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In rural Pennsylvania, in a barn he built himself, Nicholas Gottlund runs eponymous publishing house Gottlund Verlag. He mainly publishes photography books with a special focus on found images and photos from the recent past. Last year he published a four-part series of short books from photographer Ed Panar called Salad Days, consisting of only photos the photographer took while still in high school. To complete the academic theme, each volume was released with the four quarters of a typical school year. For most publications, Gottlund also designs and prints a letterpress cover in his print shop, and constructs the books by hand.

To commemorate a new studio in Los Angeles, every title Gottlund publishes in 2013 will be somehow relate to California.

Check out the catalog over at Gottlund Verlag.


Suzanna Zak & Nicholas Gottlund, The Copier, 2012

Maggie Lee, Our Teen-Age Boys & Girls, 2012

Ed Panar, Salad Days 2, 2012

We tend to think that many vintage cameras are more fun to look at than to use—look no further than our bookshelf full of Brownies and old Polaroids for evidence of that. But, for a nice timeline of the look and evolution of the camera without the dust-collecting artifacts themselves, this offset litho-printed poster (available for pre-order for $22) from Pop Chart Lab does a pretty nifty job.

Clothing wears you just as much as you wear it and Scout Paré-Phillips, a New York City-based photographer, demonstrates this relationship between the body and clothing in her series “Impressions.” Whether it be the mark around your waist from a skirt that fits too tight or irritation from a piece of jewelry that was left on for too long, the human body is constantly imprinted by clothing. At the end of the day, we're still wearing a temporary record of the choices in self-expression we made that morning.

See more of Scout Paré-Phillips work here. 

Photo by: Ed Freeman

Before committing full-time to photography, Ed Freeman's day job was managing the Beatles' final tour. After a few other musical odd-jobs, which include contributing guitar arrangements to Carly Simon and Don McLean records, Freeman left the music industry and completely switched to fine art and commercial photography. His latest collection, Desert Reality, captures the remaining buildings from the once-booming Southern California desert cities around the Salton Sea, not far from the Mexican border. [via Ignant]

The black and white composition of the new "Music Project" campaign from Saint Laurent Paris shouldn't come as a surprise. The series was conceived and shot by Saint Laurent's new creative director Hedi Slimane, who shot black and white portraits of rock stars in his Rock Diaries. The clothes for the campaign were chosen in collaboration with the artists and include selections from the Saint Laurent archives, as well as this year's collections. In addition to dressing musicians, Saint Laurent has also commissioned new works from Daft Punk and San Francisco garage buddies Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees for their runway shows. 

The new collaboration between LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West requires a careful eye. The pair's latest series of photos features travel postcard-inspired postures and composition, with hidden hyperrealistic interruptions in the form of LEGO sculptures. Depending the scene, the LEGO sculpture can appear as part of the scenery, as a auxiliary prop, or even part of the wardrobe. [via designboom]

Photo by: Kriz Baronia | FLOAT

Chicago's Kriz Baronia (an alias of a fellow well-known in the city's music industry) has been posting his manipulated images of oddly fused buildings and skyscrapers with relevant quotes in a photo series he calls "FLOAT" on Instagram. Baronia joins the buildings at their mid or lower sections and places them in endless skies, giving the impression that the structures are floating alien spacecraft or hovering city drones. It's so simple and effective, we're sure there's someone else doing it, too. But who?

See more at BaronnerSpicolliCooperDraper.

For some of us, names like J. Grant Brittain are just as important as Tony Hawk and Mark Gonzales in skateboarding lore. Brittain's images of star skateboarders of the 1980s helped catapult the sport into the imaginations of young people across North America and beyond. It made skaters like Christian Hosoi household names. Decades later, skate photography of the '80s has an unmatched allure, both for its technical aspects (capturing high-speed action beautifully) and historical importance in independent pop culture. Brittain, you might know, kept on shooting into present day.

As luck would have it, Brittain is on Etsy selling prints of his iconic (to us, anyway) original skate photos. 

Just find those old Bones Brigade VHS tapes and your skate shrine is on its way.

Mark Gonzales

Steve Caballero

Omote 3D Shashin Kan touts its pop-up store, which recently occupied a Gyre mall in Shibuya, Tokyo, as the first 3D family portrait scanner and 3D printer project. We liken the concept as much to a photobooth that spits out an action figure of yourself as the family photo portrait gallery. Either way, we could see 3D portrait figurine creation really taking off.

Omote 3D's three-step process requires the subject or family to pose for 15 minutes for 3D scanning, the creation of a model in software based on the scanned data, and finally the 3D printing of the miniature figurine in color.  

Olan Mills, are you listening?

Originally drafted as part of a natural cure for insomnia, Tamara Shopin's new memoir, Mumbai New York Scranton, is part travelogue, part personal essay, and part creative journal. Naturally, Shopsin's day jobs enter the book in a big way. She spent formative time at her family's eponymous (and exclusive) Shopsin's store and restaurant, and received lessons in creative persistence and repetition while working in a printer repair shop. Shopsin keeps the photos in the book in the family as well: she sequenced the images which were shot by her husband Jason Fulford.

Grab a copy of Mumbai New York Scranton in the Nothing Major shop.