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Alberta Book

Alberta Book

Photographs by George Webber
photographs by George Webber
edition:Hardcover
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Red Star Utopia
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From Foreword. Ever since the first of my many professional and personal visits to North Korea, I’m sure I have not passed a single day without observing photos of the country — photos online, photos taken by me, photos on Instagram, in the media, in books and magazines, websites and on blogs. In the work of Austin Andrews though, I find something new, something unique, and something incredibly exciting. In his photographs we are shown real life contrasts. We see North Korea’s rural population living unenviable existences in very difficult situations contrasted with the lives of some people of Pyongyang enjoying activities and opportunities afforded to the capital’s residents. The photos prove that while North Koreans are often thought of as a lumpen ‘they’, the reality is that there is a range of life experiences lived across the land. Many of these experiences are sad, dark, and not one you would wish to share, while others are optimistic, passionate, and aspirational. … Overall, Austin has expressed a remarkable variety within North Korea — his pictures taking you into the cities, out through the country, to some expected sites but many unexpected ones too. His photos show massive political monuments, simple rustic villages, people having fun, people looking troubled, people getting on with life, people taking a moment …. Whether you have been there or not, intend to go there or not, or simply are not sure, this book will provide you with some amazing insight from a truly talented and remarkable artist. For more than 6,000 days now I have seen North Korea photos daily, but Austin Andrews’ photos speak to me about the country that I know myself. So immerse yourself in this work and I hope you get as much enjoyment from them as I have. — Simon Cockerell

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Northern Light

Northern Light

The Arctic and Subarctic Photography of Dave Brosha
photographs by Dave Brosha
contributions by Martin Hartley & Paul Zizka
edition:Hardcover
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Everything Remains Raw

Everything Remains Raw

Photographing Toronto's Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital
edition:Hardcover
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Shadow Hymns Photography by Austin Andrews
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From the Introduction: Enter curiosity. This is maybe the single most important trait any documentary photographer can have. Human behaviour is fascinating stuff. Wonderment, cooperation, scepticism, hypocrisy; these are some of the most decadent photographic subjects, and to place these familiar behaviours in an unfamiliar setting is something I will never tire of. It’s a welcome reminder that no new place is ever really that alien. Sometimes it means getting uncomfortably close to your subject, and there are photos in this book that were framed from the hip, and others that were serendipitous mistakes. Sometimes meaning is accidental. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the more complex the engagement with a subject, the narrower the audience becomes. This may be why artists working in every medium will challenge themselves to sneak the Trojan horse of commentary and critique into highly aesthetic packages. This is as true of pop songs and blockbuster films as documentary photography, and to capture or create images that succeeds on both these levels has become an intoxicating pursuit.

Austin Andrews

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On the Road with Mike Drew

Collected Photographs and Stories from Central and Southern Alberta
edition:Hardcover
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The World Needs More Canada
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“This book is a collaboration between Indigo and many of Canada’s great culture makers. It is our big, love-filled birthday card to this great land and the people who live here. From one end of the country to the other, Canadian poets, writers, artists, chefs, architects, musicians, painters, and photographers share feelings, memories, and messages to commemorate our 150th.

The World Needs More Canada will leave you thinking about this country and its elusive cultural identity in a special light. It will make you proud. It may even bring you to shed a few tears.

How fitting that Canada’s 150th birthday comes at a time when the world is sitting up and taking note. Without basking in the glory–which would be so un-Canadian–it’s hard not to enjoy our moment in the sun. Canada is seen as cool and progressive. Foreign media can’t seem to get enough of our cultural exports, the stories of our generous embrace of those who land on our shores, and our amazing “second-generation” prime minister.

Marshall McLuhan once famously said, ‘Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.’ Today, as is evidenced here, it is clear we know exactly who we are.”

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