Greville St Bookstore

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.

December 13, 2009, 12:21 am
Filed under: Fashion, Photography

Patrick Demarchelier
Steidl, $145

This monograph is the definitive guide to the photographic career of one of the most prodigious fashion photographers of our time. From his earliest work at Harpers Bazaar to his now mythic collaboration with Vogue, Demarchelier has single-handedly redefined the fashion photograph and the fashion industry along with it. His celebrity portraits have shaped the public personae of figures ranging from Princess Diana to Madonna. Demarchelier is everywhere at once, with a photographic sensibility that is iconic, incisive and as varied as his subject matter. This monograph provides an invaluable fashion reference point, all the while charting the course of our own cultural obsession with celebrity and beauty.

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

Parcours Muséologique Revisité
Robert Polidori
Steidl, $240

Photographed over a period of 25 years, Parcours Muséologique Revisité is Robert Polidori’s attempt to visually portray aspects of historical revisionism as seen through various stages of the restoration of the Palace of Versailles. What does it really mean to restore a room? Is it about the precise duplication of something which is now showing the wear and tear of its age, to renew it and make it again as it once was? Or does it involve entirely redefining the room’s epidermis to a completely different state, a state that it may once have had in an earlier epoch? The curatorial decisions that control this process reflect a political will and aesthetic tastes which have altered over the period of the restoration.

November 30, 2009, 1:20 am
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Photography

Sixty Innovators: Shaping Our Creative Future
Thames & Hudson, $105

Artists, photographers, architects, fashion designers, product designers, street artists, graphic designers: all are helping to re-define our aesthetics, values and ideas about the future. Here, a group of international experts from twelve contemporary fields of creative practice – from fine art and photography to graphic design, architecture and ecology – have each selected five people who are making significant contributions to the way we experience everyday life and visual culture.

The resulting compendium contains hundreds of the most exciting projects and concepts being produced today.

November 16, 2009, 4:32 am
Filed under: Design, Fashion, Photography

I-am-Drinking-StarsI am Drinking Stars!
Gerhard Steidl, Ed.
Steidl, $69.95

I am Drinking Stars! tells the story of the world’s most luxurious champagne, tracing its circuitous history across four centuries, arranged in three chapters – one each for the seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Beautifully produced, in keeping with its subject, this page-turning luxury object unravels the myth of Dom Perignon champagne, beginning with its namesake – the pioneering Benedictine Monk Dom Pierre Perignon – who set out to create the best wine in the world. Offering glimpses of the champagne-infused hedonism of Louis XV’s court at Versailles, Marilyn Monroe’s glamorous affiliation with the beverage and Karl Lagerfeld’s recent advertising campaign for the brand, this volume incorporates a spectrum of artifacts, including texts, drawings, paintings, photographs and film stills from artists and writers such as Francois Boucher, Denis Diderot and Jonathan Swift.

November 16, 2009, 4:18 am
Filed under: Art, Design, Fashion, Film, Literature, Music, Photography

More-things-like-this More Things Like This
Editors of McSweeney’s
Chronicle Books, $45

Curated by the editors of McSweeney’s, this unconventional book explores the intersection of text, humor, and illustration in art by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists in a hilarious and liberating mixture of high, low, and sideways. The eye-opening selection features nearly 200 images by more than 50 artists, including Raymond Pettibon, David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Maira Kalman, Shel Silverstein, Leonard Cohen, Chris Johanson, Andy Warhol, David Mamet, Tucker Nichols, Banksy, and dozens of others. Rounding out this beautifully designed package are insightful interviews with many of the artists illuminating the shared and diverget approaches they take to making this smart, funny, and immediately engaging work.

November 1, 2009, 3:52 am
Filed under: Fashion, Photography








Helmut Newton, SUMO
Taschen, $349

SUMO established new standards for the art monograph genre, and secured a prominent place in photo-book history. This new edition is the fulfilment of an ambition conceived some years ago by Helmut Newton. He would surely be pleased that, a decade on from its first publication, SUMO – now in a format that allows for a more democratic distribution – will reach the widest possible audience.

Proud owners of the new edition won’t wrestle with their copy of SUMO. It comes with a unique stand for displaying the book at home.