BLUMEN                     Collier Schorr

Blumen by Collier Schorr
Steidl, 2010

Blumen is the second volume of Forest and Fields and moves away from the figure. Schorr decided instead to look for or build arrangements in the landscapes and domestic and commercial settings of her much investigated town. If people appear in Blumen, they are merely props in an examination of how objects and nature create dialogues within the communities they encompass. Flowers are uprooted so as to become performers in the landscape; signage, plums, chairs and a plaster fawn are some of the shapes of things moved and combined to further detail the daily life of the townspeople of Schwabish Gmund.

Chromes | William Eggleston

William Eggleston

728 pages
Steidl, 2011


William Eggleston’s standing as one of the masters of colour photography is widely acknowledged. But the gradual steps by which he transformed from an unknown into a leading artist are less well known. Steidl has undertaken tot race these steps in an ambitious series of publications. Before Color (Steidl, 2010) explored Eggleston’s revelatory early black and white images, while Chromes is an edit of more than 5,000 Kodachromes and Ektachromes taken from ten chronologically ordered binders found in a safe in the Eggleston Artistc Trust. This archive had once been used by John Szarkowski who selected the forty-eight images printed in Eggleston’s seminal book William Eggleston’s Guide, while the rest of the archive has remained almost entirely unpublished. This book presents Eggleston’s early Memphis imagery, his testing of colour and compositional strategies, and the development towards the ‘poetic snapshot’. In short, Chromes shows a master in the making.

Natural Habitats | Massimo Vitali

Natural Habitats
Massimo Vitali

300 pages
Hardback / Clothbound
Steidl, 2011


With this book Massimo Vitali extends the scope of his survey from beaches and discos to include skiing resorts and swimming pools from across the globe. His large-scale, color images apply a topographical clarity and wealth of detail to the rites and rituals of modern leisure.

Vitali’s experience of working with both still and moving images produces a mixture of recognition and unfamiliarity that shifts the image from documentary realism towards the surreal. In Vitali’s images figure and environment subtly cohabit the space of the picture, combining the minute detail of view camera photography and the fascination with the world of appearances and their uncertainty.

Broken Manual | Alec Soth

Broken Manual
Alec Soth

68 pages
Steidl, 2010


Alec Soth was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969, where he still lives, works and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has received fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are in major public and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Walker Art Center.

A Shimmer of Possibility | Paul Graham

A Shimmer of Possibility
Paul Graham

376 pages | 167 colour plates
24.2 cm x 31.8 cm
12 cloth covered hardbacks
Limited edition of 1,000 sets
12 volumes
Steidl MACK, 2007


Inspired by Chekhov’s short stories, Paul Graham’s a shimmer of possibility comprises 12 individual books, each volume a photographic short story of everyday life in today’s America. Most of these books contain small sequences of images, such as a man smoking a cigarette while he waits for a bus in Las Vegas, or a walk down a street in Boston on an autumn afternoon. Often two, three or four sequences intertwine in a single book, like separate but related lives co-existing in suburban America. Sometimes the quiet narrative breaks unexpectedly into a sublime moment – while a couple carry their shopping home in Texas a small child dances with a plastic bag in a garden; as a man cuts the grass in Pittsburgh it begins to rain and the low sun breaks through to illuminate every raindrop. These filmic haikus avoid the forceful summation we usually find in photography, shunning any tidy packaging of the world into perfect images. Instead, life simply flows around and past us while we stand and stare, quietly astonished by its beauty and grace.

Whilst the twelve books are all an identical size, they vary in length from just a single photograph, to 60 pages of images made at one street intersection. The radical form of this multi volume book embraces the unique nature of Graham’s work, giving the flow of life precedence over conclusiveness, where nothing much happens, but nothing is foreclosed either, where everything shimmers with possibility.

Love Boras! | Lars Tunbjork

Love Boras!
Lars Tunbjork

168 pages
Hardback / Hardcover in slipcase
Steidl, 2007


I Love Borås is Lars Tunbjörk’s document of an aimless journey around Sweden between 1988 and 1995. Supermarkets, parties, small town streets, amusement parks, gas stations, TV-shows, landscapes, food. During that time Tunbjörk was working on his series Landet utom sig / Country Beside Itself, but these images were not used in that series because they didn’t fit, they were too ugly, too beautiful or too silly. Together they show a darker and more hysteric view of modern western society and Sweden during the economic recession of the early nineties.

Forest | Jitka Hanzlová

Jitka Hanzlová

96 pages
Steidl, 2006


Jitka Hanzlová, born 1958 in the former CSSR/Czech Republic, escaped to Germany in 1982. Between 1987 and 1994 she studied visual communication at Essen University with focus on photography. She has been awarded several photography awards, including the BMW—Paris Photo Prize 2007. Venues for solo exhibitions of her work have included, among others, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid, and the National Gallery of Edinburgh.

Im Garten | Heidi Specker

Im Garten
Heidi Specker

96 pages
28.4 x 24.5 cm
Steidl, 2005

Then and Now | Ed Ruscha

Then and Now
Ed Ruscha

152 pages
Steidl, 2005


Between 1962 and 1978, Ed Ruscha produced eighteen small artist’s books. Usually self-published and in small print runs, these publications have become seminal works in the history of conceptual art and the photography book. THEN & NOW is the first artist’s book that Ruscha has independently created since 1972.

One of the most well-known of Ruscha’s books from that early period is Every Building on The Sunset Strip, showing a famous stretch of real estate along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, published in 1966. In July, 1973 he followed the same procedure while documenting Hollywood Boulevard.

Loading a continuous strip of 33 feet of Ilford FP-4 black & white 35mm film into his motor-drive Nikon F2 and then mounting it on a tripod in the bed of a pickup truck, he drove back and forth across the 12 miles of the street shooting, frame-by-frame, both the north and south sides of its entire length. The negatives were developed, contact sheets were made, and the materials were placed in storage.

Thirty years later, in 2003, a digital record of Hollywood Boulevard was created and it served as a reference guide for the traditional film/still documentary of 2004. For this shoot, the same type of camera equipment was used to re-photograph the street on 35mm color-negative film.

The resulting material of both shoots — 4500 black & white and 13,000 color images — have been scanned and digitally composed into four panoramics of the complete 12 miles. In THEN & NOW, the original 1973 North side view is shown along the top of the page and juxtaposed with its 2004 version underneath. Along the bottom of the page, you find the original 1973 South side view shown upside down, also juxtaposed with its 2004 version. The panoramics face each other and they are aligned.

The result is what Ruscha refers to as a piece of history…a very democratic, unemotional look at the world. While it is a significant historical document which succinctly conflates and renders the passage of time, it is also a project that spans the career of one of the truly original artists of our time and brings his work full circle.

Recreation – American Photographs 1973-1988 | Mitch Epstein

Recreation – American Photographs 1973-1988
Mitch Epstein

144 pages
2.3 x 27.5 cm
Steidl, 2005


Mitch Epstein was born in 1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is one of America’s most distinguished color photographers. His work has been shown and collected by museums and galleries worldwide, including, in New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and The Whitney. His previous books include In Pursuit of India; Vietnam: A Book of Changes and The City. Epstein has won many awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 for Family Business.