Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today I don't know // A day of not knowing are days without knowing

Today I don't know - Photo on 29-04-2013 at 10.21 #2.

Taeyoon Choi sent me three of David Horvitz's photographs with some instructions (>>"My friend David Horvitz gave me couple hundreds of his photographs without specific instruction. I'm trying to send them to strangers and friends around the world. [...]")

My hair was like that for many years, and my mouth is kind of like that, and for some time now I don't know... I will take pictures until I know - or until (for now) I've stopped thinking of not knowing.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sam Cooke/A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come

Couldn't find a live performance, but a still of Sam Cooke reading is a pretty stellar second alternative in my book...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wave Music.

Wave Music. By Clifford Ross. Introduction by Arthur C. Danto, interview by A.M. Homes. Blind Spot Book/Aperture, 2005. 144 pp., illustrated throughout, 14x11". Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Wave Music' by photographer Clifford Ross, opens with explosive images of stormy seas and skies - photographs taken on the edge of hurricanes.
 This series presents gorgeous, formalist slices of nature at her most tempestuous and romantic.

As 'Wave Music' progresses, however, the focus tightens with increasing obsession on the processes and materials of the photographic medium.

The 'Hurricane' series is followed by 'Horizons', classically composed images of sky and quiet surf, and finally, by images of pure photographic grain. The 'Grain' pictures are pure abstractions-tonal fields of grey. Each 'Grain' image echoes the tones seen in the previous two series and addresses the very stuff of black-and-white photography itself.

In 'Wave Music', Clifford Ross provides an incredible, heuristic journey, from the ecstatic formalism of ocean waves to the abstract sublime of pure light. Underlying each of the series and providing a unifying thread, are shifting elements of gesture, composition, and tone. Each of the images is exquisitely reproduced in tritone."

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sea Etchings.

Sea Etchings. By Nicola Dill. Nazraeli Press, 2011. 48 pp., illustrated throughout, 13x16". Limited first printing of 500 copies. Special edition of 25 copies. Images from here.

Book description:

"This gorgeous, limited edition artist's book by Nicola Dill is a 48-page 'installation' of the artist's elegant and meditative photographs of surf grasses.

Unstaged and recorded in-camera, the photographs comprising this series are gestures in patience and time.

The individual pieces leave the narrative aspect of photography behind, focusing on constantly changing structures and lines, preserving on film the temporary etchings created by the surf and sandy shores of the Pacific.

Nicola Dill's photographs have been widely exhibited and published in the United States and in Germany.

'Sea Etchings', her first monograph, is printed in an oversized format on matt Japanese art paper."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Un nuit où je me sentais seule (A night where I felt alone).

Un nuit où je me sentais seule (A night where I felt alone). By Xavier Armange. Éditions MeMo, 2013. 36pp., illustrated throughout, 19,5x19,5cm.

Book description:

"The arrival of a tsunami occurred one night, seen through the prism of three characters in a very graphic landscape, at the same time beautiful, simple and solemn.

A book apart, very minimal but which makes room for emotion and the capacity for resilience which can appear when faced with a natural disaster."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ton cauchemar (Your Nightmare).

Ton cauchemar (Your Nightmare). By Malika Doray. Éditions MeMo, 2012. 32pp., illustrated throughout, 20,5x14cm.

17 April is .

Book description:

"At night, a little rabbit learns to overcome his fears by appeasing them, 'because a nightmare is just a dream that needs taming'...

A funny and sensitive story with a very endearing nightmare...

This book forms part of a small trilogy with common formats and prices Malika Doray draws fine line characters and plants, by adding stained slides with delicate colours, tints here in pale mauve."

Friday, April 12, 2013

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes.

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. By Ed Panar. Spaces Corners & The Ice Plant, 2013. 24 pp., illustrated throughout, 5x8". Edition of 500 copies. Included with each copy is a signed and numbered archival inkjet print by Ed Panar (3,25x4"/edition of 500). Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Reality seems to have a hole in it, like realizing that you're floating in outer space (which, of course, technically, we are)'. - Timothy Morton

Nothing changes if nothing changes. Or does it? Pick it up. Follow the path. Turn it over. Turn it over. Again. Does it have a beginning or an end? Does anything cross your mind? Take your time."

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Wind. By Jungjin Lee. Text by Vicki Goldberg and Eugenia Parry. Aperture/Sepia, 2009. 112 pp., illustrated throughout, 10x11". Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Wind' showcases the most recent work of the widely acclaimed and exhibited Korean photographer Jungjin Lee.

Known for her laborious and textured photographic process, Lee brushes liquid emulsion onto the surface of handmade rice paper, endowing her images with a uniquely painterly effect.

'Wind' captures the ethereal quality of the element in a series of landscapes dominated by windswept expanses and atmospherically foreboding cloud formations - panoramas that reveal an adventurous spirit, yet resist casual entry.

Manmade objects, such as a dilapidated school bus or windblown prayer flags, all appear deeply inscribed by an invisible hand that runs through the entire corpus of this volume, leaving evidence of its handiwork on all surfaces.

Lee’s landscapes are imbued with an elemental vastness that strikes us as at once powerful and serene."

Thursday, April 04, 2013


Cancellations. By Thomas Barrow. powerHouse Books, 2012. 108 pp., illustrated throughout, 12x10". Images from here.

Keep coming back to New Topographics...

Book description:

"Thomas Barrow’s 'Cancellations' is a series of photographic prints of desolate spaces - empty lots, construction sites, deserted industrial areas - that all show the presence of mankind without showing a single living human.

Compiled in the 70s and 80s, Barrow’s beautiful sepia-toned images show their age in their sheer physicality. These are clearly prints, not digital files, evidence of which can be seen in their specked and aged surfaces.

And they call further attention to the hands-on process of silver gelatin photography through marks, often an X across the image, carved by Barrow directly onto the negative.

Widely exhibited since its compilation, 'Cancellations'' will see print for the first time in the form of a beautifully produced artist’s book.

At once both a mordant social commentary on the built environment of the American west, and linked to the process art movement because of the distressed and defaced nature of the prints, this work calls attention to the photographic negative and the photo print as object - an important subversion in a medium often utilized for its subtle ability to clinically remove any evidence of process from its product, and in the digital age rapidly losing its ties to the physical world."