- New York Times’ Top Ten Photo Books of 2011 a.o Is this place great or what (serve4impact.com)
Via Scoop.it – Serve4impact: designing design driven operations
It was not unlike a political caucus. The candidates – in this case, nearly 100 photography books published this year – took over every inch of available counter space in the photo department, where they were carefully scrutinized by a group of…
Found at and continued at ANT!FOTO.
iversität/The Böhm/Kobayashi University:
mit/with: Aleksandra Domanovic // Beni Bischof/Lasermagazin // Dean Sameshima //
Jason Lazarus // Jeffrey Ladd/Books on Books // Joachim Schmid // Manuela Barczewski //
Marei Wenzel/Iris Czak // Taiyo Onorato/Nico Krebs // Wassink/Lundgren Boehm/Kobayashi // Böhm Tradecenter// Kunstraum Düsseldorf // Antifoto.de // Kontakt //
Paul Graham – a shimmer of possibility
2 April 2010 until 16 June 2010
This exhibition shows works that have been selected from the resulting series of photographic works, Paul Graham published in twelve volumes as a shimmer of possibility (steidlMACK, 2007). Each simple but structurally inventive series includes varying numbers of pictures, from one to more than ten. These series of photographs provide a vivid glimpse into unheralded moments in the lives of individuals Graham encountered on his travels. A series showing a man mowing grass or someone waiting at a bus stop transcends its nominal subjects and describes aspects of ordinary life that are imbued by the photographer with affection and curiosity. a shimmer of possibility is a call for attention to the brief, indefinite intervals of life. As Graham has said, \”Perhaps instead of standing at the river\’s edge scooping out water, it\’s better to be in the current itself, to watch how the river comes up to you, flows smoothly around your presence, and reforms on the other side like you were never there.\”
Photographs by Sarah Stolfa.
Artisan, 2009. 96 pp., Illustrated throughout, 9x7¼”.
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2009 by:
McGlinchey’s is a haven for drinkers from all walks of life: You’ll meet the rebellious college student with pink-streaked hair and a bottle of hangover-inducing brew; the sharply dressed businessman with a yearning look; the pensive loner carefully ignoring his newspaper and bag of chips; and the former prom king with his tie and V-neck sweater, double fisting a shot and a beer.
The urban bar experience is brought to life in these pages, topped off with an introduction written by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen and Stolfa’s own meditations on finding her inspiration while tending bar. For young hipsters, grizzled old-timers, and everyone in between, The Regulars is as elegant as an Old Master painting and as down-home as a bottle of Bud.
‘What I like very much about Ms. Stolfa’s photographs (though they don’t always make me comfortable, and don’t really seem to be portraits) is their effort at human acceptance within the boundaries of her own necessarily confined photographic vernacular. Photographs don’t say things; they just are. But Stolfa’s pictures-were they to speak to us in words-would, I believe, say yes.’ -Richard Ford
Found at Josef Schulz: Sign Out.
“Sign out,” Josef Schulz’s latest exhibition at Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand, is the arresting culmination of a series of photographs taken along the highways and byways of America. Widely recognized in art and design spheres for his seductively uniform images of industrial buildings and warehouses, the Düsseldorf-based photographer recently trained his lens on another icon of commercial activity, the roadside signpost.
Some months ago I mentioned Simon’s great book. I did see some fine prints in Paris. After the yearlist I did see this wonderful review from the excellent photo-eye.
We English Photographs by Simon Roberts. Introduction by Stephen Daniels. Published by Chris Boot, 2009.Simon Roberts produced the images for We English during a year visiting popular recreational sites across England. It’s an intriguing way to investigate a country, one which served my family well when living in England while I was 13 (we actually visited some of Robert’s locations). It’s served Roberts well, too. Documenting his countrymen beach combing, pheasant hunting, visiting car boot sales, hiking and spending afternoons at the lake, Roberts’s images are landscapes of English leisure, both natural and social.
Quite simply, the images are beautiful, though perhaps not immediately revealing – their beauty can encourage the clumsy habit of overlooking what they contain. The best of these photographs are remarkable in the layers that Roberts’s has managed to capture – environment, group and individual. And truly the three inform and shape the others.
An early associate of the New Topographics movement, Nicholas Nixon (born 1947) achieved fame for his widely exhibited ongoing project The Brown Sisters (begun in 1975), for which he has made one black-and-white portrait per year of four sisters, one of whom is Nixon’s wife. Nixon’s Live, Love, Look Last brings together similarly intimate photographs from the past decade. Each of the series presented—Nixon’s family, couples, Boston cityscapes and critically ill patients—originated as a project of its own, but Nixon soon realized that the four independent series collectively articulated his continual effort to simply render life’s most intimate moments, and so has gathered them here. Nixon brings a moving candor to his sense of portraiture, and takes care to strike a balance between “on the one hand, getting the picture I want, and on the other, having (his subjects) like the experience. I don’t want them to feel like I’ve taken anything they don’t want to give me.”Unflinchingly honest in his approach, Nixon explores the relationships between individuals and their environment, and how these bonds are affected by birth and death.