Latest issue of Polka magazine (#27) with my piece, « Les robots sont entrés dans la ville » on how Google Street View is being used by photographes and artists, with work by Viktoria Binschtok, Mishka Henner, Jon Rafman, Doug Rickard and Michael Wolf.
Thinking about making a photobook? Blake Andrews has this handy 19-step illustrated guide that explains exactly how to do it and, perhaps more importantly, exactly what it will do to you.
Happy birthday to the graphic designer extraordinaire, Kohei Sugiura (b. 1932). He designed some of the classic Japanese photobooks of the 1960s and 1970s (amongst many other things). Find out more about him in this excellent post at the ICP Library blog.
Ok, it is only the first week of September and Paris Photo seems a lifetime away, but there is already some exciting November-photo-madness-in-Paris-news that is worth sharing. Building on the Books & Coffee miniature bookfair at Téléscope—where the books and the coffee were great but the standing room was less good—there is a new bookfair that will be happening alongside Paris Photo … only this time it’s on a boat! It’s called Polycopies and it’s a collab between the people behind Le Bal Books and Poursuite. Check out their website for details on publishers, dates, location, etc. polycopies.tumblr.com
Sad to hear of Walter Keller’s passing. As cofounder of Scalo, he made more than his fair share of great books over the years (Ray’s A Laugh by Richard Billingham, U-NI-TY by Michael Schmidt, End of an Age by Paul Graham… the list goes on).
Le Bal Books just hosted the second Le Bal Books Week-End with a focus on Portuguese photobooks. On top of a live book editing show with Antonio Júlio Duarte, André Príncipe, André Cepeda, and José Pedro Cortes, I also saw some very interesting work in the portfolio reviews session, particularly series by Jean-Baptiste Gurliat, Lolita Bourdet and Vasantha Yogananthan. An excellent start to the photobook rentrée.
After a couple of years hibernation, the Sittcomm Award is back, this time focused on photobooks. They are inviting artists to submit books published in 2013 or 2014 and the winner takes home 1,000 € (added bonus: no entry fee).
(via Mrs Deane)
Hope you’ve all had a good summer. The blog has taken a well-earned rest, but it’s now back with lots of news from our beloved Photoland. Firstly, congratulations to Awoiska van der Molen who has just won the inaugural Hariban Award. She will be heading to Kyoto for 2 weeks to produce a collotype portfolio with the master printers at Benrido. Looking forward to seeing the results of that collaboration.
W.G. Sebald on photographs (via caille)
As the world has slowly woken up to the genius of W.G. Sebald’s project there’s been an explosion of critical interest in his work, and the use of photographs in his work. I’ve read most of it and all I’ll say is that I’d much rather watch Max talk about it himself. Thank goodness for the existence of this very short clip, found and yanked out of the stream of history just like Sebald’s photos.