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Lolita Bourdet
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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.

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.

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”.   

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”.   

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