NFS & Tanam Press

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  • Geechies : Poems 1972-1982                Books        $25.00
  • Fassbinder        Peter Iden, Ruth McCormick and Wilfried Wiegand        Books        $35.00
  • Why I Go to the Movies Alone        Richard Prince        Books / Out of Print Books        $30.00
  • TeleGuide : Including Proposal for QUBE        Peter D'Agostino        Books        $10.00
  • Transmission : Theory and Practice for a New Television Aesthetics                Books        $50.00
  • Screenplays        Werner Herzog        Books / Out of Print Books        $200.00
  • Picture Book : An Autobiography         Lew Thomas        Books / Out of Print Books        $150.00
  • Eros & Photography         Lew Thomas        Books / Out of Print Books        $150.00
  • Eating Through Living        Jenny Holzer and Peter Nadin        Books / Out of Print Books        $60.00
  • The Un/Necessary Image        Peter D'Agostino and Antoni Muntadas        Books / Catalogs        $30.00
  • John Heartfield : Art and Mass Media        Douglas Kahn        Books / Artists’ Writings        $135.00
  • Apparatus : Cinematographic Apparatus : Selected Writings        Theresa Hak Kyung Cha        Books / Out of Print Books        $500.00

San Francisco based NFS Press, co-founded by Lew Thomas and Donna-Lee Philips, published and distributed landmark conceptual photography books through the 1970s and early 1980s. Through a range of critical approaches, the publications looked to understand the implications of the photographic image and how it is has come to shape our relationship with the world. The first book, Photography and Language (1976), was edited by Thomas and includes an essay of the same name by James Hugunin, with photographs by John Baldessari, John Gutmann, Lutz Bacher and Peter d’Agostino’s ALPHA, a photo/text project based on Godard’s film Alphaville. Subsequent publications include Eros and Photography, (co-edited by Philips and Thomas,1977), Gay Semiotics, (Hal Fischer,1977) as well as Photography: the problematic model, (co-edited by Thomas and d’Agostino,1982) featuring work by Barbara Kruger, Fred Lonidier and Cindy Sherman. The influential Tanam Press was founded in 1980 by Reese Williams with the release of LP recordings featuring talks by Buckminster Fuller and Susan Sontag. Over the course of five years, Tanam published lively individual and collaborative projects from writers, visual and media artists that utilize the page in innovative ways. Playing across genre, the publications incorporate critical essays, poetry, experimental prose, photography, film, video and television.


  1. Geechies : Poems 1972-1982
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1985
    Out of stock
  2. Peter D'Agostino and Antoni Muntadas
    The Un/Necessary Image
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1982
    size unknown
  3. Peter Iden, Ruth McCormick and Wilfried Wiegand
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1981
    Out of stock
  4. Richard Prince
    Why I Go to the Movies Alone
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1983
    unknown size
    Out of stock
  5. Peter D'Agostino
    TeleGuide : Including Proposal for QUBE
    San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1980
    size unknown
  6. Werner Herzog
    New York: Tanam Press, 1980
    Out of stock
  7. Douglas Kahn
    John Heartfield : Art and Mass Media
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1985
  8. Lew Thomas
    Picture Book : An Autobiography
    New Orleans , LA: NFS Press, 1994
  9. Lew Thomas
    Eros & Photography
    San Francisco, CA: Camerawork and NFS Press, 1977
    Out of stock
  10. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
    Apparatus : Cinematographic Apparatus : Selected Writings
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1980
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  11. Jenny Holzer and Peter Nadin
    Eating Through Living
    New York, NY: Tanam Press, 1981
    Out of stock
Last updated 11/13/2013