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Humboldt Books (44 titles)
 

Milan
Run by Giovanna Silva, Humboldt is an Italian publishing house based in Milan. Humboldt draws inspiration from scientific explorations of the 18th and 19th centuries with the aim of examining travel narrative today. Humboldt collects multidisciplinary experiences, combines knowledge and practices for recounting travels and countries with a watchful and unconventional eye. Humboldt investigates the intersection of journey with geography, literature and art. The publishing house has three editorial lines: Travel Books, Artists' Books, Atlas. A series of special projects and an online section complete the catalogue.
 
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A photographic journey in search of the very last bluesmen. The birth of a vocation for the Italian photographer.

English edition
An interdisciplinary analysis of the city of Palermo commissioned by Manifesta 12 and undertaken by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The research explores the architecture, archaeology and anthropology of the city, its historical archives and personal stories.

English edition
A compilation of Lina Bo Bardi's tenure as director of Habitat, a publication self-dubbed “the magazine of the arts in Brazil”. Between 1950 and 1954, Habitat documented Bo Bardi's early thoughts on Brazilian culture, as well as reflecting her very personal take on modernism. Edited and designed by Julia, with contributions by Tamar Guimarães, Claudia Leisinger, Tony de Marco, Lara Viana and Tuca Vieira.

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This pioneering group study accompanies the reader on a modern Grand Tour amid Italy's contemporary ruins.

trilingual edition (English / Italian / German)
Catalogue documenting an eponymous exhibition project which interprets contemporary issues such as migration, nationalism, populism and identity, using the symbolism in the Flemish painting of 1570 by Simon de Myle entitled Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat.

English edition
Federico Lodoli and Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli went twice in Liberia to carry out a study on the war. This publication gathers their travel memoirs, interviews with Liberian warlords and a photographic reportage.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication features an unpublished series of artworks by artist Paolo Gioli based on polaroid images of etruscan funerary sculptures set in the Italian city of Volterra. The volume is supplemented by a text on Volterra by novelist D. H. Lawrence, and an essay by historian of photography Roberta Valtorta.

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Through a series of scientific contributions and archives, this publication recounts the extraordinary character that was Hercule Florence—an explorer, an inventor and an artist, considered one of the inventors of photography.

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This artist's book collects a photo series taken in spring 2017 in Myanmar, one of the Buddhism's sacred places, where one hundred or so temples have been destroyed by a recent earthquake. Now the pagodas affected by the earthquake, covered by thin bamboo structures, have taken original and unexpected forms, hanging between architecture and art, life and destruction. This temporary condition allowed Isola to catalogue, study and also to develop a sort of appropriation.

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Frantic brings together black and white photographs, taken in 2016 in Lisbon and later in London, Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro. The series features shelters with their inhabitants as well as shelters photographed on their own. These temporary shelters built inside houses reflect on the general notion of home and the very fragility of the domestic sphere.

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The troglodyte town of Matera in Southern Italy has fascinated generations of filmmakers since the Post-war area. Documenting the making of the 1953 film She-Wolf by Alberto Lattuada set in Matera, photographer Federico Patellani provides a unique insight of the life of the provincial city in the fifties.

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Then architecture student Gabriele Basilico photographs the suburbs of Glasgow on a late summer afternoon of 1969, with its Scottish kids, terrains vagues, and 19th-century industrial archaeology. A photographic baptism for Basilico, who will become one of the main contemporary figures of the medium. The publication of this early series is completed with texts by Umberto Fiori, Pippo Ciorra, and Giovanna Calvenzi.

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This publication documents a previously unreleased video project by Canarezza & Coro inspired by poet Eugenio Montale's unusual walk across the Italy-San Marino border to receive a Literature Prize in a context of tensions between the two States. The volume also includes fragments of forty-seven poems by Eugenio Montale, modified by the two artists.

English edition
A biological investigation of a Nordic man-made beach landscape through a series of cameraless photographic registrations of the site's flora, fauna, and particles.

English edition
Los Angeles 1989 Tokyo 1991 brings together a collection of images from two of the most complex and undefinable metropolises on the face of the Earth, the social and urban form of which is ceaselessly reshaped by the minimal existence of millions of people in movement. Lombardelli's photographs are also cinematographic homages to the works of Wim Wenders and Yasujirō Ozu.

English edition
The Curious Mr. Pettena recounts various steps along a journey, through cities and wide open natural spaces, undertaken by the anarchitect Gianni Pettena at the start of the 1970s across the United States.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
In 1961, L'Illustrazione Italiana sends critic Giorgio Zampa and photographer Ugo Mulas to carry out a reportage in Denmark. Along their meetings with writer Karen Blixen or Nobel Prize Nils Bohr, the two correspondents also witness the new manifestations of the Scandinavian lifestyle, characterized by its design and its modern habitats.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Stemming from a project dedicated to the city of Genoa and in particular to its relationship with the sea, this photographic artist's book extends the site-specific glass sculpture designed by Perrone inside Villa del Principe's Hall of the Shipwreck.

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This publication reproduces the experimental filmmakers' notebooks from their journey in the Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s. Gianikian & Ricci Lucchi undertook this travel to gather the memories of the cinematographic literary and artistic Russian avant-garde of the '20s and '30s, seeking out survivors and listening to their life stories.

French edition
Through a series of scientific contributions and archives, this publication recounts the extraordinary character that was Hercule Florence—an explorer, an inventor and an artist, considered one of the inventors of photography.

English edition
In this publication, artist Gianfranco Baruchello and writer Michele Mari join forces to provide descriptions of their own dreams. Baruchello's illustrations and Mari's written notes unveil oneiric worlds made of symbols, recurring images, and obsessions, and address the question: just what are dreams made of?

bilingual edition (English / French)
Artist and researcher Riccardo Giacconi investigates the relationship between a range of narrative forms (puppetry, street storytellers, flyers and pamphlets) and a series of pre-political acts of revolt staged between Italy and South America. This publication documents his research project and features a series of texts, notes, archives, illustrations, and interviews.

English edition
This publication collects black and white photographs taken at apartment viewings in Berlin, London and Zürich in 2015. The images render a landscape of apartments, mostly empty, punctuated by potential buyers or renters projecting their own possible futures onto the spaces.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Photographic companion book to the film La controfigura (“The stand-in”) by Rä di Martino: the tale of a cinema troupe in Marrakech trying to shoot the remake of The Swimmer, the 1968 film with Burt Lancaster, based on a short story of the same name by John Cheever.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
A compilation of restaurants receipts collected between Rome and Berlin on which the British conceptual artist reproduced images of works by other artists (Luciano Fabro, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, André Cadere, Maurizio Cattelan…). Far from being innocent, this appropriationist gesture reflects on the art world economics while displaying a panorama of art history, stretching from the 1960s to the present day.

English edition
Writer Emanuele Trevi and photographer Giovanna Silva recount, each in their own manner, their journey with artist Luigi Ontani in Bali at the time of the preparation of the Ogoh Ogoh carnival procession. With original illustrations by Ontani.

billingual edition (English / Italian)
Marocco 1971 offers an intimate, social, and aesthetical portrait of Morocco by Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico. Set during the Summer of 1971, the series also brings back the distinctive spirit of this era.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
50 black & white photographs of post-war Italy taken by director Luigi Comencini shortly before his debut behind the camera. With a series of writings establishing connections between his work as a photographer and his cinematographic oeuvre.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Arrivederci recalls the artist's personal journey in Sardinia to explore textile craftsmanship. Favini narrates the stories of each piece of fabric he gathered and used for his new body of work—from its origin to the exhibition display. The publication is enriched with photographic documentation and texts by curators and stylist Antonio Marras.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
last available copies!
A Step Towards the Sea tells the relationship between the artist and Italy through a selection of installation views and video works. The accompanying DVD includes an unreleased film and a documentation on every actions carried out in Italy by Signer since the 1990s.

English edition
This artist's book presents the sum of a multitude of journeys, people and stories collected and edited by Donatella Bernardi and stemming from her own family archives. The artist connects this whole documentation with works by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair and her daughter Hala Schoukair, as well as with the Swiss Confederation Fine Art Collection.

English edition
Botanical trajectories and symbolic dimensions of Merano's palm trees (artist's book).

English edition
What language should be used to describe a place? This question is the starting point and the core question of Claudia Losi's project and namesake book, a collection of transversal contributions, from art to geography, from semiotics to psychology, which interrogates the way we perceive places and the role of our imagination in such a process.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Carlo Mollino's photographs of a Japan in between tradition and modernity during the 1970 Universal Exposition.

English edition
Designed on the basis of a contemporary Baedeker, this book offers an original itinerary in the historic center of the city of Genoa. It is a city-guide that links different places and times, and that also moves from the habit of moving, investigated as a typical phenomenon of the Grand Tour—and that is the origin of the term “tourism”.

English edition
The decay of Detroit and its people's resistance in words and photographs (photographs by Antonio Rovaldi).

bilingual edition (English / French)
A photographic account of Carsten Höller's journeys to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the purpose of a film about Fara Fara music.

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A photographic journey from Yugoslavia to Iran during the 1970's.

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Artist's book.

bilingual edition (English / Italian / French)
Artist's book dedicated to Alessandra Spranzi's beautiful eponymous series of photographic collages.

bilingual edition (English / Italian / German)
Artist's book based on a complex project linking Vernasca, Ethiopia and Jamaica according to two points of view, placing certain critical moments in Italy's colonial history in relation to the symbolism of Rastafarian tradition.

English edition
Artist's book: a deconstruction of a 16 mm film shot by Haris Epaminonda in Cyprus, embarking on a new set of associations between image and subject, source and information, meaning and abstraction.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
out of print
A decade (1969-1978) of observation, classification and illustration of the abusive vegetation infesting the grounds of the international railway station in Chiasso, Switzerland, by botanist Ernesto Schick.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
out of print
Mario Bellini and his “Kar-a-sutra” space-mobile take a wild photographic ride in America during the seventies.