As someone who is always looking for visual references or inspiration for cycling photography, when I think I’ve hit a creative block, picking up a photo book inspires me to not only pick the camera back up, but refresh my perspective on the world. In an age when digital media has taken over print, finds like this bring back the desire to make and create meaningful, timeless photography. Even if you’re not a photographer, a good photo book on cycling really makes you appreciate the sport, especially during the Tour de France! I can say without a doubt that the latest publication from Magnum has piqued my interest.
Look, I’m not selling you on this book, I’m only saying the next time you’re in the mood to buy a hardcover photo book, do not miss Magnum Cycling. Even if you just flip through the digital files at their site. But if you do wish to purchase it, your local book store can order these quite easily. Mine did!
We’ve featured Spencer Harding’s photos in the past here at the Radavist and while digital, or online photos are great to look out, printed books or zines make for great conversation pieces or coffee table reading. Spencer has taken some of his more memorable trips and made beautifully-printed, perfect bound photo books from them, all from $15 to $25 in limited runs. If you have a bit of wanderlust and enjoy looking at photos when you can’t be out on your bike, make sure you check these out. See all of his books at his webshop.
If you’re a fan of cyclocross photo books, check out Balint’s 2015 season photo annual, now live on Kickstarter.
Mash is celebrating its ten year anniversary with an incredible 9×12 inch, 350-page color book. Inside is a copy of the Mash 2015 video with an additional 1 hour of bonus features as well as a decal sheet.
They’re currently running a pre-order for this new MASH book and video and are expecting to ship in early November 2015. Head over to Mash to reserve your copy now.
I got to see the video at Interbike this year and it’s so damn good!
… doesn’t contain this photo – at least I don’t think it does – but it does offer an intimate and eery look at the streets of Portland. He’s got a Kickstarter going right now for Smell the [City of] Roses book. I always love a good photography book, especially from someone as talented as Damian. Even if you don’t want to contribute to the Kickstarter, have a look through his Flickr. I suppose you could flip through those like a book…
For those of you who hold an interest in the evolution of the bicycle over the ages, this book is for you. Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History is a publication by the MIT press that breaks down each of the innovations that have brought us to the modern machines we use everyday…
See more below!
“You’ve been asking for it. We’ve been listening – so here it is: A quality 272 page printed keepsake of all the best of the first 6 issues of Spin Cycle and some extras that won’t be available online – including an interview with Sue Gornall, who rode the women’s Tour de France four times.
The truth is we need your help. If enough of you generous people buy the annual we will have the funds to pay for great new writers and photographers to help us carry on covering the British cycling stories you like to read.
Spin Cycle Annual 01. It’s a limited edition. Only 1500 copies are available. You have a chance to own a chunk of cycle history for just £15 plus post and packaging. If enough of you pre order now we can start shipping early May.”
Pick up a copy at Spin Cycle.
I love seeing frame builders getting much-deserved recognition, especially in print. Here’s an interesting project, 73 Degrees:
“Featuring Baum, Firefly, Seven, Richard Sachs, Enigma, Independent Fabrication, Tommasini, Crisp, Mercian and Pegoretti and Columbus, through interviews and some stunning photography 73 degrees takes you behind the scenes, into the workshops and into the minds of these iconic builders. With additional technical information to enhance the readers knowledge this is the perfect book for all those who love the hand crafted bicycle. With a foreword written by former Tour De France yellow jersey holder and Team Sky Directeur Sportif Sean Yates and with additional technical information to enhance the readers knowledge of all things frame building, this is the perfect book for all those who love the handcrafted bicycle.”
Pick up a copy of 73 Degrees Volume 01 here!
Side note: that page layout looks like a PiNP-endorsement, doesn’t it?
Velopress is proud to offer the latest in bicycle coffee table books, the Elite Bicycle:
“The Elite Bicycle brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle.
In chapters featuring some of cycling’s greatest craftspeople, The Elite Bicycle offers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines.
The Elite Bicycle is both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector’s piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.”
Please, for the love of God, if you still have a book store in your town, go and order this through them, not Amazon!
J Milligan is an author who wrote a novel about a bike messenger. The title is Eggman and this month, proceeds from the novel sales will go to help out in Hurricane Sandy relief. Pick up the eBook here, at the Eggman site. Digging the Chris Piascik cover!