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Asylum of the Birds

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“Ballen is at play all the time…We read these images as those of a sinister jester wreaking havoc on division of fact and fiction.”

— WIRED

“Strangeness is the language that photographer Roger Ballen cultivates in his unsettling work.”

— ARTnews

“Ballen sets up scenes that are striking and dramatic…Any collection strong in modern art photography will find this an addition.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Ballen creates a metaphysical world that dances the line between dream and nightmare.”

— Protoview

“The asylum can be either a refuge or a place of madness. In Roger Ballen's new book, Asylum of the Birds, it's both.”

— Lens, The New York Times Photography Blog

“Forever inhabiting the darker depths, Ballen's latest subject is an abandoned house in Johannesburg haunted by a cast of quasi-anonymous refuges and a flock of unruly birds.”

— TIME LightBox

“Combine[s] the fantastical with the unsettling…Ballen's images tap into a tension that for many, like a good rubbernecking, links the distressing with the entrancing.”

— VMAN Magazine

“These images explore that moment or place or brain trick where the hideous becomes the beautiful. It's not that perspective shifts from one to the other but rather that it lingers in the balance of both.”

— Red Room

“Filled with Ballen's stream-of-consciousness imagery.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“A revelation…Iconography liberated from narratives re-forms itself as wordless poems from the mind of Roger Ballen.”

— L'Oeil de la Photographie

“If we're inside the photographer's head, it's a scary place to be. The playful, antic moments in his earlier work are overshadowed by a somber, pessimistic mood—a sense of the world in fragments, spinning out of control.”

— Vince Aletti Camera

“Ballen straddles the line between photography and image making, and Asylum of the Birds is full of this tension…To look at Ballen's photographs is to enter into some sort of dream state. On first blush, the images seem grotesque, terrifying even, but as they become more familiar, there is a certain fantastic, magical quality, the jumble of the subconscious situated very intentionally by an expert interpreter of our dreams.”

— The Picture Professional

At Home in Greece

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“Guaranteed to inspire.”

— BBC Homes & Antiques

“A pictorial tour de force … packed to the rafters with design ideas … an inspirational selection.”

— A Place in the Sun

“If you always return from Greece longing for your home to have some of that Greek chic, you’ll pick up plenty of ideas here.”

— Greece

At Home in Sri Lanka

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“The resulting architecture and interiors are remarkable, judging by this attractive book”

— Interior Design

“luscious coffee-table book….with wish-you-could-dive-into-them photographs by James Fennell… and an elegant text by Tom Sykes”

— WAG Magazine

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live

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“My candidate for 2008’s most mesmerizing book.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Will change the way we look at geography.”

— Booklist

“Anyone with a yen for maps and statistics will be endlessly fascinated by this tome.”

— Chicago Tribune

“Sets out to inform us of the ever-changing world around us in a visual way that conveys tremendous statistical data …endlessly informative.”

— Anthem

Author, No. 1

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AUTHOR is unlike anything the print media has seen, with gilded pages ensconced inside black linen cover with a tip on photograph featuring one of four of the top models in the industry today: Chiharu Okunugi, Katlin Aas, Aymeline Valade, and Ajak Deng. Crack it open and you will discover a new world of luxury publishing that creates a seamless journey through fashion, photography, and art.”

— Crave Online

Avant Gardeners

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“The garden book equivalent of an amusement park.”

— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is a book to wake up to.”

— Arizona Republic

“The Garden-book equivalent to an amusement park…. For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is the book to wake up to.”

— Chicago Tribune

Bags

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“This updated, beautifully bound volume looks at purses and handbags primarily from London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Fashion curators and coauthors Wilcox and Currie trace the development of bags in the 16th century through the designer ‘it’ bags of the 2000s.”

— Library Journal

Balenciaga

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“This well-researched and well-designed publication will appeal to readers with an interest in haute couture and fashion history.”

— Choice

“Recommended for anyone interested in the history of fashion.”

— Library Journal

“We do what we can with fabric—but Balenciaga does anything he wants.”

— Christian Dior

Ballenesque: Roger Ballen: A Retrospective

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“One of “The Best Art Books of 2017””

— The Independent (UK)

““A wonderful, career-long survey… Ballen's images of people are wincingly moving - or, as Emily Dickinson once hauntingly remarked, they're like a loaded gun.””

— The Independent (UK)

The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

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“[A] brilliantly illustrated tour of the site…Its photographs are gloriously expressive. And as they take us through the lower church, with its shadowy chapels, we're allowed to focus on details that can be relished only at leisure and in the sort of close-up a visitor to the basilica, straining for a glimpse of the higher reaches and dazzled by so very many brilliant images, can rarely mange. […] Perhaps most moving are the images showing Cimabue's Crucifixion, rendered almost like photographic negatives by the oxidation of white lead in the paint. Without the diversion of color, stark emotion comes to the fore. Even St. Francis might have approved.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Lovely pictures.”

— Choice

“The cathedrals are stunningly brought to life…You cannot help but linger over the close-ups of faces, the impressive detail, and above all the emotion that seeps out of the walls and ceilings.”

— Christian Century

“The book's photos are glorious—detailed close-ups of images that are virtually impossible to see in the dark stone building itself. Vividly colored and well chosen, they convey the austere beauty that has mesmerized viewers for centuries.”

— Star Tribune

The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria

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“Absolutely compelling… A singular perspective on the ongoing conflict in Syria [that] describes the destruction it has visited on the built environment and the high human toll Syrians have suffered, [and] also considers the more nuanced roles architecture and planning have played amid the chaos. (Starred Review)”

— Library Journal

The Battle for Home is Sabouni's elegy to her devastated town, a memoir about survival, and a kind of manifesto, stressing the importance of architecture and urbanism for our understanding of the deeper roots of Syria's conflict and the seeds of civil war. Sabouni contends that Syria's built environment helped create the conditions for a popular uprising-turned-civil war. Her hope is that better, fairer urban development, policy, and architecture can aid eventual reconciliation.”

— Los Angeles Review of Books

The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria

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“An architectural memoir about the devastating civil war raging in Syria for the past six years, The Battle for Home argues passionately for architecture’s pivotal role in shaping social realities. Marwa al-Sabouni, a young and ambitious architect still defiantly living in her severely destroyed city of Homs with her husband and two children, uses her own autobiography and architectural sensibility to tell a selective history of her native city, and of Syria more generally, down to the excruciating present. The book is divided into six chapters, each cast as a battle with one of several facets of what is in the end the same enemy: predatory change motivated by greed, bad taste, and misguided Modernism. That detrimental change—which left huge swaths of economic inequality, urban underdevelopment, and ethical privation—directly contributed to the breakdown of Syrian society. Al-Sabouni’s ink sketches in freestyle both illustrate her arguments and subtly push them further. For instance, she uses thick lines in depicting an urban redevelopment proposed by the authorities after the destruction of Baba Amr, which emphasizes the brutality of the intervention. Her own clever project for the same reconstruction, inspired by an organicist reading of traditional architecture, is rendered with various thicknesses that enhance its spatial complexity. A softer touch is reserved for the historical and vernacular examples that al-Sabouni favors.”

— Architecture Boston

Bauhaus Imaginista

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“[A] visually driven production.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Offers a rare opportunity to explore the experimental, open-ended character of Modernism as well as its inherent role in reimagining the relationship between art and society.”

— North Carolina Modernist Houses

The Bazaars of Istanbul

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“A remarkable job of capturing the allure, and the lore, of a place where shopping and people-watching can be taken to their kaleidoscopic extreme…. Will instantly evoke multi-sensory memories for those who have been lucky enough to visit Istanbul’s bazaar quarter, while inspiring trip planning for those who have not yet experienced is inimitable pleasures.”

— Passport Magazine

“The extensive text combined with the vivid photography is so thorough it’s the next best thing to visiting a Turkish bazaar in person!”

— Midwest Book Review

Beadwork: A World Guide

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“A colorful introduction to the diverse world of beadwork.”

— Bookmarks Magazine

“This comprehensive book takes a worldview, offering a dizzying display of everything from Ukrainian Easter eggs to Sioux dolls…in addition to its 600 illustrations, the book provides a wealth of information on the history and evolution of beads…incorporating a good deal of illuminating cultural history.”

— Creators.com

“This comprehensive book takes worldview, offering a dizzying display of everything from Ukrainian Easter eggs to Sioux dolls…. In addition to its 600 illustrations, the book provides a wealth of information on the history and evolution of beads…. Incorporating a good deal of illuminating cultural history.”

— Metropolitan News-Enterprise