Exhibition: New Photography 2013
Adam Broomberg (South African) and Oliver Chanarin (British)
Brendan Fowler (American)
Annette Kelm (German)
Lisa Oppenheim (American)
Anna Ostoya (Polish)
Josephine Pryde (British)
Eileen Quinlan (American)
Location: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, New York)
Dates: 14 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
Candomblé. Jose Medeiros.
Photographs by Jose Medeiros
Jacket by Anisio Medeiros
Published by O Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1957. Hardcover with illustrated jacket. [photographed book doesn’t have the jacket]
Brazilian photographer Jose Medeiros was a local star. He used to work for Rio magazine O Cruzeiro (The Cruise). In May 1951 Paris Match published an article titleed “The Possessed of Bahia”. O Cruzeiro found the article very superficial and biased, and as a response started their own research on Candomblé (an Afro- Brazilian religion) in the town of Bahia. Medeiros and the journalist Arlindo Silva travelled to Bahia. They met local priest who invited them to the initiation ceremony of three young priestesses. He covered the costs of the event and in return was allowed to document the ritual, which had been all but secret until that time. The article and photographes were published in September 1951. The photographs documented the different phases of the initiation ceremony: the reclusion of the novices, the dances, the incisions carried out to the head and arms, the animal sacrifices*.
The photobook Candomblé was published six years later, in 1957. It had a beautiful cover designed by Medeiros’ brother Anisio Medeiros, the architect and set designer. Abstract illustration resembles the architecture of Bahia. Candomblé remains one of the most important photographic works ever carried out on this subject.
Have you heard about our 10x10 American Photobooks project? :)
10x10 will also have a catalogue! It is produced in collaboration with bookdummypress. It will feature the selections of American Photobooks by 30 specialist. Selections by Japanese guests will be printed as a newsprint insert. It is an edition of 400 copies and it is already half sold out. Few major photography institutions have recently purchased 10x10 catalogue for their collections (MoMA Library, Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, George Eastman House)!
Watch a short video here! The price will go up after 7 June 2013 ($75).
Topographie. Andreas Gehrke.
Photographs by Andreas Gehrke
Graphic design by Richard Lange
Essays by Klaus Hesse, curator, Topography of Terror Foundation Thomas Seelig, collection curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur
Published by Distanz Verlag, 2011. First edition of 750 copies.
Topographie is a project by German photographer Andreas Gehrke. During one year he photographed a small forest, or a wooden area, capturing its wildness and seasonal changes. Gehrke explores the relationship between nature and human. This abandoned piece of land is located in the historic center of Berlin and symbolic for German history. Between 1933 and 1945, this plot of land was at the heart of the Third Reich. It was home to the headquarters of the Gestapo, the SS, and the Reich Security Head Office. Two essays included in the book place the work in historical and conceptual contexts. The book is beautiful. It has an elegant design and great printing. Obi is also a nice element.
On May 22nd 2011, a one-mile-wide multiple-vortex tornado drove through the city of Joplin, Missouri. It was the deadliest tornado in the United States since a storm destroyed Woodward in Oklahoma in 1947 The Joplin-tornado killed 161 people, obliterated or maimed 8 000 buildings, and caused $ 2.8 billion in damages.
What had been a familiar American landscape with its ubiquitous single family houses, restaurants, strip malls, cars and car dealers had been transformed into an apocalyptic landscape. Joplin had become a reminder of the forces that turn the familiar into chaos, forces that are in reality never too far from us.
Mathieu Asselin traveled to Joplin the week after the storm. He wanted to document the new relief of the landscape. Mathieu wanted to find the expression in the faces of those people who had experienced that the notion of control over our lives is just that: a mere notion. Mathieu used the light of the battery power flashes to center on the subjects and isolate them from their environment.
$65 (includes shipping) Produced in collaboration with Victor Sira and Shiori Kawasaki of bookdummypress, the publication is a way for you to experience the entire 10x10 project. This stylish and inventive Japanese manga design-inspired bilingual (Japanese-English) edition will be released with the opening of the September 2013 Tokyo reading room. It will present illustrated selection lists from all the specialists, along with essays (not previously published) on American photobook culture by noted artists, writers, publishers, curators and bibliophiles. The 10x10 American Photobooks catalogue will provide the full 10x10 experience.
Los Ninos de Aqui. Thea Segall.
Photographs by Thea Segall
Text selections by Efrain Subero
Design by Alvaro Sotillo
Published by Editorial Arte, Caracas, 1979. Edition of 1,200 copies.
This photobook was published in 1979 to celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of the Child. Thea Segall black and white photographs document kids from various parts of Venezuela. Efrain Subero selected text by Venezuelan writers and poets to go with the photographs. The book was designed by Alvaro Sotillo, one of the most interesting and influential graphic designers from Latin America.
We are LIVE! This weekend from the PGH Photo Fair in Pittsburgh.
PGH Photo Fair
18-19 May 2013
UnSmoke Systems Artspace
1137 Braddock Avenue
Dashwood Books, - the best photobook store in New York City!
Displacement. Giada Ripa.
Photographs by Giada Ripa
Art Direction by Jeff Magness
Text by Giovanna Calvenzi, Marco Buttino, Ereditarell Paesaggio, Viktor Misiano
Published by Moleskini, 2011. The book was published on the occasion of the artist’s first museum exhibition in Moscow at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Photographer Giada Ripa explores the notion of displacement through her photography. Ripa was born in London, raised in Brussels, studied in Milan and New York, - her interest in journey, displacement, identity seems natural and very personal. Displacement documents religious minorities along the Silk Road or the Oil Route as it is known today.
The book as an object is beautifully produced. While it has recognizable Moleskini elements, it does stands out as a unique book. Its cover, design, layout, obi work together. Moleskini notebook reinforces the feeling of a journey.