Artist Talk: Alec Soth with George Slade

Soth discusses his work and the world of contemporary photography with Slade, curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. A Minnesota native, Slade is a former artistic director at the Minnesota Center for Photography and program director for the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers. His writings appear in print and online, including his blog re:photographica.

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Watch this trailer: Dana LixenbergThe Last Days of Shishmaref

The Last Days of Shishmaref
Shishmaref is disappearing. The village on an island off the coast of Alaska is slowly but surely being swallowed up by the sea. Global warming is causing the island’s protective permafrost layer to melt; the Chukchi Sea is freezing later in the season, leaving ravaging waves free to batter the island. It is estimated that the community of 600 Inupiaq Eskimos will have to leave their native land before 2020. Photographer Dana Lixenberg stayed in Shishmaref for several weeks during the winter and summer of 2007. She explored the intricate relationship between the inhabitants and the rough, bleak and beautiful landscape that surrounds them.

Book review: Yvon’s Paris by Robert Stevens

The core

The photographer Pierre Yves-Petit, who called himself “Yvon,” wandered the streets of Paris between the world wars looking for the moment when the shifting light and clouds would perfectly reveal the city’s ephemeral, iconic beauty. The dramatic images of the city and its people that he made during those years would become the most popular postcards in France. They can still be bought today on Parisian quais and are eagerly sought by collectors.

Pierre Yves-Petit  job and his love of the city, whose streets he often wandered early in the morning and late at night. In his photography he was able to seize the Paris highlights, the  beauty of the streets and gardens in a  beautiful blend of black, white and grey.  As Yvon,  he captured the essence of the city in his photographs, having published  his work on photocards.  His efforts met greet commercial success. Continue reading Book review: Yvon’s Paris by Robert Stevens

Recommended The Photobook Today and Tomorrow Lausanne


International Colloquium

Lasting impressions, or fading impressions?
The Photobook Today and Tomorrow

20. & 21. Februar 2010
There are as many ideas of what constitutes the ideal photography book as there are photographers wanting to make them! This unique event brings together a wide range of highly experienced specialists representing all aspects of book production: publishers, printers, production experts, packagers, graphic designers, art directors, typographers, booksellers, historians, curators, critics, journalists and, of course, photographers!

In a series of informal round tables (followed by open debates), these experts will look at the current state of the photobook, speculate as to its immediate and long-term future, and discuss the realities of book production and distribution. Colloquium participants will also have an opportunity to take guided tours of the current exhibition, “Lasting Impressions: The Art and Craft of the Steidl Book”.

More informations and program in english – in french

18 avenue de l’Elysée, 1014 Lausanne
Switzerland
+41(0)21 3169911
info@elysee.ch
www.elysee.ch
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11am-6pm

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