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This is the story of Simone who has lived for 51 years as a woman though he’s in fact a man. The book mixes recent photographs taken by Bernardini with archived portraits when he was still known as Angela. It’s a clever production with overlapping left and right pages and an actual letter found at the end.

This book about Israel by Jose Pedro Cortes may not be related to current events in the country, but it’s interesting work nonetheless. Semi-erotic portraits juxtaposed with run-down cityscapes and old cars form an open-ended narrative that is as enigmatic as the title itself.

Karlis Bergs went back to the village where he spent his childhood and found a community that still adheres to the old ways. These are heartfelt images of a people and their steadfast relationship with the water that bounds them. An amazing book paired with an editioned print. Oh, it’s hand-made too!

Still lifes and landscapes of the modern British countryside where reality exists somewhere between pastoral ideals and the slow, steady creep of urbanization. It’s an observation that might not be a bad thing after all. This is Sewell’s second monograph after his well-received first book, The Heath.

The danger in making a book about love is it’s easy to make things either too soppy or otherwise detached. So when Max Pinckers wanted to tell stories of forbidden relationships, arranged marriages and honor killings in India, he skipped straight documentary for a more layered approach involving the real, the staged and the symbolic.

There are 1.35 million Muslims in Italy, yet there are only 8 official mosques in the country. Worshipers then have to be resourceful in hosting their Friday prayers. It’s an issue that is either frightening or piteous in some measure. I’m curious though. Are there sanctioned churches in Saudi Arabia?

This book shows the most gruesome images of death I’ve seen on paper. To what end? That’s debatable. The nastier pictures are in fact hidden between uncut pages which can be folded over to spot what’s underneath. So as viewers we become complicit to a kind of morbid voyeurism.

This is the original Czech edition of a Josef Koudelka masterpiece - a brutal chronicle of the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968. For 16 years he went incognito and only a few pictures were released. On the 40th anniversary of the event, Koudelka has finally decided to drop the mother lode.

Early this year, 2 photographers, Krasnoshek and Lebedynskyy traveled to Kiev to document what was to be the flashpoint of a vicious civil war. Raw, gritty and relentlessly chaotic, their images channel the rough aesthetics of 1960s Provoke. A great handmade production by Riot Books.

Loot from Magnum’s Instagram flash sale in celebration of their 67th annual general meeting. The prints are small, but at $100 a pop, they’re not at all expensive (relatively, of course). Got the ones by Dworzak, Sanguinetti, Saman, Harvey, Sobol and Parke.