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Daylight Books Spring 2014

BULL CITY SUMMER by Sam Stephenson
EMPIRE by Martin Hyers and Will Mebane
THE FORBIDDEN REEL by Jonathan Saruk
THE RETURN by Adrain Chesser and Timothy White Eagle
TRANSCUBA by Mariette Pathy Allen


Ten years ago Michael Itkoff and Taj Forer launched an innovative publishing brand called Daylight. Today, Daylight has evolved into one of the most forward-thinking publishers of art photography worldwide. By exploring the documentary mode alongside the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.

Last year, Daylight published eight critically acclaimed books, starting with The Last Roll (Jeff Jacobson), After Hiroshima (Elin O’Hara Slavick), Growing Up in the New Age (Marjolaine Ryley), and Minescape (Brett Van Ort) in the spring, and All the Queens Men (Katie Murray), Homeplace (Sarah Christianson), May the Road Rise to Meet You (Sara Macel) and Postcards Home (Henry Jacobson) in the fall. The books were covered by major outlets, including The New York Times, Interview, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Telegraph, Rangefinder, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Photo District News, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Hotshoe, Photo, l’Oeil, Réponses Photo.

Daylight’s spring 2014 season of books cover a compelling array of topics and issues — the struggles of LGBTQ men and women in the US military; the transgender community in Cuba which enjoys greater acceptance under Raúl Castro’s presidency; the diversity of American culture found at the ballpark of a minor league baseball team and through objects in our homes and places of work; the return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle where you « give back more than you take; » an American town with fantastical landscapes that morphed from aviation training facility to gaming community; and a glimpse into daily life in Kabul, Afghanistan where going to the cinema, once banned by the Taliban, is a welcome escape from the harsh reality of this violence-plagued city.

See below for more details on the books. PDFs are available upon request.

MAY 2014


 Through compelling photographs and interviews, documentary photographer and educator Vincent Cianni (born 1952) has created an important historical record of the struggles of the LGBTQ men and women in the US military. As the Human Rights Commission attests, the US military has a long history of human rights abuses against homosexuals, with harassment and discrimination frequently resulting in lost careers. In many cases, these men and women — highly skilled, well educated, patriotic, courageous and productive — had attained high rank, received numerous medals and held top-level jobs that were essential to the military. ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ (and historically the ban against homosexuals) failed to protect the human rights of a significant portion of gay and lesbian military, and at times service members were penalized and prohibited from receiving an honorable discharge to retain benefits accorded them for serving, oftentimes under extreme conditions of a combat zone. Gays in the Military tells their stories. To visit the artist’s website, go here.

APRIL 2014


Between 2004 and 2007, American photographers Martin Hyers and Will Mebane made a series of road trips through the American South, West and East to create a photographic archive of objects. The project, titled Empire, yielded more than 9,000 photographs captured in 25 states. Using two hand-held 4 x 5 view cameras, Hyers and Mebane ventured out into public places, met strangers and accompanied them back to their homes, offices and factories to photograph. Working in a deliberately forensic fashion, they photographed the objects they encountered – stoves, family photographs, computers, trophies and the like. Many of the objects included in their project are discomfiting because of their impending obsolescence: an overhead projector rests on a table, a typewriter sits on a desk, a set of encyclopedias waits well-organized on a yellow bookshelf. To visit the artists’ website, go here.

Conceived and Edited by Sam Stephenson
Text by Howard L. Craft, Adam Sobsey, Emma D. Miller
Photographs by Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson,
Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe and Jeff Whetstone
MAY 2014

Bull city summer cov

Bull City Summer: A Season At The Ballpark was conceived and edited by Sam Stephenson, author of the landmark and critically acclaimed The Jazz Loft Project (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009). This volume brings together a team of artists and documentarians around a season of minor league baseball to find stories and images on the field and behind the scenes that collectively present a microcosm of contemporary American culture engaged around a favorite pastime. The Durham Bulls are one of the most popular and successful minor league baseball teams in the country, with more players being sent to the Majors than any other minor league team. To diversify the documentation of the 2013 season, guest artists Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe and Jeff Whetstone were invited to photograph the team in Durham. « The opportunity to photograph spring baseball in North Carolina was a no-brainer, » Soth says. « The pacing of baseball arouses a kind of leisurely attentiveness that is analogous to photographic seeing. You look and look and then every once in a while, snap, you get a hit. » To visit the book website, go here.

APRIL 2014


For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allen has been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency. This publication therefore records a cultural watershed within Cuba. In addition to color photographs and interviews by Allen, the book also includes a contribution from Raúl Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. In 2005, Castro proposed a project, which became law three years later, to allow transgender individuals to receive sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender. To visit the artist’s website, go here.

Photographs by Jonathan Saruk
Texts by Javed Rezayee and Annick Shen
APRIL 2014


In a nondescript concrete building along a busy street in the old city of Kabul, young men file into a dark, smoke-filled theater and take their seats. Soon the projector roars to life, and the audience begins to laugh, whistle and even dance as the latest Pakistani cinematic drama illuminates the big screen before them. In his new book, The Forbidden Reel, American- born photographer Jonathan Saruk documents the cinemas of Kabul-entertainment venues that had been banned under the Taliban but which have sputtered back to life since the US invasion 12 years ago. The Forbidden Reel provides an alternative narrative to life in this violence-plagued city where going to the movies, for many, is an escape from the harsh reality that lies outside. To visit the artist’s website go here.

MAY 2014

   Floating Island-PreliminarySM

Washington, D.C. based photographer Mike Osborne‘s Floating Island revolves around the border-straddling community of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. Once home to an important World War II aviation training facility, the town is now a gaming destination with five sprawling casinos. In addition to tracing this historical trajectory, Osborne’s photographs reflect on the surrounding landscape’s fantastical aspects. The book’s title, Floating Island, refers to a small mountain located at the heart of the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats. Due to a mirage, the mountain appears to hover perpetually above the horizon line. Drawing on the phenomenon of the mirage — a real illusion — Osborne merges documentary and cinematic approaches to produce photographs that respect the particularities of the site while also exploring the myths and fantasies that it inspires. To view the artist’s website, go here.

ADRAIN CHESSER in Collaboration with
Native American Ritualist TIMOTHY WHITE EAGLE
APRIL 2014


From 2006 to 2012, Seattle-based photographer Adrain Chesser (born 1965) and Native American Ritualist Timothy White Eagle traveled throughout the western states of Nevada, Idaho, California and Oregon with a loose band of comrades, practicing a hunter-gatherer way of life. This bold adventure necessitated the collective rearing, killing and cooking of animals, foraging for berries, sleeping outdoors or creating shelter, and surviving harsh terrain. Chesser and White Eagle’s experiment produced the body of work titled The Return, a lyrical portrait of a contemporary nomadic existence. « Give back more than you take » is a well-known tenet of early hunter-gather societies, and The Return is a complex exploration of the attempt to implement this mythic ideal as it intersects with the reality of modern life. To visit the artist’s website, go here.

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For information, visit www.daylightbooks.org. To check out Daylight Digital, visit www.daylightdigital.co

Daylight media contact: To receive PDFs of the books, artwork, and to arrange interviews with the artists, please contact
Europe: Myrtille Beauvert; myrtille.beauvert@gmail.com
US: Andrea Smith; andreasmith202@gmail.com
Physical books will be available in March!

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