We have a selection of exciting new books by TASCHEN that have just arrived in our online shop:
Ren Hang, who took his life February 23, 2017, was an unlikely rebel. Slight of build, shy by nature, prone to fits of depression, the 29-year old Beijing photographer was nonetheless at the forefront Chinese artists’ battle for creative freedom.
His photographs, all produced on film, have been subject of over 20 solo and 70 group shows in his brief six-year career. He self published 16 monographs, in tiny print runs, that now sell for up to $600. TASCHENs Ren Hang is his only international collection, covering his entire career, with well-loved favourites and many never-before-seen photographs of men, women, Beijing, and those many, many erections.
First advertised as a “mind stretching experience”, Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth stunned the cinema world. A tour-de-force of science fiction as art form, the movie brought not only hallucinatory visuals and a haunting exploration of contemporary alienation, but also glam-rock legend David Bowie in his lead role debut as paranoid alien Newton.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cult movie, TASCHEN’S The Man Who Fell to Earth presents a plentitude of stills and behind the scenes imagery by unit photographer David James, including numerous shots of Bowie at his playful and ambiguous best.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. Its a visual diary.” – Andy Warol
Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, the famous etc. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of these instant photos, many of them never seen before.
Portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Yves Saint Laurent, Pele, Debbie Harris are included alongside images of Warhol’s entourage and high life, landscapes, and still lifes from Cabbage patch dolls and soup cans. Often raw and impromptu, the Polaroids document Warhol’s era like Instagram captures our own, offering a unique record of the life, world and vision behind the Pop Art maestro and modernist giant.
London’s remarkable history, architecture, landmarks, streets, style, are pictured in hundreds of compelling photographs sourced from a wide array of archives around the world. From Victorian London to the Swinging 60s; from the Battle of Britain to Punk; from the Festival of Britain to the 2012 Olympics; from the foggy cobbled streets to the architectural masterpieces of the millennium; from rough pubs to private drinking clubs; from Royal Weddings to raves; from the power to glory; page after page of stunning photographs, reproduced big and bold like the city itself, London at last gets the tribute it deserves.
Photographs by: Slim Aarons, Eve Arnold, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Anton Corbijn, Terence Donovan, Roger Fenton, Bert Hardy, Evelyn Hofer, Frank Horvat, Tony Ray-Jones, Nadav Kander, Roger Mayne, Linda McCartney, Don McCullin, Norman Parkinson, Martin Parr, Rankin, Lord Snowdon, William Henry Fox Talbot, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many, many others.
It started in 1978 with an ordinary coffee shop near Kyoto. Word spread that the waitresses wore no panties under their miniskirts. Similar establishments popped up across the country. Men waited in line outside to pay three times the usual coffee price just to be served by a panty-free young woman.
Within a few years, a new craze took hold: the no-panties “massage” parlor. Increasingly bizarre services followed, from fondling clients through holes in coffins to commuter-train fetishists. One particularly popular destination was a Tokyo club called “Lucky Hole” where clients stood on one side of a plywood partition, a hostess on the other. In between them was a hole big enough for a certain part of the male anatomy.
Taking the Lucky Hole as his title, Nobuyoshi Araki captures Japan’s sex industry in full flower, documenting in more than 800 photos the pleasure-seekers and providers of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood before the February 1985 New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act put a stop to many of the country’s sex locales. Through mirrored walls, bed sheets, the bondage and the orgies, this is the last word on an age of bacchanalia, infused with moments of humor, precise poetry, and questioning interjections.
Mario Testino boundless talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Often imitated and never equaled, Testino is graced with a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task.
This unorthodox collection of various images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career reflects the diversity of his work from fashion and advertising shots to sexually-charged images and autobiographic notes. Full of colour, life and humour this selection is a testament to the sheer brilliance of a tireless chronicler of fabulousness.