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Marc Atkins Liquid City

Liquid City

by Marc Atkins and Iain Sinclair

Second expanded edition
Published: 01 June 2016

Liquid City documents the collaboration between Marc Atkins and Iain Sinclair and their eccentric, manic, often moving explorations of London's hidden streets, cemeteries, canals, parks, pubs and personalities. Consisting of striking, atmospheric photographs by Atkins, including many new additions, and with a new introduction by Sinclair, the book focuses on London's eastern and southeastern quadrants. An array of famous and lesser-known writers, booksellers and film-makers slip in and out of Sinclair's annotations, as do memories and remnants of the East End's criminal mobs, as well as physical landmarks as diverse as the Thames Barrier and Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

  • Dimensions: 216 × 138 mm
  • 224 pages
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781780235837
  • 200 illustrations
  • Published: 01 June 2016

Publisher: Reaktion Books

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Exhibition Catalogue – now available to buy online

Catalogue

edited by Michel Delville

This beautifully produced book, depicting over one hundred of Atkins' images, most never before published,  this potent tome goes beyond being a catalogue of Atkins' incredible images, it is an art work in itself, reflecting his inimitable style, combining reproductions of his photographs, drawings, texts and pages from notebooks.

Colour and black and white images throughout
Paperback: 112 pages
Dimensions: 29.0 (W) x 20.4 (H) x 1(D) cm
ISBN: 978-2-9600912-6-7
Date published: October 2015
Price: from £15

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The Prism Walls by Marc Atkins

The Prism Walls

by Marc Atkins

This is Atkins’ second book of prose poetry

"The Prism Walls is an intense, sustained and unified tour de force. Atkins' work gets more and more adventurous, taking more risks, but also more finely calculated risks, and the result is exhilarating. The power of the writing derives from the way an elemental landscape is merged with elemental conditions of dwelling while being overlaid with the language of phenomena that belong to lens and screen technology." (Rod Mengham)

"I enjoyed The Prism Walls throughout. I particularly took pleasure in the seamless transitions from the verbal to the bodily &/or material (words morphing into smoke, light, shadows, breath, ...). A closer reading reveals the intricacies and depths of individual pieces. There are some truly unbelievable compositions that stand out. - A Walk Across An Empty Car Park (which reminds me of DeLillo at his very best) and 1919 being one of my favourite ones among the stort pieces, Island and the Prism Walls among the longer sections." (Michel Delville)

Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Contraband Books
Date published: May 2014
Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
ISBN: 978-1-91031-901-7

Cover artwork by Marc Atkins. Cover design by Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins

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Still Moving

by Marc Atkins & Rod Mengham

A selection of still images by Marc Atkins and texts by Rod Mengham, taken from their 'Sounding Pole Films' and other collaborations.

"For Rod Mengham and Marc Atkins, cracking mirrors and counter-mirrors are not only a frontier between two worlds, they represent a systematic quest for desire, a haunted visual trope leaping towards an elsewhere as threatening as it is seducing, setting out to explore "the rear view of historical convergence", carefully recording instances in which the conjunctions, collisions and chiaroscuro of memory and fantasy take us beyond the scope of the thinkable and the imaginable." (Michel Delville)

Paperback: 80 pages
Date published: March 2014
Publisher: Veer
Dimensions: 28 x 21 cm (WxH)
Illustrations: colour and b&w
Price: £15

Book design by Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins.

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Logic of the Stairwell

by Marc Atkins

This is Atkins' first book of prose poetry.

"As a visual artist, Marc Atkins fills his work with hints and clues to a world of hidden spaces and scenarios. Here, in his writing, that world is disclosed in meticulous detail. It amounts to a reserve collection of the felt unknown, a whole new dimension that lies just beyond the familiar, on the edges of the utterly strange" — Rod Mengham

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Paperback: 80 pages
Date published: 15 February 2011
Publisher: Shearsman Books
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 5 mm (WxHxD)
Price: £8.95 / $15

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Warszawa

photographs of Warsaw by Marc Atkins
with poetry by Tadeusz Pioro and Andrzej Sosnowski

After Liquid City, a book about London, Atkins has taken on Warsaw, which he calls "a place of endless fascination". Readers who have been to Warsaw will be surprised at what Atkins saw and shot here. Those who have yet to visit this city will have their perception of it unalterably changed by Warszawa, a landmark in urban photography.

Paperback with flaps: 200 pages
Publisher: WIG - Press, Poland
Date published: 2005
Dimensions: 300 x 245 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 182 duotone illustrations

This book is now out of print and no longer available.

Thirteen

photographs by Marc Atkins

'Illustrated' with original text by Bill Drummond (KLF), Stella Duffy, Maggie Estep, Jenny Fabian, Mick Farren, Miles Gibson, Lauren Henderson, Maxim Jakubowski, Toby Litt, Julian Rathbone, Nicholas Royle, James Sallis and Neil Belton

"13’ is a unique juxtaposition of imagery: photographic nudes by Marc Atkins ‘illustrated’ with text specially commissioned from thirteen internationally acclaimed writers. The authors ‘illustrating’ Atkins’ photographs in ‘13’ range from twice Booker Prize nominated novelist Julian Rathbone to New York columnist Maggie Estep via Bill Drummond (best known for his part in pop/art unit KLF) and Groupie author, Jenny Fabian. Some, like Nicholas Royle and Stella Duffy, are rising stars of British literature; others, such as writer and biographer James Sallis and writer/journalist Mick Farren are relatively seasoned veterans. All thirteen were given a nude portrait and asked to write about what they saw. The results are revealing, occasionally disturbing and very often breathtaking - descriptions which also fit Atkins' images perfectly.

Paperback:176 pages
Publisher: The Do Not Press
Date published: 2002 Dimensions:156 x 234 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 100 black and white images

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Liquid City

by Marc Atkins and Iain Sinclair

The eccentric, manic, often moving collaborative explorations of London's hidden streets, cemeteries, parks and canals by photographer Marc Atkins and writer Iain Sinclair were first recorded in Sinclair's highly acclaimed 1997 book Lights Out for the Territory, praised in the Guardian as 'one of the most remarkable books ever written on London'. Liquid City documents Atkins and Sinclair's further peregrinations, focusing on the city's eastern and south-eastern quadrants. The title Liquid City is meant to evoke the Thames, which flows silently through the photographic and textual narrative, and to suggest the changes London has undergone and, like all cities, is constantly undergoing.

Paperback with flaps: 224 pages
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Date published: 1998
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm,
Illustrations: 180 duotone images

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The Teratologists

by Marc Atkins

a selection of Atkins's lith monochrome studio images.

Paperback: 16 pages
Date published: 1998
Dimensions: 210 x 298 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 14 duotone images
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Faces of Mathematics

by Marc Atkins and Nick Gilbert

photography by Marc Atkins and text by Nick Gilbert

Photographic portraits of 20 of the top mathematicians working in Britain. Each image is accompanied with text by Nick Gilbert and statements by the mathematicians themselves.

Paperback: 48 pages
Date published: 2000
Dimensions: 210 x 210 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 20 duotone images
Price: £5.00

The World’s Top Photographers: Nudes

International photography collection
(also including images by Guy Bourdin, Bettina Rheims, Robert Mapplethorpe and Rankin)

Hardback: 176 pages
Publisher: RotoVision
Date published: October 2005
Dimensions: 250 x 250 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 100 black and white and colour images

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London - from Punk to Blair

Image & prose collection by Joe Kerr and Andrew Gibson

Contains "End of the Line" photographs of London Underground, with text by Rod Mengham

Publisher: Reaktion Books
Date published: 31 Oct. 2003
ISBN-13: 978-1861891716
Dimensions: 190 x 248 x 28 mm

Nudes edited by Terry Hope

International photography collection (also including images by Bill Brandt & Ralph Gibson)

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: RotoVision
Date published: July 2001
Dimensions: 260 x 228 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 100 black and white and colour images

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Interstice Exhibition catalogue 2002

Funded by The British Council

a selection of images from Atkins's solo exhibition at The British Council in Prague, Czech Republic

Paperback: 12 pages
Date published: 2002
Dimensions: 210 x 149 mm (WxH)
Illustrations: 8 colour, 2 black & white images

Equivalents Exhibition catalogue 2001

a selection of images from Atkins's solo exhibition at Gallery FF in Lodz, Poland.

Paperback: 12 pages
Publisher: Galeria FF
Dimensions: 210 x 210 mm
Illustrations: 7 colour, 2 black & white images