Book Review: Unleashed 3

Can photography books be a good investment? With the decline in the number of photographers publishing black and white photography books, the quality of the current titles has increased, so only the best now remain. David Hay has the review

The fine art market has been well served by the likes of Michael Kenna, but now, increasingly, the work of Josef Hoflehner is attracting interest.

Both photographers have a similar style. They produce mainly large, square format images, often with deceptively simple compositions: small details in empty snow scenes, and long-exposure, misty seascapes, as well as more detailed urban images, sometimes shot in misty conditions.

In addition to his books on particular subjects, Josef Hoflehner has produced three books featuring selections of his work from around the world. The “Unleashed” series comprises three books. The first volume was limited to 500 copies and now is available only second-hand for around £360. Unleashed Two was produced in a limited run of 1,000 copies. My copy cost £45, but second-hand copies now sell for around £190, probably a bit more for a copy like mine as it is signed by the artist. There was also a deluxe slipcase edition of 30 copies, each with a signed print. Unleashed Three is available new at around £45, but the larger print run of 1,500 copies means that ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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