Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thanks to my friends for their birthday wishes!

It was a special day on Sunday, so many birthday wishes from so many friends, thank you all. Emilie Hallard, Werner Amann, Lynn Alleva Lilley, Bob Bisscat, Sheila Newbery, Syd Hargis, Eliane Pickermann, Natasha Beckman, Alessandro Calandra, Carolle Benitah, Nicolas Dusart, Christer Ek, Robin Loves Paris, Wolfgang Zurborn, Simon Kossoff, Jens Sundheim, Terri Weifenbach, Lydia Panas, Katarzyna Dubik, Isabelle Pateer, Winfried Heininger, Andreas Schmidt, Pedro Alfacinha, Christian Patterson, Victor Sira, Roy Kahmann, Michael Ast, Norbert Goertz, Vincent Cianni, Priska Pasquer, John Baker, Suzi Jowsey, Rosa Verhoeve, Stephan Zaubitzer, Martina Schilling, Gabriele Harhoff, Rolf Philips, Sudhanshu Malhotra, Mark Page, Sebastian Arthur Hau, Julia Thorne, Oliver Schmidt, Bert Teunissen, Patrizia Serra, Tom Griggs, Clare Strand, Thorsten Vieth, Allan Smith, Pete Bossley, Elena Schwarz, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Linda Tyler, David Cowlard, David Kregenow, Hubert Schober, Becky Nunes, Christine Rose Divito, Chris Helcermanas-Benge, Bertie Plaatsman, Uwe Bedenbecker, Carmen Castaño Méndez, Bruce Connew, Klaus Kehrer, Aline Smithson, Majlinda Hoxha, Bruno Zhu, Linn Phyllis Seeger, Bruce Hopkins, Curt Holtz, Anita Totha, Bruce Foster, Kate De Goldi, Hannah Holm, Raewyn Kitching, Werner Mansholt, Hubert Schober, Frederic Fornini, Laurent Barban, Charly Artmann, Jeroen Kummer, Kazuhiko Washio, Sam Sampson, Warwick Lee, Rowena Yalland, Lucy de Castro, Nick Morgan, Michael Draper, Mirium van Vassel, Rina van Bohemen and my dear family - Josh, Kyla, Sam, Emily, Arlo, Lucy, Alex and Zoe.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

William Eggleston - Happy 75th

It was a pleasure to be reminded that William Eggleston has a birthday tomorrow, he turns seventyfive. Extra special for me as we share the same birthday. I'm not as old as Eggleston but catching up fast. The New Yorker reports that Eggleston plans to spend part of his birthday playing Bach sonatas on his recently installed Bösendorfer piano, looking out on Overton Park, in Memphis. And they suspect he will never be far from a glass of bourbon.
Happy Birthday Bill!

Martin Parr - Here's one for you...

As this coming Sunday happens to be my birthday, one with a nought on the end (fuck!) a dear friend has given me a very special present in the form of a photobook called the Sporting Life Guide To Wrestling. The book is packed with photographs of hefty wrestling stars and holds like the Indian Death Lock that I just can't wait to try out. The book heralds a whole new genre, you could call it The Guide Book category, a certainty for inclusion in The Photobook: A History Volume 4. And I bet this opens a gaping hole in the Parr collection!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Copeland Book Market, London this weekend

If you're in London this weekend, July 25 - 27th, get on down to the Copeland Book Market. It's an art book market in a unique location with over forty publishers from across the world. Including an events programme of talks, screenings and performances, the Copeland Book Market offers publishers and artists an opportunity to showcase the best of their recent work. The Copeland Book Market was founded by Guy Robertson and Tom Saunderson in 2011 and takes its name from the yard in which their gallery, Son Gallery, was located in Peckham. This year Copeland is organised by Guy Robertson, Kat Black, Lewis Chaplin and Oliver Griffin. Copeland Book Market is funded and supported by Bold Tendencies.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BLIND SPOT - Issue 48


BLIND SPOT issue 48 is now available. The issue features - Sam Contis, Tim Davis & Joe Hagan, Jason Lazarus, Mara McKevitt, Ye Rin Mok, Jack Pierson, David Benjamin Sherry, Stephen Shore, Michael Vahrenwald, and others.

BLIND SPOT has published some of today’s most renowned artists working in the medium of photography as they were building their careers--Adam Fuss, Vik Muniz, Doug & Mike Starn and James Welling appeared in the first issue--and since its launch in 1993, the magazine has featured more than 400 living artists, including Robert Adams, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, William Eggleston, Rachel Harrison, Zoe Leonard and Ed Ruscha, as well as younger artists like Walead Beshty, Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, Seth Price, Michael Queenland and Amanda Ross-Ho. Printed in the United States by Meridian Printing, Blind Spot is known for its commitment to the highest quality reproductions. Features are often designed in collaboration with the artists, and recent issues have been guest-edited by contemporary artists, providing a visual exploration of specific ideas and approaches to photography-based image-making. 

Guess edited by Doug Aitken, Paperback, 9" x 10.5", 80 pages. 
You can get it direct from BLIND SPOT HERE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Elisabeth Tonnard makes artist's books

Elisabeth Tonnard is a Dutch artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and literature. Printed Matter Inc. NYC recent mailing featured her work. Tonnard has published thirty books that are included in international collections and exhibited widely. Much of her work involves responding to existing books, texts and images, reworking them into poetry, and creating photographic visual narratives.
Several of Tonnard’s books appropriate the physical form of the novel. Traditionally printed and bound with unassuming covers, books like THE STORY OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN, TWO OF US and IN THIS DARK WOOD do not announce themselves as artists’ books, disguising them just as their contents challenge the divide between artists’ book and literature.
THE STORY OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN includes the entirety of War and Peace, written in miniscule type and couched within a minimalist narrative of Tonnard’s own devising.
TWO OF US constructs a visual narrative from street photographs of pairs of people walking, combining the images with a poem by Baudelaire in a reflection on the concept of the double described by Baudelaire, Benjamin, and Freud.
IN THIS DARK WOOD, similarly novel-like in size and bearing, opens to reveal Tonnard’s haunting meditation on urban alienation in America: 90 unique English translations of the first three lines of Dante’s Inferno are each accompanied by a different photograph of a person walking alone in a city at night, resituating their modern solitude, with Dante’s words, into an ancient narrative of human isolation.

You can see more of Elisabeth Tonnard's work on her website HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PARIS PHOTO 2014 - participating Publishers and Booksellers


PARIS PHOTO 2014, 13 - 16 November in the Grand Palais. Here is the list of the 23 participating international publishers and booksellers.

ANDRE FRERE, Marseille
DAMIANI, Bologna
HARPER’S, East Hampton
HATJE CANTZ, Ostfildern
LIBRAIRIE 213, Paris
MACK, London
MÖREL, London
RADIUS, Santa Fe
RM, Mexico City
STEIDL, Göttingen
SUPER LABO, Kanagawa
TASCHEN, Paris/London

Hans Ulrich Obrist talks to Walther König

Wolfgang Tillmans, Walther König, 2009

A recent post on the edgy 032c website has the influential curator Hans Ulrich Obrist talking with bookseller and publisher extraordinaire Walther König. It is no exaggeration that the König flagship bookstore in Cologne is probably the worlds best bookshop for art and artist's books. I always head there when in Cologne and in fact, König's shop alone is worth the trip to Cologne.

The legendary business was founded in Cologne in 1969 by WALTHER KÖNIG (b.1939), soon to become one of the world’s pre-eminent addresses for art-related literature and a hotbed of intellectual exchange (apart from the parent location, the bookstore now maintains branches across Germany, in Vienna, and in London). Around the same time, with his brother Kasper, König also started a publishing house. Today, the Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König is home to many artists, including Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Hans Peter Feldmann. Obrist, who has known the bookseller and publisher since he was a young student and has collaborated with him on a series of books, speaks of König with wonder-filled enthusiasm. He points out the publisher’s “incredible generosity,” and is fascinated by the “Borgesian infinity” of the original bookshop’s physical space. “Whenever you think you’ve seen it, there is another hidden room. Little by little, one discovers, floor by floor, more and more secret spaces – and I am sure I still have not seen all of them, filled with books upon books. It’s almost paradise. I’ve always thought of the König bookshop as a sort of paradise.” It is amid this inner architectural complexity, in König’s office, that the two men sat down to talk about what Obrist sees as a one unified entity: “It’s him – his bookshop, his building, all the books, his publishing – it’s a beautiful, holistic thing.” 

You can read the complete interview on 032c HERE. And visit the Walther König bookstore website HERE.

In 2006 I made a photograph of Walther König outside his shop in Cologne and he made a photograph of me, this was for my book project I LOOK AT YOU, YOU LOOK AT ME.

Harvey Benge, Walther König, 2006

Walther König, Harvey Benge, 2006

Newsprint Award 2014

In 2013 bookdummypress an independent bookstore & a publisher in New York and Reminders Photography Stronghold, a gallery in Tokyo, joined forces to launch an international photography publication award to celebrate newsprint’s contribution to the evolving creativity of self-publishing.
Newsprint is not only an economical medium that allow a range of experimentation, but also has the potential of reaching a diverse audience wider and faster. Keeping this award open to photographers / artists without any entry fee, it is intended to stimulate to take a renew approach towards this format and to introduce photographers to a way to self-publish and self-distribute their work.

The 2014 winner, Noi Satirat Damampai (Thailand) with her project The War Within, has portrayed the struggles of the Karen ethnic group, involved in what is considered to be the longest civil war in the world. The project is comprised of perceptive portraits and desolate landscapes that show the intensity of those lives that have been through 60 years of fighting and fear.

You can show your support for Noi Satirat Damampai's publication and for the newsprint medium by contributing to the INDIEGOGO crowd funding campaign HERE.

Friday, July 18, 2014

David Kregenow shoots photographers

I'm pleased to be included in German photographer David Kregenow's line-up of photographers. Kregenow's hard-edge black and white pictures are a superb record of who is out there in the photo-world right now. Here are just a few of the portraits, more on David's website HERE. And his other projects too, which are worth checking out.

Paul Graham

Thomas Demand

Ed Ruscha

Antoine d'Adata

Daido Moriyama

Lewis Baltz

Wim Wenders

Paul Graham at the Winogrand retrospective, The Met, NYC

Garry Winogrand - New York, circa 1962

Writer Nicholas Dawidoff talked to New York resident Paul Graham at The Met's Winogrand show and penned a piece in The NEW YORKER Photo Booth section.

Inside the exhibition, Graham wandered until something snapped him into focus. He paused at a photograph of a muscular young man hoisting a woman aloft and wrestling her toward the surf, from 1952. “The thing about these early ones, they strike me as the work of someone who hasn’t found his voice. They’re of that era of Time-Life photojournalism—someone trying to unshackle himself from popular journalism’s obligatory good cheer, the clanking boxcars of magazine narrative.” A little further on, he admired photographs of elderly people with much seemingly on their minds, none of it optimistic, standing on street corners sometime around 1960. “We’ve charged ahead ten years, and it’s already much richer,” Graham said. “It’s him photographing on his own gambit. He’s gone rogue! It’s haphazard, disorienting.”

You can read the full story HERE