Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bert Danckaert - Simple Present

This is the most comprehensive collection to date of Bert Danckaerts ongoing series of found-urban/still-life/stages. (See Simple Present Beijing). Though maybe not immediately apparent, Berts work draws simultaneously on the history of color-field painting, mass culture, globalization, the ready-made object and documentary photography. Seems like a-lot to cram into one sentence, especially when the work looks so simple. But, as he moves with ease between back alleys of Hong Kong and Ikea parking lots of London, we are presented with the paradox, as Inge Henneman calls it, "in which the complex meaning and metaphor which can be found in the utter non-figurative simplicity."

The 86 images in the book draw from 18 cities on four continents from 2007-2013. This book accompanies a new collaboration with the Roberto Polo Gallery and the show No Exit from 2013.
It is a large hard-bound, 178 oages, 86 color images.

The book is published by Lannoo, 2013
You can get one here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

STOP! ACHTUNG! wrong date for JO! its tomorrow..

my last post was wrong, the opening with Jo is tomorrow, Thursday the 6th, and not tonight!

still hope to see you, just one day later....

HABOOB at JoVanDeLoo in Munich

I have a show opening at the gallery JoVanDeLoo in Munich. Images from HIGLEY and HABOOB will be up until March 8th.

Here is a link to an article on Hippolyte Bayard.

The opening is on thursday, Feb. 6th at 6pm
Thereseinstrasse 18, Munich

from HABOOB, 2012

from HIGLEY, 2006

a violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, bringing sand from the desert. from Arabic habüb “blowing furiously”. 
Andrew Phelps’ HIGLEY, published to widespread critical acclaim in 2007, documented the sudden material ‘progress’ of Higley, Arizona, a farming community transformed by the booming housing market of the American West. As Higley traded its farmlands for subdivisions, its community was seemingly on the verge of a new American Dream.

What HIGLEY helped to reveal, however, is that photography is often poor at showing the truth and even worse at predicting the future. With HABOOB, a new exposé of the financial meltdown and housing crash engulfing Higley after 2008, Andrew Phelps’ new work uncovers the facade, instability, and vulnerability of capitalism when it goes unchecked.

The East Valley is famous for destructive summer sandstorms called haboobs, which are caused by warm air cooling in the evening, dropping fast and forcing masses of hot sand into the air. As Higley’s vision of the new American Dream recedes, the haboob is a fitting metaphor, representing the fear and instability that have become so prevalent in the US urban middle class.
After betting its future on the promise of easy growth and sub-prime interest rates, this new HABOOB has trapped Higley in a social and economic no-man’s land. As the facade of a once utopian, homogenous vision fades, its identity is again being reformed, reshaped.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Paul Kranzler - Brut

I was surprised to see I haven't posted about this book yet, its almost embarrassing. BRUT is not only beautiful and the special editions well worth the money, Paul is one of my best friends. Paul is not afraid of getting up-close and personal, its just that usually he is up-close and personal to others; check out Tom for the personal story of a young man coming of age and it doesn't get much closer than Land of Milk and Honey. But, his book BRUT from 2011 is  the first time Paul is close to home and to his own family. As with all of his work until now, it is an eclectic mix of still-lives, landscapes and of course his signature portrait style which can be brutal and poetic at the same time; hard love maybe. Paul travels the country visiting friends and family and shows us the intricacies of what it means to belong to a collective clan.

Of course Paul has a better presentation than I do.

Published by the Fotohof edition in 2011,
160 pages, 80 bw/color photos

The Fotohof book+print edition is available here. It is a choice of 3 different images from the book, edition of 12.

AND be sure to check out the BRUT app available for you iPad or Iphone 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Birgitta Lund - The Garden Print/Book ready to ship!

I got to hang out with Birgitta and most of the POC crew last week in Normandy and along with lots of poker and big meals, we pushed alot of interesting projects back and forth across the table. AND Birgitta signed the books and prints for the edition we just did together. The Garden is signed and ready to ship!

The ICP just put it on their "best of" list for 2013 as well...

Get all the details here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A new Buffet Edition. Birgitta Lund - The Garden

Just in time for the holidays, we just made a new Special Edition book/print with Birgitta Lund and her latest book The Garden

The book has just been listed by the Wall Street Journal as a hot tip for the holidays, so this one with a print can only be better!

Please visit the Buffet Edition page to see the details.

The Garden, plus special edition Archival Pigment print 27x38 cm, edition of 30

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anais López, Eva Smallegange - Only in Burundi

Yes, I just Googled Burundi...go ahead, I'm sure you want to as well...
The photographer Anais López and writer Eva Smallegange spent 2 years traveling and documenting the everyday life in what is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world. There goal was to make a book telling stories of the average day to day lives of the people who live there, concentrating on the phenomenon that nothing can get done in Burundi unless you know the right people. So much of what we do as documentary photographers is based on help with networking which we get from the people we meet along the way; there story exemplifies this phenomenon. 

They start with a man named Koky who enlightens them to the ways of getting things done which includes a different set of systems and "currencies" than what we are used to. Bottles of Fanta, phone credit-chips, bars of chocolate and even "hours of dancing" are all recorded in detail. By networking back and forth, using the system of "I know someone who knows someone..." they are able to make remarkable chapters come together which tell the stories of stonecutters, soldiers, priests, a detective and yes even the President of Burundi.

It is a very complex book with foldout poster-maps and legends describing the usage of different "currencies" .
It is surprising to find that the book has almost 300(!) pages but feels quite light; it is based on the form of a bible, the only book which most Burundi have at home, so the pages are very thin, but just keep coming and coming wiht about 90 color photographs and several very interesting stories.

Here is more to see.

If you are in NY there is a lecture series at Photoville where Anais will present the book, here a link.
And here is a link to see the book as a video and all the details where to order.

I highly recommended you get this one, there are about 1000 printed but I think they are going fast.