen seed banks worldwide, from the icy se...

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MAO’S PARADISE

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 12/26/17
 After a twenty-year career in banking, German Stefan Hammer (b. 1955) studied Chinese and travelled to the culturally rich nation, photographing mega cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Tianjin and Hong Kong. Now, in his first photobook, Mao’s Para...

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The Last Testament

By Katherine Oktober Matthews - 12/25/17

Since the crucifixion of Christ, many have asked, if and when Jesus returns, would we recognise him, or her, the second time around? The Last Testament, a book from Jonas Bendiksen (b. 1977, Norway), is a study of seven contemporary men who each claim to be ...

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HandBook

By Katherine Oktober Matthews - 12/22/17

“I consider these portraits to be as expressive as any of a face,” New York-based photographer Gary Schneider (b. 1954, South Africa) says of his handprint-based photographs. “They’re more private,...

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Human Nature

GUP TEAM - 12/20/17

American photographer Lucas Foglia (b. 1983) continues his work on the interaction between humans and their environment in his newest monograph, Human Nature. Foglia writes by way of introduction that, upon witnessing the reality of climate change, “I realized that if humans ar...

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Kokomo

By Katherine Oktober Matthews - 11/30/17

Kokomo, the first book of American photographer Michael Marcelle (b. 1983), takes an abstract view of humanity and disaster. Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Marcelle, whose hometown on the coast of New Jersey was hit, began to process feelings of trauma. “...

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Collected Works

By MARIJE PÖPPING - 11/24/17

In her first photobook Collected Works, Dutch-Croation photographer Sanja Marušić (b.1991) immerses us into surrealistic, otherworldly surroundings, almost as if it were a series of lucid dreams. After graduating in 2013 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, she brings together a w...

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YTYKWYA

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 11/21/17

When you look at the photographs of English photographer Tom Kavanagh (b. 1985), you experience a sense of peace and clarity, as if you’re in a deep meditation. He captures the freshness of the present moment and finds beauty in our everyday existence. In his photob...

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THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS, I SEE ME

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 11/16/17

Dutch photographer Micky Hoogendijk (b. 1970) has just released her first photobook, entitled ‘Through the eyes of others, I see me’, bringing together four years of her portrait-based artwork. A wide range of subjects and styles are included, with the book explai...

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THERE ARE NO HOMOSEXUALS IN IRAN

SHREYA DE SOUZA - 11/9/17

In 2007, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University and declared, “In Iran, we do not have homosexuals like in your country.” The president’s definitive statement is reflective of the state of things in Iran, where being...

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OUTSKIRTS

BY SHREYA DE SOUZA - 11/7/17

“A good photograph blurs the line between reality and fantasy.” – Daisuke Yokota

In his new photobook, entitled Outskirts, Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota (b. 1983) uses an intrusive flash to permeate the ban...

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FIRE IS MY FAVOURITE COLOR

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 11/1/17

In her photobook Fire Is My Favourite Color, Polish photographer Marta Zdulska (b.1984) gives us a glimpse into her tumultuous everyday life. Like the cut flowers at the front cover, Zdulska is feeling lost and taken from her roots but willing to survive anywhere else...

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THE ISLAND OF THE COLORBLIND

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 10/26/17

Fascinated by the role genetics play in people’s experiences, photographer Sanne De Wilde (b.1987, Belgium) travelled to the Micronesian island Pingelap to capture a localized phenomenon: a high percentage of the inhabitants have achromatopsia, total colour blindnes...

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BICYCLE LANDSCAPE

BY MARIJE PÖPPING - 10/19/17

It’s amazing that a land as full as The Netherlands can appear completely empty. With hardly any cows or sheep, farmers or bird-spotters, Yorit Kluitman’s (b.1980) photobook Bicycle Landscape reveals Dutch scenes where the actors have left the stage. “...

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URBAN DIRT BIKERS

GUP TEAM - 10/5/17

In his photobook Urban Dirt Bikes, British photographer Spencer Murphy portrays the personalities of an increasingly popular underground ‘Bike Life’ scene. Through portraits of bikers together with their rides, shots of the road and close-ups of the bikes, Murphy ...

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YESTERDAY-TOMORROW

GUP TEAM - 09/26/17

In his book Yesterday – Tomorrow, American-German photographic artist Marc Erwin Babejrevives the complex visual language of ancient Egyptian art and evolves it in photorealistic media. Babej adopts defining characteristics of Egyptian art and in doing so creates works of ‘aspective re...

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BEYOND DRIFTING: IMPERFECTLY KNOWN ANIMALS

GUP TEAM - 09/14/17

Inspired by the research memoirs of naturalist John Vaughan Thomas on plankton in Ireland during the 1820s, Mandy Barker produced her photobook Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals as a scientific study of aquatic life. However, the specimens she’s photographing aren’t exactly se...

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Welcome to Camp America

GUP TEAM - 09/12/17

“The first twenty prisoners arrived at Guantánamo Bay from Afghanistan on January 11, 2002,” writes American photographer Debi Cornwall, in her new photobook Welcome to Camp America. It’s good to be reminded of this fact – that there is a point of time in recent history ...

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NOTHING’S IN VAIN

GUP TEAM - 09/8/17

When Madagascar-native Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (b. 1983) moved in 2011 to Dakar, she found herself disconcerted by her new home, and used photography to express and explore the fear and alienation she felt from the city. From the perspective of a...

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HAPPN

GUP TEAM - 09/4/17

Japanese artist Kenji Chiga explores the phenomenon of modern metropolis living in the context of technological advances in his new photobook Happn. Named after the eponymous dating app that uses location services to present you with all the people who you’ve ‘happned’ to cross paths...

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UND IM SOMMER TU ICH MALEN

GUP TEAM - 09/1/17

Beret and an easel in check, artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek and photographer Fabian Schuberthave collaborated on a series of images that lampoon the en plein air paintings immortalized by 19th century impressionists. In each scene, we see Schmidt in d...

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GLOOM

GUP TEAM - 08/24/17

American photographer Jacob Haupt (b. 1989) plays with stereotypes of idealised masculinity and conventional depictions of superheroes in his photobook Gloom. Using Batman as a star character, Gloom expresses the difficulty for men, expected in many ways to be as strong as superheroes, to ...

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Generation Wealth

GUP TEAM - 08/23/17

In Generation Wealth, a 504-page photobook wrapped in gold silk, American photographer Lauren Greenfield (b. 1966) takes on the influence of affluence. The book collects more than 25 years of her work on the excesses of capitalist culture, from those who amass obscene...

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THE MECHANISM

GUP TEAM - 08/17/17

The intersection between technology and humanity is the hallmark of Swedish photographer Mårten Lange’s photobook The Mechanism. Bringing together black and white photographs of technology, surveillance devices, architecture and people in different ...

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Bruno is a Celebrity

GUP TEAM - 08/10/17
In our current, digitally-focused age, image reigns supreme. What’s more, animals circulated through the internet in meme form can become even more popular than people. This simultaneously strange, hilarious and rather sad reflection on the ...

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MECHANICS OF WOMEN

GUP TEAM - 08/1/17
Brazilian photographer Miguel Rio Branco (b. 1946) explores feminine identity from his male perspective in playful and suggestive ways in his new softcover photobook, Mechanics of Women. In evocative photos of women’s bodies and objec...

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Dear Sky: The Planes and People of North Korea’s Airline

GUP TEAM - 07/21/17

North Korea’s state-owned national airline Air Koryo is just as complex as the country. In his photobook, Dear Sky: The Planes and People of North Korea’s Airline, Dutch photographer Arthur Mebius (b. 1971) provides insight into this complicated country and its national airli...

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Guardians of the Spoon

GUP TEAM - 07/6/17

In her latest photobook Guardians of the Spoon, Slovenian photographer Manca Juvan presents a look at the malleable and imperfect condition of memories. In a collection of photographs and short texts, Juvan (in collaboration with Saša Petejan and Urška Strle) revisits a ‘forgotten’ h...

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Continental Drift

GUP TEAM - 07/4/17
Continental drift, a scientific theory, refers to the movement of continents on the Earth’s surface. Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, for their book produced in collaboration, travelled from their home coun...

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ENTROPY AND URBAN SPACE

GUP TEAM - 06/28/17

Urban evolution is the hallmark of Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico’s (1944-2013) photobook Entropy and Urban Space. Through landscape and architectural photography taken over a period of 31 years, Basilico captures the way tha...

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WATERFORMS

GUP TEAM - 06/26/17

Water is an integral part of life, one which makes up three quarters of Earth. In her third book Waterforms, British photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly brings together 70 black and white photographs showing the changing, rhythmic patterns and formations of...

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THE NAMING OF A RIVER

GUP TEAM - 06/20/17

Chinese photographer Cheng Xinhao (b. 1985) photographs the never-ending flow of the Panlong river in his first monograph The Naming of a River. Fascinated by the fact that, in his lifetime, Cheng will not be able to see any changes in the river itself, he wanted to capture the v...

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THE PROMISE

GUP TEAM - 06/13/17

The blurred boundary between reality and fantasy lies at the heart of French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan’s new photobook, The Promise. This book is the second part of his long-term project A Myth of Two Souls, which is planned ...

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WILL

GUP TEAM - 06/7/17

Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler was inspired to produce his work after spending a sleepless night at the hospital’s intensive care unit for premature babies with his newborn son. Surrounded by machines tasked with keeping humans alive, he reflected on the significance of their role:...

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WANNABE

GUP TEAM - 06/1/17

Spanish photographer Elisa González Miralles (b. 1978) makes a commentary on the echo-chamber of beauty ideals in her book Wannabe. She was originally inspired by the idea of love dolls created for purposes of sex and companionship, essentially standing in ...

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Gravity is Stronger Here

GUP TEAM - 05/24/17

The city of Greenville rests on the riverside of the Mississippi. Photographer Phyllis B. Dooney, a self-professed ‘Yankee’ of the North, travelled to the Mississippi Delta in search of a shared ‘American’ way of life. There, she encountered Halea Brown, a young lesbian woman, as s...

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Buzzing at the Sill

GUP TEAM - 05/23/17

Buzzing at the Sill is the sequel to Peter van Agtmael’s (b. 1981, USA) highly-praised 2014 book Disco Night Sept.11. In the first book, Van Agtmael chronicles America’s wars from 2006-2013 in Iraq and Afghanistan, shifting from pictures taken at the heart of the ...

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L’Indifférence Des Étoiles

GUP TEAM - 05/17/17
=In his first photography book, Paris-based artist Julien Mauve wrestles with L’Indifférence Des Étoiles – the indifference of the stars. He intersperses photos of the stars with moments of human life: a TV broadcasting only static, a wom...

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Tulips

GUP TEAM - 05/16/17
 Tulips, Andrew Miksys’ (b. 1969, USA) latest book, is a study of the colours and national identity of Belarus. After his previous books, DISKO and BAXT, both set in Lithuania, Miksys (who is of Lithuanian descent) travelled to Lithuania’s ...

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MIDNIGHT MODERN – PALM SPRINGS UNDER THE FULL MOON

GUP TEAM - 05/4/17

Tom Blachford (b. 1987, Australia) presents his book Midnight Modern – a view of Palm Springs and its internationally renowned Modernist houses, shot entirely by the light of the full moon.

Midnight Modern features 69 of Blachford...

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WALDEN

GUP TEAM - 04/24/17

Few places hold such modern mythical stature as Walden, the namesake of American writer Henry David Thoreau’s (1817 – 1862) most famous book, published in 1854. The concept is well-known: Thoreau retreated from his known society in Concord, Massachusetts to live in a small cabin on Walden Pon...

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ARKTIKUGOL

GUP TEAM - 04/16/17

There have been three Russian mines built in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard since 1935, but only one remains open. Barentsburg, the last functioning mine, generates just enough coal to support the local community’s energy needs, and, like all the...

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The Last Song

GUP TEAM - 04/13/17

In The Last Son, American photographer Jim Goldberg (b. 1953) revisits the path of his life through photographic archives and typewritten anecdotes. Goldberg, the youngest child among his siblings, recounts in a wry, matter-of-fact tone stories of his youth,...

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Push The Sky Away

GUP TEAM - 04/5/17
 Literally, the verb ‘to sublimate’ refers to the change from solid to gas – but miraculously, uncannily – without passing through the liquid phase. This also, in a way, applies to the visual language of Piotr Zbierski (Poland, 1987). T...

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Sense of Water

GUP TEAM - 03/29/17

Balancing between fantasy and reality, Sense of Water by Susanna Majuri (b. 1978, Finland) is a dreamy and evocative overview of the powerful and ancient element of water. Paired with writings from Nordic writers Vigdís Grímsdóttir, Monica Fagerholm, Tua ...

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LANDSCAPE AS LONGING: QUEENS, NEW YORK

GUP TEAM - 03/16/17

In 2003, American photographers Frank Gohlke (b. 1942) and Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944) were commissioned to photograph the borough of Queens in New York. Taking to the streets, Gohke and Sternfeld photographed rundown storefronts, ever-present ...

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BEES & THE BEARABLE

GUP TEAM - 03/12/17

As a closing statement for her long investigation into disquieted souls and wounded bodies, Beijing-based photographer Chen Zhe (b. 1989, China) has published a book which combines two of her series, The Bearable (2007-2010) and Bees (2010-2012). The result is a reflective docume...

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Just Small Hiccups

GUP TEAM - 03/10/17

Finnish photographer Anni Hanén (b. 1981) began her work on Just Small Hiccups after moving back to her childhood home, together with the family she’d formed as an adult. With her camera, she points our attention to small details of their home life and th...

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AUTOMAGIC

GUP TEAM - 03/6/17

“AUTOMAGIC is not meant to be properly understood”, says Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof (b. 1981) about her new book. Each letter in the title (A-U-T-O-M-A-G-I-C) is represented by one booklet filled with collages and photos, each of ...

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Dancing with Myself

GUP TEAM - 03/2/17

Dancing with Myself shows the works of 34 artists who use their own bodies and cultural identies as their subject matter. The book includes painting, sculpture, video, and photography from the past 50 years from the French Pinault Collection.

The book, which was produced as a catalogue for...

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Once a Year

GUP TEAM - 02/25/17

Once a Year is a compendium of black and white photographs illustrating local customs and ceremonies that have been part of the British tradition for centuries, which Homer Sykes documented during the ‘70s. To outsiders, their names might sound amusing, like the Crabapple Fair, the Pancake Grea...

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Dominas

GUP TEAM - 02/23/17

The world of the dominatrix is typically only experienced behind closed doors. In Dominas however, a new book from German photographer Max Eicke (b. 1990), the author gives us a look into that hidden world with his interviews and photographs of ...

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Lobismuller

GUP TEAM - 02/21/17

Photographer and multi-platform artist Laia Abril has joined forces once again with Ramon Pez, the acclaimed designer with whom she previously published Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014) and The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014). Their most recent collaboration conce...

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Cuba – 90 Años Fidel

GUP TEAM - 02/16/17

Cuba must be experienced by your own hand to understand it. It is a country immersed in its very own magical realism, calmly arrested in time, rebellious, bewitching. Cuba is aware of its charm and the effect it has on everyone who love...

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African Catwalk

GUP TEAM - 02/14/17

Vibrant and bursting with colourful African charisma, multi-award winning Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson’s (1967) latest book African Catwalk takes us on a journey through the energetic world of the African fashion industry. Photographed in sixteen different co...

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REFLECTION

GUP TEAM - 02/13/17

In what is essentially a revisiting of Pavel Baňka’s (b. 1941, Czechoslovakia) photographic career, the new book Reflection looks back on roughly 35 years of work, from 1981 till 2016, revealing patterns and streams of thought that have followed the artist through the years. H...

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DENNIS

GUP TEAM - 02/6/17

Orangutans, as a member of the great ape family, share a huge amount of genetic overlap with humans. Additionally, with features such as thick tooth enamel, beards on males, and similar shoulder blades, they’re considered to be even closer to humans physically than chimps....

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Apollo VII–XVII

GUP TEAM - 02/6/17

NASA’s Apollo program astronauts are most often hailed for being some of the world’s greatest explorers, adventurers, pilots and scientists, but rarely are they portrayed as important photographers with an artistic eye.

The Apollo VII–XVII book revisits the icon...

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The Human Clay: Street

GUP TEAM - 02/2/17
Known for passionately embracing all subject matter, Lee Friedlander (b. 1934, USA) photographed nearly every facet of American life from the 1950s to the present. Reflecting the modern, often alienated everyday life in his bl...

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Diagram of the Heart

GUP TEAM - 01/24/17

Diagram of the Heart is a depiction of Northern Nigerian social dynamics from the perspective of marriage and female self-determination. American photographer Glenna Gordon looks at this through a literary genre called Littattafan Soyayya, which roughly translates to ‘love...

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Sunlanders

GUP TEAM - 01/20/17

Toy camera photographer and colour darkroom printer Sean Lotman presents in his first monograph a selection of 48 images of his adopted home country, Japan. Scenes of daily life in cities and at the seaside take on an idiosyncratic appeal through burnt-out colours, motion blur and foggy fo...

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Girl Culture

GUP TEAM - 01/18/17

Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield is back. Fourteen years after its first publication, Chronicle Books presents again this unapologetic portrayal of the influences that shape Western teenage girls, particularly in the US, of the new millennium. The photographs are audacious,...

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Intimate Distance

GUP TEAM - 01/16/17

Intimate Distance, a new book from American photographer Todd Hido (b. 1968) is a mid-career retrospective of sorts. Chronologically going through the individual bodies of work he’s produced over his illustrious 25-year career, this comprehens...

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LOUIS FAURER

GUP TEAM - 01/11/17

When reviewing the photographic works of Louis Faurer (1916 – 2001), as published in a new eponymous monograph, it’s difficult not to agree with former MoMA head of photography Edward Steichen’s assertion that Faurer was a “lyricist with...

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As We Wait

GUP TEAM - 12/30/16

The present moment is passing. In 48 black and white images, American photographer Andrea Modica offers hints towards the unanswerable question of what we so easily forget to observe about the present tense while we wait expectantly for the future. She presents us with partial nu...

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The Theatre of Apparitions

GUP TEAM - 12/9/16

Pushing the boundaries of photography with sculpture, installation and an innate capacity to debunk our perceptional certainties, the South African photographer Roger Ballen has released his latest body of work in a monograph, The Theatre of Apparitions. Using a combination ...

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Statia Song

GUP TEAM - 12/8/16

Dutch photographer Jeanette Bos visited the small Caribbean island of Sint-Eustatius for the first time in 1996. At that time, only 2000 people lived on the island, which is also called Statia. She befriended some of the families who have lived on the island for centuries. ...

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Recruit

GUP TEAM - 11/30/16

Japanese photographer Hiroshi Okamoto (1990) was inspired to make his book Recruit when he received an email from his best friend from university, which said: “I want to die.” The friend was in the process of a difficult job-hunt, full of the elaborate formal stages of a...

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DE AMSTERDAMMERS

GUP TEAM - 11/24/16
For the past three years, Amsterdam-based Maarten van der Kamp (b. 1981) has been on the front line of his city, pacing the streets eight hours a day, five days a week, photographing the people he happens to pass. Capturing moments of l...

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Essential Elements

GUP TEAM - 11/22/16

Curated and edited by William A. Ewing, Essential Elements is a retrospective of Canadian-born Edward Burtynsky’s (b. 1955) forty-year career as a photographer. Showcasing one hundred and forty images from Burtynsky’s extensive archives alongside previously unseen work, Essential Eleme...

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Fully Fuelled

GUP TEAM - 11/16/16

Glowing with garish neon lights, Paris-based Basile Mookherjee’s (b. 1987) Fully Fuelled is a documentation of the unexpectedly vibrant nightlife in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Highlighting the importance of cars as a class-marker in the area, Mookherjee reveals a new wave...

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A GLACIER’S REQUIEM

GUP TEAM - 11/11/16
 The sight of ice fissuring underfoot, accompanied by the sound of cracking plates and dripping water, is a solid indication that danger may be afoot. In hopes of capturing the essence of the dying Swiss Lantä glacier, Julie Calfee lived in it...

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RADICAL LOVE

GUP TEAM - 11/9/16

Lauren was a twenty-one-year-old in college, with a boyfriend and plans for marriage and children, when she was called to the religious life. And so she entered the monastery, to live her life as a cloistered nun. In the book Radical Love, Portland-based photographer Toni Greaves (b. 1969,...

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The Unseen – An Atlas of Infrared Plates

GUP TEAM - 11/3/16

Exploring visual realms beyond both photography and the human eye, London-based photographer Edward Thompson (b. 1980) has created the definitive, and perhaps final, photographic book outlining the capabilities and potential of the infrared film...

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9

GUP TEAM - 10/20/16

Confronting the modern issue that we are constantly surrounded by billions of mindless images, Boris von Brauchitsch (b. 1963) is bringing moderation back to modern photography in his latest book, 9.

As Von Brauchitsch explains, “the risks of creating superfl...

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Dimitry

GUP TEAM - 10/14/16

At the end of the 16th century, the last son of Ivan the Terrible, Tsarevich Dimitry, died under mysterious circumstances from a knife wound to the throat. Even now, centuries later, people still speculate at the various causes of his death – creating stories and myths tha...

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Early Works

GUP TEAM - 10/7/16

From experimental darkroom processing to tormenting teachers at school, if anyone’s work could be described as in-between art and a practical joke it would be Latvian-born Ivars Gravlejs (b. 1979). In his book Early Works, we are taken back in...

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A Spectacle and Nothing Strange

GUP TEAM - 10/5/16

While holding this hardback book, we see an eye that’s staring back at us. A spectacle is an impressive show – something that draws attention because it’s very unusual or shocking. However, the title of Ahndraya Parlato’s new book, A Spectacle and Nothing Strange, asks us to calm down...

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Short Flashes

GUP TEAM - 10/3/16

When Polish photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska (1991) travelled to China, she was captivated by the busy streets and the vibrantly coloured mass of people passing by on bicycles and scooters. Braving the bustling city streets even in inclement weather, protected by raincoat...

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What About the Heart?

GUP TEAM - 09/27/16

In a Japanese laboratory, Professor Ishiguro investigates whether the human presence can be transmitted into inanimate objects, namely, robots. After seeing his robots on TV, British photographer Luisa Whitton (1991) became fascinated with them, and travelled to Japan to learn more about Ishiguro...

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XXX

GUP TEAM - 09/23/16

Dutch photographer Bob Siers (1990) was sixteen when he first experienced the nightlife of Amsterdam. The red light district, and all its stereotypes of sex and drugs, enchanted him. Now, 10 years later, something changed. He explains: “Years later, I moved to Amste...

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Astres Noirs

GUP TEAM - 09/20/16

Melbourne-based photographer Katrin Koenning (Germany) and Dhaka- based photographer Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) live thousands of miles apart. Yet, in Astres Noirs, a collaborative work that comprises their debut photobook, their photograph...

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Indago

GUP TEAM - 09/14/16

Click. Snap. Pop. They could be noises emitted from a camera – or from fallen branches cracking underfoot on a forest trail. Exploring Yurian Quintanas’ new photobook Indago, one can imagine the sounds synchronously as the photographer snaps his way through a dark forest.

The Spanish w...

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American Cowboy

GUP TEAM - 09/8/16

Finnish photographer Karoliina Paatos (1979) takes us on a journey through contemporary cowboy culture, which she photographed over the last six years, trying to redefine the persistent myth of the cowboy. The newly released book American Cowboy depicts the harshness of ranch life through ...

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Golden Days Before They End

GUP TEAM - 08/30/16

They still exist, the little cafés and bars of Vienna where time seems to have stopped. Far removed from the modernity of Austria’s capital city, the drinking dens are social institutions of a time gone by, relics of a g...

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Charlotte Lybeer: Epidermis II

GUP TEAM - 08/24/16

Anonymity is no longer easy to achieve… To think that dark sunglasses and a hat were once an effective foil from prying eyes! Now that we each carry in our pockets devices that can serve as tools for facial recognition, is there anywhere safe to call our own? In Epider...

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Haru Ranman

GUP TEAM - 08/19/16

Without ever having been to Tokyo, it is easy to conjure up an idea of the metropolis, due to its constant exposure in popular culture. Mental images of traditional icons like geishas painting their faces and cherry blossoms stand in contrast with a cr...

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When War Is Over

GUP TEAM - 08/16/16
1.7 million. That’s the amount of soldiers that were killed during the First and Second World War fighting for the British Empire. Once the wars were over, these soldiers were commemorated with 2,500 cemeteries, 21,000 other burial grounds a...

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Jet Lag

GUP TEAM - 07/28/16

The life of a photographer – jet-setting and free-moving, independent and important – has been glamourised to no small extent. In Jet Lag, an autobiographical photobook, Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang allows us a view with a little less varnish. In black and white documentary images, sho...

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Streetwalkers

GUP TEAM - 07/21/16

“Someday, if I’m lucky, I’ll exploit this woman with the image I have on film, call it art, maybe make back some of the money I’ve invested. I don’t know what I deserve but I’m hoping for accolades.” American photographer Scot Sothern combines his gritty black and w...

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Homeschooled

GUP TEAM - 07/19/16

After the birth of her daughter in 2010, Rachel Papo (1970, US) decided to move with her family to the rural town of Woodstock, New York, in order to leave the city’s frenetic lifestyle. One day she met a girl named True, who told her that she was being homeschooled, something that for Papo...

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THE WALLS DON’T SPEAK/ LES MURS NE PARLENT PAS

GUP TEAM - 07/12/16

In close collaboration with the anthropologist Florence Weber, Jean-Robert Dantou initiated an alliance between photography and the social sciences. This resulted in a bilingual publication(English/French) that serves as a manifesto for appl...

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The First Day of Good Weather

GUP TEAM - 07/5/16

When it came to deciding when and where the first atomic bomb would be dropped, President Truman’s orders were to attack one of the four selected targets on the first day of good weather. On August 6, 1945, it was raining on three of the targets R...

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IF THIS IS TRUE, I’LL NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE HOME AGAIN

GUP TEAM - 06/28/16

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy v...

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Void

GUP TEAM - 06/22/16

Elevators offer us one of the strangest experiences in modern society: we are enclosed together in a small space, occupying a physical intimacy often outside our comfort level, and we do our best to avoid interaction or contact for the duration of the ride. These shared mome...

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Siam’s Guy

GUP TEAM - 05/28/16

More than merely touching on the subject of the (sexualized) human corpus as a creating visual artist, Tiane Doan na Champassak (1973) is also a prolific publisher of books that surround that very same theme. He has already released over a dozen...

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Brother | Sister

GUP TEAM - 05/26/16

Siblings Edvard and Bergit Bjelland grew up on a small farm in a remote part of Norway. Edvard, born in 1929, was the only one of his family to stay on the homestead, though Bergit, two years older, eventually moved to a new house a stone’s throw away. When she died in 201...

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HOME INSTRUCTION MANUAL

GUP TEAM - 05/12/16

What is home? There is no generic definition for the concept of ‘home’, right? Or is there?

Jan McCullough (1991, Northern Ireland) stumbled on ‘How To Make The Home You Want’, a 1950s publication with tips – if not strong advice – on house decoration. An instru...

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Roots & Bonds

GUP TEAM - 05/2/16

Do you recognise the mirror of your soul wandering through the thicket? The rays of the sun flicker through the water – and you feel pleasantly empty and full at the same time. Letting go, this void is replenished with the energy ...

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IN THE HEART OF THE DARK NIGHT

GUP TEAM - 04/21/16

In the late 19th century, George Shiras (USA, 1859-1942) learnt to hunt deer from his father on the banks of a Michigan lake. Yet, at the turn of the twentieth century, Shiras traded his gun for a camera, and eventually became a pioneer of wildlife photography. With a canoe full of equipment, he ...

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Vote No. 1

GUP TEAM - 04/15/16

With the popularity of political-themed shows like House of Cards, and the recent Panama Papers leakage, it’s undeniable that politicians are now on our radar, and that people are showing more and more interest in the world of politics. In his first ...

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Before The War

GUP TEAM - 04/7/16

In 2008, the president of Mexico declared a public war against the drug cartels. With this declaration, the state of Nuevo León in northeastern México became an increasingly violent place – and with more than 80,000 people having lost their lives t...

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The House Project

GUP TEAM - 04/5/16

“The mind is like a house and the house is like the mind”, states photographer Roger Ballen (1950, USA) in his new book, The House Project, a collaboration with writer Didi Bozzini. Both artists agree that one can move around in the brain, from deep subc...

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Noroc

GUP TEAM - 03/29/16

“In Romania, ‘Noroc’ means both ‘Good Luck’ and ‘Good Health’”. The statement that opens Cedric Van Turtelboom’s new photobook describes the first Romanian word learned by the Belgian photographer, and the greeting that serves as a cultural entry point for...

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Sharon

GUP TEAM - 03/26/16

“A long time ago I realized that life isn’t fair,” concludes the American photographer Leon Borensztein (1947) in one of his diary notes. A personal journal that he keeps to reflect on his daughter S...

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Images of Conviction

GUP TEAM - 03/24/16

What can really be learned from an image? Images of Conviction, a catalogue produced jointly by LE BAL and Éditions Xavier Barral to accompany the eponymous travelling exhibition, looks at the way photography both is and is not able to communicate information and truth. The...

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After the Image

GUP TEAM - 03/8/16

Precise stages are set, with backdrops and lighting, yet the main attraction is nowhere to be found. In French photographer Marina Gadonneix’s book After the Image, we see a series of 29 colour photographs that each depict the formal shooting of artworks. However, given the not...

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Spirit is a Bone

GUP TEAM - 03/3/16

Even our faces belong to the public domain now. Using facial recognition technology created in Moscow, artistic duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin developed a series of portraits from contemporary Russia. The portraits are, the artists explain, “essentially three-dimensio...

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Frame

GUP TEAM - 02/28/16

The career of American photographer Mark Cohen (1943) spans many decades, and comprises street photography, candid portraiture and straight photography. Now, a vast retrospective of his photography, spanning works produced from 1964 ...

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Got To Go

GUP TEAM - 02/25/16

Got To Go, a new photobook from Rosalind Fox Solomon (1930, USA), is an assembly of photographs shot from the early 1970s through the 1990s. Poetic texts accompany the selection of 79 images from Fox Solomon’s back catalogue of punchy journalistic yet humanistic photographs dep...

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At Home Reloaded

GUP TEAM - 02/8/16

In the twenty-eight years since his untimely death at the age of 38, Bruce Wrighton’s photographs have been quietly and steadily gathering acclaim. At Home Reloaded, a new book of Wrighton photographs, is a small, eloquent follow-up to At Home, a collection of images previously published in 201...

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Short Stories

GUP TEAM - 02/2/16
The 1960s and ‘70s in the USA were some of the most defining and tension-filled years in its history, with the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement and the rise of hallucinogenic drugs among other events shaping the country forever. British ph...

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The Palaces of Memory

GUP TEAM - 01/28/16

Award-winning international photojournalist Stuart Freedman is not a Starbucks kind of guy. He prefers the Western ‘greasy-spoon’ diners; timeless, unassuming places where the basic coffee is hot and the food offers nourishing comfort for all. Freedman’s new photobook, The ...

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Missing Buildings

GUP TEAM - 01/26/16

Marking 75 years since the outbreak of the Blitz, Thom and Beth Atkinson’s first photobook, Missing Buildings, seeks to preserve the physical and psychological landscapes of the Second World War in London. Taken over a period of six years, the photographs docum...

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C M Y

GUP TEAM - 01/22/16

In the photobook ‘C M Y’ Japanese photographer Yuji Hamada (1979) gives insight to the process of his research on the central question of the book: What is a photograph? Working with Polaroid images that he took of simple landscapes, Hamada physically pulls apart the emulsion with tweezers, b...

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The Life of Small Things

GUP TEAM - 01/20/16

During childhood, most people partake in small ‘experiments’, just because they’re curious and want to see what will happen, including setting fire to things, putting various objects in the microwave and capturing small animals. American photographer Adam Ekberg harnesses this youthf...

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Insomnia

GUP TEAM - 01/18/16

Insomnia, a photobook by Israeli photographer Tami Amit (1972), presents a collection of her series that show women placed in scenes of suffering; alone or abandoned, often injured and sometimes victims of violence combined wit...

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Six Degrees of Freedom

GUP TEAM - 01/11/16

If we search for our roots, we must access memory. Paradoxically, the act of recalling creates a new memory; an amalgam of the original occurrence imprinted with experiences we’ve accumulated along the way. The search for certainty in these memories ultimately forms a new truth and a baseline f...

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Code Unknown

GUP TEAM - 01/7/16
In today’s selfie-obsessed culture, many people have a rehearsed pose or facial expression to enact within milliseconds of a camera being shoved in their face. We are so used to posing for pictures, it becomes natural to stand willingly for ...

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Block

GUP TEAM - 12/21/15

Harsh angles, harsh shadows and the cold cement stare of a city. Finnish photographer Aapo Huhta(1985) takes us along on his urban trawl down sidewalks peopled with lonely suits, past buildings with stark grey exteriors and the casual distance of modern existence. With hard lines...

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Public Secrets

GUP TEAM - 12/17/15

Lithuanian Photographer Visvaldas Morkevicius shows a collection of urban experiences in his photobook Public Secrets. The geography of these experiences spans both the city’s nightlife and the private spaces which provoke and mostly dictate specific actions. The scenes visualize the way...

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Legitimacy of Landscape

GUP TEAM - 12/14/15

The state of Israel is a conflict-ridden area, full of so many complications that it is a rather intimidating subject to broach. The land, contested between the Israelis and Palestinians, is split in defined areas, although there are often blurr...

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The Whiteness of the Whale

GUP TEAM - 12/11/15

“What the white whale was to Ahab, has been hinted; what, at times, he was to me, as yet remains unsaid,” writes Herman Melville in Chapter 42 of his classic novel Moby-Dick. The chapter, The Whiteness of the Whale, dedicated to describing the terr...

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Skin

GUP TEAM - 12/9/15

Dramatic monochrome torsos absent of muscles, bones and tendons are the canvas of June Yong Lee’s (South Korea) Torso Series, which makes up book ‘Skin’. These unwrapped bodies of flesh visually remind us of scenes from the m...

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Record Stores

GUP TEAM - 12/7/15

Before iPods, there was a physical place we travelled to, where we’d buy the hits that we heard on the radio and the songs that drove us wild in the clubs the weekend before. Record Stores is Bernd Jonkmann’s new photobook documenting over 160 vinyl record stores he visited d...

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Apparitions

GUP TEAM - 12/2/15

Jerusalem-based artist Gustavo Sagorsky (1975, Argentina) turns his attention to things that are dead or dying, or falling apart, or living according to some ambiguous definition. Far from morbid, however, the monograph Apparitions is a haphazard collection of oddities, from scar...

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Santa Muerte

GUP TEAM - 11/30/15

La Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, is a Mexican folk saint who has existed in her present form for around 50 years, with origins in Aztec times, although she has grown in popularity massively over the last 10 years, now with 10-12 million followers around...

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Présage

GUP TEAM - 11/26/15

“Information technology has caused a new dilemma,” writes Lille-based photographer Hideyuki Ishibashi (1986, Japan). “We have a plethora of images, but I feel that the time we spend looking at each image is now very short.” With this in mind, he has created his first...

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Welcome to LTP

GUP TEAM - 11/24/15

A Labour Treatment Profilactorium, or LTP as it is also known, is one of the last institutions remaining from the former Soviet Union: a sort of forced rehab or prison for alcoholics, where men are isolated from society and obligated to work, for their own medial and social rehabilitation. These ...

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Toute Arme Forgée Contre Moi Sera Sans Effet

GUP TEAM - 11/19/15

Belgian photographer Colin Delfosse (1981) pays tribute to contemporary Congolese fetish-wrestling culture in his photobook Toute Arme Forgée Contre Moi Sera Sans Effet (No Weapon That is Formed Against Me Shall Prosper).

Delfosse surveys the new heroes of Kinshasa’s nightlife, where pr...

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The Thames & Hudson Dictionary and Photography

GUP TEAM - 11/17/15

“In the second decade of a century marked by the massive expansion of the internet and digital technology, it may seem almost perverse to publish a dictionary on paper,” writes editor Nathalie Herschdorfer in the opening line of the preface for the...

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HÄRKÄLÄ

GUP TEAM - 11/11/15

Twenty years is a long time, though it can always be the case that some people, and some places, never change. In Southern Finland, in the suburbs outside Helsinki, photographer Iikka Tolonen befriended some ‘hell-raisers’, as he calls them, and produced a documentary project about them, trac...

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Ornithological Photographs

GUP TEAM - 11/10/15

A bird is caught in a net, its brown-feathered wings stuck, suspended above its body, with its feet tangled in the fine mesh that surrounds it. This photograph of a common ground-dove is the first image the reader encounters in Todd R. Forsgren...

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Sisyphe

GUP TEAM - 11/5/15

In his photobook Sisyphe, Dirk Braekman (1958, Belgium) published a collection of 32 black and white plates showing his work re-photographing and abstracting images culled from 1970s pornography. The bodies present in the source images are simplified into organic grey forms, with...

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Last Best Hiding Place

GUP TEAM - 11/4/15

In his photobook Last Best Hiding Place, English photographer Tim Richmond (1959) reveals a hopeful story told through a landscape of filmic references of the American West. He photographed the project over seven years, traveling thous...

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Umbra

GUP TEAM - 10/29/15

The shadow is one of life’s rare constants, rarely noticed and yet, life would seem strange without it. In photography, finding the balance between light and dark is vital in order to illuminate the subject in the best way possible. In her new book U...

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The Voyage of Discovery

GUP TEAM - 10/21/15
Discovery, the act of exploring unknown territory to come to new sights or insights, has been one of the bedrocks of humanity’s expansion. Photography has come to serve as an integral support of that pursuit, both in terms of providing evidence of the things that...

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The Quiet Town of Tipton

GUP TEAM - 10/12/15

Every time you turn on the news, articles surrounding the Muslim faith seem to take up most headlines, from ISIS waging war in Syria, to calls to ban the burka. The depiction of Islam as a violent faith in the media means it is unsurprising that many p...

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Casita de Turrón

GUP TEAM - 10/12/15

Adolescence and its associated difficulties are nearly universally experienced and yet, these years of emotional, awkward exploits are typically swept under the rug as soon as they’re passed, rarely to be revisited again...

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Find A Fallen Star

GUP TEAM - 10/7/15
German photographer Regine Petersen’s (b. 1976) recent publication, Find a Fallen Star, looks at the places where meteorites have struck the earth, and the people who discovered them. Petersen’s fascination with meteorites started when she came across an image ...

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Écho De Lumière

GUP TEAM - 10/6/15

Daily life can seem at any given point poetic or mundane, imbued with lightness or weighted down with darkness. Through grainy black and white images, the new book En Écho De Lumière serves as a visual diary for Montpellier-based photographer Fabien Pio (1988). Expressing his daily experiences ...

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At the Edge of the World

GUP TEAM - 10/1/15

Sculptor Alain Laboile (1968) adapts his skill fluently to the photographic medium as he documents his family life in a small village in the southwest of France. Though Laboile’s six children are of the modern world, the series embeds itself timelessly in the carefree spirit of...

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Sentience

GUP TEAM - 09/29/15
In today’s hectic society, it is rare to take a moment to reflect on thoughts and emotions. As a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, Edinburgh-based photographer Wojtek Kutyla aims to give his reader time to do this in his new book Sentie...

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Midnight Sun

GUP TEAM - 09/17/15
Memory is a fickle, unpredictable thing. Small and insignificant details can be held in the mind for years, whereas important information slips through and is lost in the blink of an eye. Russian artist Alla Mirovskaya reflect...

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Norilsk

GUP TEAM - 09/15/15

Isolated, with few roads in, Norilsk is the northernmost city of the world – subfreezing temperatures and the highest pollution levels in Russia make the city a tough place to live, though it has more than 175,000 inhabitants. Estonian photographer Alexander Gronsk...

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ON

GUP TEAM - 09/11/15

Eamonn Doyle (1969, Republic of Ireland) takes us through Dublin’s main high streets in his second publication ON. Doyle’s street photography boldly interacts with strangers creating garish and powerful figures in his black and white portrayals. Document...

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Rifugio

GUP TEAM - 09/10/15

Twelve million Christians are estimated to live in the Middle East – a diminished number, considering the millions that have relocated to North America, Europe and Australia due to religious persecution. Photojournalist Linda Dorigo and journalist Andrea Milluzzi...

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Two-Frame Films

GUP TEAM - 09/5/15
 It is said that there is a fine line between film and photography. In 2006, filmmaker Luke Fowler(1978, Glasgow) borrowed an Olympus Pen F to document his artist residency in Bamburg, Germany. Fowler created the double images by using a half-c...

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Catch

GUP TEAM - 09/2/15

The ‘decisive moment’ is a concept attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson, reflecting his philosophy of street photography to select the intuitive moment at which to freeze time, in order to capture an action at the apex of its curvature.

German photographer Wolfgang Zurborn ...

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Timekeepers

GUP TEAM - 09/1/15

Timekeepers is a study of time, anachronism and nostalgia through the imagery and object of a photobook. Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič (1982) travelled to Yi County in China, taking portraits of peasants in their living rooms. The images immediatel...

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Face

GUP TEAM - 08/26/15

Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden (1948, USA) gets right in your face. Working in colour (as opposed to his classically known black and white work), Gilden produced a series of extreme close-up portraits, collecting characteristic faces from the USA, England ...

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Life Is One, Live It Well

By Erik Vroons - 08/5/15

The original joint might no longer exist as documented by Anders Petersen in the 1970s, but like any great port town Hamburg still hosts plenty of evasive yet gaudy locations that lean towards the iconic Cafe Lehmnitz. Henrik Malmstrom (1983, Finland), being a resident of the St.Georg district in...

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A Minor Wrong Doing

by Erik Vroons - 08/4/15

Not existential mystery, but a hypnotic conjuring act is what is at the core of Henrik Malmström’s gusto of using a cheap digital camera to make underexposed snapshots from his living room window in St. Georg, Hamburg.

The notorious street where he settled dow...

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Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries

GUP TEAM - 07/7/15

“There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell.” – Edgar Allen Poe

Halloween has a long tradition but the form that is so well known today is an amalgamation of many different customs from acros...

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The Cicada’s Song

GUP TEAM - 07/2/15

Right from the cover it starts: a piercing bright circle draws us in with its solitary glow. Are we looking at a light at the end of salvation, or are we trapped and just experiencing a small peephole to the outside world, one that is too far to reach? Following this image is a full bleed black i...

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Belongs to Joe

GUP TEAM - 06/25/15
The story of Joe began in Lars Von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac. A difficult story about a woman (played by actress Charlotte Gainsbourg) struggling with nymphomania, it held contradictions of personality as its central theme: can anybody truly...

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1972

GUP TEAM - 06/18/15

In the year 1972, the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo was completed. The tower is an experimental apartment complex designed with 140 removable capsules, embodying the future of urban living, as envisioned by architect Kisho Kurokawa at that moment in post-war Japan. In the b...

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Lâmo Lâva

GUP TEAM - 06/15/15

Zürich-based visual artist Melanie Matthieu (1989, Belgium) takes us on a mystical walk through the French Alps in her publication Lâmo Lâva. Based on the pilgrimage site Our Lady of La Salette, where an apparition of a weeping woman is said to have appeared to two children in 1846, the book m...

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Moduru Okinawa

GUP TEAM - 06/13/15

When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the small island of Okinawa, which had served as an American military base, exploded in collective euphoria. During the next five years, Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima (1954, Nagano) photographed Koza City, where thi...

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THE GARDENER

GUP TEAM - 06/11/15

Polish photographer Jan Brykczynski spent a year travelling between Nairobi, New York, Warsaw, and Yerevan in order to document urban gardens, seeking the link between our increasingly disconnected rural and urban lifestyles. Brykczynski, who is an urban dwe...

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Perspectives Part 1

GUP TEAM - 06/5/15

The daily life of a pig may seem like a topic ripe for an idyllic book, full of countryside and pig sties, however, the pig-life at the focus of Perspectives Part 1, a new book from Fabian Zapatka (1978, Germany), is unfortunately not quite so normal. Then again, perhaps that is ...

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Metropole

GUP TEAM - 05/27/15

British photographer Lewis Bush (1988) looks in his ninth monograph Metropole at an imagined future of London. Captured during walks through his city of birth, the book’s images depict London as an increasingly unaffordable and unfamiliar city. As Bush’s...

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Hotel Immagine

GUP TEAM - 05/21/15

Simone Donati, member and co-founder of the collective Terraproject, has travelled around Italy for the last few years in search of ‘events’ that, each in their own unique way, define the collective identity of the country of his birth. The resulting publication, Hotel Immagine, is a vernacul...

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ENSEMBLES ASSEMBLED: IN FULL COLOR

GUP TEAM - 05/1/15

Katrin Korfmann travels around the world to festivals and carnivals, though not to participate in the colourful and enthusiastic cultural practices. Instead, she chooses to hover above them with a camera, granting herself and the viewers a god-like vi...

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When I Was Six

GUP TEAM - 04/23/15

When Phillip Toledano (b. 1968, London) was six years old, his older sister Claudia (age nine) died in an accident. Forty years later, he looks through a box of envelopes and folders of mementos from Claudia’s life – things that he had never seen before – that was left behind by his parents...

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Inshallah

GUP TEAM - 04/9/15

Inshallah, the first monograph of Ukrainian-American photographer Dima Gavrysh (1978), contains grainy black and white images of war. The large format of the book, with a thick cardboard cover, makes leafing through it literally a heavy experience. However, t...

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Burning Down the House

GUP TEAM - 03/30/15

An extensive history exists of photobooks that capture the ongoing graffiti movement. Dating back to 1984, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s seminal graffiti photobook, Subway Art, serves as legitimization for one of the four definitive and integral pillars of hip hop culture: DJing, MCing...

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Sound of Midnight

GUP TEAM - 03/26/15

French photographer Clément Paradis (1983) writes in the introduction to Sound of Midnight that he realised in his teens that all he wanted to do was party. Triggered by reading Bret Easton Elis’s Glamorama – a book of satire that meant to serve as a warning against celebrity culture and...

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SONGBOOK

GUP TEAM - 02/25/15

From 2012-2014, American photographer Alec Soth (b. 1969) travelled across the USA to find out what social interaction means in an age of virtual connections. During the trip Soth self-published a series of seven newspapers—the ̶...

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