To light up the dark season that lies ahead, we have listed some of the most exciting and entertaining cultural experiences this autumn has to offer. Here’s our recommendation of what books to read.
Sophie Calle – True Stories
First published in French in 1994, Sophie Calle’s True Stories quickly became a photobook classic. This autumn it will be expanded and reissued into a new English edition. In True Stories, the French writer, photographer, and artist Sophie Calle has assembled photos and short texts into a highly poetical and personal visual autobiography. Lyrical, erotic, and sad, it is part a visual memoir and part meditation on relationships, photography, and belongings. True Stories will be published in October by Actes Sud.
Sayo Nagase – Pink Lemonade
In her soon to be published book Pink Lemonade, Japanese photographer Sayo Nagase’s takes the reader on a journey between Hawaii and the central and suburban Tokyo. The woman in the book, a friend of Sayo Nagase for nearly two decades, is a recurring subject in the photographer’s work. With her dreamlike beauty and Sayo Nagase’s raw, yet lyrical style, Pink Lemonade presents an intriguingly beautiful and slightly unsettling series of photos. Following Asphalt & Chalk from 2011, Pink Lemonade is Sayo Nagase’s second book published by Swedish publishing house Libraryman, set to be released on September 21.
Early September saw the release of a new kind of guide book to the capital of Sweden. Through personal journeys and local knowledge, Uncommon Stockholm attempts to bring the readers closer to the true life of the city. It is a travelogue created by people who knows the city, sharing their stories, maps, and favourite spots. It is a companion for the contemporary explorer who wants to experience the city beyond the main tourist attractions and historic highlights. Bringing together texts and images from about thirty contributors, Uncommon Stockholm provides an eclectic and exciting perspective on the city of Stockholm. Artist Rebecka Bebben Andersson, musician Billie Lindahl, photographer Märta Thisner, TV personality Edward Blom, and writer Sandra Beijer are some of the book’s contributors. Edited by Erik Nordlander and published by Laurella & Wallin and Uncommon Ltd, Uncommon Stockholm is now out in stores. Uncommon Ltd has also published Uncommon Malta & Gozo, and is now working with the same kind of books about London, Dubai, Kairo, and Tel Aviv.
JH Engström – Sketch of Paris
For over twenty years, legendary Swedish photographer JH Engström has lived and worked in Paris. In the newly released Sketch of Paris, he brings together 250 photographs, both in color and black-and-white. Made between 1991 and 2012, the photos traces a critical time in the development of the artist’s own voice and vision. Portraying his misadventures, loves, and random encounters in the streets, bars, and artist lofts, Sketch of Paris presents a personal and poetic perspective on the city that has been the home of JH Engström for so many years. It is a salute to life – and a salute to Paris. The Swedish edition also includes a short preface by the photographer himself. Produced by Max Ström and published by Aperture.
Alexander McQueen: Working Process
When Lee Alexander McQueen committed suicide three years ago, the world lost one its most important fashion designers. In the book Alexander McQueen: Working Process, readers receive a rare insight into the inner workings of the late designer’s creative process. In 2008, Alexander McQueen commissioned photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his collection for autumn winter 2009, from inception to runway. The collection, entitled The Horn of Plenty, found McQueen revisiting his archive of work from the last two decades and recycling it into something new. Presenting a personal survey of his previous work, the collection would be his last. The book has documented every step of the creative process in fascinating detail, commemorating the most personal of Alexander McQueen’s collections. It also includes an essay by Susannah Frankel, Fashion Editor at the British magazine Grazia. Alexander McQueen: Working Process will be published in September by Damiani.