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"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings in Beijing, all providing an escape from the imposing world around him and breaking from a pervasive Chinese...
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Inventing Downtown
Focusing on the less documented artist-run galleries of NYC, "Inventing Downtown" centers on the post-war period of 1952 to 1965 and, while some of the names will be new to readers, the book also highlights early, unknown works by now-famous artists...
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Ren Hang
An artist at the forefront of gender inclusiveness, Chinese photographer Ren Hang's work is full of nudity, but is somehow not entirely sexual. Certainly NSFW, his work is controversial in his homeland, but embraced elsewhere, and it's completely compelling...
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Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
Inspired by his hugely popular and oftentimes mind-blowing Instagram, Benjamin Grant's new book "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" mesmerizes. The hardcover tome boasts 200 original images that Grant created by stitching together several satellite...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Digitize Physical Prints With Google's New PhotoScan App With Google's new PhotoScan app, one can digitize their physical photos at home using only the standard smartphone camera. It's not quite up to par with a scanner, but it's a substantial...
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Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History
Molly Schoit’s book based on the Instagram @TheUnsungHeroines handle, "Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History" celebrates the forgotten, lesser known women athletes who paved the way for today's sports stars. From Jackie Towanda (the...
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Benjamin Grant's "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth"
Inspired by his hugely popular and oftentimes mind-blowing Instagram, Benjamin Grant's new book "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" mesmerizes. The hardcover tome boasts 200 original images that Grant created by stitching together several satellite...
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The Importants
The tender portraits taken by photographer, casting director and creative director Kevin Amato—for his new book "The Importants"—honor the characters (mostly from the Bronx) he's dedicated to capturing on film. Amato is a pioneer of the now-common...
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Arthur Drooker's "Conventional Wisdom" Book
Between July 2013 and January 2015, we were honored to publish the work of photographer Arthur Drooker as he developed installments within a rather unique series known as Conventional Wisdom. Drooker traveled the US, attending obscure conventions and...
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Kava Gorna's "100 Cheeks" Book
Fashion and lifestyle photographer Kava Gorna understands the allure of beautiful butts. Through the sultry and playful photographs in her just-released book, "100 Cheeks," Gorna pays homage to vintage denim while also celebrating the bottoms that...
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The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders
Focused on what is perhaps a niche topic, Gestalten's new hardcover tome, "The Drive: Custom Cars and Their Builders" is not just for custom car owners and lovers. Readers who aren't all that interested in the auto world will be surprised and thrilled...
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Interview: Photographer Michael Muller
LA-based photographer Michael Muller has captured celebrities (including Rihanna for her album cover Unapologetic) to mutants and superheroes (the movie posters for "X-Men Apocalypse" and "Captain America: Civil War" to name a few), but the most fascinating...
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This Brutal World
How do crude and unsympathetic concrete structures appeal to human hearts around the globe? Graphic designer Peter Chadwick (founder of London-based studio A Popular Space) attempts to explain his fervent love for Brutalism not through too many words...
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Public / Private / Portrait
Mossless was founded in 2009 by Romke Hoogwaerts as a digital platform for interviewing a different photographer every two days. It made the transition into the physical world in the form of artist-made publications, and their fourth issue—a thematic...
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Interview: Photographer Steve Schapiro
Martin Luther King Jr and the Selma march, Marlon Brando on set in "The Godfather" (and more than 200 films and 100 movie posters), Robert F Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, Nico, Barbra Streisand...
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Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive
Throughout his career, Robert Mapplethorpe archived his extensive output—from his student work to photography, sculptures and jewelry to commercial—and the the resulting collection is quite remarkable. Challenging ideas surrounding censorship, sexuality...
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JR's "Can Art Change the World?"
French street artist and activist JR posed a loaded question on stage in 2011, when he was awarded the $100,000 TED Prize: can art change the world? A book of the same name, published by Phaidon and made in close collaboration with JR, gives one of...
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Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973
During the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars era of David Bowie's career, his official photographer was Mick Rock. Over the course of just a year or so, Rock took countless striking images of Ziggy/Bowie—all glitter, eye...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Bookworms
There might not be a better gift than a book. No matter your loved one's gender, race, age, job or obscure interests, there's a book for them somewhere in the world. And, at this late stage in the holiday season, a book is also one of the easier solutions...
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Brian Kanagaki’s Golden Persimmons
Brian Kanagaki’s exhibition was one of the highlights of the recent Independent Photography Festival in London. There, the US-based photographer and musician showed works from “Golden Persimmons,” his new book just out from Perryman Press. Kanagaki...
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Guy Bourdin's "Nature Magique" Book
Legendary French photographer and painter Guy Bourdin has a body of work that's taken on its own life since his passing in 1991. Bourdin's style of provocative, sensual and cheeky images are at once familiar and engrossing, and a new, highly covetable...
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Collecting Words
There's something about text found outside of screens and pages, in the "wild," that grabs our attention. It's the way they make a declaration in the public realm, trying to join our personal conversations. For the past five years—starting around...
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GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim
Berlin-born fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim had an innate knack for capturing images that were arresting, provocative and sexy. In Rizzoli's ultra-glam hardcover "GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim," readers can explore some of his most...
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