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Drain pipes seem to be pretty straight forward. They catch the rain and purge it away from the house into the garden or onto the street. But as closer they get to the ground as more random their form becomes - going around corners, following stairs, twisting, circling, breaking off...

It's big, it's beautiful - it can only be Carcy. As always, the new issue is filled cover to cover with stunning photographs that ask us to reconsider our received ideas of beauty, intimacy and eroticism. Not only that. Carcy makes room for up-and-coming artists and designers: those people who will be in charge of tomorrow, and all the new iterations of what is beautiful. We're looking forward to experiencing them.⁠ Buy...

Wild, rocky cliffs along deserted coasts, empty streets between abandoned houses captured in the break of dawn...

Brooklyn is one of the most dynamic and ethnically diverse places on the planet. In fact, it’s estimated that one in every eight US families had relatives come through Brooklyn when settling in the country. ⁠Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have been photographing this New York City borough for the past five years, creating a profound and vibrant portrait. Alex Webb has traversed every corner of the borough, exploring its tremendous diversity. This parallels his work made in the past forty years, traveling to photograph different cultures around the world—all of which are represented in the place he now calls home. Contrasting with this approach, Rebecca Norris Webb photographed “the city within the city within the city,” the green heart of Brooklyn—the Botanic Garden, GreenWood Cemetery, and Prospect Park, where Brooklynites of all walks of life cross paths as they find solace. Together, their photographs of Brooklyn tell a larger American story, one that touches on immigration, identity, and home.⁠ Buy...

In Ukrainian trains, it is a tradition that after boarding, passengers put on more comfortable clothes, change their shoes into slippers or lie barefoot, have dinner and a drink - and all this in cramped compartments. ⁠With her experience as a train conductor, Julie Poly has captured the essence of travel on Ukrainian trains. Documentary photos of train decorations and staged photos of models representing typical passengers of the Ukrainian railway - Julie Poly calls this approach "pseudo-documentary", because the inspiration for the staged photos comes from real people and situations. Among the passengers are soldiers, business women, gigolos and athletes, mostly girls, on their way to a sports competition. Most of the photos in the book can be described as erotic. This is due to the specific atmosphere in the Ukrainian trains and their perception by the artist. "I believe that travelling by train in Ukraine is a rather erotic experience. Nowhere in the world you will find trains where half-naked people travel together side by side," says Julie Poly.⁠ The notions of privacy and personal boundaries are dim in the train light...

Hassan Hajjaj's photographs follow the traces of pop culture by being colourful, engaging and commercial, but at the same time they are also subversively critical. He uses the visual language and rhetoric of contemporary consumer culture to address issues of cultural appropriation and identity politics. When you ask the Londoner with African and Arabic roots about his identity, he answers that his life experience is closely intertwined with the crossing of borders. That is why he continues to cross and break all sorts of barriers in his work. He remixes familiar visual elements from different cultures and raises questions of cultural, rather than territorial, belonging. With humor and nonchalance he shatters western stereotypes of exotic and an elsewhere. ⁠ Buy ⁠...

Erwin Wurm's photography is as weird and funny as his sculptures. Erwin Wurm Photographs 1986 - 2018 examines the artistic process through which Wurm created many of his major works and series, from his “Dust Sculptures” and “Fabio Getting Dressed” to his influential “One-Minute Sculptures,” and also features his recent large-format Polaroid photographs. Be prepared to be amused!⁠⠀ Buy...

Picture Summer on Kodak film is exactly what the title promises - photographs of empty parking lots, sun-drenched asphalt, steep shadows, sleepy windows with curtains. It could be any small town in summer. When everyone left for the seaside and the days are drowsy.⁠ Buy...

Independent publishing can be very timely - we are already getting the first books in about covid-19 and the pandemic lockdown!⁠⠀ Max Siedentopf - you know the one that already delighted us with Toiletpapa just a few weeks back -created a survival guide of what to do with your time when being stuck at home in quarantine. Home Alone is a composition of photographs from the internet community translating into action Max Siedentopf's open calls, like "invent a new way to lie on your sofa" or "Create a party makeup look using only what you can find in the fridge" The best pictures from the series, which now comprises over 1000 photos, are collected in this little book. An effective remedy against boredom in any case.⁠⠀ Buy...