5 to Read: This Month

Investigating different forms of transformation, next month’s upcoming releases query how we perceive and conceptualise space. Questions arise around material constructions and the way architecture stages man’s movements, whilst the act of recognising social confines offers an opportunity for expression, revolt and ultimately, enlightenment.

Theresa Lichtenshein, Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture, Prestel Publishing

Unpacking the limits of static design, Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture pinpoints the crucial interplay between photography and understanding of the build environment. Including prints from Thomas Struth (b.1954), Andreas Gursky (b.1955) and Julius Shulman (b.1910), the book pushes readers to reimagine American structures, recognising how varying depictions and techniques can affect initial perceptions and create new layers of meaning. Released 1 March. Find out more here.

Luis Barragán and Fred Sandback, The Properties of Light, Hatje Cantz Publishing

The Properties of Light combines Luis Barragán’s (b.1902) minimalist, colourful structures with Fred Sandback’s (b.1943) yarn sculptures – which were temporarily installed in some of Mexico City’s most vibrant residential spaces – resulting in an unprecedented study of how the sun influences form. Set in Casa Luis Barragán, the Casa Antonio Gálvez and the Cuadra San Cristóbal, the multidisciplinary pieces question the origins of form, shadow and colour. Released 27 March. Find out more here.

Edited by Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand, Catherine Rossi and Nina Serulus, Night Fever: A Design History of Club Culture, Vitra Design Museum, Distributed by Thames and Hudson

Illustrating the neon glow of dancefloors, Night Fever charts the evolution of night clubs – from the avant-garde to the glamorous. The publication locates timeless sanctuaries for nightlife including the legendary Studio 54, New York, and the emerging Double Club, London, opening the doors of these mysterious spaces and exploring the people, fashions and music which resonated inside. Nostalgic film prints and examples of memorabilia urge readers to evaluate today’s remaining club culture. Released 30 March. Find out more here.

Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck, Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself, Laurence King

Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself uncovers the inspiration, focus and technology behind one of America’s pioneering street photographers. Following an inverse chronology which bookends a prolific career with his most recent and first ever piece, the photobook coincides with Why Color?, a major retrospective of the artist’s work which highlights Meyerowitz’s inclusion in the colour photography movement during the 1970s. Beginning at C/O, Berlin, the exhibition will later travel to America. Released 13 March. Find out more here.

Alona Pardo, Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, Prestel Publishing

In an increasingly liberal world, Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins provides a deeply human and inclusive representation of minority groups, capturing moments of vulnerability and beauty. Corresponding with an exhibition of the same name at the Barbican, London, portraits by Bruce Davidson (b.1984), Mary Ellen Mark (b.1940) and Danny Lyon (b.1942) depict those who traditionally live on the edges of society, including transsexuals, bikers and gang members. Released 7 March. Find out more here.

1.  Shulman_Case Study House #22, Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009). Case Study House No. 22 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1960. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 x 7 15/16 inches. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2004.R.10. © 2018 J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
2. Untitled (Sculptural Study, Triangular Wall Construction), 2002/2004 JPG-Format (5.478 KB). 2500 x 1669 Pixel. © 2018 Barragan Foundation, Switzerland/SOMAAP; Fred Sandback Archive.
3. Evelyn, Santiago From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983.
4.  Red Interior, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1977 Courtesy and Copyright of Joel Meyerowitz