58 posts tagged books
58 posts tagged books
The colorful history of toy cameras, those affordable film cameras in plastic boxes, is being celebrated in a new book. Christopher D. Salyers and Buzz Poole’s Camera Crazy, available this month from Prestel, starts with the Brownie debuted in 1900 by Kodak — the first affordable camera model — and continues on through marketing ploys like the 1971 Mick-a-Matic shaped like Mickey Mouse; the Diana, favored for its moody prints; and even the recent Shironeko Holga, made specifically to take pictures of cats by attracting their attention with flashing LED lights and meowing coordinated with the shutter button.
“In contrast to other medical specialists’ offices with their practical equipment of examining tables and rolling tools, the therapist’s work space has few obvious demands beyond seating for clinician and patient,” psychiatrist and photographer Sebastian Zimmermann writes in an introduction to Fifty Shrinks. The recently self-published monograph has 50 portraits of New York City therapists in these offices usually only seen by patients, where each detail of the space was specially chosen to support their personal practice.
A new book is looking at the scale of contemporary art, from monumental color experiments on dirt and trees by Katharina Grosse to minuscule amusement parks built from hair and dust by Takahiro Iwasaki. Big Art/Small Art by Tristan Manco, out later this month from Thames & Hudson, is an attempt to see what size means to art in the 21st century.
The Victorian fascination with natural history combined with affordable book publishing led to some comely titles in elegant binding. The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto recently created a fascinating Flickr album of cloth bindings from Victorian natural history tomes in their collections.
Despite being a craft dating back over 30,000 years, fiber work only started to get sculpturally experimental in a serious way in the 1960s and 70s.
Every great museum has at least a few vitrines dedicated to the remarkable object that is the artist’s book. Since the poet William Blake illustrated Songs of Innocence and Experience in the late 18th century, artists ranging from Matisse to Ed Ruscha have approached the medium with reverence.
What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.
As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night. The Soviet space program enlisted dozens of strays from the Moscow streets to test new spacecrafts, with dogs giving their lives in orbit or even before liftoff, such as in 1960, when Bars and Lisichka died in a rocket booster explosion. A new book — Soviet Space Dogs — published this month by FUEL collects 350 illustrations of these Russian canines as they were canonized as symbols of the Space Race.