STANLEY/BARKER is hosting a special group book signing during Paris Photo Fair.
The event, jointly hosted with Jeu de Paume, is on from 4pm to 5pm on Saturday, November 10.
A limited number of posters designed by The Entente and printed with metallic ink especially for the signing will be available for guests.
Signed copies of the following books will be available:
Mark Steinmetz’s Past K-Ville continues the poetic journey that began in 15 Miles to K-Ville.
Taken on road trips throughout the American South the collection dates from the mid-1990s.
Steinmetz’s destinations included Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chattanooga, and Athens, Georgia
Spray-painted rumours of romance punctuate a world comprised largely of teenagers and young couples.
“I love the South for its warmth and chaos,” said Steinmetz.
“The vegetation down here grows rampant, the light is softened by humid air.
“The people are for the most part friendly and they are comfortable in their bodies.
“They tend to be more open to being photographed by a stranger. The unexpected happens here a lot.”
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Sunil Gupta created this body of work while studying in New York.
Having originally intended to enrol in an MBA, his decision to study photography with Lisette Model in the New School was a significant turning point.
He spent his weekends ‘cruising’ with his camera in the ‘heady days’ after Stonewall and before AIDS.
Gupta has said, in retrospect, the pictures have become nostalgic and iconic for an important moment in his personal history.
Christopher Anderson’s photographs portray a contemporary China in the midst of perpetual reinvention.
“I have seen the future and it is now and it is China,” he said.
“There is no need for the past. It can be erased.
“A new happiness is being constructed, an approximation of joy, better than the real thing.”
Tightly cropped and extremely close up these images bring the viewer to an intimate distance.
The only context is the ambient artificial light illuminating the faces.
Giving only the sensual information of the physical form allows the viewer the indiscreet pleasure of staring at another human face and wondering who the individual might be or what they might be thinking about at the moment of the photograph.
These photographs are not a documentary about what people do. Rather they are a search for connection and recognition of self.
Limited copies of Approximate Joy are available as the book is now out of print.
Guests should arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Bushes and Succulents
Mona Kuhn’s Bushes and Succulents is a celebration of the female essence – confident, raw and elegant, yet confrontational and unapologetic.
Reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral paintings, your eyes wander around the graceful lines, not knowing exactly what you are looking at.
The solarisation process reveals human imperfections, not only in the metallic brilliance of the skin, but also brings to the surface a woman’s struggles, strengths, and power.
“The frame reminded me of early childhood, at age eight or so, when I would jump in the shower with my mother,” she said.
“It resonates an adoration and child-like curiosity for what it is to be a woman.
“My intention is not to objectify the body, but to celebrate the female body and its essence.”
The Last Hurrah
Dafydd Jones won a prize in a photography competition run by The Sunday Times magazine in 1981 with his Bright Young Things series.
Hired by Tatler, he photographed the Hunt Balls, society weddings and debutante dances of the British upper class until 1989.
“I had access to what felt like a secret world,” he said.
“It was a subject that had been written about and dramatised but I don’t think any photographers had ever tackled before.
“There was a change going on. Someone described it as a ‘last hurrah’ of the upper classes.”
Tom Wood’s latest photo book invites readers into the world of Great Homer Street Market.
Taken at the market just outside the centre of Liverpool, the images capture its life and visitors from 1978 to 1999.
“I was first introduced to Great Homer Street market in 1975, by a girlfriend with family in Dingle, Liverpool,” says Wood.
“At that time, I bought two double-breasted Worsted-wool three-piece suits and a three-buttoned pinstripe suit with turn ups, for a total of four pounds.
“I thought, ‘what a great market!’. It was vast then down both sides of the street, but by the time I began to photograph the second-hand clothes had all but disappeared.
“Yet the market was still crowded with the same mothers and daughters who for generations had frequented ‘Greatie’.”
STANLEY/BARKER is a publishing house founded in London by Rachel and Gregory Barker.
From its studio in the Scottish Borders, it produces a select list of highly individual publications each year.
Spectrum Photographic is a partner of STANLEY/BARKER.
The signing is at Jeu de Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France.
Doors open at 4pm on Saturday, November 10.