Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Marks of Honour - revisited at The PhotoBookMuseum Cologne


The exhibition shows the inspiration a new generation of photographers has had from the history of photography in the form of books. The photo book is a source for artistic inspiration and creative reference, especially since Robert Frank published his Les Américains in 1958. Photography in books has not only influenced collectors and curators, but also generations of photographers.
54 international photographers were invited to choose a photo book, which was influential to the formation of their work, and to pay it artistically homage. All participating works contain the original photo book and its complementary ‘homage’. Besides the original works the exhibition consists of multimedia presentations, photographs and reproductions.

Marks of Honour is a library that references to the important historical influences in contemporary photography. It was initiated in 2005 by Markus Schaden (, Cologne) and Willem van Zoetendaal (Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam). 2008 the project was continued by photographers Nina Poppe and Verena Loewenhaupt. There was a major exhibition at FOAM, Amsterdam and at several international exhibition spaces. A catalogue has been published by

Editions of Marks of Honour 2005* & 2008**

*Morten Andersen (NO)
Aperture: Black Sun: The Eyes of Four
Box with book and Leporello of barite prints.
*Paul Andriesse (NL)
Robert Adams: What we bought: The New World
Book with b/w-print.
**Harvey Benge (NZ)
William Eggleston: Guide
Artist book of 16 pages, hand written text and four tipped in photographs, one inserted loose. Both books contained in a slipcase.
*Sara Blokland (NL)
Collected publications of Alex and Linda Blokland
2 boxes with inkjet prints.
*Machiel Botman (NL)
Daniel Seymour: A loud song
Book with 3 barite prints and text.
*Koos Breukel (NL)
Ed van der Elsken: Avonturen op het Land
Book integrated in box with 4 silver gelatine prints.
*Olivier Cablat (F)
Tribute to Panini Sticker Album Champions League 1999/2000
Book with reproductions of the Panini stickers, sorted to a typology study.
*Serge Clément (CA)
John Max: Open Passport
Special box with 2 books and metal plate.
**Chris Coekin (GB)
Hendrick Duncker & Yrjo Tuunanen: Hay on the Highway
Book in box with hay and wrapped in eco/farmer bag, 4 pictures of himself hitchhiking plus one of the original signs "Hay on the Highway".
*Eli Content (NL)
Johan v/d Keuken: Wij zijn 17
Book with added c-prints.
*Nicolas Descottes (F)
Daido Moriyama: Memories of a Dog
Box with book and 7 c-prints.
*Leo Divendal (NL)Box Noritoshi Hirakawa: Matters 1988 – 1997
Japenese box with book and inkjet printed book.
*Charlotte Dumas (NL)
The Cavalry of Worldwar II
Book with drawing on the cover and foreword.
*Bertrand Fleuret (F)
Robert Frank: The Americans
LeeFriedlander: Autoportrait
Box with repro slides of the original books and book with barite prints.
*Andreas Friedrich (D)
Michael Light: Full Moon
Book with 1 c-print (different photos in each edition).
*Julian Germain (GB)
Owners workshop manual (Auto mechanic handbook)
Book with inkjet prints and 1 c-print.
*Stephen Gill (GB)
Bertien van Manen: A hundred summers, a hundred winters
Box in linen bag with book, 1 c-print of Gill and 1 c-print of van Manen (each box another picture).
**Peter Granser (D)
Robert Frank: The Americans
Box from linnen with book and a map with 5 pigment prints on Fine Art Pearl Paper.
*Jacqueline Hassink (NL)
Fortune Magazine
Book made of five Fortune magazines with added inkjet prints.
*Elias Hassos (D)
Stephen Shore: American Surfaces 1972
Box with book and 7 c-prints.
*Koen Hauser (NL)
Original pictures from the book replaced by found images.
*Todd Hido (USA)
Susan Sontag: On Photography
Box with book and 5 c-prints.
**Pieter Hugo (ZA)
Roland Barthes: Camera Lucida
4 prints and book embedded in velvet in a coffin.
**Tiina Itkonen (FI)
Pentti Sammallahti: Musta Taide
5 prints (about 20x30 cm) and book in a box.
*Cuny Janssen (NL)
Robert Adams: Why People photograph
Book with bellyband and 1 c-print.
**Onaka Koji (JP)
Daido Moriyama: Tales of Tonho
Book, contactsheet and 5 pictures (about 27x32 cm) in handmade wooden box.
*Dirk Kome (NL)
Garry Winogrand: El juego de la fotografía. The Game of Photography
Box with book and 5 c-prints.
*Paul Kooiker (NL)
Fischli / Weiss: Musée d'art moderne Paris
Pictures printed on the backside of the original posters.
*Katrin Korfmann (D)
Hans-Peter Feldmann: Das kleine Möwenbuch
Box with book and flip-book.
*Jan Koster (NL)
Luchtfotoatlas Zeeland
5 c-prints added to book.
**Jens Liebchen (D)
Anthony Hernandez: Sons of Adam
A sequence of 3 images presented as a Leporello, with text and separate book, in a cardboard box.
**Michael Light (USA)
Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light
Box, book digsawed along landscape lines; pigment prints atached to certain images in the book
*LPI – Loodwick Press Image (NL)
Italy Today
Wooden box with repro and DVD of the book and two c-prints.
*Simone Nieweg (D)
Arbeitergärten im Ruhrgebiet
Box with book and 3 c-prints.
*Arno Nollen (NL)
Natalia Jaliuk: Seven trees
One inkjet print added to book.
*Martin Parr (GB)
Nobuyoshi Araki: The Banquett
Book in box with Leporello and 5 c-prints.
*Nina Poppe & Verena Kaltenbach (D)
Rinko Kawauchi: Utatane
Bag with book, set of letters, booklet and 6 c-prints.
**Mark Power (USA)
Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places - Amerika
Custom made box with book and 4 large format c-prints.
*Diana Scherer (D)
Moord in Rotterdam
Box with book and 6 barite prints.
*Ken Schles (USA)
Photography, a critical history
Remake of the original book with his own pictures
*Joachim Schmid (D)
Marshall McLuhan: The medium is the massage
Box with book, 1 c-print and text.
*Johannes Schwartz (D)
J. Godefroy: Perzische Tapijten
Book with added inkjet prints and Arabian notebook.
*Oliver Sieber & Katja Stuke (D)
The Manipulator
different editions of The Manipulator, 5 copies with a c-print of Stuke and 5 with a c-print of Sieber + photomagazine Frau Böhm.
**Matthew Sleeth (AU)
Lars Tunbjörk: The Office
The edition contains three books attached to each other: a fold out book with „Office“ bound to the middle and then two selfmade inkjet books („Fire extinguishers“ and „Houseplants“) each side folding over the top.
**Alec Soth (USA)
Andrea Modica: Treadewell
Leporello of 2 photographs and box with book.
**Jules Spinatch (CH)
various artists: Block 2008
8 booklets made out of the calender Block 2008; one for each artist in a box with the title: Deblocked.
*Harold Strak (NL)
Time Life International: Fotografie als werktuig
Inkjet prints added to the book and 1 fold out transparent print.
Jack Smith: Flaming Creature
Book with page of felt and 2 b/w-prints.
*Ruth van Beek (NL)
Peter Supf: De Wereld uit de Lucht
Collages added to the book.
*Carla van de Puttelaar (NL)
Samuel B. Schaeffer: Pose Please
Box with book and 2 c-prints in a hidden drawer.
*Mark van den Brink & Andy Bosma (NL)
Andy Bosma: Kuranwendungen
Booklet + booklet made by Bosma and van den Brink, with photos by van den Brink.
*Bertien van Manen (NL)
Julien Germain: For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds Of Happiness
Book with personal Photoalbum.
**Raimond Wouda (NL)
Paul Shambroom: Meetings
3 pictures as inkjets in the book; they continue the book as leporello.
*Wolfgang Zurborn (D)
Lee Friedlander: Like a one eyed cat
Box with book and inkjet printed book with c-print on cover.

Harvey Benge honours William Eggleston...


Sunday, September 28, 2014

PARIS PHOTO - 2014 photobook awards short-lists


New York and Paris, September 26, 2014. Todd Hido, photographer and photobook maker greeted an eager crowd at the New York Art Book Fair to announce the thirty-five outstanding photobooks short listed for the 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
The Big Book
Photographer: W. Eugene Smith
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Rich and Poor
Photographer: Jim Goldberg
Publisher: Steidl
Disco Night Sept. 11
Photographer: Peter van Agtmael
Publisher: Red Hook Editions
Photographer: Daido Moriyama
Publisher: SUPER LABO
Photographs for Documents
Photographer(s): Vytautas V. Stanionis
Publisher: Kaunas Photography Gallery
Ponte City
Photographers: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
Publisher: Steidl
Photographer(s): Daisuke Yokota
Publisher: Newfave
Imaginary Club
Photographer(s): Oliver Sieber
Publisher: Editions GwinZegal/BöhmKobayashi
The Winners
Photographer(s): Rafal Milach
Publisher: GOST
The Arrangement
Photographer(s): Ruth van Beek
Publisher: RVB Books

You can see the full list including the 20 shortlisted titles for first photobook on the PARIS PHOTO website HERE.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paul Graham's book of Yellow is loaded with possibilities


Paul Graham’s new book – Does Yellow Run Forever? - arrived in my mail box today. It’s a small and perfectly formed edition, with the tactile feel almost of a hymn book or a volume of sacred texts. The book contains pictures of rainbows, Paul’s partner Senami asleep and sad gold / pawn shops in New York City. Graham describes the book as his little book of rainbows a diversion about love, illusion, wealth, dreams and finding happiness. This is a quiet and deceptively simple work, yet it’s loaded with metaphoric possibilities.The book is not so much about the photographs (Graham has the ability to take a cliché and give it meaning and resonance) but more about what they represent. Love is certainly central to the work, as is the truth of impermanence and the idea that the most unlikely of things coexist. 
The book is a testament to equanimity which surely is the ground for wisdom, freedom, compassion and love. 
There are many mysteries to unravel in this little book which makes it a pleasure to keep coming back to.

Paul Graham will be signing copies of Does Yellow Run Forever? at the New York Art Book Fair at 4pm this Saturday September 27. There will also be a signing at Paris Photo, November 13 - 16.

Paul Graham, Does Yellow Run Forever? Published by MACK, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ARAM TANIS, master of the typological and more...

Aram TanIs - Binding Image

Aram TanIs - Binding Image, Oscar Pistorius

Dutch interdisciplinary artist Aram TanIs started his blog Binding Image in 2007. He has created a platform for a fascinating typological assembly of images from current events to everyday trends. TanIs finds images from facebook, newspapers, television, books and even advertisements. This is a crash course in looking at the everyday, the ignored and the obvious. It's both serious, funny and sometimes violent. TanIs's practice is a study of isolation, standardization and mass production and via Binding Image a strategy to confront readers with subjects they often pass by. 

Apart from Binding Image, Aram TanIs's art output is well worth a look.
His website HERE presents a series of his projects and bookworks. And you can go to Binding Image HERE.

Aram TanIs - Almost Blue

Aram TanIs - Publications

Friday, September 19, 2014



With 143 galleries and 26 publishers / art book dealers Paris Photo 2014 promises, again, to live up to its reputation as the preeminent photography art fair.

Paris Photo this year will honor one single institution for its pioneering force for the promotion of the language of photography: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA). An exhibition of nearly 100 works by leading practioners of American photography including artists Walker Evans, Edward Weston, László Moholy-Nagy, William Klein, Geraldo de Barros, Susan Meiselas, Regina Silveira, Liliana Porter, Sarah Charlesworth, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mark Morrisroe, Oscar Munoz, Collier Schorr, and Lisa Oppenheim will be presented in the Salon d'Honneur, curated by Quentin Bajac and Sarah Meister. MoMA began collecting photography in 1930 and founded the first Department of Photography in 1940. Today it is one of most impressive and historic photographic collections in the world.

The Alkazi Collection of Photography, New Dehli, will present a selection of meticulously staged portraits, studio studies, painted portraits and other iconic samples from South Asia representing a meld of realistic documentation and artistic manipulation characteristic of popular Indian culture in visual practice at the turn of the 19th century. Over the past 30 years, Ebrahim Alkazi, one of India's most influential theatre directors and a prominent figure in the arts, has amassed a private collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographic prints amounting to over 90,000 images, housed today at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.

Continuing the narrative of the photobook, this year's Open Book exhibition is dedicated to artists books published between the 1960s and today with singular works by many of photography's most innovative protagonists, including Andy Warhol, Christian Boltanski, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, and Hans-Peter Feldmann. This tradition is carried through the 1980s by contemporary artists and photographers such as Richard Prince, Sophie Calle, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Paris Photo 2014 / 13–16 November 2014 / Private preview: November 12 / Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris

The NY Art Book Fair - MoMA PS1 9/26-28


Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 26 to 28, 2014, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year, the fair features over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries. Last year’s fair was attended by more than 27,000 people.
This year’s NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors – from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.

NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture.

The list of exhibitors is overwhelming. A who's who of art book publishing. Check out SUPER LABO from Japan. Horses Think Press from New York. Elisabeth Tonnard from Netherlands. Joachim Schmid from Germany. Morten Andersen from Norway.

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR September 26–28, 2014 Preview: Thursday, September 25, 6-9pm MoMA PS1

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR 18-21/9 Amsterdam


After two successful editions, Amsterdam’s international photography fair and festival returns with a packed festival programme that celebrates photography in all its forms. Unseen is the international photography fair focused on undiscovered photography talent and unseen work by established photographers. The fair will take place from 18 to 21 September 2014 at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek.

You can check out the programme HERE.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JH Engström at FOAM Amsterdam


Open now and running until December 10, FOAM museum Amsterdam presents the work of the Swedish photographer JH Engström in an exhibition titled Close Surrounding. Engström lives and works between Paris, France and his birthplace in Värmland, Sweden. The dynamic between the leisurely pace of country life and the high octane energy of the city is essential in Engström's life. This is reflected in the   authenticity of his photographs and in the exhibition at Foam. The books Engström has published are important element of the exhibition. JH Engström's photographs - which always reflect his engagement with his surroundings - reveal the loneliness and absurdity of the human condition. Engström uses his camera and its artistic possibilities to communicate in a meaningful and direct way with the viewer. He also shares his doubts about whether it is possible to truly understand what life is about. He explores various photographic genres such as the self-portrait, landscape, the snapshot and aerial photography. JH Engström's oeuvre is multi-faceted. He documents the ambience of the places he photographs, but at the same time his work can also be interpreted as a personal, visual 'stream of consciousness', a continuous flow of images that portray feelings, observations and memories of the photographer. Furthermore he 'plays' with one of the traditional characteristic of photography: depicting reality. In his photographs he emphasizes the fact that they are visual interpretations of that reality, by experimenting with technical imperfections such as overexposure, motion and dust. The edges of the negatives are sometimes visible in the printed photograph. The results vary from raw images to appealing photographs in pastel tints. Above all, the work of JH Engstrom can be interpreted as a restless and never-ending quest for answers to the question of what it is to be human. JH Engström was born in Karlstad, Värmland, in Sweden. When he was ten years old, he moved with his family to Paris - an immeasurably large city in comparison to his birthplace. When he was thirteen years old, the family moved back to the country, but since then he has constantly returned to Paris, the city to which he is devoted. He worked as an assistant to fashion photographer Mario Testino and the documentary photographer Anders Petersen. In 1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film Department of Gothenburg University. He developed his own unique style, which is characterised by a combination of raw and highly aesthetic images. Engström likes to present his work in books. To date, he has published twelve. He has received many prizes and nominations, including a shortlist nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005) and the Best Photobook of the Year Award (Arles, 2009).

You can see more on JH Engström's website HERE.