All posts tagged: Photobooks

New Japanese Photography at the Doomed Gallery this weekend

What do Daisuke Yokota, Go Itami and Kenji Hirasawa have in common? They’re all showing work at an exciting but fleeting exhibition of emerging Japanese photographers at Doomed Gallery this week. Featuring a photobook showcase, a projection of images by nearly 100 photographers, and installations by Itami and Hirasawa plus Daisuke Nakashima, Hiroshi Takizawa, Mai Narita, Naohiro Utagawa and Yukihito Kono, New Japanese Photography opens with a private view and party from 6pm on 22 January, and closes on 25 January. The gallery is open from 4pm-8pm on Friday and from 12pm-8pm on Saturday and Sunday; Naohiro Utagawa and Yukihito Kono will be at the gallery on the opening night for a book signing. [bjp_ad_slot] The exhibition is curated by Space Cadet, an online gallery launched by Masayoshi Suzuki in 2011, and Stay Alone, a platform and publishing house for artists launched by photographers Suguru Ryuzaki and Yukihito Kono in 2013. The curators hope to show the vibrancy of the contemporary Japanese photography scene, they say, moving it out of the long shadow cast by the 1960s Provoke movement. Doomed Gallery is based at 65-67 Ridley …

2015-04-17T14:15:43+00:00

“God’s flock”

You may remember the image: a girl looks apprehensively at the camera, her fingers covering her mouth as stray strands of hair fall across her face. She is dressed simply – in a patterned dress – and sits in sparse surroundings. This portrait of a young Mennonite woman – Margarita Teichroeb – won the 2012 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (and made the cover of BJP). The judges praised the use of muted colours, the image’s “otherworldly feel”, and its timeless quality. Indeed, it is an image that could have been taken many decades ago; there is little to suggest this is a contemporary portrait. Its creator is Spanish photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera, who between 2010 and 2011 spent time in Santa Cruz in Eastern Bolivia, photographing the Mennonite communities that live and work there. These are notoriously tight-knit communities, isolated colonies that are “remote and difficult to access” as Ruiz Cirera writes in the text for his new book, Los Menonos. They are people, he tells us, who view themselves as “God’s flock”, and …

2015-02-11T18:17:13+00:00

Davide Monteleone’s Spasibo

“Whenever you take a picture, of course you get involved,” Davide Monteleone tells an expectant audience during a tour of his new exhibition, Spasibo, at London’s Saatchi Gallery. “I always joke that I spend more time drinking tea and talking with people than taking pictures, but then all of this [talking and building relationships] will come out at one point or other in a picture.” The Italian photographer, and member of VII photography agency, is in London for the opening weekend of his Carmignac-winning exhibition. Monteleone won the fourth Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award for his work in Chechnya, and spent four months, based in Grozny, producing work off the back of his winning proposal. More than thirty of his images are on show at the London gallery until 03 November. [bjp_ad_slot] The Award, now in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Edouard Carmignac – director of the French foundation of the same name. The Award’s aim is to provide one photojournalist each year with the financial means (€50,000), and support to produce an in-depth photographic report. Carmignac sets the theme …

2014-10-15T22:23:38+00:00

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

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