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July 30, 2012

FotoGrafia di Roma XI: Work – PhotoBook Exhibition

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:49 pm

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FOTOGRAFIA Festival Internazionale di Roma XI Edition: Work

The theme of Work for XI FotoGrafia di Roma is complex and multi-faceted subject, which I attempted to broadly explore in my selection of contemporary PhotoBooks for this exhibition. This theme is also ambiguous and illusive, which can be as much about one does as well as what one is doing.

I want to create the opportunity for those attending this exhibition to investigate the contemporary aspects and explore the rich narratives as to what constitutes work, as seen by a diverse range of creative photographers in conjunction with their book designers and publishers who support these endeavors. As a result, I selected what I hope is an interesting mix in the various ways photographers using the PhotoBook as a medium investigate this conceptual theme. The PhotoBooks continue to add yet another layer and dimension to the Festival’s theme, as the PhotoBook object is also the actual work of a photographer, book designer, printer and publisher.

In addition to the PhotoBooks being present as a physical object, I am complementing these with a concurrent exhibition of interior double-page spreads re-photographed by the photographers. Thus the physical book would be present for viewing as well as be surrounded in a sea of interior photographs that should create a reference to the other.

In my investigation of this conceptual theme, I find an undercurrent of identity interwoven in many of these PhotoBooks, posing a quintessential question; are we defined by work, or does work define us?

The photographers and their PhotoBooks that will be in the exhibition, in alphabetic order, are:

Pierre BessardBehind China’s Growth

Julie BlackmonDomestic Vacations

Paul Flyod BlakePersonal Best

Andrew BuurmanAllotments

Michal ChelbinThe Black Eye

Chris CoekinThe Altogether

Clayton CotterellUnarmed

Marco DeloguThe Thirty Assassins

Charlotte DumasAl Lavoro!

Andy FreebergGuardians

Thijs HeslenfeldMen at Work

Sarah HobbsSmall Problems in Living

Henry HorensteinSHOW

Rob Hornstra – Sochi Singers

Pieter HugoPermanent Error

Ron JudeLick Creek Line

Chris KillipSeacoal

Gina LeVaySandhogs

Janne LehtinenNight Shift (not available)

Rania MatarA Girl in her Room

Kendall MessickThe Projectionist

Darin MickeyStuff I Gotta Remember Not to Forget

Cristina de Middel (Puch)The Afronauts

Bertil NilssonUndisclosed

Andreas Oetker-Kastmanpower

Louie PaluCage Call

Lina PallottaPiedras Negras

Christian PattersonRedheaded Peckerwood

Dana PopaNot Natasha

Nina Poppeama

Florian von Roekel How Terry Likes His Coffee

Ken SchlesOculus

Martin SchoellerFemale Bodybuilders  (not available)

David SchulzLone Wolf

Melissa ShookMy Suffok Downs

Lars TunbjorkOffice

I will be posting information on most of these PhotoBooks leading up to the exhibition in September.

As to the PhotoBook exhibition:

dates: September 20 through October 28, 2012

venue: MACRO Testaccio, Piazza Orazio Giustiniana 4, Roma

Best regards, Douglas Stockdale

Curator, 2012 FotoGrafia di Roma PhotoBook exhibition

Note: the photobook exhibition is now scheduled for a Southern California one-night pop up exhibit at the Irvine Fine Art Center on October 18th, more information here.

12 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on RAGHUBIR NEGI.WORDPRESS.COM.

    Comment by raghubir negi — August 1, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  2. Raghubir, thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — August 1, 2012 @ 2:27 am

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