Friday, October 9, 2015

PHOTOBOOK WEEKEND - East London, this weekend

If you're in London this weekend and into photobooks head to the book market in East London. It's at Unit 7, directly Opposite Truman Brewery, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, E1. More info HERE. You will find all my favorite British independent photobook publishers. Hoxton Mini Press / Mini Click / Bemojake / Gost Books / Adad Books / Self Publish Be Happy / Trolley Books / Ditto Press /Morel Books. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Photographers whose work I like - No28/ Lydia Panas


American photographer Lydia Panas makes pictures with a rich conceptual and visual intensity. Her particular gift is an ability to make portraits that rise above the usual clichéd seen it all before variety. Her color palette is almost gothic, dark and mysterious. The work perplexes and fascinates drawing you in, there is an almost urgent need to know more about her subjects.

Joerg Colberg has this to say: What I would really like to stress is the visual richness of the work and the connections these group portraits force upon the viewer.  They will pull you in, whether you want it or not, and that certainly is something that any photographer can only wish for. The work is also intensely beautiful.

And Panas talks about her process: There is almost nothing I would rather do than look at someone through the lens of my camera. It's hard to describe what it feels like, a seduction of sorts or a way of getting close. It's got something to do with desire.  We see one another and we don't have to speak or smile. The photograph is a record of our connection; intimate, intense and very present.

Below is a selection of photographs from the series The Mark of Abel. The work was made between 2005 and 2006 and published by Kehrer in 2011. The book is a hardcover edition, 96 pages with 52 images. Readily available on Amazon or Book Depository.

A word about The Mark of Abel -  after twenty years of working exclusively in black and white photography, mostly with her own children, Lydia began inviting people with whom she was less intimate, to her farm in Pennsylvania, to see what difference this might bring to her work. Some of the models are family, some are friends, some are people she knew less intimately. She asked them to bring along their own family members or close friends, people with whom they shared a history. Panas found that with the camera, she was free to watch and capture a sense of the connections between people, those unclear feelings that exist between us. Those moments we feel, yet are so difficult to describe in our connections with others.

You can see more of Lydia Panas's work on her website HERE.

George Eastman House becomes George Eastman Museum


The George Eastman Museum has announced its new name and launched a new website at Formerly George Eastman House, the institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost museums of photography and cinema and the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. The museum’s robust exhibition schedule features contemporary and historic photography, film screenings, and collaborative projects with cultural and educational institutions. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and makes critical contributions in the fields of film preservation and photographic conservation. 

Founded in 1947, the photography collection at the George Eastman Museum is amongst the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day. It encompasses works made in all major photographic processes, from daguerreotype to digital, for a wide range of purposes, from amateur pursuit to artistic enterprise, from scientific inquiry to documentary record. The collection includes work by more than eight thousand photographers, and it continues to expand.

The museum holds one of the world’s most important collections of nineteenth-century photography, including major holdings of work by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, William Henry Fox Talbot, Southworth & Hawes, Édouard Baldus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Nadar, Mathew Brady, Francis Frith, Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, Felice Beato, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, John Thomson, William Henry Jackson, Frederick H. Evans, and Peter Henry Emerson, among others.
The Eastman Museum has received, from the artists or their heirs, important donations of the works of Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Nickolas Muray, Ansel Adams, Harold Edgerton, Aaron Siskind, Victor Keppler, Arnold Newman, John Pfahl, and Roger Mertin. The museum also has acquired, by donation or purchase, significant holdings of works by twentieth-century masters Gertrude Käsebier, Eugène Atget, Francis Bruguière, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Paul Strand, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Sudek, Margaret Bourke-White, Minor White, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander—among many others—as well as more contemporary artists such as Robert Heinecken, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, Larry Clark, Lewis Baltz, Nicholas Nixon, and Stephen Shore.

You can go to the George Eastman Museum site HERE.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Martin Essl - Le Château Rouge N° 1


Austrian photographer Martin Essl, now based in Paris, has just produced his first book Le Château Rouge – N° 1, published this year by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin.
Martin was kind enough to send me a copy. Thank you Martin.

My first impression of Château Rouge is that the book is a beautiful object. It looks good and feels good in the hands and the banderole is a nice touch. The work itself is a testament to seeing, and the power of acute observation. Martin's photographs are quiet and well seen, full of wonder, depth and beauty too. I'm now looking forward to seeing Le Château Rouge – N° 2.

You can get a copy of Château Rouge – N° 1 direct from Martin Essl HERE.

Château Rouge – N° 1 / 52 four-color plates / 112 pages / Hardback / Clothbound in banderole / First Edition of 950 / Signed

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Paris Photo announces list of 2015 exhibitors

Paris Photo - 2014

Paris Photo has announced the list of 173 galleries and art book dealers as well as a new gallery sector for Paris Photo 2015 to be held November 12–15 at the Grand Palais. This the 19th edition includes 147 galleries and 26 art book dealers from 35 countries.

You can see the complete list by going to the Paris Photo site HERE.

Paris Photo 2015, a selection of the publishers

Paris Photo 2015, a selection of the galleries

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Eleanor Macnair's - Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh - showing at London's ATLAS GALLERY

Eleanor Macnair -  Child with toy grenade, NYC, 1962 by Diane Arbus

When in London back in May I was introduced to artist Eleanor Macnair through our mutual friend Clare Strand. Eleanor kindly gave me a copy of her wonderful book - Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. The work is currently showing at London's ATLAS GALLERY, through until November 21st. The book and the show are well worth a look.

The photographs rendered and reproduced in the exhibition range from the well-known and iconic to lesser-known images by contemporary photographers. Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh started by Macnair on a whim in August 2013. The images are produced using Play-Doh, a chopping board, a highball glass as a rolling pin and a blunt Ikea knife. Each photograph takes 1-2 hours to reproduce, paring the image down to just form and colour, before being shot the next morning then disassembled back into the Play-Doh pots. The works themselves no longer exist and the Play-Doh is reused for future renderings, so the photographs are all that remain.

The objective of Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh was to encourage viewers to slow down and re-engage with familiar photographs and discover new ones. Eleanor Macnair  says this: On the surface, photographs can condense complex ideas and present them in a straightforward visual language. I take this a step further and pare them down to almost nothing, just form and colour. They are what they are. Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. It’s my strange tribute to photography.

Eleanor Macnair's Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh was published in book form by MacDonaldStrand / Photomonitor in October 2014. The book featured in the Observer’s Best Photography Books of 2015, described as ‘sublimely post-modern’.

You can get a copy of Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh from MacDonadStrand HERE. The book was produced in a limited edition of 500 - with covers in 100 each of 5 Play-Doh colours. 140x165 mm, 144 pages with 100 litho colour reproductions, Hardback with coloured card, laminate and foil blocking.

And see the show at ATLAS GALLERY, 49 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NF (nearest tube is Baker Street)

Eleanor Macnair  - Vivienne in the green dress, NYC, 1980 by Nan Goldin

Friday, October 2, 2015

Paris Apartment - worth checking out for your next visit to the city of light


With Paris Photo just around the corner some of you may be looking for the perfect Paris apartment. Here it is! Mdm Baron's apartment is located in the pleasant 11th neighborhood very near the Marais between Republic and Bastille. Just 5 minutes from the Picasso Museum, the area has a delightful market, wonderful cafes and restaurants and is yet to be discovered by  tourists! The metro is almost at your doorstep and it is a pleasant stroll through the Marais down to the river Seine. The apartment has wifi, a well equipped kitchen, and comfortable double bed. The rate per night is very reasonable with a minimum of 4 nights. I have been staying here for a number of years and it is well worth checking out.

For reservations or more information you can contact:  Elisabeth Baron by email at or Tel: +33 6 84 07 53 79 (mob)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Broomberg & Chanarin at LISSON GALLERY London

Broomberg & Chanarin
Comedy is a man in trouble, 2015

Viewing now until 31 October at London's LISSON GALLEY is a show from Broomberg and Chanarin - Rudiments.
The gallery says this: Tackling politics, religion, war and history, Broomberg and Chanarin prise open the fault lines associated with such imagery, creating new responses and pathways towards an understanding of the human condition. Trained as photographers they now work across diverse media, reacting to the photojournalistic experience of being embedded with the British Army in Afghanistan (and the controlled access to frontline action therein) with an absurd, conceptual riposte, composed of a series of abstract, six-metre swathes of photographic paper exposed to the sun for 20 seconds, for the work The Day Nobody Died (2008). Through painstaking restitution of found objects or imagery, from the long-lost set and discarded footage of the film Catch-22 in Mexico, for example, Broomberg and Chanarin enact an archeology or exorcism of aesthetic and ideological constructs behind the accepted tropes of visual culture, laying bare its foundations for fresh interpretation. Language and literature play an increasing role as material for their multifaceted work, from the philosophical underpinnings in Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer to the sacred texts of the Holy Bible itself, both books having been refashioned and recreated by the artists in their own ambiguous, combatant image.

You can go to Broomberg and Chanarin's site HERE and LISSON GALLERY HERE.

Broomberg & Chanarin
Snoop Dogg, Sylvester Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard, American Landscapes, 2009