Posts from the ‘PBR’ Category

Matt Johnston on the Photobook Club

My interest and inquiry into photobooks truly began only five or so years ago. Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, and co. had already helped to further (or establish or even destroy, depending on who you spoke to) the economic and cultural value of the photobook, yet I was frustrated with the available discourse. So many works were highly regarded and touted as masterpieces with little thought of genuine discussion. I started the Photobook Club online as a platform for these discussions: a place to ask why The Americans is important, or what exactly it is about Yukichi Watabe’s A Criminal Investigation…

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The Photobook Made Public
Ramón Reverté in Conversation with Horacio Fernández

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Illustration by Simone Rein. Horacio Fernández can claim to have been one of the first key creators of both the visual vocabulary of books about books, and of an approach to a historiography of the field. Besides his seminal exhibition and book Fotografía pública/Photography in Print 1919–1939 (1999), he is also the author of two highly regarded volumes devoted to photobooks in both Latin America and Spain, as well as a prolific curator. I had the chance to speak to Fernández about how exhibiting photography in the widest sense has changed since his first exhibition, and how he foresees its future. Fernández…

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David Solo on The Grand Tour: A Photobook Travelogue

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Illustration by Simone Rein. As a collector, enthusiast, and supporter of photo- and artist books, I want to see and learn as much as I can about what’s being created now, as well as about books from the past. It seems like there are two or three photobook fairs, festivals, or other events nearly every weekend—especially in Europe—so there are lots of opportunities. While it’s certainly possible to find photobooks online these days (and I do), it still doesn’t compare with the fun of handling them; talking to the folks who make, study, sell, and collect them; and adding a…

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Yannick Bouillis on Offprint Paris

From the beginning, Offprint Paris—a yearly art-publishing fair featuring books, CDs, records, magazines, zines, and posters by emerging artists, photographers, and graphic designers—has been a success, much like similar book fairs: the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs, PA/PERVIEW Art Book Fair in Brussels, and Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair, among others. The success of the fair can’t be solely attributed to its organizers (especially since Offprint’s director is notoriously untalented). The popularity of these events begs the question: why has there been such a boom in art book fairs? What is almost certain is that…

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Review: Andrea Josch on Luis Weinstein

Luis Weinstein Esto ha sido Self-published Santiago, Chile, 2014 Designed by Carolina Zañartu 9 x 11 7⁄8 in. (23 x 30 cm) 44 pages 35 black-and-white photographs Paperback luisweinstein.com Luis Weinstein, the editor-in-chief of the South American photography magazine Sueño de la Razón and cofounder of the Festival Internacional de Fotografía en Valparaíso, Chile, has spent more than thirty years recording different aspects of everyday life. (Full disclosure: I work with Weinstein at Sueño de la Razón.) His documentary images capture these happenings not in terms of the decisive moment, but rather in the tranquility of our sociocultural surroundings. It…

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When to Hold ’Em and When to Fold ’Em
A Conversation with Alec Soth

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Lesley A. Martin touches base with Alec Soth for issue 007 of The PhotoBook Review.

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The Living Library
Markus Schaden on the Opening of the PhotoBook Museum

On August 19, 2014, the PhotoBook Museum, Cologne, opened the doors to its temporary Carlswerk space, a former industrial site now filled with containers full of photobooks; a smorgasbord of exhibitions of individual “PhotoBook Studies”; a book research lab run by Dortmund University; workshop areas; and even an almost-to-scale replica of Café Lehmitz, made famous (or infamous) by Anders Petersen’s book of the same name. (This first version of the Museum closed October 12, but it is looking for a more permanent home.) Markus Schaden, photobook evangelist and museum founder, reports back on the opening events, his inspiration, and its…

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Review: Christopher Anderson on Peter Van Agtmael

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Peter van Agtmael Disco Night Sept. 11 Red Hook Editions Brooklyn, 2014 Designed by Yolanda Cuomo Design 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (21.59 x 26.7 cm) 276 pages, including 19 gatefolds 188 color photographs Clothbound hardcover with tip-on redhookeditions.com     I really don’t want to look at another picture from a war. For such a visual subject to photograph, so little seems to come from war photography that means much of anything at all. Some of it is done “better” or “worse”; sometimes there is a…

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Review: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse Ponte City Steidl Göttingen, Germany, 2014 Designed by Ramon Pez 9 1/2 x 14 5/ 8 in. (24.1 x 37 cm) 192 pages 365 four-color and black-and-white images Clothbound hardcover in a box, including 17 accompanying booklets with written and visual essays steidl.de   It is a testament to the purchase of the building known as Ponte City on the collective imagination of Johannesburgers that, within minutes of my opening Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s book of that name in a coffee shop…

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