Open to the public September 20th 2005 Dashwood Books at 33 Bond Street (between Lafayette and Bowery) is New York City’s only independent bookstore devoted entirely to photography.
The last ten years has seen a radical change in the publishing of books on photography. New publishers have emerged producing an unprecedented number of titles; three major anthologies on the art of the photo book have come out recently; many photographic curators now feature books as a significant part of exhibitions. All this has brought a new appreciation of the medium so that the photographic book is recognized as an art form on a par with the print and a strong collectors’ market has developed with prices for rare books tripling over the past decade.
Dashwood Books is owned and operated by David Strettell formerly the Cultural Director of Magnum Photos where for the last twelve years he produced numerous books and exhibitions advised on countless photographic projects and developed extensive relationships in publishing and media, as well as with museums, galleries and with photographers all over the world.
With a carefully curated inventory Dashwood Books will specialize in the latest quality books on contemporary photography from the 1960s to the present produced by fine publishers from Japan, Europe and the United States. Many important titles will be available in New York City for the first time. Independent publishers such as Hysteric Glamour (Tokyo) are producing small editions by Japanese photographers like Masahisa Fukase and Nobuyoshi Araki as well as Terry Richardson and Cindy Sherman which have become instantly collectable. Other featured publishers who are not distributed in the United States include Osiris (Tokyo) whose 2001 title Spider’s Strategy is destined to become a collectors’ item and Verlag Schaden (Köln) whose publisher Marcus Schaden is producing books by many of Europe’s most interesting contemporary photographers. Signed trade titles, limited editions and boxed editions with prints will be available from the likes of Artimo (Amsterdam), Chris Boot (London), Fotohof (Vienna), Journal (Stockholm), Rocket (London), Little More (Tokyo) and North American publishers Nazraeli Press, Roth, Little Bear and Visionaire as well as from more widely distributed publishers like Steidl, Aperture, producing excellent books once again, and Twin Palms of Sante Fe who continues to publish some of the best titles in the United States.
Dashwood Books will also specialize in rare vintage books as well as numerous other out-of-print and quality used titles.
The bookstore on Bond Street will be programming book-signings and events and dashwoodbooks.com will be a convenient way to shop online for new and used titles while keeping up-to-date on the most interesting books being produced on the international market.
Fine books on photography have become highly desirable or to quote Ute Eskildsen the curator of the Folkwang Museum in Essen “… the discrepancies in quality found on the book market between uniquely designed, carefully made objects in small editions, and cheap products geared to the global market, will become even greater in the future. Just as the value of photography on the art market has increased dramatically, so too will the photographic book become a collector’s item.” From The Open Book: Photographic Publications 1878 to the Present (Hasselblad Center, 2005)
33 Bond Street
New York NY 10012