The PhotoBook

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 6:34 pm

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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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August 26, 2015

Max Pam – Atlas Monographs

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Copyright 2009 Max Pam

Photographer: Max Pam (born Melbourne, resides in Australia)

Publisher: T&G Publishing, Sydney, Australia

Essays: Max Pam, Stephen Muecke

Text: English (primarily)

Hardcover book with dust jacket with one fold-out, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Index of Plates, printed & bound in Taiwan

Photobook designer: Gianni Frinzi

Notes: This photobook is a compilation of eight travel journals (artist books) created by Pam, beginning with Pam’s Karakoram (2006) and shifting back through the decades to his first journals created in 1970. The journals map through a wonderful mixture of texts, photographs, paintings and marks on paper his engagement and interactions with the cultures he has traveled through. The development of his journalist process provides a platform for his own development as a photographer, writer and as an artist. Recommended

Other Max Pam photobook reviews: Max Pam – Ramadan in Yehmen (Editions Bessard)

Book Award: Best Photography Book of the Year, International Category, PhotoEspana (2010)

Cheers, Doug

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Note: This reviewed photobook is part of a limited edition set with custom illustrated box (bottom image below) and signed/numbered silver gelatin print (top image below)

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August 20, 2015

Aaron Siskind – Another Photographic Reality

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Copyright 2014 the estate of Aaron Siskind

Photographer: Aaron Siskind (1903 – 1991) USA

Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin (TX) (first published by Editions Hazan, Paris, 2014)

Essays: Charles Traub, Gilles Mora

Text: English

Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Chronology, Bibliography, List of Photographs, printed in Italy

Photobook designer: Nicolas Hubert

Notes: A photographer who first came into recognition for his documentary photographs of NYC as part of Photo League. Siskind then evolved into one of the ground breaking and subsequent prominent photographers making the conceptual leap into Abstraction and his close friendship with Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. He viewed photography as a visual language of signs, metaphors and symbols as the equivalent of poetry and music.

Cheers, Doug

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August 18, 2015

Dragana Jursic – YU The Lost Country

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Copyright 2014 Dragana Jursic

Photographer: Dragana Jursic (b. Yugoslavia, resides Ireland)

Publisher:  Oonagh Young gallery

Essay: Dragana Jursic

Text: English

Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, with captions (Rebecca West/Dragana Jurisic), printed in Luxembourg

Photobook designer: Oonagh Young

Notes: Jursic documents her journey, retracing the steps of Rebecca West’s 1937 novel Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, through what was Yugoslavia, where she was born, but a “country” which no longer exists; a poignant mashup of memory and identity. Recommended.

Cheers, Doug

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August 17, 2015

Minor White – Manifestations of the Spirit

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Copyright 2014 the estate of Minor White

Photographer: Minor White (1908 – 1976 USA)

Publisher:  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Essay: Paul Martineau

Text: English

Hardcover book, sewn binding, four-color lithography, list of plates, pagination and captions, printed in China

Photobook designer: Jeffrey Cohen

Notes: A beautifully printed retrospective monograph, which also functions as an exhibition catalog, of a modern photographer who was a creative photographic innovator, poet, teacher and one of the co-founders as well as the first editor of Aperture magazine. Known for his spirituality and equivalence inspired photographs. Note: this extensive and well-illustrated monograph contains only White’s black and white photographs and does not contain any of his later color photographs.

Cheers, Doug

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August 14, 2015

Lori Vrba – The Moth Wing Diaries

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Copyright 2015 Lori Vrba

Photographer: Lori Vrba (born Texas, resides North Carolina (USA))

Publisher: Daylight Books

Essay: Del Zogg

Text: English

Hardcover book, sewn binding, Index of Plates, four-color lithography, printed & bound in China

Photobook designer: Ursula Damm

Notes: A delightful book filled with dreamlike black & white toned photographs that investigate memory and identify. (Extracted from the publisher); Vrba’s meticulously composed photographs are packed with symbolism drawn from art, folklore, mythology and biblical references. He subjects are actors performing parts in a series of dreamlike vignettes that tell universal stories of love, loss and the passage of time, and examine the simultaneous joy and pain of motherhood, love and being an artist. very nice.

Cheers, Doug

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