After Wake. Aaron McElroy.
Published by Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books, 2013. First edition, 100 copies. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of McElroy’s work at Ampersand in March, 2013.
After Wake is a recent book by Brooklyn-based photographer Aaron McElroy. McElroy’s images are very sensual, intimate, sexual and provoking. The book mixes intimate portraits of women, capturing unexpected lines and colours, and finds similar patterns in daily odd objects and life. This personal narrative opens a voyeuristic window, yet it shows just mysterious fragments. The book is beautifully produced: great cover, perfect size, interesting picture editing. All elements work together creating a great book to enjoy.
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10x10 Book of photobooks! 100 (x2) American titles selected by 10 (x2) leading voices in photobook community, along with a collection of essays. Experimental and creative publication produced by (bdp) Bookdummypress to document 10x10 project on contemporary American photobook culture!
NYC sneak preview: 3-5 May 2012
In Search of the Crying Lady. IPG Project.
Photographs by IPG Project (Yoshi & Tamara Kametani)
Self-published, 2013. First edition, 100 copies.
In Search of the Crying Lady is a wonderful self-published book by photographers Yoshi and Tamara Kametani (IPG Project is their experimental collaborative project). It is a poetic and adventerious journey in search of an old essential tradition in a Slovak culture (also typical for few other regions). “Plačky” - professional mourners - are usually hired by the family of the deceased. They believed this ritual had a magical powers and could secure a respectful and definite leave of the spirit. Bright yet melancholic images depict foggy landscape, encounters, mysterious places and only few references to death. What happened to the tradition? A collection of traditional mourning songs (one of them is in the book) found in the library journal is probably the only connection to an old disappering tradition.
The book has a beautiful soft (faux leather) cover with the title in gold letters. Elegant design and a great quality of printing.
Working Tables. Victor Sira.
Photographs by Victor Sira
Published by bookdummypress, 2012. First edition.
Working Tables is a beautiful book by Victor Sira. It was inspired by “the correspondence between John Berger and Leon Kossoff where they exchange views about the meaning and function of the studio”. The book is a collection of photographs Victor took in his studio. A day in a studio is a unique window into artist’s world: here you can observe work in progress. Everything is an inspiration and a part of creative moment: light, books, colours, paper, random images, notes. Working Tables is a nice little book about love, art, ideas and harmony.
“I seems to me that studio, when being used, is much more like a stomach. A place of digestion, transformation and excretion. Where images change form. Where everything is both regular and unpredictable. Where there’s no apparent order and from where all well-being comes. A full stomach is, unhappily, one of the oldest dreams in the world. No?” (John Berger)