We are delighted to have had two very special books arrive this past week at Foto8: Firstly Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong came by to drop off copies of Poppy, Trails of Afghan Heroin. Robert and Antoinette joined fellow photographer Brenda Ann Keneally for an amazing talk in the gallery about their long term project work. They brought a fascinating insight into their approach to building large photographic bodies of work and finding ways to produce their images with texts and other resources into story formats that work as books, exhibitions, and film installations.

Poppy has been produced in association with the excellent Paradox organisation in Holland and is, as I have previously tweeted, an historic publication that redefines and reaffirms the power of purposeful photo book publishing.

The following week Greg Constantine visted with copies of his new book Exiled to Nowhere, Burma’s Rohingya. Greg released his previous book Kenya’s Nubians alongside an exhibition of his photographs at Foto8 last year. This second book, like the first, follows the experience of one the world’s lesser know communities, here it is Burma’s Muslims, ostracised where they live and left effectively stateless as a people. The book was launched at LSE earlier this month with a series of discussions and exhibitions of Greg’s photographs and his research findings.

Both of these marvellous new publications are available, signed by the authors, exclusively from Foto8.


Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin by Robert Knoth, Antoinette de Jong

Signed Copy

Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong -- Signed Copy

Photography and text by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong
Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
Produced by Paradox

The Silk Road has linked East Asia to the West from time immemorial. Once a renowned trade route, it transferred religions and cultures. Long stretches of the artery are now dead or have sunk into miserable conditions. Robert Knoth (*1963) and Antoinette de Jong (*1964) documented the route for two decades, covering the rise of the Taliban, the American intervention after September 11, 2001, and the recent surge in opium production.

The photographs reveal a darker side of globalization, as reflected in the faces of smugglers, prisoners, prostitutes, border guards, and police. With stunning landscapes of the former Silk Road as well as what have now become historic pictures of the Afghan civil war, this publication is a richly illustrated journey—supplemented by facts, stories, and quotations. Beginning in Afghanistan, it moves across Central Asia, Russia, and the Balkans to East Africa, Dubai, and into western Europe, where the poppy trail brings us to the streets of London.

Signed Copy. Hardcover, 7 x 10 inches, 492 pagesHatje Cantz Verlag 2012



Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya by Greg Constantine

Signed Copy

Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya by Greg Constantine - Signed Copy

Photographs by Greg Constantine
Foreword by Emma Larkin

In Burma, the Rohingya have been abused, excluded and denied the most basic of human rights, including citizenship. As refugees in Bangladesh and beyond, they have been neglected, exploited and forced to exist in the darkest margins of society. Persecuted and stateless, they are the unwanted and the unwelcome. Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya is a photography book by American-born photographer Greg Constantine. The book exposes the stories and plight of one of the world’s most oppressed and forgotten people and also provides evidence of their sheer courage to stay alive whatever the ground beneath their feet. It is the second book from Constantine’s long-term project, Nowhere People.

Signed Copy. Hardcover, 7 x 9.8 inches, 160 pagesGreg Constantine 2012