Orchard – Collaborative Journals by Raymond Meeks

I had the pleasure one afternoon of meeting Kevin Messina who publishes artists books under the Silas Finch imprint. Kevin was generous enough to spend some time showing me the Orchard series of books, each by Raymond Meeks and a different artist. Deborah Luster, Wes Mills and Mark Steinmetz have been collaborators. I came across these books on my visit to Les… Continue reading Orchard – Collaborative Journals by Raymond Meeks

Shomei Tomatsu (1930 – 2012)

It was announced earlier today that acclaimed postwar Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu died in Okinawa on December 14, 2012. Tomatsu was a founding member of the influential Vivo photography collective in 1959 and mentor to successive generations of younger Japanese photographers. Best known for his post atomic bomb images of Nagasaki, Tomatsu’s work seeks to… Continue reading Shomei Tomatsu (1930 – 2012)

The Photobook: Turn the Page Please

Recently, I’ve been struck by the different ways that photobooks are being presented in exhibitions and reading rooms. In the past, it was really simple to distinguish a venue by the manner in which a photobook was encountered. If the books could be picked up and held, then it was a bookshop or library; if… Continue reading The Photobook: Turn the Page Please

How to Make a Photobook [Like Edward Curtis]

All photographs from The Library of Congress Edward S. Curtis Collection Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition, October 9, 2012. I heard it as a Dreamscape Media audiobook. This artist called himself, “A stenographer of the… Continue reading How to Make a Photobook [Like Edward Curtis]

Hidden Dangers: Japanese Photobooks in the Shadow of Fukushima

No stranger to the horrific health consequences caused by nuclear radiation, the Japanese people were plunged into a state of national uncertainty and fear on March 11, 2011 when a devastating earthquake and tsunami severely damaged northern Tohoku and its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As the population was reeling from reports of extreme structural… Continue reading Hidden Dangers: Japanese Photobooks in the Shadow of Fukushima

Violentology

Today Stephen Ferry, a man I often describe as a "legendarily charismatic ICP faculty member*", stopped by ICP to present the library with his new - remarkable - book titled Violentology. I have not had time to read it yet, but a perusal of it then with him, and more after the library was locked… Continue reading Violentology

New Yorker Magazine highlights 10×10 Japanese Photobooks

Maria Lokke of the New Yorker interviewed several 10x10 specialists and shared their comments in yesterday's Photo Booth blog. ICP's Deirdre Donohue and Christopher Phillips offered insights into their selection process. Check out the complete article at http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2012/09/10x10-japanese-photobooks.html#slide_ss_0=1

10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room – September 28-30 from 3-9 PM

Please join us this evening from 7 - 9 PM at the opening reception  for the 10x10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room. ICP – Bard MFA Studio Space 24-20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Long Island City (Across the street from MoMA PS1 and the New York Art Book Fair) Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30,… Continue reading 10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room – September 28-30 from 3-9 PM

10×10 Reading Room (Day 10): Akio Nagasawa / BLD Gallery

10x10 Japanese Photobooks As part of 10x10 Japanese Photobooks, a pop-up reading room of 100 Japanese photobooks at the ICP-Bard MFA Studios from September 28-30, 2012 and an online resource space at Photo(o)lia, Monsters & Madonnas features one 10x10 reading room specialist per day. Reading room and online contributors have each been asked to suggest… Continue reading 10×10 Reading Room (Day 10): Akio Nagasawa / BLD Gallery

10×10 Reading Room (Day 9): Kunihiro Takahashi / Tosei sha

10x10 Japanese Photobooks As part of 10x10 Japanese Photobooks, a pop-up reading room of 100 Japanese photobooks at the ICP-Bard MFA Studios from September 28-30, 2012 and an online resource space at Photo(o)lia, Monsters & Madonnas features one 10x10 reading room specialist per day. Reading room and online contributors have each been asked to suggest… Continue reading 10×10 Reading Room (Day 9): Kunihiro Takahashi / Tosei sha