Celebrated documentary photographer Janette Beckman has an eye for capturing the beauty within the hidden crevices of society. Throughout four decades, her work has uniquely documented an ever-evolving zeitgeist of change-makers, which the monograph Rebels: From Punk to Dior is the first to showcase so thoroughly. It includes her early photographs of London’s punk rock scene, The Clash and Boy George; spans her move to NYC, where she covered the underground hip-hop scene, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Peppa and other rappers; and ends with her more recent photos, which depict the Black Lives Matter protests as well as collaborations with brands like Dior and Gucci. This collection, published by Drago, includes written elaborations from visionaries such as Paper magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Sting and Slick Rick and comes signed with photos printed on baryta paper.
A dive into the dynamic 1980s Jamaican dancehall scene, Beth Lesser’s Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture looks at the influential movement that was largely unseen by those not involved. Lesser traveled to Kingston, Jamaica in the ’80s for Reggae Quarterly magazine and various dedicated nights, and found herself in the midst of dancehall’s golden age. While political tensions were still apparent, the welcoming and boisterous world of dancehall provided an escape and community for many. This book traces dancehall’s 1950s origins through to its ’80s heyday and beyond with colorful images and thoughtful text.
Featuring glorious photography by Adrianna Glaviano, the book Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers by Monica Nelson is part practical guide, history book and personal story—all organized alphabetically by each bloom’s common name. 100 flowers are featured alongside their Latin name, locations, blooming seasons, flavor profiles and which part is edible. Also outlined are historical practices (from ancient Greeks and Romans drinking violet wine to help with hangovers to medieval women adding borage to drinks as a kind of love potion) and culinary and cultural uses (like hibiscus drinks in Cambodia and the use of rose water in cooking across the Middle East, India and North Africa). There are also various contributions—including recipes—from chefs, writers and artists.
The new Polaroid Go instant film camera is smaller than any of the photo brand’s previous iterations, and it uses an all-new type of film. This starter kit includes the pocket-sized camera and a double-pack of color film. The camera’s self-timer and side mirror assist make self portraits a breeze. Weighing just .53 lbs (242 grams), it’s light enough to wear around your neck for long periods and comes with a strap to do so. The Polaroid Go is rechargeable via USB and a full charge should last 15 film packs—or 120 snaps.
A vivid reflection on the sensory delights of Rome, photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron and author André Aciman’s collaborative Roman Hours book weaves together two inspiring perspectives. Montgomery Barron’s imagery invokes the Eternal City’s textures and prints its light upon the page. Aciman’s words tour life and love through passing moments. This 116-page cloth-bound book is the first within the Ivorypress Cities series. Price is in Euros.
Photographer Nicole England’s Resident Dog (Volume Two): Incredible Homes and the Dogs Who Live There continues her endeavor to photograph stunning houses and the pooches who live within. Born the moment England recognized that her favorite architecture shoots involved dogs, the project—first on Instagram and then as a hardcover book—juxtaposes striking design with playful pups in ways that will please fans of both. Accompanied by interviews with home owners and architects (penned by former COOL HUNTING editor Karen Day), the photographs feature homes from London to CDMX, Sag Harbor and Sydney.
Africa boasts nearly 20,000 miles of surfable coastline, and surf company Mami Wata celebrates the vastness of the continent’s surfing history as well as the rising interest amongst younger generations. Their debut book’s 300 pages contain contributions from Africa’s top surfers, photographers and cultural commentators in the form of 50 essays and 200 photos. Altogether, it’s a colorful and cheerful celebration of the culture, both on and off the water. Proceeds will be donated to two organizations: Waves For Change and Surfers Not Street Children. Price is in GBP.
Now in its second printing, Melodie McDaniel’s Riding Through Compton is the result of several years of documentary and portrait photography, capturing striking and tender equestrian scenes in the LA County city. In 1988, Mayisha Akbar (who provides an essay in the book) founded the Compton Jr Posse—a program made for local kids to enjoy riding horses, but also to build self-esteem, confidence and a sense of responsibility. Several members from that program went on to create Compton Cowboys (also a non-profit benefitting youth in the area) and leader Randy Savvy also contributes an essay. Within are interviews by Amelia Fleetwood, a poem excerpt by Robin Coste Lewis and an afterword from Youth in Focus founder Walter Bodle. Riding Through Compton is a stunning book that will delight and move readers.
From the not-for-profit photo foundation Aperture, Daniel Gordon: Houseplants turns six of the artist’s mesmerizing still life images of houseplants into a six-page pop-up. This limited edition, collectible hardcover book, designed by by Simon Arizpe, celebrates the work of Gordon and the sculptural nature of plants.
Originally published in 2005, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture remains useful and inspiring for fans of art, skateboarding, graffiti, street style and independent music—and all of the artists born from these subcultures. Inside the book, you’ll find work by and features on Raymond Pettibon, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Cynthia Connolly, Geoff McFetridge and many more. Throughout the 288 pages, there are hundreds of color and black and white illustrations and words by a dozen talented writers and gallerists.
With variations shot in Japan, 16th arrondissement of Paris and San Marino on an iPhone, Sean Brown’s 500-piece puzzles capture the energy of their respective locations through the creative director, designer and photographer’s thoughtful lens. Each puzzle is composed of sturdy cardboard with both lamination and a glossy finish. It’s a transportive adventure from the comfort of a living room.
Familiar and previously unpublished images of a dynamic music scene by photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco fill the pages of Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, in Your Face, 1977-1989. Whether an action shot from the stage wing or a quiet backstage portrait, the photographs provide another perspective on the bands and musicians that defined the energy, chaos, grit and creativity of punk, post-punk and new wave. From images of Siouxsie and the Banshees to The Slits, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads and The Ramones, there are 300 photographs to flip through. Fittingly, The B-52’s frontman Fred Schneider offers a foreword.
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by photographer Jess T Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre comprises 65 tender portraits and accompanying interviews conducted over five years. A roving exhibition (Vision 2020: Jess T Dugan is currently showing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the artist’s first solo exhibition in a major museum) in addition to the book, the duo’s collaborative project was born from a quest to tell these very personal stories with accuracy, depth and honor. “Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional,” reads the book’s summary. The individuals represented within the pages span generations, race, ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences, but are united. Insightful and inspiring, these stories speak to the importance of identity. As Duchess Milan says in her interview, “I just know I’m me… I know who I am, and what other people think about me is none of my business. So that’s who I am. I identify as the Duchess.”
Available for pre-order now, Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station comprises unseen, eerie images that photographers Paolo Nespoli and Roland Miller captured inside the empty space station. Described as an “in-depth portrait,” the book also contains essays by space archaeology scholars Alice Gorman and Justin St P Walsh, as well as words from the photographers and architect Jeffrey S Nesbit. Through fascinating words and captivating images, readers are treated to a virtual 200-page tour through one of the most important and mysterious places in the universe.
With more than 200 idiosyncratic images and the stories behind each, Wally Koval’s hardcover Accidentally Wes Anderson book is an authorized homage to the style of the beloved auteur. Koval created the @AccidentallyWesAnderson Instagram handle in 2017 and since more than one million people have followed along. In the book, the same magical style unites photographs from all over the world. It’s available for pre-order now, though the book comes out in October 2020.
Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.