South of Market | Janet Delaney


South of Market
Janet Delaney

128 pages
28.5 cm x 24 cm
Printed embossed hardcover
MACK, 2013

 

Crime is something that happens between winos and gays and Latino youths. It isn’t thought to be something that happens when speculators exploit a political situation and just move in and displace 5,000 people over ten years. That’s not crime, that’s business. Which makes headlines… and which makes profits? Jim Pomeroy, artist and Langton Street resident

South of Market is a photographic portrait of a San Francisco neighbourhood in the throes of urban renewal.

In 1978, Janet Delaney moved to San Francisco’s South of Market district because the location was central and the rent was cheap. On the weekends she photographed with her large format camera at the nearby construction site for what is now the Moscone Convention Centre. After witnessing the nighttime demolition of an adjacent residential hotel, Delaney became interested in the rippling economic effects urban renewal was having on poor and working class residents. Leaving the construction site behind, Delaney joined local efforts to protest the city’s treatment of the community and began to photograph and interview her neighbors in their homes and places of work.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/1005-South-of-Market.html

The Hidden Mother | Linda Fregni Nagler


The Hidden Mother
Linda Fregni Nagler

432 pages | 1002 colour plates
23.8 cm x 28.6 cm
Softcover with a die cut dustjacket
MACK, 2013

 

In the vein of Francis Alÿs’s Fabiola and Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, Linda Fregni Nagler has collected seemingly nondescript images and accumulated a meaningful archive, thereby giving them a renewed purpose and intensity.

The Hidden Mother is comprised of 1,002 photographs (from daguerreotypes and tintypes to cartes de visite and cabinet cards), all examples of a now redundant practice: to cloak or hide a parent within the background of a child’s portrait, a common procedure from the advent of photography up until the 1920s, when exposure times were relative slow, and a hidden parent was required to hold the child still.

These hidden mothers can be discerned in the background of every one of these portraits – looming behind their children, swaddled in blankets, carpets and brocades as they support their progeny as the central subject. The iterations vary, and in some instances the hidden mother is revealed as a single hand, while in others the child is seated on a shrouded figure, or the parent is quite literally hiding – ensuring that the child’s identity is transposed over their own.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/1006-The-Hidden-Mother.html

Between the Shell |      Paul Salveson


Between the Shell
Paul Salveson

76 pages | 38 colour plates
19 cm x 26 cm
Board book
MACK, 2013

 

Paul Salveson’s photographs were born in New York and Virginia between 2006 and 2011. Constructing images in domestic environments from items found in arm’s reach, the results are absurdist constructions in which commonplace objects are jocosely rendered in polychromatic puzzles.

Salveson describes his photographic process as ‘unfolding like a private performance in an empty house, or after everyone falls asleep… my engagement emerges from a perspective that precedes familiarity, disregarding the functions and cultural associations that objects are assigned. I try to process my surroundings with an alien mind.’

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/65-Between-the-Shell.html

The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography   |        Joan Fontcuberta


The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography (The Hasselblad Award 2013)
Joan Fontcuberta

224 pages | 242 colour plates
21 cm x 26 cm
Embossed hardcover,
MACK, 2013

 

Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta is the 33rd recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

To celebrate the award MACK and The Hasselblad Foundation are publishing a collection of six of Fontcuberta’s most iconic series including: Herbarium (1984) and Fauna (1987), dealing with botanical and biological findings of newly discovered species; Constellations (1993), images of previously undiscovered stars and their stardust; Sputnik (1997), which tells the tale of a Russian cosmonaut still lost in space; also included are Sirens (2000), an investigative project for National Geologic on the finding of the Hydropithecus (mermaid) fossils, and Orogenesis (2002) in which Fontcuberta explores landscapes using Terragen technologies.

Fontcuberta’s photography is itself about photography’s own workings, and with each series he challenges the audience’s trust in the veracity of the medium and its function as a system of representation. Confronting our anxieties about that system, Fontcuberta’s careful fabrications are laced with clues and inconsistencies – the photographer himself even appears, disguised as Hans von Kubert or Joan Fontana. In exposing the various artifices of the photographic medium, he asks how and why photography acquires a seductive truthfulness in the eyes of its viewers. As Jorge Wagensberg suggests, ‘The mere possibility that it could be a Fontcuberta is an invitation to think; in other words, it makes the believer sceptical and the incredulous believe’.

http://mackbooks.co.uk/books/1003-The-Photography-of-Nature-The-Nature-of-Photography.html

Gasoline | David Campany


Gasoline
David Campany

100 pages | 37 colour plates | 37 black & white plates
24 cm x 32 cm
Softcover with dustjacket
MACK, 2013

 

The gas station is one of the most iconic of twentieth century buildings. Recognised across the world, it is arguably most established on American soil where the notion of the road trip on a full tank of gas is culturally ingrained.

Gasoline presents 35 archive press images of gas stations taken between 1944 and 1995. They have been collected by writer David Campany, purchased from the photography archives of several American newspapers which have been discarding their analogue print collections and moving to the now ubiquitous .jpeg or .tif formats.

Gasoline can be read as a cautionary tale about the modern dependence on oil, about news photography, about the shift from film to digital imaging, or as a minor history of car design and vernacular architecture. Marked with the grease pen notations of the newspapers’ art directors, the photos tell of oil shortages, road congestion, crimes, accidents and choking cities.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/72-Gasoline.html

American Colour 1962–1965 | Tony Ray-Jones


American Colour 1962–1965
Tony Ray-Jones

80 pages | 45 colour plates
20 cm x 20 cm
Hardcover with dustjacket
MACK, 2013

 

American Colour 1962–1965 is a carefully edited selection of previously unpublished Tony Ray-Jones colour photographs from the earliest period of his work. Taken from the extensive archives held at the National Media Museum in Bradford by Liz Jobey, this book brings together the early experiments that would inform his later work.

Ray-Jones arrived in America in 1961 on a scholarship to Yale to study graphic art and he returned to England four years later. It was in America that he learned to be a photographer. Among New York’s street parades, on Fifth Avenue, in Times Square, Chinatown and Little Italy he learned to extract individual moments from a crowded backdrop and to find order in the chaos of the street. Based in New York, he made trips across the country – west to Detroit, south to Florida – all the time making colour pictures alongside the black and white images for which he would later became known.

Ray-Jones later referred to these early photographs as ‘isolated sketches’, and they were clearly a part of his formative experience. At the time colour was considered vulgar and not the medium of serious photography, but for Ray-Jones it expressed the excitement of America in a way that black and white could not.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/73-American-Colour-1962-1965.html

Almost There | Aleix Plademunt


Almost There
Aleix Plademunt

116 pages | 68 tritone plates
19 cm x 25 cm
Printed paper hardcover
MACK, 2013

 

Understanding the world requires you to keep a certain distance from it. Things that are too small to see with the naked eye, such as molecules and atoms, we magnify. Things that are too large, such as cloud formations, river deltas, constellations, we reduce. We need to bring it within the scope of our senses, to stabilise and fix it. When it has been fixed we call it knowledge.
Karl Ove Knausgård, A Death in the Family

Plademunt’s images play with scale as he explores time and distance, pulling both notions in the most extreme directions. The journeys begin within as Plademunt looks to his own being and the buildings blocks of his physical existence, from images of his red blood cells to his father in his youth. The narrative then reaches outwards, exploring the classic American documentary tradition of the road trip and the Solar System and beyond to the M79 globular cluster, located 42,000 light years from Earth.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/75-Almost-There.html

Field Trip | Martin Kollar


Field Trip
Martin Kollar

76 pages
20 cm x 25 cm
Hardcover with tipped-in image
MACK, 2013

 

Between November 2009 and January 2011, Slovakian photographer Martin Kollar spent extended periods of time working and living in Israel, building a photographic dossier on one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.

Kollar’s past, a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain, echoed unexpectedly during his time in Israel. The delineated territories of today’s Israel mirror the partition walls of Communist Czechoslovakia during ‘normalisation’. Random police searches and detentions piqued Kollar’s sense of constantly being under surveillance and the subject of suspicion.

Field Trip establishes an opaque representation of the life and landscape of Israel. Military presence looms heavily and the images are punctuated with anxiety. Butchered animals combine with uncertain portraits of Israeli residents and leave the viewer unclear where the military landscape ends and the civilian land begins.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/74-Field-Trip.html

Holy Bible |                        Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Holy Bible
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
768 pages | 614 colour plates
16.2 cm x 21.6 cm
Embossed hardcover
MACK, 2013

“Right from the start, almost every appearance he made was catastrophic… Catastrophe is his means of operation, and his central instrument of governance.”
Adi Ophir

Inspired in part by the annotations and images Bertolt Brecht added to his own personal bible, Broomberg and Chanarin’s publication questions the clichés at play within the visual representation of conflict.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/68-Holy-Bible.html

She dances on Jackson | Vanessa Winship


she dances on Jackson
Vanessa Winship

144 pages | 64 tritone plates
24 cm x 27 cm
Printed and embossed linen hardcover
MACK,2013

In 2011 Vanessa Winship was the recipient of the Henri Cartier Bresson Award which funds an artist to pursue a new photographic project. For over a year Winship travelled across the United States, from California to Virginia, New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the fabled ‘American dream’. she dances on Jackson presents a conversation, a lyrical and lilting interaction between landscape and portrait exploring the vastness of the United States and attempting to understand the link between a territory and its inhabitants. For Winship this relationship is inextricable; places accrue particular meanings according to the people she meets, what she sees, and by what’s happening to her personally. Each human encounter, sound and smell adds extra dimensions to her work and the resulting photographs.

she dances on Jackson marks a progression. Stylistically similar to her previous work using black and white film and a large format camera, Winship’s portraits remain arresting and unnerving but this body of work reveals her to also be a skilled landscape photographer. For Winship photography is a process of literacy, a path by which she understands life. Her intimate approach enables the reader to glimpse the world as she sees it, if only for a moment.

http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/66-she-dances-on-Jackson.html