Book of the Day: Ultimate Clothing Company by Alasdair McLellan
Being from the North of England Alasdair McLellan’s youthful curiosities channeled romantic notions about being English and Northern since he began to photograph in 1986. He has admired those who have directed generations through their own similar obsessions such as Bruce Weber’s playful and sexually charged imagery of America and Steven Patrick Morrissey’s unfaltering melancholy and mythological observations. McLellan’s work maintains both the edginess of these influences as well as the unashamedly lyrical pulse which makes the work a tune for the masses. The Northern, working class aesthetic of Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate, immortalized in Alan Clarke’s classic film Rita, Sue and Bob Too! has continually had a pull for McLellan — his photographs play with the tension of the ordinary in a similarly unselfconscious way as it’s writer Andrea Dunbar.
Alasdair McLellan’s Ultimate Clothing Company is both an intimate and introspective monograph edited and designed by art directors Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag M/M (PARIS) and beautifully printed in a numbered limited edition of 2,000 with a poster-wrap dust jacket.
Mikael Kennedy is a New York City based commercial and fine art photographer. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Polaroid travel blog; Passport to Trespass, documenting his 10 years of wandering the United States with a Polaroid SX70. Kennedy’s Polaroids are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as in private collections worldwide. Having appeared in print in The New Yorker, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, WWD, Kennedy’s photography has been being profiled online with GQ, Esquire, Time, Newsweek Magazine, and the WSJ. He won ‘Cover of the Year’ in Munich at the 2011 BCP Awards for EB Magazine featuring a photograph from his American landscape series ‘The Odysseus’. Kennedy currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he shoots for a range of commerical and editorial clients.
Book of the Day: Water by Edward Burtynsky, Russell Lord, Wade Davis
There is no life without water. Burtynsky’s new and highly anticipated book Water tells us the story of where water comes from, how we use it, distribute and waste it. Often using a bird’s-eye perspective, the photographer shows us its remote sources, remarkable ancient step-wells and mass bathing rituals, the transformation of desert into cities with waterfronts on each doorstep, the compromised landscapes of the American Southwest. Furthermore, Burtynsky explores the infrastructure of water management: the gigantic hydroelectric dams and terraced rice fields in the heart of China, the vast irrigation systems of America’s bread basket and the use of aquaculture. The colour photographs in this book are poetic and at the same time highly relevant: they reveal another vital component of our life on earth that drives the bloom of civilization, and foreshadow the extent to which our future depends on our everyday behaviour in dealing with this increasingly scarce resource.