This week’s pick, Like Us: Primate Portraits, is an outstanding collection of black and white portraits of primates acting casual in suburban households.
Like Us: Primate Portraits
Taken in the late 80’s/early 90’s, the interiors are a hilarious backdrop for this curious subject. The photos are as interesting as they are gorgeous, and printed at 4×6, framing a bunch of them might not be a bad idea.
To read about Robin Schwartz’s most recent work, Amelia’s World, check out her gallery on Flavorwire.
Amy Sedaris’sÂ I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence has been out since 2006, but remains one of the most hilarious guides you’re likely to cross paths with.
I Like You
Sedaris is popular for her role as Jerri Blank in Strangers With Candy and is sister to the also-hilarious author David Sedaris, but did you know that she also cooks, crafts and entertains up a storm? From sending invites to making centerpieces to entertaining old people, Sedaris covers all the bases and sprinkles in lots of practical tid-bits, like second uses for pantyhose (bath sachets!). The recipes are equally entertaining (and real) and run the gamut from Telly Savalas Chicken to Lil’ Smoky Cheeseball (great for parties). Every hostess should have a copy and it makes an equally great gift.
Dennis Hopper was equally brilliant as a photographer as he was an actor, and this first thorough ten pound, 11″x14″ retrospective proves it. From shots of Warhol and friends at the Factory to Jane Fonda frolicking in Malibu to striking portraits of Paul Newman on set, this collection overflows with fleeting moments of joie de vivre, energy, and madness like no other photographic collection I’ve seen. Text by Tony Shafrazi, Walter Hopps and others puts it all in context and gives us insight into Hopper’s artistic process.
Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967
Decor idea: wallpaper your bathroom walls with images teared out from the book!
This week’s hot off the press pick, Frederic Chaubin: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed is a breathtaking collection of 90 unusual buildings built between 1970 and 1990, sited and photographed in the former Soviet Republics.
Frederic Chaubin: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
This 20 year period of free form buildings expresses a unique span of post-Stalinist history and has never been documented until now. Fans of Soviet paraphernalia and Brutalist architecture and design will truly enjoy this book. $35.11 on Amazon.
“…an eye-opening experience for those who assumed that Soviet architecture died with the rise of Stalin.” -The New York Times.” Leaf through it.
If you don’t own a WEEGEE book, you should. News photographer Arthur Felig, dubbed ‘Weegee’ (derived from Ouija) for his eery ability to arrive right at the scene of a crime, is considered one of the most innovative photographers of the 20th century. Numerous books of his work have been published, this one comes highly recommended by Weegee fans. Out of print books like this one might go up in value once the used copies sell out, an extra bonus for art book collectors.
Weegee’s New York: Photographs, 1935-1960
From the publisher: Legendary photojournalist Weegeeâ€™s unflinching eye led him to territory few other photographers of his time dared to go. His New York was not the glamorous world of nightclubs and bustling sidewalks, but of the back alleys and forgotten tenements that bore witness to the cityâ€™s tragedy and violence. Weegeeâ€™s New York is a city wounded by the Great Depression, in the throes of unemployment and poverty, of crime, corruption, and prostitution. Taken mostly at night, and marked by the characteristically harsh, artificial light that cast telltale shadows on their subjects, these photographs of crime victims, homeless vagrants, petty thieves, and resolute policemen document the gritty reality of Weegeeâ€™s world. The first news photographer permitted a police radio in his car, Weegee would race through Manhattanâ€™s streets after midnight, often beating the cops to the scene of the crime. The next morning his pictures would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror. They still jump from the page today, with a restless an immediacy and intense edginess that has yet to be surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this volume tell a story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. They also tells the story of the man behind the camera, whose passion, curiosity, and humanity belie his role as uninvolved bystander. More than a record of superb photojournalism, Weegeeâ€™s New York is a testament to a man who refused to look away.Â