Fantasy or Reality?


In this Library post we thought we'd leave it up to the imagination of the photographer to let the books do the talking. Living in a world where everything has be photographed and documented as a means to get more "likes", it is exhilarating to find two publications that run with the imaginiation of the person behind the camera, turning the world on the other side of the lens into the world they see, and want us to see. Featuring brand new books from Maxime Ballesteros and Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand.

Les Absents by Maxime Ballesteros, Hatje Cantz

Chances are that if you’ve been at a party or yet-another shop opening in Berlin over the past six years, you probably would have seen French photographer Maxime Ballesteros gliding his way through the crowds and snapping up shots of the beautiful folk sipping their champagne and generally looking cool. Now for his first monograph titled Les Absents, Ballesteros shares a body of work which transcends reality and fantasy, sexuality and fetishism, dream and nightmare. In collaboration with the fashion network Sang Blue in London and shot entirely on analogue, Les Absents is a gateway into the imagination of Ballesteros, and we bet that once you’ve been inside you won’t want to see the world in the same way again. 

Les Absents will launch on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Berlin’s Johann König, Dessauer Str 6-7.

Women by Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand, Koenig Books

Featuring over sixty works from two of the world’s most famous photographers, Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand, the new publication from Koenig Books Women brings together class, style and nostalgia all under one cover. Included is the black-and-white series Women are Beautiful by Winogrand, and the unpublished portraits of a model in New York taken by legendary photography Peter Lindbergh, a celebration of American street photography. Women is an homage to the dedication to the medium of street photography, with each photograph appearing to be taken for a reason, capturing the best moments. In a society as now, where Instagram rules the feeds and the lines of “real-life” are blurred, Women is a presentation of a time where beauty was to be photographed in a beautiful manner. Also featured in the publication is a selection of essays, including one from the iconic American street and portrait photographer, Joel Meyerowitz. 

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