Gordon MacDonald, co-founder and Director of GOST Books, is stepping back from the company as of today. Over the past four years, he has been instrumental in setting up both the unique structure of GOST and in the company’s creative direction.
Gordon has said ‘I have enjoyed the process of setting up GOST Books and both the creative and business challenges this has presented. I wish all at GOST the very best of luck moving forward and hope that the company continues to thrive. It is time for me to find new possibilities and to look for new ways to work with photography and the visual arts.’
Gordon is moving on to guest curate the 2017 edition of Krakow Photomonth and to work on his personal publishing, writing and artistic practice.
How Not to Design a Photobook
17 - 18 September 2016, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Aperture Foundation, New York
Join GOST co-founder Stuart Smith for a two-day workshop intended for photographers who are prepared to transition their images into book form. The workshop will focus on editing, sequencing, and pairing photographs as well as how to create a successful, well-designed, and thoroughly considered photobook. Students will gain insight into the practical and conceptual issues surrounding the early stages of book design as well as the pitfalls one can encounter during the process. Through individual and group discussions, students will discover new methods of creating their photobooks with the skills and tools they already have accessible.
For further information please visit:
Under the Sun - 21 April - 11 June 2016
Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY - 10011
Book signing Thursday 21 April 2016, 6-8pm
'Under the Sun' is Chloe Sells' first US exhibition. The exhibition coincides with the publication of her GOST book 'Swamp' with a crossover between the works reproduced in the book and in the exhibition. Chloe will be signing copies of the book at the exhibition preview.
Chloe begins her photographic process with large format negatives shot in Botswana. They are then printed in the darkroom in London where she combines them with other materials, printing intuitively on large rolls of paper to create unique works. The resulting images are mysterious, sculptural and permeated with intense color.
21 May 2016, 15.00
Offprint, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Join us at Offprint London to celebrate the launch of our two newest titles. Chloe Sells will be signing copies of her new book 'Swamp' and Murray Ballard will be signing 'The Prospect of Immortality' at 3pm on the GOST Books stand.
This is the second edition of Offprint London which coincides with the major photo fair, Photo London.
Friday 20 May 18.00 - 21.00
Saturday 21May -12.00 - 20.00
Sunday 22 May - 12.00 - 18.00
17 March 2016, 6-8 pm
The New Immortals exhibition
Phoenix, 10–14 Waterloo Place, Brighton
Murray Ballard will be in conversation with GOST Books' Gordon MacDonald to discuss his ten year investigation into cryonics - the result of which is his forthcoming book 'The Prospect of Immorality'. The discussion will be chaired by Jim Stephenson of Miniclick. The in conversation will begin at 7pm.
Following the talk, Murray will be signing advance copies of the book.
'The Prospect of Immortality' will be published in April 2016 and is available for pre-order from
Murray's work from the series is currently on display in the group exhibition 'The New Immortals' which explores ideas about immortality in an age of scientific miracles. The exhibition is on display at the Phoenix Brighton until 20 March 2016.
Culture Now: Sophy Rickett and Darian Leader
20 May 2016 1:00 pm
Artist Sophy Rickett will be in conversation with psychoanalyst Darian Leader, discussing her new book The Death of a Beautiful Subject.
Tickets are £5 or the event is free for members of the ICA. Book here:
Stefan Ruiz will be signing copies of his new book 'Mexican Crime Photographs' at Dashwood Books in NYC on 17 February from 6-8pm
Saturday 12 December, 3pm
176 Dalston Lane, London, E8 1NG
Sophy Rickett will be signing copies of her new book 'The Death of a Beautiful Subject' at the annual Fishbar Photo Market. The signing will take place at 3pm on Saturday 12 December, the opening day of the market.
Gost Book's 3 new titles - 'Grey Skies Black Birds', 'Mexican Crime Photographs from the archive of Stefan Ruiz' and 'The Death of a Beautiful Subject' - will all be available at the annual Photo Market run by Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling. The event will run from 12 - 20 December and will be open from 11am - 7pm each day.
Stéphanie Borcard and Nicolas Métraux have produced a special Limited Edition of their new book ‘Grey Skies Black Birds’. Each of the 100 copies of this edition has a special book cover and includes a signed and numbered 24 x 18 cm print of ‘In the Silent Immensity of the Plains’.
This special edition is on sale for £130. If you would like purchase a copy please contact Borcard and Métraux directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Offprint Paris 2015
Beaux-arts de Paris
GOST Books will be at Offprint Paris, showcasing a selection of old and new titles. There is a 5 euro entrance fee for Offprint this year, so if you spend 50 euros or more on the GOST Books stand, we will be happy to refund your 5 euros
We will be holding a book signing on Saturday 14 November at 4pm on the GOST Books stand to launch our new titles. Stéphanie Borcard and Nicolas Métraux will be signing copies of 'Grey Skies Black Birds' and Sophy Rickett will be signing copies of 'The Death of a Beautiful Subject'.
23 – 25 October 2015
Shoreditch Studios, London
GOST Books will be at the inaugural Future Artfacts. This event will bring together a wide range of producers from diverse fields – music, publishing and art – to celebrate the media artefacts of the future.
The mission of Future Artefacts is to champion the production of physical manifestations of contemporary media – whether it be books,
records, artwork or fashion – objects that can only exist in physical form and increase in value over time rather than being destined for landfill.
For more information visit www.futureartefacts.com
ON PRE-ORDER NOW
Published November 2015
£150 / €210 / $250
In November 2015 GOST Books will publish 'The Death of a Beautiful Subject' by Sophy Rickett. A special boxed collectors edition of 50 copies including a limited edition silver gelatin print is now available for presale.
'The Death of a Beautiful Subject' features an appropriated "accidental archive" of photographs of butterflies made by the artist's father. These photographs are reproduced alongside a narrative text by the artist which moves back and forth in time. This project develops Rickett's interest in the encounters between people and the natural world and is her most autobiographical project to date, exploring themes of dislocation, separation and reconciliation.
10 Sep - 13 Sep 2015
London Art Book Fair presents the best in international arts publishing, showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, zines, rare publications and brand new releases. Returning to the Whitechapel Gallery for its seventh consecutive year, the LABF 2015 sees over 90 independent publishers and presses exhibit and sell their work over four days.
Thursday 10 Sep, 6pm-9pm (Opening Evening)
Friday 11 Sep, 11am-6pm
Saturday 12 Sep, 11am-6pm
Sunday 13 Sep, 11am-6pm
Special Edition box set of Paul Reas' Selected Works 1972-2015
£300.00 / €370.00 / $500.00
ON PRE-ORDER NOW
Published Spring 2016
GOST are excited to announce that in Spring 2016 we will publish the first survey monograph of work by influential British Photographer Paul Reas, spanning over 40 years of work.
We will be releasing a Collectors Edition of 30 boxed copies. This book will be bound in the original 1980's wallpaper that features in one of Reas' most well-known images. The edition is presented in a cloth-covered and foiled box and includes 4 prints, signed, numbered and dated on reverse.
The Collectors Edition is available for pre-sale now from the 'Special Edition' section of the GOST website.
Offprint Projects London will take place at Tate Modern from the evening of Friday 22 May until Monday 25 May.
GOST Books have a stand at the fair so please come by to say hello and see our publications.
On Saturday 23 May at 15.00 Lisa Barnard will be signing copies of 'Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Lisa has been nominated for the Discover Award 2015 and will be exhibiting work at Les Recontres d'Arles.
Lisa Barnard has been nominated for the DIscovery Award 2015 for 'Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden'. She has been nominated for the award by Louise Clements, co-founder of the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby.
Since 2002, five nominators, invited by the Rencontres d’Arles, have each selected two photographers to be considered for the award. All of the nominees will exhibit their work in a solo show during the festival in Arles. In the opening week the winner of the €25,000 award will be chosen and the announcement made during a ceremony at the Theatre Antique.
9 May - 22 November 2015
Helen Sear is the first female artist selected to represent Wales at the Venice Biennale. Congratulations Helen!
Brisees (2013) by Helen Sear was one of the first books published by GOST and we still have a few copies available.
Tomáš Werner's project 'A Handbook for Dog Walkers' has been nominated for the 'Coup de Coeur Art - Actions Culturale' prize at the Montpelier Photo Festival 'Les Boutographies'. Tomáš work will be shown in a permanent projection from 4 - 26 April at the festival.
Revelations: Experiments in Photography
Until 13 September 2015
Media Space, Science Museum, London.
Two works from Clare Strand's series 'The Betterment Room' are included in this new exhibition at Media Space in London. The exhibition examines the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.
From the 1840s, scientists were using photography as a device to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The aesthetic beauty of this early photography and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.
Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongsideworks by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto .
March 26 - May 9, 2015
FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston
Works from Lisa Barnard's 'Whiplash Transition' will be included in SENSOR, a new multi-media, interactive exhibition including an international mix of activists, philosophers, software engineers and artists. Their work is united by its interrogation of the issues and facts surrounding the use of 'drones' and their implications for the future.
FotoFest, based in Houston, Texas, was the first international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States.
'When photographer Tomáš Werner met his friend’s Pomeranian called Q, it wasn’t long before he put him on a pedestal. For two months, he photographed him on monuments all over Miami that ping with pastel colours and faded art-deco charm.'
A Handbook for Dog Walkers' by Tomáš Werner has been featured on theguardian.com
Our forthcoming publication 'A Handbook for Dog Walkers' by Tomáš Werner featured in the FT Weekend Magazine on 28 February 2015.
'In its own way, “Monochrome & Colour” strips away the artifice of glamour as it captures the mundane moments of beautiful people: a performer warming up on the trapeze for a burlesque show, a model showing off her new tattoo before a fashion show and a ballerina stopping at an ATM on her way home from a performance.'
Alyson Krueger of the New York Times on Mary McCartney's 'Monochrome & Colour'
'This is a constantly surprising and often disturbing examination of how war is now conducted from afar by operators sitting in front of computer screens, whom Barnard dubs “bored witnesses”. What then, her book asks, does that make us?'
Sean O'Hagan on 'Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden' by Lisa Barnard - The Observer's Photography Book of the Month 8 February 2015.
Lisa Barnard has been announced as the winner of The Genesis & Fuji Award 2015 for her series 'Whiplash Transition'. The award is part of the FORMAT15: EXPOSURE Awards and this series of work will be exhibited at FORMAT International Photography Festival from 13 March - 12 April 2015.
'The Winners' by Rafal Milach has been included in three best books of 2014 lists.
Time Lightbox 'Best Photobooks' 2014
Selected by Alexander Ho, Digital Art Director of Time
Observer Best Photography Books of the Year
Selected by Sean O'Hagan
'It’s a witty, revealing book about propaganda, civic pride and post-Soviet culture, shot in a detached, deadpan style that suits the subject matter beautifully.'
photo-eye 'The Best Books of 2014'
Selected by Laia Abril, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Christopher J. Johnson, Manik Katyal and Mark Power
'The Winners' is now sold out although there are still copies of the special edition available.
'Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden' by Lisa Barnard, has been chosen by Mark Power as one of the best books of 2014.
'Epic in scope, learned in execution and clever in design, Barnard investigates modern warfare through technology and the entertainment industry. Separated into chapters (each a fully-formed project in itself) and bookended by two excellent essays by Julian Stallabrass and Eugenie Shinkle, the picture we are left with — the goal of clinical warfare where no more American soldiers die on the battlefield — is nothing short of chilling'
UKG by Ewen Spencer has been produced as a limited edition of 30 copies bound in gold cloth and sold with one of three specially produced archival inkjet prints.
This new edition goes on sale this afternoon. Get one before they go.
To ease the stress of Christmas shopping, GOST Books would like to offer all customers free UK postage on any books bought from the GOST online shop between December 1st and December 8th.
Tomorrow night, Thursday 28th November, GOST Books and Ewen Spencer Studio are teaming up with KK Outlet to put on an old school UK Garage Rave for the launch of Ewen's new book, UKG. With DJ sets from Foundation and Scott Garcia & DJ Sticky. 7-10pm, Tickets only. 42 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB - see you there!
This week, GOST Books Directors Gordon MacDonald and Stuart Smith will be going to Verona to oversee the printing of two new titles coming soon from GOST.
UKG by Ewen Spencer documents the early days of the UK Garage phenomenon, and will include an Introduction by Mike Skinner, and an essay by Jason Evans.
PUNKS by Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon documents the London Punk scene between 1976-1977. Directly engaging with the young Punks and encouraging a playful interaction, this work by Richon and Knorr represents their early student collaboration
Both books will be available for pre-order soon...
Alongside our showcase of current titles at the Book Fair, GOST co-director Gordon MacDonald will be taking part in the BOOK LIVE! event on Friday 13th September. The event features speakers from all areas of design and publishing, including Michael Mack (publisher of MACK Books and MAPP), Colin Sackett (artist, book designer and publisher Uniformbooks), Susan Johanknecht (artist, writer, publisher, Subject Leader of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts), Nick Thurston (artist and co-editor information as material), and Emmanuelle Waeckerle (artist, self-publisher MOIedition, bookRoom director).
The event will offer attendees the opportunity to join in the discussion on current print and digital publishing practices, and put their questions to the panel.
Friday 13 September, 12pm - 1.15pm
Free, booking essential
Please call the Information Desk 020 7522 7888 to check ticket availability and to book.
Follow @TheLABF and @GOST_Books for updates or visit
GOST Books are pleased to announce their participation in The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery from 13-15 September 2013. The Fair, which celebrates the best of contemporary arts publishing, will be the fifth edition, and will include about 60 publishers.
GOST Books will be showcasing their two new titles, SKIRTS by Clare Strand and SPILL by Daniel Beltrá, alongside current titles, Chateau Despair by Lisa Barnard, MASS by Mark Power, and Brisées by Helen Sear. Come and visit our stall to see our high quality publications first hand, and maybe pick up a deal or two.
13-15 September 2013
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
For any enquiries about the Fair, please contact: BookFair@whitechapelgallery.org
For more information visit the Book Fair site:
For Twitter updates: @TheLABF and @GOST_Books
GOST Books is pleased to announce that Clare Strand's new publication 'Skirts' will be launched during the opening week of Rencontres d'Arles 2013 to co-incide with her show as part of this years festival programme.
This new publication shows in its entirety, and in its original exhibitions size, her acclaimed work 'Skirts', with an introduction by Philippe Starck.
'Skirts' by Clare Strand is now available for pre-order on the GOST Books website.
For more information on Clare's work, please visit her website:
GOST Books co-Director Gordon MacDonald will be reviewing folios at this years Photomonth Krakow Portfolio Reviews. To see more or book please visit www.photomonth.com/index.php/en/page/431/8th-portfolio-review.html
GOST Books and Magnum Photos are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to works with Photographers Mark Power and David Alan Harvey, and GOST Directors Stuart Smith and Gordon MacDonald.
Taking place in London on 25th June and 26th of June, masterclass participants will work with the photographers and GOST to edit and design their own bookwork selected from the photographer's back catalogue.
This event included the masterclass, a copy of the bespoke publication edited by the participant during the workshop, which will be signed and annotated by the photographer, and free entry to the photobook symposium on the 26th June.
For more information visit The Magnum Blog
Places are extremely limited, so book now Here
Chateau Despair, by Lisa Barnard, was reviewed by Andrew Rawnsley over the weekend in the Observer newspaper. Quote of the year is his line ' Thatcher fans should avoid Chateau Despair. They will not like it.'
Melanie McWhorter, from PhotoEye bookstore, has made a video review of Mark Power's GOST Books publication, MASS.
Alec Soth has written a great review of MASS by Mark Power on his LBM site - worth a look www.littlebrownmushroom.com/blog/popsicle-10-mass-by-mark-power/
Great opening at Somerset House of Landmark: the Fields of Photography, featuring Mark Power's work from The Sound of Two Songs and Daniel Beltra. Pictured, Mark Power with his son at the opening.
Mark Power's groundbreaking book MASS is available from GOST Books and Daniel Beltra's book SPILL will be published by GOST in summer 2013.
GOST Books Chateau Despair by Lisa Barnard is picture book of the week in the New Statesman...
31st January 2013
The Photographers' Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW
GOST Books are pleased to invite you to the launch of their new imprint and to celebrate the publication of the first three books: Mass by Mark Power, Chateau Despair by Lisa Barnard and Brisées by Helen Sear.
Please join us for the evening to share a drink and to meet the artists.