MACK Publishing

Independent publisher, MACK, produce beautiful, thoughtful books. The artists and photographers often explore the gritty depths of the world, presented with intelligent design and beautiful finishes. Here’s an edit of some of the best:

Words by Elizabeth Pollard

Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg
Holy Bible

“Right from the start, almost every appearance he made was catastrophic… Catastrophe is his means of operation, and his central instrument of governance.”
Adi Ophir

Inspired by philosopher Adi Ophir, Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg, draw comparisons between corruption in the bible with modern government. Collaging imagery to illustrate the text, they aim to highlight the violence, conflict and hierarchy of power within.

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Martin Kollar
Field Trip

Exploring Israels life and landscape in this photographic essay, Martin Kollar, looks beyond one of histories most battered war zones. Beautifully designed with space for the photographs to breathe, it is sensitive to the context of the image.

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Taryn Simon
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.”
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852)
After visiting this exhibition at the Tate Modern, 3 years ago whilst studying, I haven’t been able to get this moving works of family and contemporary politics out of my head. American photographer, Taryn Simon, recorded the stories of bloodlines from all over the world. Poetically presented in a grid of portraits and introduced with texts by Homi K. Bhabha and Geoffrey Batchen, Simon’s work maps the culture of these families’ contentious lives.

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Tony Ray-Jones
American Colour 1962–1965

During his four years in New York to study Graphic Art, Tony Ray-Jones captures beautiful, quiet moments of the people and the city. Unpublished for years, these photographs were curated by Liz Jobey from the extensive archives held at the National Media Museum.

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