The PhotoBook Journal

November 29, 2018

Interesting Artist and Photographic Books for 2018

As in years past TPBJ has been providing a short list of artistbooks and photobooks we have found to be very Interesting. These are books that we continue to return to in order to enjoy again. Our selection derives from books with intriguing photographic content, brilliant project concepts, excellent book designs that support the artist/photographer’s intent in conjunction with spot-on production qualities; and the books that are the most Interesting have a delightful combination of all of these creative, if not critical, elements.

For our editorial team’s selection we have limited ourselves to the artistbooks and photobooks that we received with time to really evaluate the book object in its entirety. I have readily admitted in the past we do not have access to every photobook that was published during the year, thus our list is not meant to be in any way inclusive. Our list is also not meant be the “Best” photobooks of 2018, but rather we have selected some of our more Interesting photobooks that might warrant your consideration and time.

Our list includes; Laia Abril, Julia Borissova, Simon Brugner, Seiichi Furuya, Tobias Kruse, Melissa Lazuka, Yehlin Lee, David Lynch, Ute & Werner Mahler, Nuno Moreira, Colin Pantall & Zheng Ziyu (Editors) & Antonio Perez Rio.

Some artist and photographers are list repeats and others have published their First book. One of these books is massive in breath, scale and size and some are petite poetic treasures. This list represents a truly internationals group of artists, photographers, designers, printers and publishers; Congratulations to all!

We have published commentaries for most of these books, which are linked-up below. It is our intent to finish publishing reviews for all of these artistbooks and photobooks shortly. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have.

In alphabetic order by last name:

 

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Laia Abril, On Abortion

 

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Julia Borissova, Let Me Fall Again

 

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Simon Brugner, The Arsenic Eaters

 

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Seiichi Furuya, Warum Dresden (Why Dresden) (review pending)

 

Tobias Kruse, Material (review pending)

 

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Melissa Lazuka, Song of the Cicadas

 

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Yehlin Lee, Raw Soul

 

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David Lynch, Nudes

 

Ute and Werner Mahler, Kleinstadt (review pending)

 

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Nuno Moreira, She Looks Into Me

 

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Colin Pantall and Zheng Ziyu (Editors), Magnum China

 

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Antonio Perez Rio, Masterpieces – Obras Maestras (review pending)

 

Cheers!

The PhotoBook Journal Editorial team: Douglas Stockdale, Gerhard Clausing, Kristin Dittrich, Melanie Chapman, Dan Johns

 

November 26, 2018

Manfred Heiting photobook collection – Woolsey Fire 2018

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Eadweard Muybridge, The Horse in Motion, 1882, 1st edition, English, cloth cover

As some of you know, Manfred Heiting’s extensive photobook collection was purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in 2012 and was destined for their Hirsch Library. His photobook collection was approximately 22,000 volumes, of which 5,828 photobooks were relocated to the museum while the remainder resided at Heiting’s residence in Malibu, California.

The recently Woolsey fire in Southern California swept through parts of Malibu and recent reports are that Heiting’s residence and the remaining collection was impacted.

This is the statement from MFAH (issued 11-21-18)

On Friday, November 16, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow received a message from collector Manfred Heiting. Mr. Heiting reported that he had learned that his Malibu house and collections had been destroyed in the Woolsey fire, including most likely books, photographs and ceramics that were destined for the Museum. Thankfully Mr. Heiting and his wife, Hanna, were not on the property and are safe. Neither of them has been able to see the property to verify the extent of damage.

In 2012, the Museum had committed to the acquisition of these collections, still in formation, with an agreement that they would ultimately be transferred to Houston by 2023. These include 22,000 books related to the history of photography, and approximately 100 photographs. Since 2012, Mr. Heiting has been in the process of cataloguing and photographing each volume that was destined for the Museum. This has been a years-long process that has already yielded authoritative scholarly publications on Soviet, Japanese, German and Czech photobooks. While 5,828 volumes have already been relocated to the Museum, the remainder are presumed destroyed.  All of us at the Museum are profoundly saddened by this devastating loss to the field and to history. Until the extent of the damage has been determined, we will have no further comment.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that the results are not as bad as feared.

Note, the two titles included in this article are safely located at the MFAH Hirsch Library. Photo credits; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Best regards,

Doug

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Man Ray, Photographs by Man Ray, 1979, 1st edition, English, cloth cover, paper dust jacket

 

November 10, 2018

500 photobook reviews and counting!

Filed under: Artist Books, Book Publications, Photo Book NEWS — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 4:27 pm

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Paul Kranzler & Andrew Phelps, The Drake Equation

Late last month when we published our review of Paul Kranzler & Andrew Phelps photobook The Drake Equation, we also officially published our 500th photobook review. Wowzier!!

I had started this book review blog in 2008 and little did I know that it would continue onward for another 10 years and that during this time we would review 500 contemporary photobooks.  And of course we have reviewed two photobook since this milestone, so we are now at 502 photobook reviews.

I am continued to be amazed almost daily by the quality and ingenuity of the photographers, artists, publishers, printers and book designers that continue to create these wonderful book objects.

Since starting this blog I have been joined by Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing for the past two years and shortly we have two more book reviewers joining our team; Melanie Chapman who will be focusing on the photo-documentary and street photography photobooks and Dan Johns whose museum curatorial background will be focusing on the more abstract subject matter. This will allow us to engage with and write about more photobooks as these become available, as the quantity of photobooks being published can be overwhelming. There is nothing worse for me than at the end of the year when I realize that there are still a bunch of titles and a stack of books that I meant to review from the prior two (or three) years.

I must admit that there are the interesting “publishing” stats for this journal that I am proud of; over a million eyeballs and counting, various awards and recognition from our peers, in conjunction with the profound improvement in my writing skills over the years (please, not too many comments to contrary and as this would be a personal concept that I would like to dearly hold on to).

More importantly has been the wonderful discussions and exchanges with extremely creative artist, photographers and designers who in turn have developed some wonderful relations with caring publishers and daring printers who have been willing to take creative chances. Bravo!!

Which in turn all of these beautiful and billiantly designed books are very inspirational in my own artist book practice. Likewise, I hope that you have found our reviews of photobooks and photo-based artist books to be equally inspirational; whether  you are a book collector, bookstore, artist, photographer, designer, publisher or printer.

We are equally indebted to the many photographers and artist in conjunction with their publishers who have provided us with the review copies to work from as holding wonderful these book objects is really a critical part of our review process. So a very big Thank You for your support.

Cheers!!

The PhotoBook Journal team: Doug, Gerry, Melanie and Dan

October 17, 2018

Printed Matter – Open call for NYC artists

Filed under: Book Publications, Photo Book NEWS — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:51 pm

 

Open call for NYC-based artists
Emerging Artists Publication Series
Deadline October 21

Last week to submit to the Emerging Artists Publication Series! Four artists’ book proposals will be developed and published under Printed Matter’s imprint — selected artists receive design and production support, and are awarded a fee of $1,500. Read more about the program and apply here.

Details:

Call for Submissions 2018

Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books, is pleased to announce an open call for book proposals as part of our ongoing Emerging Artists Publication Series.

Applications are open through midnight Sunday, October 21, 2018. Submission is free.

The Emerging Artists Publication Series is only open to individuals who reside in the five boroughs of New York City.

This program is made possible with support from the Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Program Overview

The Emerging Artists Publication Series supports early career artists in realizing an artists’ book project.  Four compelling book proposals will be selected by Printed Matter staff and a guest jury to be developed and published under our imprint in 2019-20. As “emerging artists”, applicants will be practicing artists but will not have major gallery representation, a significant solo exhibition history or an extensive book publishing practice. First publications are welcome.

Proposed books may be in progress—a final design is not required—however applications should be for book projects developed beyond the idea stage. Though we expect that selected projects will evolve during the working period, submissions should be carefully considered and successfully illustrate to the jury what the completed project will look like. Applications may also describe production aspects of the book, including size and format, printing method and binding.

In support of your application, please provide an overview of any work that’s been done to date, and a brief breakdown of what you see the remaining work areas to be (research phase, writing period, commissioning of texts, etc.) with an indication of how project material will be sourced.

We will only be able to review submissions for artists’ books—works that are conceived as artworks in their own right. Works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, catalogs of artwork, monographs, as well as limited edition, deluxe, or hand-crafted book objects will not be eligible as these are outside the program’s scope. Please visit www.printedmatter.org for more information on Printed Matter and artists’ publications.

Application Requirements

-A detailed summary of the proposed project (up to 500 words)

-A short status report on progress to date (up to 200 words)

-PDF sample pages or PDF of images that directly relate to or demonstrate some aspect of the proposed project, including brief captions (up to 15 pages)

-Artist website or CV

Available Support

Four projects will be selected and published under Printed Matter’s imprint, with all production and design expenses covered (within budget).

Artists receive a fee of $1,500, and 5% of the edition.

Artists will have access to Printed Matter staff for project support, as well as layout and production assistance from a designer as needed. Each title will be promoted with a press announcement, a launch event/program at Printed Matter, and through wholesale and institutional offerings to bookstores and libraries. Titles will be carried at Printed Matter.

Timeline

All book proposals must be sent by midnight Sunday, October 21, 2018. Applications sent after this date will not be considered. Selected artists will be notified by January 2019. A more detailed work/production schedule will be established with selected artists at that time.

Please note that given project budget and short production timeline, selected artists may be asked to shape aspects of their project so that it can be realized within the scope of the Series. Proposals with especially elaborate or costly production may be better suited for other publishers.

Please write to Keith@printedmatter.org with questions.

September 12, 2018

Introduction to PhotoBook Design – October LACP workshop

Introduction to Photo Book Design with Douglas Stockdale (Two sessions)

Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop

Los Angeles Center for Photography

Next month, October 7th and 14th, I will be repeating my popular two-day workshop in conjunction with the Los Angeles Center for Photograph (LACP). This workshop focuses on the fundamental development of a book; understanding the artists intent and how that then translates into a book object in the editing, sequencing and layout of the book supported by the book’s design attributes.

The two-day goal of the workshop is for each person to leave with a first rough draft of their book dummy of their personal photographic project. I will provide both creative and practical book design options and project critiques to help those attending to move their book publication forward.

After a morning of studying limited edition artists’ books, trade books and zines, the remainder of the first morning will be spent understanding each artist/photographers publishing objectives. Subsequently I will include discussions on the elements of book design, essence of project editing, image editing and sequencing, the purpose of a physical book-dummy, concluding with a hands-on fabrication of a saddle-stitch dummy book/zine.

The second session delves further into the book dummy development and includes discussions about the business elements of (self/indie) publishing a book, critical book production elements and making a publisher submission. The remainder of the day students will continue working on the development of their dummy book as a collaborative project as well as some one-on-one time with each participant.

The feedback I have received over the years is this workshop has been critical to many artist and photographers for their publishing success; helping provide clarity on their project and providing creative book design options. So whether you are developing your very first book or your book project is one of many, I think you will find our time together to be really inspiring.

I hope you can join me for this fun and yet intense workshop.

This workshop is being held at the LACP facilities: 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Let me know if you have any questions,

Cheers!

Douglas, one of our favorite photobook editors

 

September 5, 2018

NY Art Book Fair – Coming soon!

Filed under: Artist Books, Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:38 pm

NY Art Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc. presents

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR

September 21-23, 2018

Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm

Purchase your preview ticket here.

Printed Matter Members receive free entry to the preview. Please present your membership card at the door. To join as a Member, click here.

 

Free entrance

HOURS AND LOCATION

Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)

Friday, September  21, 1-7pm

Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm

Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

 

Where: MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

(Of course, we on the Left coast are patiently waiting for the LA Art Book Fair)

Cheers!

FotoEvidence Book Award – deadline approaching

Filed under: Photo Books, Photo Book NEWS — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 10:07 am

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FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo

The annual 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to long-form projects of documentary photographers working in the humanistic tradition.

The 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner and two selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in Amsterdam in conjunction with the launch of the book.

Deadline:

Submissions for the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photomust be received by midnight (E.S.T.) on October 15, 2018. Submissions received after October 15, 2018 will be considered for the following year’s Book Award.

Professional, amateur photographers and photographer’s collectives can apply for the Book Award.
•    Submit up to 15 images from one project. If you are selected for the Book Award you will be asked to submit 100-120 photographs on the same topic.
•    $50 entry fee, payable to FotoEvidence during the online entry process

Awards will be announced in February, 2019.

July 13, 2018

LES FotoBook Fair – NYC

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:00 pm

LES FotoBook Fair

LES (Lower East Side) Foto Book Fair

LOCATION
Foley Gallery
59 Orchard Street
New York, New York 10002

HOURS
July 21 | 11am – 7pm
July 22 | 12pm – 6pm

 

May 14, 2018

LA Pages – Book Fair for Independent West Coast Publishers

LA Pages – Book Fair for Independent West Coast Publishers

Dates: May 18-19-20th

Times: 11am – 8pm

Location: Mayra’s Banquet Hall, 6075 Normandie Ave, Los Angeles (yes, believe it or not, just below South Park)

This event is produced by 8-Ball Community, Bunny Jr and Ooga Booga, and it’s a one time only, not for profit and in memory of Shannon Michael Cane. Everyone is welcome, & FREE entry!

With 80+ exhibitors.

THU 5/17 – FUNDRAISER EVENT
Food by Familia Romero
Music performance by Yanga (8pm)

FRI 5/18
Music curated by 8-Ball Radio
Food by Natural Soul Food
Music performance by Black Congress (7pm)
Future Preservation / Short film festival curated by 8-Ball TV & Symposium (8pm)

SAT 5/19
Music curated by Bunny Jr.
Food by Mai Downs
Music performance by É Arenas (7pm)

SUN 5/20
Music curated by Kchung Radio
Food by Natural Soul Food
Music performance by Jazzy Romero (7pm)

May 6, 2018

Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market 2018

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Acid-Free LA Art Book Market, Blum & Poe 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This past weekend, May 4-6th, 2018 was the first Acid-Free LA Art Book Market held at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, near the Culver City Art District.

This is a new left coast art book event that occurred this weekend here in Southern California/Los Angeles. Regretfully this event did not get onto my radar until the last few days until various publishers and galleries announced their booth information. Fortunately for me, the location at Blum and Poe is literally across the street from the gallery that represents me, Fabrik Projects and where my exhibition was opening Saturday morning.

So a two-fer for a Saturday; check-in at Fabrik Projects to ensure everything was copacetic for my exhibition, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra, and then pop across the street to quickly check out Acid-Free. Since my leporello book dummy for Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra was also being exhibited, this allowed me to Segway to my exhibition while talking self-published books and book designs. A win-win. Or at least I thought so (yuk, yuk).

Acid-Free is a three-day art book market organized by a collective of Los Angeles based independent publishers. Approximately 80 exhibitors, both local and International, with video, music, programming, and some food and drink.  I am still unsure of the reason for this Art Book Market’s name of Acid-Free and no one present could explain it either. Another mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Attendance was lighter than I expected compared to the Saturday mob usually found at the alternative event hosted by Printed Matter and their LA Art Book Fair. (note: LA Art Book Fair was canceled this year due to unforeseen events). Most of my book friends were not aware of this event until the middle of last week.

Nevertheless, still in attendance were some of my local and international favorite publishers and book stores; Lucy Soto with Artbook, Clint Woodside with his Dead Beat Club, Tricia at The Ice Plant, Morel Books, Chris and his Nazraeli Press, TBW Books, Hassla, Winfried Heininger (he was putting more money in the meter and missed photographing him) and his Swiss Kodoji Press and some local galleries were present as well, such as Kopeikin Gallery (Paul giving me his stoic gallery gaze) and Peter Fetterman Gallery.

As anticipated, I left with my share of photobooks tucked in my kit-bag; Deanna Templeton’s They Should Never Touch the Ground, pub 2015 by Dead Beat Club (#31); Lucas Foglia’s Human Nature, pub 2017 Nazraeli Press; Alejandro Cartagena’s Santa Barbara Shame on US, pub 2017 Skinnerboox & distributed by Kopekin Gallery, and Mark Klett’s Traces of Eden: Travels in the Desert Southwest, pub 1986 David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc (also signed by Klett) and copies are still available from Kopekin Gallery.

And of course, just a tiny bit of book publishing gossip. Really, just a tiny bit.

Cheers,

Douglas

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