THE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE PUBLISHERS BOOK REVIEW
From the 8th of November to the 13th of November 2016, PUNTO DE FUGA gives a small group of independent publishers, art critics, curators and photographers the opportunity to curate the week’s program at Le Monte-en-l’air Bookstore in Paris.
This year, the experimental book platform will focus deeply in a very short selection of books giving the audience the possibility to read and comment this books along with the experts invited.
Slow motion lectures of the photo-book:
Confronted to the excessive production of photography books, PUNTO DE FUGA has invited two experts every day, asking them to create a slow motion experience of reading the contend and form of the books they have chosen to read based on their own experience of the editorial world.
The books selected will be launched, signed and discussed deeply in front of an open audience.
Reading the photo-book:
During the entire week, one of the books mentioned will be confronted to a series of visual experiments shifting its form to become: an exhibition, a script for a video production or a sound recording and a musical interlude.
Starting from the paper edition, the format of book will be constantly leaving the visual ground to occupy the territory of other non-visual arts: reading-sessions, sound recordings and some improvised visual performances will be giving this book published and exhibited abstract noise and voices that have for so long been used by the cinema and the music industry.
Through this daily program, PUNTO DE FUGA has asked the experts invited to consider a more abstract form of representation that will give the image a wider spectrum and abstract shape.
Is the book still being accessible when it has been read through our ears and not through our eyes? Is there any visible memory when the images of the book fade out to take the shape of a sound recording or a voice? What echoes and vibrations of sound recordings would reactivate an image in a book form?
Le Monte-en-l’air Bookstore
2, Rue de la Mare, 75020 Paris
A sensitive experience of reading the photo-books:
JAPANESE MICO-EDITIONS: PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE MARGINS OF PUBLISHING
4 pm -9 pm
Curator: Jens Beckmann
Publishers represented: Super Books, Kaido Books & Yogomi Books.
Before the opening of Paris Photo, the photographer Jens Beckmann has decided to invite three young Japanese photographers to look for the hidden printing experience of three small publishing companies based in japan. Their eyes will be bringing out those small design and printing solutions that have allowed the three micro-publishers to print and edit books without the means or industrial scale printing techniques that publishers producing from ten to a hundred books a year have. Making a book has become for this small editorial fabrics a free and constraining exercice made of a mixture of a fragile and extremely creative experience of printing.
Yusuke Kihara, Dust Fokus, Super Books, 2016
Miki Matsuoka, Space, Shashin Dojin Shi Kyushu, 2016
Sayo Nagase, Sprite, Yomogi Books, 2016
Aya Okabe, Appare, Kaido Books, 2016
Hitomi Akashi, Ai yori hayaku utte (Shoot faster than love), Self-published, 2016
Jens Beckmann: Book Teaser
Portfolio: Naohiro Utagawa, Fragments, Ongoing Project.
Naohiro Utagawa, Fragments, 2016.
Katsunobu Yaguchi, The Deconstruction of My Suntopia, Keiko Ogane, 2016
Katsunobu Yaguchi, The Deconstruction of My Suntopia, Keiko Ogane, 2016
ONE STEP BEYOND – LANDMINE : DOCUMENTING WAR
Curators & art critics : Lukas Einsele & Wolfgang Brückle
Lukas Einsele & Wolfgang Brückle invite their students for an indoor discussion that will later be available on the internet. This debate is about documenting the territories that have been invaded with landmines. After the war this places ares considered as dreadful landscape. “ONE STEP BEYOND – The Mine Revisited” (OSB) is an artistic project by Lukas Einsele which reports on landmines and their victims by bringing them into a visible and traceable relationship.Whoever accepts One Step Beyond – whether as viewer or active collaborator – also becomes involved in this relationship, and in a border dance between art and politics.
OSB is a multimedia project composed primarily of photographs, audio-visual texts, drawings, and other documentary material. For the project, Lukas Einsele travelled to the world’s four most heavily-mined countries: Angola, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia.
This meeting will introduce an important research issue PUNTO DE FUGA is approaching: that of the destruction of landscape.
AMERICAN CITYSCAPES : MARK STEINMETZ’S EDITORIAL PRACTICE
Book signing and conversation with Mark Steinmetz.
Photographer: Mark Steinmetz
Publishers represented: Nazraeli Press & Stanley/Barker
The american photographer Mark Steinmetz will be visiting Le Monte-en-l’air bookstore to sign his last books and talk about his vision of portraiture and landscape when it comes to publish a book. It seems that in Steinmetz photographs, intimacy and the street life are not incompatible. The present seems to be what the image wants to express, an eternal moment, as if the photographer was constantly walking the city streets, looking for this recognition of the others, at a specific place in a particular time. The photograph seems to be the mirror reflecting the photographer’s inner mind with the reality he is trying to catch and frame.
How does the book recomposes the fragments of the photographer’s journey through Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens? What traces do this images leave on the photographer’s long search for the instant to photograph? Is the very instant of the photograph an extension of the photographer’s sensibility or is it a call for the otherness in the photographers inner consciousness of being?
Mark Steinmetz, 15 Miles to K-ville, Stanley/Barker, 2016.
THE STRATEGY OF THE INSECT
Book signing, presentation and reading session with Pablo Casino & Julia Faure.
Photographer: Pablo Casino
Writer: Julia Faure
Pablo Casino photographed a dozen bars and pubs of Spanish immigrant workers leaving in Brussels since the 1970’s. They had been 30 000 immigrants at a time living in what they call in Spanish the colonies (neighborhoods the size of one or two blocs). Spending days at the bars as Anders Petersen with have done at the Café Lehmitz and walking the streets as Johan van der Keuken had done it when he was studying in Paris, Pablo Casino brings out the portrait of this forgotten community of men. In this small bars in Brussels the eye of the photographer catches the resistance and freedom in the only 12 bars that remain from this european worker’s flow at the heart of the european administrative city.
Julia Faure is the writer that will visit this images, reading the images through a series of short phrases. Most of what remain of this bars as she may be recalling it, this strange conservative attitude of those who refuse to change is already there, written in the back of one of the double pages of the book. It seems that this old men have been leaving like the Bordina Monata would do, a conservative insect that refuses to adapt to any new environment, building back again all that reminded him its main land. Insects and men had never been so close before!
Pablo Casino, Barespagnol, Self-Published, 2016
Pablo Casino, Barespagnol, Self-Published, 2016
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Book signing, presentation and discussion with Bettina Lockemann.
Photographer: Bettina Lockemann
Publisher Represented: Spector Books
We all do remember this period in Paris where Paris Photo Fair was interrupted by the terrorist attacks. État d’Urgence (State of Emergency) is a project on the emergency state. was photographed on November 14 in Paris, one day after the terrorist attacks on the Stade de France, the Bataclan and various bars and restaurants in the 10th and 11th arrondissements. Directly following the attacks, president François Hollande declared State of Emergency and asked the citizens of Paris to stay at home.
That Saturday all public institutions like schools, swimming pools, museums, parks as well as shopping centers, supermarkets, and fairs remained closed. Many shops, restaurants, and art galleries did not open as well. Subsequently the city was empty. Stores that were open had only few customers as did the Paris Métro. In spite of the special situation neither police nor military were visibly present in the streets or stations, therefore the absence of people is the only sign of the State of Emergency.
Bettina’s vision of this turbulent days will also be confronted to Nikola Mihov’s recent project, Hello and Welcome to Paris showing the press and media attention given to the news of the terrorists attacks.
Bettina Lockemann, Etat d’urgence, Spector Books, 2016
LATIN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS FACING THE BOOK
Pablo López Luz and Alejandro Cartagena.
Alejandro Cartagena and Pablo López Luz have approached the latin-american landscape with a very original eye. An eye that consists in looking for a long time the landscape as former north american photographers have been doing it since the 1970’s. Their vision is colorful, silently composed and brings out two important aspects of how the south american cities have been shaped by a violent and polluting vision of reality. The city’s growth has been radical and chaotic in the last 50 years.
With this increasing urban landscape outbreak, rivers, mountains and other suburbia reveal the other side of the industrial development. Pyramidal constructions and myths permeate the instable urban housing construction at every level. Lost rivers, violent mafias and crime scenes documented talk about that photographic vision of the latin-american urban wars born in this exact context of economic and industrial growth.
How would the editorial practice renew with this city scape? Can a documentary eye leave the press imagery to bring out faces and topographies of a city and a country at war? How to experience both photographer’s catalogues in a more experimental and sensitive way?
Exclusive book signing of his last book entitled Frontera.
4 pm-6 pm
Photographer & curator: Pablo López Luz
Pablo López Luz, RM & Toluca Éditions, 2012
Exclusive exhibition, launch and presentation of the last six books by Alejandro Cartagena.
6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Photographer & curator : Alejandro Cartagena
Alejandro Cartagena, Rivers of Power, NEWWER, 2016
id., Santa Barbara return jobs back to US, Skinnerboox, 2016
Id., Before the War, Self-Published, 2015
Id., Headshots, Self-Published, 2015
Id., Carpoolers, FONCA, 2014
Id., Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight & Photolucida, 2011
Book Teaser: A. Cartagena.
Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana II: Lost Rivers, 2006-2009
Portfolio and Book recommended:
Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Falling Remains, Gato Negro Ediciones, 2015
VANDALIZING THE BOOK : EDITING AS A TOOL FOR DESTROYING THE PHOTOGRAPHS
Manhandle 2003-2016 a zine out of a destructive editing process
4 pm – 6pm
Photographer invited: Philippe Van Wolputte
Philippe Van Wolputte comes back to PUNTO DE FUGA to explore new ways of vandalizing the book. Refusing to intervene in a former edition of his work done by APE Publishers, the artist has decided to comes back with a more open selection of photographs from his temporary exhibition spaces that he will submit to their own process of printing cutting and folding, again and again, in a very repetitive gesture, letting his own hand become the only visible trace of this violent act of dissolution of the image into a disruptive editing process. Combining images of this hand in action with images of scans and copies of torn pages will give the photograph its last shape before total erasure and loss. Editing is used as a weapon for destroying the document, making the photograph look more and more abstract. What would be the last state of the image when all that remains is the single light matter the abstract figure of shape and color?
Philippe Van Wolputte, Manhandle 03-16, SelfPublished, 2016
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS APPROACHING THEIR CATALOGUE
Inspired by Jeffrey Ladd’s books on books concept, Daniel Augschoell has transformed his online magazine into a publishing house entirely dedicated to gather a complete series of interviews and comments about a recent single photo-book selected. The first issue comes back to Christian Patterson’s last book Bottom of the Lake. Published in 2015 by Walther König, the original edition will be presented face to face with the Ahorn Paper issue, revealing the voices, the comments and critics of the book as if they where layouts of a more critical editorial practice.
Ahorn Paper 1, Christian Patterson, Bottom of the Lake, Ahorn Books, 2016
Ahorn Paper 1, Christian Patterson, Bottom of the Lake, Ahorn Books, 2016
The Eriskay Connection talks about landscape photography
7 pm to 9.30 pm
Publisher & curator: Rob van Hoesel for The Eriskay Connection
Photographers invited: Claudia den Boer, Peter Dekens, Martino Marangoni & Laura van Severen
This year, The Eriskay Connection brought out a series of books where landscape is very much present. The beauty of the landscape photographs included in those books brings out a form of context, rythm and presence of some sort of lost paradise that the photographer tends to capture no matter how rude the reality experienced could be. What lies behind this books is not the picturesque or the romantic visions of nature inherited of the 19th century but more anchored image of a sort of common paradise, a natural decor, the presence of nature standing among our eyes, no matter what.
This modern vision of landscape is what identifies inevitably The Eriskay Connection’s call for another photography, a more visually charged vision that has much to do with a generational feeling of nostalgia expressed by nature. No matter how often we go back to this books, the natural landscape seems to be beyond or besides reality, not totally imposed and not completely erased by the presence of the every day loss of meaning and tragedy.
The publisher and the photographers are joining a two hours discussion at Monte-en-l’air bookstore. A first existential question will open the discussion: Is despair the last of meaning when we look at the landscape in contemporary photography ?
Claudia den Boer, Anchors, The Eriskay Connection, 2016
Peter Dekens, (Un)expected, The Eriskay Connection, 2016
Martino Marangoni, Nonni’s Paradiso, The Eriskay Connection, 2016
Laura van Severen, Land, The Eriskay Connection, 2016
As a result of an artist residency with Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania, Olivier Pin-Fat Pabaiga, a book gathering images revealed out of a set of dead material coming from films of the former Soviet Union period. Much of what remained in this expired films are the left-overs of the image, the last forms and shapes of the inevitable process of destruction of the photographic image. The decomposition of that physical matter rendered the images unprintable. Olivier Pin-Fat could only work with those image leftovers, saving what remains from damaged and corrupted film.
Using an experimental approach, Pin-Fat takes this process of recovery to another level, revealing the last instants of the photographic image its own process of disappearance. Somehow as if, the film agony was the photographer’s territory for experimenting with a broken light. Behind the blurred images some fragments of reality remain.It is in the interstice of that reality of the document and its inevitable decomposition and death that the artist can reveal something. But what exactly?
Published by Editions du Lic, the book reveals the matter and the blurred traces of the image’s last moment of decomposition. Its in its pages that the image’s shredding reveals its own liquid materiality and sound. This and other matters will slowly integrate the conversation with the photographer.
Olivier Pin-Fat, Pabaiga, Editions du Lic, 2016
Book performance: reading Played
6 pm – 7pm
Photographer: Yoshi Kametani
Publisher represented: Editions du Lic
Yoshi Kametani is going to read Played at Monte-en-l’air bookstore as the images of his photo-book are projected. Played is an hybrid book. It is a short novel located in the streets of New York City and a photography book. Published with Editions du Lic, this un-played story will take shape as the photographer reads it, submerging the image into a more narrative context, where the photographs of New York streets are suddenly meeting with the voice of fictional character experiencing a turbulent road to hell as he walks down the city reaching Times Square, submerged into the hard and deceiving street life that will soon become the theatre of crime, prostitution and drug dealing.
This half-novel half photo-book, is the metaphor and the stage of the photographer’s uncertain contact with the city, searching for a steady ground in the middle of the urban chaos and misfortune. The novel reenacts, but it is the book format what gathers both sides of the story: that of the instant reflected in the image that is merely expressing the intensity and the violence of New York city live and that of a man facing his own fragile existence.
Yoshi Kametani, Played, Editions du Lic, 2016
LIGHT BOXES: EXPERIMENTING WITH PRINTED MATTER
Experimenting with the negative and positive image polarity
7.30 pm – 9pm
Photographer invited: Felix Carpio Moreno
Felix Carpio is one of those photographers that have been working with the printed mater introducing a very philosophical approach of the image. How the negative and positive elements of an image could become apparent in a book form? As a photographer of the origins and a photographer of wild nature, Felix Carpio goes back from a long photographic journey into the caves and mountains of the arid Spanish landscape to explore the way mater can become photography. His work is very much linked with the use of very rough printing techniques closer to engraving as if the image was the result of a complex work with matter and light.
Felix is self publishing books in small format. Ten copies of his handmade books will be exclusively printed out for this meeting. They are to be considered like the first stones of a work that is braking up with much of what this photographer has been capturing years before.
Felix Carpio, Light Boxes, 2016
POETICS AND INTIMACY IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Brave books first editorial adventures: introducing a new born publishing house
Publisher & curator: Tom Mrazaukas
Publisher represented: Brave Books
Photographers: Lewis Bush, Arnis Balcus, Maria Dabrowski & Michal Iwanowski
The designer Tom Mrazaukas comes back with an independent editorial project. His books are all bringing out a very soft process of creation. If there ought to be a line tracing the line that gathers all this eclectic and very recent visions of the new documentary approaches in photography is that intimacy is no longer separated from the historical approach of landscape and family memories. It is this intimate expression of the image, that gives each place, its own symbolic charge. The books published are not looking at the traces of landscape as a former documentary photographer would, but more as a residue of a very open and at the same time very intrusive vision of history that photographers have integrated as a personal research for their own identities and their own sensitive connection with the history of a land, a city, a park, a street or a bloc.
Behind the personal stories that this books are suddenly unfolding with such a transparency and such honesty lies, the invisible hand of the publisher and designer. The form is here as important as the stories told. Tom’s experience will be reconstructing part of this puzzling experience of editing. The photographer’s intimate approach will give to the conversation another perspective of the essence of what it means to unveil both the personal and the public history, as being two sides of a same coin.
Arnis Balcus, Victory Park, Brave Books, 2016
A codified message with children voices:
Lewis Bush research, Shadow of the State Project, 2016
Jungjin Lee, ECHO, Spector Books & Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2016
Not very often the photograph appears as the complex extension of paper printing method, a hand-made process going from the eye to the piece of paper. On Jungjin Lee’s eye, a photograph is a poem and a secret sealed instant revealed by a very meditative exercice of contemplation. Pagodas, birds and swamps compose this pictural expression of an unseen nature. The echo of her last exhibition project, is what resonates behind every fragment of a complete and sealed universe of meaning where objects and landscapes share the same mysterious connection with the soul and the eye of the one that looks. More than a series of traces, Jungjin Lee is the photographer of the animist presences in landscape and the sculptor of visual poems. All that is invisible and unbreakable is here represented: the wind, the coldness and harshness of the winter, the loneliness of a stone scape and the void, that presence of the vacuum that taoists have long been guiding us to. PUNTO DE FUGA wants to end-up this week’s meetings with this books: a stroke for the soul, a soft line for the eyes and a relieve for the mind.
Jungjin Lee, WIND, Aperture Foundation, 2009
SOUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY: HORS-CHAMP.
It seems that there is a very powerful link in between sound and image making. For what concerns this two visions of photography: the one made from the contemplation of landscape, and the other, born from an experimental process with light and matter, there is with no doubt an auditive essence allowing to better understand the meaning of this photographs. No matter the technology used, this process, is not just visual, its an auditive connection associating the vision with the memory of this image. As if the spectrum of it was provoked first by an experience of sound bringing to mind an image, a moving image of what this photographs where charged with. The instant before and the instant after the image was taken allowing us to capture the essence of the photograph, its otherwise unexplainable power to capture and transform reality.
This hors-champ called sound and its negative complement, silence, have become for us a common feature to choose and gather all the photographers invited at Monte en l’air bookstore from the 8.11.2016 to the 13.11.2016.
Using the tonal information of the image, this sound can be heard:
TO LISTEN: The sound of photography
Le Monte-en-l’air Bookstore
2, Rue de la Mare
*The program contend is unlikely to change.
For more information please contact:
To join the program do write to:
© PUNTO DE FUGA, all rights reserved.