donderdag 27 april 2017

Views & Reviews New York in Photobooks from William Klein through to Bruce Golden Horacio Fernández Photography


New York in Photobooks.
Edited by Horacio Fernández. Text by Jeffrey Ladd, et al.
RM, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017. 240 pp., 350 color illustrations, 6½x9½".

New York in Photobooks gathers and studies a selection of images of the capital of the 20th century, one of the most photogenic and most photographed cities in history. Through a wealth of gorgeous reproductions of photobook spreads, the city of skyscrapers is captured from the zenith of its construction in the 1930s to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, alongside the urban life of the New Yorkers themselves, in images that epitomize the very genre of street photography.

Many of these books are the work of European and Japanese photographers, who discovered multiple perspectives—cultural, social, economic—from which to view the city that shaped the 20th century.

Alongside texts by numerous photography scholars, classics of the photobook canon by photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cecil Beaton, Mario Bucovich, Roy DeCarava, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Juan Fresán, Bruce Gilden, György Lörinczy, Lewis Hine, Evelyn Hofer, Karol Kallay, André Kertész, William Klein, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Daido Moriyama, Ugo Mulas, Robert Rauschenberg, Kees Scherer, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, Kojima Yasutaka and Ruiko Yoshida are included.


Selected as one of the Best Books of 2016 by:
Martin Parr

New York in Photobooks
Edited by Horacio Fernández
As the study and celebration of the photobook continues unabated, this last contribution to the genre really does strike a chord. New York is probably the most photographed city in the world and there are countless photobooks that have made the city their central subject. The great thing about this book, is that although we have many familiar names, from William Klein, through to Bruce Golden we also discover many books from foreign photographers, that I certainly had not encountered.

So this is what makes this volume so pleasing as you really get a sense of how international and cosmopolitan this city was, and still is. So many visions of the same city , each making it their own. I saw the show of this project in Granada in Spain, and hope the show can come to the city that it depicts.

See also

Dutch Eyes in Fotografia Publica / Photography in Print 1919-1939


an Introduction to the Latin American Photobook Claudia Andujar Photography












New York Françoise Sagan Photography Werner Bischof Boubat Cartier-Bresson Ernst Hass Auro Roselli










woensdag 26 april 2017

This Is New York Kees Scherer New York in Photobooks Photography


SCHERER & TAK, KEES & MAX - This Is New York.

1961. Paper. London: Andre Deutsch / Bruna. 1961. First edition. 12mo. Stiff glazed pictorial wraps. A gorgeous copy of this excellent look at New York City profusely and beautifully illustrated with deep, gorgeous gravure reproduced photographs by Kees Scherer. Somewhat reminiscent of photographer William Klein's images in his seminal book "New York. Life Is Good For You and Good In New York Trance Witness Reveals". Scarce. especially in this beautiful condition. A great book.

New York in Photobooks gathers and studies a selection of images of the capital of the twentieth century, the most photogenic and most photographed city in history. In these images from the books selected (only a fraction of those in existence), the city of skyscrapers is captured from construction thereof in the 1930s to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, alongside the urban life of the New Yorkers themselves, recorded in a model style of street photography. Many of the books are the work of European and Japanese photographers, who discovered multiple perspectives (human, cultural, social, economic…) from which to view the city that shaped the twentieth century.

New York in Photobooks  is the catalogue of a traveling exhibition curated by Horacio Fernández, who is also the editor of the book: a collaborative effort in which, in addition to the many images, there are texts by numerous photography scholars.

The photographers represented include Berenice Abbott, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cecil Beaton, Mario Bucovich, Roy DeCarava, Bruce Davidson, Raymond De-pardon, Juan Fresán, Bruce Gilden, György Lörinczy, Lewis Hine, Evelyn Hofer, Karol Kallay, André Kertész, William Klein Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Daido Moriyama, Ugo Mulas, Robert Rauschenberg, Kees Scherer, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, Kojima Yasutaka, Ruiko Yoshida, among others.

Kees Scherer (1920-1993) was born in the Amsterdam working-class district called ‘de Jordaan’. Shortly after WWII, he began working as a freelance photographer and reached the pinnacle of photojournalism with high-profile reports about the flood disaster in the province of Zeeland (1953) and the Hungarian uprising (1956). He initiated World Press Photo in 1955 with Bram Wisman. In addition to his extensive work in colour, Scherer’s early work in black/white has also been receiving increasing attention in recent years. He depicted his favourite cities in exhaustive detail, namely Amsterdam, Paris and New York. (JR)