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Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself – A Lifetime Retrospective
Where I Find Myself is the first major single book retrospective of one of America’s leading photographers. It is organized in inverse chronological order and spans the photographer’s whole career to date: from Joel Meyerowitz’s most recent picture all the way back to the first photograph he ever took. The book covers all of Joel Meyerowitz’s great projects: his work inspired by the artist Morandi, his work on trees, his exclusive coverage of Ground Zero, his trips in the footsteps of Robert Frank across the US, his experiments comparing color and black and white pictures, and of course his iconic street photography work. Joel Meyerovitz is incredibly eloquent and candid about how photography works or doesn’t, and this should be an inspiration to anyone interested in photography.
Bystander: A History of Street Photography
Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the ‘bible’ of street photography. It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand and Levitt to name just a few. In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.
Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists Against Originality
‘Art is theft,’ Picasso once proclaimed, and much of the best and most ‘original’ new art involves an act or two of unequivocal, overt theft. Paradoxically, the law relating to artistic borrowing has grown more restrictive. ‘The plagiarism and copyright trials of the twenty-first century are what the obscenity trials were to the twentieth century’, Kenneth Goldsmith, has observed. ‘These are really the issues of our time.’ Written by Elephant editor Robert Shore, Beg, Steal and Borrow offers a comprehensive and provocative survey of a complex subject that is destined to grow in relevance and importance. It traces an artistic lineage of appropriation from Michelangelo to Jeff Koons, and examines the history of its legality from the sixteenth century to now.
Girl On Girl: Art & Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze
A new generation of female artists is emerging who have grown up in a culture saturated with social media and selfies. Written by Elephant editor-at-large Charlotte Jansen, this book looks at how young women are using photography and the internet to explore issues of self-image and female identity, and the impact this is having on contemporary art.
Forty artists are featured, all of whose principal subject matter is either themselves or other women. Each is accompanied by a short profile based on personal interviews with the author, giving a fascinating insight into this exciting shift in female creativity.