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This is a copy, an homage, and a stroke of genius at the same time. Eckhard and Max Siedentopf, father and son and great fans of Toiletpaper magazine, delight us with the reenactment of the iconic photographs of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. The result is extremely funny, as fantastic as their famous inspiration and incredibly well executed. The photographs even have a lightness and spontaneity that the deliberately staged images of Toiletpaper Magazine never had. Our only criticism is that we did not think of it first.⁠ Buy ⁠...

Since 2009 Charlie Engman has photographed his mother. In the beginning, the only reason for this was her availability and willingness to meet his requirements to train his skills. But what began as a casual, organic process developed into an intense collaboration. In his book MOM we soon get to know her freckled complexion and her intense gaze, but the more we see of her, the less clear the image and her position in the pictures becomes. The result is neither a family album nor a childlike homage, but a much deeper and far more complex interaction - an interaction that raises questions about the limits of familiarity, the rules and boundaries of roles and representation, vulnerability and control, and what it means to look and be seen.⁠ Buy...

The postcards in this wonderful book will make you dream.⁠ Taken mainly from the 1960's - 1980's, they come from the good old times. The times when there was no Covid-19. The times when we could fly around the world without having a bad conscience because global warming was not a thing yet - well maybe it was but nobody listened. The times when we could fry ourselves dark brown in the sun, because skin cancer was unheard of - well, maybe not in the 80's anymore, but that is not the point. The point is that this beautiful collection of postcards, the ones where someone by hand painted the sky a little bluer, will make you feel nostalgic and light. Beach promenades, hotels, gardens and fountains, cityscapes by night and Alpine roads in a 70's colour scheme bring to you a worry-free, joyful holiday mood. Because this virus maybe can take our holidays but it cannot take our dreams...

Kenya is a country with a young, fashion-conscious population. However, as the local fashion labels are expensive and unaffordable for most people because the raw materials are imported, they have to resort either to mass-produced, low-quality and yet comparatively expensive garments from countries further east or to the Mitumba trade - imported second-hand clothes from the western world.⁠ Chaumont Zaerpour's "Things People Wear in Kenya" is a photographic study of fashion as it is lived, worn, produced and consumed there. The various fashion economies are interwoven in the book, which is primarily influenced by Kenyan voices - clothing designers and wearers alike, who talk about their perception of clothing.⁠ Moving between high fashion and everyday inventions, the duo records “the way people tinker, find ways to extract a new life out of used things, and the uniqueness of all these cobbled objects.”⁠ Buy...

Since the 16th century, all over the American continents, enslaved Africans have escaped their captors and founded their own communities or merged with indigenous peoples to form new identities. In his new series Cimarron - a Spanish-American term used to describe the fled slaves - Charles Fréger shows photographic portraits of their descendants today. In Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean islands, Central America and the southern United States, masquerades are still staged today to celebrate and keep alive the history and cultural memory of African slaves and their descendants. Buy...

It is hard to predict when you look at children what they might become one day and how their character and life is going to evolve. And while probably most of us agree that this is because we can not predict the future, it is even more fascinating that the same feeling of "the child as the blank book" hits you when you look at the childhood photographs of famous people in this beautiful, small book. To make the whole thing even more surprising and playful the name of each personality is written on the backside of their photograph. So you will find yourself saying over and over again into the little innocent faces "Really? Is that what you've become?"⁠ ⁠ And btw. Mother Teresa was blond!!!⁠ Buy...

Many people think of precision, dedication, and order when they think of Japan. And while this is not untrue there is far more magic to this place. Without going there yourself, it is virtually impossible to describe how Japan makes you feel - the tranquillity, the way the light changes when stepping from the street through curtains into the dimm lit wooden interior of an unagi restaurant, the way the trees in the woods swing and you do not know if it is because of the wind or the spirits, the little potted plant gardens along the houses of Tokyo and the old ladies that take care of them, the huge streets full of traffic that never seems loud, the myriads of alleyways the hold hidden soba restaurants...

"An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist" was the title of one of Croatian conceptual artist Mladen Stilinović's exhibitions in 1992. But thanks to so deeply committed people such as Maya Hristova this barrier belongs for once to the past. On her journey through more than 18 countries in Eastern Europe she and her team met 42 contemporary photographers and translated their reflections upon their past, socialism and their work. EEP (Eastern European Photography) Vol. 1 shows underlying nuances and draws hidden connections among the photographers, a dialogue which deals with an often distorted and disconnected image of their socialist heritage. ⁠ ⁠ Buy...

The doomsday prophets had also their fair share to say about photography. When digital photography moved into everybody's home and pockets, they predicted the expiration of photography as an art form. We exchange quality for mediocre quantity, so they said. But Foam shows us again, that the contrary is the case. The latest Talent issue proves that the band width of tools, result in more creative ways to express ourselves. And so Foam opens with the beautiful words: "A wide spectrum of themes, techniques and approaches that once again lets us say - yes, photography is very well alive and in very good health. As it is alive it is changing, evolving, creating ramifications and cross-pollinating. Most importantly, as the access to opportunity increases, the panorama becomes more and more fertile - and it‘s beautifully blossoming."⁠ Buy...

In October 2014, Lele Saveri was invited to spend a month teaching in China. On his way to take up the post, he made a stop in Hong Kong, where just a few days earlier, one of the first in a series of civil movements had erupted - movements that rocked the status quo in Hong Kong and brought relations between Hong Kong and Beijing into international focus. Saveri spent the whole of his time in Hong Kong documenting this pivotal moment, now known as the Umbrella Revolution. He walked the streets day and night, talking to protestors and taking picture after picture. Collected here are his photographs: of protestors - in masks and helmets, superhero costumes or t-shirts emblazoned with ‚God Save The Queen‘ - of the weird misshapen barricades that began to take over the city’s infrastructure, of tourists and citizens just going about their daily business. Presented alongside a short essay by Hong Kong activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Joshua Wong, this slim volume of striking photographs provides an essential, sometimes disturbing, sometimes alienating document of the beginnings of one of the most important protest movements in modern history - a document made only more powerful in hindsight, as the Hong Kong protests have continued, in the face of ever more brutal retaliation, to demand essential reform of their democratic and human rights. ⁠ Buy...