Miron Zownir - Poet of Radical Photography

Poet of Radical Photography

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Miron Zownir - NYC RIP

a new photo book by photographer Miron Zownir with an essays by Lydia Lunch

MIRON ZOWNIR "NYC RIP"
with an Essay by Lydia Lunch

"The world contain within these pages speaks volumes to a time and place which no longer exist. Miron Zownir has captured New York City at the zenith of its mania." - Lydia Lunch

"Best Book 2015" Photo Eye/Ed Templeton

"Shockingly brilliant" Virtual Bookshelf/JC

"His passion for what he does is so evident and fucking inspiring. The old NYC is dying, and 30 years from now we might all be looking at NYC RIP, saying those were the days, while Mickey Mouse fights Starbucks for our attention! " CVULT NATION

 

 

Publisher: Pogo Books

Language: English

Release: 2015

Price: € 49

Format: 24x30cm

Features: 216 Pages - 156 Duotone Plates, Hot Foil Embossed Half Clothbound Hardcover

ISBN:  978-3-942547-51-2

UKRAINIAN NIGHT

a new photo book by photographer Miron Zownir with essays by Kateryna Mishchenko

Publisher: Spector Books
Editor: Jana Fuchs
Language: Ukrainian/English

Release: 2015
Price: € 32
Format: 22.7 x 17.3 cm
Features: 224 paper, thread-sewn paperback (hardcover)
ISBN:  978-3-95905-012-8

Until tires burned on the Maidan, Ukraine was a blank spot on the map on the margin of Europe. The Maidan – symbol and location of month-long civil protests – marks a new era which the authors capture in words and images. In 2012/13  photographer Miron Zownir and Kateryna Mishchenko, a Ukrainian writer and translator, visited the Ukraine to explore everyday life there from its margins. They visited the Crimea before the annexation of Russia where Zownir documented the last Ukrainian victory parade for WWII in Sewastopol. The ravaged countryside of the Donbas region and the outdated and poiseness industrial sight of Mariupol an area that has since become the battle ground between the Ukrainian Army and separatist military forces supported by Russia.  Zownir also photographed TB patients in Poltava, street children and drug addicts in Odessa, HIV positive orphans in Chernivtsi, Street hustlers in Kiev, the inhabitants of several Roma camps, homeless people all over the country and last not least the Maidan Square one month after the uprising. Mishchenko’s sensitive texts and Zownir’s close-up images document the profound fault lines in Ukrainian society, in which the harbingers of revolution can already be felt.

The project “Ukrainian Night” was supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

DOWN AND OUT IN MOSCOW

a photo book by photographer Miron Zownir

Publisher: Pogo Books, Berlin
Editor: Claudio Pfeiffer

Language: English/German

Release: 2014
Price: €48,00 / $66,00

Format: 22 x 26 cm

Features: 120 Pages, 95 Duotone plates, hot foil embossed cloth covered, hardcover with tipped-in print, interview with Miron Zownir
ISBN:  978-3-942547-34-5

Moscow 1995. Russia has reached the climax of the post-Soviet economic transformation crisis. Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin, to whom his protégé Vladimir Putin will later pay homage as a "courageous, bold leader of Russia", has already held power for four years after the collapse and dissolution of the Soviet Union. Extensive privatization programs under Yeltsin’s leadership have plunged the country into chaos. The enormous transfer of state property into the hands of the oligarchs who support his government has led to the impoverishment of millions of people.

When German-Ukrainian photographer Miron Zownir travels to Moscow in the summer of 1995, he discovers an exceptional level of abject misery. While the international community pays attention to Yeltsin’s first war in Chechnya, back home on the streets of the Russian capital homeless people are rotting alive covered by flies, old women starve to death on the pavements for all the world to see, others desperately sell their last belongings or even their bodies. In the dark shadows of public awareness Miron Zownir finds a situation which he described as "Dante's Inferno" at that time. The silent brutality of his photographs is more than hard to take and adjusts the viewer’s perception into a state of nightmarish distance. They record a cynical crime against humanity, for which Boris Yeltsin had never assumed political responsibility – on the contrary despite all the allegations of corruption, lifelong immunity from prosecution was assured to him by his successor Vladimir Putin.

Today, almost twenty years later, Putin makes use of the same strategy in Ukraine as his mentor did in Chechnya, ensuring media distraction from the massive domestic political problems in Russia. No one seems to speak anymore about the suppression of the opposition, homophobic laws, journalist killings, international corruption entanglements. Let alone the inhumane lives of the poorest of the poor. Who dares to gaze into that abyss?

Miron Zownir’s photographic documentation of this dark chapter in Russian history, which has been ignored by much of the Western world, is now finally out in its entirety under the title DOWN AND OUT IN MOSCOW published by Berlin-based Pogo Books Publishing. This courageous publication provides unbearable evidence of a crime against human dignity, which unfortunately was never brought to indictment. It can be understood as a call for social and political reflection of world history.

Eyemazing: The New Collectible Art Photography

Photos by Miron Zownir, Anders Petersen, Bettina Rheims, Sally Mann and many others


Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Editor: Eyemazing Susan

Language: English


Release: 2013
Price: €60.00 / $95.00 / £65.00
Format: 33.5 x 24.5 cm

Features: 544 Pages, hardcover

ISBN: 978-0500516850


Masterfully curated from over 10 years of content in the eponymous and innovative photography magazine EYEMAZING, this book pushes boundaries and defies conventions. Outstanding images from the world's groundbreaking image makers in art photography are brought together in this collectible volume published by Thames & Hudson, which will be coveted by all photographers, photography collectors, curators and gallerists. Including photography by Miron Zownir, Anders Petersen, Bettina Rheims, Sally Mann and many others…..


    ‘A breathtaking overview of the most collectible and daringly original contemporary art photography’– World Photo

    'It offers a feast of poetic, evocative, complex, shocking and fascinating images’ – Art Quarterly

   'A phenomenal range of works … magnificently curated and is consequently read, or experienced, like a sequence of visions: lucid and flowing’ – Aesthetica

    ‘Retina-searing visual confrontation meets a 19th-century Pictorialist approach to craft’– The World of Interiors

The Valley of the Shadow - Collector's Edition

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Gestalten Verlag, Berlin
Editor: R. Klanten
Language: English
Release: 2010
Price: €150.00 / $225.00 / £140.00
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: 144 Pages, b/w, hardcover, 1 photo print
ISBN: 978-3-89955-363-5

Limited Collector's edition of Miron Zownir’s photobook THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW  including an original Miron Zownir photograph. Edition of 50, packaged in printed cardboard box, incl. "U.S. Mail, New York City" (1983) gelatin silver print on baryt paper (18 x 13 cm) with signed and numbered certificate. 

The Valley of the Shadow -The Photography of Miron Zownir

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Gestalten, Berlin
Editor: R. Klanten
Language: English

Release: September 2010  
Price: € 39,90 / $ 60,00 / £ 37,50
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: 144 pages, b/w, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-315-4

This book is a collection of photography by Miron Zownir that documents a world of unconditional authenticity, dire ecstasy, and demonical possession that exists in the shadows of urban areas in New York, Berlin, and post-Communist Eastern Europe. As controversial as they are uncompromising and poetic, Zownir’s expressionistic black and white portraits capture the morbid dignity of society's misfits, freaks, and the homeless. Because his visual language takes viewers to the limit of what they can tolerate, The Valley of the Shadow is not a book for the faint hearted.

“Great art !“  ROCKSTAR  10/2010

“With penetrating sharpness Zownir provides insight into the subcultures of mega cities.” DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR PHOTOGRAPHIE 10/2010

“Zownir is not for the fainthearted, all others can expect touching and haunting photography.“STYLE LEAGUE 10/2010

“Our favourite photographer!” VICE  AUSTRIA  11/2010

“Zownir’s new book, The Valley of the Shadow, showcases parts of New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Eastern Europe that do not make the tourist trail.”   ZOO MAGAZINE  10/2010

Miron Zownir: 30 Jahre Radical Photography

Photos by Miron Zownir

 

Publisher: Goethe Institut Sofia/Bulgarien

Editor: Goethe Institut
Language: German/Bulgarian

Release: 2010
Price: protective charge
Format: 17 x 23, cm, softcover
Features: 60 pages, Text by Nico Anfuso

Exhibition catalogue to accompany the 2010 solo exhibition at the Red House in Sofia curated by Goethe Institut Bulgaria. Miron Zownir’s  30 years spanning body of work reveals the parallel worlds of outsiders in the western cities and Eastern Europe throughout the past decades in a dramatic, gloomy and timeless visual language. 

Darkside, Vol. 2: Photographic Power and Photographed Violence, Disease and Death

With photographs by Miron Zownir, Alvin Balltrop, Robert Capa, Henry Cartier Bresson,, Peter Hujar, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Enrique Metinides, Ishiuchi Miyako, John Heartfield, Larry Clark, Don Mc Cullin, W. Eugene Smith, Weegee and others…

Publisher: Steidl & Partners

Editor: Urs Stahel
Language: German/English

Release: September 2009
Price: €45.00
Format: 21.5 cm x 28 cm, Hardcover
Features: 320 pages, Essays by Johannes Binotto, Elisabeth Bronfen, Daniela Janser, Thomas Macho, Urs Stahel, Bernd Stiegler, Katharina Sykora, Tan Wälchli etc.

ISBN: 978-3-86521-925-1

Following the survey of photographed sexuality and lust in Darkside I, the sequel Darkside II explores the human body as victim of impairment, disease, degeneration, violence and death. Exploring works by many outstanding artists and photographers such as W. Eugene Smith as well as other known and unknown war photographers or crime photographers like Weegee and Enrique Metinides, Darkside II also presents photography by Miron Zownir, whose b/w photos of dead or dying homeless people in Moscow expose the violence of poverty in a silent, but not less brutal way.

Darkside, Vol. 1: Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed

With photographs by  Miron Zownir, Hans Bellmer, Man Ray, Pierre Molinier, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Joel Peter Witkin, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Nobuyoshi Araki Francesca Woodman, Boris Mikhailov  a.o.

Publisher: Steidl

Editor: Urs Stahel
Language: German/English

Release: October 2008
Price: €45.00
Format: 21.5 cm x 28 cm, Hardcover
Features: 344 pages, 150 colour plates, 100 duotone plates, Text by Dominique Baqué, Elisabeth Bronfen, Martin Jaeggi, Urs Stahel a.o.

ISBN: 978-3-86521-716-5

Darkside I shows photography as an important medium in the presentation of sexuality. Photography stylizes lust and passion, power, violence and voyeurism. Wish and desire enter into a pact with sexuality: sexual fantasies push to be presented, seek exposure – and photography, with its own voyeuristic pull, uses the power of (photo) eroticism for its own purposes. Darkside presents this photography and discusses it in numerous essays. 

El salvaje europeano

with Miron Zownir, Picasso, Ribera, Cranach the Elder, Goya, Buñuel, Dürer, Cindy Sherman a.o.

Publisher: Fundacion Bancaja

Editor: Fundacion Bancaja
Language: Spanish

Release: 2004
Price: €35
Format: 30 x 24 cm, Paperback
Features: 272 pages, Text by Roger Bartra, Pilar Pedraza

ISBN: 978-8484710684

In the exhibition "El Salvaje Europeo" (CCCB, 2004) anthropologist Roger Bartra and historian and author Pilar Pedraza presented Zownir ‘s photographs in a 2000 years spanning collection of iconographic representations of the so called "European savages".

In the people portrayed by Zownir, Bartra sees the modern representatives of  individuals referred to as “savages " in  the Greek mythology,  who live close to us, but beyond the boundaries of what is considered socially acceptable. According to Bartra Zownir’s images show what we don’t want to see, because it confronts us with the most intimate anxieties and terrors of our culture: "It is the outsider, marginal figure or representative of underprivileged classes, who are in their anxiety-provoking otherness perceived as a threat to the civilized European identity and therefore relegated to the realm of the monstrous. "

Radical Eye - The Photography of Miron Zownir

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Gestalten, Berlin
Editor: R. Klanten
Language: bilingual German/English

Release: 1998  
Price: €25,50
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 160 pages, approx. 150 b/w photos, duotone
ISBN: 978-3-931126-13-1

With his black and white photos Miron Zownir shows us a stripped and stark state of humanity that has rarely been seen. The book with the telling name RADICAL EYE presents twenty years of roaming through the suburban underbelly. Zownir, a modern day Weegee, is taking social photography to new limits, creating images that will haunt the reader well after the book is closed.

“Zownir is one of the greatest existential photographers of our time. His images are icons of lust, pain, hunger, madness, starvation and death.”  TIP BERLIN

“Best book of 1998? Best book of the decade.”  BIZARRE

“Zownir is the Witkin of the living”  VICE MAGAZINE

“The images are raw, often obscene and shocking beyond anything
Benetton or Diesel would dare to put in their ads.”  CREATIVITY

“Pictures straight out of life- without any make up.”  BILD

Miron Zownir – Fotografien

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Erotic Art Museum Hamburg

Editor: Erotic Art Museum Hamburg
Language: German

Release: 1994
Price: only available in used bookstores
Format: 21 x 28 cm, Paperback
Features: 69 pages, Text by Harry Hass, Miron Zownir

From 1992 to 2007 the Erotic Art Museum in Hamburg , situated close to the Reeperbahn, was  the world's largest collection of erotic world art spanning five centuries, including works by artists such as Picasso, Grosz, Dix or Delacroix. In 1994 the museum presented photographs by Miron Zownir in a major solo exhibition. The exhibition catalogue points out the subversive power of eroticism in the early works of the so called "Teutonic Phenomenographer".

Miron Zownir- Poet der radikalen Fotografie

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Apex Verlag, Köln

Editor: Wolfgang Schulz
Language: German

Release: 1988
Price: only available in used bookstores
Format: 16.5 cm x 23,5 cm, softcover
Features: 116 pages, Text by Joachim Buethe, Rainer Aring

Stanley Kubrick's screenwriter Terry Southern called Zownir the "poet of radical photography". As such, he takes us on a journey to the end of the night and nothing works except the morning after ...

Monograph with photos from Berlin, London and New York from 1979 to 1986.

Viele Grüße aus New York von Miron Zownir – Special Edition Fotografie

Photos by Miron Zownir

Publisher: Fotografie

Editor: Wolfgang Schulz
Language: German

Release: 1983
Price: only available in used bookstores
Format: 22,5 x 28 cm, softcover
Features: 74 pages, Text by Miron Zownir, Charlotte von Saurma-Jeltsch, Fatima Ingramhan, WP Fahrenberg, Dagmar Detlefsen

Special edition of the magazine FOTOGRAFIE with early photographs from New York.

Großstadtdschungel - Neuer Realismus aus Berlin

Photos by Miron Zownir, Elfi Fröhlich, Wolfgang Krolow, Karl Ludwig Lange, Thomas Leuner, Hans W. Mende

Publisher: Fröhlich&Kaufmann, Berlin

Editor: Wolfgang Jean Stock
Language: German

Release: 1983
Price: only available in used bookstores
Format: 21 x 27 cm, softcover
Features: 153 pages, Text by Fatima Ingramhan, Peter Hilscher, Ulrike Schuster a.o.

ISBN: 3887250079

This book, accompanying an exhibition curated by Kunstverein Munich in 1983, features Miron Zownir’s first photographic researches from Berlin.