The PhotoBook Journal

December 21, 2017

LA Art Book Fair – Update

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:27 pm

For 2018 it was just announced that there will not be a LA Art Book Fair, which is some sad at the end of the year news for the left coast. This has a been a popular event in LA, extremely well attended and a fair that is notable for its diverse publications for sale. I had been looking forward to this event and thus I am very disappointed, but I understand why. Thus now looking forward to the 2019 event!

Here is the press release from Printed Matter, the fairs sponsor;

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I regret to announce that Printed Matter’s 2018 LA Art Book Fair has been cancelled due to the unavailability of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Fair’s venue of the last five years, and the tragic and unexpected passing of our friend and Fair Curator Shannon Michael Cane.

Over the years, the LA Art Book Fair has grown to become one of the art publishing world’s largest gatherings—a community-driven celebration of innovation and creativity, as well as a rich educational forum for engaging with all facets of art book publishing. We are greatly disappointed that we are unable to mount the Fair in 2018.

The LA Art Book Fair will definitely return in 2019 with renewed energy. Thank you for your understanding and support, and we hope to see you at our NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in the fall.

November 29, 2017

Interesting Photobooks of 2017 (plus a few from 2016)

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Interesting Photobooks of 2017, copyright Douglas Stockdale

As in years past, we have been providing a short list of photobooks we have found interesting, whether it was the photographic content, concept of the project, the book’s design or production qualities; and most interesting when it was a delightful combination of all of these book elements.

For our editorial team selection we limited ourselves to the photobooks 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 read and study every photobook that was published during the year, thus our list is not meant to be inclusive as there are a great many other interesting photobooks that were published this year. Our list may not be the “Best” photobooks of 2017, but rather we have selected some of the more interesting photobooks for your consideration. In a couple of cases, we have included books that were published in late 2016 that have come to our attention this year.

We have published commentaries for most of these, which are linked-up. It is our intent to publish commentaries for the remaining photobooks shortly. So in alphabetic order:

Roger Ballen, Ballenesque, Thames & Hudson, 2017, a really interesting retrospective of Ballen’s creative body of work, also The Theatre of Apparitions, Thames & Hudson, 2016 (we did not see this until early this year); An astute personal investigation of the mind against intercultural backgrounds.

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Roger Ballen

Paula Bronstein, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, University of Texas Press, 2016; a long term photo-documentary project about the on-going social impact of war in Afghanistan.

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Paula Bronstein

Claire Felicie, Only the Sky Remains Untouched, Self-published, 2016; provides an intriguing layered visual design that creatively investigates the concepts of lingering trauma after warfare.

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Claire Felicie

Lea Habourdin, Survivalists, Fuego Books, 2017; an intriguing book design that investigates a concept about personal/cultural survival. (Review pending)

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Lea Habourdin

Ellen Korth, CHARKOW, Self-published, 2016; presenting difficult parts of a personal history using a very innovative set of books.

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Ellen Korth

Andrej Lamut, Nokturno, The Angry Bat, 2017; a dark and moody investigation which provides an interesting environment to explore a diverse range of metaphoric potentials.

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Andrej Lamut

Robert Lyons, Pictures From the Next Day, Zatara Press; An introspective project that explores aging, personal relationships and American culture. (Review pending)

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Robert Lyons

Tymon Markowski, Flow, Self-published, 2017; a great utilization of a book design that captures the essence of photo-documentary project’s investigation of a region.

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Tymon Markowski

Duane Michals, Portraits, Thames & Hudson, 2017; a retrospective of his portrait work in the context of his trademark, if not iconic, creative storytelling.

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Duane Michals

Nancy Rexroth, IOWA, University of Texas Press, 2017 (first edition, self-published, 1977); an updated and re-edited edition of this fine art photobook “classic”, which still maintains its artistic vitality. (Review pending)

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Nancy Rexroth

Douglas Stockdale, Bluewater Shore, self-published, 2017; (A little bit of personal bias) Exploring American culture and family as well in part for its production merit as it is the first photo book that was printed with a duotone (black & white) digital lithography printing process.

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Cheers!

Douglas & Gerhard

November 28, 2017

Duane Michals – Portraits

Filed under: Book Publications, Book Reviews, Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , — Gerhard Clausing @ 2:44 pm

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Photographer:  Duane Michals (born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; resides in New York City)

Publisher:  Thames & Hudson, New York, NY, © 2017

Essays and commentary:  Duane Michals

Text:  English

Hard cover with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color printing; 176 numbered pages; 178 captioned photographs with additional notes and commentary; 12×10 inches; printed and bound in China

Photobook designer:  Mark Melnick

Notes:

It seems Duane Michals has been a creative storyteller forever (more than half a century). He has a great mind that is always bubbling with new ideas, and the application of these ideas has found its way into our consciousness as the decades have gone by. He has not been afraid to forge ahead to tackle the problems that life generates by transforming them into some therapeutic sequences and mixed-media images. He even hand-writes text to go with his images or sequences so that we may share his trains of thought and insights. Best of all, he is one of the most honest and straight-forward people I have ever met, and he is an entertainer full of earthy humor on top of all that! Below there is a sequence of two photographs I took of him at the 2014 Palm Springs Photo Festival, showing the master photographer as performer in a moment of self-awareness during a lecture:

 

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The Magic Theater: Duane Michals as Duane Michals – © 2014 Gerhard Clausing

 

This is the latest of his many books, and it is a fascinating collection of portraits with an emphasis on well-known personalities, including actors, musicians, artists, and writers, as well as some of his self-portraits and personal portraits, occasionally combining the two categories through an incorporation of his reflection. Included are many well-known people, such as Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton, Richard Gere, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli, Johnny Cash, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, to name just a few. There are also a number of personal photographs, such as the one of his grandmother (double page four below, right side), elevated to celebrity status through these juxtapositions.

Michals comments: “The photo is a document of when and where, not who and why. Is the emotion that I see in your glance authentic or is it just a simulacrum?” He posits four types of portraits:  1. Stand and stare  2. Prose portrait (tells the story of a person)  3. Annotated portrait  4. Imaginary portrait (his idea of what somebody might be). Naturally, almost all his portraits are in categories 2-4. He frequently uses reflections (mirrors, glass) to emphasize interconnectedness and multiplicity. Long exposures and multiple exposures are other methods by which Michals shows movement and action and interprets reality freely through his imagination. Occasionally painting on the image will add his extra interpretive touch (Marlene Dietrich, double page one, right side).

This volume is a compendium of surprise views of those who may otherwise seem familiar; this coffee-table size volume is highly recommended!

TPBJ previously featured a review of Duane Michals – 50

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November 3, 2017

Douglas Stockdale – Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book

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Author and Principal Photographer:  Douglas Stockdale (born Butler, PA; resides Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)

Publisher: Self-published; first edition, first printing of 400; copyright © 2017

Text: English

Stiff-cover saddle-stitched book of 40 numbered pages with 14 images on several types of paper; 7.5×9 inches; full-color digital lithography, printed by Dual Graphics, Brea, California; $19.95 plus shipping ($4.50 in US & $15.00 USD other countries)

Book Design: Douglas Stockdale and Craig Evans – Text Editor: Gerhard Clausing – Cover Photograph: Scott Mathews

 

Notes: 

This book had its debut at the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego, California, on October 26, 2017, and was received with great enthusiasm. It is a detailed guide to help the artist through all the steps and considerations to keep in mind when thinking about and executing an independently published artist book.

Douglas Stockdale, editorial founder of and prolific contributor to The PhotoBook Journal and SoCal PhotoExchange, who has been our guide through many artistic and publishing intricacies which he has discussed in hundreds of book reviews and articles, really gets to the point in this publication. Fortunately, his collaborator and sponsor in this venture is the renowned printing and communications company Dual Graphics in Brea, California, which already assisted Ansel Adams in artfully transferring his photography to print many years ago.

Doug certainly practices what he preaches. As a successful mentor and leader of workshops dealing with planning, producing, and marketing photo books, and as an author of a number of them himself (In Passing, Ciociaria, Pine Lake, Bluewater Shore), he is able to lay out logical and creative patterns for planning and doing artist books that are designed to help artists avoid many possible pitfalls that he has observed over time. The discussion is divided into five stages, which also constitute the chapters of this book:

  1. Book Pre-Visualization
  2. Marketing (including funding and fundraising)
  3. Book Development (including editing, sequencing the images, and making a book “dummy”)
  4. Book Design (and options)
  5. Book Production

Just to name one very important consideration, this Guide introduces marketing issues early in the process, rather than at the end, as others have done, since marketing information and decisions are integral to all other considerations that follow. Doug also devotes important space to the topics of selecting and sequencing the images to be included in an artist book, a topic that is sketchy in other guides on publishing your own artist book. There are many other planning considerations that he discusses to help the reader untangle potential difficulties.

Another fascinating feature of this book, extremely useful and exclusive, is the addition of sample pages of several different types of paper on which the same color and monochrome images are printed, so that the effect of printing on papers with different surfaces and characteristics can be seen. While the images below are no substitute for getting the actual book and studying the printing on the actual paper, they allow you to begin to see some differences. This feature alone is worth more than the cost of the book, as it is the best demonstration for working closely with a top-notch printing company, and to alert the potential maker of an artist book to all the details that can make a huge difference. There are also detailed descriptions of the papers included, as well as definitions of many terms that make the artist more knowledgeable when dealing with the printing and binding options. Needless to say, the author’s style is to the point, easy to read, and not filled with unnecessary technical jargon.

This book is highly recommended, especially if you are not quite sure about doing an artist book. The overview and the details provided here will help you understand and appreciate the process and will serve as a checklist to guide you through the entire process when you have made the decision to take the plunge, which will be greatly facilitated when consulting this publication during the sojourn.

 

Gerhard Clausing

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October 19, 2017

Lucie Photo Book Prize Exhibition

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 11:26 am

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As we announced last August, the Lucie Photo Book Prize will include an exhibition of the juried books in NYC later this month, which is coming up shortly. Below are the photographers and, where appropriate, publishers, of the juried books and we have linked up the books which we have reviewed. Congratulations to all of the Finalists!

Enjoy!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The top 30 finalists will have their work displayed. The winners of the First Annual Lucie Photo Book Prize will be announced on October 28, 2017 during the Lucie Photo Book Exhibition in New York City and via our social media channels.

The Traditional Prize: awarded to the photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is commercially produced and distributed:

Exhibition Catalogue: Magnum Manifesto, Thames & Hudson

Exhibition Catalogue: Slide. The History of Project Photography, Musee de l’Elysee & Editions Noir sur Blanc, Lausanne

First: Zackary Canepari, REX, Contrasto

First: Paula Bronstein, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, University of Texas Press

Intersectional: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Web, Slant Rhymes, La Fabrica

Limited Edition: KINO Seido, Touch the forest, touched by the forest, Akaaka Art Publishing Inc.

Multi-Artist: Photographers of Dronestagram, Dronescapes, Thames & Hudson

Multi-Author: Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers, Abrams Books

Other: Tom Atwood, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, Damiani

Proposal: Chi-Kwon Choi, The Truth

Prototypes: Peter Steinhauer, Cocoons, Powerhouse Books

Self-Published: Ellen Korth, Charkow

Single Author: Mark Peterson, Political Theatre, Steidl

Single Author: Peter Bauza, Copacabana Palace, Edition Lammerhuber

The Independent Prize; awarded to the photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is published and distributed independently:

Exhibition Catalogue: JoAnn Chaus, Sweetie & Hansom, Self-published

First: Zora Murff, Corrections, Aint-Bad Editions

Homemade: Shawn Bush, A Golden State, Self-published

Intersectional: Barry Stone, Daily, In a Nimble Sea, Silas Finch

Limited Edition: Matt Eich, I Love You, I’m Leaving, ceiba editions

Multi-Artist: TBW Books Series 5, TBW Books

Multi-Author: Frank Cancian, Lacedonia, An Italian Town, 1957, Self-published

Proposal: Alex Oliver, WILDE DOGS – The rules of life according to Oscar Wilde

Prototype: Kris Vevaeke, House Full of Gold

Reissue: Nicola Degiorgis, PEAK, Rorhof

Self-published: Tianqiutao Chen, The Last Post

Self-published: Amy Elkins, Black is the Day, Black is the Night

Sefl-published: Kyree Lein, The Internet Warriors

Single-Author: Sascha Kraus, Forthright – Stronger than a weapon, Forthright Publications

Zine: Zachary Canepair, When I step in the light, I shine

 

Exhibition details:

Venue: Hosted by Splashlight Studios
One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013

Free with RSVP

 

October 3, 2017

October 14: The 5th Anniversary of World #PhotoBookDay – A Toast To Anna Atkins

Filed under: Photo Books, Book Publications, Photo Book NEWS — Tags: — Gerhard Clausing @ 5:02 pm

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The Photobook Club Madrid (Juan Barte, Juan Cires and Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa) in association with Matt Johnson sent us an interesting message today: The first photographically illustrated book dates back to 1843 and was done by a female botanist/artist, Anna Atkins. Her Wikipedia entry itself is fascinating; it informs us of her background as well as her technique in producing photogram cyanotypes to illustrate a variety of algae. So since 2013, every October 14th, photobook enthusiasts are celebrating World #PhotoBookDay, the anniversary of the purchase by the British Museum of the first known photobook: Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. This first copy is now in the British Library, and as far as is known, only 16 other copies, some partial, survive.

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This year October 14 will be a Saturday again, as it was in 1843, so 174 years later we can celebrate photobooks in view of all this and toast the creator of this wonderful publication: Anna Atkins. Our motto for this year’s World PhotoBookDay will be: #AToastToAnna.

As the originators of this idea say:

We celebrate our passion for photobooks, we rejoice that Anna Atkins bound some cyanotypes, we commemorate every book we have on our shelves, we applaud all the libraries buying photobooks and photozines, we love every person who loves photobooks!

And we’d love you to join us to celebrate this global event by organizing an action related to photobooks in your own city. Spread your love for photobooks around your community. Please share your activities on social media using the hashtag #PhotoBookDay, it will be the best way for everyone in your local community to reach your activity.

On this map see how others celebrate!

Some ideas proposed for October 14 are the following (to which we would add: help spread the word about blogs that discuss and promote photobooks, such as this one, our beloved The Photobook Journal):

  • Spread the love by sharing something you think someone will like, not something you think they should like.

  • Post a #PhotoBookDay Selfie or a Shelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favourite photobook.

  • Ask your local library to buy local self-published photobooks and photozines, we are sure you can give them some ideas.

  • If you are in charge of a library, consider purchasing and supporting self-pulished photobooks and photozines on this special day, and mark your book record with a special note to PhotoBookDay.

  • Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day. Follow your favourite bookshops on social media or search for #PhotoBookDay for offers and discounts.

  • If you make or sell books, offer your customers discounts or some special goodies. If you run a bookshop a special 5% discount, or free shipping costs, will make your clients happy. Don’t forget to announce it with #PhotoBookDay on your usual social media channels.

  • Search for a PhotoBook Club in your city to meet with like minded people and share photobooks. If there is no one, PhotoBookDay can be a good day to start one. We’ll make a list with activities organized by clubs all around the globe.

  • Discuss your love of photobooks via the twitter hashtag #PhotoBookDay. Or on instagram, too.

You may use the image of the 5th anniversary as shown above to add to your visuals. And please, tell the organizers  what you did for World PhotoBook Day 2017. We hope we all have fun with photobooks on October 14, and the rest of the year too.

Gerhard Clausing

 

September 16, 2017

Open call – The Anamorphosis Prize

Filed under: Artist Books, Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:31 am

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Bluewater Shore, copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

Open call: The Anamorphosis Prize for self-published photo-based books.

The Anamorphosis Prize was established to promote excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books.

The word anamorphosis is derived from the Greek, ana meaning again and morphe meaning form. Anamorphosis is a distortion that demands a change in perspective from the viewer in order to be properly and completely viewed. This can be interpreted today as a whole new way of looking at things.

Self-publishing is creatively liberating. The most interesting and daring developments often occur on the margins. Allowing greater control over a creative vision and expression, self-publishing drives revolutionary change within the orbit of the photobook culture and enables the artist to autonomously sculpt a vocation.

The Anamorphosis Prize will be held 3 years in a row starting in 2015 and the winner will be chosen from a shortlist of 20 books, 3 of which will receive special jury mention. All submitted books will be donated to Franklin Furnace and the shortlist of 20 books will also be included in the MoMA library.

The winner will receive $10,000. Best part: No strings attached!

Requirements for a self-published book to be submitted:

Book must be self-published in an edition of 50 or greater

Self-published means just that: self-published!

No collaboration with any publisher, no matter the size, is allowed

There is NO entry fee (but a copy of the book will be required as part of the submission)

In order to be considered, the (book) entries must be received by November 1st, 2017.

The shortlist of 20 books will be announced by end of November (then you will need to submit two more books; one for display at a pending exhibition and one for the MoMA library).

Winner will be announced January 1st, 2018 (great way to start the year for some lucky person!)

Expect some stiff competition (yes, my submission of Bluewater Shore is #45), but if you have self-published a photo-based book, there is no reason not to enter. So check it out.

Cheers & Best of Luck!

Douglas Stockdale

September 12, 2017

NY Art Book Fair – September 2017

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Big reminder that Printed Matters NY Art Book Fair is almost upon us, with a preview September 21s and the event runs September 22nd – 24th, 2017 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

While access to the Preview, from 6-9pm, is a whopping 10 bucks (and supports NYABF17), the main event on Sept 22-24th is FREE to attend. Did we mention that this is FREE to attend. Well yes it is!

One of the main book events in NYC! At least when held in LA, this is an opportunity to see a diverse and broad range of indie publications and usually has an area focused on photobooks, although many of the indie photobook publishers are widely dispersed and part of the fun is hunting them down.

Regretfully The PhotoBook Journal team will not be present for this NYC event, but look for us at LA Art Book Fair in early 2018.

Cheers!

August 29, 2017

FineBooks & Collections – Autumn 2017

Filed under: Photo Book Discussions, Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:13 pm

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Copyright 2017 by Journalistic, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC

Editor: Rebecca Rego Barry

Photography columnist: Andrea Volpe

Stiffcover, perfect bound magazine

Through serendipity I recently came to know of FineBooks & Collections, a quarterly published by Journalistic, Inc. out of their Chapel Hill, NC offices. As you might imagine the magazine reports on all things related to “Fine” Books, Manuscripts, and other published empheria that might end up in a collection.

The events that led to my obtaining a review copy of FineBooks was a survey article being prepared about photobooks, titled Photography in Motion, Collecting Photobooks is a way of Collecting Change by Andrea Volpe. One of the subjects that Volpe discussed was Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquisition/donation of the Indie Photobook Library develop by Larissa Leclair (we reported on this earlier). To illustrate the indie type of phtotobooks in Leclair’s collection, FineBooks wanted to use the cover of my photobook Ciociaria, published by Edizioni Punctum that was included in the Yale acquisition. That placed my photobook alongside some very nice photographic company; Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lewis Hine, Danny Lyons, Richard Avedon and Gary Winogrand.

Other articles of note for photographers and book makers: Not the End for Endpapers, a short interview of Daile Kaplan who is the head of photography at the Swann Auction Galleries and her Pop Photographica collection, a review of a Henry Thoreau exhibition that includes an interesting daguerreotype of him and her In View column (The Sum of its Parts) by Volpe.

Bottom line for those make and collect photobooks, this magazine is an enjoyable and diverse read that provides a bit more expansive book landscape.

You may also want to check out their blog, provides some interesting reading as well. This was also added to our resource page for recommended photobook blogs.

Cheers,

Douglas Stockdale

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August 23, 2017

Media partners – Lucie Foundation

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:51 pm

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We are very happy to announce that The PhotoBook Journal is a media partner with the Lucie Foundation for their first Photo Book Prize. We will continue to provide additional updates on the Book Prize as information becomes available.

The deadline for making the virtual book submission is looming. Books will not be required unless these are juried-in for the New York exhibition.

At the moment, we regretfully do not plan to be in NYC for this photobook event; I will be teaching a one-day Photo Book Marketing workshop that weekend with LACP and Gerhard will be participating in the Medium Photo Festival in San Diego. A very busy Fall schedule!

Cheers,

Douglas

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