© Matt Eich
– Photolucida just announced the finalists for their annual competition Critical Mass and the list is lonnnnnggggg. I’m still going through googling all the names because there are a lot of photographers I’ve never heard of but the work this year looks as great as always. Past winners include Amy Stein, Céline Clanet, Peter van Agtmael and Sage Sohier. Congratulations to all the finalists!
– Joerg Colberg announced on his Conscientious blog the other day that he and photographer Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann have started a new publishing company under the name Meier und Müller. The first book they produced is of Marroquín Winkelmann’s beautiful series Conditions. The preview of the book is making me drool, I can’t believe the design. I’ve been a fan of Marroquín Winkelmann’s work for a while now and Joerg has consistently had the best photography related blog on the internet, I think this new imprint will be a powerhouse of book publishing.
– Paul Schiek announced on Facebook this morning the early details for the third subscription series for his publishing company TBW Books.
The four artists in this Series: Mark Steinmetz, Elaine Stocki, Dru Donovan and Katy Grannan, produced books that demonstrate the dialogue created between disparate bodies of work to an uncanny degree. We were completely surprised and thrilled to realize the connections and metanarrative that flows through all four books and can’t wait to bring them to you.
Also, stay tuned for the new TBW Books site, to be launched next week!
I unfortunately missed the first series of books but #2 featuring the work of Todd Hido, Abner Nolan, Marianne Mueller and Alec Soth was fantastic. I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this years Mark Steinmetz edition.
– Daniel Augschoell is one of the creators of Ahorn Magazine, one of the best online photography publications. His recent series I Am The River Down The Valley, about the Pfitsch-Valley on the border between Italy and Austria, has some really beautiful images in it. Check it out as well as his other projects here.
– Noah Beil is a photographer from San Francico. Earlier this year he put out a wonderful little book called This Is Not My Sky, which quickly sold out. I was lucky to get a copy and it is one of my favorites of the year. It is beautifully hand made by Noah and is a true testament to what a self published book can be. He was recently asked by Laurence Vecten to contribute to Publish It Yourself an exhibition going up in Paris in September and he is creating a new book for the occasion. He has made some recent posts on his blog about the bookmaking process that are more than worth a read. Check them out here.
– I was flipping through this weeks New York Times Magazine and came across this beautiful photo essay from Pieter Hugo called A Global Graveyard for Dead Computers in Ghana. I like this work a lot more than Hugo’s most recent Nollywood series which had many beautiful images but for me lacked the emotional quality of Hugo’s earlier work. Take a look.
Home is a place of memories. It is where I have my roots.
It is a place I keep returning to. If I want to learn more about myself
and the world I live in, this is where I look – in my own backyard. The place where my personality was shaped and dreams were built.
© Jacob Aue Sobol
© Ayala Gazit
– For my first post for the blog I’d like to call attention to my friend Ayala Gazit’s entry for this years Photography Book Now competition hosted by Blurb. The work takes on the story of Ayala’s brother whom she never met because of his suicide in 1996. The images are striking, for me bringing to mind the work of Alessandra Sanguinetti, and the story that unravels from the mix of family photographs and letters is emotional to say the least. A while back when discussing the project, Ayala asked “How do you sell death?”, my answer to her now would be to not make the project about death per se but more of a “celebration of life” and that is exactly what she does with Was It A Dream. Please take a look here and if you like the work vote for her for the Peoples Choice selection.