Out of this World

Utatane. Rinko Kawauchi How can we perceive our world through photography? Are there any boundaries between reality and illusion, between the representative and transformative nature of photography? Photography is a medium of exploration and discovery, shaping the way we look at our micro and macrocosm.  Using photography we can not only see but also imagine the… Continue reading Out of this World

Out of this World

ICP Library Display Exhibition Joan Fontcuberta. Contravisiones. 1974-1989. Barcelona: Ediciones Anómala; Cuenca: Fundación Antonio Pérez, 2020. TR654 .F65 2020 Karl Blossfeldt. Working collages. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001. TR685 .B57 2001 Aaron Rothman. Signal noise. Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2018. TR660 .R684 2018 Maarten Dings. Moon, Photographing the Moon 1840–Now. Antwerp: Fotomuseum of Antwerp; Veurne: Hannibal Publishing,… Continue reading Out of this World

Japanese Photobooks at the ICP Library: Revisited

Photobooks are like candy. Temptation is constant. And, if you don’t watch out, your bookshelves begin to bulge and overflow. This necessitates the unpleasant task of making more space for new acquisitions – a process that often requires picking and choosing among your favorite children. Decisions are further complicated by the discovery of books that… Continue reading Japanese Photobooks at the ICP Library: Revisited

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

10X10 Reading Room (Day #1): Ferdinand Brueggemann / Galerie Priska Pasquer

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 10X10 Reading Room (Day #1): Ferdinand Brueggemann / Galerie Priska Pasquer

Ivan Vartanian: Performance, Bookmaking and the Photobook

While visiting Tokyo this past June, I met with historian, writer and publisher Ivan Vartanian of Goliga to discuss several of his current projects, which explore the intersection of bookmaking, performance and the photobook. Russet Lederman: For the past 15 years, you’ve been writing, editing and producing books on Japanese photographers and the Japanese photobook.… Continue reading Ivan Vartanian: Performance, Bookmaking and the Photobook

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”

Caught Between Two Worlds: Japanese Photobooks from the Mid-1990s to the Present – Russet Lederman

From the mid-1990s onward, a new generation of Japanese photographers, which included many women, fluidly began mixing and matching traditional and modern subjects. Probing both the national sense of uncertainty that resulted from the collapse of the 1980s Japanese bubble economy and the changing role of women, the photography from this period can best be… Continue reading Caught Between Two Worlds: Japanese Photobooks from the Mid-1990s to the Present – Russet Lederman