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Daylight Books Fall 2014

HIROSHI WATANABE: THE DAY THE DAM COLLAPSES

POEM BY KIRSTEN RIAN

AFTERWORD BY HIROSHI WATANABE

PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2014

     

The latest body of work from California-based Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe (born 1951), The Day the Dam Collapses consists (unusually for this artist) of digital pictures taken over the past five years (since his son was born). Ranging from seemingly ordinary details of quotidian life to poetic visual metaphors, The Day the Dam Collapses paints the cycles of life as fleeting, fragile and devastatingly ephemeral. In his essay in the book, Watanabe writes: « the truth is, we are all living like the characters in a disaster movie. We know we may someday face a disaster or a terrible event, but we keep living calmly as we do not know what and when that might occur. But a disaster will surely come to us. And the largest disaster must be our death that we all have to face sometime in the future. » Despite these looming intimations of mortality, Watanabe persists in recording and sharing a life fully felt.

Book Details: ISBN 9780989798112; $45 US; Hardback; 19 x 24 cm; 88 pages; 66 color

 

E. BRADY ROBINSON: ART DESKS

INTRODUCTION BY ANDY GRUNDBERG

PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2014

Pictured above right: Hansen Mulford, Orlando Museum of Art

E. Brady Robinson’s Art Desks features photographs of the desks and working spaces of artists, curators, art dealers and critics throughout the East Coast of the United States. Her subjects include collector Mera Rubell, historian David Ward and photographer William Christenberry. In his essay entitled « Office Politics », renowned art critic, curator and educator Andy Grundberg writes: « Yes, these photographs, like all photographs, show us exterior surfaces and not what lies inside or behind them, and they avoid peering into anyone’s desk drawers. But in their curiosity and frankness, they reveal more than we have a right to expect. »

Book Details: ISBN 9780989798143$39.95 US; $39.95 US; Hardback; 25.4 x 16.5 cm; 112 pages; 57 color

 

#SANDY: SEEN THROUGH THE iPHONES OF ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHERS

EDITED BY WYATT GALLERY, TEXTS BY SEAN CORCORAN AND EDDIE BRANNAN

PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2014

  
Cover Image: Star Jet Rollercoaster – Seaside Heights, New Jersey by Benjamin Lowy;
Right of Cover Image: Kissam Ave, Oakwood Staten Island, New York by Wyatt Gallery

#Sandy is a book of iPhone photos of Hurricane Sandy captured by some of today’s most acclaimed photographers. After Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut areas in October of 2012, Foley Gallery and photographer Wyatt Gallery organized an exhibition of iPhone photographs of the storm. Hundreds of people attended the one-night event, and almost 400 photographs were purchased: as a result, $19,000 was donated to Occupy Sandy and Third Wave Volunteers. These photographs were also shown in the Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy exhibition at the Museum of The City of New York that opened in October 2013. This fall, coinciding with the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the photographs will be published for the first time in #Sandy. The book’s all-star cast of professional photographers includes Benjamin Lowy, Stephen Wilkes, Ed Kashi/Vll, Richard Renaldi, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Owerko, Wyatt Gallery, Ruddy Roye, Craig Wetherby, Andrew Quilty, 13th Witness, Michael Christopher Brown, Yosra El-Essawy, Erica Simone, Giles Clarke, Sam Horine, Duffy Higgins, Dylan Chandler, Brent Bartley, and Nicole Sweet. This book is dedicated to the people whose lives were affected by Hurricane Sandy. 100% of the royalties will be donated to Occupy Sandy to support their continuous rebuilding efforts.

Book Details: ISBN 9780988983175;$39.95 US; Hardback; 20.3 x 20.3 cm; 96 pages; 94 color

 

ROBERT SHULTS: THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT

INTRODUCTION BY TODD DITMIRE, TEXT BY RUDY RUCKER

PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 29, 2014

    

The Superlative Light presents a layperson’s awestruck experience of the Texas Petawatt Laser, an unparalleled research facility which produces the most powerful laser pulse anywhere in the world. Texas-based photographer Robert Shults’ series of images draws upon the visual traditions of « grade B » science-fiction cinema in its exploration of a truly unique space where some of the most extreme conditions in the universe are recreated, recasting real working scientists as the heroes of an imaginary epic. The book features a scientific introduction by Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an original science fiction story by award-winning author and mathematician Rudy Rucker. Additionally, each copy of the volume includes a unique bookmark made from specialized laser « burn paper » with an image etched directly onto its surface by the Texas Petawatt.

Book Details: ISBN 9780989798129; $39.95 US; Flexibind; 23 x 20.3 cm; 84 pages; 42 duotone

 

ORGASM: PHOTOGRAPHS AND INTERVIEWS

BY LINDA TROELLER AND MARION SCHNEIDER

ESSAYS BY DR. BETSY DODSON AND PROFESSOR JACQUES POULIN

PUBLICATION DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

  

In this ground-breaking volume, Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews, photographer Linda Troeller and author and ethnographer Marion Schneider, collaborate to discuss and portray women’s feelings about orgasm through personal narratives and photographs. Orgasminvolved the participation of 25 women of different ages, nationalities, and cultural and social backgrounds who opened their bodies and minds to share intimate stories about their own experiences achieving orgasm independently and with their partners. This book continues the investigation into female sexuality begun by Troeller and Schneider’s landmark 1998 volume The Erotic Lives of Women, acclaimed in The New York Times Review of Books as « one of the gutsiest books of the decade. » Ten years in the making (2004-2014), Orgasm continues to foster discussion about female sexuality in the 21st century.

Book Details: ISBN 9780989798136; $35.00 US; Flexibind; 23 x 18 cm; 188 pages; 90 color

 

ELAINE MAYES: RECENTLY

ESSAYS BY PETER SCHLESSINGER AND JOHN OLSON

AFTERWORD BY ELAINE MAYES

PUBLICATION DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 2014

  

For the past six years, the photographer Elaine Mayes (born 1936) has been crisscrossing the U.S., never remaining in one place for more than three or four months at a time. The resulting sequence of stylistically diverse photographs collected in this volume represents a diary-like record of an itinerant life that seems a far cry from the On the Road-style liberty enjoyed by rebellious young people of the 1950s and 60s–and yet Mayes’ pictures, taken in places that range from the Southern Oregon Coast to Italy, France, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and New York’s Financial District, Tribeca and Brooklyn, are nothing if not joyful, exuberant exercises in freedom and revolt. With this volume, Mayes moves forward from the portrayal of more liberated lifestyles that she began in the 1960s with her pictures from San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury and the music counterculture to focus on a broader vista that encompasses our current cultural moment.Book Details: ISBN 9780989798150$45; $45.00 US; Hardback; 25.4 x 19 cm; 96 pages; 79 colorDaylight 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 more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org. Daylight recently launched an immersive art platform to satisfy the appetite of digital consumers that features the work of established and emerging artists. To check it out, visit www.daylight.co.

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