Photobooks published by The Velvet Cell

The Velvet Cell (TVC): a publisher on the move!


TVC is an independent publishing house exploring the impact of man on the social landscape.


The Velvet Cell focuses on projects that explore urbanism, architecture and our modern way of living in cities. It was established in London in 2011 but is based in Berlin, Germany now. It was formerly based in London Taipei and Osaka, Japan, too.


Over 60 photobooks published


To date (end 2017) Éanna de Fréine has published over 60 books, with a blend between up and coming photographers and seasoned experts such as Peter Bialobrzeski, Toshio Shibata, Greg Girard et Alexander Gronsky. He works closely with each artist and usually designs the books himself.

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  • 192 pages - Hardcover, tape-bound The Velvet Cell, 2017 (500 copies) Format : 14 x 21 cm *Signed* New - Mint condition Presentation of the photobook by Skinnerboox: " « A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption is a long-term project that I started in 2009 when the opportunity to become a conscious citizen arose. A new overpass was to be built a block away...

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  • Presentation by The Velvet Cell: " « My goal is to create work in which every photograph is independent. This idea never changes. It is not my aim to depict for the purposes of explanation, or to illustrate with my photographs.Infrastructure is the main subject of my photography. Often, infrastructure is treated as a burden on society, being recognised as...

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  • Publihser's presentation: "Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, hosts a concentration of US military bases unlike anywhere outside the continental United States. More than half the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan are based here. On the main island of Okinawa nearly 20% of the land is occupied by these bases. This large US military footprint, and...

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  • .Sold out.Publisher's presentation: "August 1st, 2016: The Wear Helmet, Get Petrol, Be Safe campaign starts today. That doesn’t mean, of course, that you’ll be refused petrol if you aren’t wearing protective gear. Instead you’ll be handed a campaign leaflet by the pump-operator. In the Kochi-Ernakulam area there have been 17,000 two wheeler accidents in...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "Tales from Beneath the Arches explores the transformation of ‘non-places’ created by the mass building of elevated highways and expressways in Taiwanese cities. This project examines how such spaces have been repurposed by people to suit their needs. It is in these spaces that we can see the interaction between people and the...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "Moment uses numerous photographs–taken at different times during day and night–to transform ordinary places into something between fiction and reality. Hildebrand is attracted to the constantly changing environments in cities, and this project explores the idea of the undefined moment or series of moments within a single...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "Shot between 2013 and 2014, If you lived here, you'd be home by now questions the existence and function of Ireland's ghost estates - housing estates that were built throughout Ireland, but never occupied due to the the economic crash of 2008."56 pages - Hardcover The Velvet Cell, 2016 (500 copies) Format : 17.5 x 23 cm New -...

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  • .Sold out.Publisher's presentation: "In 2014, Peter Bialobrzeski arrived in Taipei to print his book Cairo Diary. Almost immediately, he set out to document the urban landscape of what was once considered the de facto capital of China, and what it has become today. Peter Bialobrzeski is a world-renowned photographer and the recipient of several awards...

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    Publisher's presentation: "Shot over 28 years, American Motel Signs is a unique insight into one of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary American culture. These motel signs, from the Sleepy Hollow Motel [Utah, 2007] to the Teddy Bear Motel [North Carolina, 1983] represent the many faces of everyday America that has become so ubiquitous in...

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  • .Currently out of stock.Publisher's presentation: "Common Love is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and aims to explore the city and its inhabitants. It focuses on some of the notions and cultural conventions that surround the city and how it is imagined. Common symbols and allegories connected to Thai culture help to create an unraveling narrative that takes...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "Mountains and Waters is a photographic study of China in diptychs, shot on the outskirts of Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen in China. The works focus on contemporary Chinese matters such as construction, infrastructure and development, while simultaneously alluding to traditional Chinese painting styles."120 pages - Hardcover...

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  • .Currently out of stock.Presentation by The Velvet Cell: "In this book Ramírez explores the difficulties associated with living in an overpopulated city that is expanding at tremendous speed. Jakarta is currently the 2nd largest megalopolis on the planet, after Tokyo-Yokohama. The photos in this book show the modest interventions and minor improvisations...

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  • .Sold out.Publisher's presentation: "In 2015, Peter Bialobrzeski returned to his hometown, Wolfsburg, to document the changes the city has undergone since his leaving many years previous. « In the 80’s, I always felt that Wolfsburg was a socialist dream. It felt like everybody was participating. Now the picture has changed ». Wolfsburg Diary is the 3rd...

  • .Last copy.Publisher's presentation: "In 2015, Peter Bialobrzeski returned to his hometown, Wolfsburg, to document the changes the city has undergone since his leaving many years previous. « In the 80’s, I always felt that Wolfsburg was a socialist dream. It felt like everybody was participating. Now the picture has changed ». Wolfsburg Diary is the 3rd...

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  • Chronicles Set V:   #025 California Shopfronts - Steven Clarke   #024 Khazarshar - Parnian Ferdossi   #023 Found Surfaces - Eleni Bakagianni   #022 Iran Murals - Oliver Hartung   #021 Streets of Insomnia - Anne PaternotteThis set, published in a limited edition of 100 copies, is completely sold out. We just found these, and the other sets we listed at the...

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  • Chronicles Set IV:   #020 Walk the Line - Vincent Buller   #019 The View East of the View West - Michael Rymer   #018 Concrete Jungle - Dale Konstanz   #017 Signs of Life - Peter Reed   #016 Ebisu Canal - Jan PiotrowiczThis set is published in a limited edition of 100 copies. We just found these, and the other sets we listed at the same time (including...

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  • Chronicles Set III:   #015 Invisible Machinery - Toru Ukai   #014 Chernobyl Vol. 2 - John Darwell   #013 Chernobyl Vol. 1 - John Darwell   #012 Origin - Alireza Malekian   #011 20,000 New Homes - Gage SolagurenThis set, published in a limited edition of 100 copies, is completely sold out. We just found these, and the other sets we listed at the same time,...

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    Chronicles Set II:   #010 House Sitting - Eric Gunderson   #009 Landleben (auf Sylt) - Michael Dietrich   #008 Twisted Ribbons of Concrete - Michael Rymer   #007 In Your Place - Michele Ravasio   #006 Desert States - John DarwellThis set, published in a limited edition of 100 copies, is completely sold out. We just found these, and the other sets we...

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  • Publisher's presentation : "Athens Diary is the follow-up to 2014’s Cairo Diary and the 2nd in Peter Bialobrzeski’s City Diaries Series with The Velvet Cell. In Athens Diary Bialobrzeski travels to the scene of the biggest European crisis in decades to document the urban consequences of the emergency. His photos capture the dichotomy of everyday life in...

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  • Publisher's presentation : "Athens Diary is the follow-up to 2014’s Cairo Diary and the 2nd in Peter Bialobrzeski’s City Diaries Series with The Velvet Cell. In Athens Diary Bialobrzeski travels to the scene of the biggest European crisis in decades to document the urban consequences of the emergency. His photos capture the dichotomy of everyday life in...

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  • Publisher's presentation : "Lost Rivers is an exploration of Taipei, Taichung and Tainan's forgotten rivers, streams and waterways. Once dominant forces in carving out their surroundings, these rivers have now become neglected backwaters in the race to urbanise. Neglected, decrepit, the city is built over them and around them. Through them we see how the...

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  • .Sold out. Presentation by Galerie Polka : "Silencieux, dénués de présence humaine, les paysages industrialo-urbains de la série Norilsk immergent le regardeur dans une ambiance mélancolique à travers ces ruines industrielles. Réalisée en 2013, cette série est fidèle au travail d’Alexander Gronsky dont la singularité se retrouve dans les paysages...

  • Publisher's presentation: "Paris is a city deeply divided between the immensly wealthy city itself and its often turbulent suburbs. Such a division has its origins in the 1860’s when Baron Haussmann embarked on his grand redesign and redevelopment of Paris that was to forever change the fabric of the city. While Paris has since grown into a modern city,...

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  • .Sold out.Publisher's presentation: "The images in this book are part of a project documenting small rural communities (1,000 inhabitants or less) in the Canadian West. As demographic changes – ‘rural drain, urban claim’ – persist, many would argue that the rural is becoming a redundant sidepiece in a world that is increasingly concerned with the urban....

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