The wonderful Laurence Vecten has done it again. She has made another great calendar with an even more impressive list of participating photographers than last time around (Makoto Hada, Tomoki Imai, Masashi Nagao, Go Itami, Seiji Shibuya, Keizo Kitajima, Rinko Kawauchi, Katsumi Omori, Takashi Homma, Rie Suzuki, Aya Takada and some guy called Daido Moriyama) and once again it’s a charitable project with 100% of profits going to the Japanese National Parents Network to Protect Children from Radiation (NPNPC). Edition of 500, don’t miss out on this one, get it here.
In case you missed it during the madness of Paris Photo / Offprint, I have guest curated a show of contemporary Japanese photography at the ArtLigue gallery in the Marais with work by Kenji Hirasawa, Taisuke Koyama, Koji Onaka, Seiji Shibuya, Ryo Suzuki, Yu Yamauchi, and Daisuke Yokota. It’s on until the end of the month so do check it out if you have the chance.
Yesterday, November 25th, I was scrolling through my various social media hubs and came across a lot of people posting links to ‘TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2013’, which I thought, despite sounding a lot like a declaration of self-praise, was a bit…
Paris Photo has come to an end. Offprint has packed up and left. There are no more Books & Coffee. The Fotofever has subsided (thankfully so has all its glamour/erotica imagery). With this short film Andreas Schmidt has captured the profound existential despair that we all experience when the photo-circus leaves town while also lovingly promoting his GESAMTBUCHKUNSTWERKSKULPTUR and walking backwards. Hats off.
There is no lack of internet ephemera to collect out there… in fact Google ephemera is a world in itself. Krissy Wilson’s blog The Art of Google Books is a collection of outtakes from the book digitization process, from these pink latex-stockinged fingers which look like they’re about to do a dance of some kind, to assorted ink stains and library stamps, there is lots to enjoy here.
Self promo-post numéro deux. There is a new magazine out (yes, that actually still happens) called The Eyes. It’s subtitled Europe & Photography and it “looks at Europe through the prism of photography”. If that doesn’t sound sexy enough it’s also bilingual (Français and English) and bi-media (print and digital). Issue #1 has just been released with work by Carlos Spottorno, Anders Petersen and Mohamed Bourouissa as well as a little review that I wrote on Lieko Shiga’s magnificent book Rasen Kaigan. There are also book reviews by Rémi Coignet, Laurence Vecten, Jeff Ladd and Russet Lederman in the Bilbiomania section that Rémi is running. If you don’t follow their various musings on photobooks then what exactly are you doing with your free time?
Couple of self-promo posts today. First a piece I wrote on Eikoh Hosoe's Kamaitachi series for issue #38 of GUP magazine. The theme of the issue is collaboration (for Kamaitachi Hosoe collaborated with the founder of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata) and there is some nice stuff in here including work by current photoworld darlings Broomberg&Chanarin and Onorato&Krebs.
Just received issue 5 of IMA magazine which includes my little contribution on stories in photobooks (and the lack of them). I’m in excellent company, as always with IMA, including Cristina de Middel, Tomoko Yoneda, Christian Patterson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and some bloke called André Kertész.