4 Books I Pre-Ordered

January 21st, 2010

ToddHidoTodd Hido
A Road Divided
Nazraeli Press, 2010
14 x 17 inches, 64 pages, 28 four-color plates

HiroshiSugimotoHiroshi Sugimoto
Hatje Cantz, 2009/2010
10¼ x 11¼ inches, 396 pages, 229 color and tritone illustrations

Original edition published in 2005. This edition includes two new groups of work, Lightning Fields (2006) and Photogenic Drawings (2007).

LayFlat02MetaLay Flat 02: Meta
Edited by Shane Lavalette and Michael Bühler-Rose, 2010
Photographs by Claudia Angelmaier, Semâ Bekirovic, Charles Benton, Walead Beshty, Lucas Blalock, Talia Chetrit, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Jessica Eaton, Roe Ethridge, Stephen Gill, Daniel Gordon, David Haxton, Matt Keegan, Elad Lassry, Katja Mater, Laurel Nakadate, Lisa Oppenheim, Torbjørn Rødland, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Joachim Schmid, Penelope Umbrico, Useful Photography, Charlie White, Ann Woo and Mark Wyse.
7.75 x 10 inches, 104 pages, perfect bound

DaysWithMyFatherPhillip Toledano
Days With My Father
PQ Blackwell, 2010
92 pages

Lay Flat – Shane Lavalette

October 28th, 2009

layflat01_coverLay Flat 01: Remain in Light, edited by Shane Lavalette and Karly Wildenhaus, quickly sold out of their edition of 1000, published just this past January 2009. Now Lavalette, the founder and editor, is working with guest editor Michael Bühler-Rose for Lay Flat 02: Meta. The issue is centered around photographic work that is “conceptually engaged with the history, process and conventions of the medium itself.”

As with the first publication, some of the production costs of this collectible journal is funded by donations. Be part of this creative venture and support Lay Flat. Patrons contributing $50 or more by November 15 will receive a screen-printed Lay Flat tote bag. To donate electronically, visit www.layflat.org and click “DONATE” on the left. Any amount big or small will get you listed on the donor list which is turning out to be a “who’s who” of photography people.

Shane Lavalette has no shortage of ideas. Aside from being a photographer himself, he plans to release the first artist book from Lay Flat (as an independent imprint) in Summer of 2010 and has curated the exhibition Ladies and Gentleman at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University from November 1-November 29, 2009. LG_LavaletteFrom the website: “Ladies and Gentlemen consists of a selection of found studio portrait cards – 12 women and 12 men, each measuring approximately 4.5 x 6.5 in. – as collected by photographer Shane Lavalette. The cards were produced in the late 19th Century by various photographic studios around New England, many in Vermont where Lavalette is originally from. The images often depict subjects gazing out of the frame, frozen and lost in thought. Brought together, the photographs ask us to consider the personalities and roles of these individuals as well the blurred line of femininity/masculinity that exists on their surface.”

You can also follow Lavalette on his blog, Journal.

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