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.
These three made their way through the mailbox this week: Leo Rubinfien’s excellent new book on Shomei Tomatsu, Chewing Gum and Chocolate (Aperture)—the printing looks terrific, lots of unexpected images and several of Tomatsu’s essays in English (he wrote almost as well as he photographed); Daisuke Yokota’s latest (already sold out) book, Linger (Akina Books)—Harper Levine and John Gossage described Yokota’s Back Yard (Self-published) as a “21st century version of Araki’s photo copy books with more grain and less pussy"… this time Yokota has evened out the balance of those 2 ingredients; and Takuma Nakahira’s Takuma Nakahira 1000 (1000Bunko)—a book that includes 1,000 photos broken up into 2 categories: “photos that feature cars” and “photos that also feature cars”.
Just got my copy of Hotshoe's summer issue which includes such treats as portfolios by Richard Mosse, Edgar Martins and Bill Henson as well as my chat with “bro-conceptualist" Roe Ethridge about his latest book, Sacrifice Your Body. If you are tablet-inclined, you can get some free digital bits too.
Nice post by Russet Lederman on the ICP blog with a dozen highlights (including a few spreads from each book) from the recent 10x10 Reading Room including my selection, Mao Ishikawa’s Hot Days in Camp Hansen.