Photography & The Arts

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Renegades: Born in the USA Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593236314
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Published: Crown - October 26th, 2021

This is an absolute must for a fan of either Obama or Springsteen. You will forever impress the person you gift this beauty to!

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As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic: Selections from the Wedge Collection Cover Image
By Wedge Collection (Selected by), Teju Cole (Preface by), Mark Sealy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781597115100
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Published: Aperture - November 30th, 2021

This gorgeous, giftable collection of photographs by some of the best Black photographers in the world celebrates the African diasporic experience on both sides of the Atlantic with beautifully human portraits of daily life. With text by some of the best Black writers in the world, it is a monumental tribute to Black lives. As Teju Cole describes in his preface, "Too often in the larger culture, we see images of Black people in attitudes of despair, pain, or brutal isolation. As We Rise gently refuses that.

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Birds Cover Image
By Tim Flach, Richard O. Prum (Text by)
ISBN: 9781419747618
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Published: Abrams - November 23rd, 2021

Tim Flach's extraordinary photographs of birds capture their beauty and grace at rest and in motion with intricate detail. These photos astonish in their ability to portray the individuality of these winged miracles of life. What a gorgeous book for any bird lover!

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Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358664758
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Published: Mariner Books - November 16th, 2021

This is a beautiful "behind the scenes" look at the underwater world where "My Octopus Teacher" was filmed. Whether you were one of the millions who fell in love with that memoir of interspecies love, Underwater Wild will inform and entrance.

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Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White: Photographs by Ross Halfin Cover Image
By Ross Halfin (Photographer), Ross Halfin (Introduction by), James Hetfield (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781909526761
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Published: Reel Art Press - October 19th, 2021

Metallica's landmark self-titled album-better known by fans as the Black Album-debuted in 1991 at number one in ten countries and spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. It has since become one of the bestselling albums of all time.

Official photographer Ross Halfin was in the recording studio with the band and documented the tour that followed. Between 1991 and 1993, he shot thousands of film rolls of the hectic performing schedule. Metallica fans, you know who you are. This book is for you.

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Frida Kahlo: Her Universe Cover Image
By Frida Kahlo (Artist), Jessica Maricarmen Serrano Bandala (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Gerardo Estrada (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9788417975531
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Published: Rm - December 7th, 2021

Even if you were lucky enough to see the fantastic travelling exhibit when it was in Chicago this summer, you will want this lavish homage of a book. More than 300 images from the archives of the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City offer readers a glimpse of Kahlo's distinctive wardrobe and the impressive collections of popular and pre-Hispanic art she assembled with Rivera, her connection with photography and the history of La casa azul, her beloved cobalt-blue home that now serves as the museum's main building.

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Mickalene Thomas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714878317
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Published: Phaidon Press - January 5th, 2022

Mickalene Thomas is one of the hottest multidisciplinary artists working today.

Over the past two decades, Mickalene Thomas's critically acclaimed and extensive body of work has spanned painting, collage, photography, video, and the immersive installations that have become her signature. With influences ranging from nineteenth-century painting to popular culture, Thomas's art articulates a complex and empowering vision of aspiration and self-image through gender and race while expanding on and subverting common definitions of beauty, sexuality, and celebrity.

If you want to indulge yourself or a loved one, add this gorgeous volume to your collection. Quantities are limited!

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African Artists: From 1882 to Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9781838662431
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Published: Phaidon Press - November 17th, 2021

This book is a groundbreaking A-Z survey of the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Africa. Gorgeous and timely, is contemporary African art is at the forefront of the current curatorial and collector movement in today's art scene.

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Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland Cover Image
By Annie Leibovitz (By (photographer)), Anna Wintour (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781838661526
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Published: Phaidon Press - November 17th, 2021

Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz's surprising - and surprised - account of her encounters with fashion, Includes 350 extraordinary images (many of them previously unpublished).

" is so big that it can encompass journalism, portraiture, reportage, family photographs, fashion ... My work for Vogue fueled the fire for a kind of photography that I might not otherwise have explored." - A. Leibovitz

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A Diary of the Plague Year: An Illustrated Chronicle of 2020 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250824691
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Published: Metropolitan Books - January 18th, 2022

A few years ago, Elise Engler set out to illustrate the first headline she woke up to everyday and then 2020 happened and her project took on new meaning. This visual diary of 2020 is a vivid reminder of a year no one could have predicted--from Trump to Covid to George Floyd to the election and beyond--it is all recorded in striking images.

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553419467
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Published: Crown - November 2nd, 2021

We hope you were lucky enough to see Ai Weiwei's astonishing exhibit last year at The Kemper Art Museum, but even if you weren't, Weiwei's remarkable memoir is absolutely worth reading.

Once an intimate of Mao Zedong, Ai Weiwei's father was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as "Little Siberia," where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America, where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and was inspired by Andy Warhol. With candor and wit, he details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist-and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.

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Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593320426
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Published: Knopf - November 23rd, 2021

Many of Haruki Murakami's fans know about his massive vinyl record collection (10,000 albums!) and his obsession with running, but few have heard about a more intimate passion: his T-shirt collecting.

The international literary icon opens his eclectic closet: Here are photographs of Murakami's extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public.

You can't read a new Murakami this year, but he's given us the next best thing.

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Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians Cover Image
By Jeb, Lori Lindsey (Afterword by), Lola Flash (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781944860370
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Published: Anthology Editions - March 23rd, 2021

The women in these portraits were some of the first dykes I ever laid eyes on, and the book feels like a lost family album. -Alison Bechdel
In 1979, JEB self-published her first book, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians. In a work that was revolutionary for its era, JEB made photographs of lesbians from different ages and backgrounds in their everyday lives-working, playing, raising families, and striving to remake their worlds. The photographs were accompanied by writings from acclaimed authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Joan Nestle, and others. Various women pictured in the book also shared their personal stories. Eye to Eye signaled a radical new way of seeing-moving lesbian lives from the margins to the center, and reversing a history of invisibility. More than just a book, it was an affirmation of the existence of lesbians that helped to propel a political movement. Reprinted for the first time in forty years, Eye to Eye is a faithful reproduction of a work that still resonates today. This edition features additional essays from artist and writer Tee Corinne, former World Cup soccer player Lori Lindsey, and photographer Lola Flash.