Thursday, 29 November 2012

Free ebooks...

are commonplace, but this one is special...

Michael Mack launches his new venture (MAPP) with a free iPad edition of a very rare artists' book by Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 nominees Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin.  You can download War Primer 2 by signing up to the MAPP editions newsletter.

Other titles are available, although they are not free, and include versions of catalogues from two fairly recent exhibitions - Figures & fictions: contemporary South African photography; and Glamour of the gods.  Both titles are available in print in the library since we buy most of the catalogues for the major shows in London.

Some more sort-of-ebooks I came across this week are the photograph albums for Let us now praise famous men.  'Photographs of cotton sharecropper families' volume 1 and volume 2 are available from the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.  They are not as well-presented as the British Library's turning the pages site, but they're still pretty interesting, so have a look and let me know if you find anything else interesting!

Finally, a couple of new ebooks for the library collection...

Behind the image : research in photography

Photography and science

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The best British documentaries of 2011/12...

...were given plaudits at the Grierson documentary awards recently.

Most of these were broadcast on terrestrial TV (who says there's never anything worth watching on!) and as such they are available via Box of Broadcasts - our fantastic new resource - so I have created a playlist for you.

I watched the programme on Jeremy Deller at the weekend, which although hardly life-changing, was an interesting look at the artist's work to date.

On a related note, I don't suppose the episode of Imagine, broadcast on BBC 1 this week, will be up for an award next year.  However, it was an amusing profile of the photographer and film-maker William Klein - currently showing at an UNMISSABLE show at Tate Modern.  Watching Alan Yentob's occasional discomfort in the photographer's company was worth watching for. There were also interesting reflections from Don McCullin, who commented that Klein was a photographer who "had the courage to go forward rather than step backwards," and from Martin Parr, whose idea of photographing like a fly owes something to Klein I'm sure. Discuss!

See it on Box of Broadcasts here or login below and refresh this page.

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The story of LIFE magazine... another programme I have found on BOB. Photographer Rankin profiles, "the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century" here (or embedded below).

Incidentally, Life is now available online courtesy of Google Books. You will find every issue from 1936, when the magazine was first issued, until 1972. It's fantastic!

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Paris Photo - Photobooks of the year

Paris Photo opens today!

They will be announcing their choice of Photobook of the Year tomorrow at 1PM - the shortlisted titles are below.

Ori Gersht. History Repeating. MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mikhael Subotzky. Retinal Shift. Steidl.
Sophie Calle. Rachel. Monique.  Xavier Barral.
David Alan Harvey. (based on a true story). Burn Books.
Anders Peterson. City Diary. Steidl.
Stephen Shore. Book of Books. Phaidon.
Pietro Mattioli. Two Thousand Light Years From Home. Kodoji Press.
Jacqueline Hassink. Table of Power 2. Hatje Cantz.
Lise Sarfati. She. Twin Palms.
Anouk Kruithof. A Head with Wings. Little Brown Mushroom.

There is also a First Book award, and you can find the shortlisted titles on the Paris Photo website.  This includes C.E.N.S.U.R.A., which I posted about two weeks ago.

The book awards feature heavily in the next Photobook Review, available digitally on various devices.

American Photo - Books of the year

Believe it or not, its that time again.... Here are 50+ photobooks of the year from American Photo...

Crager, J, & Comstock, L 2012, 'PHOTO BOOKS OF THE YEAR', American Photo, 23, 6, pp. 55-62, Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost, viewed 8 November 2012.

The Lucie Awards 2012

The Lucie Awards 2012 were announced last month.

The full list of nominees and winners are available on the Lucie Awards website, but here are the results for book publisher and photography magazine...


BurnBooks for (based on a true story) WINNER
Aperture for Petrochemical America
Steidl for Chromes
Harry N Abrams Inc for Women are Heroes
21st Editions for The Prophecies of William Blake


British Journal of PhotographyWINNER
Nueva Luz Photographic Journal

Foam International Photography Magazine

AAANZ - Best Book

 ...and the prize for the the best acronymn goes to 'The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand'!

They have awarded Susan Best's book below the accolade of Best Book!  You can access this online via the link below.

Best, S. (2011).  Visualizing feeling; affect and the feminine avant-garde.  London: I.B. Taurus.

This was published in June of 2011.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

£100 Amazon vouchers could be yours...

The University is undertaking some work to explore digital literacy skills and employability and we need your views.  Please take 10-15 minutes to complete our survey and have the chance to be entered into a prize draw for £100 Amazon vouchers.

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Thursday, 1 November 2012

New books Sept-Oct

New books

This is the first 'new books' post of the current academic year and covers all the new titles added to the collection so far. 

Today, I am experimenting with a new way of listing these using Library Search, so try the following:  Photography, Film and TV, and - always the most interesting category - Miscellaneous.

In case these links don't work you can also access my Google Bookshelf, where they are also listed (Photography, Film and TV, and Miscellaneous).

There is a new edition of the Visual culture reader, and new photobooks by Ryan McGinley, Fred Herzog and Julian Baron (see the fantastic video below), and also a major new history of photography published by Thames & Hudson, with an introduction by David Campany.

There are also new books on Michael Haneke and on the 'Dark Knight' (that's Batman to you) - the latter written by Will Brooker, a former student at the university.

Julián Barón // Censura from Kanseisounds on Vimeo.


The following ebooks are also available.  Students currently studying on the 'Perspectives in photography' module may find in useful to look at the 'New keywords' book for words such as 'other,' 'identity,' 'orientalism,' and 'postcolonialism.'

BFI Statistical Yearbook 2012 (free online); back-copies also available.
The media and body image: if looks could kill
Computer and machine vision

Computational Colour Science using MATLAB

Basics Photography 01: Composition, 2nd Edition
New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society


Keep an eye out for a couple of new books by Alec Soth - one is called Looking for love and is due in soon, and before the end of the year, the much anticipated (by me at least), Broken manualI'm also looking forward to Fifty key writers on photography, and Cities and photography both from Routledge this year and Joram Ten Brink, Professor of Film at the University of Westminster, is co-editor of Killer Images - due out soon.