Sunday, September 14, 2014

JH Engström at FOAM Amsterdam


Open now and running until December 10, FOAM museum Amsterdam presents the work of the Swedish photographer JH Engström in an exhibition titled Close Surrounding. Engström lives and works between Paris, France and his birthplace in Värmland, Sweden. The dynamic between the leisurely pace of country life and the high octane energy of the city is essential in Engström's life. This is reflected in the   authenticity of his photographs and in the exhibition at Foam. The books Engström has published are important element of the exhibition. JH Engström's photographs - which always reflect his engagement with his surroundings - reveal the loneliness and absurdity of the human condition. Engström uses his camera and its artistic possibilities to communicate in a meaningful and direct way with the viewer. He also shares his doubts about whether it is possible to truly understand what life is about. He explores various photographic genres such as the self-portrait, landscape, the snapshot and aerial photography. JH Engström's oeuvre is multi-faceted. He documents the ambience of the places he photographs, but at the same time his work can also be interpreted as a personal, visual 'stream of consciousness', a continuous flow of images that portray feelings, observations and memories of the photographer. Furthermore he 'plays' with one of the traditional characteristic of photography: depicting reality. In his photographs he emphasizes the fact that they are visual interpretations of that reality, by experimenting with technical imperfections such as overexposure, motion and dust. The edges of the negatives are sometimes visible in the printed photograph. The results vary from raw images to appealing photographs in pastel tints. Above all, the work of JH Engstrom can be interpreted as a restless and never-ending quest for answers to the question of what it is to be human. JH Engström was born in Karlstad, Värmland, in Sweden. When he was ten years old, he moved with his family to Paris - an immeasurably large city in comparison to his birthplace. When he was thirteen years old, the family moved back to the country, but since then he has constantly returned to Paris, the city to which he is devoted. He worked as an assistant to fashion photographer Mario Testino and the documentary photographer Anders Petersen. In 1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film Department of Gothenburg University. He developed his own unique style, which is characterised by a combination of raw and highly aesthetic images. Engström likes to present his work in books. To date, he has published twelve. He has received many prizes and nominations, including a shortlist nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005) and the Best Photobook of the Year Award (Arles, 2009).

You can see more on JH Engström's website HERE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Paul Graham, Does Yellow Run Forever? TIME LightBox talks to Mack about the project

LightBox: Your working relationship with Paul Graham dates back seven books and more than a decade to American Night. What draws you to his work?

Michael Mack: Paul’s practice involves a compelling use of straight photography documenting everyday moments to invoke significant notions. He uses the blank observational capacity of the medium to transform the banal and the mundane into work which is engaged with very human issues. I think that this is incredibly tough to do, especially with his lightness of touch which avoids the mawkish grandiloquence endemic to such concerns. And he constantly challenges us to explore what is possible in that process of translating his work and ideas into a book. If you look back, his career has involved an extraordinary collection of books. And this new book is once again wonderfully original – it is a tiny, gem-like object, intimate and personal, like a hand-made diary.

You can read the full interview, LightBox talks to Michael Mack,  HERE.

Paul Graham, Does Yellow Run Forever?
Currently showing at PACE Gallery New York, finishing October 4. You can see more of the show HERE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photobooks - a guide to the best new books from TIME's LightBox

TIMES's LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books, featuring new titles from photographers Stephen Shore and Bruce Davidson, Paul Graham, as well as inspired work by contemporary photographers Michael Light, Julie Blackmon and LaToya Ruby Frazier.
These photo books, lovingly designed and meticulously edited, are a rare treat in a time when photography is all-too-often relegated to selfies and snapshots, and offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book.


You can see all the recommendations HERE.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

William Eggleston at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

William Eggleston, 1970 untitled

William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color which opened at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson September 9 and runs until December 21st includes some exceptional and as yet unpublished photographs borrowed from the artist collection and various lenders. There is an opportunity to discover the evolution, the ruptures and above all the radicalness of Eggleston’s work when he began photographing in color at the end of the 1960s. There are similar obsessions and recurrent themes present in Eggleston's early black-and-white work including ceilings, food, and scenes of waiting, as well as unconventional croppings, all definitive traits of the photographer well known for his statement, I am at war with the obvious.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by Steidl with text by Thomas Weski and an introduction by Agnès Sire. The exhibition will be held at musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne from January 30th to May 3rd 2015.

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris, France

Monday, September 8, 2014

THE PhotoBookMuseum Cologne...

Markus Schaden reports...
Exiting first half performance for #The_PBM CarlswerkEdition : 6300 Visitors - 24 Guided -80 min long-Tours - 21 Artist Talks and screenings - 4 overcrowded PhotoBookKids Workshop - 1 great PhotoBook MasterClass - a new Cabanon-Style French Bistro - 8000 distributed programs - 7 published books at the KonicaMinolta press - 78 VW shuttle tours - 2 unexpected POP UP exhibitions at The_PBM - 4 TV Features and 43 Press Reviews - 6000 new Likes on Facebook - 219.000 people reached - 8 DJ-Sets - 15 new books poped into the ReadingRoom- 13 Darkroom Performances - 260 CatalogueBoxes by Kettler Verlag distributed - 1 unfinished show .... and one blog post from me.

You can see more HERE.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Noorderlicht International Photofestival - 21st Edition


Today, August 31st, An Ocean of Possibilities, the twenty-first edition of the Noorderlicht International Photofestival, will kick off and run until October 26th.

The Festival has this to say: We hope to see you in the Fries Museum, and at the ancillary locations, the Nature Museum Fryslân, Zaailand and the Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden. This year more than 60 photographers participate in the festival with work that in most cases has not been shown before in the Netherlands, or will have its world premiere in Leeuwarden. Visitors can enjoy a cross-section of the many forms in which photography manifests itself: as photojournalism, documentary photography, art and fashion photography, including mixed media collages and projects that work with found footage or arose out of a collaboration. What unifies this diversity is the way in which the photographers - individually and out of personal engagement - give a voice to the central theme of An Ocean of Possibilities: the quest for renewed control over our future in the realization that the current status quo is not sustainable, and that we are not powerless by-standers, but can have a part in how that future unfolds. We hope that An Ocean of Possibilities will be a starting point to think how and to what extent we can do things differently, and perhaps improve on them. Consider the collected work as a blueprint, a manifesto and an invitation to reflect. In turbulent times like these, it is easy to lose sight of all the constructive endeavours that are happening simultaneously. During the festival, we will create a digital platform where visitors can share their own experiences, stories or examples of ingenuity and ardour. We are curious to find out what visions inspire you to live more consciously, or to plot your own course. 

Because Noorderlicht is an actively international event, An Ocean of Possibilities will travel to Singapore, where it is part of the Singapore International Photo Festival. From October 31 to December 28, 2014 the main exhibition with the work of 31 photographers will be on view at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. 
The festival magazine, also available in printed version, can be previewed and browsed online via the following LINK.

Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2014 31 August to 26 October 2014 Open Tue- Sun 11 am - 5 pm Main location: Fries Museum Wilhelminaplein 92 8911 BS Leeuwarden The Netherlands.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Now in its seventh edition photography experts from around the world were asked to nominate their favourite photobook from the previous year and to justify their choice. The result - 30 books from 34 jurors.

Christopher Anderson »Stump« – selected by Thiijs groot Wassink / WassinkLundgren
Paul Andriesse »Compared to What « – selected by Cuny Janssen
Ruth van Beek »The Arrangement« – selected by Willem van Zoetendaal
Pawel Bownik »Disassembly« – selected by Thomas Sauvin
Frédéric Brenner »An Archeology of Fear and Desire« – selected by Laura Moya
Lard Buurman »Africa Junctions« – selected by Viviane Sassen
John Cage and William Gedney »Iris Garden« – selected by Jason Fulford
Piergiorgio Casotti »Sometimes I cannot smile« – selected by Ed Templeton
Mark Cohen »Dark Knees« – selected by Kevin Messina
Diverse »The Unphotographable« – selected by Paul Schiek
Eamonn Doyle »i« – selected by Martin Parr
Verónica Fieiras »the disappeared (1st and 2nd edition)« – selected by Josef Chladek
Joan Fontcuberta »Trepat« – selected by Xavier Barall and Timothy Prus
Jim Goldberg »Rich and Poor« – selected by Mikhael Subotzky
Guido Guidi »Veramente« – selected by Delphine Bedel
David Hornillos »Mediodía« – selected by Julián Barón and Ricardo Cases
Thilde Jensen »The Canaries« – selected by Gerry Badger and John Gossage
Vladislav Krasnoshek and Sergiy Lebedynskyy »Euromaidan« – selected by Hannah Watson
Jochen Lempert »Phenotype« – selected by Sebastian Arthur Hau
David Magnusson »Purity« – selected by Markus Schaden and Carlos Spottorno
Thomas Mailaender »The Night Climbers of Cambridge« – selected by Rémi Faucheux
Peter Mitchell »Strangely Familiar« – selected by Gordon MacDonald
Sakiko Nomura »Tamano« – selected by Nobuyoshi Araki
Momo Okabe »Bible« – selected by Manik Katyal
Aleix Plademunt »Almost There« – selected by Tony Cederteg
Michael Schmidt »Natur« – selected by Thomas Weski
Giovanna Silva »Inch by Inch House by House Alley by Alley« – selected by Kent Klich
Mikhael Subotzki »Ponte City« – selected by Susan Meiselas
Vasantha Yogananthan »Piémanson« – selected by Sonia Berger
Daisuke Yokota »Linger« – selected by José Pedro Cortes