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dOCUMENTA (13): #009 + #014

100 Notes - 100 Thoughts
#009: William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison

#014: Alejandro Jodorovsky

Published by Erschienen im Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011. 

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Book signing: Jason Fulford

Book signing: Hotel Oracle by Jason Fulford
Location: 481 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street
Date: Friday, 25 October, 6:00 to 7:30

Agent Orange. Philip Jones Griffiths.

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Agent Orange: “Collateral Damage” in Viet Nam. Philip Jones Griffiths.

Photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths
Concept and text by Philip Jones Griffiths
text and research assistant Lila Lee

Published by Trolley Books, 2003.
[Limited edition: Embossed black cloth box with book and signed print (choice of two), edition of 200.]

[Purchase: Out of print]

"Between 1961 and 1971 the United States dropped approximately 46 million litres of Agent Orange - a herbicide containing the highly toxic waste product dioxin - on South Vietnam. Some 20,000 villages were sprayed, affecting an estimated five million people."

Philip Jones Griffiths was a Welsh photojournalist known for his work documenting the horror of war in Vietnam. His first book Vietnam Inc. was published in 1971. His second book Agent Orange brings attention to the consequences of using herbicide over the field of Vietnam duing the war. Agent orange contained dioxin, the most deadliest chemical created by human. Griffiths photographed children and grandchildren of the farmers who were contaminated by the chemical. “They live with missing and malformed limbs, mental retardation, without eyes, two sets of elbows and knees, celebral palsy, spina bifida and internal organs growing on the outsie of their bodies”. Griffiths documented the full horrors of the genetic effects of Agent Orange at Tu Du Hospital in Saigon.

The jacket and end papers feature US airforce maps of spraying rounds. Each section provides a brief introduction to prepare the viewer to the visual. Black and white images capture deserted areas, deformed bodies, destroyed lives and insecure future. The book ends with the story of how and why agent orange was manifactured. Beautiful and horrific, the book is a tribute to all the victims and a call for justice and resposbility. 

More:
Agent Orange: “Collateral Damage” in Viet Nam (January 2003) by Philip Jones Griffiths
Agent Orange: Philip Jones Griffiths by Colin Pantall
Agent Orange Afthermath
Agent Orange’s Kids (Vice Magazine)

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Simen Johan.

Exhibition: Until the Kingdom Comes by Simen Johan
Location: Yossi Milo Gallery (245 Tenth Avenue, NYC)
Dates: 24 October - 7 December, 2013
Opening reception and book signing: Thursday, 24 October, from 6 to 8

“From Where the Sun Now Stand” by Andreas Johansson. It is a beautiful large format pop-up book with six inserts, depicting a desolated and mythic environment. The artist has long worked with collages where he cuts apart photographs and then builds up new environments.

Pretend You’re Actually Alive. Leigh Ledare.

Pretend You’re Actually Alive. Leigh Ledare.

Photographs by Leigh Ledare

Published by PPP Editions and Andrew Roth, NYC 2008. Edition of 1,000 copies.

[Out of print] 

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World Photobook Day!!!

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14 October is the World Photobook Day!
Read here why and join the conversation on Twitter with #PhotoBookDay. You can also join Facebook group on photobooks here.

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A huge THANK YOU to all who supported 10x10 American Photobooks! Last night we packaged over 300 pre-orders! They are going to 94 cities in 27 countries all around the world!

Bryan Schutmaat.

Exhibition: Bryan Schutmaat, Grays the Mountain Sends
Location: Aperture Gallery (547 West 27th Street, NY)
Dates: 17 September - 31 October 2013