The PhotoBook

April 22, 2016

Brad Temkin – Rooftop

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Copyright 2015 Brad Temkin

Photographer: Brad Temkin  (born & resides Chicago, IL)

Publisher: Radius Books (USA)

Essays: John Rohrbach, Steven Peck, Roger Schickedantz

Text: English

Hardcover with glued boards and accompanying perfect-bond booklet (essay and list of plates), Lucite slipcase, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Verona, Italy

Photobook designer: David Chickey and David Skolkin

Notes:

The rooftops of industrial buildings could well be one of the last frontiers for ecological exploration, usually a place that is a maintenance crew’s worst nightmare as a source for water leaks. This no-man’s landscape has more recently been envisioned as a potential location for huge panels for solar energy with an eye towards reducing electrical cost in conjunction with reducing the carbon footprint. Likewise, a relatively new concept for industry is the green roof, which Temkin has investigated in his book Rooftop. The concept is not entirely new as the top of many apartment complexes have for generations’ harbored gardens and other green sanctuaries.

Temkin has found these industrial oasis in the midst of heavy commerce and high rise commercial complexes, an otherwise sea of concrete, steel and glass. What is not apparent is that these green places are usually meant for popular use or even by those who inhabit the commercial space just below these beautiful vistas. Temkin has framed many of his images in a manner that makes the location ambiguous, even to the point of recognizing that the location is on top of commercial building. One poignant exception is the photograph that captures both the natural habitat on the roof and the stark contrast of the business personnel boxed inside the building below, attentive to their computer monitors and headsets. Nevertheless, Tempkin’s clearly seen photographs offers hope as to our industrial future.

Cheers

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April 21, 2016

Curatorial walk thru at Photo Book Independent

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The schedule for talks, book signings and curatorial discussions has just been posted for Photo Book Independent, a part of Photo Independent later this month in LA (Hollywood)

I am honored to have an opportunity to provide two curatorial walk-through’s to discuss the photobooks that were recently juried-in for the book competition as well as those that are being exhibited by the participating photographers.

The first curatorial walk will be held first on Friday night at 6pm just prior to the VIP opening of the exhibition space at Raleigh Studios (yes, a functioning sound stage in the midst of the film capital). The second walking discussion will be on Sunday morning at 10:30 am just prior to the opening for the general public. I am planing on an hour discussion, but be prepared, it could last a little longer depending on the questions and answers.

For the juried-in photo books, since I was part of the judging and had developed the judging process, I am planning to provide a little back-ground on the judging criteria. How did we decide which books were interesting and provocative and which did not seem to past muster and capture our attention?

The good news, my curatorial discussions are free to participate, but the space is limited and if you want to join for what I hope is an interesting, fun and informative event, you need to sign up for it NOW: http://photoindependent.com/talks-and-book-signings/

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Cheers!

April 3, 2016

Judging – Photobook Independent submissions

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS, Photo Books — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:33 pm

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2016 Photobook Independent judging panel

As I announced last month, I was added to the judging panel as a photobook specialist for the Photobook Independent book competition. The judging occurred yesterday up in Los Angeles and it was an interesting event as well as a pretty daunting task in my opinion. I can not really reveal any results yet (soon!), but I was really impressed with the quality and diversity of the book submissions.

In the photo above, left to right, is Kirk Pederson, Chris Davies, Sarah Lee, yours truly, Marissa Caichiolo, Kio Griffith, and Sarah Hadley. Not included in the photo was Rudi Bianchi.

We are now working on a schedule for me to provide a curatorial walk-thru of the winning book submissions in conjunction with the other photobooks that will be available during Photobook Independent later this month in LA. I hope to announce that shortly, so continue to stay tuned.

Cheers!

March 10, 2016

Photobook Competition update: I have been added to the judging panel

Filed under: Photo Book NEWS — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:26 pm

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PhotoBook Independent.

I am very honored, as well as excited, to announce that I have been added to the judging panel for the PhotoBook Independent phototographic book competition! So how cool is that?

I will be joining Rudi Bianchi (photographic collector), Marissa Caichiolo (Curator and Executive Director, Building Bridges Art Exchange), Chris Davis (Publisher, Fabrik Magazine), Kio Griffith (Artist, Designer, Writer, Curator), Sarah Lee (Curator) and Kirk Pederson (Publisher, Zero+Publishing). This appears to be a diverse panel, so this should be an interesting process and I am looking forward to it.

Reminder, the cut-off day for this is very quickly approaching with the published books to be delivered by March 21st (Los Angles, CA). So if you think that this is for you, please check it out and get your books in.

I am now looking forward to all of the great submissions!

Update: The submission deadline for delivering books has been extended to the end of March.

 

February 26, 2016

Published Photobook Competition announced

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Recently announced Left Coast photobook competition, this one is for photobooks that have been published and the winners need to be available for sale during PhotoBook Independent at the end of April in Los Angeles. Details are as follows, and if you have a published photobook, then check it out. By the way, there does not appear to be a restriction on when your book was published; all are fair game, as long as you still have copies to sell.

2016 PHOTOBOOK COMPETITION

PhotoBook Independent announces the 2016 PhotoBook Competition. Winning books will be exhibited and for sale at PhotoBook Independent and will be featured on the Photo Independent website and in their marketing campaign.

PhotoBook Independent will again take place at the Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles April 29-May 1, 2016 together with Photo Independent.

Now in it’s 3rd year, Photo Independent weekend celebrates international photography and talented image-makers across various genres of the medium. PhotoBook Independent will include curatorial walk-throughs, book signings, artist talks and other events. This is an incredible opportunity to reach an audience of photo book lovers and collectors in Los Angeles and environs, and to have your book featured on our website, social media and other marketing platforms.

Three books from the PhotoBook Competition will be chosen as Best in Show and will be honored at the Fair.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

The PhotoBook Independent competition is open to all photographers and independent publishers in the United States and abroad.  Entrants may submit books of any size, format, or style. Submitted books may be self-published, by an on-demand service such as Blurb, Lulu, Apple Books, etc.; created by small run publishing companies; or have been hand-made/hand-bound. Dummy books and PDFs will be accepted, though actual books are preferred, so they can be offered for sale at PhotoBook Independent.

Submissions will be judged on book design, including page layouts, text, cover; strength of the photography and emotional impact of the overall book. All judging is at the complete discretion of the jurors and all decisions are final.

SUBMISSION FEE
The submission fees are as follows:

  • $25 for 1 book
  • $35 for 2 books
  • $45 for 3 books

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Entries must be received (in hand) no later than March 21, 2016.

Winners will be notified in early April.

To enter:

  • Full out form here including uploading a JPEG file of your book cover(s)
  • Pay Submission Fee
  • Mail one copy of each book submitted to the following address:

Fabrik Media/PhotoBook 2016
269 S. Beverly Drive, #1234
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

If you would like the book returned, you must include a pre-addressed mailing label and sufficient postage. Otherwise your book will become the property of Fabrik Media.

Winning PhotoBook photographers and publishers will have the option of sending additional books to have for sale at the fair. Winners need not be present at the Fair.

All submissions must be original works created by the submitting photographer or be submitted by a publisher who has permission to submit the work.

By entering, the photographer or publisher warrants that the submission does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained all necessary permissions from any third party. Once entered, all Submissions are final; no changes or edits may be made to your book.

January 15, 2016

LA Art Book Fair – coming soon to SoCal

The LA Art Book Fair will again be at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and will be another delightful maze of rooms with amazing displays of photobook and zines. This event has always been punctuated with some wonderful finds for me.

From Printed Matter:

Printed Matter presents the fourth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 12 through 14, 2016, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA. A ticketed preview will take place on Thursday, February 11, 6-9PM.

Free (another aspect of this event that I love) and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a (very) unique event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 300 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries.

The LA Art Book Fair is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held every fall in New York City. Over 35,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art Book Fair in 2015.

A full list of this year’s exhibitors can be found here.

Highly recommended for those who love photobooks and zines on living (or visiting) the Left Coast.

Cheers!

August 6, 2015

A change in my photobook commentaries

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Photograph copyright Dragana Jursic 2015 (YU The Lost Country)

I have been contemplating some changes to this blog for a while now, due to a combination of factors. First is the large quantity of photobooks that are being published at an almost dizzying rate since I started this blog in 2008. Second is the growing quantity of high quality, creative and delightful contemporary photobooks and self-published artists books. At times I am overwhelmed with wonderful photobooks, and while taking the necessary to spend time to enjoy each of these, this precludes having the time to writing about them. Yet these great books deserve a shout out to the photographic book community at large to increase the awareness, part of the purpose of this blog.

Second half of this is the time that I have available to write about photobooks is shared with time I can spend on my personal photographic projects and photobooks (yes, I do have a day job that can be equally demanding). Thus the more time I spend with the books of others, the less time I have to spend on developing my own. Regretfully this is a balancing act and one that I have not been too good at with both parts suffering as of late.

Now here is the thing, I really enjoy creative photobooks, so I will continue to collect. Second, I am a photo-blogger so I will continue to write about photobooks. Thus I am going to try using my Facebook format on this blog for a while to provide a more concise shout out about the books I like. You should see more book shout outs and a lot more often that before. That in turn should allow me some guilt-free time to work on my own photographic projects. nice!

So let’s see how this works for a while.

Cheers!

January 27, 2015

Printed Matter’s 2015 LA Art Book Fair

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Printed Matter’s (2015) LA Art Book Fair

This coming weekend on the Left Coast is what is becoming an annual event; Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair which will take place again at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

As I have written about the past (2014) LA Art Book Fairs taking place at MOCA, this building is a maze of rooms, small hidden rooms, medium size display areas and a huge room usually reserved for the Zine world. A ton of books, magazines, zines that are new and old (“collectibles”) that can overwhelm the senses. Fortunately the food trucks out the front doors can provide sustenance to help you endure. In past years there was a section reserved for photobooks up on the mezzanine, but guessing there will be spot somewhere.

Schedule:

Preview Thursday 29th January, 6-9pm
Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm

Also nice about this event: FREE Admission!

Cheers!

December 19, 2014

Interesting Photobooks for 2014

My interesting Photobooks of 2014

For those who follow my posts already know that I am a strong believer that anyone who has the endurance, determination and guts to publish their photobook deserves a strong pat on the back. You are all winners! The following photobooks have that little something extra, which may be exceeding hard to define or explain, but these photographers, usually in cahoots with a great (if not brilliant) book designer and backed by a diligent printer and bindary team, stand out.

Enjoy!

Laia Abril – The Epilogue, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing (Also selected for my list published in Emaho magazine)

Roger Ballen – Asylum Of The Birds, Thames & Hudson

Julia Borissova – Running to the Edge, Self-published (Also selected for my list published in Emaho magazine)

Jan Brykczynski – Boiko, self-published

Alejandro Cartagena – Carpoolers, self-published

Laura Curran – Lots of Cake!, self-published

Carolyn Drake – Wild Pigeon, self-published

Michelle Frankfurter – Destino, published by FotoEvidence

Robin Maddock – III, published by Trolley Books

Paula McCartney – A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, published by Silas Finch (Also selected for my list published in Emaho magazine)

Kate Nolan – Neither, self-published (Also selected for my list published in Emaho magazine)

Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis – Islands of the Blest, published by Silas Finch

Matej Sitar – Morning Sun, self-published (his imprint)

Gytis Skudzinskas – Albumas, published by Nerutina

Ed Templeton – Random & Pointless, Deadbeat Club Press (#19) (Also selected for my list published in Emaho magazine)

Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Collapses, published by Daylight Books & Tosei-sha Publishing, Ltd, 2014 (as a note about potential conflicts, I was the Text Editor for Watanabe’s book)

This list of photobooks as I hope you noted are in alphabetical order by last name, so please do not read into whose name/photobook is first or last. Not all of these photobooks have been reviewed yet, but I should have the missing reviews published soon ;- )

Thanks to all of you for your on-going support this past year and I am eagerly looking forward to the creative endeavors or 2015.

Cheers!!

The photobook covers are as follows:

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Laia AbrilThe Epilogue

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Roger Ballen – Asylum Of The Birds

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Julia BorissovaRunning to the Edge

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Jan Brykczynski – Boiko

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Alejandro Cartagena – Carpoolers

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Laura Curran – Lots of Cake!

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Carolyn Drake – Wild Pigeon

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Michelle Frankfurter – Destino

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Robin Maddock – III

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Paula McCartneyA Guide to Snow and Ice

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Kate Nolan – Neither

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Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis – Islands of the Blest

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Matej Sitar – Morning Sun

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Gytis Skudzinskas – Albumas

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Ed Templeton – Random & Pointless, Deadbeat Club Press (#19)

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Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Collapses, published by Daylight Books & Tosei-sha Publishing, Ltd, 2014

November 12, 2014

Photobook events

Filed under: Photo Books, Photo Book NEWS, Photo Book Discussions — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:56 pm

This is just a quick shout out about some current and pending photobook events. These are always great opportunities to hold, see, compare and purchase photobooks. It can also be a slight bit overwhelming, so give yourself plenty of time, which is good advice that I need to take myself. Also, for some popular book stands, the crowds can get pretty dense, which does not lead to good opportunities to examine popular titles.

There are three interesting photobook events occurring in Paris (France) later this week. I am guessing if these were events you were planning to attend, you are already well on your way! Which is of course: Paris Photo, OFFPRINT and Photobook Fest. Regretfully all are located at different venues, but not that far apart as the Paris Metro is great way to get around.

If you missed last month’s Art Book Fair (hosted by Printed Matter) in NYC, you will have another opportunity when this event occurs in LA at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA next January 30 – Feb 1, 2015. This will be the third year for the LA version and again at MOCA, which is not a bad venue but can be a confusing facility with all of its nooks and crannies to hide the various exhibitors.

Also looking ahead is Paris Photo LA, a SoCal version of Paris Photo. Similar to Paris, this huge LA event draws a really big crowd, thus the spin-offs such as the Photobook Independent in conjunction with Photo Independent located literally across the street from Paris Photo LA at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Walking a film/TV sound stage backlot is almost worth the cost of admission! The dates are May 1-3, 2014. For the Photobook Independent, this is an opportunity for self-published photographers and Indie publishers to have an opportunity to show their photobooks and a great opportunity to meet and discuss directly with the authors. (Note: the cost to rent a half or full table for Photobook Independtent is fairly reasonable if you are interested in getting your photobook(s) in front of a large audience – I know that I am considering this option!)

Cheers!

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