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CURRENT EVENTS

Joanna Piotrowska: Animal Enrichment & Little Sunshine

​Thursday 15 April
19:00 BST
, London
14:00 EDT, New York

This special screening presents two films by Joanna Piotrowska to mark the release of her new book Stable Vices. Alluding to the visual language of scientific experimentation, Piotrowska studies encounters between the staged and spontaneous as she explores animal instincts and domestic environments.

The films will only be available via MACK during the live transmission. Courtesy of the artist and Southard Reid, London

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

a riff on Double Orbit 

Thursday 22 April
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine takes us on an oblique, hypnotic journey into the visual, auditory, and sensual inspirations behind his entrancingly mysterious new book Double Orbit. This collage film navigates cities, dreams, and the terrains lit by twilight where they meet.

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 






PAST EVENTS

Artist Talk with Irina Rozovsky

​Thursday 8 April
19:00 
EDT, New York
16:00 PDT, New York

One year since New York City shut down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Irina Rozovsky discusses her new book In Plain Air, a timely tribute to public space, community, and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. This special artist's talk is presented in collaboration with Aperture, Rockefeller Center, and Parsons School of Design. 

Tune in here
To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 



 

One-time screening: Allan Sekula’s Gala

​Thursday 1 April
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Documenting the opening of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gala presents an idiosyncratic ethnography of the revellers, posers, workers, and valets who move in the building’s orbit. Approaching the spectacle through its peripheries, Sekula offers a wry study of LA’s equivocal identity.  The film will only be available via MACK during the live transmission.

Running time: approx 25 mins

Explore titles by Allan Sekula here

 

 

 

Irina Rozovsky: some thought on In Plain Air

Thursday 25 March
19:00 GMT, London
15:00 EDT, New York

From her studio in Athens, Georgia, Irina Rozovsky talks us through the backstories and afterlives of some of her favourite images from her new book In Plain Air, reflecting on the theatre of public life, and the role of nature in the modern city, and her ten year process of photographing Prospect Park.

Running time: approx 15 mins

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

  

John Divola in conversation with Andrew Witt

Thursday 11 March
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

On the occasion of the publication of his new book Terminus, John Divola speaks to Andrew Witt, fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, about modern ruins, navigating the detritus of history, and the evolution of his distinctive practice at the juncture of photography and sculpture. 

Running time: approx 55 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit 
here

 

Nick Meyer and Aaron Schuman in conversation

Thursday 4 March
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Massachusetts natives and old friends Nick Meyer and Aaron Schuman sit down to discuss The Local, Meyer's portrait of his hometown. As they compare their experiences of photographing in the same area, they explore its social contexts and reflect on the cinema of image sequencing. 

Running time: approx 50 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit 
here

 

But Still, It Turns: Curator's Talk by Paul Graham

Wednesday 24 February
18:00 EST, New York
23:00 GMT, London

To celebrate the launch of the book and exhibition But Still, It Turns, join Paul Graham at the International Center of Photography, New York, for a virtual gallery tour, exploring the notion of 'photography from the world' via the work of nine contemporary artists who reckon with reality in all its tangle and wonder. 

Tune in here
To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

 

 

One-time screening: Allan Sekula's Tsukiji

Thursday 11 February
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Tsukiji (2001) is Allan Sekula’s portrait of the largest fish market in the world, which was one of the last remaining proletarian spaces in Tokyo before its relocation in 2018. Evoking the ghost of the novelist Takiji Kobayashi, an early victim of Japanese fascism, the film continues Sekula’s exploration of the sea and its modes of consumption, begun with his celebrated project Fish Story (1989-1995). The film will only be available via MACK during the live transmission.

Running time: 44 mins

To order copies of Fish Story visit here
Explore titles by Allan Sekula here

 

 

 

 

Yasmina Benabderrahmane: La Bête un conte moderne

Thursday 4 February
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Yasmina Benabderrahmane's Super 8 films of Morocco take us from the Bouregreg Valley to the plains of Chichaoua, documenting the uneasy collision of tradition and moderntiy. This one-time screening presents the intimate, textured films whose stills make up the book La Bête un conte moderne.

Running time: 12 mins

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

 

Deanna and Ed Templeton in conversation 

Thursday 28 January
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Join Deanna and Ed Templeton from their home in Huntington Beach for a trip back to 1980s California as they reflect on the origins of Deanna's new book What She Said, and those of their own relationship. They discuss street portraiture, reveal fascinating ephemera, and plunge us back into the dizzy intensities of adolescence. 

Please note: this video contains discussion of suicide and self-harm

Running time: approx 40 mins

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

Art Isn't Fair: An Allan Sekula Symposium
In partnership with Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, UCL, London

Thursday 14 January
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

To celebrate the launch of Allan Sekula, Art Isn't Fair: Further Essays on the Traffice in Photographs and Related Media, join us for a deep dive into Sekula's groundbreaking critical work between image, text, and video and its incisive commentary on art, politics, and capital. With Makeda Djata Best, David Campany, and Chantal Pontbriand, Stephanie Schwartz, Billy Woodberry, and Sally Stein (chair).

Running time: approx 90 mins 

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

Makeda Best is a lecturer at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her forthcoming book, Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography and Democracy will be published in spring 2020 by the Pennsylvania State University Press. The subject of her current book project is American landscape photography.

David Campany is a curator, writer, and Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, New York. His books include On Photographs (2020), and A Handful of Dust (Mack 2015).

Chantal Pontbriand is a contemporary art curator, critic, and art consultant, whose work is based on the exploration of questions of globalization and artistic heterogeneity. She was trained as an art historian, with a specialization in arts administration. She has held major positions in museums and institutions in Canada and internationally, and curated numerous international contemporary art events: exhibitions, international festivals and international conferences, mainly in photography, video, performance, dance and multimedia installation.

Stephanie Schwartz is Associate Professor of History of Art at University College London. She is the author of Walker Evans: No Politics (University of Texas Press, 2020) and editor of the Tate Modern In Focus project on Allan Sekula’s Waiting for Tear Gas (2016). Her writing on photography and film has also appeared in OctoberOxford Art Journal and ARTMargins.

Sally Stein (Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine) continues to research and write about photography and its impact on contemporary culture. The interrelated topics she most often engages concern the multiple effects of documentary imagery, the politics of gender, and the status and meaning of black and white and color imagery on our perceptions, beliefs, even actions as consumers and citizens. She was married to Allan Sekula for over three decades and now oversees his estate. With Sekula Studio Manager Ina Steiner, she co-edited MACK's new collection of essays by Sekula, Art Isn't Fair (2020).

Billy Woodberry is a filmmaker and one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion film movement. He has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. Woodberry’s films have been screened at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, Viennale, Rotterdam, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Harvard Film Archive, Camera Austria Symposium, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou.

 

 

Adam Broomberg gets hijacked

Thursday 7 January
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Join Adam Broomberg in his apartment in Berlin as he takes us on a tour of the books that have meant the most to him, before artist Anna Ehrenstein derails the presentation with her own agenda - and her own collection of books. 

Running time: approx 20 mins 

 

 

Sally Stein and Ina Steiner on Allan Sekula, Art Isn't Fair

Thursday 17 December 
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Join Sally Stein and Ina Steiner, co-editors of Allan Sekula, Art Isn't Fair, as they preview this new volume of the late Sekula's pathbreaking work, and draw out its timely verbal and visual commentaries on wealth, surveillance, protest and more. The launch kicks off with a rare online screening of Sekula's final film, exposing the market forces and farces driving the art world. 

Running time: approx 35 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here


 

Guido Guidi: Worthless Things

Thursday 10 December 
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

This exclusive screening presents Daniele Pezzi and Agostino Cordelli's documentary Worthless Things, a luminous portrait of the photography Guido Guidi. Centring around his home in the Romagnan countryside, the film offers intimate insight into the practice Guidi has developted over a decades-long career.
This one-time screening will not be available to view later. 

Running time: 25 mins

Explore titles from Guido Guidi here

 

Damian Heinisch and Michael Mack in conversation 

Thursday 3 December 
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

On the occasion of his show opening at Webber Gallery, London, this year's First Book Award winner Damian Heinisch joins Fiona Rogers and Michael Mack to reflect on 45 - a personal and political journey across contemporary Europe, made by train and captured on 35mm film - and discuss what makes a successful submission to the award. 

Damian Heinisch 45, the exhibition, is on view at Webber Gallery, London until 29 Janury 2021.

 
To find out more about the First Book Award and to see details of the ten shortlisted books, visit here

To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

Victor Burgin on Between

Thursday 26 November 
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Victor Burgin's Between stands 'between' the two main forms of his practice as an artist and writer. In this thirty presentation, Burgin will look back from 2020 to a book published in the mid-1980s, which in turn looks back to the mid-1970s, describing how his ideas and practices have evolved in response to changing times. 


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

Mark Ruwedel and Nigel Raab in conversation

Thursday 19 November
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Join Mark Ruwedel and Nigel Raab as they talk about exploring Los Angeles and documenting its lesser-known sides, reflecting on their different experiences of the same stretch of endlessly diverse city and the genesis of Ruwedel's new book 'Seventy-Two and One Half Miles Across Los Angeles.'

Running time: Approx. 45 minutes

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To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here



Sam Contis in conversation with Joanna Biggs

Thursday 5 November
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York

Artist Sam Contis talks to Joanna Biggs, editor at the London Review of Books, about Day Sleeper, her revelatory response to the work of Dorothea Lange. They discuss archives, labour, motherhood, and the somnolent figure that gives the book its name. In collaboration with the London Review Bookshop.

Running time: approx 55 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here



Jörg Colberg and Lewis Bush in conversation

Thursday 29 October
18:00 GMT, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join Jörg Colberg and Lewis Bush as they dig into the compelling, provocative ideas in Colberg’s new book Photography’s Neoliberal Realism. Considering the work of some of the world’s most successful photographers, they discuss fabricating reality, the aesthetics of camp, and the mechanics of ‘cancel culture’.

Running time: approx 45 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here




Alec Soth and C. Fausto Cabrera in conversation

Sunday 25 October
17:00 GMT, London
13:00 EDT, New York

Join Alec Soth as he calls his friend and correspondent C. Fausto Cabrera in the Rush City prison facility in Minnesota. They will reflect on the origins of their new book The Parameters of Our Cage, and talk about confines and creation, influence and nostalgia, and the power of human connection in isolating times. 

Running time: approx 45 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit 
here





Alessandra Sanguinetti in conversation with Guille and Belinda

Thursday 15 October
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

In this special event, Alessandra Sanguinetti speaks to her collaborators and friends Guille and Belinda from their homes in rural Buenos Aires Province. In a wide-ranging discussion, the cousins recall the joys and mishaps behind the images in The Adventures of Guille and Belinda, revealing hidden histories and reflecting on the dreams that animated their childhood.⁠

Conversation in Spanish with English subtitles.
Running time: approx 40 mins


To find out more and to order copies of Alessandra Sanguinetti's book visit 
here



Thomas Demand in conversation with Valerie Verhack

Thursday 8 October 
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Live from the opening of his new exhibition House of Card at M Leuven, Belgium, renowned artist Thomas Demand discusses his work's deep relationship with architecture and the use of construction as a practice and conceptual framework. 

Streaming on Facebook

House of Card is available for preorder here


Douglas Dare and April Dawn Alison

Wednesday 30 September
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Studio A is an ongoing series of experimental events from Erased Tapes and MACK. A musician and an artist are bought together for a live, collaborative performance straight from The Premises Recording Studio in Hackney, London. 

To order copies of April Dawn Alison, visit here

 

 


Alessandra Sanguinetti & Gregory Halpern

Thursday 24 September
18:00 BST, London
13:00 EDT, New York

Join Alessandra Sanguinetti and Gregory Halpern for an animated conversation direct from their respective studios in Petaluma, CA and Rochester, NY. They will discuss Sanguinetti's life-long collaboration with two Argentine cousins, explore one anothers' working practices and share how they both draw inspiration from the world around them. 

With Magnum Photos. 

Tune in via Instagram Live @mack_books

 



Alan Huck: A Visual Mixtape

Thursday 17 September
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Dive into the influences behind Alan Huck's latest image-text book I walk toward the sun which is always going down with an exclusive visual mixtape, combining film clips, interviews and perfomances in this lyrical, perambulatory film. 

Running time: approx 15 mins


To find out more and to order copies of Alan Huck's book visit here



Portraits and Dreams: photographing Appalachia

Thursday 10 September
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

To celebrate the launch of Wendy Ewald’s ‘Portraits and Dreams,’ join us for an animated discussion about the book, representing life in rural Appalachia, and hear first hand the long-term effects of art and photography outreach project like these within such communities. With Wendy Ewald, Roger May, Elizabeth Barrett, and two of the original students Kim Boling and Gary Crase.

Running time: approx 45 mins



To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here



Ron Jude on photographing the natural world 

Thursday 03 September
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join Ron Jude from his studio as he shares footage from his travels around the globe capturing lava flows and ice caps, as well as discussing his unique development as a photographer and working his large-scale prints into book form. 

Running time: approx 20 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

Gregory Halpern and Michael Mack in conversation 

Thursday 27 August
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join us to hear Gregory Halpern in conversation with publisher Michael Mack, talking about their share inspirations in photography and art, and making books together.
In collaboration with Magnum Photos.

Running time: approx 50 mins. This is a pre-recorded event.

 
Explore titles from Gregory Halpern here


 

Jeff Mermelstein answers your #nyc questions

Thursday 20 August
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Edited from over one million photographs, Jeff Mermelstein takes us on a deep dive behind the scenes of his new book #nyc, answering your questions about these overseen text messages, anonymity, and the vast amount he's learned about New Yorkers over the past few years. 

Running time: approx 15 mins

 
To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

Teju Cole on Fernweh

Thursday 6 August
19:00 BST⁠, London
14:00 EDT⁠, New York

Join Teju Cole for a richly narrated flip-through of his latest book Fernweh, as he reflects on the genesis of this exploration into the Swiss landscape, as well as drawing out the book's many allusions, enigmas, and visual puzzles. 

Running time: approx 50 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit here

 

 

Aikaterini Gegisian and David Kazanjian in conversation 
In partnership with Printed Matter

Wednesday 29 July
19:00 BST⁠, London
14:00 EDT⁠, New York

Join us for a talk between artist Aikaterini Gegisian and David Kazanjian, author and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss Gegisian's latest book 'Handbook of the Spontaneous Other,' American pop psychology, and how female pleasure intersects with politics of work and labour.

Running time: approx 45 mins


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit
 here

 

 

Stephen Shore and Britt Salvesen in conversation

In this exclusive and in-depth conversation, Stephen Shore and LACMA curator Britt Salvesen discuss Shore’s distinctive photographic work: from pioneering the aesthetic of the great American road trip, the new vanguard of Instagram photography, and how he practices the act of seeing.

Running time: approx 1 hr


To find out more and to order copies of the book visit
 here

 

 

Rosalind Fox Solomon on a life in photography

Thursday 9 July⁠
19:00 BST⁠, London
14:00 EDT⁠, New York

Originally recorded for Magic Hour days before her 88th birthday, join Rosalind Fox Solomon and Jordan Weitzman for a conversation about Fox Solomon’s extraordinary photographic life, whose work spans far and wide, from New York during the AIDS crisis to the West Bank.⁠

Running time: approx. 45 minutes

 

Explore titles from Rosalind Fox Solomon here

 

 

Meet Damian Heinisch: Winner of the Mack First Book Award 2020

Thursday 25 June
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

The winner of the MACK First Book Award 2020 introduces us to his prize-winning book 45 with behind-the-scenes footage, installation videos, and a fascinating talk about a project that takes us from Ukraine to Norway, by train.

Running time: approx 30 minutes


For more information and to purchase 45, visit the book page here

 

John Lehr and Robert Slifkin in conversation

Thursday 18 June
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Photographer John Lehr and writer Robert Slifkin discuss Lehr's book The Island Position: from the typography of advertising, post-production and sequencing, to the changing landscape of capitalism in America. 

Running time: approx 1 hour

  
For more information and to purchase The Island Position, visit the book page here

 

 

Gerry Johansson Bookshelf and Studio Tour
in partnership with The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop

Thursday 11 June
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join photographer Gerry Johansson from Skåne County, Sweden, for a unique tour through a selection of Swedish photobooks produced from the 1970s onwards, giving us his insights into the country's remarkable contribution to documentary photography and bookmaking.   

Running time: approx 30 minutes


For a list of books mentioned, see here

A selection of books and special editions by Gerry Johansson are available to purchase via The Photographers' Gallery bookshop here 

Recent titles from Gerry Johansson:
https://mackbooks.co.uk/products/american-winter-special-edition-br-gerry-johansson 

 

 

Janet Delaney on Public Matters

Thursday 4 June
20:00 BST, London
15:00 EDT, New York
12:00 PDT, San Francisco

Join Janet Delaney as she talks us through her book Public Matters: from community and activism in San Francisco through the 1980s, gentrification, living and working as an artist, and the characters that make up this remarkable body of work.  

Running time: approx 15 minutes

 

About the book:
Capturing the spirit of protest and parade, Public Matters brings together photographs made by Janet Delaney in Reagan-era San Francisco. At this turbulent time in the mid eighties, Delaney was living in the primarily Latino neighbourhood of the Mission District. She would spend the weekends photographing public gatherings, from the annual Cinco de Mayo parade, to the Peace, Jobs and Justice marches, which rallied against the U.S. invasion of Nicaragua. If political governance was regressing, the West Coast city was a place where, as Delaney remembers, ‘progressive ideas would always be upheld.’ Celebrating multiculturalism and collective struggles for social justice, Public Matters surfaces at a juncture when the message of building bridges is needed now more than ever.

In the vintage glow of her sun-drenched images, Delaney leads us in and out of crowds – among demonstrators, fair-goers, cross-dressers, union organisers, beauty pageants, dancers, salesmen, mothers, kids, and market punters – searching for as many intimate moments as she found collective voices. Fearlessly upbeat, her photographs nevertheless intimate a time when, as Delaney recollects, people ‘were reeling from the shift to a conservative government. The demands of the 1960s were addressed in the 70s: the end of the Vietnam war, women’s rights, environmental issues, gay rights, to name a few. Then when Reagan was elected all this came to a halt.’ And as soon as the streets were filled with placards – ‘babies are for loving, not for bombing’; ‘Hatred can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that’ – Delaney was there, in the middle of the maelstrom, making pictures of public matters.

OTA bound paperback with jacket
21.5 x 28 cm
€35 £30 $40

Available for purchase here

 

 

Aaron Schuman on SLANT

Thursday 28 May
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join Aaron Schuman for a talk about his book SLANT: his inspirations and influences - from Emily Dickinson to Paul Strand - the intricate relationship between text and image, and a series of unusual crimes that took place in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

Running time: approx 25 minutes

 

About the book:
If you opened the local newspaper in the small New England town of Amherst, Massachusetts, as Aaron Schuman did one day, you might find a section entitled ‘Police Reports’ – succinct and extraordinarily anticlimactic accounts of crimes, suspicious activities, events and non-events reported in the area during the previous week. In SLANT, Schuman interweaves a selection of these clippings published between 2014-2018, with quietly wry photographs he made within a thirty-mile radius of Amherst from 2016-18, in response to their unintentionally deadpan descriptions. What began as a genuinely affectionate, tongue-in-cheek take on the small towns where Schuman spent his childhood steadily came to reflect the disquieting rise of “fake news”, “alternative facts”, “post-truth” politics and paranoia in America following the 2016 election. Schuman’s subtly offbeat combination of images and words, however, was always inclined to create a foreboding sense of unease. In SLANT, the relationship that has been constructed between photography and text takes its inspiration from a poetic scheme called ‘slant rhyme’, notably espoused by the 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson, who also happened to live and write in Amherst. In such a rhyming scheme, “there is a close but not exact correspondence of sounds, often using assonance or consonance; generally it is used in poetry to give variations and an inharmonious feeling.” Appropriating this literary device, SLANT serves as a wider reflection upon something strange, surreal, dissonant and increasingly sinister stirring beneath the surface of the contemporary American landscape, experience, and psyche.

Silk-screen printed hardback
26 x 22cm
€35 £30 $40 

Available for purchase here
 

 

 

Vanessa Winship Bookshelf Tour

Thursday 21 May
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join photographer Vanessa Winship for a tour of her extensive book collection (filmed by photographer George Georgiou): from old classics to recently published favourites, she takes us through the photographs and artists that have most resonated with her over the years.

Running time: approx 25 minutes


For a list of titles and texts mentioned, see here

Recent titles from Vanessa Winship:

 

 

Brad Feuerhelm on Dein Kampf 
in partnership with Bildband Berlin 

Sunday 17 May
17:00 BST, London
12:00 EDT, New York

Join artist and writer Brad Feuerhelm for an intimate read-through of his book Dein Kampf: taking us on a page-by-page tour of his photographic influences, historical references, design, and the wide book-making process.

Running time: approx 30 minutes



About the book:
From its title to its formal arrangement of language, Brad Feuerhelm’s Dein Kampf suggests a commentary on our cyclical anxieties about ideology. Anxiety is implicit in his photographs and Berlin is their natural backdrop, being a city in which several ideologies collided in the twentieth century. The city exemplifies the quagmire of possibilities in which the tensions of historical narrative and contemporary political and ideological doubt are played out in visual motifs throughout the landscape. 

Fragments of the past and symbols of capitalist modernity underpin the work–banks, insurance companies and people as effigies of citizens appear as a cloaking miasma, the spectre of past, present and no future. The schema of the glitch and the appropriation methods in Feuerhelm’s work are subtle enquiries into the contemporary conditions of fear and confusion. Loose associations about changing futures under technology, religion, immigration and the future of the photographic image also loom large. Dein Kampf is Feuerhelm’s proposition about how we activate image and ideology in the book form.

Hardback with silkscreen printed cover
Includes text by Ulrich Baer
28 x 21.5 cm
€35 £30 $40

Available for purchase here

 

  

Richard Mosse: 'INCOMING' talk and film screening
in partnership with SFMOMA, Barbican Centre, Carlier Gebauer and Help Refugees. Donate to Help Refugees' Coronovirus emergency appeal here.

Thursday 14 May
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join artist Richard Mosse for a talk and screening of extracts from his critically-acclaimed film 'INCOMING', which documents the ongoing struggles of refugees and migrants across Europe in a vivid, harrowing work created using a military grade heat-map camera. 

 

About the book:
At a moment when the world is facing the world’s largest refugee and migration crisis since the Second World War, Incoming by Irish artist and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner Richard Mosse deals with the major humanitarian and political plight of our time, the displacement of millions due to war, persecution and climate change. With illuminating texts by Mosse and the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, the 576-page book combines film stills from the artist’s latest video work made in collaboration with electronic composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten – a haunting and searing multi-channel film installation, accompanied by a visceral soundtrack. Journeys made by refugees and migrants across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe are captured with a new weapons-grade surveillance technology that can detect the human body from 30.3km. Blind to skin colour, this camera technology registers only the contours of relative heat difference within a given scene, foregrounding the fragile human body’s struggle for survival in hostile environments.


OTA-bound softback with metallic silkscreened cover and black painted edges
17.5 x 19.7 cm
€40 £35 $45

Available for purchase here

Want to learn more about INCOMING? You can listen to a podcast of Richard Mosse in conversation with Anthony Downey, which originally took place at the Barbican in 2017. 

 

 

David Campany on 'A Handful of Dust'
in partnership with LE BAL and Ryerson Image Centre 

Sunday 10 May
17:00 BST, London
12:00 EDT, New York

Join writer and curator David Campany as he discusses A Handful of Dust, which takes a photograph signed by Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp as the starting point for a radical and ambitious history of the last century. 

About the book:

a Handful of Dust is David Campany’s speculative history of the last century, and a visual journey through some of its unlikeliest imagery. Let’s suppose the modern era begins in October of 1922. A little French avant-garde journal publishes a photograph of a sheet of glass covered in dust. The photographer is Man Ray, the glass is by Marcel Duchamp. At first they called it a view from an aeroplane. Then they called it Dust Breeding. It’s abstract, it’s realist. It’s an artwork, it’s a document. It’s revolting and compelling. Cameras must be kept away from dust but they find it highly photogenic. At the same time, a little English journal publishes TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land. “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

And what if dust is really the key to the intervening years? Why do we dislike it? Is it cosmic? We are stardust, after all. Is it domestic? Inevitable and unruly, dust is the enemy of the modern order, its repressed other, its nemesis. But it has a story to tell from the other side.

Campany’s connections range far and wide, from aerial reconnaissance and the American dustbowl to Mussolini’s final car journey and the wars in Iraq. a Handful of Dust will accompany Campany’s exhibition of the same name, first curated for Le Bal, Paris (16 October 2015 – 17 January 2016) and which has since toured to Whitechapel Gallery, London, Pratt Institute, New York, California Museum of PhotographyPolygon Gallery, Vancouver, and Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto. The exhibition includes works by Man Ray, John Divola, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Kuhn, Gerhard Richter, Xavier Ribas, Nick Waplington, Jeff Wall and many others, alongside anonymous press photos, postcards, magazine spreads and movies.

Two paperback books
20 x 24 cm
€35 £30 $40

Available for purchase here

 

Maja Daniels talk and film screening

Sunday 3 May
17:00 BST, London
12:00 EDT, New York

Join Maja Daniels for a talk and film screening about her project Elf Dalia, which takes us through the myths and mysteries surrounding a remote valley in northern Sweden, spanning witchcraft, Old Norse, and an intriguing 19th Century photographer and inventor who lived there. 

With an exclusive extract from Maja Daniels’ film 'In my Head,’ a collaboration with sound artist Jonathan Maurice.

Running time:  20 minutes 

 

About the book:
“If you follow the river north from Mora, you will reach a community with a dark, insular spirit”. Embedded in this historical enigma of a place and its people, Elf Dalia by Maja Daniels weaves together a narrative born out of the Swedish valley of Älvdalen. Daniels combines photographs taken from 2011 to 2017 with curious pictures from an archive amassed by a man named Tenn Lars Persson (1878 –1938), a local inventor, mechanic and photographer. These two artists come together across centuries to create a coherent narrative; in doing so, Elf Dalia naturally draws attention to possible fictions of documentary photography. Layered with the relics of this remote region, which to this day speaks the near-extinct ancient language of Elfdalian, this book explores how the myth and ritual of its past is compromised by contemporary living.

The region’s geographical isolation, delineated by forest, mountains and lakes, sits at the core of Daniels’ and Persson’s work. A snow-covered landscape creates an eerie setting that calls to mind the witch trials that originated in the region in 1668. Persson’s early photographic experimentation results in strange, uncanny photographs: in one, two men seem to hover mid air, in another, two women sit together on a crescent moon. Woven within these works, Daniels photographs preside in a similar territory, spanning the mystical and vernacular with a kindred symbolic language. Like Persson, she depicts the day-to-day life of this community: in their homes, by the lake, with their families. Yet emerging from this sense of the community are portraits illustrating a younger generation as it tries to negotiate the friction between tradition and modernity in Älvdalen. In Elf Dalia, Daniels enters into dialogue with Persson in order to reinforce the community’s unique eccentricity and to question when an historical continuity and pride becomes insularity, when rituals of myth and storytelling might evoke a dark spirit.

OTA bound paperback with flaps
22 x 29 cm


Available for purchase here


 

Ron Jude Book & Record Tour

Thursday 30 April
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, 
New York

Join Ron Jude at his home in Eugene, Oregon, for a talk about some books and records that have influenced his life and artistic practice over the years.

Running time: 15 minutes

 

Recent titles from Ron Jude:

 

 

Lou Stoppard on Shirley Baker
in partnership with Village Books

Thursday 23 April
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

Join writer, editor and curator Lou Stoppard as she talks about the life and work of Shirley Baker, whose photographs document the rapid economic and social change of the 1950s onwards with a uniquely compassionate and humorous eye, spanning the UK, France, Japan, the US, and beyond.

Running time: 25 minutes 

 

About the book:
Shirley Baker developed her first photograph as a young girl from the darkness of the coal shed in her hometown of Salford, Northwest England. From this moment, she developed a lifelong interest in documentary photography, amounting to a vast and celebrated archival collection that spans the length of her career, dating from the 1950s until 2000. Edited by Lou Stoppard, this book presents an extensive–and, uniquely, female–depiction of post-war life; an eccentric survey which combines her better-known street photographs of Manchester, Salford and Blackpool with previously unseen photographs that span the UK, all the way to the South of France, Italy and Japan. Instances of humour abound in the collection, casting a spotlight on the idiosyncrasies of British identity: a high street shopper cocks his head echoing the mannequin behind him, an older woman with cigarette-wrinkled lips looks into the lens with an almost comic stoicism, children play, mimicking adults. The changing landscapes, fashions, photographic styles and tones that make up the sequence are woven together by Baker’s singular attentiveness to moments of wit and warmth in daily life.

Embossed hardcover
23 x 24 cm
€40 £35 $45

For UK customers, the book is available to purchase via Village Books
For all other customers, purchase here

 

 

Alec Soth Bookshelf Tour
in partnership with Micamera

Thursday 16 April
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York 

Join us for a live tour of Alec Soth’s personal library, in which he reflects on how books have always influenced his way of thinking about photography, the books he is currently reading, and the types of books he is drawn to and collects.

Running time: 30 minutes 


For customers in Italy, select titles and special editions available to purchase from Micamera

Recent titles from Alec Soth 

 

 

新しい肌 / NEW SKIN

Sunday 12 April 2020
17:00 BST, London
12:00 EDT, New York

Join us for a live viewing of Mayumi Hosokura’s film 'NEW SKIN #25 ttt', screening in collaboration with The LOVE Magazine. 'NEW SKIN', which launches alongside Hosokura’s new book of the same name, draws on feminist theory to anticipate the future of the body in a time of advancing digital technology.

Running time: 7 minutes 


About the book:
 
Deeply affected by Donna Haraway’s writing, NEW SKIN is Mayumi Hosokura’s proposition for a new way of thinking about identity, the body and desire. Its origin is one single, large-scale digital collage which Hosokura created using clippings from old gay magazines, statues, and found selfies, together with her own photographs — specifically choosing to use images of male figures only. Subsequently cut into 12 separate pieces the resulting fragments blur the boundaries between man and woman, human and animal, living and non-living beings; hybrid works that reimagine what it means to be human and which unsettle social conventions of desire. Drawing on feminist theory and current technological innovations, NEW SKIN anticipates the future of the body in a time of advancing digital and bio-technologies. 

Paperback with Japanese fold, printed with metallic inks
30 x 30 cm
€40 £35 $45

Available for purchase here
For customers in Japan & Asia, copies available to purchase from twelvebooks


 

 

Paul Graham Bookshelf Tour

Wednesday 1 April 2020
19:00 BST, London
14:00 EDT, New York

We are live from Paul Graham’s apartment in New York for an exclusive tour of his extensive (and colour coded!) book collection. Join us for reading inspiration, together with thoughts and musings from one of photography’s best-loved artists.

Running time: 15 minutes



Recent titles from Paul Graham

Mother

 Featured MACK titles:

 

 

Jason Fulford on Picture Summer on Kodak Film

Thursday 26 March 19:00 GMT, London - in partnership with Foyles
Friday 27 March 19:00 EDT, New York - in partnership with Dashwood Books
Saturday 28 March 19:00 JST, Tokyo - in partnership with twelvebooks

Join us for the first of our MACK LIVE series, where Jason Fulford walks us through the back-stories and hidden meanings of his brand new book, Picture Summer on Kodak Film. In this live visual presentation, Fulford guides us through an intimate flip-through of the book and speaks about the inspiration, asides and philosophical anecdotes behind his photographs. This unique lecture offers a playful and insightful parallel narrative to the book.
 
Running time: 30 minutes



Music credits:
Little David - Goodbye World, Goodbye 
Gene Maltais - The Raging Sea
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Shortnin’ Bread
Nite-Caps - Poinciana
Olivia Newton John - Magic
Sun Ra - Neptune
 

About the book:
In Picture Summer on Kodak Film, a poem by two sisters echoes across Fulford’s photographs, comprised of recurring motifs: time, test strips, refracted light, rainbow colour, and distortion through shadows. Characters and places are repeated in kaleidoscopic compositions throughout this vivid sequence. Though taken across the world (in Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, USA and Vietnam), these photographs come together to create a singular visual language: one bright, timeless, fictional place. A place imbued with the unexpected beauty, humor and meaning, that one has come to expect from Jason Fulford.

Buckram hardback

21.5 x 28 cm, 112 pages 

€40 £35 $45
For customers in Japan & Asia, copies available to purchase from twelvebooks

For customers in the US, copies available to purchase from Dashwood Books
For all other customers, purchase here

Special Edition available here