The PhotoBook

October 21, 2015

Mariela Sancari – Moises

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Copyright 2015 Mariela Sancari   http://marielasancari.com/

Photographer: Mariela Sancari (born Buenos Aires, Argentina, resides Mexico City)

Publisher: La Fabrica (Spain)

Without essays, captions or pagination

Text: English & Spanish

Hardcover book, sewn binding, two print blocks, four-color lithography, printed in Spain

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Photobook designer: Mariela Sancari

Notes: Sancari’s photobook revolves around identity and memory and the way both are mingled and affected by each other over time and space. She examines the thin and elusive line that barely separates memories and fiction. Moisés is a poignant typology of portraits of men in their 70´s, the age of Sancari’s father if he were alive today. The two interior print blocks face each other and although there is a specific sequence to the interleaving, the pages can be re-mixed, re-sequenced and shuffled like a deck a cards by the reader to create new and alternative narratives. A lot of designers are really pushing the book design space today, sometimes with disastrous results. That is not the case with this book.  This photobook is a very intriguing concept that is well executed and which works very nicely for me, bordering on brilliant in its simplicity!

Cheers

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October 19, 2015

Guilherme Gerais – Intergalatico

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Copyright 2014 Guilherme Gerais

Photographer: Guilherme Gerais (born & resides Londrina, Brazil)

Illustrations: Arthur Durate

Publisher: Self-published, Avalanche

Without captions, essay or pagination

Text: English & Portuguese

Hardcover book with sewn binding and an integral stiff cover book that is saddle stich & glued inside back cover, with poster, four-color lithography, printed in Brazil (Midiograf)

Photobook designer: Guilherme Gerais

Notes: The book is an enigma, from start to finish. The black and white photographs are very ambiguous, hinting at a landscape that might be found on Earth, or perhaps elsewhere, providing many options to construct a narrative. At times it seems the book is bordering on too many options as to confound the reader.  I felt a push-pull tension; as the landscape and accompanying illustrations was a mix of the familiar yet still foreign and leaving me unbalanced. As such this is a bold body of work, very complex and layered.

Cheers!

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October 2, 2015

Catherine Leutenegger – Kodak City

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Copyright 2014 Catherine Leutenegger

Photographer: Catherine Leutenegger (born & resides in Switzerland)

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (Germany)

Essays: Catherine Leutenegger, A.D. Coleman, Joerg Bader, and Urs Stahel

Text: English & French

Hardcover book with printed paper belly-band, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Chris Gautschi

Notes: In this documentary style investigation of a US city that has been economically hit hard due to a global shift in technology, which is all that more poignant for photographers, as this city is Rochester, NY, aka Kodak City. The digitization of photography probably has not had more of negative impact (pun intended) than on Kodak, a company that has recently lived through bankruptcy, and all of those who depended on it for their livelihood. Of course the irony is that scientist at Kodak created the digital technology in the mid-1970’s, but they were so welded to film, paper and chemicals, that the Kodak executives keep this novel technology hidden under the covers until it was too late. Leutenegger started her project in 2007 when the photographic wind had already shifted, then returned back again in 2012 to observe the lingering effects. Thus this is also a photobook project that investigates the process of photography and asks open ended questions of what is next for image making.

Cheers

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September 20, 2015

Aapo Huhta – Block

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Copyright 2015 Aapo Huhta

Photographer: Aapo Huhta (born & resides Finland)

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (Germany)

Essay: Jenny Hollowell

Text: English

Hardcover book, folded text insert, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany

Photobook designer: Aapo Huhta & Heikki Kaski

Notes: The context of Huhta photographs is ambiguous, obviously investigating a stark, urban landscape, although stated to be New York City; it could be any large megapolis. The photographs are almost monochromatic, usually devoid of any color, providing an overall somber grayness to this place. In the process of investigating a place, Huhta finds haunting touchstones that speak to the potential isolation and disassociation that can linger in a crowded, yet foreign, urban space.

Cheers

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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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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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