The PhotoBook Journal

September 20, 2015

Aapo Huhta – Block

Filed under: Book Publications, Book Reviews, Photo Book Discussions, Photo Books — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:31 pm

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Copyright 2015 Aapo Huhta

Photographer: Aapo Huhta (born & resides Finland)

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (Germany)

Essay: Jenny Hollowell

Text: English

Hardcover book, folded text insert, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Aapo Huhta & Heikki Kaski

Notes: The context of Huhta photographs is ambiguous, obviously investigating a stark, urban landscape, although stated to be New York City; it could be any large megalopolis. The photographs are almost monochromatic, devoid of any color and providing an overall somber grayness to his subject. In the process of investigating a place, Huhta finds haunting touchstones that speak to the potential isolation and disassociation that can linger in a crowded, yet foreign, urban space.

Cheers

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September 16, 2015

Nancy Baron – The Good Life > Palm Springs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 3:51 am

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Copyright 2014 Nancy Baron

Photographer: Nancy Baron (born IL, resides CA, USA)

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (Germany)

Essays: Nancy Baron, Aline Smithson & Donald Wexler

Text: English

Hardcover book with tipped in image, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Katharina Stumpf

Notes: Baron investigates an eccentric, if not at times surreal, city and the lifestyle of a smattering of equally eccentric citizens located in the arid desert of Southern California. She is drawn to the unique desert architecture which spawn the mid-century designs built to stylishly survive the intense arid heat before the days of air conditioning. This is also the warm winter playground for those who could afford (or had the good sense) to flee from their frigid winter homes to build elegant winter retreats out in the desert. The dry heat has in turn preserved this art Deco community and attracted those who enjoy its laid back lifestyle.

Cheers, Doug

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September 13, 2015

Goran Bertok – Requiem

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Copyright 2015 Goran Bertok

Photographer: Goran Bertok (born and resides in Slovenia)

Publisher:  The Angry Bat (Slovenia)

Interview: Andraz Gombac

Text: English (insert)

Two stiffcover books in a stiffcover folder, self-bound Japanese binding, four-color lithography, printed in Slovenia

Photobook designer: Matej Sitar

Notes: Bertok investigates a very dark subject; death. Thus he is also tapping into man’s darkest fears of pain, agony and the final consequences of life. In the Western culture, the unsettling and morbid facts of death are hidden behind the doors of mortuaries. The resulting two-part book is a disturbing set of photographs, leaving us to contemplate the final end.

Cheers, Doug

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September 7, 2015

John Gossage – The Thirty Two Inch Ruler – Map of Babylon

John Gossage copyright 2010 courtesy Steidl

Photographer: John Gossage (born New York City, resides Washington DC)

Publisher: Steidl Verlag (Germany)

Essays: John Gossage, Gerhard Steidl

Text: English

Two companion volumes, hardcover book with reversible dust cover (The Thirty Two Inch Ruler on one side, Map of Babylon on the opposing), sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Steidl works

Notes: The two volumes were conceived during the presidency of George W. Bush and Gossage’s primary subject is a Washington DC suburb where he lives, but this same area is a guarded community of foreign embassies and political residencies. Gossage’s metaphoric images provide a subtle and complex dark humor.

Cheers, Doug

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September 6, 2015

One Day – Ten Photographers

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Copyright 2010 the photographers; Jessica Backhaus, Gerry Badger, Harvey Benge, John Gossage, Todd Hido, Rob Hornstra, Rinko Kawauchi, Eva Maria Ocherbauer, Martin Parr, Alec Soth

Publisher: Kehrer Heidleberg Verlag

Text: English

A set of ten individual hardcover books in a printed chipboard slipcover, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Harvey Benge (Editor)

Notes: The concept was developed by Harvey Benge, who subsequently acted as the project Editor. Essentially the ten selected photographers would produce a photobook based on the photographs of a specific day; June 21, 2010. Other than that, no rules. The resulting photobooks were Jessica Backhaus’s Neukolln, Berlin, Gerry Badger’s Weltmeister Blues, Harvey Benge’s Auckland, New Zealand, John Gossage’s Waking in Warhol’s Bed, Todd Hido’s Oakland+Modesto, Rob Hornstra’s Utrecht, the Netherlands, Rinko Kawauchi’s Fundamental Cycles, Eva Maria Ocherbauer’s A Midsummer Day’s Dream, Martin Parr’s Bristol, England, Alec Soth’s Gus the Great. What results is an eclectic set of photobooks with a mash-up of content, themes and subjects. The books which were the most intriguing for me are by Badger, Benge, Kawauchi and Parr.

Cheers, Doug

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September 3, 2015

Cig Harvey – Gardening at Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 6:20 pm

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Copyright 2015 Cig Harvey

Photographer: Cig Harvey (born UK, resides Maine, USA)

Publisher: Schilt Publishing (The Netherlands)

Essays: Cig Harvey, Vicki Goldberg

Text: English

Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Deb Wood (Brooklyn, NY)

Notes: Gardening at Night is an exploration of home, family, nature, and time. He narrative investigates settling into one’s environment and creating life where you are. Harvey frequently tightly focuses in on the details of her surroundings, punctuated by deep shadows or blazing brightness, to create her wonderful metaphors, which are intertwined with her running dialog though the book.  One result is an intensely personal story that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.

Cheers, Doug

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