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IN PRINT: Tokyo - Gerry Johansson

Tokyo is a visual journey through a city at once futuristic and obsolete, its visionary design worn out – like that of a past era. Johanasson uses photography to index the city, finding form and pragmatic order through accumulation and sequence, revealing the city's hidden, modular logic: lego-like segments, a basic square unit repeated indefinitely and in various sizes. These images are unpeopled, showing only the architecture of the city, a container of 13 million people, organised around mass movement and the funnelling of human traffic. Between the concrete, glass and steel, the occasional green life sprouts – miniature gardens in the narrow alleyways, or a cluster of flower pots lining the sidewalk. The architecture creates its own topography, and the city is glimpsed as the last outpost of a fading, mechanised world.

Words taken from Twelvebooks.

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Antenne Publishing presents its second publication in the ESTATE OF series, a publication that offers artists a space to realise projects in a specified format.


Loops is Anders Edström’s narrative chronology, from front to back covers. Shot during walks driving, during his travels, always looking, noticing, then stopping when the light and circumstance synthesize for him. He doesn’t look for the spectacular or unusual, but rather for the preternatural union of light and circumstance. For this reason, they may seem mundane, but each is a statement about this union of light, time, and energy.

Interspersed are reflective paint puddles, which he poured at home, getting the light to work for him. Each is a study in “light, form, and texture” — to use E.H. Gombrich’s words from his essay on
15th century paintings north and south of the Alps.


In Loops, they are the creative investigations during this chronology. In Vladimir Nabokov’s Bend Sinister, the novel before writing Lolita, one of his tropes was a puddle, which his main character, Adam Krug, first notices gazing out a window, a recent widower. Puddles distort reflections in reverse, like a “bend sinister,” a heraldic shield with the band going from top left to bottom right instead of the reverse, a bend dexter. The puddle motif reappears as an inkblot, a footprint, an ink stain. Nabokov was a lucky sufferer of synesthesia, the crossing of one sensory modality into another, with words revealing different meanings. He played with language as sound and image, “caressing” details, as he called it, looking for the unnoticed, infusing his stories with undercurrents of his special intuition.


Anders Edström was first discovered by the fashion industry, and first by Martin Margiela, who changed the look of fashion by being unspectacular, for example, simply covering boots, jeans, and backpacks in white gesso. Like Margiela, Anders Edström has always avoided the transcendent, spectacular, or highly stylized in preference for unaffected naturalism, but also for an alternative enlightenment in his synesthetic photography. Loops is a time capsule of his research.

- Jeff Rian

    Published by Antenne Publishing, 136 pgs, 21 × 28 cm, Softcover, Colour Offset, 2019, 9781908806062


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IN PRINT: Critical Mass

Published by FOREIGN POLICY, Critical Mass is an ongoing series that explores a brand’s ripple effect across the globe — from patterns in consumer spending to environmental affects. Packaged in a handy format, it combines quality cultural writing with intelligent design to showcase how a brand’s living legacies extend beyond mere aesthetics and profit margins, particularly in the ever-changing face of global consumerism. 


Publisher Info —
FOREIGN POLICY is a design bureau and think-tank based in Singapore. Story-telling and experience-crafting are at the heart of what we do. 

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IN PRINT: THE MOTH - Jem Southam

The Moth derives from one black-and-white picture that Jem Southam made in about 1983: a solitary man standing on Gwithian beach in St Ives, Cornwall. From this singular, meditative moment, the book of otherwise unpeopled, colour photographs unravels like a succession of memories, drifting back and forth through time. Over the course of 30 years, Southam intermittently returned to the west of Cornwall to explore a place steeped in marine and mining history, and in the mythology of Celtic saints who exiled to Cornish shores. His poetic sequence of images, inspired by the alliterative verse of the old English poems The Wanderer and The Seafarer, moves from vistas of meadows to water streams, forgotten homes and farm dogs awaiting their food. Now and then, Southam’s fluctuating current of pictures is punctuated by a sublime moment in the rural landscape, only to be eclipsed by the hazy memory of The Moth.


Giorgio Wolfensberger was born in 1945 in Zürich, grew up in Winterthur and died in 2016 in Umbria, which he’d made his adoptive geographical and political home. He was not only an industrial photographer, filmmaker, slide-show specialist, expert on and writer for the Swiss modern dancer and dance teacher Suzanne Perrottet, sleuth extraordinaire for archival photographs; he was also a collector and photographer equipped with a seventh sense for the things of this world.


He seems to have been a magnet for the peculiarities of everyday life, departures from the norm, the play of objects, the humorous and the grotesque, as though his eyes, nose and fingers were probes immersed in physical reality. Whether on assignment for an exhibition project or a book, roaming freely on the prowl in the city or driving around the countryside, he always discovered something unusual in the commonplace, something of his own in the general, something rich in the poor, something strange in the norm. This book brings together his artistic freelance photography for the first time, to form a cabinet of curiosities, a variegated cabaret of things. Beginning with the black-and-white documentary photography of his first years in Italy, he gradually developed a rich, humorous, colorful photo povera, an enchanting, pensive dance of “poor” plain things.

—Urs Stahel


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IN PRINT: FLOWER IS… by Robert Frank

FLOWER IS… is a photobook by Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank. The close exchange between Frank and Motomura began with their collaboration on Frank’s 1972 book, The Lines of My Hand. Both happy with how it all turned out, they came to form a strong bond and this led to the later publication of Flower is in 1987 by YUGENSHA. This book is a memorial to Franks’ daughter, Andrea, who was killed in an airplane crash in Guatemala in 1974, comes in three sections: the first section, Flower is Paris, consists of Frank's Paris flowers, shot between 1949-1951; the second, Factory is Detroit, photographs of Detroit and the nearby Ford assembly plant taken while working on The Americans in 1955; and the last, Mabou is Waiting, pictures of interior views of his house and the stark sun-drenched landscape shot between 1976 and 1984. Book design by Kohei Sugiura. There are two versions of the front cover, one featuring "Champs-Élysées, 1950" and the other “Metro Stalingrad”.

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In Print: IT'S FREEZING IN LA! - Issue 2

IFLA! is a new independent magazine with a fresh perspective on climate change. Too often, environmental discussion is polarised into one of two categories: the remote, technical language of science, or the hotheaded outrage of activism. This magazine finds the middle ground, inviting writers and illustrators from a variety of fields to give us their take on how climate change will affect — and is affecting — society.


We want to help untangle the climate tensions and choices that our generation will have to navigate by platforming as many different perspectives as we can find. IFLA! provides original, engaging and surprising content that you will want to read — widening environmental discussion and offering a range of vocabulary and insights not found elsewhere.

    27.5 × 21 cm, Softcover, 2019,
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IN PRINT: Footnotes - Issue B

Footnotes is a type design periodical published by La Police.

Editor and designer Mathieu Christe opens the publication by explaining that Issue B is the second issue of Footnotes - the periodical bulletin of applied research into type design.


For newcomers, he states that Footnotes issue A (now sold out) included the first part of an article about the Haas Typefoundry Ltd. This saga is concluded by Brigitte Schuster in the opening act of issue B.


The publication then looks at the jump from analogue to digital with Switzerland’s first generation of digital type foundries, a decade after Haas’ closure.

François Rappo is also featured - taking the reader through his practice, visions, impressions and projections. Christian Mengelt gives his perspective on the meaning and motivations of designing type in the context of today’s saturated, sometimes frivolous, market. We also get an essay from Adrian Vasquez - a designer at John Morgan Studio in London. Frank Grießhammer then shares his thoughts on the exploration of early vector fonts by Dr Allen Vincent Hersey.


To conclude, we have Alice Savoie, Dorine Sauzet & Sébastien Morlighem researching Ladislas Mandel’s typefaces for telephone directories – part 1.


Website Fonts In Use have provided a useful rundown of the typefaces displayed throughout the publication. They explain:

In order for the reader to discover the typeface(s) presented in each contribution, every essay is typeset with the related typeface(s). Some are unreleased, here’s their detailed list in order of appearance:

LP Jung is a still-in-progress typeface by La Police.
Detroit was available at Optimo between 1998 and 2000 in MM format.
Swiss Gothic is an unreleased revival of Gerstner/Mengelt’s Programm by François Rappo.
Antique is a private version of Helvetica by François Rappo.
Theinhardt Mono is an in-progress variation of the Theinhardt family by François Rappo to be released by Optimo.
AA Files Display Initials are a mix of styles drawn by Adrien Vasquez for the layout of the AA Files magazine.


Buy your copy of the publication here and follow thier digital smoke signals on their twitter page.

IN PRINT: The Castle - Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse has spent the past few years documenting the ongoing refugee and migration crisis, repurposing military-grade camera technology to confront how governments and societies perceive refugees. His latest book The Castle is a meticulous record of refugee camps located across mass migration routes from the Middle East and Central Asia into the European Union via Turkey.

Using a thermal video camera intended for long-range border enforcement, Mosse films the camps from high elevations to draw attention to the ways in which each interrelates with, or is divorced from, adjacent citizen infrastructure. His source footage is then broken down into hundreds of individual frames, which are digitally overlapped in a grid formation to create composite heat maps.

Truncating time and space, Mosse’s images speak to the lived experience of refugees indefinitely awaiting asylum and trapped in a Byzantine state of limbo. The book is divided into 28 sites, each presenting an annotated sequence of close-up images that fold out into a panoramic heat map. Within this format, Mosse underscores the provisional architecture of the camps and the ways in which each camp is variously marginalised, concealed, regulated, militarized, integrated, and/or dispersed.

His images point to the glaring disconnect between the brisk free trade of globalized capitalism and the dehumanizing erosion of international refugee law in European nation states. Named after Kafka’s 1926 novel, The Castle prompts questions about the ‘visibility’ of refugees and the erosion of their human rights.

The book comes with a separate book of texts, including a poem by Behrouz Boochani, the journalist, novelist and Iranian refugee currently held by the Australian government in confinement on Manus island, an essay by Paul K. Saint-Amour, associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, an essay by philosopher Judith Butler, and a text by Richard Mosse.


IN PRINT: TBW - SUBSCRIPTION SERIES #6 by Guido Guidi, Jason Fulford, Gregory Halpern, Viviane Sassen

TBW’s sixth Subscription Series gathers four artist, have each crafted a monograph charged with an essence of the surreal, exploring the passage of time and the imprecise nature of the phenomenal. Together, these narratives weave a continuum from book to book, creating a dreamlike photographic timeline spanning 40 years.



Guido Guidi - Dietro Casa
A prosaic rock pile marks our entry into Guido Guidi’s playfully strange visual journal, a nod to the days past of early 1980s Italy. Acting as both metronome setting the narrative pace and homage to the great Walker Evans, the rock pile ebbs into new shapes and sizes as cats cross paths, friends survey the curious space that is Dietro Casa (“behind the house”), apparitions double-expose across our field of vision, and a young girl wakes from the book's gentle dreamscape. Guidi’s command of the medium lends itself to performance and cinema, establishing the tone for the three books that follow as they build on the ethereal stage he so masterfully sets.



Jason Fulford - Clayton's Ascent
Employing a playful and thought provoking use of sequencing and layout that is unmistakably Jason Fulford's, Clayton’s Ascent is a fitting complement to Dietro Casa. Shot between 1997 and 2003 while traveling the US by motorcycle, Fulford’s saturated colors are infused with a veiled foreboding, drawing a blurred line between the real and artificial. Deriving its title from the historic, 1835 nine-hour hot air balloon excursion, Fulford fills the shoes of observer and protagonist, as our sights shift from scenes of a simultaneously fantastic and tumultuous American landscape, to the top tiers of indoor arenas, and finally arcing towards the heavens as we gaze down from above the clouds bidding a receding Earth farewell.



Gregory Halpern - Confederate Moons
During a summer marked by a total eclipse of the sun, known colloquially as "The Great American Eclipse" Halpern chose North and South Carolina as the stage in which to capture this rare and fleeting event, one which had not been visible across the entire contiguous United States since June 8th, 1918.


Viviane Sassen - Heliotrope
Heliotrope is a collection of images in which Sassen investigates new ways of making and altering photographs that she shot on recent travels to Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal and South Africa. "I aim at subverting the way I look at these images, and at the world. Color, graphic shapes and shadows are my tools to revisit, reinterpret and gather a different understanding of what seems familiar. The ordinary and the magical merge. The series is underpinned by the impulse to explore unknown territories, physical or metaphorical.


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IN PRINT: Hart+Lëshkina - OUT OF YOU

Hart Lëshkina's monograph OUT OF YOU explores themes of self-representation and construction of identity, subjectivity and memory. The book depicts and identity in constant flux at the time of transition between childhood and adolescence, rendering the moment when self discovery intersects with a new awareness of being observed by others.


The chronology of the photographs is disrupted, each image an isolated moment, as that in the mind of an individual recalling fragmented childhood memories. Even though these photographs have been created over a short period of time the girl transforms before our eyes appearing to be a young child on one page, then a teen on the next. Whats revealed to the viewer is something internal to themselves that maps onto their own personal psyche and memories.

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The title The Pyramids and Palm Trees Testtakes its name from a semantic memory test used to detect language impairment. The test uses iconic images to determine the degree to which a subject can access meaning from pictures and words. Pyramids and palm trees are the main elements at the core of the test since their meaning is readily available to most people regardless of geographies, language differences, and culture.


In the same way as the test operates, Roels’ work evolve around the use of specific imagery that everyone can relate to and yet images that can be invested with additional layers of meaning depending on the context in which they are used. Roels plays upon the serial character of photography. His experimentations with repetition often take the form of grid compositions of multiple, small size prints of a single image. The Pyramids and Palm Trees Test was conceived as one work, and it is the first time that the artist conveys one of his work into the book format.

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IN PRINT: PETER CHADWICK AND BEN WEAVER - The Town of Tomorrow; 50 Years of Thamesmead

Rising from London’s Erith marshes in the 1960s, Thamesmead – now home to over 40,000 people – was London County Council’s bold attempt to build a new town to address the city’s housing shortage after the Second World War. Noted for its daring, experimental design – concrete modern terraces, blocks of flats and elevated walkways built around a system of lakes and canals – the town received attention from architects, sociologists and politicians throughout the world but also gained notoriety as the backdrop to Stanley Kubrick’s film, ‘A Clockwork Orange’.


In ‘The Town of Tomorrow’, 50 years of Thamesmead’s history have been assembled and preserved. The architecture of the town and its inhabitants are captured by archive material combined with newly commissioned photography by Tara Darby. Original plans, models, postcards, leaflets and newspaper cuttings are presented alongside interviews with local residents. Together with an introductory essay by John Grindrod, the images convey the story of this pioneering town, from the dreams and excitement of its ambitious original vision to the complex realities of living there today.


  • Published by Here Press, 188 pgs, 26.5 × 21.5 cm, Hardcover, 2019, 9780993585395

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Publisher: InOtherWords 


The notion of daily practice represents the guiding theme of this book. Featuring hundred eleven individual artworks gathered around eight themes, it introduces the artistic practice of French-born artist Johanna Tagada. The publication present the versatile nature of Johanna Tagada’s work, which encompasses a broad range of techniques, materials, and media including figurative and non-figurative drawings and paintings, collage, textile work and sculpture.

    Published by InOtherWords, 144 pgs, 18.6 × 12.7 cm, Hardcover, 2018, 978-0-9932238-7-7


IN PRINT: To be Determined. According to the Situation - DIRK ZOETE

“Welcome to the world of Dirk Zoete. Because that’s what his work is: a conceived universe. The way someone leaning over a table makes a plan and imagines the world. While technology takes us into several intangible dimensions with virtual reality and other applications, Zoete makes us believe the world is still flat. Everything seems to have only a front and a back. As if we still believed that the earth is just a disk, and we can fall off. Zoete’s drawings are clumsy, intermittent, naive, adventurous, simple. It’s like a child’s imagination, depicting in a heap what you otherwise cannot fit on a piece of paper.”
—Philippe Van Cauteren


Published in occasion of his first major solo exhibition in a Belgian museum, To be determined. According to the situation, held at S.M.A.K. in Gent in 2017, this catalogue explores Dirk Zoete’s peculiar practice. Enriched by essays and texts by Philippe Van Cauteren, Stephan Berg, Koen Peeters and Ann Hoste, the book is a journey through the artist’s process—who, starting from a drawing, generates models, sculptures, architectural constructions, photos, films. An all-encompassing approach that makes the Belgian’s work outstand as a natural successor of the German Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism, but with a more human touch.

The catalogue features a wide selection of images, presenting the many different stages of transformation of a drawing into a three-dimensional piece, and the hybrid nature of the exhibition set-up, a mix of a museum show and an artist’s studio, both essential characteristics of Zoete’s art.

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Bastard Countryside collects together 15 years worth of exploration within the British landscape, dwelling on what Victor Hugo called the ‘bastard countryside’: “somewhat ugly but bizarre, made up of two different natures”. Friend’s large-format colour images scrutinise these inbetween, unkempt, and often surreal marginal areas of the country, highlighting frictions between the pastoral sublime and the discarded, often polluted reality of the present.


Starting from a classical landscape tradition, Friend’s meticulous 5x4 photographs are given heightened effect through exaggerations of colour and composition, embodying a friction between British pastoral ideals and present reality. In particular, Friend follows moments in which the expected narrative of the landscape is rudely interrupted: often through leakage, pollution, or the wreckage and containment of nature.


In his accompanying essay, writer Robert Macfarlane describes Bastard Countryside as “a vision par excellence of our synthetic ‘modern nature’– produced by assemblage and entanglement rather than purity and distinction”. Contained within Friend’s photographs are “hard questions […] about what kinds of landscape one might wish either to pass through or to live in; about what versions of ‘modern nature’ might be worth fighting for, and why.”


Robin Friend (b.1983) is a London-based photographer who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He divides his time between his fine art practice and commissioned work. Recent projects include the award-winning books Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios and Art Studio America (Thames & Hudson, 2011-13); a collaborative chroreographic work for the BBC, Winged Bull in the Elephant Case (2017, with Wayne McGregor); and a National Gallery exhibition project, documenting the gallery's wartime art storage in a Snowdonian mine (2018). Friend's work has been exhibted at Aperture Gallery, New York; Christies, Paris and at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House & the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Bastard Countryside is his first book.

    Published by Loose Joints, 104 pgs, 28 × 24.5 cm, Hardcover, 2018, 978-1-912719-04-4


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Maximage Colour Combinations explores how different colours and hues can interact together, and how they can merge from one to another. Without any chapters or formulas, colours travel from shiny to matte, blue to celadon, frozen to boiling, reflective to absorbent, dark light to brain grey, spectral to metameric, sunshine to neon, from Atlanta to Albertville, or from Leipzig to Juba via Napoli and back again, in an attempt to tell infinite stories. The reader will not find here this year’s hot colour nor the trends for next season. Rather, each page tells a different story that each user can relate to, reinterpret or reappropriate in their own way.


This book is a tool for designers, artists and printers who are interested in personalized and unique colour palettes. Created using between 2 and 5 spot colors, over 120 combinations were generated directly in the offset press by interfering with the ink unit. This unorthodox colour-mixing technique helped to create more than 450 spot colors evolving over the 500 different books, turning each one into a set of totally unique combinations.


This publication follows Maximage Formula Guide and Maximage Raster Guide, and is part of the Workflow Research Project (R&D). It was conceived and printed during a workshop at ECAL held by Maximage and the printer Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich. Workflow is a research project at ECAL led by David Keshavjee, Guy Meldem, Tatiana Rihs, Julien Tavelli and is supported by the HES-SO/University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland.


PUGMENT's current collection, along with the pieces featured in their March 2018 show at the Komagome Soko, have been documented by photographer Kenta Cobayashi. From the contemporaneous generation of PUGMENT's founders, Cobayashi's oeuvre is distinguished by heavy digital manipulation, with his recent work exploring a negative/positive inverse. The present publication combines Cobayashi's new photographic interpretations with a comprehensive compendium of Japanese fashion history, replete with text and images compiled by PUGMENT. A monumental genre-crossing compilation vaulting over the boundaries of lookbook, photobook, and Japanese fashion history archive, this volume is itself a work of art, completed by graphic designer Shun Ishizuka.

Published by Newfave, 25.5 × 18 cm, Softcover, 2018,


Publisher: InOtherWords
Design: OK-RM


Casual Relationships explores the mechanisms at work in the construction of visual culture. By carefully curating and simulating photographs from contemporary vernacular sources, Max Creasy identifies the way these images are endorsed within social groups and norm circles. The sequencing and design of the publication articulate the associations and patterns discerned from this promiscuous collection of images.


Max Creasy is a half-Australian half-Norwegian visual artist living and working between London and Berlin. His photographic practice explores systems of meaning through architecture, the archive and still life.

His work has been widely exhibited at commercial and institutional galleries including the Centre for Contemporary Photography, West Space and the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.



InOtherWords creates books and editions in close collaboration with artists and other cultural protagonists. Publications are crafted to the highest standard and with the utmost care. The imprint was established by London-based design studio OK-RM as a platform for its collaborative book projects. 

Buy the book here.