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Ants

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Ants
Youngdon Jung
Mediabus
Korean and English

 

Softcover
64 pages
235 x 18 mm.
2016
ISBN: 978899402754893660

 

The rhythm made by all different human beings in the same space. This is the scenery which we can see from the top of a high-rise apartment. Every person seen form their own movement, within their own clothes and steps. Jung caught particular patterns from it. There are images of gathering and scattering of diverse crowds, alongside detailed images of concentration and dispersion of people from their own bodies. These images show people’s lives and the direction of their bodies. However, like soil which scatters away when it becomes dry, the movements of people are also hard to use to define a clear outline.

The image which disappears from our sight as soon as we take it, is crumpled like a clod of dirt in our hands. If the particles of the frame, or the photo disappear,  a lot of these images would be scattered in all directions. Then where can the particle go and what rhythm of image can it make?

 

About the Artist:
Youngdon Jung was born in Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Chung-Ang University. He is interested in connecting people and places, understanding diverse cultures and exploring nature while further interpreting our daily lives. He focuses on the unified pattern which is usually seen in the daily life. He gives attention to the phenomenon that each individual is standardised in the society. To present these ideas, Jung usually uses photography to deal with questions of time and space.

Since his first exhibition Evocation; Ventilation at the Total Museum For Contemporary Art – Project Space the Room, Jung has participated in several international group exhibitions and projects such as Against Photography (2015, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea), and Inner Color (2014, Laznia Contemporary Art Center, Poland). In addition, Jung was part of the collective Moojin Brothers focusing on media art works. In this group, Jung usually takes the role as cinematographer, but has also had the experience to explore other mediums.

Youngdon Jung has also shown media art works at European Media Art Festival (2016, Osnabrück, Germany), 16th International Cine A La Calle Short Film Festival (2016, Barranquilla, Colombia) and has recently won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Reviews 2015 and the Grand Prize of Glocal Contest at the 15th Seoul International New Media Festival.

About the Publisher:
Mediabus is a small publishing house based in Seoul, Korea. It was founded in 2007 by independent curators in collaboration with designers. Mediabus publishes zines and books, produces and distributes, organises exhibitions and events, directs workshops, and carries out project or book commissions for companies and institutions.

mediabus.org

Wondering Wandering

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Wondering Wandering
Youngdon Jung
Mediabus
Korean and English

Interview by Nathalie Boseul Shin and Youngdon Jung
Translated by Laura M. Kingdon and Jungeun Woo

 

Hardcover
23 prints, 1 softcover booklet and 1 foldout map
27 pages in booklet
210 x 265 mm.
2016
ISBN: 978899402758693660

 

Jung travelled his hometown on bicycle, capturing people and objects. He requested that people write down their story and in that way, he was able to portray the city’s shape, as seen by its inhabitants. Through his wandering with strangers and observations of the surrounding landscape of his hometown, he wanted to understand the face of those around him, their relationships and differences.

I lost my way home. Was it because I mistook the way or, because I didn’t know where I was. Although, I have been living in my home town over 10 years, I didn’t know its geography and what my desire here was. There is only sounds of a gun, a bird’s wings, sweet cement powder and feelings of desolate mist. Looking back, I couldn’t seize anything and just passed the time. However, unlike me, everything has been changing, repeating, and scattering with many events over a period of time, and it aims towards perfection all the time. It suddenly occurs to me that I will live just as one of the eyewitnesses or I will make my camera capture it.

About the Artist:
Youngdon Jung was born in Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Chung-Ang University. He is interested in connecting people and places, understanding diverse cultures and exploring nature while further interpreting our daily lives. He focuses on the unified pattern which is usually seen in the daily life. He gives attention to the phenomenon that each individual is standardised in the society. To present these ideas, Jung usually uses photography to deal with questions of time and space.

Since his first exhibition Evocation; Ventilation at the Total Museum For Contemporary Art – Project Space the Room, Jung has participated in several international group exhibitions and projects such as Against Photography (2015, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea), and Inner Color (2014, Laznia Contemporary Art Center, Poland). In addition, Jung was part of the collective Moojin Brothers focusing on media art works. In this group, Jung usually takes the role as cinematographer, but has also had the experience to explore other mediums.

Youngdon Jung has also shown media art works at European Media Art Festival (2016, Osnabrück, Germany), 16th International Cine A La Calle Short Film Festival (2016, Barranquilla, Colombia) and has recently won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Reviews 2015 and the Grand Prize of Glocal Contest at the 15th Seoul International New Media Festival.

About the Publisher:
Mediabus is a small publishing house based in Seoul, Korea. It was founded in 2007 by independent curators in collaboration with designers. Mediabus publishes zines and books, produces and distributes, organises exhibitions and events, directs workshops, and carries out project or book commissions for companies and institutions.

mediabus.org

Semi Maru

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Semi Maru
Atsushi Fujiwara
Sokyu-Sha
English and Japanese

Text by Ohsumi Naoto

 

Hardcover
112 pages
261 x 228 mm.
2017
ISBN not available

 

Shiga, Japan. It is the place the artist lived from primary school to his mid-twenties, where his parents, siblings and childhood friends continue to live, and is unquestionably the place Atsushi would still call home. Despite having lived elsewhere for more than half of his life now, “home” remains an object of longing while retaining a troublesome, at times intractable resonance, and continues to ensnare him.

Senimaru is a piece from Japanese classical Noh theatre. The prince Senimaru, exiled to Osaka Mountain by his father, Emperor Engi, because he is blind, encounters his sister Sakagami who is afflicted with a strange illness with her hair standing on end, and they lament their misfortunes.

So is this the grat divide of Mount Osaka, where strangers and acquaintances, people coming and people going, meet and part ways – Semimaru.
Nearing the end of cherry blossom season, the notes of Semimaru’s biwa lute echoing in the artist’s thoughts, Atsushi sets out on these walks and wanderings.

Porn Hurts Everyone

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Porn Hurts Everyone
Niall O’Brien
Footfall
English

Text by Francesca Gavin and Ryann Bosetti

 

Hardcover
88 pages
210 x 280 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9781527201668

 

This body of work is an insightful and respectful look at the lives of individuals and communities struggling to thrive in the, often grim, political and economic landscape of contemporary America. Struggling – and sometimes failing – to resist succumbing to the racism, bigotry and extremism that can bubble away beneath the kindest and most generous of personalities, stoked by the propaganda, claustrophobia and the, sometimes desperate, desire to be free that O’Brien found to be a common factor in each of the small-towns and rural outposts that he visited.

Although unplanned, the timing of the publication of Porn Hurts Everyone is noted by the photographer, “It’s been an interesting time to look back on this project. I wasn’t conscious of the political side of what I was shooting but that sense emerges through the book. I was exploring these small towns that are filled with wonderful, welcoming people, offering me bed and board, but it was what was beneath that, when we started talking, that really fascinated me. That’s what I feel emerges in this work and it gives us an understanding of the people that played such a big part in the current changes in American politics.

About the Artist:
Born in Dublin, Ireland, photographer and filmmaker Niall O’Brien studied fine art photography at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Niall has exhibited widely in a number of continents and continues to exhibit. He is currently working on a number of personal and commercial projects.

niallobrien.co.uk

Laughter

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Laughter
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen
Galleri Image
English

Essay by An Paenhuysen

 

Softcover
200 x 150 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9788799284016

 

Laughter is based on an old photograph entitled “Laughter – Rooftop of Tobu building in Tokyo, 1956” that the photographer found in a friend’s photo album in Tokyo in 2009. The project investigates what was so funny at the moment of the capture. No one in the picture remembers and the photographer (Kenji Oomori) does not want to speak about the past. The book consists of a conversation based on a series of letters between Yoshiko and Ditte from 2010-2014, that tells a contemporary life story from an earthquake afflicted Japan in the perspective of an 80 years old woman. During the years of the letters exchange, Ditte re-enacted the photo 22 times with different groups she belongs to around the world such as friends, colleagues, students and family.

About the Artist:
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen (b. 1977) is an artist, currently living and working in Aarhus, Denmark. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, 2004. Through a range of media, such as video, text, photography, drawing, and object-based installations, Lyngkær Pedersen examines the various ways in which we understand our identity and make sense of our surroundings. Her practice often revisits themes from science and theories of perception. Lyngkær Pedersen has taken part in several international residency programmes and exhibitions. She has furthermore been engaged in a number of long-term collectives and curatorial projects, including The Production Unit, HOMEWORK and the exhibition space rum46 in Aarhus.

dittelyngkaerpedersen.com

About the Publisher:
Galleri Image was founded in 1977 as the first gallery for photography in Scandinavia and for many years it was the only one of its kind in Denmark. During the years, it has gained international acknowledgement  for their exhibitions and Galleri Image has contributed significantly to the recognition of photography as an independent art form within visual culture.

galleriimage.dk

Vera y Victoria

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Vera y Victoria
Mar Sáez
André Frère Éditions
French and English

Text by Lara Moreno

 

Softcover
80 pages
165 x 218 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9791092265552

 

Vera confessed to Victoria that she was transexual the day they kissed for the first time. It was in a park. It did not change anything. For the four years that they were together, they loved each other as they had never loved anyone before. The book is a visual diary shot between 2012 and 2016 in which the author Mar Sáez portrayed the intimate universe of Vera and Victoria. A universe in which new facets of a relationship as intense as theirs come to the surface. No better or worse than anyone else.

About the Artist:
Mar Sáez (Murcia, Spain, 1983), a graduate in Psychology and Audiovisual Communication whose work deals with issues of identity, femininity and socio-cultural values. She began her career as a journalist. She combines her work as a freelance photographer with projects involving documentary photography and managing the cultural affairs side of things in Lens Escuela de Artes Visuales. Among other distinctions, she won the 2014 Lux Professional Photography Prize for documentary photography, and was ranked first in the 2013 University of Murcia Photography Prize and the 2013 Creajoven Visual Prize. In recent years, her work has been exhibited in Spain and the United States. She has published in the documentary photography magazine Ojo de Pez (2015).

marsaez.com

About the Publisher:
Founding partner and publisher at Images En Manœuvres Éditions, after winning the Nadar prize in 2011 with Jean Christian Bourcart for Camden, and the historical book prize in 2012 at the Rencontres d’Arles for Les livres de photographie d’Amérique Latine by Horacio Fernandez, André Frère starts his own publishing house in early 2013.

Stem form graphic arts and skilled as art director, André Frère always look after shapes, materials and graphic design in his productions, each book sticks to the photographer’s work, in order to serve it and to show it at best.

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Wannabe

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Wannabe
Elisa González Miralles
La Fabrica
English

 

Softcover, with silicon dustjacket
64 pages
190 x 280 mm.
2017
ISBN: 9788416248858

 

Wannabe is a photographic project about doll-like girls in Japanese culture —about the objectification of these women to serve societal customs that lead to android-like behaviours. It illustrates how people who grow up in a given culture unconsciously feel the need to follow a predetermined role. With this work, Elisa González Miralles aims to question how societal standards —not only in Japan, but elsewhere— constrain human behaviour and the development of identity. Questions that affect us all, especially considering the obsession with self-projection in today’s society.

The idea of Wannabe starts with a trip that the photographer made to Japan in 2002. At that time the author discovered the habit of “replacing” real women with these hyperrealistic dolls. In 2013, she returned to Japan with the idea of ​​doing work on those objects, but she encountered the paradox that women themselves adapted their shapes and even altered their physical appearance to become replicas of those artificial, anatomically and physically perfect products, but lacking in soul.

The photographs that compose the series Wannabe test the sharpness of the viewer being at times more than difficult to differentiate the images of real women from those that correspond to dolls. And to deepen this conflict, Gonzalez Miralles uses a symbolic element: the balloon fish, delicious and exclusive meat, but very dangerous if not prepared properly, because it contains a neurotoxic poison that causes muscle paralysis and death by asphyxiation. This fish represents, she says, “the unconscious of these women, who, doomed to meet social desires are necessary to meet the standard of beauty imposed slogans”.

About the Artist:
Elisa has a Masters in documentary photography from EFTI Madrid (2007). She received a grant from World Press Photo, Asian Europe Foundation and the Philippine Centre of Photo-journalism to take part in the Urban Youth project in Manila (Philippines, 2007), and participated in Darkside II in the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland, 2009). In 2009, Elisa founded the MADPHOTO academy (Madrid) together with fellow photographers Damián González and Manolo Yllera.

elisagonzalezmiralles.es

About the Publisher:
With the birth of PHotoEspaña festival, in 1998, La Fábrica began to publish great photography books: exhibition catalogues, authors collections and institutional books among others, to become, 20 years later, the Publisher of reference that is today. With more than 600 titles, La Fábrica is present in all markets of the world thanks to its international distribution, with a catalogue that gathers both classics of photography as the most restless and youngest authors on the international scene, also including books of art and literature.

lafabrica.com

Belfast Punk

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Belfast Punk: Warzone Centre 1997-2003
Ricky Adam
Damiani
English

Hardcover
176 pages
224 x 300 mm.
2017

The Warzone Collective began in 1984 in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland when a few local punks decided to consolidate their efforts and get their own venue, practice and social space. In 1986 the Collective opened its first premises in Belfast called Giros. It provided a vegetarian cafe, practice space, screen printing facilities, etc. Over time the space soon became a focal point for anarchists, punks and other forward thinking individuals. In 1991 the Collective moved to a larger and more ambitious venue, which is where all of the photographs in this book were taken. Over the years thousands of people passed through Giros’ doors and were exposed to some amazing bands, and new ideas. A strong D.I.Y. ethic defined the way gigs and events were organised. Over time, a recording studio, screen printing and photographic dark room facilities were set up, along with a vegetarian cafe. It didn’t have an alcohol license – Giros was an all ages venue. The ‘Warzone Centre’ or ‘The Centre’ as it was called by some, became the counter-cultural alternative hub for the greater Belfast area and beyond. Bands from all over the world came here to play. It soon became infamous as being one of the most credible venues in Europe for D.I.Y. punk. The photographs in this book were taken sporadically over the years somewhere between 1997 – 2003. A small window of time considering the Warzone Collective opened its first venue in 1986. Towards the end of 2003 the Centre closed for a number of different reasons, leaving a huge gap in radical Belfast culture. In 2011, the Warzone Centre reopened after an 8 year hiatus, in a different venue on the opposite side of town. It is still going strong today.

About the Artist:
Ricky Adam was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1974. He has been involved in the D.I.Y. punk community for many yearsand  has been Co-Editor/Photographer for ‘DIG BMX’ magazine for over 20 years. He has spent  years playing in bands and traveling all over the world taking photographs. Adam is rarely without a camera and over the years has built up a unique series of photographs. His work has been featured in many worldwide publications/record labels, some of which include: DIG BMX magazine, The Independent, Juxtapoz, Obey, Maximum Rock N’Roll, British Journal of Photography, Upper Playground, Hamburger Eyes, Dischord Records, Burning Heart Records. His work has also been exhibited in art shows throughout the world.

rickyadamphoto.com

About the Publisher:
Damiani was founded in May 2004 as the new publishing branch of the printing company, Grafiche Damiani, in Bologna. Damiani was set up in the 1950s to specialise in art and photography lithographic printing. Besides the projects concerning the unpublished activity by leading figures from the art and photography world, Damiani also constitutes an observatory of the new generations of international artists and of social phenomena, which meet with the solid architecture of accurately edited books, creating real art objects. Damiani’s current list of books cover a large range of subjects, including photography, architecture, design, reportage, pop culture, fashion, collecting and sports.

damianieditore.com

Funny Money

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Funny Money
Max Siedentopf
KesselsKramer Publishing
English

 

Hardcover
36 pages
130 x 70 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9789070478469

 

A lot of westerners and white Africans want to photograph the locals in Africa. Unfortunately, the truth is that they rarely want to document the reality of the person in front of them, rather they want a photo that reinforces their ‘idea’ of a stereotypical ‘African’. It is common place for photographers to pay these people for a photo, this gives them the power to instruct their subject on how they want to portray them; simultaneously turning the photo into a lie that exploits the individual, their culture, their tribal history and perpetuates derogatory stereotypes. The temptation of easy money (in countries where poverty is rife) is why these people usually agree to pose for the photos as dictated by wealthy westerners. They rarely get the opportunity to pose for a photo as ‘themselves’, the way they would choose to be seen if they were asked.

Max Siedentopf is a white Namibian who now lives in the Netherlands. On his last visit home he took 100 Euros and exchanged it for 1700 Namibian dollars. He asked locals if he could take their photo, if they wanted money in return Max let them name their price without any bargaining. They were free to pose any way they liked. His only request was that the money had to be part of the photo so that the ambitions and transactions that inspired the image were clear. How they were portrayed was completely up to them and he didn’t direct the photo in any way. The series was finished when Max ran out of money. This book shows how much fun and photos 100 Euros will get you in Namibia.

About the Artist:
Max Siedentopf grew up in Windhoek, Namibia and continued to live and work in Berlin and Los Angeles and currently resides in Amsterdam. He works across a wide range of mediums including sculpture, film, photography, publishing and bad jokes.

maxsiedentopf.com

About the Publisher:
KesselsKramer is a company which aspires to do things differently in the field of communications. KesselsKramer Publishing is an extension of this restless attitude. In images and words, it finds new ways of expressing creativity through printed matter. All KesselsKramer Publishing projects are initiated by the creative thinkers of KesselsKramer. Each book or magazine expresses their personal passions, whether that passion is a collection of found photographs, short stories or a celebration of unusual artworks.

kesselskramerpublishing.com

Tales of Lipstick and Virtue

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Tales of Lipstick and Virtue
Anna Ehrenstein
Editions Bessard

 

Hardcover
Includes signed print
160 x 225 mm.
2017
ISBN: 9791091406574

 

Authenticity has always been a central question in discussions concerning society. It is continuing to gain importance with the emergence of new phenomena such as fake news, alternative facts and instant online control possibilities. However, our definition of an authentic being or an authentic object and our understanding of how the two relate to each other tend to differ, often in line with cultural and geographical variance despite our global connections.
The photographic element of this multidisciplinary work consists of portraits in Albania and figurative fake-stills of brand imitations and counterfeit luxury out of the studio. They are what we call an imitation, a fake or a bootleg. How is a fake defined in contemporary society ? And what reasons do people have to interact with these objects? Can they be judged by their materiality or does their presence as imitations confine them to a shallow world of the pseudo-luxury ?
The dictionary definition of the word ‘imitation’ states; it is a (inferior) forgery of a precious material. Given that the imitation may be produced in the same factory, by the same methods, using the same material, only the label determines what is the original or the copy. In that case, when only a corporation or the state decide which object to authorise and sell for a tremendously higher amount of money – would not the action of engaging with the unauthorised object be more authentic than with the licensed object to please a capitalistic machinery that does not care too much about the consumer ?

“The profession of almost every man, even that of the artist, begins with hypocrisy,” Nietzsche writes, “with an imitation from without, with a copying of what is most effective.” The boundaries between an original and an imitation are invariably fluid and may even be as obsolete as the separation of nature and artifice.

About the Artist:
Anna Ehrenstein (b. 1993) is an artist based in Germany with Albanian heritage. She studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Dortmund and is living and working in Berlin. Her practice focuses on lens-based arts, especially photography, but she also works in Video or Installation and Performance. What interests her most are visualisations of contemporary issues, to which a broad audience can relate. In radicalising and exaggerating different aesthetics, while taking inspiration from mass media and everyday life she tries to show different angles in a current process of reflection. Her main focus lies on topics like class, gender representation, sexuality and the impact of authorities, for example regarding police brutality.

annaehrenstein.com

About the Publisher:
Editions Bessard is a Paris based independent publishing house created by Pierre Bessard in 2011. Focusing on working with artists, writers and curators to realise intellectually challenging projects in book form.

editionsbessard.com

In Almost Every Picture 7

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In Almost Every Picture 7
Erik Kessels and Joep Eijkens
KesselsKramer Publishing
English

 

Softcover
Updated Anniversary version, with 8 new shots
144 pages
155 x 200 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9789070478452

 

For 80 years Ria van Dijk has been bang on target. To mark this impressive milestone in almost every picture #7 has been re-released in 2016 in the form of a special anniversary edition with eight new shots and an exhibition in Tilburg.

Ria van Dijk shot her first photo at the Tilburg fair in 1936 when she was 16 years old. It started at in Ria’s hometown of Tilburg, but throughout the years she followed the fair from town to town. It became a tradition and Ria continued shooting (guns and photos) year after year. And the bullseye is that Ria kept every single photo as if they were her trophies.

In 2008 Erik Kessels and Joep Eijkens collected Ria’s photographs in the book in almost every picture #7.  In 2016 Ria returned to the fair and shot on July 22nd her 80th photo at the opening of the Tilburgse Kermis. For the occasion, KesselsKramer and City Marketing Tilburg published this celebratory updated edition of in almost every picture #7.

About the Artist:
Erik Kessels (1966) is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with a particular interest in photography, and creative director of KesselsKramer, an advertising agency in Amsterdam. Kessels and Johan Kramer established the “legendary and unorthodox” KesselsKramer in 1995, and KesselsKramer Publishing, their Amsterdam-based publishing house, both of which they continue to run.
He is “best known as a book publisher specialising in absurdist found photography”, extensively publishing his and others’ found and vernacular photography. Notable works include the long-running series Useful Photography, which he edits with others, and his own In Almost Every Picture.

About the Publisher:
KesselsKramer is a company which aspires to do things differently in the field of communications. KesselsKramer Publishing is an extension of this restless attitude. In images and words, it finds new ways of expressing creativity through printed matter. All KesselsKramer Publishing projects are initiated by the creative thinkers of KesselsKramer. Each book or magazine expresses their personal passions, whether that passion is a collection of found photographs, short stories or a celebration of unusual artworks.

kesselskramerpublishing.com