Photobooks of 2018: Ed Templeton

Photobooks of 2018: Ed Templeton


Youth Unemployment by Tish Murtha (Bluecoat Press)
Incredible body of work from the 70’s brought to light documenting working class inner-city youth in Newcastle, UK. This book floored me. A really amazing time capsule.

Termini by Tom Wood (Editions GwinZegal)
Photos from the 70’s and 80’s from one of my favorite photographers taken around the ferry terminals in Liverpool, UK. I love his knack for capturing people in a semi-chaotic but balanced way.

Women’s Market by Tom Wood (Stanley Barker)
Again, since he’s one of my favorites, this year has been good for Tom Wood fans! This one documents the people and happenings surrounding Liverpool’s Great Homer Street market.

Varrio by Gusmano Cesaretti (Little Big Man)
I don’t know how an Italian man came to Los Angeles in the 70’s and started hanging out with gangsters, low riders, and graffiti writers, but he did and has the photos to prove it. This book shouldn’t go overlooked!

Displaced, Manzanar 1942-1945 The Incarceration of Japanese Americans (Tom Adler Books)
This book is a collection of photos by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake, Jack Iwata, Clem Albers, Russell Lee, and Francis Stewart documenting the terrible chapter in US history (one of many) when innocent Japanese Americans were rounded up and detained uprooting lives and separating families.

New Vogue Beauty Salon by Steve Banks (Deadbeat Club)
A slim volume with stunning B&W photos documenting beauty parlors in 1967 as part of a master class he took with Richard Avedon and Marvin Israel.

Past K-Ville by Mark Steinmetz (Stanley Barker)
The follow up to Steinmetz 2016 book 15 Miles to K-Ville, which was so good, the world shouldn’t be deprived of the rest of the work!

Bright Black World by Todd Hido (Nazraeli Press)
Landscapes and portraits loaded with so much beauty and dread, they are almost ominous.

Ninety Six Dreams, Two Thousand Memories by Greg Hunt (Paradigm Press)
A long term look at the life of Pro Skater Jason Dill as documented by photographer, videographer, Greg Hunt told through photographs, video stills, and ephemera.

Human Nature by Lucas Foglia (Nazraeli Press)
An almost National Geographic approach to the wonders of the natural world is undercut by a conceptual artist’s eye for the absurd. This is the kind of hybrid terrain that Foglia has made his own.” -Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian – I borrowed Mr O’Hagan’s words because I couldn’t do better. These photos are very beautiful, weird, and unsettling. The book stays with you long after closing it.

Masahisa Fukase by Masahisa Fukase (Xavier Barral)
A retrospective of this artists life work. Over 400 pages Brimming with amazing images!

On The Street 2 by Yuta Fuchikami (Stairs Press)
Beautiful Pentax 67 portraits in B&W of the down and out people Yuta has befriended around Tokyo’s Ueno Park.

As it May Be by Bieke Depoorter (Aperture)
Intimate photographs of Egyptian families shot since the 2011 revolution along with hand written notes on top of the photos. Very cool series.

Soul R&B Funk, Photographs 1972-1982 by Bruce Talamon (Taschen)
Mind blowing fly-on-the-wall photos of the back rooms of bars and clubs in LA during the 70’s surrounding the R&B and Funk scene mixed with his backstage access photos from concerts and commercial shoots with the artists from the era. Epic Jackson Five photos, Stevie Wonder.

Nippon Issue 1 by Naoki Ishikawa (Super Labo)
This is the start of an epic project documenting all 47 of Japan’s prefectures. Each prefecture will have it’s own book and they will be released five at a time and come in a slipcase. This is being done by one of Japan’s most prolific and celebrated photographers. The printing is superb and the photographs bursting with color.

Moscow by Boogie (Powerhouse)
Boogie is known for getting into the nooks and crannies of street culture and this book is proof of his knack for embedding himself into these hard-knock lives and the people surrounding them.

In the Vicinity by Ed Panar (Deadbeat Club)
And beautifully off-kilter look at the landscape surrounding Mendocino county and the weed industry hidden there.

Empty Days by Paddy Summerfield (Dewi Lewis)
B&W, Humanist, documentary photography, my favorite kind! A great book.

Syracuse 1981 by Bruce Gilden (Super Labo)
Bruce Gilden doing Bruce Gilden, black and white, and close to people.

Women by Saul Leiter (Space Shower Books)
Beautiful, moody, portraits of women by the celebrated master photographer.

Whistle by Haroshi Haruto (Little Big Man)
Mr. Haruto is a denizen of the night and seems to have access to people and places most tourists will never see when visiting Tokyo.

Ed Templeton (born 1972, lives and works in Huntington Beach, CA) – A respected cult figure in the subculture of skateboarding, his paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from the subculture he is a part of and the suburban environment he lives in. Templeton is also a two-time world-champion professional skateboarder, and the founder/creator of Toy Machine skateboard company. His work has been shown at MOCA, Los Angeles, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, S.M.A.K. Museum, Belgium, Bonnefanten Museum, Netherlands, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Pier 24 Photography Museum, San Francisco, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK. His work is included in the LACMA permanent collection. Over 20 books of his work have been published.

Images: top – Women’s Market by Tom Wood, below – Women by Saul Leiter,  In The Vicinity by Ed Panar