The PhotoBook

November 23, 2015

Sally Mann – The Flesh and The Spirit

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Copyright 2010 Sally Mann

Photographer: Sally Mann (b. & resides in Virginia) USA

Publisher: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) & Aperture Foundation

Author: John B. Ravenal, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Essays: John B. Ravenal, David Levi Strauss, Anne Wilkes Tucker

Text: English

Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Exhibition History, Bibliography, Index, printed in Singapore

Photobook designer: John Hoar

Notes: This is a photobook that although bears similarities to a retrospective, is a collective body of work by Sally Mann that was earlier exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. To paraphrase the book’s author, “One of the apparent paradoxes in Mann’s work is her desire to show what lies beyond vision by using a medium invented to record reality’s surfaces”. Mann’s recent work with the Ambrotype and Collodion wet plate photographic processes provide her with more opportunities for “chance events” to occur that push her images further into abstraction. For me, there is a strong undercurrent of melancholy in her photographs that span the last forty years, while Mann states that her contemplation is on “Memory, Loss, Time and Love”.

Cheers

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November 13, 2015

Rachael Jablo – My Days of Losing Words

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Rachael Jablo  Copyright 2013

Photographer: Rachael Jablo (born USA resides in Berlin, Germany)

Publisher: Kehrer Heilderberg Berlin Verlag (Germany)

Essays: Robert Wuilfe and Dawn Buse

Text: English

Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, List of Plates (photographs), printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Katharina Stumpf

Notes: An introspective study about Jablo’s own personal medical condition and the resulting impact on her life and lifestyle. She investigates the question of what do you do when there are things that are out of your control which subsequently, and dramatically, changes your life for the worse. In Rachael’s situation she found herself suffering from chronic migraines with acute issues of light sensitivity as a side effect, a difficult condition for a person who was a landscape photographer up to on-set of her migraines.

Cheers

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November 5, 2015

Martin Toft – Atlantus

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Martin Toft Copyright 2015

Photographer: Martin Toft (born Denmark & resides in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK)

Photographic Archivist: Gareth Syvret (resides in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK)

Publisher: Self-published in conjunction with Societe Jersiaise

Essays: Gareth Syvret

Text: English

Collection of Five (5) softcover zines (Atlantus, Portraits, Precious Galinthia, The Atlantic World, The Transoceanic Journey), unbound, four-color Flexographic printing, printed by PlatformP, Netherlands

Photobook designer: Kummer & Herrman (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Notes: This is a layered, fragmented and intriguing attempt to compare two complex cultural and geographic regions, the island of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK and the state of New Jersey, USA. These two places face each other across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and trace their roots back to a historical, but related, past. Billed as a multi-functional newspaper and DIY exhibition as some assembly is required. Btw to assemble a complete exhibition of this work, two copies of Atlantus are required. Nicely executed.

Cheers, Doug

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