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Borne from a collaboration between two people who are exemplary in their respective fields, writer Teju Cole and photographer Fazal Sheikh has created a book that speaks against the perennial human problem: our unfounded xenophobia and prejudice against the “other”, the foreigner, the refugee. Cole and Sheikh, by using the words of the former and in the photographs of the latter, has created a rallying cry against the troubling increase of discrimination and hate against people who are displaced from their homes either by war or by the restructuring of national borders and the reinforcement of ethnic divisions. 

 

Fazal Sheikh & Teju Cole: Human Archipelago Cover Image
By Fazal Sheikh (Photographer), Teju Cole (Introduction by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9783958295681
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Published: Steidl - April 23rd, 2019

The Scent of a Dream: Travels in the World of Coffee (Abrams, $75) is every coffee-table’s dream book. The gorgeous chrome-hued cover signals Sebastião Salgado’s rich black-and-white photography within,  and  through the course of three-hundred pages and two-hundred-plus images, Salgado sings a visual  love song to coffee plantations from Brazil to India to Tanzania to China, to name a few of these lush landscapes, and to the workers who harvest the fruit. The Scent of a Dream is brilliantly curated, edited, and designed by Salgado’s wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado. The collection testifies that this photographer’s heart and lens are steeped in their subject. Born in Brazil, Salgado grew up watching his father transport coffee to neighboring coastal ports, and eventually joined him in the family business. Later, Salgado  worked as an economist for the International Coffee Organization, then let his passion for photography find its muse among the plantation fields of his youth. Salgado began crafting this book in 2002, and with it he hopes to teach café aficionados that coffee beans begin cultivation in vibrant lands and cultured hands, far from the grind of baristas and espresso machines. Marc Powers

The Scent of a Dream: Travels in the World of Coffee Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781419719219
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams - September 29th, 2015

If the cover of People of the Twenty-First Century makes an immediate visual statement, the rest of this book is the ensuing manifesto. Each page captures between fifteen minutes and three hours in the life of a variety of global street corners, during which time Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom does more than merely chronicle the parade of humanity. He observes very particular recurring forms with unnerving precision, from Parisian women in leopard-print coats to Amsterdam men in trademark "Rolling Stones tongue" t-shirts to Shanghai commuters biking in ponchos. Unlike in his precursor August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century, Eijkelboom never defines these archetypes, as they’re not immediately meaningful categories that he creates. The arrangements of people do nag at you, though, whether that twinge is uneasiness or witty pleasure at the repetitions of collective, consumer life. Either way, the book is a remarkable act of hypnosis.

Hans Eijkelboom: People of the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
By Hans Eijkelboom, David Carrier (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780714867151
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - October 2nd, 2014

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