A meticulous and attentive treatment of the photographic image is a primary concern of the publishing house in all program areas. Additionally, the medium of photography has the status of an independent discipline. Artistic positions are just as much of interest as photo-journalism reportage. The criteria are authorship and artistic independence.
Desert of PharanUnofficial Histories Behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca
Through a series of photographs, Ahmed Mater charts the city’s origins to its more recent history over the last 5 years. It is a study of the site’s recent transformation—Mecca, until recently, embodied a unique urban tapestry, layered with histories that are stitched together by an abundance of organically rooted communities and cultures.
It is a place that accommodated not only sacred structures and sites but also huge fluctuations in population during Ramadan (up to 3 million visitors a year travel to Mecca for Eid and Hajj). More recently, these sites and communities have been eradicated and are being replaced with five-star-studded high rise developments, transforming it from an active metropolis to the world’s most exclusive, yet most visited religious tourist destination, refl ective of an unprecedented experimentation with architecture and its possible impact on social stratification.
This photographic essay is a celebration of Mecca's real and projected or imaginary states. It provides singular access to this site and its associated social and religious rituals, along with its architectural urban planned and proposed development.
17 x 24 cm, 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in, ca. 400 pages, ca. 400 images, Softcover (2016)
ISBN 978-3-03778-485-3€60.00 / $60.00 / £40.00
Like his previous publications, photographer Patrick Faigenbaum’s new book is dedicated to a specific terrain: the Bengali metropolis of Kolkata, which bore the name of Calcutta during its time as a British colony. Winning the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2013, made possible with the support of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, allowed the artist ( b. 1954 in Paris ) to pursue the project Kolkata – Calcutta, in collaboration with the art historian and critic Jean-François Chevrier. The photographs, which Faigenbaum began taking in the spring of 2011, make tangible how a visitor can’t help but be taken in completely by this overwhelming city. Detailed captions accompany the photographic sequences, while an interview with France Bhattacharya embeds the images in the Bengali culture. The historical profile of the chaotic metropolis and its close connection with the surrounding countryside are shown through the prism of figures from public life, rituals, and intimate landscapes.
ISBN 978-3-03778-464-8, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-469-3, f€45.00 / $49.00 / £35.00
French,€45.00 / $49.00 / £35.00
The Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean are often called “California’s Galapagos” and are home to one of the world’s largest colonies of nesting seabirds. It’s hard to imagine a better setting for Lukas Felzmann’s latest book. But the photographer is not interested here (only) in migratory birds, as in his previous book, Swarm (2011). He also looks at what the birds bring here from afar: swallowed objects the gulls carry in their stomachs from the coast to the island, only to then finally gather these treasures together in their nests on the Farallon Islands. Images of these magical objects, the “gull juju,” are joined by finely observed photographs of the research work carried out by scientists on the islands. Felzmann discovered during his stay that scientific work is imbued with its own kind of magic: in addition to uncovering similarities and differences between photographic and scientific documentation, he happened upon the scientists’ dream diaries. The book thus presents an archive of both visual and linguistic findings, in the process grappling with questions of transience, sustainability, and the co-existence of human and animal.
16,7 x 25,4 cm, 6 ½ x 10 in, 168 pages, 137 illustrations, hardback (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-449-5, e€39.00 / $39.00 / £29.00
Noonday limited edition
The artist Annelies Štrba, best known for photographs of her children, now brings us in Noonday pictures of her grandchildren. In this “noonday dream” (a reference to Emily Brontë), we encounter a host of fairytale creatures, playing, sleeping, or dreaming. The viewer is drawn in and becomes part of this reverie, which is interspersed with images of everyday family life, travel, and game-playing. While the images in the artist’s previous series, Shades of Time (1997), were raw and direct, Noonday glows with the ease of a summer afternoon and yet still leaves us with the melancholy certainty that the days of childhood pass by much too fast.
17.3 × 24 cm, 6 ¾ × 9 ½ in, 336 pages, 295 images, hardcover (2015)
in embossed box with signed picture (6 x 9.5 in)
It was always there, it's just grown stronger
Over the now more than forty-five years that he has been studying and exploring photography, Christian Vogt has discovered new visual vocabularies again and again. In his new work, consisting almost exclusively of contrasting pairs of pictures, he continues to question the relationship between visible reality and its photographic reproduction, between image and text, between seeing and knowing. Using a pinhole camera and modern technology without the intervention of digital manipulation, he deals with the “necessary nonsense,” with unifying opposites, with actual and supposed paradoxes, defining some things through exploration and allowing others to remain undefined.
24 x 16,5 cm, 9 ½ x 6 ½ in, 144 pages, hardcover (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-455-6, English€25.00 / $40.00 / £25.00