Sunday, April 27, 2008

Marks of Honour 2008 - 14 contemporary photographers pay homage

Photography in books has not only influenced collectors and curators, but also generations of photographers. Since Robert Frank published his Les Américains in 1958, the photobook is a source for artistic inspiration and creative reference.
Marks of Honour was initiated by Markus Schaden ( photobookshop, Cologne) and Willem van Zoetendaal (Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam) in 2005.
Then, 41 photographers paid a homage to a publication which was influential to their own work. These editions were exhibited at Van Zoetendaal Gallery and FOAM, Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.
Now in 2008, the basic concept remains the same. MoH/08 is curated and organized In Cologne by Nina Poppe and Verena Loewenhaupt. Fourteen contemporary photographers have been invited to create a homage to a photo-book that has influenced their own practice. All participating works (limited to three copies), will contain the original photobook and its complimentary homage. Exhibitions and a significant catalogue will follow.
Included among the fourteen are: Antoine D‘Agata, Peter Granser, Mark Power, Alec Soth, and Jules Spinatsch. My entry will be a homage to William Eggleston's Guide published in 1976 by The Museum of Modern Art as a catalogue to Eggleston's ground-breaking exhibition. My contribution consists of an artist's book of 16 pages, with hand written text and four tipped in photographs, one inserted loose. Both books contained in a cloth bound slip-case.
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