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Paragon Book Gallery was founded in Shanghai in 1942. Over the past 80 years, it moved between Shanghai, New York and Chicago and returned to China in 2014, settling down in Beijing. Since 1942, Paragon Book Gallery has owned book retailers and various distribution businesses. In the late 1950s, Paragon Book Gallery focused on reprinting classic out-of-print books. In 1991, the publishing business developed into an independent brand and was officially renamed Art Media Resources. In the background of many years of presence in the Asian arts and culture fields, Paragon Book Gallery continues to uphold the vitality and openness of culture and regards art-related communication as its responsibility in the new era. It notably organizes art exchange activities in order to create a cultural platform and new experiences.

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Thomas Ruff: Transforming Photography

Over the course of his three-decade career, Thomas Ruff has taken many approaches to photography in his investigation of the image in contemporary culture and its status.

In Thomas Ruff: Transforming Photography, the artist presents some of his new work that continues his probe into the history of processes, techniques, and technology of photography. One of the most influential artists working with photography today, Ruff has redefined the medium’s conceptual possibilities, simultaneously capturing and challenging its essence as a platform for visual experience. He has investigated various photographic genres, including portraiture, nude, and landscape and architectural photography, using both analog and digital technologies, and culling imagery from scientific archives, print media, and the internet.

Presented here is a selection of Ruff’s most well-known works, as well as the newer Tripe/Ruff series, which began in 2018 and draws on negatives of India and Burma taken in the 1850s by Captain Linnaeus Tripe, an officer in the East India Company. Also included in the book is a conversation between Ruff and Okwui Enwezor, which took place at Haus der Kunst in Munich, in connection with the artist’s retrospective on view then. The conversation, published here for the first time, has been edited for this volume and examines Ruff’s artistic practice and inspiration, serving as an engaging and dynamic introduction to the artist.

Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Artist(s): Thomas Ruff
Contributor(s): Text by Okwui Enwezor; Designed by Wkshps LLC; Printed by Asia One, Hong Kong
Publication Date: 2019 
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 17.1 × 24.1 cm
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781644230176
Price: 400 RMB

About Author(s)

Thomas Ruff

In his considered approach to the means and possibilities of photography, Thomas Ruff explores a breadth of themes that is reflected in the range of techniques he employs: analogue and digital exposures taken by the artist exist in his practice alongside computer generated imagery, photographs from scientific archives, and pictures culled and manipulated from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor was a curator and served as director of Haus der Kunst, Munich. He was artistic director of several international exhibitions, including the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); La Triennale 2012, Paris; 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); 2nd Seville Biennial (2006); Documenta 11, Kassel (2002); and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1997). He was the former Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President of the San Francisco Art Institute and held the position of Visiting Professor at several universities, including Columbia University and New York University.

Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown

The beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been defined by outsiders. A safe haven for the queer community and a getaway for artists, it is a place that embodies openness and tolerance. Throughout the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz spent his summers there, roaming the seaside with an 8-by-10 camera, making exquisite, sharply observed portraits of families, couples, children, artists, and other “denizens” of the progressive community. A cast of characters appear and reappear from season to season against a picturesque backdrop of sea, sand  and sun. Provincetown collects one hundred portraits, most never before published, bringing viewers into an idyllic world of self-styled individualism.

Publisher: Aperture
Artist(s): Joel Meyerowitz 
Publication Date: 2019 
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 12.63 x 10.63 x 0.8 inches
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781597114677
Price: 549 RMB

About Author(s)

Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and has published over thirty books. He lives in Italy.

Luigi Ghirri: Cardboard Landscapes

In March 1975, when visiting New York City, the esteemed art historian Arturo Carlo Quintavalle hand-delivered a unique presentation of Luigi Ghirri’s work to John Szarkowski, then director of MoMA’s Department of Photography. Among the items Quintavalle donated to the Museum on behalf of the artist was a handbound album of 111 photographs from the early 1970s titled Paesaggi di Cartone, or Cardboard Landscapes. The volume was deposited in the Museum’s departmental collection, where it remained out of sight for nearly four decades. 
This luxe facsimile edition, identical to the original album, makes Ghirri’s singular and yet unknown album available to the public for the first time, at a moment of increasing recognition of Ghirri’s significance in the history of photography. 

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Artist(s): Luigi Ghirri
Contributor(s): Introduction by Sarah Hermanson Meister
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 24.5 x 24 cm
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9781633451025
Price: 338 RMB

About Author(s)

Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) was a celebrated Italian artist and photographer known for his color photographs of landscapes and architecture. He published his first photography book, Kodachrome, in 1978, and continued to utilize a conceptual framework to interrogate the line between fiction and reality.

John Heartfield: Photography plus Dynamite

The political collages of John Heartfield (1891–1968) have earned him a reputation as one of the most innovative graphic artists of the Weimar Republic. His photomontages and book covers based on collages, which had their origins in Berlin’s Dada scene, were directed against fascism and made him internationally famous. Their explosive power has lost none of its impact and significance.

Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
Artist(s): John Heartfield
Contributor(s): Text by Angela Lammert
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 21.5 × 27.5 cm
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9783777434438
Price: 315 RMB

About Author(s)

Heartfield was a sharp and uncompromising observer who subverted the documentary character of the press photography. He employed his art as political propaganda and fought against war and fascism with gripping pictures and a trenchant humour. This catalogue will include not only the working materials which reveal Heartfield’s method but also his trick films, work for the theatre and book design. The original art-works and documents all derive from his personal estate in Berlin. Statements by contemporary artists formulate positions and pose questions, which Heartfield’s work raises in the age of fake news.

Keld Helmer-Petersen: Photographs 1941-2013

Over the span of his career of seven decades, Keld Helmer-Petersen’s abstract color photography was established as a pioneering work. Denmark’s best-known photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen (1920–2013) published his first photobook, 122 Colour Photographs, in 1948. His work was immediately notable for its inventive composition, which turned landscapes and buildings into abstract patterns, and also for the photographer’s embrace of color at a time when only black-and-white photography was considered serious. When Life magazine reproduced several pages from the book in 1949, Helmer-Petersen’s vision found an international audience for the first time. His style was of an experimental modernism, tempered by a lyrical simplicity and a quiet sense of observation. By isolating details and compressing visual space, the photographer turned the real world into vibrant and graphic patterns. “The pictures aim at illustrating nothing beyond the fact that we are surrounded by many beautiful and exciting things,and that there can be a great deal of pleasure in spotting them and capturing their beauty by means of color photography,” as the photographer puts it. Keld Helmer-Petersen: Photographs 1941–2013 offers a full retrospective of the photographer’s masterful work. Each chapter is introduced with a short text by Helmer-Petersen himself and the publication concludes with an interview with the photographer conducted by Martin Parr.

Publisher: Strandberg Publishing 
Artist(s): Keld Helmer-Petersen
Contributor(s): Introduction by Mette Sandbye; Text by Finn Thrane; Interview by Martin Parr
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 24.5 x 30.5 cm
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9788793604544
Price: 315 RMB

About Author(s)

Keld Helmer-Petersen is one of the most influential Danish photographers of the 20th century. He was a pioneer in colour photography and he was also a central figure in, not only Danish but also European, modernist photography. His career spanned 70 years and he showed a strong interest in modern architecture, industrial areas and structures. He was prolific and continuously experimented and challenged the many possibilities of the photographic image as a medium. His efforts have helped establish photography as an artistic expression.

Martin Parr is a key figure in photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He is the author of over thirty photography books, including Common Sense, Boring Postcards, and Life's a Beach. His photographs have been collected by museums internationally, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, New York's Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern, London. A retrospective of his work continues to tour major museums around the world since opening at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, in 2002. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.