World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 2010, World Food Books is a book service dedicated to the presentation of a rotating, hand-selection of quality international art and design journals, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, artists’ editions, collected writings and printed ephemera.
Presenting new titles alongside rare and out-of-print publications spanning the fields of contemporary art, modern art, cultural theory, photography, film, poetry, fiction, fashion, architecture, interior design, typography, illustration, politics and much between, World Food Books wishes to encourage active and thoughtful reading, looking, writing, publishing, and exchanging of art and design press, both contemporary and historical.
As well as our book shop, located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, all of our inventory is available internationally via our online mail-order service. We also have outposts at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and Westspace, both also in Melbourne.
World Food Books semi-regularly co-ordinates "Occasions", a program of exhibits and events at the bookshop and in partnership with other hosts (such as museums and art galleries) that develop out of the activities, relationships and content of the bookshop itself.
World Food Books
The Nicholas Building
Studio 19, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
FRI 12-7 PM
SAT 12-4 PM
& OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
MAIL ORDER RUNS EVERY DAY
World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
Graphic Design / Typography
Fiction / Poetry
Film / Video
Sculpture / Installation
Performance / Dance / Theater
Sound / Music
Group Shows / Collections
Illustration / Graphic Art
Ceramics / Glass
Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism
"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
Various works 1986 - 1999, from two houses, from the collections of John Nixon, Sue Cramer, Kerrie Poliness, Peter Haffenden and Phoebe Haffenden.
Including: Geometry of Cakes (various shelves), 1993; Poor People’s Law (black and white plate), 1993; White Absence (glasses, ruler, set square, silver spoon, silver ladel with skin photograph and wooden cubes), 1990-1996; Exploitation of the Dead (grey and red star painting, wooden painting, black spoon with red table, red plate), 1984-1990; Money and Zeros (zero tie, paintings made for friends in Australia (Sue, John, Kerrie), numbers painting), 1991-1992; Words - Slogans (various t-shirts) - “they talk about the death of art...help! someone is trying to kill me”, “my sweet little lamb”, “work is a disease - Karl Marx”; Various artist books, catalogues, monographs, videos; Poster from exhibition Insulting Anarchy; "Circular" Croatian - Australian edition; Artist book by Vlado Martek (Dostoyevsky); more.
Thanks to Mladen Stilinović and Branka Stipančić.
Curated by Nic Tammens
March 26 - April 4, 2015
B.Wurtz works from a basement studio in his home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
This local fact is attested to by the plastic shopping bags and newsprint circulars that appear in his work. As formal objects, they don’t make loud claims about their origins but nonetheless transmit street addresses and places of business from the bottom of this long thin island. Like plenty of artists, Wurtz is affected by what is local and what is consumed. His work is underpinned by this ethic. It often speaks from a neighborhood or reads like the contents of a hamper:
“BLACK PLUMS $1.29 lb.”
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Most of the work in this exhibition was made while the artist was in residence at Dieu Donne, a workshop dedicated to paper craft in Midtown. Here Wurtz fabricated assemblages with paper and objects that are relatively lightweight, with the intention that they would be easily transportable to Australia. This consideration isn’t absolute in Wurtz’s work, but was prescriptive for making the current exhibition light and cheap. Packed in two boxes, these works were sent from a USPS post office on the Lower East Side and delivered to North Melbourne by Australia Post.
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
Thanks to Rob Halverson, Joshua Petherick, Sari de Mallory, Matt Hinkley, Helen Johnson, Fayen d'Evie, Ask Kilmartin, Lisa Radon, Ellena Savage, Yale Union, and "Elizabeth".
December 15 - January 20, 2014
The presentation of John Nixon's archive offered a rare showcase of this extensive collection of the artist's own publications, catalogues, posters, ephemera, editions and more, from the mid 1980s onwards, alongside a selection of his artworks.
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
Lupo Borgonovo, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley,
Lewis Fidock, HR Giger, Piero Gilardi, Veit Laurent Kurz,
Cinzia Ruggeri, Michael E. Smith, Lucie Stahl, Daniel Weil, Wols
“...It contained seven objects. The slender fluted bone, surely formed for flight, surely from the wing of some large bird. Three archaic circuitboards, faced with mazes of gold. A smooth white sphere of baked clay. An age-blackened fragment of lace. A fingerlength segment of what she assumed was bone from a human wrist, grayish white, inset smoothly with the silicon shaft of a small instrument that must once have ridden flush with the surface of the skin - but the thing’s face was seared and blackened.”
William Gibson, “Count Zero”, 1986
"Autumn Projects Archive"
Curated by Liza Vasiliou
March 6 - March 15, 2014
World Food Books, in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2014, presented the Autumn Projects archive, consisting of a selection of early examples in Australian fashion with a particular interest in collecting designers and labels from the period beginning in the 1980’s, who significantly influenced the discourse of Australian Fashion.
Curated by Liza Vasiliou, the exhibition provided a unique opportunity to view pieces by designers Anthea Crawford, Barbara Vandenberg, Geoff Liddell and labels CR Australia, Covers, Jag along with early experimental collage pieces by Prue Acton and Sally Browne’s ‘Fragments’ collection, suspended throughout the functioning World Food Books shop in Melbourne.
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
H.B. Peace is a clothing collaboration between great friends Blake Barns and Hugh Egan Westland. Their pieces explore the divergences between 'character’ and ‘personality’ in garments....etc
Special Thanks to Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley of WFB and Gillian Mears
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
The first of our occasional exhibitions in the World Food Books office/shop space in Melbourne, "Aesthetic Suicide" presented a body of new and older works together by artists Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, including videos, prints, a wall work, and publications.
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
Softcover, 100 pages, 26 x 36.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Camera Mainichi & The Mainichi Graphic / Japan
$160.00 - In stock -
"One of the most important Japanese photobooks ever published" - Kaneko & Vartanian, "Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s".
A first edition of this famous colour and b&w nude photo-book by the extraordinary Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama. This over-sized book collects an iconic group of Shinoyama's early nude photographs including "Death Valley", "Twin", "Brown Lily", "Maki & Sinatra", "Phantom" and "Tokyo Fairy".
In 1970, his exhibition NUDE - Kishin Shinoyama, which focused around his work in Death Valley, drew great attention and praise for its challenging images of the female form, and the fame of ‘Shinoyama of the Nudes’ was assured. Beautifully reproduced in here for the first time in 1970, Shinoyama's Nude continues to be one of the most influential photo books published.
"Chapters focus either on a particular model or set of models identified by name or the exploration of a particular theme. Within this context, Shinoyama's choice of nude poignantly balances a personal and private exploration with the public realm... Shinoyama totally changed the look of the nude model, until then generally a large-chested woman with curvy hips. Instead, Shinoyama photographed a variety of regular girls... Compared to Hosoe's nudes in "Man and woman", Shinoyama's images are very corporeal, reminiscent of Araki's photographs of his wife Yoko. While "28 Girls" broke sharply from the traditional treatment of the nude as an ideal of beauty, it had a pop feeling and very image-based sensibility. Shinoyama took this idea to an extreme in "Nude". In the section "Death Valley." shot in the wide-open vistas of America's desert land, a terrain with a scope inconceivable in Japan, he eschews all narrative structure in a totally image-driven body of photography. The strong light and Shinoyama's framing made the ground's surface resemble the surface of the moon - a moon populated by nude women. In "Phantom," special effects adulterate the color photography, using the nude to address a near-future vision of the city. "Tokyo Fairy" plays with "visual scandal," placing nudes within everyday scenes." -- Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p102-107
Kishin Shinoyama was born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. He embarked on his career while studying in the Department of Photography at Nippon University, and was awarded the Advertising Photographer’s Association prize, among others. After being employed at the Light Publicity advertising company, he started to work as a freelance photographer in 1968. His work is acclaimed for the portraits of the most famous celebrities of our day and age, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, and other major personalities. In his “Gekisha” and “Shinorama” series, he carries on capturing the times using new forms of expression and new technologies. He is also an exponent of solarization and has used it to challenge preconceived ideas of beauty and the nude.
1988, English / Japanese
Softcover, 132 pages, 297 x 39.4 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Chronicle Books / San Francisco
$140.00 - Out of stock
The Japanese word sonomama means in a natural state or just as you are. To create this book, Taishi Hirokawa, the internationally-renowned photographer, traveled throughout the Japanese countryside to photograph ordinary people in the creations of some of the world's top fashion designers: shopkeepers, fishermen, schoolchildren, & farmers, modeling bold, stylish outfits by Issay Miyake, Comme de Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto and others. A stunning and unique book of unconventional fashion photography, resulting in dramatic duotone images that strip away the artifice & the image-creating power of the clothing & draw attention to the people themselves.
Hardcover (w. dustjacket), 25 x 33 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Love Me Tender / Paris
$220.00 - In stock -
The very sought after, first and only printing of Jean-Daniel Lorieux's "Coconuts", from 1982. Published in hardcover by Paris' Love Me Tender photography publishing house, "Coconuts", the first book of French photographer Jean-Daniel Lorieux, has certainly become one of their rarest, most prized editions. Working as a fashion photographer for Vogue, L'Officiel, Dior, Lanvin, Céline, Cardin, this strikingly designed, sun-kissed and airbrushed folio captures swimwear models (including a young Brooke Shields) in saturated colours across sun-dreanched locations such as Monte Carlo, Mexico, Djerba, Tunis and Panama. Pure 1980s Summer fantasy, the way only Love Me Tender could capture so well in book form.
Great copy in dust jacket.
Softcover, 96 pages, 20.5 x 22 cm
Out of print title / used / good
Published by Currey O'Neil / Melbourne
$90.00 - Out of stock
Award winning Australian photographer Rennie Ellis' cult classic photo-book, "Life's A Beach", published in Melburne in 1983. Steeped in beach lore since his early days as a lifesaver and surfer, Ellis put together this vivid collection of quintessential images of Australian beach life with great affection and insight. These early 1980's photographs shimmer with summer light and a graceful, infectious sensuality - the greatest photographic collection of Australian beach culture put to paper.
"On the beach we chuck away our clothes, our status and our inhibitions and engage in rituals of sun-worship and baptism. It's a retreat to our primal needs." Rennie Ellis
Hardcover (w. printed cloth-binding), 160 pages, 31 x 25 cm
Signed 1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Holkema & Warendorf / Bussum
$700.00 - In stock -
Rare first edition, signed by Ed Van Der Elsken!
"Eye Love You. Mensenboek, vrouwen-, mannenboek, libido-, sex-, liefdes-, vriendschapsboek. Boek van geluk, verdriet, lijden, dood, strijd, moed, vitaliteit. door: Ed van der Elsken"
"Eye Love You. People book, women's-, men's book, libido, sex- , of love-, friendship book. Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality. yours: Ed van der Elsken"
Eduard "Ed" van der Elsken (10 March 1925 – 28 December 1990) was a renowned Dutch photographer and filmmaker. His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist, spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970's in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.
The life of photographer, filmmaker, artist and world traveler Ed van der Elsken was connected intimately with his work. He did not hide behind the camera, but used it to get in touch with the people he preferred to photograph: eccentric characters in the large metropolises, often belonging to the lower strata of society.
True first edition copy (with cloth-spine) of this, his first full-colour photo book, "Eye Love You" was published by Van Holkema & Warendorf, Bussum, in 1977 and features page after page of van der Elsken's colourful, intimate and often confrontational photography and texts from all over the world. Like a travelogue of his encounters across Africa, India, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. in protest, famine, ritual, commune, celebration, mourning, and all in-between, it encompasses exactly what van der Elsken's inscription inside states, "Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality".
A truly special photo book from the 1970's.
This copy is signed by Ed Van Der Elsken himself.
Design by Wim Crouwel, Total Design.
Hardcover, 80 pages, 30 x 30 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Heinz Peter / Berlin
$100.00 - In stock -
The wonderful, cult 1970 "Vive Le Sex" photobook from Czech photographer, Ica Vilander, who is noted for being one of the few women to shoot nudes in the 1960s.
Vilander was born in 1921 in Brux, Czechoslovakia and later moved to Berlin in 1944, where she studied graphics and experimental photography. Working for the legendary Willy Fleckhaus designed Twen magazine, Vilander garnered a lot of attention internationally with her nude portraits and dynamic, graphic approach to photography, yet by 1980 she disappeared into photo history obscurity as she almost completely retired from public life. Her originals are very rare, as most were destroyed, but her wonderful published collections have become some of the more prized and elusive nude photobooks of the 1960s/1970s.
"Vive Le Sex", in its large square format and hardcover, is a perfect example of Vilander's joyous approach to photographing the nude male and female; mixing elements of collage with photography, dynamic cropping, and a free-spirited use of styling and props that reflected the hippie lifestyle that surrounded her family and friends, who were all regular subjects of her photos, alongside actors, musicians, artists.
First, only edition.
Softcover, 494 pages, 15.5 x 21 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Purple Institute / Paris
$100.00 - Out of stock
PURPLE magazine ("Fashion, Prose, Special, Fiction, Interior") Number 4, Winter 1999-2000.
A rare copy of this early edition of Purple, edited by Elein Fleiss, this wonderful early issue that features work by: Mark Borthwick, Juergen Teller, Jutta Koether, Jack Pierson, Tobjorn Rodland, A.F. Vandervorst, Ann-Sofie Back, Takashi Homma, Anders Edstrom, Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan, Susan Cianciolo, Comme des Garcons, Fabrics Interseason, Martin Margiela, Kim Gordon, Doug Aitken, Junya Watanabe, Hermés, Bernard Willhelm, Helmut Lang, Leah Singer, Louis Vuitton, Lewis Baltz, Liz Bougatsos, Bless, Experimental Jetset, Antek Walzcak, Harmony Korine, Mark Gonzales, Terry Richardson, Giasco Bertoli, and many many more....
In 1992 Olivier Zahm and his partner Elein Fleiss printed the first issue of Purple Prose, a Parisian literary art zine that over the years has evolved into Purple Fashion Magazine. Soon after the birth of Purple Prose, Zahm and Fleiss created spin-off publications like les cahiers purple, Purple Sexe, Purple Fiction, and of course, Purple Fashion. Zahm aimed at fusing together his two worlds, fashion and art, in creating Purple Fashion.
Softcover, 168 pages, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
Published by Karma / New York
$85.00 - In stock -
Women with Cameras gathers a popular and widely acclaimed series by the New York-based conceptual photographer Anne Collier that puts the camera in the hands of a female subject, subverting photographic conventions of the male gaze. The backdrops and occasions of these found pictures range from beaches, backyards and living rooms to New Year's Eve parties. Compiled here, they offer a defiant, optimistic rebuttal to the idea of women as passive observers in the worlds of art, advertising and family life. By redirecting the gaze back toward the viewer, Collier gives testimony to the power of photography to affect both self-image and, more importantly, self-agency. As MCA Chicago curator Michael Darling noted of these works (on the occasion of Collier's exhibition there), "taking a retrospective look at these technologies and how women have been portrayed in them prepares you to think about how photos are used today. Her work can create visual literacy and inspire critical thinking."
Softcover (stapled), 20 pages, 20.4 x 20.2 cm
1st Edition of 1000, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Seth Siegelaub / New York
$420.00 - In stock -
Very rare artist book by Douglas Huebler, published in 1968 by Seth Siegelaub, New York. This important historical catalog is the 1st for a show in which the catalog was the show itself.
First and only printing, in an edition of 1000 copies.
“The existence of each sculpture is documented by it’s documentation.
The documentation takes the form of photographs, maps, drawings and descriptive language.
The marker “material“ and the shape described by the location of the markers have no special significance, other than tot o demark the limits of the piece.
The permanence and destiny oft he markers have no special significance.
The duration pieces exist only in the documentation of the marker’s destiny within a selected period of time.
The proposed projects do not differ from the other pieces as idea, but do differ to he extent of their material substance."
-- from introduction by Douglas Huebler.
1995 & 1999, English / Japanese
Softcover, 100 pages, 21 x 30 cm / Softcover, 112 pages, 21 x 30 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Street Editorial Office / Tokyo
$250.00 - Out of stock
The scarce first editions of both volumes of the Special Editions of STREET - here is the first printing of both Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 of this great visual archive, designed, edited and published by Maison Martin Margiela!
In 1995, Tokyo-based Street magazine approached the Paris fashion house of Martin Margiela with an invitation to publish a special edition dedicated to its work. Maison Martin Margiela guest-edited the magazine, and was solely responsible for the selection of images and presentation, which includes many previously unpublished photographs from its archives. The success of the first volume led to the publication of a second instalment in 1999, and together the two special issues cover every Martin Margiela collection from Spring/Summer 1989 through to Spring/Summer 1999, including heavy visual documentation of the presentations, events, studio, ephemera, behind the scenes, garment details, and much more.
In 1999, Maison Martin Margiela himself collected together both long sold out volumes into one now collectable book. After quickly selling out itself, it was made available once more in 2013 by Street Editorial Office, that is now also out of print.
Please note that these are the very first editions of both issues, distributed exclusively in Japan by Street Editorial Office Tokyo, before being re-printed as a single book. Vol. 1 was published in 1995 and Vol. 2 in 1999. Handsomely kept copies, both complete with their "1" and "2" flyleaf inserts, which were printed to possibly adorn the cover when on display.
Softcover (over-sized), 144 pages, 25 x 37 cm
Published by Encens / Paris
$58.00 - In stock -
encens is a fashion magazine from France, presenting a very selective number of designers, edited by Samuel Drira and Sybille Walter.
encens 38 "A Matter of Fact" (2017) features Bless, Helmut Lang, Nehera, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Bill Gibb, Maryse Gaspard, Joan Juliet Buck, Marie Piovesan, Claudia Huidobro, Camille Bidault Waddington, Loc Boyle, Ellen von Unwerth, Comme des Garçons, Peter Lindbergh, Barbara Bloom, Francesco Brigida, Serge Lutens, Yohji Yamamoto, Juun J, Lutz Huelle, Pierre Cardin, Y/Project, Celine, Lemaire, Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Lucio Vanotti, Hed Mayner, Dusan, Marithe & Françoise Girbaud, Vetements, Hermes, Dries Van Noten, Vetements x Brioni, Veronique Leroy, Issey Miyake Plantation, Uma Wang, Ann Demeulemeester, Heider Ackermann, Azzadine Alaia, Luc Delahaye, Paul Nougé, Pavel Büchler, Nina Chua, Xanti Schawinsky, and many more.
Cover by Francesco Brigida.
1989, English / French
Softcover, 56 pages, 28 x 22 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by CAPC / Bordeaux
$35.00 - Out of stock
Great Clegg & Guttmann catalogue published on the occasion of a solo exhibition at Capc Musée d'art contemporain, 10 march - 23 april 1989. Heavily illustrated in colour throughout with fine examples of Clegg & Guttmann's portraits (many across large landscape fold-out spreads), their work is here accompanied by an essay by Regis Durand and wrapped in a brick-red french fold cover. First edition.
The artist duo Clegg & Guttmann (both born in 1957, in Dublin and Jerusalem), went to New York in 1978 to study at the School of Visual Arts under Joseph Kosuth. Both have been working together since 1980 across the fields of photography, cinema and installation with a notion of art that can be understood as a “social communicative” process, whereby they not only engage with specific urban spaces, but the structure of publicity itself. This aspect of the work became more evident when the work was expanded to include "Social Sculptures" (installations and sculptures that actively draw the recipient into the process) as well as "Spontaneous Operas" (process-oriented events).
Nevertheless their photographic portraits from the early 1980’s, are arguably their most significant artistic medium. The single portraits, the photographs of couples, and corporate group portraits belong up to this day to the most important artistic contributions within this genre.
Clegg & Guttmann investigate the modalities of portraiture; questions such as how do the commissioned portraits with all their constructed poses, positions, gestures, sceneries and accessories contribute to the construction of the language of power while the generic portraits continue the tradition of the comédie humaine.