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Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler

Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler

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Now in an English-only edition published for two parallel exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art and Bard College, Imponderable features highlights from the incredible magic and occult collection of New York–based artist Tony Oursler (born 1957). Since the late 1990s, Oursler has been amassing a vast personal archive of objects and ephemera relating to magic, the paranormal, film, television, phantasmagoria, pseudoscience and technology. For Oursler, the archive functions as an open visual resource, historical inquiry and—most intriguingly—a family history. One of the collection’s many digressions records the friendship between the artist’s grandfather Charles Fulton Oursler (a famous early 20th-century author and publisher) and magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, and a historic interaction with Arthur Conan Doyle, who, beyond his Sherlock Holmes series, was an important advocate for spiritualism and the paranormal.
This beautifully produced publication features up to 1,500 objects from Oursler’s collection, including photographs, prints, historic manuscripts, rare books, letters and objects. Additional topics include stage magic, thought photography, demonology, cryptozoology, optics, mesmerism, automatic writing, hypnotism, fairies, cults, the occult, color theory and UFOs. Thirteen essays by renowned art historians, science specialists and international scholars provide a deep insight into this unique material.
Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert

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Born in Antwerp in 1941 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1982, Harry Gruyaert revolutionized creative and experimental uses of color in the 1970s and 1980s. Influenced by cinema and American photographers, his work defined new territory for color photography: an emotive, non-narrative, and boldly graphic way of perceiving the world.

In 1972, while living in London, Gruyaert created the striking series TV Shots by turning the dial on a television set at random and photographing the distorted images he saw there. A later series, Made in Belgium, portrays his ambivalent relationship with his homeland in a palette of saturated tones. In his most recent work, he embraces the possibilities of digital photography, taking further creative risks to capture light in new ways.

Gruyaert’s images are autonomous, often independent of any context or thematic logic. This volume, the first retrospective of his work, is a superb overview of his personal quest for freedom of expression and the liberation of the senses. 80 color illustrations
Carlo Van de Roer: The Portrait Machine Project

Carlo Van de Roer: The Portrait Machine Project

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In The Portrait Machine Project, Brooklyn-based New Zealand photographer Carlo Van de Roer (born 1975) explores the idea that a camera can reveal otherwise hidden facets of a subject’s character, and their relationship with the photographer and viewer. Van de Roer uses a Polaroid aura camera, developed in the 1970s in an attempt to record what a psychic might see. His subjects--friends, family, artists Miranda July, Terence Koh and Aurel Schmidt, author James Frey--are connected by sensors to the camera, which translates biofeedback into information about their characters and how they are viewed. The camera depicts this information as color in the Polaroid and as a printed description and diagram. In this, his first book, Van de Roer prompts us to question what we expect from a portrait, particularly when it’s of someone we think we know.
THE MOVEMENT OF CLOUDS AROUND MOUNT FUJI by Helmut Völter

THE MOVEMENT OF CLOUDS AROUND MOUNT FUJI by Helmut Völter

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While working on his celebrated book Cloud Studies on the history of scientific cloud photography from the 1880s through the 1960s, Leipzig artist/photographer Helmut Völter discovered the untouched archive of cloud studies by the Japanese physicist Masanao Abe (1891–1966). Fascinated by the quality, uniqueness of observation concept, precision and formal rigor of Abe’s photographs, Volter publishes them here for the first time in this both elegant and expansive publication. In the 1920s, Abe built an observatory with a view of Mount Fuji from which over the course of 15 years, he recorded the ever-changing cloud formations surrounding the iconic mountain. Abe ingeniously combined several film processes in his longterm study—photography, film, stereo-photogrammetry, stereo-film, drawings, maps and meteorological measurements—to discover more about the invisible air streams around Mt Fuji. Volter reproduces a variety of images by this passionate cineaste who saw photographs, moving pictures and stereo recordings as the ideal form of scientific evidence.
Hello, Robot: Design Between Human and Machine

Hello, Robot: Design Between Human and Machine

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Hello, Robot.: Design between Human and Machine investigates how robotics is becoming part of our everyday lives, demonstrating that design in its traditional function as a mediator is indispensable if robots are to become a visible reality and not just remain hidden in washing machines, cars and cash machines.
The volume clarifies where we already encounter these intelligent machines and where we may come across them in the near future: in industry, in the military and in everyday settings; at nurseries and retirement homes; in our bodies and in the cloud; when shopping and having sex; in video games and, of course, in film and literature.
In a series of in-depth essays and interviews, experts such as the science-fiction author Bruce Sterling, novelist Douglas Coupland, architect Philip Beesley, and the design duo Dunne & Raby explore the question of how we deal with our environment becoming increasingly digital, smarter and more autonomous. They highlight our often ambivalent relationship to new technologies and discuss the opportunities and challenges that are posed to us as individuals and as a society in this context.
Hello, Robot. broadens the scope of the discussion to the ethical and political questions with which we are faced today in the light of technological advances in robotics, while confronting us with the contradictions that are often found in the answers to these questions.
The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries

The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Large-scale wall charts were fundamental tools of classroom instruction throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here for the first time in one deluxe volume are over 100 of these vintage educational posters now important relics in the history of science, art, and design. From the anatomy of a tulip or an apple tree to that of a hedgehog or starfish, the botanical and zoological images in this collection are captivating with their curious visuals and intricate details. With a compelling introduction about the history of educational charts and their production, The Art of Instruction provides a glimpse into a rich, significant heritage and will enlighten those with an interest in art, design, science, or natural history.

An Uncommon Archive

An Uncommon Archive

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This unusual volume is a selection of images from the projects, books and saved references found in the hard drives, stored files and archives of T. Adler Books. The collection draws from the seemingly disparate worlds of surfing, fashion and style, fishing, music, fine art, rock climbing, travel and adventure. The photographs, paintings, ephemera, illustrations and contact sheets are arranged in pairs and sequences suggesting subtle connections and parallels. Iconic historical images, works by well-known contemporary artists and photographers, and beautiful outdoor photographs blend and share page space with found paintings, incidental vacation snapshots and NASA imagery; works by classic photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Jacques Henri Lartigue share space with contemporary photographers Craig Stecyk, Ed Templeton, Tim Barber, Dewey Nicks and Thomas Campbell; a portrait of JFK seated in a sailboat eating an ice cream cone is paired with a 1905 photograph of the launch of the steamer Frank J. Hecker; formal portraits of John Muir and Duke Kahanamoku and open ocean photos (above and below the surface) by Wayne Levin and Corey Arnold are scattered throughout the volume, alongside paintings by Maynard Dixon and Robert Overby, nineteenth-century Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins and a handpainted sign by Stephen Powers. Iconic surfing photographs by Don James, Ron Church, Steve Wilkings, Leo Hetzel, Jeff Hornbaker, Art Brewer, Jim Russi, Jeff Divine and Jim Driver are mixed with dramatic climbing images from Glen Denny, Mike Graham, Allen Steck, Johannes Mair and Jeff Johnson. But it is the editor's imaginative sequencing and pairing of these photographs that provides the unique pleasure of this book. A fresh, blue-sky and water-drenched elegance carries the volume along, resulting in a melding of tone and composition, gestures and cultures, associations and connections that reinforce the individual images.
How To Make A Japanese House

How To Make A Japanese House

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How To Make A Japanese House
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Nowhere in the world have architects built homes as small as in Japan, and nowhere have they done so with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese House presents 21 lessons in how to design a single-family home from three decades of architectural practice. From the Western perspective, in which more space is better space, small interiors may once have seemed undesirable, but Japanese architects have long excelled at overcoming the limitations of building in densely populated areas and creating brilliant effects of spaciousness with minimal square footage. As urban areas across the world grow only more dense in population, a knack for the economic handling and design of domestic space has clearly established itself as a key virtue of contemporary architectural practice. Through a rich array of research, interviews, drawings and photographs, How to Make a Japanese House demonstrates that Japanese homes present a radically different way of thinking about architecture, and provide inspiration for dwelling on a smaller scale.
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Life Adjustment Center by Ryan McGinley

Life Adjustment Center by Ryan McGinley

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Dashwood Book’s second Ryan McGinley publication “Life Adjustment Center” coincides with an exhibition opening October 29, 2010 at Ratio3 in San Francisco. Two themes are presented in this book — first, a collection of b&w studio nudes, many with wild animals, an extension of the studio series “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”. The second features one of McGinley’s core elements as a photographer, “capturing his subjects in dreamlike compositions, rich in motion and color, during recent adventures on the road”. The book is bound in a blue cloth with red text on cover and spine and a red stain to the page edges.


New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

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This is beautiful compact reproduction of the lost and forgotten  New York Transit Authority Graphic Standards manual, was  originally masterfully designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli.
Very few copies existed in modern times but when Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth (of Pentagram)  found a copy in the basement of the Pentagram offices as young designers, they became enamored and realized this was something the world needed to see. They set about a Kickstarter campaign and successfully made a modern canvas hardcover version (the original Kickstarter copy was larger at 13"x13"), this copy being sold here is also a hardcover at a more portable compact 10"x10". 

The Vignelli's painstaking work of organizing the mess that was the New York Metro's maps and graphic systems in the 1960's into a uniform , clear and beautiful design that could be understood by the masses is  a rare of example of design perfectly executed. 
This book is for the lack of better words , a forever book. One that will be passed down and forever referenced by designers. This book is certainly a necessity for any graphic designer, craftsman or architect. 



Design Parts Collection In Japanese Traditional Style Architecture

Design Parts Collection In Japanese Traditional Style Architecture

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Design Parts Collection In Japanese Traditional Style Architecture
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A small-format textbook of traditional Japanese architecture and its terminology, this guide features clear drawings and diagrams, including isometric views and floor plans, that help users to understand every kind of architectural element. The book follows a logical progression from the entire building to the individual interior space, dissecting the traditional forms of roof shapes, windows, screens, doors, eaves, columns (plinths and capitals), motifs, and numerous other functional and decorative typologies.
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Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber

Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber

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For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his camera, people, whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin, Teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves at the moment when the image is made.
SOL By Ariko Ianaoka

SOL By Ariko Ianaoka

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SOL By Ariko Ianaoka
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"SOL" is the result of a series of journeys that Ariko took to Iceland, over the course of five years The photographs in this book show a deep connection with nature;.. People only appear a couple of times here There's particular attention paid to water, whether it's in the form of clouds, mist, or hot springs. Through Ariko's lens, the Icelandic landscape appears as a sometimes rugged but always beautiful phenomenon. Her photographs show that she's not just looking at it coldly, but attempting to transmit her own experience of it.