This exhibition catalogue from the 2001-2002 exhibition at Modern Museum Stockholm shows photographs of Stockholm and its changing city environment from 1845 to 1980. It was the Modern Museum's contribution to 'The Year of Architecture 2001' and Stockholm 750 years Jubilee 2002.
The Modern Museum is currently rehanging their galleries exclusively with photographic art. The chronology in the displays will be the same, but the 20th century will be presented from a partly new perspective. This is happening in three stages, entitled Another Story, and is well-worth a look.
Kan du inte bara vara pinsamt tyst. Text by Tomas Kindenberg, photographs by Stefan Bladh, endpaper illustrations by Fredrik Tjernström. Zoo Publishing, 2006. 130pp., illustrated throughout, 12x17cm.
'Kan du inte bara vara pinsamt tyst', which can loosely be translated to 'Can't you just be awkwardly silent', is a collection of short stories or monologues by Swedish writer Tomas Kindenberg.
The stories intertwines with black & white, bleak and at the same time both fairly stark and dream-like photographs of the Swedish everyday existence by photographer Stefan Bladh.
UPDATE:I'm ambivalent to this book, which I guess was not made clear. However, it has certain qualities that fits very well into my own creative process at the moment (e.g. the Swedishness of the title, the style of the photographs and my own relationship to the book over the years).
"These photographs happened in sequence, on a single roll of film, when a very famous artist - a great collector of things - bought a dusty Rolleiflex at a yard sale and invited three photographers to see if it would work.
Photographs by Sally Mann, Rob McDonald and Even Rogers. Signed original print by Rob McDonald."
Quarries. By Edward Burtynsky. Steidl, 2007. 176pp., illustrated throughout, 38,1x30,4cm.
How our landscape is transformed by industry and the construction of our industrial society is always interesting to me (especially as we've gone so far down that road that there are layers and years of man-made interference).
I also happen to find quarries very beautiful in their jagged destruction.
"Over a twenty-five year career exploring the landscape as transformed by industry, the celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has accumulated a body of work on large scale quarries around the world.
Including Canada, Italy, China, Spain, Portugal, India and America these thought provoking studies of sites that are created as we dig into the earth for material in order to build our cities, urge us to consider how we as viewers are simultaneously attracted yet repulsed by these landscapes - somewhere a building is created while a landscape is destroyed."
Wiese. By Anne Schwalbe, design by Birgit Vogel. Anne Schwalbe, 2011. 48 pp., illustrated throughout, 24x31,5cm.
'Wiese' is a book by German photographer Anne Schwalbe. Wiese means meadows in German, and this is a book of and about meadows.
I do really like documenting projects, or repeating and/or vaguely obsessing over one subject matter or viewpoint, which this book could be said to be. I also really like Schwalbe's aesthetics and the way she "frames" her projects with the use of the envelopes, plain cardboard and string.
A special limited edition of 'Wiese' (including an analogue print) is available here. I have previously also featured Anne Schwalbe's book Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt.
'The Infinite Journey' takes its starting point from a fairly literal reading of “x= or what is to be done?” (“x=” symbol, and “what is to be done?” always has a political connotation to me), as well as the symbolism/mythology surrounding the year 2012 and the 10 year “arc” of the bookartbookshop and its symbolism in my life.
It's concerned with the use of symbols to represent ideas/qualities (and by extension the shape of symbols), protest movements through a sentimental tint, mythology and rebirth in thoughts, and the circular way life comes around.
The “infinite” in the title is a play on the infinity symbol.
The materials used are inkjet and crayon/pen on white aquarelle paper, with crayon/pen on black 200gsm paper insert and cover. Folded and staple-bound with a soft cover.
"In Hiroshima, Japan a twisted steel dome is grim reminder of a city destroyed by the first atomic bomb used in warfare. It is a history no one dares to forget.
Halfway around the globe in the Utah/Nevada border stands another ruin, the airplane hangar inside of which the bomber that carried the Hiroshima bomb was readied for its mission. Wendover Airbase, once the world’s largest, now crumbles from neglect.
The stories and relics at Wendover describe more than the past, they also point to a historic cycle; to a present filled with new apprehensions that carry the potential for a chilling future.
Artist Mark Klett, known for his ongoing exploration of landscape, history and the passage of time through the medium of photography, and William L. Fox, a celebrated science and art writer whose work has focused on human cognition and memory, teamed up to create a fascinating visual and verbal multi-layered portrait of Wendover Airbase and the experience of memory in relation to the use of the Atomic bomb by the American military in World War II."
A head with wings. By Anouk Kruithof, designed by Hans Seeger. Little Brown Mushroom Books, 2011. 28pp., illustrated throughout, various sized pages 6,625x 7,875″, custom side stapled, gatefold and various inserts (edition of 1000).
This artist book by Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof (designed by Hans Seeger and published by the always-interesting Little Brown Mushroom Books) is just truly inspiring to me - in its shape, construction and just the thought-process and imagination behind it.
"More than two hundred years later Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus have created a remarkable visual record of the expedition.
Using Escalante’s journal as their guide, the photographers followed the expeditionary route, circling through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, and documenting the frontier as first witnessed by the Spanish explorers on horseback.
The expedition passed what today are major national parks and landforms: Zion Canyon; Dinosaur Monument; and the Grand Canyon. The photographs show many areas virtually unchanged over centuries; other images reveal the passage of time in pictures of dammed rivers, power lines, and towns where once stood virgin forests.
Quoting widely from Escalante’s journal, the authors present first hand accounts of the expedition alongside their photographic narrative. Essays by the photographers discuss their methodology and experiences as modern day explorers retracing the steps of the friars.
In his historical essay, Joseph P. Sánchez writes about the lasting legacy of the Spanish expeditions."
"Daido Moriyama is without question one of Japan’s most important contemporary photographers and it is not surprising that this memoir, first published as a series of essays in Asahi Camera twenty-one years ago, is regarded as a classic in photographic literature.
In 'Memories of a Dog', Moriyama approaches photography through language, and it is difficult to say which is the more evocative medium.
His vividly expressive prose is in perfect harmony with the grainy, black and white images that in turn have a poetry all their own. As both reader and viewer one becomes completely absorbed, and photographs that will always be remarkable are given a new, very personal, layer of meaning.
This is an eloquent autobiographical account of the artist’s progress through life - the places he’s lived and traveled to, the newsreel theater that was like a 'second school', the bars, the coffee shops, and his journey to take his mother’s ashes to be with those of his father.
From his earliest sensations of being, to the realization that he has become 'willy-nilly and much to my regret, an adult', Moriyama shares his idea of memory, and 'the individual history that goes by the name, I'. "