– Got an email from one of my favorite stores Printed Matter yesterday announcing the launch of a new zine by critic and curator Vince Aletti. I’ve only had a chance to look through Vince’s last publishing project Male while at Dashwood but its been on my list to buy for a while. Like Male this new zine is compiled by pictures from Vince’s personal collection, this time focusing on multiple archetypes from sailors and leather-jacketed rough trade to fresh-faced lettermen and nascent movie stars. It is being published by ELK, a press run by artist Jocko Weyland, who had this to say about the zine:
Poetic pairings as aphrodisiac, unspooling like a visually syncopated scrapbook of young male pulchritude. Dudes who were cool and looked cool without trying too hard. Blue-collar, white ethnic, from another time and place, and with an air of un-self-consciousness woefully missing in this day and age. The taboo and suppression of the era mixed with the thinly veiled and sometimes completely unmasked homoerotic nature of these striking portraits evinces a different world that burbled beneath mainstream society prior to today’s anodyne homogenization on one hand and muscle queen grotesquerie on the other. At play is a refreshing almost wholesome lubricity that pays tribute to decidedly not cheesy handsomeness in all its iterations. Pomade and brilliantine abound, as do moles, salient collarbones, strong necks, smooth chests, hairy chests, shiny backs, nice biceps, heavy brows, wide lips, Roman noses, and dark eyes. The opposite of perfect, and that’s a big part of their appeal and what makes them perfect… Kustom Kar Kommandos, Caravaggio, Tom of Finland, and the less baroque side of George Platt Lynes all come to mind, but more universally this is a celebration of eternal male attractiveness.
Be sure to stop by Printed Matter this Saturday the 18th for the launch and signing from 5-7pm.
– I’ve been really in love with the work of Susan Worsham lately. Her series Some Fox Trails in Virginia, whose title comes from a book written by her father’s ancestor, is “a metaphorical map, of the rediscovered paths of my childhood home,” as she explains in her statement for the work. Through a consistent and beautiful use of color, Susan tells the story of her childhood experience through the people who now reside in the places she once did. My favorite part of her statement “I photographed the house in which I grew up. The man that lives there now houses snakes in my father’s old office, and rests them in my old bedroom, while he changes their cages. My mother always promised that there were no snakes in my room, and now that she is gone, there are.” tells it all.
Be sure to also check out her newest body of work By The Grace of God about the kindness of strangers in the South. See more work here.
© Alec Soth
– Getting ready for his first career retrospective opening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, photographer Alec Soth sat down with Bartholomew Ryan to discuss his new body of work Broken Manual as well as book publishing and blogging. This is the first real look into Broken Manual, as Alec has been keeping it very secret and I can’t wait to see the full series when it is published by Steidl later this year. Read the interview here.
As well as Broken Manual, Alec has four other book projects coming out soon, including the catalogue for his exhibition at the Walker Art Center From Here to There, his collaboration with photographer John Gossage The Auckland Project, his commissioned project for the Brighton Photo Biennial Brighton Picture Hunt, another collaboration this time with photographer Catherine Opie for fashion house Rodarte, and lastly Ash Wednesday, New Orleans created from his NY Times series The Continental Picture Show. Needless to say it is going to be a very busy Fall/Winter for my favorite photographer.
© 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.