Posts from the ‘PBR’ Category

Publisher’s Note

Dear PhotoBook Review Readers, We’re delighted to bring you the fourth issue of The PhotoBook Review. Many thanks for your continued interest if you are joining us again—and if this is your first time to pick up an issue of PBR, cheers and welcome. The PhotoBook Review 004 launches at the Los Angeles edition of Paris Photo, and is available once again to Aperture magazine subscribers, at the Aperture gallery, and at the Milan Image Art Fair, extending our audience to the west coast and across the Atlantic. In addition to launching this issue together at the Paramount Studios, Paris…

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Iñaki Domingo on Paul Kooiker, Heaven

  Paul Kooiker Heaven Van Zoetendaal Amsterdam, 2012 Designed by Willem van Zoetendaal 13 ⅜ x 9 ½ in. (34 x 24 cm) 176 pages 494 photographs Hardcover vanzoetendaal.com Paul Kooiker is best known for his startling and singular photographs of voluptuous female forms, yet his individual images are incomprehensible except as a part that cumulatively make up his psychologically charged oeuvre. Kooiker’s photographs do not allow for comfortable looking, instead demonstrating his fascination with the game of perception. He uses a visual language that is both dry and delicate, and that pushes at the limits of the unnerving, forcing…

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ONLINE ONLY: Jason Fulford in Conversation with David Reinfurt—Part 2

David Reinfurt: William James described “attention” as what you choose to attend to, what you select as your present moment. “My experience is what I agree to attend to.” There is a lot in that idea that it is a conscious act to decide, “This is my present moment.” There was a series of fascinating experiments done by German psychologists at the end of the nineteenth century that attempted to measure how long a person understands the present moment to be. Jason Fulford: It sounds like the font you’ve made for the Kadist Art Foundation, which is updated once a…

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Top 5 Photo Bookstores—San Francisco and Los Angeles

By Darius Himes Arcana Opened by Lee Kaplan in 1987 and
newly located in the historic Helms Bakery district, Arcana: Books on the Arts is a fixture of the Los Angeles scene. Photography is a specialty at the store, but the shelves contain far more, including rare and collectible titles on modern and contemporary art, design, architecture, cinema, music, and fashion. Long a favorite of Hollywood insiders (John Waters can regularly be seen flitting through the stacks), Arcana’s selection is unparalleled and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Art Catalogues @ LACMA Run by the gracious, ever-informed Dagny Corcoran, the first…

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Top 5 Photo Bookstores—London

By Charlotte Cotton Banner Repeater Banner Repeater is a reading room and project space in a Victorian waiting room on Platform 1 of the Hackney Downs train station. Open during commuter rush hours, this artist-run space is also home to the Publish and Be Damned library of independently published artists’ books. It is also a prime location for a range of discussions and occasional publications that offer intelligent proposals about the politics and material meanings of contemporary publishing.     KK Outlet   KK Outlet is the Hoxton Square gallery and bookstore of KesselsKramer, the Dutch creative agency. It is…

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Between Analog and Digital—Jason Evans In Conversation with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet)

Photographer Jason Evans and musician Keiran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) have been collaborators for the past fifteen years. They share a fascination with utilizing both old and new technologies in their creative lives. Evans’s most recent book, NYLPT (MACK Books, 2012), features images collected in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Evans re-exposed the same frames of film up to five times, overlapping images in a search for “chance, happy accident, luck.” The project appears as an iOS app produced by MAPP, the new digital publishing arm of MACK Books. Evans has created work for major fashion and commercial campaigns;…

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Aaron Schuman on Maurizio Cattelan, Toilet Paper

Maurizio Cattelan Toilet Paper Freedman Damiani Bologna, Italy, 2012 Designed by An Art Service 13 ¾ x 9 ½ in. (34.9 x 24.1 cm) 220 pages Hardcover damianieditore.com During a week marked by a distinct sense of absurdity—St. Peter’s Basilica was struck by lightning just hours after Pope Benedict announced his resignation; a ten- thousand-ton meteor crashed into the Ural Mountains—it seems fitting to have been asked to consider Toilet Paper, Maurizio Cattelan’s recent book. I first encountered Cattelan’s work in 2000, during a visit to the exhibition Apocalypse at London’s Royal Academy, which featured his La Nona Ora—a life-size…

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ONLINE ONLY: Jason Evans in Conversation with Kieran Hebden—Part 2

Jason Evans: I think DJing is quite an important part of the glue between us. I was promoting the club night “No Requests” at Electricity Showrooms, and every week I would play a few records and sometimes you’d be the guest DJ. DJing has been important to the promotional portraits and cover art we’ve made together, because it gives me a sense of where your head’s at because you don’t DJ for the crowd but for the love of music. And (one) I never really knows what you are going to play next. Whenever you make a new album or…

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Remembering Gigi Giannuzzi

Gigi Giannuzzi died last Christmas eve, having published over eighty-five titles, mostly through his imprint Trolley Books. Publish is too polite a word to describe the process. Making a book with Gigi was more like surrendering your heart to a strange ritual. Magic, dread, and the perception of death were at the root of it. This was back when we were all busy inventing ourselves as an unlikely group, congregating around this wild man who wanted to help us make our books, help us form ourselves. Not because they were books. Or because they were even good. But because they…

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