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Kaph Books (17 titles)
 

Beirut
Founded in 2016, Kaph is a publishing house based in Beirut, Lebanon, specialized in quality art books—photography, fine arts—on Middle-Eastern artists. It takes its name from the letter Kaph which can be found in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician and Aramaic (it gave birth to the Greek Kappa and to the Latin K). The word Kaph stands for the palm of the hand in modern Arabic and Hebrew. It represents an open hand, a bridge between cultures. Each book is a unique and personal creation testifying to the constructive collaboration between the respective partners—with consistently high technical and design quality.
 
English edition
Forty contributors share their perspectives on photography in Lebanon, evoking its equally numerous forms of existence. Examining techniques, practices, uses, objects, images, histories, and artistic approaches, this publication presents 380 photographs produced between the end of the 19th century and the present day.

English edition
Following the opening up of Japan to the West in the 1850s, artists, designers and makers across Europe became gripped by a new fashion for “Japonism”. The catalogue of the Louvre Abu-Dhabi exhibition focuses on the pioneering group of Parisian artists Les Nabis, their fascination for Japanese prints, and the importance of this cross-cultural influence in the development of the decorative arts.

English edition
A comprehensive publication of Rifat Chadirji's photographic folio, which records and analyses the development of his architectural practice in Baghdad, from 1952 until the early 1980s. It provides a unique insight into a collection of photographic sheets that reflect how an architect documented his own work, and coded, organized and referenced his projects using photography.

bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
This publication looks back at Manoukian's pictorial work, focusing on the 70s and 80s periods of her practice. It includes an essay by Gregory Buchakjian, a chronology by Aline Manoukian, and an interview with the artist by Kristine Khouri.

French edition
Forty contributors share their perspectives on photography in Lebanon, evoking its equally numerous forms of existence. Examining techniques, practices, uses, objects, images, histories, and artistic approaches, this publication presents 380 photographs produced between the end of the 19th century and the present day.

French edition
Following the opening up of Japan to the West in the 1850s, artists, designers and makers across Europe became gripped by a new fashion for “Japonism”. The catalogue of the Louvre Abu-Dhabi exhibition focuses on the pioneering group of Parisian artists Les Nabis, their fascination for Japanese prints, and the importance of this cross-cultural influence in the development of the decorative arts.

French edition
In a rapidly changing Beirut, neglected dwellings are condemned to disappear as a result of land speculation. This multi-layered transdisciplinary project aims at examining the transformations that these obsolete architectures undergo. The study, carried on site, based on archives, testimonies and oral history, also proposes new artistic perspectives towards the city.

English edition
The first monograph of the artist, looking back at 20 years of artistic practice through her variable projects: paintings and drawings, installations, films and videos. The publication gathers texts by Patricia Falguières, Rabih Mroué, and Ghassan Salhab, as well as interviews with Lamia Joreige by Etel Adnan, Kader Attia, Lav Diaz, and Charbel Habre.

bilingual edition (English / French)
This publication gathers a series of photographs made during the artist's formative years. Between 2004 and 2008, Nadim Asfar photographed anonymous passersby from the balcony of his studio in Beirut. As faceless figures cast shadows under the hard city light, heading in undisclosed directions, their narratives are only announced, never told.

bilingual edition (English / German)
The book “Fragments”, designed by Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet as an installation, coupled with a performance, is inspired by a family legend about Tabet's great-grand-father. The book accompanies an exhibition at the Kunstverein in Hamburg.

bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
The publication Passing Time by Fouad Elkoury looks back at 60 years (1960-2017) of photographs taken in Lebanon by the artist. Most of the images have never been published.

bilingual edition (Arabic / French)
The publication Passing Time by Fouad Elkoury looks back at 60 years (1960-2017) of photographs taken in Lebanon by the artist. Most of the images have never been published.

bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
Inspired by Beirut's urbanism and cultural history, Rechmaoui's sculptures and installations reflect themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics. Including documentation, essays, and interviews, this illustrated monograph takes a look back at twenty years of work by one of the most important post­war contemporary artists from Lebanon and the region.

bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
temporarily out of stock
In Diary of a Leap Year, Lebanese artist produces 366 daily collages from political newspapers in Lebanon and the Arab World, as a protest to the violence taking place in this region.

English edition
De Sardes' photographic wanderings in and around Beirut: an impressionist two-sided journey between day and night, dream and documentary.

French edition
De Sardes' photographic wanderings in and around Beirut: an impressionist two-sided journey between day and night, dream and documentary.

English edition
Ziad Antar experiments forms, colors and light with his lensless camera, during a long journey searching for the cities where mythology was born. At the core of his work is the questioning of the foundations of photography, through the destructuration of this art (monograph edited in collaboration with Hans Ulrich Obrist).