woensdag 28 november 2012

The amazing flowering of the Dutch photobook (published in 2012)

Volkskrant komt met uitgebreid overzicht fotoboeken
28 november 2012 »


Het katern V van de Volkskrant pakt vandaag uit met een overzicht in acht pagina’s van de dit jaar tot nu toe verschenen fotoboeken. Een groot aantal wordt uitgelicht en voorzien van toelichting door de maker, waaronder ook oplages en productiekosten.

In de verantwoording lezen we: ‘V presenteert (bijna) alle Nederlandse fotoboeken die tot en met november 2012 zijn verschenen.’
Dat bijna klopt, want we missen in elk geval heel erg de twee bijzondere boeken met werk van Peter Martens die post editions voor en na de zomer uitgaf: Few loving voices en American Testimony.

En ook het overzicht Own van Erwin Olaf komt niet in het verhaal voor.

Wel in het overzicht van de Volkskrant:

Aan de overkant, leven in Amsterdam-Noord - Maaike Koning
Anima - Charlotte Dumas
Atze. Om het lijf - Atze Haytsma
Brandgang - Herman Wouters
Censorship Daily - Jan Dirk van der Burg
Cette Montagne C’est Moi - Witho Worms
Characters of Jante - Ursula Jernberg
City Island - Real Estate - Annelou van Griensven
Concresco - David Galjaard
Don’t Forget - Mariken Wessels
Enduring Srebrenica - Claudia Heinermann en Sonya Winterberg

Goed volk - Joost van den Broek
Gouden Epke - Klaas Jan van der Weij en Frans Wolfkamp
Heaven - Paul Kooiker
Hier woont mijn huis - Eddo Hartmann

Holland - Erik Hijweege
I am a girl - Claudette van de Rakt
Ik ben Amsterdam - THomas Schlijper
In het voorbijgaan - Flip Franssen
Kemal’s Dream - Ahmet Polat
Kiev - Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen
Koeraaij Koeraaij - Marjoleine Boonstra en Céline Linssen
Lapponensis - Michiel Brouwer
Liefde in uitvoering. Portret van een Hortus - Elsbeth Thijsen & Hannah de Groot
Lunar Landscapes - Marie-José Jongerius

Mapping - Kim Boske
Men of the Rotterdam - Ruud Sies
Narco Estado - Teun Voeten
Nederland uit voorraad leverbaar - Hans van der Meer

NIeuwe Feiten - Anne Geene
November 2012: Speed. Every Day a New Book - Wil van Iersel
Nurture Studies - Diana Scherer
O. Niemeyer - Erik van der Weijde
Offside - Dirk-Jan Visser en Arthur Huizinga

Olympisme - Tom van Heel en Lars van den Brink
Photoworks Beyond Reality, Volume II - Schilte & Portielje
Popel Coumou - Popel Coumou
Poppy - Robert Knoth en Antoinette de Jong
Reprinting the city - Stephan Keppel
Roxane - Viviane Sassen
‘t Hok - Peter de Krom
The Eyes of War - Martin Roemers

The Man of the Crowd - Elisabeth Tonnard
Things - as they are - Elspeth Diederix
Thuis. Staatsliedenbuurt Utrecht - Lotte Sprengers
Tussen keukentrap en helikopter - Eric Kieboom
Unfolded - Schelten & Abbenes
Wehn I open my eyes - Wout Berger
Yoshino - Cuny Janssen

Zie verder ook :

Album Beauty - Erik Kessels

Footprints - Co Rentmeester

Men at workThijs Heslenfeld 

Wordt vervolgd - Cornelie de Jong

Editors: Frits GierstbergRik Suermondt
Authors: Wim van Sinderen, Claudia Kussel, Patricia Börger, Pim Milo, Flip Bool, Karen Duking, Max van Rooij, Tamara BerghmansMirelle Thijsen, Bart Sorgedrager, Mireille de Putter, Pieter van Leeuwen, Karin Krijgsman
Photography: Hans Bol
Design: Studio Joost Grootens, Illustrated (colour), Hardback, 240 pages, 24 x 28 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-846-8,
Dutch edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-845-1
The Dutch PhotobookThe Dutch Photobook describes the relatively recent history of the famed Dutch photobook. Editors Rik Suermondt and Frits Gierstberg chose over 120 of the most significant Dutch photobooks and placed them in the context of developments in photography and society.
The post-Second World War Dutch photobook is unique because of the long tradition of graphic designers and photographers working closely together. It is highly prized abroad, and many photobooks have become part of the collections of museums and private collectors. This book shows the immense variety and allure of the Dutch photobook and makes it accessible to a broad audience.
Six chapters, organized both thematically and chronologically, examine company photobooks, photobooks about youth culture, landscape books, city books, travelogues and autonomous photobooks. For each theme, the 20 most noteworthy books are described and represented by gorgeous illustrations of their covers and parts of their contents.
Despite - or perhaps because - the digitization of photography, the traditional medium of the photo book is (still) enormously popular amongst contemporary photographers. They see the book as the ideal form to present their work and to tell their story. The Dutch photo book has built over the years a certain reputation. The close collaboration between graphic designers and photographers determined in the period after 1945 the quality of the Dutch photo books. Gerry Badger wrote: ": ‘One of the most active photobook cultures in the postwar years was Holland, rivalling and perhaps exceeding even France.” 

maandag 26 november 2012

Photograph albums for Let us now praise famous men / photographs by Walker Evans

Let Us Now Praise Famous Photo Albums: Walker Evans’ Albums for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Floyd Burroughs, Sharecropper. Volume 1. Photograph by Walker Evans. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003656560/
During the summer of 1936, Walker Evans, a preeminent photo documentarian of the New Deal, worked with writer James Agee on a project originally intended for Fortune magazine about the devastating effects of economic conditions on white tenant farmers. Agee and Evans spent eight weeks that summer researching their assignment, mainly among three white sharecropping families mired in desperate poverty in Hale County and Perry County, Alabama. Special photo albums preserved in the Prints & Photographs Division  represent the photographic essence of what later appeared as the landmark  book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, published first in 1941.

Allie Mae Burroughs. Volume 1. Photograph by Walker Evans. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003656560/
The stark, stunning black-and-white photographs within these two albums show the family members, farms, and houses of the three families and include portraits, details of rooms and belongings, cotton, activities such as washing clothes, stores in the vicinity, meeting house, and Sunday singing.
Learn More:
Find out what happened to the sharecropping families after the publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men in the bookAnd Their Children After Them: The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson, first published in 1989 by Pantheon Books (http://lccn.loc.gov/88043136) and re-issued in 2004 by Seven Stories Press (http://lccn.loc.gov/2004022848).

zondag 25 november 2012

Wolfgang's Truth Neue Welt Wolfgang Tillmans Photography

Life as Wolfgang sees it

Tillmans's latest project sets its sights on the world

Over the period of more than two decades, Wolfgang Tillmans has explored the medium of photo-imaging with greater range than any other artist of his generation. From snapshots of his friends to abstract images made in a darkroom without a camera or works made with a photocopier, he has pushed the photographic process to its outer limits in myriad ways. For this collection of photos, his fourth book with TASCHEN, Tillmans turned away from the self-reflexive exploration of the photography medium that had occupied him for several years by focusing his lens on the outside world—from London and Nottingham to Tierra del Fuego, Tasmania, Saudi Arabia, and Papua New Guinea. He describes this new phase simply as “trying out what the camera can do for me, what I can do for it.” The result is a powerful and singular view of life today in diverse parts of the world, seen from many angles. Says Tillmans, “My travels are aimless as such, not looking for predetermined results, but hoping to find subject matter that in some way or other speaks about the time I'm in.”

The book features a conversation between the artist and Beatrix Ruf, director of Kunsthalle Zurich.


I did not have a penny in my pocket and I left it there. I mean Neue Welt, the new book by Wolfgang Tillmans (ed. Taschen). I leafed through it. I’m going to take it in the coming days. It is a beautiful book, as indeed are his others. On October 6, has opened a major retrospective at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (until 20 January). While at Kunsthalle in Zurich there is an exhibition of new works, which is called, in fact, Neue Welt, the new world (until November 4). 
To tell the truth, I am not able to write an organic reflection summarizing the reasons why I think that Tillmans is one of the artists I love the most. I try but I try to list a few ideas:
  1. He is not a photographer who takes pictures fine art, but an artist who uses photography
  2. He photographs beautiful things and ugly things. But his photos are always beautiful
  3. He is a very conceptual artist, but you do not need to be smart to rejoice in his works
  4. It is one of the best portraitist I know. Perhaps the best
  5. His amazement for nature is the same as the amateur photographer. The difference is that he knows how to communicate without tricks
  6. His love for the little things in life is a form of maximalism (reminds me of Carver)
  7. The way of combining the images (both in books and in exhibitions) breaks through the wall of poetry
  8. The abstract photos are sensual and mysterious. If there were no one should invent
  9. It combines the best ways to be German: romantic, rational, transgressive
  10. He can make you cry photographing an onion. Without cutting it

zaterdag 24 november 2012

The Christmas Rose It happened on a clear day Artist's Book Laura Samsom Rous Photography

In her series ‘It happened on a clear day”, Laura Samsom Rous creates her own landscapes in the middle of Amsterdam, with the help of parked cars. The landscape doesn’t really exist, it looks like a dream. But still, they’re all real.

“She didn’t change anything in the scenes she photographed. She didn’t add a raindrop, removed a petal or changed the dust. If we only had looked better ourselves, then we could have seen them as well. But we didn’t, we had to go on. At the horizon always the wipers, they will awake in due time and vanish this paradise in one sweep – but then we already saw it.” (Text Cornel Bierens). 
Laura Samsom Rous studied anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and was a lecturer at the Academy of Art in Utrecht and The Hague. Her photographs are in international collections. Together with Hans Samsom, she worked for the United Nations, the Anti Apartheid Movement and the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands. They work and live in Amsterdam.

donderdag 22 november 2012

Josef Koudelka Lime Gerry Badger´s Choice of Company Photobooks Photography

Koudelka, Josef, 2012, Lime, (Xavier Barral) isbn-10: 2915173850 isbn-13: 978-2915173857

Josef Koudelka sprang to fame - as Photographer X - for his images of the Russian invasion of his native Czechoslovakia in 1968. Before and since then, Koudelka has spent many years photographing gypsies; matching his lifestyle to theirs, travelling and living rough with them. From 1986 he also made very different images with a panoramic camera, depicting urban and rural landscapes devoid of people to reveal the impact of industrialisation. Other projects have included photographing the construction of the Channel Tunnel and the industrial pollution in Czechoslovakia.   

Josef Koudelka’s latest book, "Lime" (Xavier Barral), follows up on the photographer’s work on Limestone (La Martinière, 2001). That work featuring 36 panoramic photographs was published in a limited edition of 500 copies and is today out-of-print. 
In the 245-page "Lime", we find those same previously published photographs plus more recent ones on the same subject. In the text that accompanies the pictures, “Nature and Man: Josef Koudelka, The Freedom to Observe,” Jacqueline de Ponton d’Amécourt emphasizes the interest a number of painters since the 19th century have taken in rock quarries, from Gustave Courbet in 1850 and, later, Paul Cezanne at the Montagne Saint Victoire, to Pablo Picasso and the old quarries near the Chateau de Vauvenargues. 
Like these great painters of the 19th century, Koudelka chose quarries as his subject. At the invitation of the largest global mining group, the photographer regularly visits quarries across the world. From 1999 to 2010, he visited 51 quarries in 11 countries, sometimes spending days on location. He brought back panoramic black-and-white photographs showing apocalyptic landscapes that show traces of mankind, even though the pictures lack human presence to provide a sense of scale. 
It is for this reason that Koudelka does not consider this series as a commission, but rather a mission related to the “current concerns about man’s harmful effect on landscapes.” With this book, Koudelka touches on something timely and universal: human activity that permanently changes the landscape.
Others will see in this book an instance of Land Art.
Bernard Perrine