Monday, August 17, 2009

Errata Editions Books on Books #5-8

I've had some trouble finding the time to write lately because it is crunch time for the next titles in the Errata Editions Books on Books series. I am trying to keep all of our contributors on the deadline for printing in October and, well, it is a bit like herding cats. Make that, herding cats that are really good photographers and writers.

The response to the first four titles in the series has been great even with the severe downturn in the economy, so much so we are r
eady to publish the next four books. People have understood our project and approach and we thank everyone for the feedback and support. Especially thank you to the artists who are turning out to be the biggest supporters of all. Out of over a dozen that we have approached in just the last few months, only one decided not to participate (and even they did so throwing high compliments towards our books and mission). That, and our being named 'Publishing House of the Year' at PhotoEspana assures us that we are on the right track.

The next four,
Books on Books #5-8, share the connection with a photographer working a specific place at a specific time but each with very different results. And they are...

Books on Books #5: William Klein’s Life is Good & Good for You in New York - Trance Witness Revels
is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking photo books created in the last half-century. Published in 1956, its visual energy captured the rough and tumble streets of New York like no artbook had before or has done since. Books on Books 5 reproduces in its entirety Klein’s brilliantly photographed and designed magnum opus. The American Art historian, Max Kozloff, contributes an essay called William Klein and the Radioactive Fifties. ISBN: 978-1-935004-08-0, Hardcover, 160 pages, 9.5 x 7, $39.95. Release date Trade Edition: February 2010

Books on Books #6: Yutaka Takanashi’s Toshi-e (Towards the City
) is a landmark two-volume set of books from one one of the founders of the avant-garde Japanese magazine Provoke. Published in 1974 and considered the most luxurious of all of the Provoke era publications, its brooding, pessimistic tone describes the state of contemporary life in an unnamed city in Japan undergoing economic and industrial change. Books on Books 6 reproduces all one hundred sixteen black and white photographs that make up the two volumes. Photographer, writer and book historian Gerry Badger, contributes an essay called Image of the City - Yutaka Takanashi's Toshi-e. ISBN: 978-1-935004-10-3, Hardcover, 176 pages, 9.5 x 7, $39.95. Release date Trade Edition: February

Where the first two in this set address politics and class with a more metaphoric approach, the next two do so in more overt ways.

Books on Books #7: David Goldblatt’s In Boksburg
stands as one of the most important observations of a middle-class white community in South Africa during the apartheid years. Published in 1980, it presents an accumulation of everyday details from the community of Boksburg through which a larger portrait is revealed of white societal values within a racially divided state. Books on Books 7 reproduces all seventy-one black and white photographs as well as Goldblatt’s eloquent introduction to the work. The noted writer and editor, Joanna Lehan, contributes a contemporary essay written for this volume. ISBN: 978-1-935004-12-7, Hardcover, 112 pages, 9.5 x 7, $39.95. Release date Trade Edition: February

Books on Books #8: Koen Wessing's Chili, September 1973 is a shocking document from a socially concerned and politically engaged Dutch photojournalist. Published in 1973, just months after the fall of Salvador Allende to Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat, it describes the tense days of the military attempt to root out public opposition in the streets of Santiago. Books on Books 8 reproduces every page spread from Wessing’s gritty documentation of Chile’s darkest historical moment. The art historian and film theorist, Pauline Tereehorst, contributes a contemporary essay called The Man in the Grey Suit. ISBN: 978-1-935004-14-1, Hardcover, 64 pages, 9.5 x 7, $39.95. Release date Trade Edition: February

As before each of our studies also includes Book Production notes, Biographies and Bibliographies of each artist. As the start of any series is really an experiment, we have made some improvements based on the feedback from the first four titles. We have increased the page lengths so as to allow larger illustrations and many more double page spreads. We are continuing to approach a variety of writers and matching them with books so there we can offer a chance to hear many voices in the series.

The limited edition of sets of all four will be available for pre-order starting now. These are special copies with a tip-on image debossed into th
e book cloth. Shipping for the limited editions is planned for Mid-December with the trade edition hitting stores and other venues in the Spring so please SPREAD THE WORD. To purchase a set of the limited editions please use the paypal button on the shop page of the Errata Editions website.

Also for the regular readers of 5B4 I will be doing blog posts from on-press in China during the book production so you can follow t
he daily progress of printing. If you like what we are doing, write about us. This series depends on you. Please help in any way you can.

Thank you for your support from the Errata team - Valerie, Jeff and Ed.


Rudy Perpich said...

I just ordered both sets of limited editions. I am going to donate them to a Minneapolis public art school which lends art books over a 4 state area, so your Errata books will reach a large number of students.

With best wishes for success,

Anonymous said...

A truly inspired set of choices. Great books all, coupled with the continuation of the marketing sense evident in the first set; mixing greatest hits with interesting and less well known choices.

Keep up the good work.

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Sherman said...

Hi Jeff,

Congratulations on the new set of books, I look forward to digging in at Paris Photo this year if they'll be available in time?



Michael W said...

You're either going to send me broke, or force me to get a proper job. I must have the William Klein book and the Takanashi also looks essential. I love that Provoke stuff.

Jan V said...

Great choice of titles, Jeff (and of course Valerie & Ed)!

I'm especially looking forward to Takanashi's 'Toshi-e'.

Stranded at 12th and Broadway... said...

Yesterday we had our first customer specifically looking for your Goldblatt title (!) and another customer was asking for William Klein's "New York" and so we were delighted to inform her of the upcoming Errata release. Many congrats and I hope the Strand can have another event for the release of these great books. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

congrats Jeff, look forward to seeing them.

I hope as 2009 draws to a close, you'll have the time to think of your top ten books of not just 2009, but more importantly of the past decade - our first of the new century: 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2009.

It would be great to know your essential titles of the boom in photo book publishing we've had.

Besides the main and obvious category of completely new original work in book form, it might be best to separately list older/vintage work published for the first time (like Cartier Bresson's Scrapbook or Papageorge's 'Passing Through Eden' or Shore's 'Road Trip Journal'). Then I guess theoretical /reference books, like museum catalogs, and Badger/Parr guides?
Plus maybe even a top three for Design and/or Printing Quality - or is that not really what its about?

Personally I don't thing you should include re-issues (like Sternfeld's American Prospects or Frank's The Americans) as these really belong when then were first released.

anyways, hope you have time, would be great to see it, and stir up a lot of debate!

mr whiskets said...

I'll be done the end of the year round up but maybe not as extensive as what you suggest. We'll see what happens time willing...

QT Luong said...

Looking forward to them. It's great that you've increased page length while keeping price constant. I'll second the idea of a decade's round-up to continue where Roth left. You wouldn't have to worry about it until in ten years :-)

Steve. said...

Very happy to see you're making Chili September 1973 available.

a mind with no ceiling said...

Greaat! Four exciting titles to be seen again, starting with the Takanashi masterpiece. Can't wait for Paris Photo!

Jonathan Walker said...

Great choices. I look forward to buying several.