The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
5 x 8¼ in. (12.7 x 21 cm) 576 pages ca. 450 four-color images Hardcover with slipcase ISBN 978-1-59711-416-5 US $65.00 / CAD $87.95 / UK £50.00 April 2017 Copublished by Aperture and CAMERA
Photographs and text by Erik Kessels Texts by Francesco Zanot, Sandra S. Phillips, Simon Baker, and Hans Aarsman
• Highly anticipated first survey of this pioneering and influential curator, editor, and artist • An original and innovatively designed book • Kessels is a cult figure among photography, design, and advertising communities
“People consume photographs,” says Erik Kessels; “they don’t look at them anymore.” This volume is a primer on how to look—and how to better understand the hybrid practice of this artist who defies categorization. Including more than twenty of the artist’s series and featuring essays by Simon Baker, Hans Aarsman, Sandra S. Phillips, and Francesco Zanot, The Many Lives of Erik Kessels is published in conjunction with a major mid-career retrospective at CAMERA–Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin, Italy.
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Sandra S. Phillips is the curator of photography emerita at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Erik Kessels is a highly influential photography collector, curator, editor, and designer acclaimed for his own artistic practice. In 2010, Kessels was awarded the prestigious Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, and in 2016 he was a finalist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
Simon Baker is the senior curator of photography and international art at Tate Modern, London.
Francesco Zanot is a photography critic and curator; cofounder of CAMERA–Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin, Italy; and lecturer of history at IULM University of Milan.
Exhibition Schedule: CAMERA–Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin, Italy, February–May 2017
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Hans Aarsman is a Dutch photographer, author, and lecturer at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.