Feature: Sophie Barbasch

Sophie Barbasch’s The Source of Heat triggers an intense gravitational energy that emanates from a particular manipulation of light and color. Images point to atmospheric landscapes, amorphous objects, and emotive figures that mediate an ambiguous spectrum of lightness and darkness.

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Defined as a noun, the word heat describes the sensation, perception, and quality of being hot- often regarded as a sensation relating to the body. As a verb, heat can be understood as an arousal of intense emotion – energy that excites the mind with rage or passion. The Source of Heat repeatedly places the viewer in a position to evaluate an emotional temperature as both action and entity, showing the source of emotion as a moving target.

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Please fine more of Sophie Barbasch’s photography on her website. 

Zine Feature: “a parallel universe” by Chris Moody

Chris Moody recently shared his newest zine, “a parallel universe“, with us. Self described as a “series of images tied and intricately placed together to indicate this life and all of its parallels”, the zine follows this idea in a simple design that allows the photos to speak for themselves. Images range from landscapes, to urban scenes, but a focus on fauna and nature seem prevalent throughout. Besides instances of similar content matter, parallels start to from through the images use of color, form, and even mood, creating a nice little experience that warrants repeat visits. You can pick up a copy of the zine here, and make sure to check out Moody’s website as well.


“The Mad Butcher” by Dale Rothenberg

Just in time for the holidays we are pleased to announce our newest release.

This one is by Dale Rothenberg.

The Mad Butcher” follows the trail of Cleveland based 1930’s serial killer, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Lane. Offering a mix of archival black & white photographs & color photographs of murder specific locations, Rothenberg leads the viewer on a visual journey of history, memory, and begs us to ask questions about what has come before us.

It is now available for pre order & will ship December 15th. It will officially be released at the Aperture book bazaar on December 13.

2014 New York Art Book Fair

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again, but the New York Art Book Fair is this coming weekend and we hope you can swing by the Small Press Dome and say hello. Check out below for more information about the three publications we’ll be releasing at this fair as well as information about the Petty Thieves Five release party tomorrow night in Brooklyn – FB event information here!

“Canals” by Keith Lane
Keith Lane is a Washington, D.C. based photojournalist who we were lucky to have met at the 2013 D.C. Fotoweek Festival. Lane, providing a wide range of expertise and precession within his images, brought to us a series of Polaroids taken while covering the Arab Spring events within Cairo, Egypt. “Canals” provides a unique perspective into the life blood of Cairo,  the Nile river, and shows a quiet reflection of his own time covering the events but also how life must go on despite what is happening within ones daily life. This 11 x 17in, 20 page newsprint publication comes within a screen-printed archival envelope, and features a short verse of text by photographer, Laura El-Tantawy. Pre-order the publication here, or swing by the fair and pick up a copy in person. (All orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014)

Dai Kinchö” by Brett Davis
We recently featured Brett Davis on the blog, and we are now proud to announce the release of his newest booklet, “Dai Kinchö.”  This series takes us into the life of a young Japanese woman as she starts to figure out her own self and sexuality. Davis, using an interesting technique to create his images and pulling from a wide source of Japanese influences, constructs a tale that is both explicit and soft-spoken about the troubles of finding ones own sexuality within a culture that isn’t ready to address it themselves. This 40 page, 7 x 10in saddle stitched newsprint booklet will first be available at the NY Art Book Fair, and Davis will be conducting a signing as well during the fair. If you can’t make the fair, you can order one online as well here, all orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014.

Petty Thieves Five” featuring photographs from Victoria Crayhon, Patrick Barnes, James Whiting, Michael Ast, Josh Loeser, Eleanor Bleier, Jaclyn Wright, Alex Nelson, Sarah Katherine Moore, Justine Tobiasz, Matt Nighswander, Brett Gundlock, Tristan Wheelock, Phil Jackson, William Douglas, Nathaniel Grann, Chris Gregory, Nathan Pearce, Becky Harlan, Nick Wilkinson, Sara J. Winston, Nic Persinger, Thomas Pearson, Hannele Lahti, Carla Rodriguez, Matthew Crowther, Matthew Conboy, Caitlin Carr, Lauren Wansker, Paul Bothwell, Jordan Swartz, Shane Terry, and Taylor Galloway.

It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth installment of Petty Thieves. This one may even be the best yet, featuring a ton of awesome photographers from around the world, as well as plenty of new faces to the Petty Thieves game. The official launch party is tomorrow night - 867 Broadway, Brooklyn / 6:30 – 9:30pm – which will feature a projection of a wider edit of the work as well as the images that made it within this issue. This also happens to be the last event of the Empty Stretch takes-over NYC series at Hell & Gone Gallery, founded by our buddy Chris Berntsen, so make sure to swing by and say hello. Pre-order the publication here, or get one at the fair.

Feature: Cara Harman

Cara Harman’s series “Morning Blues” for me reads like the quiet transition scenes between big events in movies. These soft landscapes just before a character has a break through or break down. In here own words:

“Morning Blues” came around when I felt like I needed a photographic change of some sort. At the time I was only shooting black and white, and was beginning to lose my motivation to shoot for some reason. For class at Art Center College of Design, I usually had to wake up very early (before 6am) just to get there on time since my commute was so far. On my way there I started making little pit stops up and around the hill to take pictures of the surrounding landscapes in the rain and fog. This became a frequent thing and soon I realized how much I enjoyed shooting during these early mornings. It was something about that calm, blue, foggy low-light atmosphere that had me in a trance. The project soon developed into road-trips that I would plan out, and awakened a new sense of adventure in me. 

Please find more of Cara Harman’s work on her website.