Daisuke Yokota was selected for the first OUTSET UNSEEN AWARD in 2013, and his first solo exhibition in Europe was successfully ended at Foam Museum in July 2014. This his latest work "CORPUS" features his nude photography for the first time. Yokota's unique visual expression mixing reality and fictioness shows the human figures in black and white get tangled with each other in a locked room. These very intimate images give us a strange feeling about life, death and somehow a distance from everything.
In The J Street Project 2002–5, Susan Hiller discovered, photographed and filmed all the street signs that incorporate the word Jude (Jew) in Germany. In all she found 303 signs in streets, lanes, roads, avenues and alleys scattered throughout the country.
Featured in Parr/Badger Photobook History vol.III.
Seth Lower’s second photo book, The Sun Shone Glaringly, explores an observation he made upon moving to Los Angeles in 2011: 'It isn’t always easy to differentiate between what is spontaneous, or real and what’s mediated. Nothing is ever one or the other.' Throughout the book, while repeatedly announcing the thoughts and actions of our generic 'hero,' Lower combines various elements-photographs of oddly familiar filming locations; portraits of aspiring actors he contacted through Craigslist; dialogue and screenplay notations lifted from Hollywood blockbusters; and his own fabricated narratives-to suggest a story at once sordid and hilarious. Like a neo-noir film script referencing works as diverse as Mulholland Drive and Crocodile Dundee IV, Lower’s book evokes all the tropes of the Los Angeles myth to address an essential question: how do popular representations of Los Angeles affect the everyday experience of the city, and how do people negotiate the slippage between their real lives and their potential selves?
Through a series of images produced over more than a decade, photographer Kent Klich explores the conditions of those living in Gaza, a society under constant siege.
In the foreword, Judith Butler, philosopher and engaged in the conflict between Palestine and Israel, writes:
“As onlookers, we are face to face with the fragments of lost life. At the same time, all the signs of habitation are there, blasted into fragments, opened to the sky, blanched and emptied. How many years did those who lived together in these structures have together? How many decades and generations were blasted out and dispossessed? ... If we come to understand what it means to live with the imminent, certain yet unpredictable destruction of someone’s daily life, then perhaps we have begun to understand the spatial and temporal modalities by which terror is administered in Gaza.”
“Andy Sewell’s photographs are clearly a record of the countryside. But his pictures are about something less obvious: the redundancy of the ideas we have about the pastoral when they come up against modern life. As a knitting together of the artificial and unmade, the English countryside is a perfect expression of our unstable world. Sewell shows us a landscape governed by forces beyond individual or collective control. He doesn’t mind if we are provoked. He’s happy to make us laugh. There isn’t something he needs us to believe. He doesn’t want to shatter our illusions, merely quieten them – to allow us to see the complexity of what’s before us.”
Special edition of 100 copies, each with a 10"x8" signed and numbered print (blood on ground image). Unopened since signed by the photographer. Missing perspex case.
'If one were looking to tie this work down via iconography (precisely the wrong approach), one might be tempted to see Angeletti as here pursuing a semi-oblique feminist agenda orbiting around performance, role-play, adornment, containment. But she seems more interested in scrambled typologies and the uneasy pleasures of, to quote René Magritte, the treachery of images. If pre-existing, these photographs meant one thing in a catalogue, museum or wherever, and now they signify something else or, intrinsically, nothing at all: detached, rivulets in a larger directional flow. 'Thanks, Internet,' such work murmurs. Like many artists in their twenties, Angeletti wants to denote that presiding context without directly addressing it, performing its knock-on effect on materialist media.'
The series Best Before end is an attempt to make a series of images that somehow reflect and encompass the intensity of inner city life through not solely exercising photography to depict a chosen subject, in this case part of the image content itself plays a role in creating the images making a more direct physical presence in the image itself. The images were made in East London from where the drinks were also sourced. The colour negative films were part processed and soaked in energy drink, which caused image shifts and disruptions and softened the film emulsion. The softening allowed for manual stretching, moving, tearing and distortion of the layers of film emulsion to take place, and further manual shifts were added with a soft brush whilst the emulsion was still pliable.
Rare Nick Waplington zine which mixes two separate photographic collections taken between 1979 and 1986. The first one, Made Glorious Summer, traces Waplington’s teenage years living across Surrey and West Sussex during the Thatcher years when British post-punk youth were politically active and the marches and protests would quickly turn into riots. Juxtaposed throughout the gritty black and white images of the UK are brightly colored pictures from Waplington's series Surf Riot, taken during a riot at the Surf Pro Championships of 1986, when hundreds of young surfers rampaged, for no apparent reason, through Huntington Beach, California, overturning police cars and setting the beach alight.
Melanie, Öhner, Stiffel, Limbo, Gero, Anna and her friends are young and live in Essen when Andreas Weinand spends much time with them and takes pictures from 1988 to 1990.
While the first episode of the “Simpsons” is broadcasted in the USA, Florence Griffith-Joyner wins three Olympic gold medals in Seoul, the Berlin Wall falls and Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web, the storm of youth rages within the clique, going full blast. The emotional dizziness in the cosmos of invincibility, love, sex, drugs, alcohol, refusal, crash and resignation is always greater than the world out there.
In order to prove that, Andreas Weinand only needs 25 images. But what kind of images. A fabulous series about an indescribable state, which becomes deeper and deeper the more one views it.
Gröna Lund is the reissue of Swedish photographer Anders Petersen’s first book: 'Grönalund om människör pa ett nöjesfalt', originally published by Fyra Förläggare in Stockholm, 1973. Following 'Café Lehmitz', this series is also produced in a closed world, one of Sweden’s oldest amusement parks, situated on one of Stockholm’s islands and dating back to 1883. Through this re-reading of the 1973 publication, Anders Petersen clearly demonstrates the evolution of his approach.
Strangers in Paradise is about the beaches, attractions and sunburnt pilgrims of Lloret de Mar, the Costa Brava’s most famous holiday resort. It is also about the long summer of 1998 and young photographer Misha Kominek’s encounter with one of his major childhood fantasies. By the late 1990s, Lloret de Mar had developed a reputation as a holiday paradise for Central and Eastern European tourists eager for beach and sun. Long before the advent of low-cost air travel, this small but densely constructed coastal town in northern Catalonia became the target destination for young, penniless couples in love, teenagers celebrating their graduation from school, single men seeking amorous adventures and large families looking for affordable vacations. While Russians—currently Lloret’s most wealthy visiting community—predominate today, it used to be filled with Germans from the former East Germany, Czechs, Poles and many others. They would endure an infernal two to three-day trip by car or coach through a multitude of international borders, languages and currencies just to savor their small spot in heaven...
Strangers in Paradise consists of recollections of that moment of conclusion and reunion, the reunion of a wandering outsider with his own people in utopia, the discovery of the missing parts of his identity, its completion and the sweet acceptance of strangeness. Far from being anchored in clichés, this book offers a revealing insight of what lies beneath tourism, globalization, souvenirs and folklore. In lyrical terms, the photographer exposes the tender innocence and sheer, ecstatic beauty of northern Catalonia.
On the 18th of April 2013, Anouk Kruithof and two assistants went to Wall Street in New York City and built a temporary installation of 14 framed prints of different sizes on the edge of the city’s pavement. The prints looked like pixelated monochromes, but were in fact illustrations blown up to a maximum size (3200% in Photoshop) of images found by using Google, searching the word “stress”. Anouk Kruithof asked pedestrians to look at the installation and then had conversations about the pixelated monochromes, the meaning of this project and the potential interpretations of the work. Kruithof asked the people involved if they would like to buy a print, both engaging a commercial gesture and condemning the scarcity of the city dwellers encounterings. She sold 8 of the 14 prints bought by 7 participants when the day’s rain warded off further efforts. Kruithof is not allowed to conduct monetary transactions, so that once a participant told her a price for the print, she actually gave it away for free, thus creating an imaginary sale.
The Widest Prairies’ features a new series by Charlotte Dumas on the wild horses of Nevada, showing a cinematographic portrayal of these undomesticated animals as they roam the fringes of the foothills into the residential areas of the desert population where peoples and animals paths cross.
This proximity has created new interactions between man and animal and has changed perceptions of the wild horses. They’ve become a strong topic of discussion as their situation becomes more dire due to draught and the economical climate yet seem to prevail in the ever changing landscape.
Óscar Monzón undertook, in Madrid, between 2009 and 2013, a large scale project on the sphere of cars, and more precisely on the drivers' relationship to their automobile. This work results in the book Karma. Never fabricated, these photos, most of which we can imagine were stolen, refer to Luc Boltanski's concept of "body car". Being the only object which both completely absorbs us and that we can manipulate at our own will from the inside, cars cause a sensation of passing elsewhere with a sense of security. They offer a private space among the midst of public sphere and create a familiar realm which permits the most private experiences. Óscar Monzón is interested in this distinctive feature, he violates the enclosed space, catches the scenery with a flash and defies the privacy of the cars drivers.
"On the very first day I ever spent photographing in Rome — a white-hot September in 2007— my assistant took me to Testaccio to show me the old slaughterhouse. It was largely abandoned, peopled by squatters and grinning dogs, and starting to succumb to gentrification, but it wasn’t hard to imagine the viscera flowing through the gutters and the wailing and lowing of livestock. This assistant, a clever musician and chef, told me how Roman cuisine is described as “Quinto Quarto,” named for the food made by stockyard workers who took the unwanted parts of the animals home to their families. As a starry-eyed American living in a European capital for the first time I was touched by the humility of this description, reminding me that this was a city with working people stumbling through its glamorous historical strata. I was also struck by how relevant “Quinto Quarto” felt to my photographic practice, which has always been driven by a strong desire to look through accepted cultural iconographies and to see what I’m not supposed to see. […] Quinto Quarto is a new paradigm for me as an artist: a series of pieces rather than a BODY OF WORK, that has allowed me to play and provoke in ways I haven’t always been able to as a photographer. I am grateful for the opportunity." - Tim Davis Text in English and Italian
One in five under 18 year olds in the USA is diagnosed as having a mental condition which translates itself into behavioral problems. Often this is treated with medication which can start from an extremely young age.
Over a six-year period Bapitiste Lignel followed the progress of nine American teenagers with an array of pathologies which lead to behavior problems such as ADHD and OCD as well as depression and anxiety. In candid interviews the teenagers talk about their diagnoses and the impact that their medical treatment has had on their lives.
Photographs are combined with elements found in popular culture and social media, showing us what image is reflected back from society - often a negative one. Far from trivializing the difficulties these young people face, this combination brings additional voices to the narrative, and broadens its scope. It contributes to drawing a balanced picture of a complex topic, often simplified and stigmatized by the media.
'Smell of tiger precedes tiger' is an existentialist travelogue. André Príncipe travelled from Lisbon to Tokyo by land and by sea, with a desire to escape, to go places far away. The initial feelings of uneasiness and alienation fade as empty bars and hotel rooms give place to windows of trains and the vastness of the desert, and return as we approach the Asian big cities. The strongly cinematic sequence was designed to be read from right to left as well as from left to right, expressing the circular aspect of the journey. 'I was already far away, in a city, and wanted to go to the mountains. Asking around, I came up with a phone number. I told him where I wanted to go and where I came from, and in his very poor English, he managed to tell me that he'd never seen a Portuguese, even though his grandfather had been half-Portuguese. He also told me it would be okay to go with him. We were quiet most of the time, walking through the forests. "Eat, sleep now, stop," he would say, and then he would smile. It was difficult for him to understand my question, but when he finally understood, he said, "Smell of tiger precedes tiger." I was astounded at his sudden mastery of English. He said nothing more. For the next hours we walked in silence. Our footsteps echoing through the forest.' --- André Príncipe, from the Lisbon/Tokyo notebook
For the sake of future days celebrates over a decade of art practice through installation, sculpture and photography by Saiki. Saiki challenges our perception to gain a new visual language through an ever-evolving use of the landscape, architecture and sky. Embracing minimalist aesthetics and contemporary critical theories, Saiki continues to create conceptual photographic work and examines possibility of photographic subjectivity in contemporary visual society. Designed by Saiki himself, For the sake of future days realizes his visual inquiry in most expressive and creative way. Edition of 300 copies.
The monochrome, often pixelated images of woodlands in the book are sourced from the internet following a Google image search for the phrase ‘tree surgeon’. Each image features a placed orb which sometimes covers half of the picture surface. (…) The project began when Sear started to collect branches and twigs from Cuckoo Wood, close to her home in Wales. The title is a nod to the French Surrealist writer and ethnographer Michel Leirisâ’s 1966 work of the same name.
“In 1983, a local TV station held a contest for anyone who wanted a chance at reporting the weather. My role was to take head shots of contestants after each screen test. Five winners were chosen out of nearly one hundred applicants. The pictures were never used, but I developed the negatives anyway (without proofing them). These images had been lost until recently and I am seeing them for the very first time.”—Michael Jang
Summer Weather is a visually arresting book. Each photograph appears in full on the page, focusing the viewer's attention to these individuals. Careful viewing allows the subtle nuances of their unique character to seep in; hairstyles, facial expressions, emotional values. They become real, if not just hilarious, people. We become invested.
‘On 15 October 2011, protestors representing the global Occupy movement set up a semi-permanent camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London. The aim of the protest was to encourage discourse and raise awareness of social and economic inequalities.
On 25 October, several UK newspapers and media outlets ran stories claiming that ‘thermal imaging’ proved that only 10% of the 250 tents in St. Paul’s Square were being inhabited overnight. I was immediately sceptical of these claims.’
This series of photographs catalogues some of the communal and private spaces that were installed in the St. Paul’s and Finsbury Square camps. The traces of activity and inhabitance serve as a clear document of the utilisation of a limited space by a large number of permanent and temporary residents.
Sam Falls explores the intersection of color, perception, digital imagery and natural processes - and in the case of Problems with Decomposition - Sam Falls also brings into context the element of temporal existence. This series consisting of organic matter juxtaposed against car tires takes on all of these concepts. Moving between the photographic image and their subjects imprint via stamping and via paints on the print. Limited edition of 1000. 5 colour screen printed cover tip-in.
Strip-o-Gram 1. A form of message delivery in which a woman or man performs a striptease while singing or dancing. The word is a combination of telegram and striptease. This type of entertainment became popular in the 1970s in the US and spread to the UK and Europe during the 1980s. (wikipedia) After setting up search notifications for items linked to the keyword of “stripper” on the auction house Ebay, Sebastien Girard received email offers between 2007 and 2012 regarding the sales of thousands of amateur photographs taken at domestic strip-tease parties in American homes. In essence, these notifications and his subsequent purchases served as his own surprise invitation and only possible - albeit virtual - gateway into these living room parties where women of all ages take in the sexual show and photograph these men for hire. Strip-o-gram is two books in one with the photographs printed on the outer pages and a Japanese binding that allows a partial look at an inner matrix - a slightly hidden text correspondence between Ebay and Girard during their own game of teasing and buying. Excellent book by talented photobook creator Sebastien Girard.
From publisher: In the Shinto religion, the Torii is referred to as the entrance to the sacred world. Sacred areas of the Shinto religion, which sees the fear possessed towards nature as its beginning, exists in all parts of Japan. However, another time leading to ancient times passes beyond the Torii. The entrance might disappear while I am dillydallying... thinking thus, I took these photographs. 27x21cm hardback, full colour offset.
Edition of 500 copies.
Signed copy (with small Torii drawing also). Faint rubbing to cover.
J Carrier has had a nomadic lifestyle, moving from Washington D.C. to Ecuador, and then to Africa and the Middle East, every move taking him further from his friends and family. During his time in Israel, Carrier began to feel an affinity with the migrants who had landed in the dusty city of Tel Aviv, relating to their experience as an outsider, someone far from home. Elementary Calculus, through a series of portraits, landscapes and still life photographs, observes the publicly private moments of these peregrine foreigners as they attempt to connect back to their homes. In his documentation of migrants and refugees in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Carrier explores the distance between reality and desire – the want for what was and the hope for what will be – and traces the manner in which we navigate the points between the unknowns. His photographs resonate with the sense that in a foreign country geographical distance loses its physical measure and home feels like a hazy memory, a half-remembered dream. Carrier’s subtle yet striking images of Israel and the West Bank throw up more questions than they answer. What does this influx of foreigners mean in a nation that is defined by ethnicity and competing claims of ownership? And how does this complex situation affect these new varieties of refugees? Is there promise in this land for them? After graduating with a degree in biological sciences, J. Carrier became a drummer in a punk-rock band. He spent most of the past decade living and working in Africa and Israel and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife. He won the fine art award in the New York Photo Awards in 2010, was the Grand Prize Winner at the National Geographic Traveller / PDN “World in Focus” awards in 2010, and was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2011.
Atsushi Fujiwara follows the steps of his grandfather through the south of Japan, guided by his book of Tanka poems called Nangokusho.
In “Nangokusho” there’s a lyrical feeling of loneliness, a quest for lost roots, Atsushi’s eye translates poetic verses in visual imagery, he hunts the invisible, the long gone.
A slow wandering through empty streets, railways and backyards, Nangokusho is a silent ode to the Southern lands of Japan.
“The photographs speak for themselves. In the critique of photography, I make it a general rule to comment on the background from which the photographs arose.
If these were paintings, the past might be portrays from memory or imagination, but as regard this collection, photography will capture only what is currently there.
Today, Kagoshima and beautiful Okinawa are dramatically different from how Tohmon (nd: art-name of Atsushi’s grandfather) saw them, and there is nothing remaining of that now.
Fujiwara Atsushi undertook to pursue sceneries that no longer exist. If the reader should sense a certain emptiness from these photographs, this must be understood to be the emptiness of post-war Japan.”
"17 Days," openly suggests synchronicity: Events, large, small and everything in between, happen globally and simultaneously. The book does just that by documenting, in words and pictures, the hatching of four robins and their magical insouciance during 17 days in the middle of a year on the photographer's front porch.
THE DAILY EXHAUSTION is a small newspaper, which contains 23 self-portraits of an obsessed workaholic artist, who has reached the sweaty emotional state of exhaustion. When you browse through the publication, you will pass a gradual colour spectrum, which Kruithof considers the stratification of human energy. THE DAILY EXHAUSTION confirmed quite aware that a photo or a photo series is invented as a conscious construction, but simultaneously withdraws that statement into question, because the pictures are credible and honest. This causes confusion and raises the question of what THE DAILY EXHAUSTION actually is? In her current and future exhibitions Anouk Kruithof displays THE DAILY EXHAUSTION newspapers either as a large pile, from which visitors can take a copy for free or as a large wall installation made out of the original pages of the newspaper.
This special edition comes with a print together with the newspaper-zine in a sealed plastic bag. The photo is a snapshot from the trash bin at the printer. (Dijkmann Offset Amsterdam, where the newspaper-zine was printed in August 2010) newspaper-zine: 19.5 X 27.5 cm, full colour, 48 pages print: 20 X 30 cm, inktjet colour print, signed and dated.
Billy Monk worked as a bouncer in the notorious Catacombs club in the dock area of Cape Town, South Africa, during the 1960s. He originally began taking pictures in the club with the intention of selling the photographs to the customers – the people he was photographing. His aim was not to make a social statement, but his money-making scheme quickly turned into something else as he increasingly captured the raw energy of the club, its decadence and tragedy, its humanity and joy. As someone who shared the experiences of those club-goers he was trusted by them and was able to convey their world and their experience with great energy and honesty. As David Goldblatt has written: “These are photographs by an insider of insiders for insiders. If inhibitions were lowered by the seemingly vast quantities of brandy and Coke that were imbibed, trust, nevertheless, is powerfully evident. Not simply in the raucous tweaking of bared breasts, or the more guarded but evident ‘togetherness’ of two bearded men, as well as the open flouting of peculiarly South African sanctions such as prohibitions on interracial sex. It is also present in the quiet composure of many of the portraits. People seemed to welcome and even bask in Monk’s attentions.” Monk stopped photographing at the club in 1969. Ten years later his contact sheets and negatives were discovered and in 1982 the work was exhibited at the Market Gallery in Johannesburg. Monk could not make the opening and two weeks later, en route to seeing the show, he became involved in an argument. A fight broke out, Monk was fatally shot in the chest and never saw his work exhibited.
Highly recommended - the first time this cult photographer's work has been published. Selected by Martin Parr for exhibition at the last Brighton Photo Biennale. As featured in Parr/Badger - The Photobook: A History Volume 3.
More Cooning with Cooners arose out of the discovery of a series of anonymous Kodachrome photographs documenting one family's 1960s racoon-hunting adventures in Ohio, USA. The book pays homage to – and reproduces elements of – Otto Kutchler's Cooning with Cooners, a 1924 publication from Hunter Trader Trapper offering an insight into this most American pastime and allowing us to appreciate just how little its values and traditions changed in the intervening years.
Edition of 500 copies.
One Picture Book 69: Fishing with My Dad 1978-1995