I found Joel Smith’s The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time at a Half Price Books some months ago. It was still shrink-wrapped from the publisher and looked like it might fit in with something I’ve been thinking about lately (and that Jim Grey touched on recently at Down The Road), so I snatched it up. Continue reading “Unwrapping ‘The Life and Death of Buildings’”
Kodak Plus-X 125 was a fine grained, sharp, black & white that Kodak discontinued back in 2011. It was the last of the low speed, traditional grain black & white Kodak stocks. If you want slow, black & white Kodak film now, T-Max is all you get (or you can go with some hand-rolled expired or movie film from the FPP, or try your luck at ebay).
It’s really a shame: I love this film, despite its horrid curl, and despise T-Max. Maybe Kodak will bring it back one day.
I won’t hold my breath. Continue reading “Kodak Plus-X 125”
In Beyond Caring, Paul Graham chronicles the breakdown in the British Social Welfare system during the heyday of Thatcherism in the early- and mid-1980s. This Errata Editions version (Books on Books #9) reproduces every page in the original book, alongside essays by David Chandler and Jeffrey Ladd, and it’s a great way to experience the work, in book form, now that original versions are fetching $350 dollars or more…
Continue reading “Unboxing ‘Beyond Caring’ (Errata Editions)”
William Kline’s Life is Good and Good For You in New York Trance Witness Revels is one of those low print run, long out of print, wildly expensive, classic photobooks that pop up in discussions from time to time. I don’t recall what brought it to mind for me, but I went hunting and was able to find the Errata Editions reprint (Books on Books #5) for a song. Continue reading “Unboxing William Kline’s ‘New York’”
I’m not quite sure what I can say about John Gossage‘s pomodori a grappolo. Professional photographers that I admire heap praise on Gossage’s work, on his seeing, so there must be something there, but after 4 trips through the 3, large books that make up pomodori a grappolo, I’m still not quite getting it.
I stumbled across this 2008 catalog from an exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the Photography section of a Half Price Books, shelved incorrectly, shoved in between a couple of large Ann Geddes books and sortof pushed to the back, as if someone was trying to hide it. It was still in the wrapper from the publisher, and the only copy in the store, so I couldn’t get a look inside. I was intrigued.
I posted a picture on twitter and asked if anyone was aware of it, hemmed and hawed for a bit: should I or shouldn’t I? I figured $7 wasn’t too much, and I had a 50% off coupon, so I pulled the trigger.