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Ayami Nishimura
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2012 - Pages: 96
As part of his unique series of beauty books, also including Alex Box and Caroline Saulnier, photographer Rankin and makeup artist Ayami Nishimura present a revolutionary collection of beauty portraits. Ayami Nishimura is a beauty book unlike any other. Highlighting the talents of two forward thinkers, it moves beyond mere beauty photography into the realm of high art. Ayami Nishimura has made a name for herself transforming high profile clients. She has worked with some of the best-known celebrities, and her work has appeared in the pages of illustrious fashion magazines all over the world. Here, Ayami presents her most directional work yet. Given free reign to express herself, her elaborate and whimsical creations open a window into a fantasy world. Her vivid imagination transforms models into sculptures: mythical, jewel-encrusted creations of rainbow and gold. Rankin has captured Ayami's highly conceptual work, realising her visions in a glistening dreamscape. Together Rankin and Ayami Nishimura have produced a stunning book that showcases two incredibly talented artists at their absolute best.
 
Caroline Saulnier
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2012 - Pages: 100
Photographer Rankin and makeup artist Caroline Saulnier, two of the most respected practitioners of their respective professions, have come together to create a beauty book of unprecedented artistry. As part of Rankin's unique series of three beauty books, also including Alex Box and Ayami Nishimura, this special collaboration showcases the talent and strong aesthetic styles of both artists in a series of sensual, visually compelling images. In the last 25 years, Caroline Saulnier has developed from technical excellence to conceptual visionary, working as successfully on editorial as on commercial campaigns. Saulnier's style is classical and avant-garde, in equal measure; she experiments with unusual texture and bold pigment to create amazing works of art. Her work draws on the unique features and imperfections of her models as inspiration.
 
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Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2013 - Pages: 368
One of the most compelling celebrity photographers of his generation, Rankin brings a charged vitality to all the subjects he portrays. Never afraid to break with convention, he always brings a distinctive artistry to his saucy and irreverent interpretations of sex and glamour. This comprehensive overview combines the best of his work from the worlds of fashion, music and the media.
 
Myths, Monsters and Legends
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin and Damien Hirst
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2011 - Pages: 72
In this unique art book and epic collaboration, long-term friends, photographer Rankin and artist Damien Hirst, leverage their respective creative mediums and shared dark wit. Inspired by their conversations around myths, monsters and legends, they decided to extend their exploration of the subject by creating something tangible. When Rankin met one of Hirst's favourite subjects, the pair gained a third collaborator in model, Dani Smith. Originating from Damien's fascination with the ancient world, and with Rankin keen to push himself creatively beyond the constraints of the expected fashion and beauty photography, the trio worked together to create menacing beasts and ethereal creatures from other times. This is an exploration of imagined narratives and the monsters of the ancient world, viewed through a modern lens. It will appeal to people who have an eye for high art and an appreciation of the surreal. This publication accompanies an exhibition of the same name, showing in London and Los Angeles in Autumn 2011.
 
Open
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2011 - Pages: 144
In May 2011, Rankin visited the East and West Coasts of the USA with his biggest stateside exhibition to date - Open Rankin. The show is the culmination of 20 years of work; combining fashion portraiture, beauty, erotica, and the new medium of fashion films. As well as accompanying the exhibition, this beautiful hardback offers a comprehensive overview of Rankin's career
 
Painting Pretty Pictures
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2013 - Pages: 368
One of the most compelling celebrity photographers of his generation, Rankin brings a charged vitality to all the subjects he portrays. Never afraid to break with convention, he always brings a distinctive artistry to his saucy and irreverent interpretations of sex and glamour. This comprehensive overview combines the best of his work from the worlds of fashion, music and the media.
 
Portraits
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2010 - Pages: 352
This coffee-table photography book will not only be a bible in the library of any photography enthusiast but will also fascinate anyone with an interest in celebrity. Over a career spanning more than two decades, Rankin has photographed some of the world's most famous faces. From the Queen, to supermodels Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum, from actress Kiera Knightley to music legends U2, Kylie, Madonna, from comic genius Ricky Gervais to acting royalty Angelica Houston and Robert Downey Junior...'Portraits' brings together some of Rankin's most recognisable and iconic images as well as a collection of previously unseen shots. 'Portraits' is the photo album of a generation.
 
Spirit of Ecstasy
Artist: John Rankin
Author: Rankin
Publisher: Rankin Photography
Year: 2012 - Pages: 232
In celebration of the centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy - the legendary motorcar figurine - photographer Rankin and luxury car company Rolls Royce unite to re-imagine the 'flying lady' in a contemporary way. Over the course of a year, Rankin captured 100 images, one for every year of the Spirit of Ecstasy's history.Taking inspiration from the original story, which is shrouded in mystery and romance, Rankin incorporated a variety of themes associated with the mascot into his stunning portraits: the beauty of age, power and confidence of femininity, grace and effortless speed. Having been exhibited at a range of events all over the world throughout 2011, the complete collection of photographs is now presented in this exclusive, limited edition book.
 
The Lines
Author: Edward Ranney
Publisher: YU Art Gallery
Year: 2014 - Pages: 88
Edward Ranney (b. 1942) is one of the most distinguished photographers of the Peruvian landscape. In 1985 Ranney began photographing the Nazca lines, a series of monumental geoglyphs that stretch across an arid plateau in southern Peru. Created by the Nazca culture more than 2,000 years ago, the lines have perplexed archeologists and inspired scores of visual artists. While most clearly seen from the air in a plane or helicopter, these lines offer an even more awe-inspiring experience when viewed from the ground—Ranney's chosen vantage for his large-format photographs.
 
TRANSIT
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Year: 2011 - Pages: 192
Espen Rasmussen. Espen Rasmussen is picture editor at Norway's biggest newspaper VG. He constantly works on documentary projects, and has focussed particularly on social issues and climate change. For the last seven years he has worked on this long term project TRANSIT. Rasmussen has worked with NGOs, such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR, as well as on stories for VG. He has won many awards for his work, including two at World Press Photo, seven at Pictures of the Year International and twenty six in the Norwegian Picture of the Year. In 2008, Photo District News (USA) named him one of the most promising young photographers in the world.
 
American Colour 1962-1965
Author: Tony Ray-Jones
Publisher: Mack
Year: 2013 - Pages: 80
 
Man Ray
Artist: Man Ray
Author: Man Ray, Manfred Heiting
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Year: 2012 - Pages: 192
Man Ray (1890-1976) is indisputably one of the most original artists of the 20th century. His revolutionary nude studies, fashion work, and portraits opened a new chapter in the history of photography. Born under the name of Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia, he began his artistic career in New York. In 1921 he moved to Paris, where he was enthusiastically welcomed into Dadaist and Surrealist circles. Man Ray experimented tirelessly with new photographic techniques, multiple exposure, rayography, and solarization being some of his most famous. Erotic, playful, and sometimes sinister, his compositions show unusual bodies and objects: strange, striking images that transform our perceptions of reality. This collection of famous, lesser known, and unknown works fully illustrates Man Ray's singular visionary power.
 
Man Ray
Artist: Man Ray
Author: Guido Comis, Marco Franciolli
Publisher: Skira
Year: 2011 - Pages: 330
An exciting monograph dedicated to an extraordinary figure and one of last century’s most famous and influential artists. Man Ray (1890-1976) was a photographer, painter, and creator of objects, experimental films, and images which were at times enigmatic. This catalog, which presents more than 200 works and compares and contrasts images with biographical details, is divided into three main sections: Man Ray’s formative years spent between New York and an artists’ colony in Ridgefield, New Jersey; the Paris period; and the period spent between Hollywood and Paris, France-the city he ultimately chose to adopt as his home. The publication describes the creation of some of his most famous pieces and the motifs-very often of females-that inspired the works. Man Ray’s life was marked by a succession of love affairs with famous and intriguing women, and this catalog dedicates several sections to this topic. The book also deals with the themes permeating Man Ray’s work throughout the years, such as his passion for chess, the relationship between reality and illusion, and experimental photography and film. Comparisons are also made with the works of some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp, and Francis Picabia.
 
Man Ray Portraits
Artist: Man Ray
Author: Terence Pepper, Helen Trompeteler,
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2013 - Pages: 224
The artist May Ray (1890–1976) initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art, but it became one of his preferred mediums. As a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements in Paris during the 1920s, Man Ray was perfectly placed to make defining images of his avant-garde contemporaries, including Jean Cocteau, Peggy Guggenheim, and Gertrude Stein. Man Ray also photographed his friends and lovers, among them Kiki de Montparnasse (Alice Prin), Lee Miller, who helped him discover the solarization printing process, and Ady Fidelin. Man Ray continued to take portrait photographs throughout his career, including little-known images from 1940s Hollywood, and of stars such as Ava Gardner and Catherine Deneuve taken during the 1950s and 1960s. An essential reference on Man Ray’s life and work, this book includes an introduction by Terence Pepper and essay by Marina Warner exploring the artist’s creativity and appetite for innovation and experimentation. Complete with first-hand testimonies from the artist’s sitters and over 200 beautifully reproduced images, this handsome volume provides a survey of the finest portraits from one of the most inventive photographic artists of the 20th century.
 
Photographs by Man Ray: 105 Works, 1920-1934
Artist: Man Ray
Publisher: Dover Publications
Year: 1980 - Pages: 128
Rich selection of various techniques include over and under exposure, shooting through fabric, superimposing images, and zeroing in on tiny details. Photographs are divided into general subjects, female figures (mainly nudes); women's faces (including Gertrude Stein); celebrity portraits (Dali, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, and others); and rayographs, cameraless compositions created by resting objects on unexposed film.
 
A Long Walk Home
Artist: Eli Reed
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Year: 2015 - Pages: 352
Award-winning documentary photographer Eli Reed's "long walk" has been a journey that has taken him from a low-income housing project in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Harvard University and to membership in the elite international photojournalists' collective, Magnum Photos. Reed's quest to understand "what it means to be a human being" has given him an extraordinary empathy with the people he photographs, whether they are Lost Boys in Sudan, the poor in America, or actors in Hollywood. In a photographic career spanning five decades, Reed has been the recipient of a World Understanding Award from POYi (Pictures of the Year International), Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary, World Press Award, Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club Award, and a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, as well as a runner-up for a Pulitzer Prize.
 
Black in America
Artist: Eli Reed
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 1997 - Pages: 160
Noted Magnum photographer Eli Reed's provocative and often poignant portrait of black life in America. Eli Reed has been documenting the black experience in America from the first time he began taking pictures. Now a member of Magnum, the prestigious photojournalist's cooperative, he is known for his unflinching coverage of events both large and small. Here we see tender moments between parents and children contrasted with the Los Angeles riots. The joy of a wedding follows the sorrow and anger at the funeral of Yusef Hawkins in Brooklyn. The deceptive innocence of rural life balances the tensions of the urban drug scene. And a 104-year-old woman contemplates her life a few pages away from the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. There is truth in Reed's work, as well as anger, and compassion. These images communicate to us--sometimes as gently as a kiss and sometimes as cruelly as a bullet. They are part of Eli Reed's America--and ours.
 
Leni Reifenstahl: Africa
Author: Leni Reifenstahl
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2010 - Pages: 320
When she was in her early sixties, Leni Riefenstahl began traveling frequently to the African continent, where she has worked on various film and photography projects over the last half century. Her favorite destination was in Sudan, where she lived with and photographed the Nuba tribespeople, learning their language and becoming their friend. The Nuba were a loving and peaceful people who welcomed Riefenstahl as one of their own. Her images of the Nuba, as well as of the Dinka, Shilluk, Masai, and other tribes, are gathered in this monumental book. Riefenstahl remembers her experiences in Africa as the happiest moments in her life. Her beautiful, skilled photographs represent a landmark in the extraordinary career of the 20th century's most unforgettable artistic pioneer.
 
Manhattan Sunday
Author: Richard Renaldi
Publisher: Aperture
Year: 2016 - Pages: 164
Manhattan Sunday is part homage to a slice of New York nightlife, and part celebration of New York as palimpsest-an evolving form onto which millions of people have and continue to project their ideal selves and ideal lives. In the essay that accompanies his photographs, Richard Renaldi describes his experiences as a young man in the late 1980s who had recently embraced his gay identity, and of finding a home in "the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape, and then finally daybreak," each offering a "transformation of Manhattan from the known world into a dreamscape of characters acting out their fantasies on a grand stage." Drawing heavily on his personal subcultural pathways, Renaldi captures that ethereal moment when Saturday night bleeds into Sunday morning across the borough of Manhattan. This collection of portraits, landscapes, and club interiors evokes the vibrant nighttime rhythms of a city that persists in both its decadence and its dreams, despite beliefs to the contrary. Manhattan Sunday is a personal memoir that also offers a reflection the city's evolving identity-one that still carries with it and cherishes the echoes of its past.
 
Touching Strangers
Author: Richard Renaldi
Publisher: Aperture
Year: 2014 - Pages: 120
Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format eight-by-ten-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers, for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society. Following an extremely successful Kickstarter effort which raised nine times its goal, Touching Strangers will have an extensive social media campaign. Visit touchingstrangers.org for more information.
 
Iowa
Author: Nancy Rexroth
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Year: 2017 - Pages: 168
In the early 1970s, Nancy Rexroth began photographing the rural landscapes, children, white frame houses, and domestic interiors of southeastern Ohio with a plastic toy camera called the Diana. Working with the camera's properties of soft focus and vignetting, and further manipulating the photographs by deliberately blurring or sometimes overlaying them, Rexroth created dreamlike, poetic images of "my own private landscape, a state of mind." She called this state IOWA because the photographs seemed to reference her childhood summer visits to relatives in Iowa. Rexroth self-published her evocative images in 1977 in the book IOWA, and the photographic community responded immediately and strongly to the work. Aperture published a portfolio of IOWA images in a special issue, The Snapshot, alongside the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and Emmet Gowin. The International Center for Photography, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution included IOWA images in group exhibitions. Forty years after its original publication, IOWA has become a classic of fine art photography, a renowned demonstration of Rexroth's ability to fashion a world of surprising aesthetic possibilities using a simple, low-tech dollar camera. Long out of print and highly prized by photographers and photobook collectors, IOWA is now available in a hardcover edition that includes twenty-two previously unpublished images. Accompanying the photographs are a new foreword by Magnum photographer and book maker Alec Soth and an essay by internationally acclaimed curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, who affirms the continuing power and importance of IOWA within the photobook genre. New postscripts by Nancy Rexroth and Mark L. Power, who wrote the essay in the first edition, complete the volume.
 
Bettina Rheims: Gender Studies
Year: 2014
Twenty years after Modern Lovers, a body of work on androgyny and transgender created when AIDS was at its peak, Bettina Rheims now presents her Gender Studies. She writes: “Yesterday, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was strolling along the Seine trying to reach the right bank. Paris was full of police cars blocking access to the bridges, while masses of people, “normal families,” were rushing towards the center of town. They were carrying aggressive banners displaying homophobic and racist statements, and refused to acknowledge the existence of “gender theory.” Three years earlier I had placed an ad on Facebook encouraging young men and women who felt “different” to contact my studio. We received dozens of replies, from all over the world, like faraway calls wanting to be heard. It was my aim to show them and give them a voice―to acknowledge them. They came to the studio, exposed themselves shyly, and I photographed them just like that.” In the light of current controversial debates on gender theory, Rheims’ models display remarkable courage by questioning, modifying and celebrating their identities.
 
Bonkers!
Publisher: Steidl
Year: 2014 - Pages: 95
In Bonkers! A Fortnight in London, Bettina Rheims continues to explore the cities that inspire her. After Paris―featured in many of her books―and Shanghai, Rheims now indulges in the wild eccentricities of London, surrounding herself with models, actresses and other beauties on the go―in between catwalks, concerts and parties. Together the women play with the toys and tools of their trade: fashion accessories and costumes thrown into the mix by none other than Vivienne Westwood, lewd disguises and blatant nudity. Bonkers! is a dim, surreal world of female self-expression and eroticism.
 
I.N.R.I.
Author: Bettina Rheims, Serge Bramly
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Year: 1999 - Pages: 218
I.N.R.I.: Iesus Nazareus Rex Iuderoum; Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. The story of Jesus has been continually reinvented and reinterpreted, in fact and in fiction, over the course of the last two millennia. Yet the visual iconography has remained largely that of the Renaissance. Now, at the turn of the twenty-first century, writer Serge Bramly and photographer Bettina Rheims have turned to photography -- the most contemporary of art forms -- as well as to the original biblical texts and legends to present the life and death of Jesus in a series of stunning tableaux and an evocative, meaningful text.

The words of the apostles are retold in contemporary and accessible language, at once a rereading, synthesis, transposition, and commentary on the four gospels. In the photographs, characters such as Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene are placed in sites ranging from the beautiful island of Majorca, Spain, to an abandoned hospital on the outskirts of Paris. Jesus' birth occurs in a rough garage, where he is attended not only by the three kings but by people drawn from the surrounding streets; his miracles and cures address the ailments of all times; the Sermon on the Mount is a dramatic piece of performance art; and his crucifixion is that of every man, and every woman. Bramly and Rheims' re-creation of the ancient story is a true modern icon.
 
Rheims: Rose, c
Author: Bettina Rheims, Serge Bramly
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2011 - Pages: 368
Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly's Rose, c'est Paris is both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film on DVD. This extraordinary work of art, in two different but interlocking and complementary formats, defies easy categorization. For in this multi-layered opus of poetic symbolism, photographer Bettina Rheims and writer Serge Bramly evoke the City of Light in a completely novel way: this is a Paris of surrealist visions, confused identities, artistic phantoms, unseen manipulation, obsession, fetish, and seething desire.
 
I for Imagine
Artist: Marc Riboud
Author: Catherine Chaine, Marc Riboud
Publisher: Tara Books
Year: 2011 - Pages: 160
"A moving photographic journey around the world with images of extraordinary political struggle and ordinary moments of humanity, wonder, and imagination...The book provides dual pleasure--the beauty of the photographs themselves and the resilience they so frequently depict--and how the interplay of image and text can produce a dizzying range of responses." - Publishers Weekly The alphabet book becomes a playful dimension through which to view the powerful images of master photographer Marc Riboud. The alphabets here are pointers, at once sharpening and diffusing meaning, taking us through landscapes marked by memory and history. Marc Riboud has published widely, including well known books like The Three Banners of China; Photographs from Home and Abroad; Huang Shan, Capital of Heaven; Angkor, the Serenity of Buddhism; and Marc Riboud in China. Numerous museums throughout Europe, as well as the United States, China and Japan regularly show his work. His many awards include two Overseas Press Club awards, the Time-Life Achievement, the Lucie Award, and the ICP Infinity Award.
 
Marc Riboud
Artist: Marc Riboud
Author: Annick Cojean, Marc Riboud
Publisher: Flammarion
Year: 2014 - Pages: 200
The official monograph of Marc Riboud’s photography, created in collaboration witht he photographer, has been augmented with twenty-five additional images. Marc Riboud traveled the world recording the harmony of landscapes and the beauty in faces from Angkor to Istanbul, India to Bangladesh, and New York to China. From a painter poised like a dancer on the metal girders of the Eiffel Tower to a young woman bravely facing down a rank of riflemen in protest against the Vietnam War, Riboud’s photographs reveal his deep insight into humanity, his compassion for the human struggle, and an insatiable desire to understand the plights, triumphs, and daily life of others. While many of his photographs depict the anguish of war, others catch the evanescent delight of a swim in a sun-dappled river or children learning to whistle in a Shanghai street. An exhibition of Riboud’s photography will open at New York’s Rubin Museum on October 17, 2014.
 
Marc Riboud: 50 Years of Photograph
Artist: Marc Riboud
Publisher: Flammarion
Year: 2004 - Pages: 176
Surprises of every kind lie in wait for the photographer - they open the eyes and quicken the heartbeat of those with a passion for looking. Published to coincide with a major retrospective of Marc Riboud's work, this is the first work in English devoted to the entire career of this outstanding twentieth-century photojournalist. Riboud has created some of the iconic images of our time: workmen balanced like dancers on the powerful metal girders of the Eiffel Tower; a young Vietnam war protester facing down a rank of riflemen with a flower in her hand.
 
Marc Riboud: To Asia
Artist: Marc Riboud
Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral
Year: 2012 - Pages: 320
In the spring of 1955, the celebrated French photographer Marc Riboud (born 1923) bought an old Land Rover from George Rodger (the British photojournalist) and set out for Calcutta. Reared on his father's stories of traveling, Riboud was keen to strike out into unfamiliar terrain and see as much of the Middle East and Asia as possible. He first stopped in Istanbul, traveled through the rural landscapes of Cappadocia and Anatolia, and then headed across Persia, into Afghanistan, where he made extended forays into its tribal regions. In 1956, he arrived in India, the length and breadth of which he travelled for nearly a year, from Calcutta and Darjeeling in the East to Delhi and Rajasthan in the west, then south to Bombay, and north to Varanasi and into Nepal. It was from Nepal that he entered Communist China, as one of a handful of Westerners to obtain a visa at this time. Riboud ended his "Grand Tour" in Japan in 1958, eventually returning to France with thousands of photographs. This five-volume box set gathers together a sprawling visual journal from Riboud's three-year odyssey, with images ranging from architectural photographs to portraits of hospitable locals.
 
Dorchester Days
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2000 - Pages: 108
The original Dorchester Days is a classic self-published edition, chronicling life in Eugene Richards' home town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in the 1970s. Although all the photographs are taken within a few streets of each other, the book represents a snapshot of small town America in the 1970s, and as such has a far more wide-reaching resonance. Racial tension, violence, poverty and crime: it is a powerful portrayal of a town and a nation in a state of transition and decline. In this new and revised edition Richards reorders and expands the book from the original edition, tackling subjects such as racism and the Ku Klux Klan head-on in a way that he did not feel able to pursue at the time of the original publication.
 
Eugene Richards: Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue
Publisher: Aperture
Year: 2005 - Pages: 160
This is a compelling portrait of three communities blighted by drugs and isolation: East New York, North Philadelphia, and the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, New York. With a chilling and informative afterword by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a pediatric AIDS physician in Harlem, Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue reveals how first steps toward solutions to overcome the drug trade have actually contributed to public denial and further isolation of the trapped communities. Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue is a history of our times, a terrifying document that will educate us and promote dialogue.
 
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Publisher: Many Voices Press
Year: 2014 - Pages: 112
The Arkansas Delta has been called at different times the soul of the South, the land of opportunity, a place ruled by race, a forgotten place. Eugene Richards (born 1944) first went to the delta as a VISTA volunteer in 1969. It was less than a year after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a time when cotton, religion, prejudice and poverty were what characterized most peoples' lives. Increasingly drawn to this both sorrowful and beautiful place, Richards would stay for more than four years, working as a social worker and reporter until the community service organization and newspaper he helped found were forced to close their doors. But over the years he would keep returning. Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down is a book that speaks of remembrance and change, of struggle and privation, of loving and loss, of then and now.
 
The Blue Room
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2008 - Pages: 168
Eugene Richards was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in English and journalism, he studied photography with Minor White at MIT. In 1968 he became a health care advocate in eastern Arkansas. Two years later, he helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper, Many Voices, that reported on black political action and the Ku Klux Klan. After publication of his first two books, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta (1973) and Dorchester Days (self-published in 1978), Richards was invited to become a nominee at Magnum. He was a member until he departed in 1995, returned to the cooperative in 2002, and departed for a second time in 2005.
 
The Fat Baby
Author: Eugene Richards
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Incorporated
Year: 2004 - Pages: 432
The Fat Baby is a selection of 17 "stories" that photographer Eugene Richards (b. 1944), member of Magnum since 1981, has produced since the early 1990s. Working mainly as a photo-journalist, Richards has covered various events around the globe for different magazines since the early 1970s. Each of the stories selected for this book is composed of 2 to 20 photographs and a text, all by Eugene Richards. Altogether, these various stories compose the first comprehensive monograph on the work of the photographer since the early 1990s. The Fat Baby received his title from one of the stories included in this book, about a village in Niger hit by famine and where a baby was surprisingly born fat. Composed of black-and-white photographs and texts, this story, like all the other stories included in this book, is a photography-based piece to which Eugene Richards later added text, in order to narrate more precisely the event depicted in the photographs, and to share his own perception and memory of the event. For this book Eugene Richards selected, out of all the photographs he shot since the early 1990s (whether assigned by a magazine or of his own initiative), 17 stories that are among the most significant to him. The topics of each story, as well as the geographical area each covers, vary widely, and range from gay parenthood in Arizona to a war hospital in Bosnia, from a youth homicide in Chicago to a mental institution in Mexico.
 
The Run-On of Time
Publisher: Nelson Atkins
Year: 2017 - Pages: 232
Eugene Richards (b. 1944) is a documentary photographer known for his powerful, unflinching exploration of contemporary social issues from the early 1970s to the present. This handsome book is the first comprehensive and critical look at Richards’s lifelong achievements. Reproduced in tritone and color, the extraordinary images in this volume explore complicated and controversial subjects, including racism, poverty, drug addiction, cancer, aging, the effects of war and terrorism, and the erosion of rural America. The authors of the book situate Richards’s work in the long photographic tradition that merges personal artistic vision with documentary practice, following in the tradition of W. Eugene Smith and Robert Frank.
 
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Artist: Herb Ritts
Author: Herb Ritts, Paul Martineau
Publisher: Getty Publications
Year: 2012 - Pages: 224
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts was sought out by leading fashion designers such as Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Versace, as well as magazine editors from GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others, to lend glamour to their products and layouts. Largely self-taught, Ritts developed his own style, one that often made use of the California light and landscape and helped to separate his work from his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts’s ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
 
Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer
Artist: Herb Ritts
Author: Charles Churchward
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2010 - Pages: 320
The definitive book on the life of the legendary photographer Herb Ritts, with never-before-seen images and interviews with his closest confidants. At the time of his death in 2002, Herb Ritts was among the most celebrated photographers in celebrity portraiture, fashion, and music videos. During a career that spanned nearly thirty years, he was virtually in a league of his own in terms of style and productivity. Ritts was Hollywood royalty, as were his closest friends and the subjects he photographed. The Golden Hour reveals for the first time the personal aspects of Ritts’s world, work, and legacy. The book includes many never-before-seen photographs and scores of interviews from business associates, curators, staff, lovers, and family, such as Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Madonna, Calvin Klein, and Christopher Buckley (Ritts’s college roommate). The book includes images from Ritts’s personal archive—behind the scenes at photo shoots, parties, travels, intimate portraits, and moments with friends—along with notes and contact sheets that show how ideas became his best-known iconic images.
 
Rodchenko
Author: Peter MacGill, Gerhard Steidl
Publisher: Steidl
Year: 2012 - Pages: 104
For many years respected gallerists Peter MacGill, Rudolf Kicken and Edwynn Houk have been collecting Aleksandr Rodchenko's photographs. This book is a curated selection of these images, mostly reproduced at their original sizes. The hallmarks of Rodchenko's inimitable Constructivist-influenced vision are here to see, regardless of whether he is photographing people, architecture or machinery: bold diagonals, abstract shapes and moving objects cutting through space.
 
Rodchenko - Photography
Author: Alexander Laruentjev
Publisher: Konemann
Year: 1998 - Pages: 344
This is the most complete volume published outside of Russia to capture the photographic work of Alexander Rodchenko, one of the former Soviet Union's greatest artists.
 
Humanity and Inhumanity
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Incorporated
Year: 1999 - Pages: 320
Presents the pictures that define the photojournalist George Rodger's long career. The text includes a commentary on his life and work including such events as his experiences as the only photographer present at the liberation of Belsen and his decision to join Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and Robert Capa in founding the picture-agency Magnum Photos. It also covers his 1948 expedition from Cape Town to Cairo by road on a journey which led him to create images of African tribes almost untouched by European influences.
 
Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the
Author: Joseph Rodriguez
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Year: 2017 - Pages: 200
When Brooklyn-raised photographer Joseph Rodriguez first debuted his body of work shot in Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, it changed the face of documentary photography. Grit, elegy, celebration, pride, lurking cataclysm—all embedded in the portrait of a place and the people. Now, three decades later, Rodriguez and powerHouse Books are revisiting that groundbreaking series: unearthing huge new caches of images, and re-editing and showcasing the body of work in a beautiful, deluxe monograph, reframing the project as one that pushed beyond documentary into the realm of fine art. Over 30 years since the project began, Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the 80s finally brings this unparalleled endeavor to fruition. Spanish Harlem, New York’s oldest barrio, is the U.S. mecca where Puerto Ricans first established themselves in the 1940s. One of America's most vital centers of Latino culture, Spanish Harlem is home to 125,000 people, half of whom are Latino. Shot in the mid-to-late 80s, Joseph Rodriguez’s superb photographs bring us into the core of the neighborhood, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. In a now-distant landscape littered with abandoned buildings, ominous alleyways, and the plague of addiction, the residents of Spanish Harlem persevered with flamboyant style and gritty self-reliance. The heart of the work comes from Rodriguez’s intimacy and access. The trust and familiarity he built with his subjects—repeated visits with no camera, then no photographing, then little by little, a peek here, a shot there—allowed him to transcend surface level sheen and exploitation to capture images that reveal the essence of the neighborhood and of the era. That access paired with a sharp eye for detail and composition, and the practiced and disciplined ability to find the perfect moment, led to the creation of an entirely unique and breathtaking narrative. From idyllic scenes of children playing under the sprinklers on the playground, or performing the Bomba Plena on “Old Timer’s Day,” to shocking images of men shooting up speedballs and children dying of AIDS, Rodriguez reveals a day in the life of the barrio in the 1980s.
 
La Vie en Passant
Artist: Willy Ronis
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Year: 2004 - Pages: 112
This major monograph of one of France's greatest living photographers features a selection of the most important images from a long and distinguished career. For more than half a century, Willy Ronis, recognized as an outstanding photographer of Parisian scenes, has also captured images of romance, charm and everyday life. His photographs were the first pictures by a Frenchman to appear in Life magazine, and were also featured in Steichen's renowned Family of Man exhibit. Like his contemporaries Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau, Ronis is interested in the people of France - how they live and work - and in the ineffable qualities that make his country so appealing. His deep empathy for humankind gives his photographs a poignancy that sets them apart. More than 80 images are included in this beautiful tribute to a living legend.
 
Willy Ronis
Artist: Willy Ronis
Author: Willy Ronis, Jean Claude Gautrand
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2013 - Pages: 192
One of the great chroniclers of Parisian life in the 20th century Produced in close cooperation with Willy Ronis and featuring images from his archives, this book traces the career of one of France's most remarkable photographers, to whom, along with Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï, we owe our romantic vision of France. In Ronis's photos of Paris, the city is inseparable from the working class men, women, and children who inhabit its streets and cafes. He once described his approach to photography in five words: "patience, thinking, chance, form, and time." Working with available light, Ronis sought to capture the fleeting moments of everyday life, and his body of work documents, with timeless beauty and grace, the feel of French life in the 20th century.
 
A Map of the East
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
Year: 1999 - Pages: 132
In this illuminating book, featuring 105 color photographs, Rubinfien defines the character and idiosyncrasies of the Orient.
 
Wounded Cities
Publisher: Steidl
Year: 2008 - Pages: 300
One week before September 11, 2001, Leo Rubinfien, his wife and small children moved into a new apartment next door to the World Trade Center in New York. They witnessed the violence of that day close up, fled with the evacuees and later returned to a damaged home and a city whose wounds have remained open for years. The physical destruction in Manhattan was plain to all, but Rubinfien quickly understood that the hidden "mental wound" was the more profound one, and in 2002 he began to photograph in cities around the world that had suffered severely, in recent times, from terror attacks. Over five years he would visit locations that included London, Nairobi, Kuta Beach, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Colombo, looking intimately at the ordinary people of those cities and searching their faces to see how the anxious air of the terror era had touched and shaped their worlds. Wounded Cities combines 60 intensely evocative photographs from this project with a memoir in which Rubinfien explores the anguish and the political passions of September 11 and its repercussions in an intimate prose style akin to his photography. The book's unusual page design--every page is a fully printed gatefold--weaves Rubinfien's words and images into one of the most original hybrid books photography has produced.
 
And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise
Author: LaToya Ruby Frazier
Publisher: MAC'S Grand Hornu
Year: 2017 - Pages: 160
Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier (born 1982) grew up in Braddock, PA, a borough in the American Rust Belt ravaged by the steel-industry crisis that hit the US during the Reagan administration. In this former bastion of the steel industry, the artist was raised in her Afro-American family, whose story she told in The Notion of Family. Her 2016 residency at Grand-Hornu allowed her to pursue her work on postindustrial society in Belgium, turning her camera to the Borinage, a mining region whose intense activity in the 19th century was diminished by a series of crises that led to the closure of the last mine in 1976. Testimonies gathered by Frazier from the former miners and their families have resulted in And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise, an extensive collection of portraits, landscapes and still lifes.
 
Ed Ruscha: Los Angeles Apartments
Author: Ed Rusha
Publisher: Steidl
Year: 2013 - Pages: 160
This is the catalogue for Ed Ruscha's exhibition "Los Angeles Apartments" which will be held at the Kunstmuseum Basel from June till September 2013. In 1965, Ed Ruscha published Some Los Angeles Apartments, the third of his ongoing series of photographic books, and completed a group of ten related drawings that depict examples of the ubiquitous Southern California apartment building. The exhibition will show the preparatory studies for these drawings which were recently acquired by the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Kunstmuseum Basel. They are based directly on the photographs Ruscha made of the apartment buildings. Included also, are photographs from Ruscha's Gasoline Stations series of 1962, one of which served as a model for the painting of Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas of 1963. By immediately juxtaposing preparatory studies, drawings and photographs, Ruscha's working method is clearly highlighted and the significance of photography for his passage between abstraction and realism made evident.
 
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