Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wolfgang Tillmans in New York...



In the September 10th issue New Yorker Magazine Emily Witt profiles Wolfgang Tillmans’s life and art, highlighting his ability to question existing values and hierarchies with his work for over three decades. 

In a corner of Panorama Bar, the upstairs venue of the Berlin night club Berghain, there is a large, unlit photograph of the back of a throat—one of three photos by the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans that hang on the walls. Berghain is a techno club known as much for its code of etiquette as for its sound system. Photography is forbidden. Cell-phone-camera lenses are covered with stickers when patrons enter. Doormen are strict about whom they let in, with apparent biases against conspicuous displays of wealth. The party starts at 11:59 on Saturday night and continues until Monday morning; it’s common to stay for twelve hours, or twenty. There is no V.I.P. area. The bathrooms are ungendered, the atmosphere is sexually open, and the ethos is queer. Ravers make pilgrimages to Berghain from all over the world. Some call it “church.”
When the club’s owners approached Tillmans to acquire one of his pictures, in 2004, its patrons were mostly gay men, and he chose “Nackt” (“Nude”), a photo of a woman exposing her vulva. In 2009, as Berghain’s reputation grew and its clientele became more heterosexual, he replaced the photo with “Philip, Close Up III,” which shows a man exposing his anus. Six years later, he hung the throat instead, describing it as “kind of like where all the joy comes in, in different ways and forms.”

You can read the full New Yorker piece HERE.

Opening next Thursday, September 13th from 6 to 8 PM at The David Zwirner West 19th Street gallery NYC, Wolfgang Tillmans: How likely is it that only I am right in this matter? The show presents new and recent work, marking the artist’s third solo show with David Zwirner.

You can catch Tillmans in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, kicking off the 2018 season of LIVE from the NYPL, tomorrow, September 5 at 7 PM. The talk will be live streamed on the library’s website HERE

"I love that art is ‘useless’ and that it has no ‘purpose’. That makes art so incredibly powerful. And so, I don’t think one should turn to artists instantly and ask, “What are they saying?” I think, really, every private person should take part in democracy, because if you don’t, others choose for you."
Wolfgang Tillmans, New York Times

Pictured: Wolfgang Tillmans. Photography by Collier Schorr for The New Yorker. 


Schorr shoots Tillmans

Monday, September 3, 2018

SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY presents Photobook: RESET. 3 days in Berlin to reinvent the photobook



Curated by Bruno Ceschel and hosted by C/O Berlin from 28-30 September 2018, the first Photobook: RESET event will be an immersive programme of workshops imagined and organized to re-imagine the future of publishing.
Thirty photography and publishing industry professionals, artists and writers, as well as thirty members of the public will participate in rotating research workshops led by six international experts. These will bring together insights from different fields of research, in order to open up inspiring perspectives and unexpected connections.
Over the past 10 years, the self-publishing revolution’s DIY ethos has re-energized a conservative and backward-thinking publishing industry. The creative input of a new generation of authors and makers has democratized the world of the photobook, proving both the medium’s strength its capacity for experimentation and artistic expression. Today, our resilient community is faced with new challenges, and after the excitement of the photobook boom, we need to rethink where we are to better understand our own limitations, blind spots and scarce resources. Challenged with unsustainable business models, threatened by the competitive digital distribution of digital content – not to mentionand a general homogenization and banalization of content - the photobook world is in crisis, both economically and existentially. In our current social, political and technological landscape, the medium’s very raison d’etre is under threat. 
So what it is next for photobooks? What new forms should the photobook take? How can we harness the power of technology to assist artists and thinkers in making provocative and necessary experiments in publishing? What role should the book have in promoting social and political change in the era of Trump and populism? Is our close-knit community of like-minded people it’s own limit? Who is the photobook for? Is the photobook as we know it even an effective form of communication? Photobook: RESET aims to inspire radical thinking around the form and content of the photobook. As the name suggests, the project wants to prompt a reset and provide an environment in which to consider new possibilities, ideas and opportunities outside of the usual parameters. 

You can read more on the Photobook: RESET website HERE.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Photobook Workshop in Aarhus Denmark, during Photobook Week 4 - 7 October



Photobook Week Aarhus celebrates its 5th edition from 4-7 October 2018.

Since 2014, the Photobook Week Aarhus has been engaged with the photobook in all its facets and has presented a festival programme of international standing. For its 5th anniversary, Photobook Week Aarhus is showing works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, curators, printers and booksellers.

During the festival I will be presenting a 2 day workshop, focussed on the photobook, it's conception, structure, editing, sequencing, production and distribution.

The Festival says this:

New Zealander Harvey Benge works from Auckland and Paris. He has been a full-time camera artist since 1993, when his first photobook Four Parts Religion, Six Parts Sin was published. Benge is well known for his many photo books which have been published in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan. His principal publisher is UK’s Dewi Lewis, who has worked with Benge for 20 years. Harvey Benge’s bookworks are conceptual in nature and deal with the complexities of life and the nature of seeing and understanding. His photographs are mostly urban and generally strange. His work is mysterious; nothing is solid. The pictures capture contrasts and conflicts which leave you wondering what has just happened and what might happen next. Benge’s bookworks have been exhibited a Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Antwerp Foto Museum, Belgium; Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Photographers Gallery, London; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His books have twice been finalists in the Prix du Livre at the Rencontres d’Arles, France. Harvey Benge is also known for the workshops he has conducted, working with photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Antoine d’Agata, Paul Graham, Rineke Dijkstra, John Gossage, Alec Soth, Roger Ballen.

The workshop “The objective of my workshops is to unpack strategies for the development of a complete and balanced lens-based art practice. In effect an investigation into the process that I employ and has lead me to the production of sixty or more photo books over the last thirty years. Benge will show participants how he has conceptualised, structured and produced several of his key bookworks. Further, participants will be asked to participate in a “live” editing and sequencing session of a new bookwork of his scheduled for publication in 2020. Participants will need to bring to the workshop work-prints of current photographs which can then be reviewed and evaluated within the group. This will involve discussion as to the rigour and relevance of the works’ conceptual underpinning followed by a hard look at possible edits and sequencing leading to photobook production”.

Harvey Benge’s workshops are interactive, inspiring and good fun. Harvey will cover a spectrum of issues that affect all photographers – finding one’s own voice, idea generation, self evaluation of work, what makes a good picture, development of picture series. Emphasis will be on the photobook where strategies for editing and sequencing will be discussed with practical examples. Participants’ own work will be reviewed both in terms of how the pictures work and the ways the photographs can be carried forward to a finished photobook. 

You can read more about Photobook Week Aarhus HERE together with a link to book your place at my workshop. Hope to see you in Aarhus! 



Sunday, August 26, 2018

NY ART BOOK FAIR - September 21-23, 2018




Printed Matter presents the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 21-23, 2018, at MoMA PS1. The NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.

Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. In 2018, the NYABF will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. The NYABF offers countless opportunities to attend free programs including artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions.

See a full list of exhibitors participating in the 2018 NY Art Book Fair HERE

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
The Classroom
Celebrating its tenth year! The Classroom provides space for informal lectures, readings, screenings and other activities by artists, writers, designers and publishers. The program highlights exciting new releases at the Fair and fosters dialogue around important themes for contemporary art publishing and the broader community. Participants include: Ann Butler, Johanna Drucker, Lia Gangitano, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Jeanine Tang, Lynne Tillman, Ruth van Beek, and Martha Wilson, among many others. Organized by David Senior, Head of the Library and Archives, SFMOMA.

See the full Classroom schedule 
here
Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (CABC)
This year the Conference relocates to the newly opened Book Culture space at 26-09 Jackson Ave, just a few blocks away. Join us on Friday and Saturday for lively debate on hot topics and emerging practices.
Planned session topics include queer and trans perspectives in artist publishing, migration and diasporic community-based publishing, vernacular photography with poetry and prose, the history and influence ofAvalanche magazine, and the relationship of comics and graphic novels to artists’ books and the fine arts.
See the full CABC schedule here
Friendly Fire
A component of the NYABF since its inception in 2006, Friendly Fire features presses and artists' collectives that practice different forms of cultural, social and political activism. This year's participants include 8-Ball Community, Allied Productions, Inc, Interference Archive, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, True Laurels, and Visual AIDS among others. Curated by Printed Matter’s Executive Director Max Schumann.

See the full Friendly Fire list here
Shannon Michael Cane Award
The Shannon Michael Cane Award is granted to four first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their career. The inaugural year winners are backbone booksIan Giles,MonoRhetorikand Sming Sming Books.
Courtyard Stage
The Courtyard Stage has a ten year history of showcasing emerging talent alongside legendary artists and will host performances from musicians and sound artists to poets and performance artists running throughout the fair weekend. This year's programs are presented by Blank FormsPrinted Matter, Inc.Heavy Trip, and Pioneer Works.
A History of Zines!
Printed Matter proudly presents a wide-reaching historical exhibition of zine publishing across the 20th century and onward, beginning with science-fiction and underground horror publications of the 1920s, and concluding with new works created on occasion of this year’s NYABF. A History of Zines! gathers more than 400 self-published works and related archival materials, spanning genres and offering an unmediated view into various subcultures and grassroots activism, including LGBTQ, punk, hip-hop, the Mimeo Revolution, photography, skateboarding, the Beats, and feminism. A selection of zines will be available for browsing.
A History of Zines! is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Shannon Michael Cane, a beloved member of the Printed Matter staff who played an indelible role in developing the NY and LA Art Book Fairs during his time as Curator of Fairs & Editions.
Curated by 8-Ball Community and Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray
EXHIBITOR PROJECT SPACES

3 Dot Zine will create an immersive interactive reading room featuring an installation of The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive Black Feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of 1000 books written by Black women. The Yellow Jackets Collective and 3 Dot Zine are tabling new zines and printed matter sourced from a diverse group of artists and zine makers around the country. Khari Johnson Ricks will share zines and prints from his ongoing printmaking practice. Amoss Eff’s wearable hand printed textiles collection, Warefamos, will be available within a special display created for 'Welcome, A Space'. Following in the tradition of the 3 Dot Zine’s Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists, this environment and all artists and collectives who will take part in setting the intentions and possibilities of this space are of color. Zines from Margot Terc, Cósmica, Discipline Press and more will also be available.
Alden Projects™ presents Richard McGuire: Art for the Streets New York 1979-82, a special exhibition and book launch, featuring Richard McGuire’s original “Ixnae Nix” street drawings. Described by Glenn O’Brien as “cryto-mystical” in his review of the New York/New Wave show at P.S.1, Queens in 1981, McGuire returns again in 2018 with vintage, spray-painted works depicting his “Ixnae Nix” shadow character surrounded by enigmatic texts drawn in crayon. Also present: McGuire’s distinctive original art for posters for the influential post-punk band Liquid Liquid, of which he was a founding member. McGuire’s ephemeral art is accompanied by black-and-white photographs of the downtown streetscapes where they originally appeared. Published by Alden Projects™ with an introduction by Luc Sante and an interview by Todd Alden, the book is also available in a deluxe edition of 100, containing unique art by Richard McGuire.
Gagosian participates with a special project space conceived in collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe, exploring visual and notational approaches to dance and movement.

Forsythe is a radical innovator in choreography and dance who has redefined the very syntax and praxis of his field. In the course of his singular career spanning five decades, he has developed an extensive repertoire of groundbreaking ballet choreographies and experimental, non-proscenium-based dance-theater works, as well as an open-access digital platform for dance analysis, notation, and improvisation. He has also been working for more than twenty years on installations, film works, and discrete, interactive sculptures that he calls "choreographic objects”, which are the subject of a survey exhibition at the ICA Boston this fall. 

At the NYABF, printed materials and videos by Forsythe will be featured alongside selected Gagosian publications, as well as additional books and ephemera that reveal Forsythe’s wide-ranging influences and interests including Chris Burden, Katharina Grosse, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Rachel Whiteread. 
Martos Gallery presents an exhibition of works and notebooks by Dan Asher. Asher passed away in 2010 and left behind studios filled with paintings, sculpture, video, and works on paper. In March 2018, Martos Gallery had its first solo exhibition with The Estate of Dan Asher which presented an array of work and included a zine made in collaboration with RATSTAR Press. The zine presented a selection of pages from hundreds of Asher’s notebooks. Asher's borderline hoarding is reflected in his obsessive compulsive production of thousands of works, including notes, mind maps, phone numbers, doodles, and ideas; his thoughts, scribbled down like quick-fire, spill over the edges of the pages, and for this special presentation at NYABF, they spill onto the walls.
onestar press and Three Star Books are pleased to present new limited edition artists’ book editions by AA Bronson, Gabriel Kuri, Ebecho Muslimova and a new fiberglass tray edition from Rirkrit Tiravanija. Daniel Gordon will be featured by onestar press this year, taking his digital and analog works to a new level with a dedicated exhibition project presented alongside his new CAMERA ARTIST portfolio projects.
Karma will present two new screenprint portfolios by artists Shio Kusaka and Nicolas Party.
Marian Goodman Gallery will present a special selection of new print editions, objects and books by their artists, including Leonor Antunes, Christian Boltanski, Ettore Spalletti, and Danh Vo.
Press Press will release their newest publication, Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, a compilation of conversations, artist projects, and writings exploring cultural passage, immigrant identity, and notions of sanctuary, with an interactive exhibition and series of programs in MoMA PS1's courtyard project space. The space will feature artworks produced by Sentiments contributors and display Press Press’s Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building and Sanctuary-Keeping, a collaboratively-built manifesto Press Press has created with immigrants and immigrant-adjacent people through workshops in Baltimore, New York City, and Chicago that highlights various visions of sanctuary and proposes strategies for creating and protecting those visions. Visitors can attend a number of programs hosted by the group, including Readings on Sanctuary in the project space, where contributors will declare their manifesto and more, and a panel conversation with the project’s editor, Kimi Hanauer, and co-organizers, Valentina Cabezas, Bomin Jeon, and Bilphena Yahwon, as part of The Classroom.
We the News is a series of story circles with Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans that are documented in zines and distributed publicly through a newsstand. The project is by Lizania Cruz, with support from The Laundromat Project in collaboration with BAJI.
Werkplaats Typografie is taking shelter in the basement, seeking comfort amongst glowing gilded conduits and generously thick brick walls. How are you dealing with the temperatures in PS1? Do you need a break? A hot chocolate? A blanket perhaps? Did you know that warm air rises to the ceiling? We read somewhere that if one is feeling cold, one should put their ceiling fan on its lowest setting, in clockwise direction, to push the hot air back to the floor where one can feel it. Boiler rooms are not usually known to be the most suitable spaces for simmering down, nevertheless we’d love to warmly welcome you to come down to our Boiling Room for Hot Reading, where you will be provided with some freshly forged (pre)texts and plenty other excellent reasons to chill.
The Werkplaats Typografie (WT), part of the ArtEZ University of the Arts, is a modeling agency, a part-time air quality management venture and a full time metal workshop located in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
NEW FUNDRAISING EDITIONS
Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Laylah Ali, Ryan Gander, and Eileen Quinlan. Fundraising editions support Printed Matter’s year-round work of providing resources to artists and championing the artists' book medium through programs including NY and LA Art Book Fair.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

photography-now.com - the only photo resource you will ever need




I've probably mentioned photography-now.com before on my blog. Have just checked out their site and I feel they deserve another mention. Subdivided into four categories - artists, exhibitions, events and institutions, the depth of material in remarkable. Currently there are detailed listings for 48,163 artists, 3,130 exhibitions, 1,043 events and 16,203 institutions. What's more there is no arm twisting to pay big $ to enter this that or the other contest. 

You can go to photography-now.com HERE, where apart from what I've mentioned above there is the option to sign up for their regular mailings, either daily or weekly. Do it, a treat awaits! 






Friday, August 24, 2018

PARIS PHOTO aperture foundation Photobook Awards - the shortlist jury




Here is the shortlist Jury for the aperture foundation PARIS PHOTO PhotoBook Awards:
Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, Department of Photography at MoMA
Kristen Lubben, Executive Director of Magnum Foundation 
Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator
Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo
Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director of Aperture Foundation
 

You can read more about the jury HERE.

This year's selected shortlist will be exhibited around the world and be featured in the fall 2018 edition of The PhotoBook Review, issue 015 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo, 8-11 November.  The winner of the First PhotoBook Award will also receive a $10,000 prize. 

Final weeks to submit! And for those who have submitted, thank you! We appreciate your contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

Call closes September 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST 
Books must arrive at Aperture Foundation by September 14 to be considered.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Photographers whose work I like - No33/ Tash Hopkins




I came across Tash Hopkins Western Springs portrait series because Tash was one of a small number of nominees for the Urbanautica Institute's People in Communities award. It's clear why Tash's portraits were noticed and nominated, they have a clear-eyed authenticity, each with an intangible something that takes the images out of the ordinary. 

Tash says this: The Western Springs Project is a long term and ongoing study of youth at High School in New Zealand. Looking beyond common media perceptions of teenagers, I want to show the individuality and depth of an often stereotyped section of society. I photographed this series on a large format camera using film because it slows the creation of an image and allows a more measured study of the person I'm photographing. 

You can check out more of Tash Hopkins work on her website HERE and go to the Urbanautica Institute HERE.

Here are the photographs:













Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ron Jude at gallery luisotti Santa Monica CA



Ron Jude is one of my favourite camera artists. His work always challenges and comes with layered mysteries to be solved.

Jude's new series titled 12 Hz 
references the limits of human perception—12 Hz is the lowest sound threshold of human hearing. It suggests imperceptible forces, from plate tectonics to the ocean tides, from cycles of growth and decay in the forest, to the incomprehensibility of geological spans of time. 
The photographs in 12 Hz allude to the ungraspable scale and veiled mechanics of these phenomena, while acknowledging a desire to gain a broader perspective, beyond the human enterprise, in a time of ecological and political crisis.

This first installation of 12 Hz consists of large-scale black and white images of lava tubes, tidal currents, river water and welded tuff formations: pictures describing the raw materials of the planet, those that make organic life possible. The photographs were made in the state of Oregon, from the high lava plains in the Deschutes National Forest to the gorges in the Cascade Range, and the sea caves and tide pools near Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast.
Jude’s new work affiliates him with the ethos of the Dark Mountain Project, a cultural movement that grew out of a manifestowritten in 2009 by the English writers Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine. Among the principal concerns of this movement is the urgent conviction that literature and art need to pivot away from “the myth of human centrality,” and to “re-engage with the non-human world.” In doing so, this work asks: how does one depict the indifference of the non-human world to our egocentrism and folly without simply offering false comfort by looking away from our reckless actions? Is it possible to engage the landscape in a meaningful way without resorting to formal trivialities, moralizing or personal narrative?
These photographs don’t attempt to tell us how to live or what we’ve done wrong, nor do they reduce the landscape to something sentimental, tame and possessable. Rather, they endeavor to describe and reckon with forces in our physical world that operate independently of anthropocentric experience. The photographs in 12 Hz work in service to a simple premise: that change is constant, whether we are able to perceive it or not.

The exhibition opens this Saturday August 25 and continues until September 17.
You can go to the gallery luisotti website HERE and Ron Jude's site HERE





Friday, May 11, 2018

Photo London - preview on Artsy





Photo London opens next week, you can go HERE to check out Artsy's in-depth preview. 

Artsy is the leading online resource for art lovers with links to more than 4,000 leading galleries, 700 museums and institutions, 60 international art fairs, and select auctions. You can check out Artsy HERE.






Monday, May 7, 2018

The only 2 photography news sites you will ever need...





For those of you who are interested in up-to-the- minute hard core photography news - with information about artists, exhibitions, events and more, photography-now.com and The Eye of Photography have more than can ever get your head around. Both sites give a comprehensive run down on what's happening in the world of photography. And there are no endless offerings to front up, pay you $ and enter this or that contest.

For example, as I write, photography-now has information on 2309 current photography exhibitions which you can sort in terms of city and country. London has 85 current shows, Paris 145 and New York 162. The Eye of Photography is equally informative. There is so much to discover, take in and enjoy on both these sites. Check them out. 

You can go to photography-now HERE and The Eye of Photography HERE.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Photo London - book signings





If you're planning to go to Photo London, which runs at Somerset House 17-20 May, there are more than enough book signings to keep to most photobook collectors happy. I'll be signing my new bookwork THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP at the Dewi Lewis stand, Saturday May 19 at 3pm. You can check out all the book signings HERE




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP - From UK publisher Dewi Lewis





Dewi Lewis is publishing my latest bookwork - THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP. The book will be released at Photo London where on Saturday May 19 at 3pm I will do a book signing.

Dewi Lewis talks about the book: In the month before the 2016 presidential election New Zealand photographer Harvey Benge spent time in San Francisco and New York making the images in this book. In many ways these 59 photographs represent a time capsule – places, people and scraps of visual information – that is an affectionate and sometimes critical look at this mash up of a society that in October 2016 was at an existential watershed. This work does not pretend to be an objective look at America, it is simply Benge’s subjective view. The images are filtered through Benge’s own sensibilities, formed by his country’s own brand of politics where socialism is embraced and not a dirty word. And, of course, the states of California and New York present just one aspect of what it means to be an American.

There is no judgment here, just Benge’s desire to understand and attempt to tap into something resembling truth. There is a sense of profound sadness here too, of futility and a feeling that not much lies behind the fake news, the hard sell, or the glossy surface of things. Despite all of this there is resilience and resistance. Stoicism is in the air and there is a feeling that things will come right.

Well known for his many photobooks, Harvey Benge has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Prix du Livre at Arles Photography Festival, France. He has exhibited his work extensively in both public and private galleries in Britain, throughout Europe, and in New Zealand. Benge is also involved in curatorial projects and runs a series of ongoing photography workshops with international photographers in Auckland.

THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP is a 64 page book, 234 x 165mm with 59 colour photographs. Publication Date: May 18th 2018.  A special edition, limited to 100 copies is also available, with the book comes a 7"x 5" signed and numbered print.

You can pre-order the book by going HERE




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The subversion of images and the war on truth


In a post on Reading The Pictures, a site dealing with visual politics and photojournalism writer Marta Zarzycka considers the media take on events following the recent shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Zarzycka: In the weeks since the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the media scrutiny of its teenage survivors has been relentless. It has been further fueled by their powerful speeches at the March for Our Lives earlier this month: TIME Magazine featured them on their cover, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar published their op-eds; their faces appeared on protesters’ placards, T-shirts, posters and on city murals. 

While for many they represent agents of change, moral referents, latter-day anti-Vietnam War activists, and future leaders, alt-righters, white supremacists, conservatives, and Donald Trump supporters (with the enthusiastic endorsement of the First Son, Donald Trump, Jr.) have declared war on them. In this war, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is replaced by such weapons as slander, conspiracy theories and misinformation. Parkland students are portrayed as “crisis actors” paid by George Soros or political puppets of Hillary Clinton; they are likened to Nazis, to terrorists, to “young fascists-in-training” who undermine the fundamental principles of American freedom.

This campaign relies on images of hate, as photographs, memes, and videos are circulated by right-wing media outlets, such as Breitbart, Infowars, and others on social media. Digitally doctored or taken out of context, they ridicule, troll, attack, and mock: in a recent image, David Hogg is made to appear as though he is making a Nazi salute after his speech at the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.; in another, his speech is dubbed over by Adolf Hitler, his voice captured, silenced, and controlled through the misappropriation of technology.

In the visual fallout of the Parkland shooting, we can no longer assume the inherent truth of the image, as concepts like meaning, portrait, representation or mimesis, traditionally considered in the medium of photography, are rendered obsolete through the art of technological deception.

The piece is important and well worth a read in its entirety, you can do so HERE.



Monday, April 9, 2018

British photobook publisher Dewi Lewis - advice for photographers who want to make a book


Mimi Mollica'a Terra Nostra published by Dewi Lewis

Established in 1994, Dewi Lewis Publishing is one of the leading photographic publishers in the world. Its award-winning authors include Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Bruce Gilden, Jacob Aue Sobol and Laia Abril, among many others. 

Dewi Lewis, who runs Dewi Lewis Publishing alongside his partner Caroline Warhurst, is a sought after voice in the photography world and an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2009, he was awarded the Society’s inaugural RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography. In addition to serving on the jury for numerous international awards, Lewis has been a “Master” three times for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclasses. 

Dewi's advice, the nitty gritty: Firstly decide why, then what, then how. Why do you want a book? Is it the best way to take things forward for you? Do you really have something to say? Is there a way of bringing the work together coherently? When you look at the full body of work is there a way of giving it a coherent sequence? Is there an audience for it? What would be the best way of reaching that audience? What form should the book take? The questions should go on and on. The key to a successful book is in the answers and in being totally honest, self-aware, and self-critical. And, if at the end of the process you are still 100% convinced, then go for it.

You can read the full story HERE and go to Dewi Lewis Publishing website HERE


Harvey Benge's The Lament published by Dewi Lewis

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wolfgang Tillmans - A Forum on European Culture








CALL FOR IDEAS:

Forum on European Culture invites you to contribute to:

Eurolab – New ideas to communicate the EU

In the run-up to the European elections in May 2019 artists, writers and creatives who feel passionate about the European project come together during the Forum on European Culture in Amsterdam from May 31- June 3. During the 4-day Eurolab, they examine what has gone wrong in the communication of, and about the EU and how to make a new and powerful beginning.

In an increasingly interconnected world voices that create division between people and peoples, have gathered momentum and try to unravel the achievements of cooperation and solidarity. Europeans in particular are challenged by nationalist and divisive language from outside and from within the EU.


Eurolab is a fact-finding mission of what went well and what went wrong in the last 25 years of communicating Europe. In workshops and interview sessions we aim to compile a comprehensive toolbox of arguments, strategies, and ideas that can be applied to campaigns across different demographics and used by different professional groups (e.g. ‘Teachers for Europe’ ‘Scientists for Europe’ ‘Farmers for Europe’). Eurolab wants to collect ideas about how cooperation and solidarity can be spoken for in a fresh and compelling way to large audiences. How can the European Union be valued by its citizens and be recognized as a force for good, rather than as a faceless bureaucracy?


We understand that the EU is not perfect and that some of its problems are of its own making. However we are convinced that today’s Europe is the best there ever was, and that the European Project should be protected in these unstable times.


The brief for this open-call is to send us proposals for communicating the advantages of cooperation and friendship amongst people and nations. Please send drafts, designs, photos, poems, words and short film scripts that can be developed and contribute to a clear yet multi-faceted campaign. Across all media. We need messages, how the Union works and how life would be without it; - how it was without it. And we need ideas how to challenge the organisation itself, how to make it better. Alert us of the failings of the EU. Alert us of the successes of the EU. Also welcome are ideas that are not focused on the EU itself, but on its values, and how they play out amongst people in everyday life in non-political ways.


Each entry will be considered by a panel chaired by Rem Koolhaas and Wolfgang Tillmans, and will contribute to the pool of ideas to re-brand Europe. Eurolab operates on an open source model and we are not looking for one ‘winning’ idea. We don’t want to ‘sell’ anything. We believe the idea of the EU is good, and want to present it clear and open. Eurolab aims at building a network across the EU member nations from South to North, from East to West. We will stay in touch with you should your ideas be taken further.


We look forward to inviting a selected number of contributors to Amsterdam in June to investigate Europe’s potential and to find new language and visuals for it. The ambition of the workshop in Amsterdam is to further develop the proposals together with communication and media experts, and turn them into a real and effective campaign.


We are looking forward to receiving your contributions in our mailbox info@cultureforum.eu as soon as possible and no later than April 18. Please send files as PDF, maximum 15mB, with files named as ‘Surname_Name_Eurolab2018’. For more information on the Forum on European Culture, click here