Friday, March 31, 2017

Tender Mint a new photobook by Lynn Alleva Lilley


Lynn Alleva Lilley is an American photographer who in 2011 moved with her family to Amman, Jordan. Over three years she photographed Western women who married Jordanians of Palestinian descent, a private zoo, Syrian and Iraqi refugees, bird migration routes, artists, and landscapes. Themes of displacement, entrapment, and adaptation are reflected in the work. The result a profound and moving bookwork - Tender Mint.

Tender Mint is scheduled to be published by The Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands in May 2017 pending a successful fundraising campaign.

Lynn says this about the work: I had never lived in the Middle East before so when I moved with my family to Amman I knew I wanted to explore this unfamiliar world and ultimately to make a book. Yet there was concern both on an external level as the war in Syria had just started and a personal one as my father was ill back home in the US.
Ultimately, over one million refugees from Syria fled to Jordan joining those who fled the Iraq war.  This violence and tension in the North put tremendous pressure on the country, yet it remained stable. 
For three years I photographed confined places, landscapes, animals and people including Syrian and Iraqi refugees and Jordanians. I was struck by the paradox of beautiful places located in military zones such as a bird observatory located near the border with Israel, the village of Hemma in the north from which you can see Israel and Syria, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan.  
The loss of my father in the US brought an urgency to the work. I wondered how those living through war and catastrophic loss were coping, maybe hoping to connect and come to some form of understanding and acceptance of grief. The more I saw and photographed, the more worlds within worlds opened up which, strangely, led to an epiphany in a zoo.  I was able to go deeper and look beyond the obvious entrapment of the animals and into strange, beautiful worlds of animals and their environment. I feel that many of the images have an other-wordly, fairytale-like quality to them.
It is interesting now to look at the images and see unexpected relationships among them that, together, make a book.

Book production is expensive. To fund the project Lynn has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser, it's worth checking out HERE - there is more about Tender Mint and if you're moved by the images show your support.

The Photography Show - AIPAD at Pier 94 NYC this weekend


The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, will be held March 30–April 2, 2017 at Pier 94 for the first time. The newly expanded Show, organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, will present exceptional photography from early masters, modern luminaries, and emerging and established contemporary artists from more than 115 of the world's leading fine art galleries. An opening night vernissage will be held on March 29.
The Photography Show will feature galleries from around the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. With four new sections – Salon, Gallery, Positions, and Discovery – the Show will offer work from both AIPAD members and new exhibitors, as well as younger galleries, and book dealers and publishers.

You can go to The Photography Show website HERE.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Elton John and David Furnish talk with Christie's Head of Photographs Darius Himes


‘A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,’ says Sir Elton John, discussing a remarkable collection of 25 works by some of the world’s greatest photographers, to be offered at Christie’s in New York on 6 April 2017. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an international non-profit organisation founded by the celebrated recording artist 25 years ago with the mission of ending the AIDS epidemic.
Commemorating the foundation’s 25th year, this special auction holds great personal significance for the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning star. ‘It’s my 70th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of my songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin,’ he explains.

Artists and estates that have donated to the auction include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Misrach and Cindy Sherman. ‘They’ve been amazingly generous,’ Sir Elton continues, acknowledging the consistent support his foundation has received from the creative industries.
Filmed in his LA home, this interview offers a glimpse of some of the works in Sir Elton’s own collection, which is hailed as one of the greatest private collections in the world. He reveals it has been largely acquired while on tour and from galleries across the world. ‘You always find something different; that’s what I love about photography,’ he says. The exhibition Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection  is on show at Tate Modern in London until 21 May.

You can watch the video HERE.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans FREISCHWIMMER 119, 2005 fetches £464,750 at Sotheby's London Cotemporary sale tonight

In spirited bidding at Sotheby's London tonight Wolfgang Tillmans 2005 color-field work FREISCHWIMMER 119 fetched £464,750 over three times the high estimate of £120,000.

Any immediate viewers of my blog can watch the auction live HERE.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

LA ART BOOK FAIR - opens tonight


Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 23 – 26, 2017, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Join the party tonight,  Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 9 pm, at The Geffen Contemporary for a three-hour opening night preview, with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.. Tickets for the Opening Preview, which cost $10 and include an edition by Mike Mills in collaboration with Experimental Jetset, will be available at the door.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2016 saw over 35,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. In September 2016, over 39,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Photo London 2017 - Public Programme Highlights

Photo London has announced the Public Programme for the third edition of the Fair, which will take place May 18–21, 2017 (Preview May 17) at Somerset House.

Featuring 87 galleries from 17 countries, Photo London presents new photographers, new work by established Masters and gems from the history of photography. Highlights of the programme include: Taryn Simon (Master of Photography) Photo London selected Taryn Simon as its Master of Photography for 2017 in recognition of her groundbreaking work. Meticulously mining, questioning and upsetting the certainty that the photographic image and the archive assert, Taryn Simon, turns our attention to the margins of systems of power, where control, its disruption, and the contours of their constructedness become visible. At Photo London, Taryn Simon will present Image Atlas, a work created in collaboration with programmer Aaron Swartz, which investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Photo London will also highlight Simon’s unique commitment to bookmaking as part of her artistic practice, with a display of Simon’s books—spanning from The Innocents, 2002, through to Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2016.

 Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot's pioneering 1839 exhibition of photography. With the aid of Collishaw's careful digital reconstructions, this immersive experience will enable visitors to travel back in time to the moment when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public in Birmingham.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Martin Parr and his fellow photographer David Hurn have curated a selection of works from the collection that Hurn has compiled over six decades through a series of swaps with fellow photographers. Key images from Hurn's distinguished career are juxtaposed with prints from the photographers with whom he has swapped works including Bill Brandt, Bruce Davidson, Sergio Larrain and Diana Markosian.

The Directors of Photo London have followed up last year's Pavilion commission from Wolfgang Tillmans by inviting the legendary photographer and filmmaker William Klein to develop a new 18-metre mural for the space. Presented in association with HackelBury Fine Art, Klein's commission combines unseen fashion, street and abstract photographs from the 1950s and 60s.

Isaac Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. One of the objectives of his practice is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. The exhibition he has made for Photo London presents a body of work that revisits his seminal film Looking for Langston (1989), which is regarded as a cinematic landmark in the exploration of desire and the reciprocity of the gaze.

Juergen Teller will present a special exhibition for Photo London in the Great Arch of Somerset House. Teller has always been adept at navigating the art world and commercial photography, shooting high profile fashion campaigns for brands such as Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood. He has published forty-one artist books and exhibition catalogues since 1996, which blur the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work.

dslcollection will present a multi-dimensional exhibition. Alongside the collection's own virtual reality museum, there will be a seminal video work from the collection created by Chen Chieh Jen, one of the most influential figures in the development of Taiwanese conceptual art. Chieh Jen's video work takes its inspiration from Louis Carpeaux's famous 1905 photograph of a lingchi execution. As a counterpart to the historical references in Chen's video, dslcollection presents the first virtual reality platform for a private art collection.

You can go to the Photo London website HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans at TATE MODERN

Wolfgang Tillmans - Tukan, 2010

Opening Wednesday of this week the 15th and running until June 11, TATE MODERN presents Wolfgang Tillmans' first ever exhibition at the museum.

The show is a wide-ranging look at Tillmans' influential ground-breaking practice - from intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues.

What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today? Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought. This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style. The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work. Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive. German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize. Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days (March 3 - 12th) with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space. 

Wolfgang Tillmans - astro crusto, 2012

Wolfgang Tillmans - Lampedusa, 2008

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kassel Photobook Dummy Award 2017

The Fotobookfestival Kassel together with its partner Verlag Kettler once again invites all photographers to present their as-yet unpublished photobooks to an international public and eminent experts.

Here is what the Kassel Fotobookfestival has to say:
In 2017 the best 50 books will be shortlisted by a shortlist-jury and will be exhibited at international photo events, amongst others, in Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus and Lodz. From these 50 titles, 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury at the ISTANBUL PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL on 29 April. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.
The members of our international main jury in Istanbul are: Federica Chiocchetti (, Martin Parr (Bristol), Jason Fulford (J+L Books, ), Aron Mörel (Mörel Books, London), Markus Schaden (The PhotobookMuseum, Cologne), Verlag Kettler (N.N., Dortmund) and Dieter Neubert (Kasseler Fotobookfestival, Kassel).
Who can enter?
Any photographer from around the world who accepts our entry conditions can participate by registering for the competition and submitting an unpublished work as a book. Registrations will be open until 10 April 2017. All self-published books in small print runs or books published through publishing platforms like blurb can be submitted. Only books already published by a publishing house will not be accepted.

We require one copy of a physical printed book of all the entries sent to us by the photographers /authors. Entries can only be registered online. We charge € 34 per entry and book. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. If you would like your book to be returned to you, then we will require a further postage and handling charge during the registration process. Payments can only be made online via our Paypal account during the registration process. Dummies that make the shortlist will be shown during different photo events as announced. Because some of these events take place at the same time, we request two copies of all shortlisted dummies. This second copy must arrive at our Kassel office 10 days after the shortlist has been announced.

For up-to-date information you can subscribe to the email-newsletter.
Register HERE