Thursday, February 5, 2015

34 years in the Grand Canyon, my new book - Cubic Feet/Sec.

Im excited to dust the blog off after several months to share my newest book Cubic Feet/Sec.  Documenting 34 years in the Grand Canyon.

CFS will be released in April in the Fotohof edition and as always in the past it will be available in pre-order with a special edition print.

Andrew Phelps, 2015
17x23 cm, 108 pages
soft-bound, gate fold covers
58 color images
ISBN 978-3-902993-12-0

Cubic Feet/Sec. documents 3 decades of traveling through the Grand Canyon by boat with my father. Trip after trip, thousands of Kodachrome images filled tray after tray as we carefully edited slideshows to show to our friends and family. Though I’m sure most people who saw our shows went away with a thrill, I could never help feeling that photography was never going to do what I wanted it to do. This failure, of course, is not photography’s, but mine and my lack of understanding what it can never do...

Only recently, when I took on the task of sorting through the thousands of images and seeing them as a whole - a complete journey and not fragments of past decades - did I see the memories and adventures flow into one story, one trip. Suddenly it made sense, this new edit where time is thrown out the window and the canyon is the only constant. This, finally, is the slideshow we could never make.

The special edition print is possibly the first photograph I ever made. It was made on our first trip in 1979. Trip 1, day 1, film 1.

Print edition of 100 with a book.
20x26 cm
Arch. pigment on Hahnemühle fine-art paper.
110,- Euro + shipping.


to order one please send me an email.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bert Danckaert - Simple Present

This is the most comprehensive collection to date of Bert Danckaerts ongoing series of found-urban/still-life/stages. (See Simple Present Beijing). Though maybe not immediately apparent, Berts work draws simultaneously on the history of color-field painting, mass culture, globalization, the ready-made object and documentary photography. Seems like a-lot to cram into one sentence, especially when the work looks so simple. But, as he moves with ease between back alleys of Hong Kong and Ikea parking lots of London, we are presented with the paradox, as Inge Henneman calls it, "in which the complex meaning and metaphor which can be found in the utter non-figurative simplicity."

The 86 images in the book draw from 18 cities on four continents from 2007-2013. This book accompanies a new collaboration with the Roberto Polo Gallery and the show No Exit from 2013.
It is a large hard-bound, 178 oages, 86 color images.

The book is published by Lannoo, 2013
You can get one here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

STOP! ACHTUNG! wrong date for JO! its tomorrow..

my last post was wrong, the opening with Jo is tomorrow, Thursday the 6th, and not tonight!

still hope to see you, just one day later....

HABOOB at JoVanDeLoo in Munich

I have a show opening at the gallery JoVanDeLoo in Munich. Images from HIGLEY and HABOOB will be up until March 8th.

Here is a link to an article on Hippolyte Bayard.

The opening is on thursday, Feb. 6th at 6pm
Thereseinstrasse 18, Munich

from HABOOB, 2012

from HIGLEY, 2006

a violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, bringing sand from the desert. from Arabic habüb “blowing furiously”. 
Andrew Phelps’ HIGLEY, published to widespread critical acclaim in 2007, documented the sudden material ‘progress’ of Higley, Arizona, a farming community transformed by the booming housing market of the American West. As Higley traded its farmlands for subdivisions, its community was seemingly on the verge of a new American Dream.

What HIGLEY helped to reveal, however, is that photography is often poor at showing the truth and even worse at predicting the future. With HABOOB, a new exposé of the financial meltdown and housing crash engulfing Higley after 2008, Andrew Phelps’ new work uncovers the facade, instability, and vulnerability of capitalism when it goes unchecked.

The East Valley is famous for destructive summer sandstorms called haboobs, which are caused by warm air cooling in the evening, dropping fast and forcing masses of hot sand into the air. As Higley’s vision of the new American Dream recedes, the haboob is a fitting metaphor, representing the fear and instability that have become so prevalent in the US urban middle class.
After betting its future on the promise of easy growth and sub-prime interest rates, this new HABOOB has trapped Higley in a social and economic no-man’s land. As the facade of a once utopian, homogenous vision fades, its identity is again being reformed, reshaped.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Paul Kranzler - Brut

I was surprised to see I haven't posted about this book yet, its almost embarrassing. BRUT is not only beautiful and the special editions well worth the money, Paul is one of my best friends. Paul is not afraid of getting up-close and personal, its just that usually he is up-close and personal to others; check out Tom for the personal story of a young man coming of age and it doesn't get much closer than Land of Milk and Honey. But, his book BRUT from 2011 is  the first time Paul is close to home and to his own family. As with all of his work until now, it is an eclectic mix of still-lives, landscapes and of course his signature portrait style which can be brutal and poetic at the same time; hard love maybe. Paul travels the country visiting friends and family and shows us the intricacies of what it means to belong to a collective clan.

Of course Paul has a better presentation than I do.

Published by the Fotohof edition in 2011,
160 pages, 80 bw/color photos

The Fotohof book+print edition is available here. It is a choice of 3 different images from the book, edition of 12.

AND be sure to check out the BRUT app available for you iPad or Iphone 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Birgitta Lund - The Garden Print/Book ready to ship!

I got to hang out with Birgitta and most of the POC crew last week in Normandy and along with lots of poker and big meals, we pushed alot of interesting projects back and forth across the table. AND Birgitta signed the books and prints for the edition we just did together. The Garden is signed and ready to ship!

The ICP just put it on their "best of" list for 2013 as well...

Get all the details here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A new Buffet Edition. Birgitta Lund - The Garden

Just in time for the holidays, we just made a new Special Edition book/print with Birgitta Lund and her latest book The Garden

The book has just been listed by the Wall Street Journal as a hot tip for the holidays, so this one with a print can only be better!

Please visit the Buffet Edition page to see the details.

The Garden, plus special edition Archival Pigment print 27x38 cm, edition of 30