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Wise Women

Lee MillerHatje Cantz
Mary Ellen Mark: Tiny, Streetwise RevisitedAperture
Francesca Woodman: On Being an AngelKoenig Books
Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-garde 1927–40Aperture
Frida Kahlo: Her PhotosRM
Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie MuellerBbooks Verlag
Fazal Sheikh: LadliSteidl/Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris
Alfons MuchaTorst
Christine Turnauer: PresenceHatje Cantz
Cedric Nunn: Call and ResponseHatje Cantz

Lee MillerLee Miller

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Walter Moser. Text by Anna Hanreich, Astrid Mahler, Elissa Mailänder, Walter Moser, Ute Wrocklage.

Lee Miller (1907-77) began her artistic career in 1929 as a Surrealist photographer in Paris. She produced images, often in collaboration with Man Ray, in which she isolated motifs by means of tight framing and experimental techniques, and in doing so rendered visible a paradoxical reality.
This publication surveys Miller's best works, including early Surrealist compositions as well as travel photos. At the end of World War II, Miller traveled through Europe as a war reporter, producing harrowing photographs of considerable historical significance. One of her most spectacular pictures originated in late April 1945 in Adolf Hitler's city apartment at Prinzregentenplatz in Munich: Lee had a photo taken of herself sitting naked in the dictator's bathtub--not long after having captured on film the crimes committed in the concentration camps in Dachau and Buchenwald immediately after their liberation by the occupying forces (Miller was one of the first photographers to do so).

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Mary Ellen Mark: Tiny, Streetwise RevisitedMary Ellen Mark: Tiny, Streetwise Revisited

Published by Aperture.
Text by Isabel Allende, John Irving, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Bell.

In 1988, Mary Ellen Mark published a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth living in Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers and small-time drug dealers. Critically acclaimed, Streetwise introduced us to individuals who were not easily forgotten, including "Tiny" (Erin Blackwell)--a 13-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny 30 years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark's most significant and long-term projects. Now 43, Tiny has ten children and her life has unfolded in unexpected ways, which together speak to issues of poverty, class, race and addiction. This significantly expanded iteration of the classic monograph presents the iconic work of the first edition along with Mark's moving and intimate body of work on Tiny, most of which is previously unpublished. Texts and captions are drawn from conversations between Tiny and Mary Ellen Mark as well as Mark's husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, who made the landmark film, Streetwise. Tiny, Streetwise Revisited provides a powerful education about one of the more complex sides of American life, as well as insight into the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject for over 30 years.
Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) was a legendary American photographer known for her photojournalism and portraiture. Her work has been widely published and is included in public collections around the world. In 2014, Mark received the George Eastman House Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award.

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Francesca Woodman: On Being an AngelFrancesca Woodman: On Being an Angel

Published by Koenig Books.
Edited with text by Anna Tellgren. Foreword by Daniel Birnbaum, Ann-Sofie Noring. Introduction by Lena Esseling. Text by Anna-Karin Palm, George Woodman.

On Being an Angel takes its title from a caption the artist inscribed on two of her photographs—self-portraits with her head thrust back and her chest thrust forward. Typical of Woodman’s work in the way they cast the female body as simultaneously physical and immaterial, these photographs and the evocative title they share are apt choices to encapsulate the work of an artist whose legacy has been unavoidably colored by her tragic personal biography and her death, at age 22, by suicide. In less than a decade, Woodman produced a fascinating body of work—in black and white and in color—exploring gender, representation, sexuality and the body through the photographing of her own body and those of her friends. Since her death, Woodman’s influence continues to grow: her work has been the subject of numerous in-depth studies and exhibitions in recent years, and her photographs have inspired artists all over the world. Published to accompany a travelling exhibition of Woodman’s work, Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel offers a comprehensive overview of Woodman’s oeuvre, organized chronologically, with texts by Anna Tellgren, Anna-Karin Palm and the artist’s father, George Woodman.
Francesca Woodman (1958–81) was born in Denver, Colorado, to an artistic family and began experimenting with photography as a teenager. In 1975 she attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 1979 she moved to New York to attempt to build a career in photography. Woodman’s working career was intense but brief, cut short by her death in 1981.

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Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-garde 1927–40Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-garde 1927–40

Published by Aperture.
Foreword by Marta Gili. Text by Cristina Zelich, Susan Kismaric, Giovanni Martini.

Florence Henri's work occupied a central place in the world of avant-garde photography in the late 1920s and this survey pays homage to the artist's essential contribution. Accompanying an exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, the volume offers an overview of Henri's work produced between 1927 and 1940, including her iconic self-portraits and still lifes as well as her lesser-known portraits of her contemporaries, photomontages, collages and documentary work. László Moholy-Nagy declared that "with Florence Henri's photos, photographic practice enters a new phase—the scope of which would have been unimaginable before today. Above and beyond the precise and exact documentary composition of these highly defined photos, research into the effects of light is tackled not only through abstract photograms, but also in photos of real-life subjects … Reflections and spatial relationships, superposition and intersections are just some of the areas explored from a totally new perspective...." Henri remains an inspiration for photographers, artists and design enthusiasts alike.
Florence Henri (1893–1982) initially studied painting at the Academie Moderne in Paris. In 1928 she turned to photography after spending a semester at the Dessau Bauhaus. Henri continued to make photographs until World War II when the Nazi occupation of France forbade her photographic style and materials became difficult to source. She turned her attention to abstract painting and continued to paint until her death in the early 1980s.

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Frida Kahlo: Her PhotosFrida Kahlo: Her Photos

Published by RM.
Edited by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Text by James Oles, Horacio Fernandez, Masayo Nonaka, Laura González, Mauricio Ortíz, Gerardo Estrada, Rainer Huhle, Gaby Franger.

When Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera asked the poet Carlos Pellicer to turn her family home, the fabled Blue House, into a museum. Pellicer selected some paintings, drawings, photographs, books and ceramics, maintaining the space just as Kahlo and Rivera had arranged it to live and work in. The rest of the objects, clothing, documents, drawings and letters, as well as over 6,000 photographs collected by Kahlo over the course of her life, were put away in bathrooms that had been converted into storerooms. This incredible trove remained hidden for more than half a century, until, just a few years ago, these storerooms and wardrobes were opened up. Kahlo's photograph collection was a major revelation among these finds, a testimony to the tastes and interests of the famous couple, not only through the images themselves but also through the telling annotations inscribed upon them. Frida Kahlo: Her Photos allows us to speculate about Kahlo's and Rivera's likes and dislikes, and to document their family origins; it supplies a thrilling and hugely significant addition to our knowledge of Kahlo's life and work.

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Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie MuellerEdgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

Published by Bbooks Verlag.
By Chloé Griffin. Contributions by John Waters, Mink Stole, Gary Indiana, et al.

Cookie Mueller (1949-1989) was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York's downtown art world. Edgewise, by Berlin-based actress and writer Chloé Griffin, tells the story of Cookie's life through an oral history composed of more than 80 interviews with the people who knew her, including John Waters, Mink Stole, Gary Indiana, Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, Linda Yablonsky, Richard Hell, Amos Poe and Raymond Foye. The contributors take us from the late-1960s artist communes of Baltimore to 1970s Provincetown and New York, through 1980s Berlin and Positano. Along with the text, Edgewise includes artwork, unpublished photographs and archival material and photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Armstrong, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar and others.

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Fazal Sheikh: LadliFazal Sheikh: Ladli

Published by Steidl/Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris.

In India it costs a poor family 50 rupees to hire a midwife to oversee the birth of a child. For an additional 10 rupees, the parents are assured that the birth of a girl will be met with an act of infanticide by the midwife. The alternative for many is an institution like the Delhi orphanage, in which Fazal Sheikh's work on the predicament of the girl-child in India begins--and 99 percent of that orphanage's population are girls. Girl Child follows on the heels of Sheik's 2005 Moksha, which documented the plight of the Indian widow, and for which, in combination with this companion volume, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson granted Sheikh its 2005 HCB Award. Sheikh's previous books include A Sense of Common Ground, The Victor Weeps, A Camel for the Son and Ramadan Moon. He was born in New York in 1965, and studied at Princeton University; he has received Fulbright and NEA fellowships, and presented his work at the Tate Modern, London, the International Center of Photography in New York and the United Nations. Sheikh is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City.

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Alfons MuchaAlfons Mucha

Published by Torst.
Essay by Josef Moucha.

Though Alfons Mucha, known as Alphonse Mucha, (1860-1939) achieved lasting international acclaim as an Art Nouveau painter, graphic designer and decorator, his photography is not as well known. In this new, expanded edition produced in cooperation with the Mucha Trust, an intimate and accomplished photographer is revealed. A kind of sketchbook and personal visual diary, this record of captured moments from the mid-1880s until the end of the artist's life illuminates both Mucha's career as an artist and the time in which he lived. In addition, the behind-the-scenes glimpses of his studio prove that Mucha--a key creator of the ideal of Art Nouveau beauty--was one of the pioneers of the classic nude in Czech photography. For lay readers and photographic connoisseurs alike, this volume illuminates a unique and powerful artistic vision.

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Christine Turnauer: PresenceChristine Turnauer: Presence

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Text by Frank Horvat, Christine Turnauer.

Austrian photographer Christine Turnauer (born 1945) depicts significant encounters between two or more people, photographed against neutral, preexisting backgrounds. Presence highlights these respectful, moving portraits in black and white.

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Cedric Nunn: Call and ResponseCedric Nunn: Call and Response

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by Ralf-P. Seippel.

Since the early 1980s, Cedric Nunn (born 1957) has chronicled the daily realities of apartheid, civil war and social unrest in South Africa and neighboring Mozambique. He began photographing in Durban--the third largest city in South Africa--documenting the realities of apartheid largely ignored by the mainstream media, and soon moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Afrapix collective and agency. Working largely with such non-governmental organizations, Nunn has continued to document social change, focusing particularly on rural issues. He envisages his work as a force for social good, declaring, “I am committed through my photographs to contributing to societal change that will leave a positive legacy for the children of Africa.” Call and Response features work from the 1970s to the present offering an introduction to the oeuvre of one of South Africa’s great social photographers.

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