© Gregory Krum
– I just started a new tumblr blog chronicling my collections of photo books and prints. Check it out here.
– Too Much Chocolate posted a couple of interviews done recently by Shawn Records where he asks publishers/photographers Jason Fulford, Alec Soth and Richard Renaldi a few questions on getting their companies started and plans for the future. It’s a very good read and I would suggest checking them out here and here.
– Ofer Wolberger just announced his first book Star Quality over on his blog. The book is the first in a series where he hopes to put out a new limited edition each month, continuing with his Photographic Project in a new interesting way. I just ordered my copy and if your interested I would act fast because the initial printing is only 50 copies. Horses Think is my favorite blog and Ofer is such a smart, dedicated photographer, I’m sure these books will be great and can’t wait to see what the next edition will be.
Each book will be completely different in content, style and size. I have no clue what the books will be until I make them, so each one is an experiment, for me making it and for you looking at it. The whole point is to work outside of my comfort zone and try new things. Some books will contain found or appropriated imagery, others will contain photographs exclusively made by me.
Although I can’t promise that you will love all the books in the series, I can promise that I will work my ass off to make each book unique and worth looking at.
I have printed 50 copies of this first book because that is what I could afford to do. It would have been lovely to print up 500 of these books but I would have been broke after only making the first one.
I have no idea how many of you will actually want a book nor do I have any idea how many people will want to sign up for a subscription. This is a total experiment in that regard.
If this first batch of books sells out quickly or if their is a high demand for the subscriptions, I am open to printing another 50 books for a total edition of 100. The rest of the books in the series would then continue with edition sizes of 100 books. I know this is a bit confusing and unorthodox but it’s the only way that makes sense to me.
Lastly, I figure it’s worth mentioning that I am not making and selling these books in order to make a profit. My only hopes and wishes are to break even, have fun, make books and of course share them with you.
I hope this all makes sense, but if you have any questions feel free to get in touch.
– Got burnt out on the blog for a while and thought I might hang it up in the new year but have decided to get back to it, theres just too many things exciting me right now. In the last month I’ve seen some really great shows and books, as well as some new work that I can’t wait to post about. It’s great to report that Alec Soth is back to blogging with the Little Brown Mushroom team, it’s already my new favorite blog. Another interesting new blog is The Independent Photo Book run by Joerg and Hester from Mrs Deane which announces independently published photography books and zines and where to find them, its a really great resource to find small run artists books that are usually hard to track down. Be sure to check both of those out. Glad to see people are still checking the blog everyday so heres to new content!
– Another great year in photography books. Here are my favorites:
1.) Henry Roy – Spirit (Gottlund Verlag)
– Henry Roy’s Spirit was my biggest surprise of the year. I had never even heard of him before Gottlund Verlag announced their fall releases and when I got the book in the mail I was absolutely blown away. Page by page it is just one beautiful photo after another and then ends with six pieces of Roy’s wonderful writing. This is by far my favorite Gottlund Verlag release and I think the nicest looking book they have put out so far.
2.) Richard Renaldi – Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press)
– Fall River Boys was the first release from Richard Renaldi’s new publishing company Charles Lane Press that he founded with his partner Seth Boyd. This book lived up to the all hype it was receiving upon its release. Of course Richard’s photographs are as beautiful as ever but the book is truly breathtaking, the paper, the printing, etc. and the care that was put into it is more than apparent.
3.) Mark Steinmetz – Greater Atlanta (Nazareli)
– Mark Steinmetz is one of my favorite photographers, he made me fall in love with black and white photography all over again when I first discovered his work. Greater Atlanta is his newest book focusing on the South after releasing South Central and South East and is just as great as its predececors.
4.) Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen – Sanatorium (Self)
– Sanatorium is the first publication from Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen’s Sochi Project where they are documenting the change in Sochi, Russia before the the 2014 Olympic Games are held there. The book focuses on the sanatoria where workers were sent to “revive their spirits and strengthen their bodies” during the Soviet era. Hornstra’s new images are great and if you liked 101 Billionaires you will love Sanatorium.
5.) Robert Bergman – Selected Portraits (PS1)
– Robert Bergman had his coming out party this year with three huge exhibitions held at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, The National Gallery of Art and Yossi Milo Gallery. This book is the catalogue for Bergman’s show at PS1 and it is a treasure. I like the design of this catalogue much more than Bergman’s first book A Kind of Rapture which was released in 1998 and contains a lot of the same images. Other than the photos the essay by David Levi Strauss is a really good read. If you haven’t had a chance to see Bergman’s photos in person do so quick before the shows come down.
6.) Timothy Briner – Boonville (Self)
– I was really excited when I got an email from Tim Briner saying that he was making a small number of of books of his Boonville series to help fund the framing for his upcoming solo show at Daniel Cooney Fine Arts. The books are all hand made by Tim and show what he considers the final edit of the project which examines the current state of America by exploring six towns with the same name spread across the country. I’m pretty sure another small edition of the books will be available through the gallery during the show that will be opening on January 7th.
7.) Mitch Epstein – American Power (Steidl)
– What can I say about Mitch Epstein? Another monster release from one of the most important photographers out there today. American Power is very close to sneaking by Family Business as my favorite Epstein series.
8.) Eirik Johnson – Sawdust Mountain (Aperture)
– Eirik Johnson’s Sawdust Mountain was my favorite of this years releases by the always great Aperture Foundation. The book has everything you could hope for in a great photography book, beautiful images, great subject matter and a good design.
9.) Nicolai Howalt & Trine Søndergaard – Tree Zone (Hassla)
– When Nicolai Howalt and Trine Søndergaard get together they are unstoppable. Their first series How to Hunt had some really incredible images in it but they stopped me in my tracks with Tree Zone. The pictures are so subtle in their beauty, each page looking very similar to the one before it but the series shines because of this. Hassla put out some seriously great titles this year.
10.) Grace Kim – Love Hotel (Self)
– While I was at Melanie Flood’s place to see the Grace Kim show she had up at the time she showed me this tiny little book that Grace made in an edition of 100 for her series Love Hotel. I’ve never seen another book like this before, it is literally only 4 5/8 x 3 6/8″, the photographs each slide out of the pockets of the book and are archival pigment prints, printed on hahnemuhle fine art baryta paper. It is a true beauty and if you can get your hands on a copy I couldn’t suggest it enough.
– Takashi Homma – First Jay Comes (Hassla)
– Ryan McGinley – Moonmilk (Mörel)
– Eric Marth – Various Zines (Self & Medium Rare)
– Tuukka Kaila – Based On Truth (Self)
– Morad Bouchakour – s/t (d’jonge Hond)
Mike Slack’s Pyramids builds on the striking Polaroid aesthetic of his previous books, Ok Ok Ok (2002) and Scorpio (2006), rounding out a trilogy of stand-alone volumes that together contain 123 pictures from the small Los Angeles based publisher The Ice Plant. This collection records everyday details of what could be a recent past or a very near future – a dust storm in the desert, simple geometry, stairways and windows, schoolchildren on a field trip-quietly dramatic scenes energized by a sense of anticipation rather than nostalgia. Presented as physical artifacts of fictitious events to be deciphered by the viewer, the pictures also document the travels, observations and graphic fixations of the photographer, centering on a set of three identical early-70’s office buildings (in Slack’s hometown of Indianapolis), from which the book takes its title.
– Shane Lavalette just announced some details for issue 2 of Lay Flat this time co-edited with photographer Michael Bühler-Rose. The new issue looks to be shaping up quite nicely and after the excellent first issue they have a lot to work towards. They are seeking donations to go towards the printing and distribution of the new issue, so please go to the Lay Flat site and donate what you can. It also seems that the first book release from Lay Flat will be coming out next summer, very excited to see what that will be.
Lay Flat 02: Meta brings together the works of contemporary photographers whose images are conceptually engaged with the history, process and conventions of the medium itself. Photographs by Claudia Angelmaier, Semâ Bekirovic, Charles Benton, Lucas Blalock, Talia Chetrit, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Jessica Eaton, Roe Ethridge, Stephen Gill, Daniel Gordon, David Haxton, Matt Keegan, Elad Lassry, Katja Mater, Laurel Nakadate, Lisa Oppenheim, Torbjørn Rødland, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Joachim Schmid, Penelope Umbrico, Useful Photography, Charlie White, Ann Woo and Mark Wyse are accompanied by the textual contributions of Lesley A. Martin (Publisher/Editor, Aperture Foundation), Adam Bell (Co-editor, The Education of a Photographer) and artist Arthur Ou.
– I recieved this beautiful little book in the mail from Hassla the other day. They have become one of my new favorite publishers recently, I like that they keep the books small and affordable but still keep the quality of the product as well as the work very high. This is especially true with Nicolai Howalt and Trine Søndergaard’s Tree Zone, the prints look great and the design goes perfectly with them. I’d highly recommend Tree Zone as well as the two other Hassla books I own, Takashi Homma’s First, Jay Comes and David Schoerner’s self titled book. They also had two posters printed of Tom Sandberg’s work for the NY Book Art Fair at PS 1, so act quick while they still have copies available for free.
Tree Zone by Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt is a photographic exploration of the Nordic landscape and ways in which we relate to it. Thematically and formally this work is a continuation of previous projects How To Hunt, Dying Birds and Hunting Ground.
In a series of images the artists have captured the barren landscapes found in areas along the Nordic timber line during winter. In this marginal land you see solitary trees weighed down by snow. The trees are bent and stunted by their harsh environment. Human forms may appear, but they seem insignificantly small within the vast, white nothingness.
The images represent a humanization of nature: Trees figure as human symbols in a series of “tree portraits” together with larger panoramic landscapes in monumental formats. In this way a suspense is created between immense, impenetrable space and singular, isolated trees.
These large, colourless images tell a story of defiance, of surviving in spite of ruthless conditions, of being part of a world that you can not fully control or know.