Publisher’s Note: Lesley A. Martin

Dear PhotoBook Review Reader You’ll find many of the following pages are guided by one particular idea as a loose organizational frame: the photobook and desire. For those of you who know guest editor Bruno Ceschel as the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, a curatorial project com- mitted to the celebration and study of the self-published photobook, you may also be aware of SPBH’s id-driven alter ego, Self Publish, Be Naughty, a series of monographs about love, lust, sex, and taboos. It is eclectically promiscuous in its approach to desire and, as is pointed out in The Photobook: A…

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Announcing The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2014 Short List

Aperture announces the short listed titles for the 2014 PhotoBook Awards.

The Case for Digital
by Simon Bainbridge

It’s been twenty-five years since Tim Berners-Lee proposed the framework for what was to become the World Wide Web, around the same time Thomas and John Knoll were finessing version 1.0 of Photoshop. Now we live in the digital present, connecting online as global communities; communicating via vast, interlinked networks that bypass geographic, economic, and sociopolitical boundaries; using photographs where common languages don’t exist. And yet this was first published in a printed newspaper dedicated to photobooks in all their physical manifestations. In the weeks and months it’s taken to put this issue together—from initial conversations between publisher and guest…

PhotoBook Lust: Justine Kurland on Nicholas Muellner, The Amnesia Pavilions

This is part of the feature “PhotoBook Lust,” a collection of writing on photobooks and desire by artists, curators, and writers, first published in The PhotoBook Review 006. Read the Lust introduction by guest editor Bruno Ceschel. PBR 006 will be shipped with issue 215 of Aperture magazine. Subscribe here. Nicholas Muellner The Amnesia Pavilions A-Jump Books Ithaca, New York, 2011 The Amnesia Pavilions chronicles Nicholas Muellner’s 1990 and 1992 trips to a small town in post-Soviet Russia and his subsequent return in 2009, in search of a boy he had met there nineteen years earlier. The boy is named…

PhotoBook Lust: Sean O’Hagan on Ed van der Elsken, Love on the Left Bank

This is part of the feature “PhotoBook Lust,” a collection of writing on photobooks and desire by artists, curators, and writers, first published in The PhotoBook Review 006. Read the Lust introduction by guest editor Bruno Ceschel. PBR 006 will be shipped with issue 215 of Aperture magazine. Subscribe here. Ed van der Elsken Love on the Left Bank André Deutsch London, 1954 Ed van der Elsken’s Love on the Left Bank was the first present I received from the woman who is now my wife. We had not known each other long, so in retrospect her choice of gift…

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