By | Photobooks

Elisa González Miralles
La Fabrica


Softcover, with silicon dustjacket
64 pages
190 x 280 mm.
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.


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.


Funny Money

By | Photobooks

Funny Money
Max Siedentopf
KesselsKramer Publishing


36 pages
130 x 70 mm.
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.


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.


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