This special book brings together 170 photographs taken by 70 different photographers who, for one reason or another, passed by the world of flamenco: from the romantic world travelers who went to the south of Spain in search of inspiration, to world renowned fashion photographers.
"In the late 1970s, as Hiroshi Sugimoto was defining his artistic voice, he posed a question to himself: “Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?” The answer that came to him: “You get a shining screen.” For almost four decades, Sugimoto has been photographing the interiors of theaters using a large-format camera and no lighting other than the projection of the running movie. He opens the aperture when a film begins and closes it when it ends. In the resulting images, the screen becomes a luminous white box and the ambient light subtly brings forward the rich architectural details of these spaces.
Sugimoto began by photographing the classic movie palaces built in the 1920s and ‘30s, their ornate architectural elements a testament to the cultural importance of the burgeoning movie industry. He continued the series with drive-in theaters. In the last decade, Sugimoto has photographed historic theaters in Europe as well as disused theaters that show the ravages of time. Taken together, these photographs present an extended meditation on the passage of time, a recurring theme in his artwork. Theaters, the third in a series of books on Sugimoto’s art, presents 130 photographs, 21 of which have never before been published."
"Throughout the 1950s, Charles Brittin was the unofficial house photographer for the Beat community that coalesced around the artist Wallace Berman. Brittin settled in Venice Beach, California, in 1951, and his beach shack became a hangout for the Berman circle, which included actors Dean Stockwell and Dennis Hopper, artist John Altoon, curator Walter Hopps and poet David Meltzer, among many others. A self-taught photographer, Brittin was working as a mailman at the time, and spent much of his free time wandering the streets with a camera; he came to know Venice intimately, and his pictures of the town are freighted with a hushed beauty and forlorn sweetness. In the early 1960s the focus of Brittin's life shifted dramatically when he became involved with the civil rights movement. "I suddenly realized I was compelled to do something," Brittin recalls, "because the times demanded it." As a photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality, Brittin documented the dramatic non-violent protests that occurred throughout Southern California, and made a courageous trip to the deep South, in 1965, to assist with the registration of black voters. As the 60s progressed he documented the antiwar movement, and by the end of the decade was devoting most of his time to the Black Panther Party. These two very different social revolutions are at the heart of Charles Brittin: West and South. With 150 images--138 of them previously unpublished."
Ian Beesley, Cafe Royal Books
"I hope that watching his work over 13 years, condensed in this book [readers will be] shocked or overwhelmed by so much beauty," said Deniau. "I hope this book leaves people speechless about Lee - since words are insufficient for this man that I loved. I hope readers will fully realize how much Lee gave and how far he went, at his own risk."
Craig Atkinson, Cafe Royal Books
"In the 1920s, Sydney's police began quietly assembling a gallery of the city's most light-fingered, fleet-footed, silver-tongued rogues, con artists, gunmen, drug dealers and hooligans. These extraordinary images were resurfaced in the 1980s, long after the original paperwork had been lost and the crooks, the cops and all who remembered them, had passed on. Crooks Like Us opens a secret door onto Sydney's hidden histories."