Monday, August 27, 2012

New Arrival: Mayakovsky

 

Vladimir Mayakovsky 1894-1930
The American Quarterly On The Soviet Union, Vol III, No. 1, July 1940
Paper Wrappers
(Scarce)

A collection of essays, reminiscences, and translations commemorating the tenth anniversary of Mayakovsky's death.



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Featured: George Herriman's Krazy Kat



 


Krazy & Ignatz: The Complete Sunday Strips 1916-1924 
Limited Hardcover Edition

"Final limited-edition deluxe Krazy hardcover (it's Volume 1, but the third to be published) collects the three Krazy & Ignatz softcover books which comprehensively compile the first nine years (1916 through 1924) of Krazy Kat Sunday strips, under hard covers. It's not a slipcase, it's a single hardcover book. The covers to the original three softcover books are NOT included, but literally everything else is, including nine years' worth of black-and-white masterpieces (and 10 color strips), plus all the bonuses (other rare strips, the entire Us Husbands). This is the one collectors have been waiting for, enabling you to complete your Krazy Sundays collection in three enormous, deluxe hardcover books designed by Chris Ware. "





Krazy & Ignatz: The Complete Sunday Strips 1925-1934
Hardcover SOLD!

"Second limited-edition printing of this deluxe hardcover (limited to 600 copies this time) compiles the first five Krazy & Ignatz softcover collections books  published, comprehensively collecting the years 1925 through 1934, under hard covers. It's not a slipcase, it's a single hardcover book. The covers to the original five softcover books are NOT included, but literally everything else is. And yes, we are similarly collecting the years 1935-1944 and, eventually, 1916-1924, as those softcover volumes are completed. (Since we get asked this once in a while — even though it's covered in the first one we did, at the end of the book, ahem — YES, we will go back and reprint the years prior to 1925, after we publish everything through 1944, when the strip ended.) A beautiful, must-have brick of a book for the Ignatz in you (though lobbing it at
any unrequited love interests WILL cause serious physical harm — be warned)."




Krazy & Ignatz: The Complete Sunday Strips 1935-1944 
Hardcover

"Second limited-edition deluxe Krazy hardcover (it's Volume 3, but the second to be published) collects the second batch of five Krazy & Ignatz softcover books we have published, comprehensively compiling the years 1935 through 1944, under hard covers."




 These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Arrivals: Three by Blexbolex






No Man's Land

"The author of one of our most beautiful books to date and the winner of several internationally acclaimed book prizes, Blexbolex, brings you his very first graphic novel from Nobrow Press. At 140 pages it is his most ambitious personal project to date, in the making for 5 years! An enthralling, beautiful and disturbing yarn woven by a man that has defined an era of illustration with his matisse-like boldness of colour and shape, his artistry in design and production and attention to detail down to the very plates that print his books. We have been excited about this since we first heard about it three years ago, well, it is very nearly in your hands – don’t miss your chance to own an original first edition of a design classic!" -Nobrow Press



Plot:
"In the wake of a national conspiracy, a hard-boiled detective finds himself on the wrong end of a death sentence. The executioner: himself, firing two suicidal shots to the head for his revealed crimes against society. However, as the bullets tear through his synapses, something strange happens. Snapping into overdrive, his brain refuses to give up without a fight, throwing him into an intense psychological odyssey of survival.

Taking place entirely in this one decisive moment, No Man’s Land invites the reader to witness the inner workings of a psyche hovering between life and death. With its unnamed hero’s subconscious desperately refusing to accept the inevitable, it frantically assembles ever-more bizarre and terrifying scenarios for him to play out. Taking inspiration from the conventions of popular literature, reality and fiction blur together, creating a genre spanning epic that pushes the fourth wall to the limit.

A sequel to 2010’s Dog Crime, Blexbolex picks up immediately from where the events of his mind-bending dystopian homage to detective noir left off. Once again taking inspiration from classic American pulp fiction, he draws upon his love of the classic horror, fantasy, and sci-fi magazines of the 1930s and 40s. Reinterpreting the themes and symbols of those imaginary worlds, he thoughtfully explores genre, along with our own reliance on fiction—asking the question of why, we as readers are so attracted the fantastic. Intelligent, experimental and full of wit, No Man’s Land satirizes the mind’s ability to seduce itself—mercilessly hurtling its hero around an implausible dreamland designed to mask the processes of mortality. Known for his acclaimed children’s books such as Seasons and People, this graphic novel is a chance to see a whole new side to the French creator. Featuring the idiosyncratic art and rhythmic narrative style that have become the writer/ artist’s trademarks, this book continues Blexbolex’s reputation of redefining the potentials—and pleasures—of the illustrated story format."










 

Dog Crime

"In a world where dogs are revered as gods, what’s the worst possible thing to be accused of? Dogcrime!
Our protagonist finds himself embroiled in a set up which will land him on the wrong side of the law. He ends up running for his life caught up in a conspiracy that will set off a war to ravage the land. Dogcrime is the precursor to a much longer story by Blexbolex entitled No Man’s Land (a 200 page graphic novel which follows the path of our unfortunate protagonist as his mind explores the possibilities of what might have been before his self inflicted summary execution takes effect)."



"Printed in 3 spot colours in the style that Blexbolex has come to be so famous for, Dogcrime is a stunningly beautiful book to behold and has an equally zany story to match."




Abecederia

"With his first independent publication for Nobrow Press, Blexbolex’s graphic novella Abecederia is an incendiary mix of intrigue, artwork and extremes. A play on the Greek practice of Abecedarium inscriptions, the story is illustrated one letter a time, incorporating A-Z onto the page in ever more ingenious ways.

For his comic, Blexbolex transports the municipal film-noir genre into the jungle clearings of Abecederia, where our protagonists, Leon and Bernard Blanchett, two French born gangsters hiding from an international warrant for arrest in central Africa, are fleeing the police after a far from perfect bank robbery."



A work that confounds with its twists and turns just as much at it impresses with its imagination, Abecederia explores themes such torture, totalitarianism, alienation and dehumanisation in a brutal world where no one is safe.



 “complex and arresting… Blexbolex’s silkscreened prints are both retro and modern” The New York Times

“Each page of No Man’s Land is a standalone thing of beauty. Blexbolex’s style manages to compress a century of visual storytelling, somehow bringing to mind both Frans Masereel and Richard McGuire.” Adrian Tomine, author of Optic Nerve and Shortcomings




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Friday, August 24, 2012

New Arrivals: Three From Penguin UK








Richard Marsh, The Beetle

"It changes its shape at will. It compels others to do its bidding. It inspires terror in all who look on it … Eminent politician Paul Lessingham is the toast of Westminster, but when ‘The Beetle’ arrives from Egypt to hunt him down, the dark and gruesome secret that haunts him is dragged into the light. Bent on revenge for a crime committed against the disciples of Isis, the Beetle terrorizes its victims and will stop at nothing until it has satisfaction.
 Six people’s worlds are turned upside down by murder, mesmerism and human sacrifice as they struggle to save their sanity and above all, their lives."



 

Elizabeth Gaskell, Lois The Witch

"Newly orphaned, the God-fearing and heart-broken Lois is sent across the Atlantic to live with her uncle’s family in Salem, but on her arrival she finds herself the object of cruel hostility, potent jealousy and mad desire.
When the local Pastor’s daughters are contorted and convulsed by apparently satanic powers, the whole town is whipped into a hysterical witch hunt. And when Lois’s cousins start to resent her presence in their household, life becomes precarious and an old woman’s curse returns to haunt her."



 

Vernon Lee, The Virgin Of The Seven Daggers

"He lusts and kills in equal measure. The brutal Don Juan - an unrepentant sinner - makes a pact with the Virgin of the Seven Daggers. He promises to forever proclaim her supreme beauty and asks that in return she save him from damnation. Emboldened by the deal and driven by insatiable greed, he embarks on a necromantic journey to an enchanted palace beneath the Alhambra. In an orgy of beasts, demons and slumbering infantas, Don Juan is called upon to uphold his side of the bargain and in doing so lose everything his lustful heart desires."



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Arrivals: Photography

 
Iwao Yamawaki 
Hardcover in a slip-case

"This is the first monograph illustrating the fascinating visual experiments of a very talented photographer of the Bauhaus era. Iwao Yamawaki is an interesting figure at the intersection of modernism and the history of Japanese photography. He began his career as an architect but became dissatisfied with Japanese practices. For that reason he travelled to Germany in 1930, where he enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus in Dessau. He started studying architecture at the Bauhaus, but soon moved on to the photography section where he produced architecture photography, portraits, still-lifes and photomontages. The photographic methods of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans had a big influence on him. Yamawaki continuously analysed the relationship between photography and the design of spaces, and he often tried to interpret the connection between human beings and architectural space in his pictures."



 

Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer
Hardcover

"Peter Sekaer (1901-50) emerged as an artist in the company of Ben Shahn, Berenice Abbott, and Walker Evans. This book intends to show how he stepped from their benign shadows to build his own distinctive style. It is the first monograph to show the full range of his accomplishments. Sekaer's early work combines dispassionate images with others that show his concern and intuitive grasp of the human condition. Many of his most memorable photographs were made while fulfilling mundane assignments for various government agencies. Sekaer had none of the reformer's passion found in the works of Jacob Riis or Lewis Hine. His stance was more that of the artist/anthropologist, who delighted in recording the artifacts and gestures that defined American society in the 1930s."

 
Road to Reno by Inge Morath
Hardcover

"Inge Morath’s first trip across the United States followed a red grease-pencil line drawn by her traveling companion, Henri Cartier-Bresson, from New York through Gettysburg, Memphis, and Albuquerque to Reno. In 1960, the two were among 18 photojournalists commissioned by Magnum to document the Nevada set of Arthur Miller’s film The Misfits. The destination was a momentous one for Morath, both for her remarkable photographs on location as well as her initial encounter with Miller, whom she later married after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. But it is Morath’s documentation of the 18 days in traveling to the set, collected here in both photographs and written entries, that in its casualness as a travel diary begins to unfold her carefully observed, insightful, and compassionate approach to reportage.
The noises of men die slowly but as our car rolls over the continental division we know that the waters we will drink from now on will belong to rivers that in their turn belong to the Pacific and not anymore to our grey Atlantic and the noises of animals have taken over.
Traveling westward, Morath combines a foreigner’s awe of alien terrain with the curiosity and banality of small town life, offering glimpses into rather than encapsulations of her experience at each stop. As a journal, this series of images and text allows an insight into Morath’s photojournalistic style that is difficult to parse in her portraiture, for which she is best known. This is the first publication of Morath’s work to include her writing alongside her photographs."




 

Encounters with the Dani by Susan Meiselas
Hardcover

"In her Encounters with the Dani, acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas pieces together verbal and visual traces of encounters with the Dani, an indigenous people of the West Papuan highlands, from the nearly six decades that follow their “discovery” by the West. In this subjective, fragmentary history, she draws from the experiences of missionaries, colonists, anthropologists, and modern-day ecotourists, all of whom have come to the Baliem Valley and transformed the conditions under which the Dani live.
The ambiguous relations between power and representation — whether in the form of Dutch colonial patrol notes from the 1930s, the sensationalized media accounts of the survivors of a downed U.S. army plane in “Shangri-La” from the 1940s, or a tourist’s snapshots from the 1990s — become visible in Meiselas’s book, through both the contradictions and unexpected continuities in the material brought together. "



Chauncey Hare: Protest Photographs
Hardcover

"Chauncey Hare made highly detailed photographs of the interiors of working-class homes and workplaces across America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This new book contains twice as many moving, disturbing and often surprising photographs as have appeared in his two earlier books, Interior America (1977) and This Was Corporate America (1984).
Hare’s fast-paced introduction to the book highlights his life of protest, a life filled with unbelievable coincidences, learning, and pain. He describes his strong identification with the people whose homes he photographs and his adamant unwillingness to betray them by selling their photographs at any price. He tells of his struggles to have his photographs, accompanied by explanatory text, accepted by the art world. He relates the abusive situations he has endured in his childhood, and in his work life as an engineer at a major oil company and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."



 

Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives of Capa, Chim, & Taro 
2 Volumes: The Films & The History; slipcased in a cardboard suitcase

"Sometimes, even in the world of photography, miracles happen. On 19 December 2007, three battered commonplace cardboard boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography in New York. Within these boxes- the so-called Mexican Suitcase - was a treasure trove of photographic history believed lost since World War II: the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour (known as “Chim”). The Mexican Suitcase contained 126 rolls of film, mostly shot between May 1936 and spring 1939, that are an inestimable record of innovative war photography and of a definitive episode in Spanish history. The photographs include Capa's images of the Battle of Rio Serge, Chim's famous image of a woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting in Estremadura, and Taro's last photos at the Battle of Brunete where she was killed in 1937.
The story of the Mexican Suitcase itself is as fascinating as the photographs contained. Carried by Capa's studio manager from Paris to Bordeaux by bicycle in 1939, it came into the possession of General Francisco Aguilar González, the Mexican ambassador to the Vichy government in 1941-42, and found its way to Mexico City. Decades later the suitcase was discovered among González's belongongs and in 2007 was given to ICP, founded by Robert Capa's brother Cornell Capa and home of the Capa and Taro archives as well as a large Chim collection.
In 1979, Cornell Capa had implored the public to come forward with information about the Mexican Suitcase which he spent years looking for: "Anyone who has information regarding the suitcase should contact me and will be blessed in advance." This landmark two-volume publication, which accompanies a major exhibition at ICP and reproduces all 4,500 negatives from the suitcase, embodies the blessing Capa spoke of and presents the miraculous contents of the suitcase to the public for the first time."





Toward a Deeper Understanding: Paul Strand at Work
Hardcover

"In the late 1940’s, Paul Strand spoke of creating “a series of photographs that focused on the history, architecture, environs and people of a small town (which) would reveal ‘the common denominator of all humanity’ and would be a bridge toward a deeper understanding between countries.” This book presents a rigorously edited selection of these photographs made in France, Italy and New England between the years 1943 and 1953.
Strand identified and explored the myriad variations of some central themes: the primal connection between humans and the natural world, the beauty of simple objects and structures, and the inherent dignity of every individual regardless of wealth or social status. Strand’s photographs encourage the viewer to look closely and observe how details and formal relations emerge."


 
Heinz Hajek-Halke: Artist, Anarchist
Hardcover

"Heinz Hajek-Halke is one of the undiscovered geniuses of early twentieth century experimental photography. He surmounted the purely documentary nature of photography in the turbulent 1920s and developed a variety of aesthetically challenging photo-manipulation techniques which he applied to both personal and commissioned advertising work.
His techniques were the innovative forerunner of digital photography and web design.
This large-format monograph is the first extensive review of Hajek-Halke’s work, encompassing all the creative phases of his career - his nude photography, photo-montages, picture stories, macro-biological images and the abstract Lichtgrafiken (light graphics) of his later work. It contains reproductions of his vintage prints and an abundance of other material, including photo collages, magazine advertisements, dust jackets for books, and graphic designs."



 
Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures
Hardcover

"Here is a treasure trove of rare unpublished family and other photographs, news clippings, concert programs, personal correspondence (including letters from Woody Guthrie), record albums, awards and other memorabilia, some only recently discovered in a basement trunk in New York where Lead Belly’s wife kept everything all these years neatly tucked away. There was even the cherished bottle of Chanel No. 5 that Lead Belly had brought her back from Paris. "My wife is half my life; my guitar is the other half" said Lead Belly."




Like a Thief's Dream, Danny Lyon
Hardcover

"
James Ray Renton—thief, counterfeiter, and bank robber—became one of America’s Ten Most Wanted Men when he was charged with murdering a young Arkansas policeman in 1976. After a daring escape from the Tucker Maximum Security Unit in the 1980s, Renton made the FBI’s Fifteen Most Wanted List before eventually being recaptured. Then, while in solitary confinement, Renton wrote a 60-page account of his escape and adventures, sent in a series of letters to Danny Lyon, a close friend of Renton’s since they had met in the Texas prison system in 1967.
After Renton’s death in 1995, Lyon visited the Arkansas town where Renton had been convicted. Following an incredible paper trail left behind by the crime and 1978 trial (in which Lyon had testified), Lyon located Dinker Cassel, who was sentenced to life along with Renton for the murder. Like a Thief’s Dream is Lyon’s gripping story of two men—one alive, the other dead—and an unparalleled portrayal of prison life in the 1980s and 1990s. A tale of murder and betrayal, romance and robbery, Like a Thief’s Dream is Lyon’s first work of non-fiction in text form, a work of realism based almost entirely on documents including police and FBA records, prison and police mug shots, tape recordings made by the FBI and the author, Renton’s own written account of his escape, letters from other prisoners to the author and to each other, and photographs made by Lyon and anonymous police photographers."







These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Arrivals From U.D.A.

a fairly complete selection of in print titles from United Dead Artists...































































These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Featured: Robert Mangold


Robert Mangold: Beyond the Line, Paintings & Project 2000-2008
Hardcover with slip-case

Robert Mangold: Beyond the Line celebrates the vision of an artist who has earned a distinguished place in the grand tradition of abstract painting.
Marking a forthcoming exhibition at the prestigious Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York, this book tracks Mangold's artistic roots and development and documents the varied series he has made during the last eight years. It also marks his important window commission for the new Federal courthouse in Buffalo, slated for completion in 2010, and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox as part of the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program.
Insightful essays and an in-depth interview with the artist afford an intimate look into Mangold's creative process, from the austere geometric paintings of the 1970s to his recent work on windows and the vibrant Ring Images he is creating today.
Luxuriously packaged, each volume contains a woodcut reproduced by offset lithography, initialed and dated by the artist in the print, suitable for framing and made especially for, and available only with, this book.




This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Arrivals: Photography

 
Iwao Yamawaki 
Hardcover in a slip-case

"This is the first monograph illustrating the fascinating visual experiments of a very talented photographer of the Bauhaus era. Iwao Yamawaki is an interesting figure at the intersection of modernism and the history of Japanese photography. He began his career as an architect but became dissatisfied with Japanese practices. For that reason he travelled to Germany in 1930, where he enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus in Dessau. He started studying architecture at the Bauhaus, but soon moved on to the photography section where he produced architecture photography, portraits, still-lifes and photomontages. The photographic methods of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans had a big influence on him. Yamawaki continuously analysed the relationship between photography and the design of spaces, and he often tried to interpret the connection between human beings and architectural space in his pictures."



 


Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer
Hardcover

"Peter Sekaer (1901-50) emerged as an artist in the company of Ben Shahn, Berenice Abbott, and Walker Evans. This book intends to show how he stepped from their benign shadows to build his own distinctive style. It is the first monograph to show the full range of his accomplishments. Sekaer's early work combines dispassionate images with others that show his concern and intuitive grasp of the human condition. Many of his most memorable photographs were made while fulfilling mundane assignments for various government agencies. Sekaer had none of the reformer's passion found in the works of Jacob Riis or Lewis Hine. His stance was more that of the artist/anthropologist, who delighted in recording the artifacts and gestures that defined American society in the 1930s."

 

Road to Reno by Inge Morath
Hardcover

"Inge Morath’s first trip across the United States followed a red grease-pencil line drawn by her traveling companion, Henri Cartier-Bresson, from New York through Gettysburg, Memphis, and Albuquerque to Reno. In 1960, the two were among 18 photojournalists commissioned by Magnum to document the Nevada set of Arthur Miller’s film The Misfits. The destination was a momentous one for Morath, both for her remarkable photographs on location as well as her initial encounter with Miller, whom she later married after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. But it is Morath’s documentation of the 18 days in traveling to the set, collected here in both photographs and written entries, that in its casualness as a travel diary begins to unfold her carefully observed, insightful, and compassionate approach to reportage.
The noises of men die slowly but as our car rolls over the continental division we know that the waters we will drink from now on will belong to rivers that in their turn belong to the Pacific and not anymore to our grey Atlantic and the noises of animals have taken over.
Traveling westward, Morath combines a foreigner’s awe of alien terrain with the curiosity and banality of small town life, offering glimpses into rather than encapsulations of her experience at each stop. As a journal, this series of images and text allows an insight into Morath’s photojournalistic style that is difficult to parse in her portraiture, for which she is best known. This is the first publication of Morath’s work to include her writing alongside her photographs."




 

Encounters with the Dani by Susan Meiselas
Hardcover

"In her Encounters with the Dani, acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas pieces together verbal and visual traces of encounters with the Dani, an indigenous people of the West Papuan highlands, from the nearly six decades that follow their “discovery” by the West. In this subjective, fragmentary history, she draws from the experiences of missionaries, colonists, anthropologists, and modern-day ecotourists, all of whom have come to the Baliem Valley and transformed the conditions under which the Dani live.
The ambiguous relations between power and representation — whether in the form of Dutch colonial patrol notes from the 1930s, the sensationalized media accounts of the survivors of a downed U.S. army plane in “Shangri-La” from the 1940s, or a tourist’s snapshots from the 1990s — become visible in Meiselas’s book, through both the contradictions and unexpected continuities in the material brought together. "




Chauncey Hare: Protest Photographs
Hardcover

"Chauncey Hare made highly detailed photographs of the interiors of working-class homes and workplaces across America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This new book contains twice as many moving, disturbing and often surprising photographs as have appeared in his two earlier books, Interior America (1977) and This Was Corporate America (1984).
Hare’s fast-paced introduction to the book highlights his life of protest, a life filled with unbelievable coincidences, learning, and pain. He describes his strong identification with the people whose homes he photographs and his adamant unwillingness to betray them by selling their photographs at any price. He tells of his struggles to have his photographs, accompanied by explanatory text, accepted by the art world. He relates the abusive situations he has endured in his childhood, and in his work life as an engineer at a major oil company and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."



 

Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives of Capa, Chim, & Taro 
2 Volumes: The Films & The History; slipcased in a cardboard suitcase

"Sometimes, even in the world of photography, miracles happen. On 19 December 2007, three battered commonplace cardboard boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography in New York. Within these boxes- the so-called Mexican Suitcase - was a treasure trove of photographic history believed lost since World War II: the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour (known as “Chim”). The Mexican Suitcase contained 126 rolls of film, mostly shot between May 1936 and spring 1939, that are an inestimable record of innovative war photography and of a definitive episode in Spanish history. The photographs include Capa's images of the Battle of Rio Serge, Chim's famous image of a woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting in Estremadura, and Taro's last photos at the Battle of Brunete where she was killed in 1937.
The story of the Mexican Suitcase itself is as fascinating as the photographs contained. Carried by Capa's studio manager from Paris to Bordeaux by bicycle in 1939, it came into the possession of General Francisco Aguilar González, the Mexican ambassador to the Vichy government in 1941-42, and found its way to Mexico City. Decades later the suitcase was discovered among González's belongongs and in 2007 was given to ICP, founded by Robert Capa's brother Cornell Capa and home of the Capa and Taro archives as well as a large Chim collection.
In 1979, Cornell Capa had implored the public to come forward with information about the Mexican Suitcase which he spent years looking for: "Anyone who has information regarding the suitcase should contact me and will be blessed in advance." This landmark two-volume publication, which accompanies a major exhibition at ICP and reproduces all 4,500 negatives from the suitcase, embodies the blessing Capa spoke of and presents the miraculous contents of the suitcase to the public for the first time."






Toward a Deeper Understanding: Paul Strand at Work
Hardcover

"In the late 1940’s, Paul Strand spoke of creating “a series of photographs that focused on the history, architecture, environs and people of a small town (which) would reveal ‘the common denominator of all humanity’ and would be a bridge toward a deeper understanding between countries.” This book presents a rigorously edited selection of these photographs made in France, Italy and New England between the years 1943 and 1953.
Strand identified and explored the myriad variations of some central themes: the primal connection between humans and the natural world, the beauty of simple objects and structures, and the inherent dignity of every individual regardless of wealth or social status. Strand’s photographs encourage the viewer to look closely and observe how details and formal relations emerge."


 

Heinz Hajek-Halke: Artist, Anarchist
Hardcover

"Heinz Hajek-Halke is one of the undiscovered geniuses of early twentieth century experimental photography. He surmounted the purely documentary nature of photography in the turbulent 1920s and developed a variety of aesthetically challenging photo-manipulation techniques which he applied to both personal and commissioned advertising work.
His techniques were the innovative forerunner of digital photography and web design.
This large-format monograph is the first extensive review of Hajek-Halke’s work, encompassing all the creative phases of his career - his nude photography, photo-montages, picture stories, macro-biological images and the abstract Lichtgrafiken (light graphics) of his later work. It contains reproductions of his vintage prints and an abundance of other material, including photo collages, magazine advertisements, dust jackets for books, and graphic designs."



 

Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures
Hardcover

"Here is a treasure trove of rare unpublished family and other photographs, news clippings, concert programs, personal correspondence (including letters from Woody Guthrie), record albums, awards and other memorabilia, some only recently discovered in a basement trunk in New York where Lead Belly’s wife kept everything all these years neatly tucked away. There was even the cherished bottle of Chanel No. 5 that Lead Belly had brought her back from Paris. "My wife is half my life; my guitar is the other half" said Lead Belly."




Like a Thief's Dream, Danny Lyon
Hardcover

"
James Ray Renton—thief, counterfeiter, and bank robber—became one of America’s Ten Most Wanted Men when he was charged with murdering a young Arkansas policeman in 1976. After a daring escape from the Tucker Maximum Security Unit in the 1980s, Renton made the FBI’s Fifteen Most Wanted List before eventually being recaptured. Then, while in solitary confinement, Renton wrote a 60-page account of his escape and adventures, sent in a series of letters to Danny Lyon, a close friend of Renton’s since they had met in the Texas prison system in 1967.
After Renton’s death in 1995, Lyon visited the Arkansas town where Renton had been convicted. Following an incredible paper trail left behind by the crime and 1978 trial (in which Lyon had testified), Lyon located Dinker Cassel, who was sentenced to life along with Renton for the murder. Like a Thief’s Dream is Lyon’s gripping story of two men—one alive, the other dead—and an unparalleled portrayal of prison life in the 1980s and 1990s. A tale of murder and betrayal, romance and robbery, Like a Thief’s Dream is Lyon’s first work of non-fiction in text form, a work of realism based almost entirely on documents including police and FBA records, prison and police mug shots, tape recordings made by the FBI and the author, Renton’s own written account of his escape, letters from other prisoners to the author and to each other, and photographs made by Lyon and anonymous police photographers."







These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday