Copyright Douglas Stockdale 2014, self-published Pine Lake
As a book artist and photobook specialist, this is the time of year that I provide kudo’s to all of the photographers, photobook designers, photobook publishers and the book artists who use photography as a part of their creative medium. .
What came as a very pleasant surprise is when the amazing NYC book designer Elizabeth Avedon (yes, a familiar last name to those following photography over the years) selected my artist book Pine Lake as one of her Best Photography Books of 2014. A total surprise as this is a very limited edition artist book (edition of 25 plus 2 A/P’s) and thus I am assuming not many have actually held or seen this.
What a sweet ending to the year and which reminds me that I need to get my butte back into gear and finish my next limited edition book Bluewater Shore, the second of the three photo-narratives planned for this series.
copyright Alejandro Cartagena, 2014 self-published – Carpoolers
Earlier today I posted the five photobooks that I had selected for Emaho magazine’s list of Interesting Photo Books for 2014. Since this short list was a bit daunting, I have made a broader selection to post on my photobook review blog, The PhotoBook.
So check it out to see which additional photographers and photobook titles I have chosen as Interesting Photobooks for 2014! https://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/interesting-photobooks-for-2014/
Copyright Ed Templeton 2014
As a photobook reviewer for Emaho magazine, I was asked by the Editor & Founder, Manik Katyal to provide my list of five Interesting Photobooks for 2014. This is pretty daunting as there were a number of awesome & brilliant photobooks published this year.
My list of five are:
Kate Nolan – Neither, self-published (Ireland)
Laia Abril – The Epilogue, published by Dewi Lewis (Spain/UK)
Ed Templeton – Random & Pointless, published by Deadbeat Club (SoCal/USA)
Julia Borissova – Running to the Edge, self-published (Russia)
Paula McCartney – A Field Guide to Snow and Ice published by Silas Finch (USA)
I was also joined by 14 other intentionally known photobook specialist including Martin Parr.
Copyright the photographers 2014 published by LensWork Publishing
I am very honored to announce that Brooks Jensen has selected one of images from the In Passing project that was published in the #74 edition of LensWork to include in his latest book Looking at Photographs.
Brooks Jensen is the Editor and Publisher of the LensWork journal and almost exclusively is focusing on Black and White photography. The bi-monthly journal is released concurrently in a print edition and a DVD that contains additional portfolios and audio interviews of the artist by Jensen.
He also publishes a series of blog posts that provide extensive homilies about a singular image from the LensWork journal portfolios, which Jensen has collected and becomes the source of this book. Jensen’s photographic essays are sequenced alphabetically as to the photographer work that he is discussing.
I have posted a expanded article about this book on The PhotoBook.
untitled (Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale.
This month, the informal group known as the Photographers Exchange had a slight change of venue within the Irvine Fine Art Center. Instead of using one of the art classrooms, we had an opportunity to use the open space of the gallery and take advantage of the more informal setting. Personally, I thought that this was a great location for our group as it worked really well while discussing the photographic projects that were being presented.
Admittedly, it was a bit tight in the front for the usually five print stands and lights, but it worked. With some more tweaks, it could be a great location and I hope that we can take advantage of this space again.
As usual, there was a pretty diverse range of photographic projects being shared, some of which were interesting enough that the process stalled a bit, such that not everyone had an opportunity to discuss their projects. So a bunch of folks will carry over to the April meeting, since next month is the annual print exchange, see below.
For the March print exchange, it’s fairly simple, but we still find a way to make it into an interesting mess. Basic rule, you bring one photograph (matted or unmatted, but not framed) to exchange with the others and you leave with some ele’s photographic print. It’s how the prints get exchanged that get’s messy, but we usually have a lot of fun. Also it’s pizza and soft drink night, while someone also brings a plateful or two of cookies (the best part).
Last night I had a chance to get squeezed into the last discussion of the evening to show prints and the book dummy (maquette) for my next limited edition self-published book Bluewater Shore. nice.
Copyright Frank Cancian 2013 published by Delta 3 Edizioni
An anthropologist by training and a photographer as a passion, these two elements were fused together in 1957 when Frank Cancian investigated a small Italian hill-top community located east of Naples. This body of work could also pass for a photojournalist story found in either LIFE or LOOK magazines of this same period.
As a trained observer of culture and society, Cancian did not remain aloof and at a distance, but directly interacted with his subjects, catching them in self-reflection as well as allowing them to boldly face his lens. For a small Italian town, an Italian-American stranger with a camera was an oddity, thus his presence was conspicuous. Nevertheless, over time he was able to blend in and become more of an objective observer.
The book is divided into four sections; The Town, The Piazza, Procession of Our Lady of Graces and The Farm, all important elements to life in this region. The double page spread of a wedding progression as it snakes along the hilltop road winding through the town is beautifully composed. The light drizzle adds an interesting atmospheric effect. Cancian includes in the edge of the frame in the foreground a small knot of townspeople who although are not part of the wedding procession, are still very interested in the local event.
The hardcover book has an image wrap cover, with the texts in both Italian and English. The essays were provided by Franco Arminio, Rocco Pagnatiello and Frank Cancian. As Cancian is a member of the Photographers Exchange and a first generation American who family had emigrated from Italy, thus this is also part autobiographical story.
I am very thrilled to announce the publication of my hand made artist book Pine Lake. It is a semi-fictional narrative about a multi-generational summer rite. The fishing trip.
I recently discovered some family photographs of my grandfathers fishing, a passion of which was unknown to me. These small, worn photographs are talismans for the lost memories and stories of my family and led me to created this artist book to tell a story of what might have been. This artist book is part of my on-going series that investigates memory and its preservation.
It is presented in a style reminiscent of a promotional processing book common in the 1960′s produced by Kodak and Ansco, which could be purchase with a film processing order. The book is accompanied by a small collection of preserved ephemera.
Pine Lake is produced in a Limited Edition of 25, with a price of $100.00 USD per book.
The stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographs with a printed and hand inscribed cover, hand assembled with metal prong binding, and contained inside a hand inscribed poly zip-lock bag with three pieces of ephemera; fishing stamp, fishing notice & a section of fishing line with small weight. The book and ephemera are housed in a custom made wood frame with a printed cover and an elastic band closure.
Exterior size is 8 1/2″ x 10″ x 7/16″ (210 mm x 250mm x 100mm)
The photographic images are anonymous and are from my private collection.
10 x 10 American Photobooks, selection by Douglas Stockdale
Over the weekend, the second phase of the 10 x 10 American Photobooks reading room project was provided at the PGH Photo Fair held at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace (Braddock, PA). This is a continuation of a photobook project that was started in 2012 on Facebook, for which 10 curators chose 10 photobooks created by Japanese photographers. For 2013, the 10 x 10 emphasis was placed on American photographers, but limited to books that were published since 1985. There are two groups of curators, those who selected photobooks in which the photobook would be available as a physical object, to be held, read, and time spent at a venue called the reading room. The second group of curators, one of which I was fortunate to be a member of, made their selection of 10 photobooks and provided links on their web site. I had posted my selection of 10 photobooks on my blog The Photobook. which includes links to the reviews of almost all of the books I selected.
The reading room photobooks are now being packed for the final installation at the Tokyo Institute of Photography (Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan), which will take place September 11 thru October 6yh (2013).
On December 1, 2012, Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) will present the 2012 Open Show, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition of the very best emerging contemporary art. The 2012 Open Show is juried by Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA).
Distinct by design, LAAA’s annual Open Show has developed into one of the most potent survey exhibitions of emerging art.
The opening reception is from 6 to 9pm on December 1, 2012 and runs through January 4, 2013 at LAAA’s Gallery 825.
Featured artists include:
Ted Andersen, Robert Boyd, Gary Frederick Brown, Ellen Cantor, Philippe Chambon, Charles Christopher, Joy
Curtis, Pam Dixon, Jeanne Dunn, Frances Elson, Jeanie Frias, Tina Frugoli, Josh Geyer, Matthew Miles Grayson,
Michael Griesgraber, Chong Hahn, Cindy Jackson, Caroline P.M. Jones, Motoko Kamada, Niku Kashef, Susan T.
Kurland, Sandra E. Lauterbach, Echo Lew, Heather J. Lowe, Matthew Marchand, Luigia Martelloni, Avery Mazor,
Crystal Michaelson, Rodney Millar, Tanya Nolan, Joanne Patterson, Karen Pendergrass, Osceola Refetoff, Alain
G. Roger, Joy J. Rotblatt, Larisa Safaryan, Samantha Senack, Cory Sewelson, Kathy B. Shapiro, Karen Sikie, Lisa
C. Soto, Fabrice Spies, Susan Swihant, Jane Szabo, Guillermo Valentin, Sasha vom Dorp, Jenny Wiener, Michael
Reception: 6-9pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012
Location: Gallery 825 – 825 North La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles 90069
The 2012 Open Show runs through January 4, 2013.
For more information, visit http://www.laaa.org or call 310.652.8272.
By Jim McKinniss
Lest I Forget – Ciociaria copyright Douglas Stockdale
I am very happy to announce that my photograph “Lest I Forget” from my Ciociaria project and photobook, was curated into the December group exhibition at the Orange County Contemporary Center for Art (OCCCA).
The exhibition will have two opening, the first is this Saturday, December 1st, from 6pm to 10 pm and the second will be on January 5th, 2013, also from 6pm to 10 pm.
A very nice way to finish the year! (and of course, to start the new year) My thanks to the curator, Jeff Alu.
BTW, the Ciociaria trade edition as well as Limited Edition book + print are still available from both photo-eye and Ampersand Gallery.