Over a period of 10 years Erik Kessels has made many books and exhibitions out of the passion for vernacular and amateur photography. In the lecture “Storytelling with vernacular photography” – December 11, 5.30pm, Tre Oci, Venezia – he will highlight his latest projects and publications and give an insight in collecting and editing the photographs often found online or on flea markets from all over the world. Another subject of the lecture is the role of images in the time we live in and how you can look at these in other ways than simply consuming them.
The last instalment in Erik Kessels’ long running found photography book series, In Almost Every Picture #12, tells the story of a Moroccan wedding filmmaker with a knack for self-promotion. Larbi Laaraichi lives in Fez, where he’s been capturing the happiest days of people’s lives since the early Nineties. While videoing their big days, he also ensures that he gets a shot of himself in action. These images plaster the walls of his shop.
As well as amateur advertisements, these pictures tell the story of Larbi himself. Kessels has ordered the portraits chronologically, hinting at changes in Larbi’s life in almost every picture. We see changes in Larbi’s fashion taste, from the extremes of turn of the century stripy shirts to more demure contemporary clothing. And we see Larbi’s career path through his equipment: proudly wielding an old-school video camera to (a decade later) atop a stepladder with a slick, space-age camera.
Any Part, Any Form is a follow up to London-based graphic designer Radim Peško’s Informal Meetings, a collection of photographs made during travels and wanderings to different places. This volume brings back found compositions and situations where seemingly unremarkable encounters between space, architecture and water suggest their own stories.
Simple Pleasures is an artist book by the Los Angeles based photographer Zoe Ghertner. Between the two bright red card covers, Ghertner has composed a group of measured still lives. The brightly colored painted wooden shapes and their equally colorful backgrounds playfully tease the viewer’s sense of scale, dimension and space.
Offprint Paris is an art publishing fair for emerging practices in art. Over four days, it gathers institutional and independent publishers from all over the world featuring publications by contemporary artists, graphic designers, photographers, publishers, bookdealers, museums, art schools, curators and antiquarians.
The Significance of the Photographic Image in a Filmic Context, by Paulius Petraitis, will be launched November 7, 2013, 6pm, at X Marks the Bökship, London.
Most recent debates about the impact of digitalization on photography either advocate a rupture between analog and digital, or deny that there are any differences at all. The present project, however, wants to emphasize the continuity of several cultural aspects without denying the differences between the two ways of image-making. Paulius Petraitis’ text follows a trajetory around a less focused relation in film and photography and adds both to the so-called “classic” understanding of photographic images, as well as rejecting any rupture in the current cultural perception of photography.
LA DÉRIVE – Chapter I, November 17, 2013 – during Offprint, an Art Publishing fair – November 14-17, Beaux-Arts de Paris – invites the visitors to take various paths within the large and rich landscape of independent publishing in art and design. As advocated by La Dérive (in English Drift) of Guy Debord, the program is built around several specific ambiances, highlighted: the main idea being to let go of expectations and habits and to just wander among pleasant encounters… With contributions by Ramaya Tegegne, Erik van der Weijde, Jan Wenzel, Postdocument, De Stihl, and Etienne Robial.
© Arnaud Desjardin, The Every Day Press
LE BAL Books week-end, September 6-8, 2013, Paris
The London Art Book Fair, September 13-15, 2013, London
MISS READ, September 19-22, 2013, Berlin
NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 20-22, 2013, New York
The Tokyo Art Book Fair, September 21-23, 2013, Tokyo
Unseen Book Market, September 26-29, 2013, Amsterdam
Vancouver Art/Book Fair, October 5-6, 2013, Vancouver
Salon Light #10, October 5-6, 2013, Paris
Third Issue, October 11-12, 2013, Frankfurt
OffPrint Paris, November 14-17, 2013, Paris
KIOOSK vol.2, November 16-17, 2013, Kraków
Sprint, November 29-December 1, 2013, Milano
Rookie Book Fair, December 7-8, 2013, Poznan
LA ART BOOK FAIR, January 31 – February 2, 2014, Los Angeles
Fahrenheit 39, March 7-9, 2014, Ravenna
The Looking Game is the first installment of “The Subnarratives”, an ongoing project by Mirko Smerdel and M.F.G. Paltrinieri. Taking the shape of a series of case studies, the aim of the collaboration is to investigate the characteristics and nature of photographs as documents and the relationship with the story they tell.
The Looking Game explores the once-secret archive of pictures taken by Rodney Alcala, serial killer and amateur photographer, active between the late 60s and the 70s and imprisoned in the Death Row since 1980.
The book provides an unusual take on the photographic medium starting from the connection between Alcala’s pictures and the alias he adopted while on the run from the police: John Berger, as the famous British art critic and author of the groundbreaking TV documentary Ways of Seeing. Is this only a coincidence? Did Alcala know about John Berger?
The Looking Game, set up a series of connections between Berger’s words and some of the images taken from Alcala’s archive of pictures creating a work that calls into question the act of taking pictures as well as the reproduced image starting from the question: “What makes these pictures so unsettling?”
Talk and booksigning, September 27, 7pm, micamera – lens based arts, Milano.
For several years, Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have organized evenings for friends in which they share the strangest photo books in their collections. The books shown are rarely available in regular shops, but are picked up in thrift stores and from antiquaries. The group’s fascination for these pictorial non-fiction books comes from the need to find images that exist on the fringe of regular commercial photo books. It’s only in this area that it’s possible to find images with an uncontrived quality. This constant tension makes the books interesting. It’s also worth noting that these tomes all fall within certain categories: the medical, instructional, scientific, sex, humour or propaganda. Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have made a selection of their finest books from within this questionable new genre. Incredibly small photobooks is the second volume (after Terribly awesome photobooks) showing this amazing collection.
They remember only the photographs* is a publication / exhibition – September 13-28, Bétonsalon, Paris – resulting from the collaborative work between the Ecole du Louvre students and the University Paris Diderot – Paris 7. Entrusted to graphic design studio Syndicat, the project focuses on scientific research and operates as a reflexive process in progress.
* “The problem is not that people remember through photographs, but that they remember only the photographs.” in Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, New York: Ed. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003, p. 79.
The arrival of photography and its role in reproducing art works, or understanding artistic practices has blurred our points of reference. Moreover, today it would seem that the modern and contemporary art archive is freeing itself from its purely documentary status. As a result of art’s conceptual and processual evolution, notably dating from the 1960s, document’s status borders on that of artwork, particularly thanks to photography.
This exhibition-publication aims to materialize a reflection not only on the practice and production of the documentary image, but rather and foremost on the archive, its uses, the diffusion and reception of these photographs. It strives to question the journey of the photos and the circulation of artwork and artistic practices, through the use of different supports (photographic printing, printed photographs, books, catalogues, magazines, revues, invitation cards, posters, post cards, digital images…)… Download press release.
Libraryman is a publisher of photo books, design studio and producer of short films.
Printed Matter presents, from September 20 to 22, at MoMA PS1, New York, the eighth annual NY Art Book Fair, the world’s leading event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines showcased by more than 280 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.
Among other special programming, The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs, is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. Participants include Tréy Sager with Badlands Unlimited (New York); Olof Olsson with Rollo Press (Switzerland); Linda Simpson with Peradam (New York); Elisabeth Tonnard and Chris Burnett with J&L Books (Scranton, PA); Amish Morrell with C Magazine (Canada); the curators of the Libros Mutantes Book Fair (Spain), etc.
An exhibition of book works by Bruno Munari, presented by Edizioni Corraini, will be housed in the courtyard dome. The exhibition includes a collection of rare and out-of-print artist and design books by the late Italian artist, offering a comprehensive survey of his influential career. Selections from the private collection of Giorgio Maffei will be on view as well…whole program on NY Art Book Fair 2013 website.
HANS LE MALIN est une publication qui questionne les pratiques de production d’éléments narratifs et leur déploiement dans l’espace médiatique. Pour ce faire, des méthodes d’investigation associées à la conception d’outils orientent l’écriture d’articles. L’enquête est un moyen d’accumuler et de réunir des indices mais aussi de formuler des hypothèses.
Les postulats en études sont confrontés lors d’entretiens avec des personnalités évoluant dans les champs de la recherche, du design, de la photographie ou du journalisme. Rassemblés en ligne, les contenus sont susceptibles d’être édités, imprimés, reliés et distribués lors d’un événement dédié à cette étape.
Présentation par Tanguy Wermelinger, le 22 juin 2013, 14h, 22RUEMULLER, Paris.
The 4th Independent Publishers and Zine Fair Vienna will be hosted June 28-30, 2013, by Kunsthalle Wien at Museumsquartier, with more than sixty local and international exhibitors and artists exhibiting, selling, and exchanging their works.
Alongside the exhibitors, ten artists (including Matthew Brannon, AA Bronson, Kerstin Cmelka, Sture Johannesson, David Jourdan, Stefanie Sargnagel, and others) will punctuate the fair with editions and interventions—some in the form of performances, some as prints, others as t-shirts. As a special exhibition, Hubert Winter, the Viennese gallerist, will curate a selection of art books and ephemera from his vast collection of works from some of the best-known ’60s and ’70s conceptualists. Parallel to the fair, a series of talks and discussions by a selection of expert speakers will touch on emerging practices and debates within zine culture, and will illuminate issues relating to independent publishing today.
The Book Affair is a two day independent publishing fair held at the Library of San Lorenzo, Venice, May 30-31, 2013. The mission of The Book Affair is to act as a platform for engagement with and critical exploration of the artist’s book, and includes a series of conferences – with among others David Reinfurt & Stuart Bailey, and David Horvitz – and an exhibition organized with the idea of examining the production of books in contemporary art. The exhibition “Artist’s books. A parallel story”, curated by Giorgio Maffei, Italian curator and historian, uses the book media with the intention of offering a different way of conveying art history to the public.
The image of the “blue planet”, a new perspective of the earth as seen from the outside, is one of the most popular images in history. This image, more than any other, has shaped the popular notion of the age of the “whole world” and globalization, from a worldwide society linked by the Internet to the current debate on the climate. Using artworks and materials from cultural history, the exhibition will critically explore the application of ecological-systemic concepts to society, politics, and aesthetics.
The exhibition The Whole Earth – until July 1, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin – is one of the first to explore the history of the photograph of the “blue planet”, and reflects in a comprehensive way the power of the Whole Earth Catalog…
Books &Foam – March 28 to May 26, 2013, Foam, Amsterdam – will be placing a large selection of photography books from the Netherlands in the spotlight with special presentations to shed light on the design process, with installations, book signing sessions and a selection of recent international photo books.
Among others, visitors will gain insight into the design process of six yet-to-be-published photo books. Showing the first ideas and sketches, email correspondence between photographer and designer, dummies and test prints provide an associative view into the design process… Dutch and international experts from the world of photography have also been invited to provide a ‘curated bookshelf’, containing their choices for the five best photo books of 2012…
The Independent Group met at the original ICA in Dover Street from 1952-5. Celebrated today as the so-called Fathers of Pop, they worked with art, science, technology and popular culture. From horror films to theories of evolution, modern architecture to Marilyn Monroe, this group project worked beyond traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary areas.
The exhibitions organised by the group were highly innovative, both in terms of layout and the range of objects displayed. The Independent Group shows introduced the new age of modernity and mass culture to the gallery space. Reflecting the Group’s collage mentality, new technology and high end design were juxtaposed with avant-garde art.
The exhibition The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life – March 27 – June 9, 2013, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London – will include paintings, drawings and photographs by John McHale, Magda Cordell, Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, alongside related designed objects and ephemera from the Independent Group. Evoking the ICA’s original home in Dover Street in the 1950s, the exhibition will be designed to give viewers a sense of ‘The Home of the Avant Garde’ which first attracted this collection of creative practitioners. In addition, a two day conference will bring together leading researchers, practitioners and curators who are working on aspects of the Independent Group. The aim will be to consider ways in which the Independent Group have been, and continue to be, exhibited.
The Master in Art Direction (MAAD) is part of ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland. The programme focuses on contemporary editorial practices, it encourages students to create, commission, select and arrange content.
The MAAD motivates and puts emphasis on the work of “editing”: creating a sequence, editing and laying out content, via printed and/or virtual matter. What are the components of an identity of a label, a magazine, a website or an exhibition catalog?
The programme gives the opportunity for students to participate in a diverse range of experiences, from lectures, workshops to semester projects, in which they work with some of the best international experts. The two year programme ends with a master thesis and a practical project. The MAAD calls for curious, dynamic and ambitious students who are eager to explore the fields of photography, graphic design and type design. The online registration is open until 3 May 2013.