NY Art Book Fair Wrap Up

We had an excellent time at the NY Book Fair this year. Thanks to everyone who was able to come by and give us some love and also thank you to all of the wonderful people who showed us a good time while we were in the city.

If you werent able to pick up our new books you can get them here!

See you soon!

Thanks again,

Charlie, Alec, Carrie, Hans & the rest of the LBM team.

Lonely Boy Mag. (No. A-2: Boys and Their Cars)

We are pleased to announce the second book in our new series:

Lonely Boy Mag. (No. A-2: Boys and Their Cars)

Edition of 1000
Designed by Jenny Tondera
Publication date, June, 2011
64 pages, 5.4×8.5in, color offset, staple-bound

The second in a series of men’s magazines, this issue features text and photographs by Todd Hido, Alec Soth, Chad States and erotic dioramas by Peter Davidson.

See more images from the book here.

$18 Buy it here

First Book: Amy Stein

I have been asking different photographers one question : “What was the first photo book that you can remember buying or seeing that really had a strong affect on you?” Here is Amy Stein’s response:

“The fist photography book I can remember having a real impact on me was Masahisa Fukase’s The Solitude of Ravens. In 2002, I was completely new to photography and trying to learn the basics by taking classes at the International Center of Photography. I was fortunate to study with a fabulous photographer named Ellen Binder who made it a practice to bring in photography books to sharewith us. We’d pour over the books while she told stories about how they’d influenced her.

The minute I opened Ravens I felt drawn to Fukase’s brooding approach and the book’s oblique but deafening poetic  narrative. I was struck by the iconic nature of the images and completely moved by the intensely personal feel of the world Masahisa had created. Only later would I learn that Fukase made the images while on a train ride home to Hokkaido after the dissolution of his twelve-year marriage.

Masahisa shot from the moving train and ventured out during stops to track the ravens; long a symbol of ominous events and death. The book features mostly stark black and white images of the ravens, flying, falling, in shadow, perched on posts and tress, along and in groups. Many of the images in the book are enlarged, grainy and overexposed. Fukase’s concern for atmosphere and emotion over technical perfection was an important early lesson for me.”

Amy Stein

More info on the book here

Location – Volume Two – Adam Caillier + Michael Mott

Location is a quarterly publication of limited edition artists’ books featuring idea-based work in an array of two-dimensional media. Essentially a gallery between two hard covers, Location focuses on book-form installations and group exhibitions in print. Our mission is to collaborate with visual artists to produce new work specifically suited to a page-based format. Location promotes artists to a broader audience through a portable medium while providing a book-based experience of contemporary art.

For its second volume, Location books features a collaborative experiment between artists Adam Caillier and Michael Mott, two “strangers with complimentary abilities and a malleable set of expectations” who employ a film camera as an extended-space-scanner to compose a cryptic series of abstract photographs specifically catered to serial pages.

Location – Volume Two
Work by Adam Caillier and Michael Mott

What: Opening reception, book sale and signing with the artists (Caillier and Mott)
Where: 1618 Central Ave NE, Suite 227, Minneapolis, MN 55413
When: Saturday, August 14th, 2010, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

For more information or for higher resolution images please visit here

Photobook Library

The Indie Photobook Library was founded in 2010 by Larissa Leclair. It is an archive that strives to preserve and showcase self-published photobooks, photobooks independently published and distributed, photography exhibition catalogs, print-on-demand photobooks, artist books, zines, photobooks printed on newsprint, limited edition photobooks, and non-English language photography books to be seen in person through traveling exhibitions and as a non-circulating public library. Having a specific collection dedicated to these kinds of books allows for the development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, the ability to reflect and compare books in the collection, and for scholarly research to be conducted in years, decades, and centuries to come. The Indie Photobook Library has an open and ongoing submission policy. Books can be donated by the artist, indie publisher, or private collector.

info about submissions and more here

for news and more, follow on the Indie Photobook Library on facebook here

Book Shipment

Dear valued LBM customers,

We are shipping the copies of Trent Parke’s book as fast as we can. Due to the high-volume of sales and a lack of robots at the LBM headquarters, we are slightly backed up.  We will make sure that you receive your copies as fast as we can get them to you.

Thank you very much for your patience!

Sold Out!

We are sold out of Trent Parke’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks over here at Little Brown Mushroom!

Sorry to all those who weren’t able to get a copy, but this thing sold fast!

For those of you in the NYC area, you can still head over to Dashwood tonight and try to get your copy at the signing. 6-8p.m. 33 Bond St., NY, NY 10012

America’s Sweetheart: A Brief History of the Shackway Corporation

Art lovers who will be in Minneapolis on Saturday (the 24th of April, 2010) ought to visit an exhibit at Bockley Gallery, called America’s Sweetheart: A Brief History of the Shackway Corporation.  The show features 21 new works on canvas by David Sollie, and a few prints.   Mr. Sollie is apparently the “historian” of the imaginary Shackway corporation, which (he says) was founded by his fake grandfather after WWII. From this starting point an entire world has sprung into being, and the results are rich and varied.

In two decades of visiting contemporary art shows at museums and galleries around the world, I can honestly say that this is one of the best shows I’ve seen. In a larger market, it’s the sort of show everyone would want a part of. What makes it good?  There best of the pieces are just plain generous: conceptually, visually and emotionally. They give things to the viewer. Further, the work is so quintessentially American. What could be more American that inventing a fake company and turning it into a real corporation – at that, one that’s attempting to sustain itself by selling it’s fictional history?  It’s a hall of mirrors take on the American dream, but it’s how I’d want my own country characterized at the American Pavilion in Venice, at a Biennialle somewhere down the road.

A larger look into the culture of the “company” can be found at  www.quodlibetica.com and some of the works on paper are available for giveaway prices at www.shackway.com.  Canvas works are available through the Bockley Gallery. A sign in the gallery window announces “Shackway family fun day” will mark the closing of the show on Saturday.  Apparently there will be a magician and balloon twister on hand after 2:00, and live music after 5:00.

Robert Blackwell