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From collage to photography and more . . . . new books March ’17

“In the digital age, the original meaning of cut and paste has been replaced with a few clicks of a mouse, which has lead to a lot of computer generated work which looks derivative and unimaginative. In response to this, there has been a resurgence of drawing and illustration and collage has recently been rediscovered.” Cut and Paste.

Bento’s Sketchbook: “The seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza – also known as Benedict or Bento de Spinoza – spent the most intense years of his short life writing. He also carried with him a sketchbook … John Berger has imagined finding Bento’s sketchbook, wanting to see the drawings alongside his surviving words…”

In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Garden State is the outcome of exhibitions at The Mosaic Rooms and Ffotogallery. Offering an “unexpected view on gardening” (Wall Street Journal) Silva presents 53 colour plates which trace suburban settlements in Israeli occupied territories.

Sugar Paper Theories: “Forty years ago, two men went missing in southwest Iceland . . . . ” Follow the link to the library catalogue to read more about Jack Latham’s account.

Speed of Light is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 – 1996) one of the foremost photographers of his generation.

In ‘CCCP : cosmic communist constructions photographed‘, photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990.

Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: This book offers a perspective on the private lives and material culture of aristocratic families in sixteenth-century Venice. Art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant, closed doors of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals – the homes of families who wished to live in a noble manner.

Graphis Design Annual 2017 is an international collection of the year’s best work from top designers in the industry.

Piet Stockmans: Cultureel Ambassadeur van Vlaanderen  Published with the support of the Flemish Community, on the occasion of his appointment as Cultural Ambassador of Flanders

Currently on display. Follow the links to the library catalogue MetSearch to read more.

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Edward Burtynsky


Edward Burtynsky Essential Elements. Curated by William A. Ewing 779.092 BUR

Edward Burtynsky is one of a generation of photographers, including Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, who seek to portray the visible outcomes of a globalised economy and humankind’s impact upon environments around the world. He has achieved global recognition with his large-scale photographs and project-based monographs. However, while Burtynsky’s global standing is without question, no comprehensive retrospective of his career to date exists. Curated by William A. Ewing, this book provides an overview of Burtynsky’s work across four decades, including both iconic images and previously unpublished photographs. 


Salt Pans: Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India. 779.365475 BUR

Salt Pans is Edward Burtynsky’s newest book in his acclaimed ongoing series of photographs exploring different industrialized landscapes across the world. Consisting of 31 aerial photos of the salt pans in the Little Rann of Kutch, India, the project is the result of months of intricate negotiations and preparations. These striking geometric images, taken in an intense ten-day period during which Burtynsky photographed from a helicopter, present the pans, wells and vehicle tracks as abstract, painterly patterns: subtly colored rectangles crossed by grids of gestural lines. And yet the reality behind the ironic beauty of Burtynsky’s pictures is a harsh one. Each year 100,000 poorly paid Agariya workers toil in the pans, extracting over a million tons of salt from the floodwaters of the nearby Arabian Sea. Furthermore, receding groundwater levels, combined with debt, diminishing market values as well as a lack of governmental support, threaten the future of this 400-year-old tradition and the lives dependent on it. 

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New photography books currently on display . . . .

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Santa Muerte: Angus Fraser 779.899792 FRA

Photo-poetics: An Anthology  Jennifer Blessing 779.0922 BLE

Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition Russell Ferguson  779.0922 FER

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A new book currently on display is Water by photographer Bernhard Edmaier with text by geologist Angelika Jung-Huttl. (778.995537 EDM)


From the publisher’s website: “In his seminal photography books, Bernhard Edmaier combines his training as a geologist with an exquisite talent for capturing dreamy, colour-saturated, seemingly abstract images of earth from above. In this new volume, Edmaier looks at water-from both the air and the ground-as a source of life and one of the most important landscape-shaping forces on earth. Readers will be enthralled by Edmaier’sstunning shots of water in all its forms-rivers and streams, deltas and floodplains, surging on the coasts, frozen in glaciers, as vaporous clouds and the spray over erupting volcanoes. Edmaier covers familiar and far-flung locations on every continent: from Alaska to the American Southwest; Costa Rica in the Caribbean to Chile and Argentina in South America; Canada, Greenland, and Russia; Europe from Germany and Switzerland, to Italy, Croatia, Iceland, and Norway, the African continent from Djibouti to Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; along with Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. His pictures not only document the beauty of these places but they also tell an edifying and at times alarming story of the changes our earth and its water systems are undergoing as the result of climate change-from desertification to Arctic thaw and rising sea levels. Presented in an extra-large format that magnifies both the intensity and the detail of Edmaier’s work, this extraordinary and important book documents water’s power to create and destroy; to give life and take it away.”

If you like this, you may also like Earth, also by Bernhard Edmaier with text by Angelika Jung-Huttl, a collection of breath-taking aerial photographs of the Earth’s surface – from the Bahamas to Iceland, New Zealand to North America and Europe to Alaska – ordered by colour to display the stunning variety of the colours of the Earth. Find it on the shelf at 778.936 EDM.

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New Photography Books

More new books in January

Hiroshi Sugimoto – conceptual forms and mathematical models

Shirin Neshat – Written on the body

Giacomo Brunelli – Eternal London 

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 and 2015

Thomas Ruff/Series

Towards the Possible Film Shezad Dawood

Double Exposure Manuel Vason

Forbidden Games surrealist and modernist photography: the David Raymond collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art


These will be on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library until 3rd February after which time they can be borrowed. You can place a reservation on any of these by following the links to the library catalogue SUMMON.

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New books this summer: photography

out of focus

Out of Focus

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Photographers’ Sketchbooks

The great picture: making of the world’s largest photograph

Thomas Ruff, photograms and negatives

Nadav Kander – dust

Tom Wood, Men; Women

Graphis Photography Annual 2010

Graphis photography 2013

invisible cities

Invisible Cities

These books will be displayed during the summer vacation.  If you can’t see them on the 2nd floor display, they may already be on the shelves in the library. . . . just follow the links to the library catalogue to find them or to place a reservation.

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Luscious Lights and Decorated Domes – Frame magazine

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The May/June edition of Frame magazine is an opulent, tactile affair. Frame shows us the potential of what it calls “the great indoors” showcasing contemporary interior design from around the globe. The magazine focuses on photos and drawings with the the story behind each design being written in easy-to-understand, down-to-earth English.  The current edition shows us (amongst other things) two very different but equally submersive interiors in the works of Liz West and Elise Morin.


Lighten Up


Liz West’s light art installation Your Colour Perception in the Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House in Manchester, saturates the space with artificial chromatic light. The artist says she is interested in “creating illusions and in making people question what they are really looking at.”


Play it again, Elise


Paris-based artist Elise Morin has conjured a multimedia event out of piles of old CDs and inflatable domes. The installation, Waste Landscape #4, turns an old swimming pool turned cultural centre in Slovakia into a scaly landscape. Each installation is a “social event”. For this work volunteers from the local jail helped attach the 180,000 CDs to the inflatable domes by hand. Lighting design and a specially made soundscape accompanied the structures.


mapllandaffFollow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre:

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archive


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