Wednesday, January 26, 2011

errata editions - 4 new books on books

#9 Paul Graham: Beyond Caring
#10 Zdeněk Tmej: The Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness
#11 Alexey Brodovitch: Ballet
#12 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: 60 Fotos

My pick here is Paul Graham's Beyond Caring. Published in 1986 Beyond Caring is now considered one of the key works from Britain’s wave of New Color photography that was gaining momentum in the 1980s. While commissioned to present his view of ‘Britain in 1984,’ Graham turned his attention towards the waiting rooms, queues and poor conditions of overburdened Social Security and Unemployment offices across the United Kingdom. Photographing surreptitiously, his camera is both witness and protagonist within a bureaucratic system that speaks to the humiliation and indignity aimed towards the most vulnerable end of society. Books on Books #9 presents every page-spread of Graham’s controversial book along with a contemporary essay by writer and curator David Chandler.

Hardcover w/ Dustjacket, 104 pp, 9.5 x 7 in. 50 Color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-16-5 $39.95 Release date: Feb 2011

The Errata Editions Books on Books series is an on-going publishing project dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts. These are not reprints or facsimiles but studies of each book. Each in this series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original master bookwork which, up until now, has been too rare or prohibitively expensive for most to experience. Through a mix of classic and contemporary titles,this series spans the breadth of photographic practice as it has appeared on the printed page and allows further study into the creation and meanings of these great works of art.

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