Monday, April 19, 2010


Vedove/Widows. Photographs by Takashi Homma. Fantombooks/Boiler Corporation, 2010. 71 pp., 70 colour illustrations, 6¾x9". View a little bit inside this book here.

'Vedove/Windows' is the first book published in the Fantombooks series.

'Fantombooks' is the book series that's sprung from Fantom magazine, which is a photographic quarterly concerned with 'the uses and abuses of photograph'.

The Fantombooks series will be made up of only a few selected titles, each designed by a different art director and produced in project-specific formats.

'Vedove/Windows' is published in a limited edition of 350 with photographs by Takashi Homma. It's curated by Francesco Zanot and designed by Fabrizio Radaelli.

The book is "the cooperation between Andrea Botto and Francesco Zanot, respectively director and curator of the annual Rapallo Fotografia festival in Italy, who entrusted the Japanese photographer [Takashi Homma] to work around the theme of memory and personal archives in Rapallo and in the region of Liguria.

During his stay in the area, fascinated by the pictures stored in the archives of Genoa and Rapallo, Homma explored the need to preserve personal and intimate memories, especially after a loss.

Thus he shot eleven portraits of widowed women - witnesses for their dead partners’ memories - and captured a glimpse of the places where they live, and re-photographed the snapshots of the widows’ family albums."
-- part of the publisher's description.

Apologies for almost a week of no posts.

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