Published 2010 by Abrams Image, bought (38 euros) at Comptoir de l’Image, 44 rue de Sévigné 75003 Paris
Before I was interested in photography, I was much more into music. I loved Dinosaur Jr, and Greenmind's cover album was a picture by Joseph Szabo. This picture was so simple and powerfull. I think it had an impact on teenagers like me, and on Dinosaur Jr / Jay Mascis's carreer.
Years later I still love that picture, and got more interest in Szabo’s work.
Jones Beach. There is something a little Martin Parr-ish in this, but this is America, black and white, and the 70’s.
Many great pictures and great spreads
I had seen the book on the web, but didn’t thought about buying it. And that’s what I like at Comptoir de l’Image : you get lost in books, piles of books without perticular order, and then you open some of them, and magical things happen.
That’s bookstores will always be important.
That’s not my favorite book, but that’s a good one, one you want to open several times.
We found this little book during our saturday walk in le Marais, at the Galerie Yvon Lambert bookshop.
I looked at it very fast in the shop, and decided to buy it very fast too. Then when we came back home I looked at it, and I’ve been surprised by the pictures.
All black and white, humourous look. Amazing look, in fact.
When I look at this picture, for example, I wonder it it’s a photoshop or if the photographer has been lucky enough to see that scene and have the time to take the picture. Even the pigeon is a great actor !
And this one ?
What do you think of this spread ?
Don’t miss this book if you see it in a bookstore.
I work quite often with Alexandre, this little book is something he sent as a greeting card to his clients.
I think it’s a great simple idea that every photographer should do : send his clients - or targets - small books showcasing their work. Don’t need to spend a fortune on that, just do something nice, simple, with your favorite pictures.
I have received a package in the mail, last week, from Adam and Robert (Preston is my Paris). They sent me their latest publications. One of them is about Preston bus station. Architecture pictures (views or details), and portraits. PPP works on documenting their city, life in a place where there is not much to do… art is their response.
I love the use of polaroid, mixed with classic images, and the fact that some pictures hide a big part of other ones.
Weird work based on references (litterature and philosophy).
It’s not only about aesthetics. Uta Eisenreich says very quickly what she wants to mean. May be I didn’t get into it first, because I was looking for meanings, but what you see is much easier and simple.
I love the book, it’s so different. So scheming to me.
Back in June, a friend of mine told me about this book. I think I had seen it on the web, but didn’t pay attention. She told me how much she liked the design of the book, with the cut pages that let the reader see part of the next picture / spread. And of course, if someone tells me about a book, I need it.
Skins and colours are dark and strong, the faces/characters are not that important. The main thing here is politic, poor and rich gaps, colonialism, and AIDS.
Published by Fw, 2009, bought at their booth during Offprint
The idea was to take pictures of 4 similar european cities : Mechelen (Belgium), Plzen (Czech rep), Kosice (Slovakia) and Bordeaux (France). Similar because they are ‘mid-size’ (between 100000 and 300000 inhabitants), and because they all shared the ambition to become European Cultural Capital.
The photographs are mixed, but not always, and very quickly the reader is lost. It looks like the same city in all the pages. Is it ? Is it not ?
The second title of the book is ‘Towards a Vocabulary for the European City’.
The clue is in the booklet, (+ essay by Martino Tattara)
When I had my quick look at the book, before buying it, I did get lost, and intrigued. The editing and the way pages are folded and assembled help losing the reader, which is good for this book.
Snow is a strong magnet to my eyes, I love snow photographs. I couldn’t miss this one.
We are having a strong winter, my family complains because they had snow for 2-3 weeks, which they usually don’t have. I was sad to miss it : we live in Paris, where snow disappear quite fast.
Finland has 9 months of winter. 9 months staying in their houses, waiting for the 3 summer months. What happens to the landscape while people hibernate ? Jussi Puikkonen even wonder how people ended living here (“between the Vikings and the Russian”) in the book’s introduction. Good question !
I do believe life is difficult in such landscape, but this is so photogenic.