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

One Sunday Afternoon

This spring the two ICP Teen Academy sections of Photo II in Black-and-White: Developing a Narrative spent a Sunday afternoon at the ICP Library preparing for their final productions, which were to be photobooks! The instructors, Lesly Deschler-Canossi and Jaime Schlesinger, brought their remarkable book-makers in on a day the library is normally closed, and… Continue reading One Sunday Afternoon

The Best of “The Best Photobooks of 2011”

It is the time of year when my email inbox and Facebook wall fills with links to blog posts entitled “The Best Photobooks of 2011.” As a confirmed photobook addict with a serious and incurable case of what I fondly refer to as “the photobook affliction,” I find these lists an interesting reflection on the… Continue reading The Best of “The Best Photobooks of 2011”

Baby Sports Illustrated

Here is a miniature "book" found in the library [2 by 3 inches] - a promotion/prospectus for potential advertisers, giving some sense of what this new magazine, Sports Illustrated, would be like. What it looks like it will be like is a lot of saturated color photographs, which makes this little treasure like an artist's book… Continue reading Baby Sports Illustrated

Colophon Fun

Colophon: a statement occurring at the rear of a volume following the text, relating information about the printing history and physical aspects of the book; often includes name of printer, type of paper, typeface, size of edition, date of printing, etc. Early books often had a colophon instead of a title page imprint and modern… Continue reading Colophon Fun

Summer Funding

In these perilous times for art and culture funding, I find myself thinking a lot about sustainability and creative funding, particularly in the bibliographic realm. One of my fascinations in the few idle moments of the summer was scanning projects on the crowd-source funding site for creative ideas Kickstarter. If you have not looked at projects… Continue reading Summer Funding

More Cooning with Cooners – Archive of Modern Conflict

More Cooning with Cooners (edited by Kalev Erickson) Archive Press, London (February 28, 2011) ISBN: 0954709195 This is a 60-page book from the Archive of Modern Conflict (London) from earlier this year which I have only recently had a chance to examine more closely.  It is a small square book (21 x 21 cm), well… Continue reading More Cooning with Cooners – Archive of Modern Conflict

Children’s Books Worth Treasuring

I want to share some more photographically illustrated books for young people with you that I treasure because they are marvelous to discover, as well as unlikely to ever be published these days. In the post-Law & Order SVU-era, they would raise too many red flags in showing, for example, bears carrying naked babies through… Continue reading Children’s Books Worth Treasuring

Celebrity Photographers

The recent publication of a nude photograph of the late Elizabeth Taylor highlighted its utter rarity. In passing it is mentioned that the photograph was done by Taylor's friend and fellow actor, Roddy McDowall, who had been her co-star in National Velvet. The photograph was done when Taylor was 24, just prior to her third… Continue reading Celebrity Photographers

Memories of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Books that are meditations on the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima seem timelier than ever these days. Coincidentally, ICP has a forthcoming exhibition, Hiroshima Ground Zero 1945, which has a book in production now at Steidl. There are a number of great books in our library which endeavor to come to terms with this… Continue reading Memories of Hiroshima & Nagasaki