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October 1, 2006

Several of the photographers that are represented by Contemporary Works have exhibitions currently or recently on display, and many have had their work published or scheduled in several leading photography magazines.

Stanko Abadžic is a Croatian that manages to mix an Eastern European sense of the mystical, like Andre Kertesz, with the unerring eye for the moment, like Henri Cartier-Bresson. His black and white imagery is pure magic. Abadžic has gotten a lot of publicity lately. A major four-page portfolio of his work was published in the leading Czech photography magazine PhotoArt's recent August issue.

In addition Abadžic has recently had a show entitled "Adriatic Routes" exhibited at the Cultural Centre in Eger, Hungary, and will soon be exhibiting the show at the Gallery of the Photoclub in Split, Croatia. Earlier this year work from his current book, "In Abstentia", was shown at the Museum of Karlovac's Galerija Vjeskoslav Karas. Another new book on Abadžic's images is in the works.

Based in Amsterdam, Brit ex-pat Lisa Holden produces large-scale painted-on color photography of stunning proportions. Holden's "Garden (Tree)" image is being used by Art Business to illustrate an upcoming article on the digital influence on art photography.

Holden has a solo show entitled "La Sala Reservada", at METIS, Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 3-October 7). Her work is also in a group exhibition "Making Love to My Ego" at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (August 11-September 24) and is featured prominently in the show's catalogue. She also has another solo show coming up at France Lejeune Fine Art, Antoine Bréartstraat 13b, Knokke, Belgium, which is entitled, "Erwartung" (October28-November 26). And she is participating in an artist publication project: the An(other) Publication project by Renee Ridgway and Katarina Zdjelar in collaboration with the Piet Zwart Institute (NL) and Revolver Books, "Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst".

Krzysztof (or Christophe) Pruszkowski's powerful multiple exposure images, which he calls "photosynthesis", tear off social masks and, as Jerome Sans, director of the Tokyo Palace, Paris, has written, "The artist does not interpret the world by establishing its apparent form but rather restores its complexity and places it in a context which reveals the richness of its metamorphosis. A brilliant concept."

Pruszkowski's controversial work on terrorist kidnappers was recently shown in Warsaw, Poland.

Jerry Spagnoli has just had his first book "Jerry Spagnoli: Daguerreotypes, 1995-2004" published by Steidl (see a review of the book at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/news/article_view.php/118/109/615 ).

Spagnoli continues to build on his reputation as the foremost daguerreotypist of his age, utilizing the medium for his unique conceptual art. He may be best known for having co-produced a series of portraits with artist Chuck Close, but his personal work is stunning.

A number of pieces from the book are in Contemporary Works' inventory.

Marcus Doyle will be front and center in an upcoming Focus magazine article on him and his color work in November. Doyle, who is known for his intensely colored nightscapes, had just had an eight-page article with photographs appear in the leading Scandinavian photography publication, Fotografi, which is published out of Norway, but is available throughout Europe. In addition, Harper's magazine's May issue had a photograph (Monument Diner) by Doyle in its "Reader's Section", which is devoted to up-and-coming artists and authors.

Just a reminder that Contemporary Works is offering for sale a limited edition book entitled: Marcus Doyle: Night Vision/Intimacies of an Unblinking Eye. Twenty-six photographs by Doyle are reproduced in full color and are accompanied by an essay by Matt Damsker.

The 32-page book is offered in a special edition, which is cloth hardbound (plus dust jacket) and slip-cased and comes with an 8 x 10 inch signed and editioned photograph and is limited to only 100 copies (ISBN 0-9771415-1-9), for a starting price of $500. The price goes up $100 for each 20 sold. A softbound edition, limited to 1,400 copies (ISBN 0-9771415-0-0), is priced at $39.95.

To order either the softbound or the hardbound copy with print directly, contact Contemporary Works at 1-215-822-5662, or email info@contemporaryworks.net .

The book is also available at these fine photography bookstores and art dealers:

France Lejeune Fine Art
Antoine Bréartstraat 13b
8300 Knokke
Phone: +32 485 43 23 27
Fax: +32 15 33 62 12
Email: france.fine.art@pandora.be .

Libreria Kowasa
Mallorca 235
08008 Barcelona
http://www.kowasa.com/ .
Tel.: +34 93 487 61 37
Fax: +34 93 215 80 54
Email: info@kowasa.com .
Hours: M-Sa, 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Arcana Books on the Arts
1229 Third St Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: +1-310-458-1499
Fax: +1-310-458-9014
Email: order@arcanabooks.com .
http://www.ArcanaBooks.com/ .
Hours: M-Sa, 10 am to 6 pm, and Su, 12 pm to 6 pm

Michael Dawson's Book Shop
535 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Tel: + 323-469-2186
Fax: + 323-469-9553
Email: orders@dawsonbooks.com .
http://www.michaeldawsongallery.com/ .
Hours: W-Sa, 10 am-5 pm, and M and Tu by appointment

D A Information Services
648 Whitehorse Road
Mitcham Victoria 3132
Phone: +61 3 9210 7777
Fax: +61 3 9210 7788
Email: service@dadirect.com.au .
http://www.dadirect.com.au .

If you are a bookstore and would like to stock this book, please contact Alex Novak at 1-215-822-5662.