Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paris and PARIS PHOTO



I'm in Paris next week and will be hanging out at PARIS PHOTO, Offprint and more...back in AK early December...will be signing my new bookwork - How Humans Made God - at PARIS PHOTO, Superlabo booth, Thursday 13, 5-6pm and Sunday 16, 2 -3pm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Harvey Benge - Victory of the Trivial, at galerie spree, Paris


Harvey Benge - Victory of the Trivial, No12, 2008
 Opening tonight and running until December 31st galerie spree in Paris will be showing my Victory of the Trivial series. These table top still life images were made from items purchased from a local $2 shop (1 Euro or US 99 cents). My intention was to make something out of nothing.



Galerie spree, 11 rue lavieuville, 75018, Paris

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fotobookfestival - Kassel, June 4 -7, 2015



The seventh edition of the Kassel Fotobookfestival will take place June 4 to 7 next year. In this edition the spotlight will be on the bookworks of Martin Parr. With an output of over 80 books of his own work plus 30 works that Parr has edited it's going to be a Parr book-lovers paradise. So many books, so little time.

You can go to the Kassel Fotobookfestival site HERE. And Martin Parr's site HERE.





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mark Power Reports


I have admired and respected Brighton based photographer Mark Power's work ever since I saw, back in 1997, his beautifully realized series and bookwork The Shipping Forecast. Now, many books and projects later, Mark has produced his first self-published book Die Mauer ist Weg!
Mark talks about the book in his first ever newsletter which arrived in my mail box this morning.

 I’m about to release my first self-published book, 'Die Mauer ist Weg!', under my new imprint, Globtik Books. As many of you already know, I was in Berlin by mistake when the Wall fell and, after a quarter of a century, I’ve finally got around to publishing a book. Released on November 9th, the day of the 25th anniversary, the book can be ordered directly from my website bookshop. If you pre-order before the 9th you’ll get it for the reduced price of £25 (plus postage). On and after the release date it’ll cost £30. I should perhaps also mention that there are just 1,000 copies, and I’ve had a lot of pre-orders. This does, I realise, sound like blatant sales-speak, but I thought you should know.



Mark also talks about several other projects he's been working on...

Mark Power - THE CITY OF SIX TOWNS

Mark Power - POSTCARD FROM AMERICA

Mark Power - PEACEHAVEN (HOMES FIT FOR HEROES)

Mark Power's website is packed with wonderful material and well worth a look HERE.


Friday, October 24, 2014

PARIS PHOTO - Artist's books and photography



For Paris Photo Sebastian Hau and Pierre Hourquet have curated an exhibition of art books published between the 1960s and today, all of which which emphasize photography. Since the release of “Twenty-six Gasoline Stations” in 1963 by the American artist Edward Ruscha, the reproduction of photographic images is one of the preferred media for numerous international artists such as Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, Hans-Peter Feldmann and many others. This new type of book, whether a multiple object, a limited edition or unlimited publication, directly designed by the authors, has been adopted and taken up since the 1980s by photographers and contemporary artists such as Richard Prince, Christopher Wool, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sophie Calle, Mike Kelley, Gerhard Richter, Christian Marclay or Anselm Kiefer.

There are 75 books in the exhibition, you can see the complete list on line HERE.

John Baldessari - Brutus Killed Caesar, 1976

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Richard Prince Sucks - artnet news writer Paddy Johnson tells it like it is

 
Richard Prince - New Portraits, installation view. Photo: Paddy Johnson

It's refreshing to read Paddy Johnson's review on artnet news of Richard Prince's Gagosian NYC show and discover a critic who refuses to slip into empty adoring description and is not afraid to say what she thinks.

Richard Prince has taken over the Gagosian showroom located behind their bookstore on Madison Avenue. He's filled the space with 38 portraits, each 65 by 48 inches, taken from his Instagram feed. It's a stark room populated by Internet pages, printed on canvas, enlarged, and hung tightly together. The most remarkable feature of the show is that the printouts are reflected perfectly in Gagosian's shiny floor. Thin offerings for anyone who is in possession of a brain.

Among the Instagram posts Prince has selected are topless images of models (including Cara Stricker), artists posing suggestively (including Kay Goldberg), and salacious portraits of celebrities known for being pretty (including Pamela Anderson, Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger, and Kate Moss). Underneath the images and comments, Prince shares his thoughts...
He writes under young singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira's portrait of herself in the passenger seat of a red sports car: “Enjoyed the ride today. Let's do it again. Richard."

This kind of sexism isn't okay, and in this exhibition it's pervasive. 

You can read the complete review on artnet news HERE. And go to the artnet news site HERE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

René Burri, 1933 - 2014 RIP

 

Swiss photographer René Burri known for his photos of major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century died on Monday aged 81. Burri was a member of Magnum Photos and has been photographing political, military and artistic figures and scenes since 1946. He has made portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso as well as iconic pictures of São Paulo and Brasília.

René Burri was born in Switzerland in 1933 where he learned to play with his father’s camera. By the time he was 20, he was already a trained photographer of the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts and began documenting life as a cadet during his two years in military service.
Only after this did he have some contact with formal photography studios and starting his own projects. Before long he was published in French magazine Science & Vie and embarked on a trip to Paris to personally show his work to Magnum Photos.
David Seymour co-founder of Magnum was so impressed that he made Burri an associate member of the agency and arranged further assignments for him.

René Burri was a master of colour as well as black and white photography, one of the great figures of 20th century photography”. A true gentleman, he will be sorely missed.

When in 2007 I made my bookwork A Short History of Photography I asked a number of the photographers to sign their pages. The book included a tribute to René Burri's famous picture of the men on the roof made in São Paulo, Brazil in 1960. René graciously wrote: Dear Harvey, some of us are luckier than others, you got a woman between two men, I had to "deal" with four men on a roof!! Thanks, René Burri.

René Burri - São Paulo, 1960