Greville St Bookstore

April 15, 2010, 1:35 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Flammarion Contemporary, $65

Christian Boltanski – internationally acclaimed photographer, sculptor, painter, and installation artist – tackles the problems of death, memory, and loss in his art that draws heavily from his own life. Boltanski’s art can be either dark and disturbing or playful, and sometimes both at once. This monograph examines every aspect of his art, from his unusual choice of materials – newspaper clippings, used clothing, photographs of photographs – to the spirits that haunt his work.

March 13, 2010, 1:25 am
Filed under: Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Photography

Abrams, $150

Prada both chronicles and epitomises the achievements of one of the world’s most influential and enlightened fashion and design companiesPrada is the first book that documents three decades of ground-breaking fashion, architecture, film and art by the Prada company, including the work of the design studio and the workshop; extensive creative partnerships with photographers, designers, architects and film directors; and large scale architectural commissions, the Fondazione Prada, and the development of a new museum.

February 27, 2010, 5:22 am
Filed under: Fashion, Photography

David Bailey
Steidl, $120

“I treat the boy down at the post office like the president of Russia, and the president of Russia like the boy down at the post office.”

Eye presents a selection of Bailey’s photographs spanning from 1962 to 2008. Mostly black-and-white, they feature influential directors, artists, fashion designers and musicians, including Andy Warhol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Yves Saint Laurent, John Huston and Ellsworth Kelly. Despite the broad cross-section of subjects and the different creative spheres they inhabit, Bailey approaches them all with the attitude that each is as important, or unimportant, as the next. This approach, often expressed by Bailey’s lack of props and minimal lighting, enables the photographer to tease from his subjects traits often absent from more formal portraits: the warm benevolence of I.M. Pei for example, the exuberance of John Galliano, or the brooding look of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Crowned with cover art by Damien Hirst, Bailey’s Eye reveals unexpected facets of the creative minds that have defined, and in many cases continue to shape, the culture in which we live.

February 27, 2010, 5:18 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Jenny Bolis, $35

Featuring an accompanying essay by Daniel Palmer and Kate Rhodes, this striking limited-edition collection of photographs by local artist Jenny Bolis was shortlisted for the 2009 Fremantle Print Award.

February 27, 2010, 4:55 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

by Lia Steele
Limited edition artist book, $71

Introducing local artist/photographer Lia Steele’s debut publication. Featuring 35 glowing, full-colour portraits this limited edition is a treasure to behold.

January 16, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Martin Parr
Chris Boot, $75

In his epitaph to the age of conspicuous consumption and wealth, Luxury features Martin Parr’s photographs from five years of watching the rich and fabulous at international champagne-fuelled gatherings. In a series that manages to be both satirical and warmly affectionate towards air-kissing luxury-victims, Parr’s subjects include parties, horse races and notable luxury events including the Millionaires Fair, Moscow, the Dubai Art Fair and the Art Basel, Miami. Designed with an appropriately luxurious silver-foiled padded leatherette cover and introduced with an argument for a new morality by leading British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Luxury is the powerful statement about the era before the bubble burst.

December 13, 2009, 12:47 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s
Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian
Aperture, $135

During the 1960s and 1970s in Japan, the photobook – through a combination of excellence in design, printing, and materials – overtook prints as a popular mode of artistic dissemination. This process has expanded to an extent where any discussion of Japanese photography now has to include the book work. Today, the most famous works such as Nobuyoshi Arakis Sentimental Journey and Eikoh Hosoes Man and Woman continue to inspire artists internationally. Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s presents forty definitive publications from the era, piecing together an otherwise invisible history that has played out in tandem with photography as a medium. Included are some of the most influential works along with forgotten gems, placed within a larger historical and sociological context. Each book, beautifully reproduced through numerous spreads, is accompanied by an in-depth explanatory text and sidebars highlighting important editors, designers, themes, and periodicals. Lavishly produced, this unique publication is an ode to the distinct character and influence of the Japanese photobook.