Andrew Phelps is an American photographer who has been living in Europe since 1990. His work is influenced by the cross-cultural lifestyle he now leads, dividing his time between the deserts of Arizona and the Alps of Austria. He works as a curator and board member of the  GALERIE FOTOHOF in Salzburg. His personal work is represented by the ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Hamburg, GALERIE BRUNNHOFER in Linz, GALERIE JO VAN DE LOO in München, and he works closely with the Berlin based agency ART LOVE AFFAIR. Alongside a constant pursuit of new work, Andrew keeps a blog about special edition photography books called BUFFET. Andrew is a member of the PIECE OF CAKE project.


Interview on URBANAUTICA, by Bärbel Praun

By asking just the right questions, Bärbel Praun gave me some space to talk about the new book Cubic Feet/Sec. and all that went into it, thanks Bärbel and URBANAUTICA.

Cubic Feet/Sec. – 34 years in the Grand Canyon

cubic feet/sec. andrew phelps

My newest book, Cubic Feet/Sec. will be released in April. As with most of the books in the past, this one is available with a print/book edition.

check out a video here.

108 pages, 18×23 cm
58 color images
soft-bound, gate fold covers
FOTOHOF edition, 2015

25,- Euro


C.F/S. Special Edition
100 signed editions with book+print
Arch. Pigment on fine-art paper

110,- Euro + shipping

click here to see more and to place an order,
thanks for the support…

from HABOOB 2012

On Thursday Feb. 6th there will be an opening of work from HIGLEY and HABOOB  at Jo Van De Loo in Munich.  Opening starts at 6 pm. The show will run until March 8. Theresienstrasse 48, Munich.

Die Kartografie des Bildes – MdM Salzburg


Until January 26th there is a very early series of photographs of mine which can be seen in the show Die Kartografie des Bildes.

In 1994 (yes, 20 years ago..) I paddled a sea-kayak the length of Baja California in the Sea of Cortez with 3 good friends. The series SEXTANT is a documentation of that trip and what it was like to be staring at a horizon line of water and air for 2 months, killing fish, baking bread in the sand, sleeping on the ground.

Also in the show are works from Hubert Blanz,Kurt Matt, Michaela Moscouw, Michael Schuster, Herman Clemens Kosel.


On site – Commissioned portraits in the Salzburg Museum


Opening on Saturday, October 19 is the show Archeologie!? in the Salzburg Museum where I am showing a series of 18 portraits of contemporary archeologists at work titled ON SITE. As was the intention, you may be surprised at how interesting, yet unromantic, the world of contemporary archeology really is…

Opening on Saturday, October 18 at 11 am

Salzburg Museum
Mozartplatz 1


Higley and Haboob, together at last…

from HABOOB 2012

On Saturday, September 7th at 4 pm my show ON THE EDGE, photographs from Higley and Haboob will open at the Gallery LhGWR in The Hague, Holland. This is the first time that the 2 series are shown together in such a comprehensive  show.  The work spans 8 years of photographing in Higley, AZ from 2004-2012. So much has gone into this work, I am super excited to see it all together in one place. Huge thanks to Geertje and Robert from the LhGWR Gallery for making this possible. If you have a chance to stop by, it would be great to see you!

haboob on Hippolyte Bayard, by Fabio Severo


Fabio Severo, the author of the Hippolyte Bayard blog has written a comprehensive review of HABOOB.

Print-for-a-Book swap 2013

print for a book swap 2013

To keep my library up to date with so many of the great books I didn’t purchase in 2012, I am once again offering a Print-for-a-Book swap.

Richard Rothman, REDWOOD SAW
David Monteleone, RED THISTLE
Pietro Mattioli, 2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME 
Michael Subotsky, RETINAL SHIFT
Gerry Johansson, PONTIAC
Gerry Johansson, DEUTSCHLAND


Check out my list here and lets trade…



photo-eye best books of 2012

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I was asked again by Photo-Eye to list a few of my favorite books from 2012. Most of them have been featured on the BUFFET, but check out the entire list from all 29 book freaks.



Haboob at Robert Morat Gallery Hamburg

Haboob will be shown for the first time in the Robert Morat Gallery in Hamburg. Robert was pivotal in the days of Higley so I am excited to be showing the follow up project in his space as well.

Stop by if you are around.

Opening party, Friday Nov. 2, 2012 at 6 pm


720 at Brunnhofer Gallery Linz

When I deram of skateboarding I’m Mike Mcgill.
When I dream of photographing, I’m Robert Adams

“720” (two times around) will be opening on Sunday at the Brunnhofer Gallery in Linz.

Opening party, Sunday, October 21, 7 pm

show  will run until November 17.

In case you are in Salzburg, some of this work can be seen right now in Trakl Haus at the “New Acquisitions” show from the Salzburg Government collection.



UNSEEN Amsterdam

Opening tomorrow, September 19, and running until sunday, you can see the new HABOOB work and book presented at the booth or Robert Morat at the UNSEEN Fair in Amsterdam.



HABOOB is finally done, thanks again to a whole team of friends at Kehrer.
Look for the book soon, thanks if you have ordered a Special Edition, you should be getting all of the info via email.

Back from AZ. HABOOB to be printed next week!!


After 3 weeks of photographing in Arizona, my  new book HABOOB is almost ready to go. There are still Special Editions available, so help support the project by picking up a book and a print of your choice!

80 Pages
45 Color plates
Kehrer Publishing 

The book is available with a 30×36 cm print of any image in the book, ca. 45 to choose from.

Book + Print
Edition of 100
112,- Euro + shipping 

See just a small selection of the images here.


A New Book and Special Edition

“The new frontier in the West is the ever-expanding urban fringe. HABOOB is a mesmerizing portrait of a small desert town caught in the crossfire between land speculators and beneficiaries of the growth machine. The result is a pictorial document of civilization and barbarism.”

Andrew Ross, author of Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City

I have now launched the Special Edition offer for my upcoming book HABOOB which will be published in the late summer by Kehrer Publishing. This is a follow-up project to HIGLEY, 2008 and deals with the same place, 5 years after the housing crash which hit close to home.


“720” newsprint edition available now

Its quite trashy compared to the original, but somehow suites the whole project just fine…

This newsprint catalogue has been released for a show of  “720-two times around” in the Gallery Brunnhofer in Linz in October 2012.

I am selling a few copies early.

32 pages, newsprint
Color and B/W images
text by Sebastein Zanella and Andrew Phelps
Designed by Matthias Hempt

To see more and purchase.

Photographs Not Taken

Edited by Will Steacy
Introduction by Lyle Rexer
Paperback, 232 pages
Daylight, 2012

Photographs Not Taken is a collection of photographers’ essays focused on failed attempts to make a picture. Conceived and edited by Will Steacy, each photographer was asked to abandon the camera and, instead, use words to recreate the image that never made it through their lens.

Featuring contributions from over seventy photographers: Dave Anderson, Timothy Archibald, Roger Ballen, Thomas Bangsted, Juliana Beasley, Nina Berman, Kelli Connell, Paul D’Amato, Tim Davis, KayLynn Deveney, Doug Dubois, Rian Dundon, Amy Elkins, Jim Goldberg, Emmet Gowin, Gregory Halpern, Tim Hetherington, Todd Hido, Rob Hornstra, Chris Jordan, Nadav Kander, Ed Kashi, Shane Lavalette, Joshua Lutz, David Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Andrew Moore, Ed Panar, Christian Patterson, Andrew Phelps, Sylvia Plachy, Mark Power, Simon Roberts, Stefan Ruiz, Matt Salacuse, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Aaron Schuman, Jamel Shabazz, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, Mark Steinmetz, Joni Sternbach, Hank Willis Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Peter Van Agtmael, Massimo Vitali, Hiroshi Watanabe, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb and more…

March 19 – 7-8pm, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
March 23 – 6-7pm, ICP Bookstore, New York, New York

ICP Lecture is now on-line

Thanks Phil Block and everyone at ICP for the chance to talk last year. A short video out-take of the lecture is now online.

ICP Lecture series – Andrew Phelps


The Forty-Eighth at Monorchid, Phoenix

Some work from HIGLEY is included in a group show at Monorchid which opened on February 14th, marking the centennial point of Arizona’s statehood.

With Mike Lundgren, Andrew Phelps, Jason Roehner, Jesse Rieser, William Rugen , Thomas Schultz, Tiffiney Yazzie, Matthew Moore, Bryon Darby, Michael Mulno, Edgar Cardenas. Curated by William LeGoullon and Jason Roehner


214 E. Roosevelt
Phoenix, 85004
Thanks for the invitation Bill!

Sight_Seeing wins GOLD!


The book Sight_Seeing has been awarded a GOLD medal at the German Photo-book Awards 2012.

Here the jury’s thoughts. Sorry I only have them in german:

Dieses Projekt ist eine unwahrscheinlich gelungene Sache: die Tirol Werbung hat sich darauf eingelassen, sieben profilierte Fotografen ohne jede Vorgabe loszuschicken – nachdem beide Seiten sich bei einem theoretischen Workshop ausgiebig beschnuppert hatten. Die eine Hälfte vom Ergebnis ist dieses Buch. Darin hat Wolfgang Scheppe, der als Philosoph, Künstler, Kurator und Marketing-Fachmann arbeitet, seine Auswahl getroffen. Die andere Hälfte besteht aus den Bildern, die die Tirol Werbung für ihre Zwecke ausgesucht hat. Aber auch so ist Sight_Seeing ein extrem gehaltreiches Buch. Die zum großen Teil exzellente Fotografie spricht für sich, das vertrackte Layout entpuppt sich bei angemessener Neugierde als geistreiches Arrangement, und einige fabelhafte Texte bereiten die beste Sorte Vergnügen, nämlich intelligentes.

the Sight_Seeing book


GIPFEL – opening Nov. 24th

I am looking forward to my upcoming show next week at the gallery Jo Van De Loo in Munich. GIPFEL (Summit) marks the year of my life where I have now spent more time in Europe than in the states. If you are around, come out and celebrate.

Thursday, 24. November. 7 pm

Theresienstrasse 48

see a part of the series here.



Show at the Fo.Ku.S gallery

until March 17th you can catch a show of SIGHT SEEING. A porject/book/show about what it means to re-think photographing in a touristic mecca such as Tirol.
Curated by Wolfgang Scheppe.

Jörg Koopmann
Michael Danner
Monika Höfler
Verena Kathrein
Dominik Gigler
Mathias Ziegler
Andrew Phelps

Thoughts on Making a Book

Fabio Severo from Hippolyte Bayard gave me a chance to share my thoughts on book making. Be sure to keep up with his blog as it is one of the best out there for photography. Thanks Fabio.


Hippolyte Bayard Blog




I was invited to be a part of an interesting book project this fall, documenting the architecture exhibition REALSTADT in the Kraftwerk Mitte in Berlin. Curated by Martin Heller and Angelika Fitz, the show presented nearly 300 architecture models of dozens of German cities.

Photographs by Tobias Gratz, Torben Höke, Philipp Horak, Paul Kranzler, Sandra Kuhne, Kay Michalak, Julia Müller-Maenher, Andrew Phelps


Interview with Landscape Stories

Here is an interview from last month on Landscape Stories, an on-line magazine edited and directed by Andrea Gaio, Claudio Bettio and Gianpaolo Arena.

Landscape Stories

POC in the new Ahorn Magazine

JUSTIN JAMES REED has written an insightful article in the new AHORN MAGAZINE about photography collectives of recent years. Justin is a fellow member of POC and ends the piece with his feelings of working within a collective. His words hit close to home and I could not have said it better myself.

Ahorn Magazine

Higely and the New Topographics, Linz

HIGLEY and MAPS AND LEGENDS are featured as “contemporary postions” parallel to the legendary NEW TOPOGRAPHICS exhibition which is being shown for the first time in its entirety in Europe. Also in the show are Joachim Brohm and Mario Pfeifer.

LANDESGALERIE Oberösterreich, Linz
Musemstrasse 14
4010 Linz, Austria

The opening is tonight, Nov. 10, 2010.

720, my new self-published book

720 – (TWO TIMES AROUND) is available now. Check out the details HERE or go straight to the BUFFET for more info.

You can see them live for the first time at the FOTOBUCH TAGE in Hamburg from June 4-6. Where I will be around lecturing and looking at portfolios and hopefully relaxing a bit with alot of interesting books…

Make sure to stop by ROBERT MORAT on Friday the 4th where there is a current show of NOT NIIGATA and I will be there signing books.

Not Niigata in Die Zeit

For the germen speakers out there, Die Zeit has a series of NOT NIIGATA images running this week.

Die Zeit

Photoscala review of Not Niigata

For those german readers, here is a review of NOT NIIGATA by the german magazine PHOTOSCALA by Marc Peschke.

Not Niigata in Eikon Magazine

A selection of NOT NIIGATA can be seen in the current issue of EIKON MAGAZINE in their “Eyes on Japan” feature.



Not Niigata interview in Ahorn Magazine

AHORN MAGAZINE, an online photography publication edited by Daniel Augschoell and Anja Jasbär has just published an interview with me about the new NOT NIIGATA book. Please check it out and spend some time with their interesting project.

Ahorn Magazine


Thanks Yuki!

I have met an interesting artist and all around great guy in Shibata City. YOSHIHARA YUKIHIRO, is a media artist who has now taken on the massive task of bringing order to the archive of images which his family has accmlulated over the years. This doesn’t sound like anything exrtrordinary to the average person like you or me who have a shoebox or two filled with snapshots or maybe a few hundred slides. But Yuki is the 6th generation photographer in a family-run photo sutdio that has been in operation since 1870. Thats right, heaps of wet plates, albumin prints and an archive that documents the rural life in a medium sized Japanese town spanning almost 150 years.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am not working digital while I am here, so I can’t show you the portrait I made of him, but this is one he made of me.

Thanks Yuki, for the glance into your family’s history and I will take you up on your offer of coming back again in 2 weeks…..

To keep up a bit with my Japan travels, go to the BUFFET where I am trying to keep some news up and running.

Interview for Two-Way Lens

There is an interesting blog by MICHAEL WERNER which asks 3 simple, yet pivotal questions which are then answered by selected photographers. He asked me to give my thoughts.

TWO WAY LENS is a project designed to inform and inspire emerging photographers wanting to focus their creative output in a way that enhances their chances of finding an audience, being included in exhibitions and ultimately achieving gallery representation. The journey from inspired artist to successful artist is one that is often difficult to negotiate and hard to control. On these pages, I will feature the experiences and opinions of other photographers who I have found inspiring, and hopefully the knowledge they have built in their own experiences will be valuable to all of us finding our own way to sharing our creativity with the wider world. (Michael Werner)


Higley at Lens Culture

Thanks to Jim Casper and LENS CULTURE for highlighting HIGLEY. Check out the list of great books they have in their archives and add the BLOG to your early morning ritual.

Lens Culture

Higley at Robert Morat

HIGLEY is opening tonight, January 12,  in the Galerie Robert Morat in Hamburg, starting at 6 pm. In case you happen to be in the “Hafenstadt” please stop by for a Becks, a bread-stick and a big taste of middle America loosing its foothold on reality. This will be the first in a run of shows including HIGLEY, so the spring is panning out to be filled with lots of travel and standing around shaking hands.

Robert Morat has a beautiful space in downtown Hamburg divided into 2 exhibition rooms and a very selected collection of books in his book store. Parallel to HIGLEY is the show “Sommerherz” from THEKLA EHLING. Thekla just published a beautiful book of the same title which is available at SCHADEN BOOKS.

Robert Morat Gallery

Higley, a staff pick at photo-eye

This week’s pick is Higley,  chosen by one of the newest Photo-Eye staff members, Ben Lerman.

“Prior to working here I got my BFA in photography at The California College of Arts and Crafts where I studied under LARRY SULTANTODD HIDO, Chris Johnson and Magnum photographer JIM GOLDBERG, amongst others. After about a month of being at photo-eye I have chosen Higley, the fifth publication by Andrew Phelps, as my first staff pick.

Under the pretense that ‘Globalization is too big to take a picture of,’ photographer Andrew Phelps returns to his hometown, Higley, where he finds it to be a microcosmic example of the global phenomenon. Higley is a metaphor for what is happening on the edge of every major city in the American west, farming towns being assimilated by their metropolitan neighbors. In this book Phelps has been able to not only examine a city rushing to lose a history that scarcely existed, but also to confront his family’s roots, a narrative that mimics the transformation of the town itself. Photographed over three years, this body of 81 color images culminated at the same time Higley lost its name in an amalgamation with Phoenix, Arizona.”

—Ben Lerman


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