Meet Kiyo Aragai one of the 52 centenarians photographed by KarstenThormaehlen for his new book Aging Gracefully.
Aging Gracefully invites readers to look into the face of a century of life experience with portraits of centenarians captured by Thormaehlen’s compassionate, minimalist lens. The striking photographs are accompanied by short bios of the centenarians, featuring quotes and wisdom on love, food, humour and living with grace.
The following is an extract from Aging Gracefully.
BORN SEPTEMBER 10, 1914,IN ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
Kiyo says she had a free, idyllic childhood and a wonderful marriage “full of happiness and without any arguments.” She has her husband to thank for the fact that she has become such a good cook, “thanks to his wonderful sense of taste and his weakness for good food.” The couple travelled a lot, including to places abroad like Hawaii. She says she does not really have anything to complain about, nor does she have any regrets. She is at peace with herself.
Aging Gracefully, a glorious celebration of humanity and the human spirit’s capacity for happiness, is on sale 7th March 2017. Find out more and order your copy here.
ALL ROYALTIES WILL BE DONATED TO NON-PROFITS AFFILIATED WITH THE MARCH
New York, New York – February 2, 2017 – Today,ABRAMS announced the publication of WHY I MARCH: Images from The Women’s March Around the World(Abrams Image; 21st February 2017; £11.99; Paperback), the first photographic tribute to the largest peaceful demonstration in history. The book will come out exactly one month after five million people in more than 80 countries on all seven continents stood up to challenge the dangerous rhetoric of an administration on inauguration weekend. The book takes readers on a global tour of the marches and features colourful, inspiring photographs that were provided in great part by Getty Images, which has partnered with ABRAMS.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this book and these images so quickly to the market in order to commemorate and confirm the energy, hope, solidarity, and strength that millions of people displayed that day. Their energy and commitment has helped motivate and mobilize our own here at ABRAMS. We’re also proud to donate all of the royalties from the sale of the book to nonprofits associated with the March in support of ongoing work and resistance,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS.
Featuring images of people in snow gear in Antarctica, women holding “Love Trumps Hate” signs in Durban, South Africa, and little girls in the streets of New York City, WHY I MARCH is organised by continent and showcases the recurring themes of inclusion and intersectionality that the March so embodied. The book also includes an in-depth Resources Guide for activists, old and new, who are looking for next steps to keep the momentum going. This includes information on existing grassroots organisations all over the United States.WHY I MARCHwill honour the movement, help raise funds and awareness, and promote future activism.
Gray Malin’s beautiful new book; Beaches, has us dreaming of summer holidays lying on the beach with a book in hand. Sigh.
Dive into Malin’s awe-inspiring aerial photographs and bask in summer bliss (and maybe grab and ice-cream at lunch today!).
Beachesby Gray Malin features more than twenty cities across six continents: Australia: Sydney; North America: Santa Monica, Miami, San Francisco, Kaua’i, Chicago, The Hamptons, and Cancun; South America: Rio de Janeiro; Europe: Capri, Rimini, Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, Lisbon and Saint-Tropez; Africa: Cape Town; Asia: Dubai.
The book is available now from any good bookstore and online. Buy your copy on our website.
In 1980 Raymond Depardon fulfills an order for the Sunday Times Magazine, but the reportage will never be published.
The pictures will wait in the photographer’s boxes until the exhibition Un moment si doux (Such a sweet moment) at the Grand Palais (14th November 2013 – 10th February 2014), where the audience discovers a sample of the Glasgow series and goes into raptures about it. Depardon grasps the light of Scotland as never before and sublimes the end of a working world.
Glasgow’s cloudy skies and soaked ground give an extraordinary beauty to the wanderings of working people, hanging around in front of the shops, walking towards the factories’ walls and even playing about ruined houses.
In Glasgowthe reportage has been reproduced in full creating an evocative glimpse at a past world. Depardon captured both the harsh realities of life for some, but also children playing happily and widespread evidence of a community spirit undimmed by tough circumstances.
We don’t know about you, but we are completely obsessed with instagram and aspire to fill our account with warm and colourful pictures. So when this beautiful book; Lartigue: Life In Color, landed at A&CB towers we couldn’t wait to share it. Filled with colour photographs by Jacques Henri Lartique it has us brimming with inspiration.
Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) was the best-known “amateur” in the history of photography, famously discovered by the art world and given an exhibition at MoMA in New York when he was in his late sixties. He began by recording the pastimes and customs of his wealthy Parisian milieu, indulging his fascination with sports and aviation, and throughout his long life he was never without his camera. His friendships extended to the superstars of French culture, but he also made thousands of photographs of his family, wives and lovers. His work was irresistibly warm and engaging.
Although best known for his black-and-white work, Lartigue loved colour film, experimenting with the Autochrome process in the teens and twenties and embracing Ektachrome in the late 1940s. His colour work, reproduced here for the first time, is astonishingly fresh: the French countryside, the women in his life, famous friends and glimpses from his travels all come alive in this delightful book.
This divine book has us dreaming of hopping on the Eurostar and filling our Instagram with colour!
Finding Home, by Traer Scott, is an elegant tribute to man’s best-friend and simultaneously a emotional portrait of shelter dogs. Candid pictures and profiles on thirty-five dogs make this book an eloquent plea for the adoption and welfare of our furry companions.
Meet Molly, Nanook and Flynn.
Flynn, is a large, playful young pit bull/lab mix. He was found as a stray and, like most young energetic dogs struggled with shelter life. Despite daily walks with volunteers and playtime outside, he became hyperactive and anxious in his kennel. Thankfully it only took two months for him to be adopted.
Nanook, named by shelter staff after the dog in the 1978 film The Lost Boys, is a brindle pit bull mix. He was found as a stray playing in a parking lot. He was untrained and badly behaved, but after several months of “boot camp” staff saw a softer side to him and he was adopted into a wonderful home.
Molly, a super-affectionate senior golden retriever was separated from her owner of ten years after she was forced to move into a retirement home that did not allow pets. Molly was in the shelter for two week, before being adopted by a man with disabilities and his family.
Dog Years is a heartwarming look at the lives and stories of 30 dogs.
With portraits of each dog as a puppy and again as an older dog, photographer Amanda Jones reveals the unique spark of personality that lasts a lifetime. Accompanying these images are reflections from loved ones on the lives they share with their furry companions.
The result? A celebration of each dog and a tribute to the relationships we share with our four-legged friends.
I have the great fortune to work with what are, in my eyes, the most beautiful creatures on earth: dogs. In all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities, the joy these creatures bring us is timeless.
During the twenty years that I have been photographing dogs I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of them at various points in their lives and in many cases throughout their lives. From adorable mischievous puppies to wise old souls, capturing these moments is my life work.
A dog’s life is a span that marks so much in our lives. We get them as puppies and they are cute and goofy, driving us crazy with constant chewing on furniture and shoes, as well as making a mess of the house. Then we teach them and they learn to behave better (sometimes). The connection over time deepens, and as our dogs age, the tides shift and we tend to learn more from their teachings—to relax, to be joyful, to throw caution to the wind, and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life. Life really is better with a dog by your side.
This book is about that time. A dog’s life starts off small and then grows to include many different humans, other dogs, new tricks, and new experiences.
My inspiration for putting this book together came from my very first dog, Lily. Lily is a longhaired Dachshund. She came into my life after I began photographing dogs. When I met a trio of longhaired Dachshunds at one of my early shoots, I knew instantly that was the breed for me. It took a few years to be in the right housing situation where I could have a dog, but as soon as that opportunity opened up, I welcomed her into my life. What a joy it was!
Running into the middle of a girls’ soccer practice at the local park and causing total havoc, chasing her on the beaches of Maine, and watching her chase after moths in tall grass were just a few of the pleasures she brought us in her early years.
Lily was with us for sixteen wonderful years. In that time my husband and I moved across the country and back. We bought a house, had a baby, and through it all dear Lily was there with us—passing the time, being by our sides, joining us in our adventures of life.
My time spent with these dogs on the set and in their homes has been an amazing journey and learning experience. I now feel that I am part dog-portrait photographer, part dog psychiatrist, and part dog trainer, all of it coming from years working with dogs and their owners. My shoots are about so much more than the photographs; they are about the dogs and the people who love them. They are about honesty and trust. There is a deep understanding that these are more than just animals. They are partners by our sides as we travel through life.
In working on this book, I rejoined dogs, couples, and families who I had worked with years ago. Some dogs had been lost to illness and accidents. Most are living amazingly long, happy lives in perfect surroundings. Owners and dogs had aged, become gray, wrinkled in the eyes, and less spry. The visual impact of comparing the young and the old varies greatly from dog to dog, just as it does from person to person. Some don’t seem to age at all, yet others show the signs quite openly in their eyes, their jowls, and their gray hair. It is this semblance of ourselves and our souls in their eyes that gives us such a deep connection with dogs.
One thing that remains constant is the love people and dogs have for each other. That does not change, no matter how many dog years go by.
Lily is a complex dog. A little aloof and independent, definitely self-serving, this little dog knows what she wants and doesn’t give up until she gets it. She can charm the pants off anyone. I love how she poses the same way for each shoot we did together. Anything for a treat. Her favorite one is a raw baby carrot.
We call her “Last Word Lily Jones.”
Olive & Mochi
P U G S
I’ve always had a happy life. But when I look back at the ten years we have had the dogs, that happiness is multiplied like a thousand times. It’s funny, you think you’re happy and then someone or something comes into your life and you think, “Oh, I am so much happier now.” They are such a huge part of my life.
L I S A W O O D R U F F
Dog Years Faithful Friends, Then & Now Amanda Jones
You could say beautiful, inspirational, creative photography books is our forte. So picking a Top 5 was near impossible! After much deliberation we came up with this list…
The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when Todd Selby began taking portraits of dynamic and creative people – authors, musicians, artists, designers and other cultural tastemakers – in their home environments and posting them on his blog. Nosy by nature, he was interested in seeing how someone’s personal style is reflected in their private spaces. Lucky for us, he found his answer in the colour-rich, eclectic and varied spaces he visited while photographing a diverse group of subjects in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and London. This book consists of over thirty profiles: half of which are favourites from his web site, the other half are never-before-seen shoots selected exclusively for the book.
This collection satisfies both our obsession with unique design and desire to peek inside the homes of creative types and people we admire (want to be). A favourite in our office and beyond The Selby Is in Your Place is a veteran on our Photography list and one that never looses its reverence!
Dogs/Godsis multi-award-winning photographer Tim Flach’s stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Equus. Here, Flach once again sets out to document fully the lives of animals whose history is powerfully linked to our own and to provide a unique perspective on one of our closest companions.
This incredible photographic collection of man’s best-friend brings a smile to our face every time we open it’s gorgeous pages. Tim Flach’s photographic skills shine through the images, he truly captures the soul and energy of his canine subjects. His wildly creative vision gives life to the books pages, there is little doubt that this book belongs on our Top 5 Photography books list.
Much Loved, by award-winning Dublin-based portrait photographer Mark Nixon, is a whimsical and nostalgic collection of images of individual stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused from years of play. “The well-worn toys show battle scars of being the prized possessions of children and cherished companions that have seen many a repair as different parts start wearing down,” says Nixon. These funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear & tear transport us back to our own childhood and our own fuzzy best-friends.
Whoever your own companion was; Bunny, Monkey, Pengie, Mr Snuggles or even Darren, when you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and un-done stuffing, you can’t help but think back to childhood and it earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back.
Maddie sole our hearts the moment we saw her perched on a bicycle and we haven’t been able to get enough of her since.
From mailboxes to giant watermelons to horses, there isn’t really anything that Maddie won’t stand on with grace and patience. This beautiful dog, her strange pastime and the gorgeous photography means Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics has a special place in our hearts. (Particularly with our own Maddy – who took to standing on things…a lot of things.)
Our final pick for our Top 5 Photography books is the incomparable Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000; a major retrospective of the influential fashion photography of Richard Avedon, spanning nearly six decades. Including more than 200 works, from vintage prints and magazine layouts to contact sheets and personal correspondence Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000 covers Avedon’s groundbreaking early work for Harper’s Bazaar to his later work at Vogue, Egoiste and The New Yorker.
This book is a work of art in its own right. More than a sum of its parts Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000 embedded a love for the work of Richard Avedon and revealed the true power of creative photography. This title is the perfect way to round off our Top 5 photography titles.
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Fashion is synonymous with PARIS. So we are launching our Top 5 Fashion books with Paris Street Style; the inspirational fashion bible that will help you, no matter where you are from, develop an everyday style of timeless glamour, votre style français.
Fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysett explain the je nais se quoi of French style. Through interviews and witty quotes, renowned experts on French style, fashion stylists, editors, boutique owners and designers tell us all there is to know about the French fashion and elegance.
To the Eurostar!
This cloth-bound special edition of the bestselling fashion classic is without doubt the little fashion guide every fashionista needs.
Christian Dior reveals the secrets of style in his indispensable guide that covers everything from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace. Illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this little book is a beautiful little addition to our Top 5 Fashion books.
What could be more FASHION than an illustrated history of Vogue?
Vogue: The Covers chronicles over 100 years of the images that have influenced past and present style. It includes over 300 of the most beautiful, provocative, and fashion-forward that covers ever produced are highlighted alongside the history and stories behind the covers themselves. Organized in chronological order by decade, this book illustrates the evolution of fashion, art, and photography for the past 100 years. This book is a stunning celebration of the magazine and its cultural influence. An elegant and fascinating addition to our Top 5 fashion books.
Adding a touch of haute couture to our Top 5 Fashion titles; Yves Saint Laurent. One of the most distinctive and influential designers of the second half of the twentieth century, Yves Saint Laurent takes his place in the pantheon of French couturiers, alongside Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Jeanne Lanvin. This volume, the first comprehensive retrospective of his life’s work, looks at his influence on fashion from his early days working under Dior and heading the House of Dior after his mentor’s death, to the opening of his first pret-a-porter shop on the Rive Gauche.
Discover the debut of the Le Smoking tuxedo, the muses he adored; Loulou de la Falaise and Catherine Deneuve among them. Yves Saint Laurent reveals the breadth and scope of the designer’s influential and illustrious career.
Topping off our Top 5 Fashion titles, the magnificent Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk celebrates the three-decade career of this provocative French fashion designer, who began as an assistant with no formal training and has risen to the rank of grand couturier. His risque and often irreverent styles; think Madonna’s iconic cone bra from the 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, have earned him the designation of couture’s enfant terrible. This stunning monograph explores the range of Gaultier’s collections: his interpretation of modern Parisian life, play with gender roles, metropolitan style and streetwear lines dubbed “Eurotrash” and “X-rated.” Gaultier himself contributes a foreword and an extensive interview about his biography, his inspirations, and the themes of his collections, from his first in 1976 to his recent work for Kylie Minogue’s international tour. Packed with images of the celebrities who have worn his bold styles, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Marion Cotillard, and Helen Mirren, this luxurious volume is the perfect homage to a modern master.
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Design guru Rob Forbes has created an accessible handbook to help us uncover the beauty in the commonplace. See For Yourself reveals how visual thinking can enrich our lives. In friendly text complemented by photographs taken on his travels around the world, Forbes explains how to appreciate the design elements that surround us in the built environment.
Linking broad concepts such as composition and materiality to quotidian details such as the play of colour in hanging laundry or the repeated forms in a row of ice cream scoops, Forbes reveals how an appreciation of the hues, patterns and textures that surround us can enhance a life well lived.
We took inspiration from Forbes this week and sought out the beauty in the world around.
Here is what we saw:
Turns our London is more spectacular than we ever imagined! Share your beautiful world with us on Twitter and Instagram using the #SeeForYourself and tagging @abramschronicle. Enjoy the long weekend!