Kaph Books

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.
 
Beirut
 
28 titles
 
10000 Years of Luxury
2019
English edition
forthcoming
Une histoire du luxe à travers 350 objets d'art et de mode, de joaillerie, de mobilier et de design du monde entier.
Dix mille ans de luxe
2019
French edition
forthcoming
Une histoire du luxe à travers 350 objets d'art et de mode, de joaillerie, de mobilier et de design du monde entier.
Laure Ghorayeb -
2019
bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
Cette monographie retrace l'évolution de la pratique de l'artiste libanaise Laure Ghorayeb, de l'écriture au dessin et à la peinture.
Rendezvous in Paris - Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)
2019
English edition
Rendez-vous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939) is a collaborative publication between Kaph Books, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Centre Pompidou, which serves to discover the Paris of the “Roaring Twenties”—a Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe. This group of artists came together at a moment of extraordinary creativity to produce some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.
Rendez-vous à Paris - Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Cie (1900-1939)
2019
French edition
Rendez-vous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939) is a collaborative publication between Kaph Books, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Centre Pompidou, which serves to discover the Paris of the “Roaring Twenties”—a Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe. This group of artists came together at a moment of extraordinary creativity to produce some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.
An Early Album of the World - Photographs 1842-1896
2019
English edition
The development of photography in its first years of existence: an history of the dissemination of photography as a form of documentation and an instrument of discovering and understanding the world and its people, through a wide selection of historic images taken in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, between 1842 and 1896.
Rayyane Tabet - Fragments
2019
trilingual edition (French / English / Arabic)
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.
Ouvrir l\'album du monde - Photographies 1842-1896
2019
French edition
The development of photography in its first years of existence: an history of the dissemination of photography as a form of documentation and an instrument of discovering and understanding the world and its people, through a wide selection of historic images taken in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, between 1842 and 1896.
Roads of Arabia - Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia
2019
English edition
A panorama of the different cultures that have succeeded each other on the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from prehistory to the edge of the modern world.
Routes d\'Arabie - Trésors archéologiques de l\'Arabie Saoudite
2019
French edition
A panorama of the different cultures that have succeeded each other on the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from prehistory to the edge of the modern world.
Ayla Hibri - A Palm Tree Bows To The Moon
2018
English edition
60 black and white photos taken in Lebanon, accompanied by poems by the artist.
Gregory Buchakjian - Habitats abandonnés - Une histoire de Beyrouth
2018
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.
On Photography in Lebanon - Stories and Essays
2018
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.
Seta Manoukian - Painting in Levitation
2018
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.
Sur la photographie au Liban - Récits et essais
2018
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.
Affinités japonaises - Vers le décor moderne
2018
French edition
(last copies available!)
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.
Rifat Chadirji - Building Index
2018
English edition
currently out of stock
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.
Japanese Connections - The Birth of Modern Décor
2018
English edition
currently out of stock
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.
Nadim Asfar - Habiter le jour
2018
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.
Lamia Joreige - Works - 1994-2017
2018
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.
Rayyane Tabet - Fragments / Bruchstücke
2018
bilingual edition (English / German)
currently out of stock
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.
Fouad Elkoury - Passing Time
2017
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.
Fouad Elkoury - Passing Time
2017
bilingual edition (Arabic / French)
(last copies available!)
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.
Marwan Rechmaoui - Metropolis
2017
bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
out of stock
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.
Rabih Mroué - Diary of a Leap Year
2017
bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
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.