Stumbled upon a great deal from Kominek Books. If you preorder both these books before September 15th 2013, you get them both for 60euro + free shipping!
I think that’s pretty awesome, and I’m looking forward to getting my copies. :)
In the bundle is First Journey Home + Strangers in Paradise, both photographed by Misha Kominek in late 90’s Europe.
About First Journey Home, from the publisher “In the summer of 1997, Misha Kominek decided to go on a road trip by himself around Poland for the first time. He had just graduated from photography school in Barcelona and felt confident with his camera. Aside from family visits to his grandmother after the fall of communism in 1989, he had never been back to his homeland on his own since he emigrated to Germany at the age of twelve with his family in 1982. This book brings together some of the pictures taken during this first journey back home. It recalls permanent emotions and fleeting sensations alongside the bits and pieces of daily life. The photographer visited fruit markets, fields and villages, old historical places and unfamiliar cities, from his hometown of Gliwice to Auschwitz and Warsaw. He took pictures of the familiar and unfamiliar, attempting to track down forgotten friends, unearth hidden childhood memories and forge new emotions and illusions. In all, he was trying to determine how he would have felt if he had never left his country and how life would be if he stayed in Poland now that turning back was once again an option. First Journey Home is a tale about a man’s romantic return to his homeland, the garden of his childhood. It is a captivating homage to that very mellow moment of excitement that saw him off and has motivated him to keep up with photography ever since. Above all, it is about the journey itself and the wistful longing, the passionate yet futile willingness to recover one’s former innocence through insignificant things and black-and-white pictures. Imbued with a great amount of humor and irony, this intimate confession of youthful illusions under the summer heat provides a lasting statement on the everlasting fable of emigration in Europe and the craving for a sweet life.”
About Strangers in Paradise, from the publisher ”Strangers in Paradise is about the beaches, attractions and sunburnt pilgrims of Lloret de Mar, the Costa Brava’s most famous holiday resort. It is also about the long summer of 1998 and young photographer Misha Kominek’s encounter with one of his major childhood fantasies. By the late 1990s, Lloret de Mar had developed a reputation as a holiday paradise for Central and Eastern European tourists eager for beach and sun. Long before the advent of low-cost air travel, this small but densely constructed coastal town in northern Catalonia became the target destination for young, penniless couples in love, teenagers celebrating their graduation from school, single men seeking amorous adventures and large families looking for affordable vacations. While Russians—currently Lloret’s most wealthy visiting community—predominate today, it used to be filled with Germans from the former East Germany, Czechs, Poles and many others. They would endure an infernal two to three-day trip by car or coach through a multitude of international borders, languages and currencies just to savor their small spot in heaven…
Strangers in Paradise consists of recollections of that moment of conclusion and reunion, the reunion of a wandering outsider with his own people in utopia, the discovery of the missing parts of his identity, its completion and the sweet acceptance of strangeness. Far from being anchored in clichés, this book offers a revealing insight of what lies beneath tourism, globalization, souvenirs and folklore. In lyrical terms, the photographer exposes the tender innocence and sheer, ecstatic beauty of northern…”
Check out the Gallery store, or follow this link to the offer and be sure to get in before September 15th :)
Link to First Journey Home (separate from bundle)
Link to Strangers in Paradise (separate from bundle)
Link to Bundle Offer