All posts tagged: Photobooks

A view on Chechnya

“Some deaths we know. Others we forget”, writes Edouard Carmignac in the prologue to Davide Monteleone’s photobook, Spasibo. Carmignac alludes to the code of silence that ravages the Russian region of Chechnya, a former enclave of brutal oppression, violent conflict and rampant corruption, and the subject of documentary photographer and 4th winner of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award Davide Monteleone’s series, Spasibo. Loosely translated as ‘thank you’, the photographer uses the word ironically for his poignant study of Chechan life under the tyrannical rule of Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov. [bjp_ad_slot] Published by Kehrer and priced at £40, the book contains striking black and white images that convey not the war-torn, blood-stained visions of the Republic’s past, but of a modern Chechnya. Monteleone takes the reader on an incisive journey through Chechnya’s myriad landscape, traversing snow-scattered mountains, neo-classical Stalinist constructions, gilded mosques, and run-down towns, to explore the complex identities and cultures of those who call the region home. Monteleone’s monograph possesses a sensitivity that captures the beautiful banality of his subjects. As Spasibo’s narrative gradually unfolds, an apparent undercurrent of ambiguity and emotion is …

2014-10-14T09:45:06+00:00

Photobook Awards

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation has unveiled the shortlist for its fourth photobook awards. The prize celebrates the best photobooks published in the past year. This year’s edition is divided into three categories, including the inaugural Photography Catalogue of the Year category which, according to the organisers in a press statement, will be awarded to “the publication, publisher, or institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of 2014.” There are five nominations in this category, including Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees, the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Photobooks: Spain 1905–1977, and The Catalogue Box, published by Verlag Kettler/The PhotoBook Museum. [bjp_ad_slot] There are 12 books nominated in the Photobook of the Year category. These include The Big Book by W. Eugene Smith, Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor, Ruth van Beek’s The Arrangement, and Peter van Agtmael’s Disco Night Sept. 11, previously featured on bjp-online. 2013 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism winner Davide Monteleone is also nominated for his series Spasibo, which explores Chechnyan identity and the republic’s complex history. Spasibo – the exhibition – will be shown at the Saatchi Gallery in …

2014-10-01T19:24:37+00:00

New photobook award

Photographers have the chance to win a publishing deal worth £20,000 in a new photobook competition that launches today. The Bar Tur Photobook Award, which will be run in association with The Photographers’ Gallery and entrepreneurs and philanthropists Amnon and Armon Bar-Tur, offers an emerging photographer the chance to publish their first book with the Gallery and Trolley Books. A three-year initiative, the annual award will see The Photographers’ Gallery collaborate with a different UK-based independent publisher each year. [bjp_ad_slot] The award is open to artists that have not yet published a book, with the exception of self-published titles. Applicants must either be currently studying for, or have graduated from, a UK-based BA or MA visual arts course within the last five years. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for their publication, including both written and visual material. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts co-chaired by Brett Rogers, director at The Photographers’ Gallery, and Amnon Bar-Tur. The inaugural panel will include: David Chandler, writer and curator; Nadav Kander, photographer; Caroline Metcalfe, director of photography at Condé Nast Traveller magazine; …

2014-09-12T12:22:23+00:00

Make your photography more fun, say Aperture authors

Worried that your pictures are boring and predictable? Here’s Justine Kurland’s advice: “When a student makes conventional or cliche photographs, I suggest they do a Google image search to find how many other people have made the same pictures.” Kurland chips away at other forms of predictability. She dreads students who make “Francesca Woodman-inspired work”, rejects commercially influenced projects, and has railed against portraits she describes as a “pinned butterfly – those perfectly centred, well-lit frontal topographies that treat subject as specimen”, she explains. “I encourage students to try to animate their subject inside the frame by using a more complicated geometry in composing the picture.” Her approach exemplifies that of two new books from Aperture – one by Larry Fink and the other edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern. Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation, part of a new series called The Photography Workshop Series, examines how the photograph can be animated through composition, engagement and passion; Fulford and Halpern’s The Photographer’s Playbook contains 307 assignments designed to inspire, enlighten and educate students, …

2014-08-20T16:17:25+00:00

Indie publishers in the spotlight

London gallery TJ Boulting celebrates the publishers behind art and photobooks this summer in a group show, Publish/Curate. Opening this evening, the exhibition features several leading independent art and photobook publishers who have been invited by gallery director Hannah Watson to curate the work of artists and photographers who interest them. Among the publishers taking part are: Bruno Ceschel of Self Publish Be Happy, Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli of Akina Books, Damien Poulain (Oodee), Aron Mörel (Mörel Books), Harry Hardie and Ben Weaver (Here Press), and Timothy Prus (Archive of Modern Conflict). Watson, who runs Trolley Books as well as TJ Boulting, will also be taking part. Photographers whose work is on show include: Ricardo Cases, Lorenzo Vitturi, Lewis Chaplin, Asger Carlsen, Charlotte Dumas, Cristina de Middel, Robin Maddock, Akiko Takizawa, and Viviane Sassen. As TJ Boulting notes in its press statement: “there has been a prolific amount of activity in the art publishing world in recent years with fairs such as Offprint in Paris, specialist bookshops, organisations such as Printed Matter, which established the successful New York Art Book …

2014-07-31T11:32:54+00:00

Mack releases Frowst by Joanna Piotrowska

Joanna Piotrowska’s publication Frowst won Mack’s First Book Award in April this year, and has just been published by the London-based publisher. The book features a series of black-and-white staged photographs of members of Piotrowska’s family. Through her images, the Royal College of Art graduate explores the idea of anxiety and the family, touching on themes such as family relationships, which can be both oppressive and rewarding, and dysfunction within the family unit. Piotrowska’s carefully posed subjects – quite often positioned in close proximity to each other – look almost sculptural. The result is a series of images that are intimate yet claustrophobic, and unsettling at the same time. It is no accident that the meaning of the book’s title refers to a warm but stuffy atmosphere. [bjp_ad_slot] Polish-born Piotrowska, who has exhibited her work in countries including Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and the UK, was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013, and the exhibition Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics, curated by Photoworks. The First Book Award, now in its third year, is awarded to a photographer who has not yet had a book published by a third-party publishing house. Industry professionals are invited …

2014-06-20T11:59:36+00:00

Stephen Shore video gives insight into From Galilee to the Negev

Stephen Shore, a photographer whose name is synonymous with colour photography’s acceptance as an art form, is undoubtedly a giant of the photography world. In 1961, at the age of fourteen, he sold his photographs to Edward Steichen, who was at the time curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ten years later he claimed the honour of being the first living photographer to have a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His American and Canadian colour landscapes are immortalised in books such as Uncommon Places (published by Aperture) and American Surfaces, (Phaidon), and he has exhibited all over the world. Now in his late sixties, Shore continues to produce work. For his most recent book, From Galilee to the Negev, published by Phaidon, he made several trips to the West Bank and Israel, capturing the everyday lives of the people and landscapes he encountered. In a recent talk at the International Center for Photography (ICP), Shore spoke about the thinking behind the book with Jeff Rosenheim, curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Phaidon produced a video of the event, which …

2014-05-30T15:43:52+00:00

Stephen Shore’s book, From Galilee to the Negev, captures life in the West Bank

In his latest publication, American photographer Stephen Shore presents an intimate portrait of Israel and the West Bank, exploring the landscapes, complexities and contradictions of this multi-faceted part of the world. From Galilee to the Negev, published this week by Phaidon, features some 273 images taken across six trips to the region over a two-year period, Shore explains. His interest lies in capturing the day-to-day lives of the people who live in Israel and the West Bank – the human stories that are often obscured by media coverage that focuses on conflict in the region. The book also features a selection of texts by a diverse range of writers who each choose and respond to a photograph. Israeli-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi contributes an essay, ‘Un-brave Old World’, in which he shares his thoughts on what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians. He references an image of a house in the Arab-Israeli town Abu Ghosh, situated to the west of Jerusalem. Here we reproduce, by kind permission of Phaidon, Ottolenghi’s essay in full. [bjp_ad_slot] ‘Un-brave Old World’ by Yotam Ottolenghi, from Stephen Shore’s From Galilee to the …

2014-05-30T15:45:54+00:00

Photobook competition calls for entries

The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards are back. Celebrating the best photobooks from the past year, the competition awards prizes in two main categories: PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook. The former prize is awarded to a photographer and his or her publisher for “the photobook deemed to be the best of 2014”, chosen from a shortlist of 20 books. The $10,000 First PhotoBook prize is awarded to a photographer for his or her debut photobook, selected from a shortlist of 10 books. [bjp_ad_slot] New to the competition this year is a third category: Photography Catalogue of the Year. The new prize recognises the increasing number of high-quality exhibition catalogues being produced. It will be awarded to “the publication, publisher, or institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of 2014”, write the organisers in a press statement. American photographer Todd Hido is on this year’s jury, although the full panel has not yet been announced. The judging takes place in two stages: an initial jury meets in New York in September, to create the shortlist of 35 titles across all …

2014-05-23T17:03:19+00:00

Recipes meet photographs in Slideluck’s Hungry Still

Every so often a book comes along that is refreshingly different to anything else out there. Hungry Still – a cookbook and photobook in equal measure – is one such publication. It is the brainchild of Slideluck London, formerly known as Slideluck Potshow, a not-for-profit initiative that unites food and photography through slideshow and potluck dinner evenings. The new book, designed and published by Slideluck London in conjunction with Akina Factory and Format International Photography Festival, where the work was recently exhibited, features photographs and recipe highlights from the organisation’s seven-year history. Twenty-four photographers each share five photographs, an anecdote and a recipe that relates to their photo-story. Featured are many well-known names, including Cristina De Middel, Peter Di Campo, Laura Hynd, Phillip Toledano, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, as well as a host of other photographers who are making significant waves in the industry, such as Aaron Schuman, Bryan Schutmaat, Carolyn Drake, Sophie Gerrard, Pierfrancesco Celada and Ian Teh. [bjp_ad_slot] “The conception of Hungry Still has been an emotional journey,” writes Maria Teresa Salvati, who co-directs Slideluck London with Federica Chiocchetti. “[It] started with the …

2014-05-15T10:07:42+00:00

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