Mikhael Subotzky. Beaufort West.
Beaufort West. Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa).
Photographes by Mikhael Subotzky
Essay by Jonny Steinberg
Published by Chris Boot, 2008. Edition of 3,000 copies.
[Purchase Chris Boot, photo-eye]
Beaufort West is the first book by Mikhael Subotzky. The book opens with aerial images, - Beaufort West is a small poor rural town in South Africa. Located between Cape Town and Johannesburg, it became a transit point for travelers who can get here food, sleep, sex, gas. The place is also known fot its prison, “situated in a traffic circle in the centre of the town in the middle of the N1 highway”. Subotzky takes us through the town documenting its social landscape, marginalized residents (many of them are trashpickers, prostitutes, homeless, prisoners), their homes, surroundings. The portraits are surprisingly intimate. Beautiful pictures in contrast to miserable reality they depict.
Beaufort West is a beautiful oversized book. It has very clean design and a nice cover in a blue fabric. The essay at the end of the book is by known South African writer Jonny Steinberg. Mikhael Subotzky also provides a short commentary for each image.
A Conversation with Mikhael Subotzky
Review by Joerg Colberg
• 3 May 2012
Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”
A Flak Photo Discussion with Tom Griggs
Flak Photo is is teaming up with fototazo creator Tom Griggs to host an online community conversation focused on essays from Gerry Badger’s recently published The Pleasures of Good Photographs.
(via Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs” | A Flak Photo Discussion with Tom Griggs | FlakPhoto.com)
• 1 May 2012
Hand-bound newspaper, 64 pages
Edition of 50
28. 9 × 38 cm
This is the first publication to be produced exclusively by Chopped Liver Press and is already almost out of print. It contains the work of Dora Fobert who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940–42. She assisted Jakub Boim, official ghetto photographer and began her own series of portraits of women in the Warsaw Ghetto shortly before being deported to Treblinka, August 1942. These photographs were saved by Adela K, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. They were taken in a studio in the ghetto on Chlodna Street in June 1942. Because of the limited supply of photographic chemicals, they were never properly fixed and remain unstable under natural light. Broomberg and Chanarin presented this works for the first time at Alias Photo Month in Krakow, 2011. These works are now included in major collections including the Saatchi collection, London.
(via Dora Fobert | Chopped Liver Press)
• 29 April 2012
chopped liver press
Fundraiser for Shane Lavalette
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
” In 2010 I was commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to create a new body of photographs for their “Picturing the South” series, which includes past artists Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, Richard Misrach, Dawoud Bey, Alex Webb and Alec Soth. I’m honored to be amongst these artists, and look forward to exhibiting new work with photographers Martin Parr and Kael Alford in June of 2012.
Having grown up in the Northeast, it was primarily through traditional music—old time, blues, gospel, etc.—that I had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for my work. I was not interested in making a documentary about Southern music today, but desired to explore the relationship between traditional music and the contemporary landscape through a more poetic lens. Moved by the themes and stories past down in songs, I let the music itself carry the pictures.
Two years later, with the project now complete, I have begun working on a mock-up of a book which I believe is the ideal venue for this body of work. From the beginning I imagined this project in book form. With your help, I hope to make this book physical in the coming months. “
– Shane Lavalette
(via Picturing the South, A Photobook by Shane Lavalette — Kickstarter)
• 28 April 2012
picturing the south
114 pages, including 13 gatefolds
24.5 cm x 30.5 cm
Hardback with embossed cover
Publication date: April 2012
Street photography is perhaps the defining genre of photographic art. Seminal works by Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand display photography’s astonishing dance with life, and its unique role in forming our perceptions of the modern world.
The Present is Paul Graham’s contribution to this legacy. The images in this book come unbidden from the streets of New York, but are not quite what we might expect, for each moment is brought to us with its double – two images taken from the same location, separated only by the briefest fraction of time. We find ourselves in sibling worlds, where a businessman with an eye patch becomes, an instant later, a man with an exaggerated wink; a woman eating a banana walks towards us, and a small focus shift reveals the blind man right behind her.
Although there are flashes of surprise – a woman walks confidently down the street one moment, only to tumble to the ground a second later – for the most part there is little of the drama street photography is addicted to. People arrive and depart this quiet stage, with the smallest shift of time and attention revealing the thread between them. A suited young businessman crosses the road, only to be replaced by his homeless alternate; a woman in a pink t-shirt is engulfed with tears, but seconds later there is a content shopper in her place.
The Present gives us an impression quite different to most street photography where life is frozen rigid. Here we glimpse the continuum: before/after, coming/going, either/or. A ‘present’ that is a fleeting and provisional alignment, with no singularity or definitiveness; a world of shifting awareness and alternate realities, where life twists and spirals in a fraction of a second to another moment, another world, another consciousness.
The Present is the third in Paul Graham’s trilogy of projects on America which began with American Night in 2003 and was followed in 2007 by a shimmer of possibility (winner of the Paris Photo Book Prize 2011 for the most significant photo book of the past 15 years). The Present takes Graham’s reputation as a master of the book form to new heights, employing multiple gatefolds to convey passages of time and the unfolding of urban life.
(via MACK - Paul Graham - The Present)
• 27 April 2012
Our new book featuring photographs by Jefferson Hayman is now available.
The first 15 are signed & include a miniature gelatin silver print.
These are selling quickly.
Purchase online here.
- Publication -
• 25 April 2012
Curated by Amy Elkins
Featuring artists, Jen Davis,
Cara Phillips & Stacey Tyrell
Essay by photographer & writer,
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.
Perfect bound soft cover
Printed on Mohawk Superfine
Designed & published by Ampersand
Printed & bound in Portland, Oregon
Edition of 100
Numbers 1-10 are signed by curator Amy Elkins & include one signed & numbered print by each artist.
In bringing together the work of North American artists Jen Davis, Cara Philips & Stacey Tyrell in the current exhibition, Gazed Upon, curator & artist Amy Elkins asks the viewer to interrogate his or her own sense of looking. We are presented with three artists who challenge standard notions of “beauty” & perception, causing a schism between what we think we see & how we might read or interpret it. Along these lines, we, as viewers, are directed through the title of the exhibition to employ the gaze, that loaded Lacanian term that piles all of our potency & desires onto the “object” upon which we gaze. These artists, working in different media & different shooting styles all dance with this complex set of ideas about the role of the observer, how the gaze, itself, is employed & how it might reflect back on an audience.
- Sarah Palmer (from the book essay)
(via Ampersand - Gallery & Bookshop — Gazed Upon - Guest Curated by Amy Elkins)
• 22 April 2012
Surfing Hong Kong
Title: Surfing Hong Kong
Artist: James Feldman
Designer: Elise Inthavixay
40 pages, 37 color plates
24.4 x 16.8 cm / 9 5/8 x 6 5/8 in
edition of 500
In Surfing Hong Kong (2012) James Feldman combines “soulful” surf photographs taken 15 to 20 years ago in California, with more recent photographs taken in Hong Kong (where he has lived since 2005). In these 37 images, the moods and surroundings of two discrete periods of a life are woven digitally together, and resonate in a way that’s as uncomfortable with the label “fiction”, as with the label “documentary”.
book available here: http://hongkongpaintings.com/surfing_hong_kong_order.html
• 19 April 2012
Twentysix Gasoline Cans by Joseph Putrock
Twentysix Gasoline Cans
Publication date: March, 2012
Printed by McGreevy Pro Lab
© Joseph Putrock
Edition of 300
available through Small Batch Editions
Twentysix Gasoline Cans by Joseph Putrock is an homage to Ed Ruscha’s 1962 seminal book, Twentysix Gasoline Stations. This book contains 26 color images shot by Putrock over a 3 year period.
Twentysix Gasoline Cans is available for purchase for $20 for the book alone, or for $50 with a choice of one of two 8″x10″ digital c-prints by the artist. The two available prints are Hidden Gas Can (Option One - 20 available) and Hoader’s Can Can #1, Cohoes, NY (Option Two - 20 available).
About the artist
Joseph Putrock’s photographs are simple observations of everyday life. His photographs contain nothing but the objects or scenes that everyone encounters on a daily basis, and often times miss. He merely captures these simplicities, which may have gone unnoticed, and holds them up for further contemplation. Odd Juxtapositions, idiosyncratic colors, and humor are all elements that creep into these sometimes complex, and sometimes pedantic images.
For more information on Joseph Putrock, visit Stafford Contemporary.
• 18 April 2012
Matt Austin and EJ Hill
edition of 30
It’s 90 pages (about 45 from me, and 45 from EJ) of writing, photographs, and drawings. We made our sections individually (EJ in Los Angeles, me in Chicago) and then brought them together for this book, trusting our themes surrounding our exhibition would create an interesting dialogue.
Each copy is signed and numbered, each cover title is hand painted with ink, printed in an edition of 30 with there’s just no telling publishing.
• 1 April 2012
A Natural Order
Hardcover, 11 x 15, 80 pages, 45 four-color plates.
In the summer of 2006, Lucas Foglia set out to photograph a network of people who had left cities and suburbs to live off the grid in the rural southeastern United States. Many were motivated by environmental concerns, others were driven by religious beliefs or predictions of economic collapse. While everyone he photographed was working to maintain self-sufficiency, none lived in complete isolation from the mainstream. Instead, they chose which parts of the modern world to embrace and which to leave behind. The body of work, made over a five-year period, is gathered together in the artist’s first book, A Natural Order – a stunning collection that explores a human relationship with wilderness and the persistent libertarianism of the American psyche. Foglia’s photographs, at once iconic and intimate, provoke us to take a candid look at individuals whose chosen lifestyles seem both exotic and unnervingly close to home. Lucas Foglia exhibits and publishes his photographs internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Pilara Foundation and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Fine Art, and has been published in Aperture Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Contact Sheet, and PDN’s 30.
(via Nazraeli Press, Books on the Fine and Applied Arts)
• 1 April 2012
Sarah Hobbs: Small Problems in Living
Sarah Hobbs: Small Problems in Living
Quote from publisher:
This is a superbly illustrated overview of the work of contemporary artist/photographer Sarah Hobbs. The photographs collected here are the product of an ongoing exploration into our neurotic tendencies. Hobbs’s work explores phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders and how we attempt to deal with them. Set in domestic spaces, the images illustrate the idea that even the most comfortable spaces can house our uneasiness. A compilation of three series, the book allows the viewer to see the work as a whole in order to gain a full understanding of Hobbs’ intent to explore the human psyche and relish the idea that we are all beautifully flawed.
Artists: Sarah Hobbs
Authors: Lisa Kurzner, Winifred Gallagher
Format: 28 x 28 cm
Illustrations: 25 including 24 in color
D.A.P. spring 2012 catalogue: p. 172
• 22 March 2012