BLACK AND WHITE
Compiled by Victoria Chase
Frenchman and father of six Alain Laboile is well-known for his black and white photography. This book presents a glimpse into his family’s free and nearly fairytale-like life in a small village in the southwest of France.
Alain Laboile—Summer of the Fawn—hardcover, 112 pages, Kehrer Verlag; kehrerverlag.com
In Jharkhand, India, coal—referred to as “black diamond” by the locals— is mined everywhere. Sebastian Sardi began photographing mines in 2008. This book presents a close portrait of the people who extract coal and the fragile balance between nature and humankind.
Sebastian Sardi—Black Diamond—hardcover, 104 pages, Kehrer Verlag; kehrerverlag.com
The world’s most beautiful icy landscapes and the fascinating animals that inhabit them appear even more striking when presented in black and white.
Laurent Baheux—Ice is Black—hardcover, 192 pages, teNeues; teneues.com
Drawing on painstaking research and more than two hundred and fifty interviews, author Wil Haygood brings Sammy Davis, JR’s life into full relief against the backdrop of an America in the throes of racial change. Davis made his living entertaining white people but was often denied service in the very venues he played, and in his broad and varied friendships—not to mention his romances—Davis crossed racial lines in ways few others had.
Wil Haygood—In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, JR.—paperback, Random House; penguinrandomhouse.com
As timeless as black and white decor itself, this tome highlights this iconic aesthetic through the work of notable interior designers including Celerie Kemble, Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan, and Miles Redd, among others. Woven throughout the 100 rooms are Celerie Kemble’s witty observations and expert advice.
Celerie Kemble— Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections—hardcover, 256 pages, Potter Style; penguinrandomhouse.com
Offering a rare glimpse into private residential and commercial interiors, the authors outline the influence of Anglo-Indian and Malay architecture on the colonial Singapore genre and how the tropics determined their style to create Tropical Tudobethian.
Charles & Luli Orchard—Singapore Colonial Style: Interiors of Black & White Houses—hardcover, 224 pages, Clearview Books; clearviewpublishing.com
Some of the 58 artists featured in this book of block prints, etchings, and lithographs dating from 1828 to 2004 are familiar, including Jouett, Duveneck, Hubbard, Brenner, and Sawyer. Joining these notables are lesser- known but important Kentucky and Kentucky-related artists.
Black and White: Kentucky Prints and Printmakers from the Collection of Warren and Julie Payne–hardcover, 136 pages, PFA Press; paynefinearts.com
Michael Kahn’s foray into nautical photography began in the mid- 1990s when he captured an image of a small boat in the fog on a lake in the Adirondacks. His latest work features more than 75 sailing images from regattas in Antigua, France, England, and more.
Michael Kahn— Sailboats—hardcover, 144 pages, Schiffer Books; schifferbooks.com
This never-before-published collection showcases Hugh Holland’s black-and- white photos of Southern California’s burgeoning skateboard culture during the 1970s.
Hugh Holland—Silver.Skate.Seventies.—hardcover, 128 pages, Chronicle Chroma; chroniclebooks.com