100 Years of Leica Photography, on show at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. See page 64
Chloe Dewe Mathews
HIPA open for entries | RPS puts its early-archive photography on show
The NY-based photographer uses Skype to gaze at the neighbours in Out My Window
Shot at Dawn pays respect to WWI soldiers executed for cowardice by discovering where they died
Hidden Islam finds the faith inside the makeshift, disguised mosques of northeast Italy
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Gail Albert Halaban
Year of the Drone
Hoxton Mini Press
Experts in photography round up this year’s best photobooks
Seeing but, more importantly, being seen, via state-of-the-art surveillance at Vienna Opera Ball
How certain photographers invented their own flying cameras, making 2014 the year of the drone
Indie publishing about East London, made in East London, by photographers in East London
100 Years of Leica
The rise of the 26-year-old Londoner, freshly crowned as fashion’s hottest property
We review Centre Pompidou’s homage to Henri Cartier-Bresson
‘Glasweegee’ looks at stag and hen parties on the streets of Blackpool
The revolutionary camera celebrates its legacy with a huge show in Hamburg
Coco Rocha strikes 1000 poses in Steven Sebring’s project moulding art, technology and anatomy
World-class photography makes the Financial Times’ weekend supplement the best of its kind
Food photography on acid as foodie culture replaces how-to recipes
Kaleidoscopic images on commission for Numéro magazine
The in-vogue filmmaker, in Cool & Noteworthy again, with his documentary, Reely and Truly
Yale’s graduate photography director pulls images of Studio 54 out of the archive
Best books of 2014
How a Paris street artist turned the Pantheon of departed greats into a canvas for 4000 ordinary people
French collective hits the streets of NY with billboard-sized images
Pictures & Protest
Protests go global, armed with cameras and social networks
Cartier-Bresson in Paris
Study of Pose
FT Weekend Magazine
Erik Madigan Heck
Nick Knight The king of fashion photographer stays bleeding-edge with his iPhone fashion shoot for Diesel
Technology Our technology experts unveil their picks of the best products of 2014
Endframe Cutting-edge technology from B¬P’s archives
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Best photobooks text martin parr and gerry badger, co-editors of the definitive threevolume the photobook: a history, provide their pick of this year’s publications, alongside lists from jeffrey ladd, jörg colberg, simon bainbridge and bruno ceschel
All images of books by Liz Mary Seabrook / lizseabrookphotography.com
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Martin Parr Photographer and curator
Carpoolers Alejandro Cartagena Self-published Although we have seen the work before, it is a pleasure to see how this self-published project so cleverly combines the photographs of passing open-plan trucks – with their passengers laid out flat – with the skies and scenes that can be viewed from the truck itself.
Trepat Joan Fontcuberta Editions Bessard The ever-enterprising Pierre Bessard shows this latest project from Fontcuberta. The Trepat Collection of Modern Photography has accumulated many images from modern masters of photography depicting this important metal-working company. Fontcuberta is as convincing as ever in his treatise, and the special edition even features a stamped metal blade on the cover.
Russian Interiors Andy Rocchelli Cesura Just before this photojournalist died while shooting in Ukraine, he finished off this project – a series of portraits of Russian women looking for partners from the West. Originally working for the women, he built his own interpretation around the material, and the book has been published posthumously. It is a wonderful production, with numerous gatefolds and the slightly unsettling shots.
Wild Pigeon Carolyn Drake Self-published Drake has circumnavigated the often difficult second book syndrome after the success of Two Rivers, published in 2013. This book shows images from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, where in addition to taking her own photos she embarked on creating collaborative images with people she had encountered, digesting the stories they told.
Congo Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli Aperture Rarely do bodies of commissioned work look this good, but these two Magnum photographers have done a brilliant job in recording and interpreting the less troublesome Congo. The two photographers’ work goes uncredited and they have pursued multiple styles – mixing colour, black-and-white, panoramas and many other formats. Somehow all
Eamonn Doyle Self-published This self-published gem of a book shows an older generation of Dublin pedestrians, mainly shot from behind. The photos are both simple and beautiful, and are backed up with excellent production values. An important new contribution to the genre of street photography.
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this comes together and the resulting narrative makes a compelling body of work. Centro Felipe Russo Camera Brasileira de Catalogação na Publicação This has been a good year for books from Latin America, and this small and charming book on São Paulo works very well. A combination of wider views depicting the urban anarchy of the city, with some deceptively simple and surreal street details, pull together to make a fascinating book. Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts Ishiuchi Miyako PPP Editions PPP Editions continues to produce very classy artists’ books, and this year has come out with a stunner. This was a project waiting to happen, and there was no better photographer to go and take photos of the clothes, shoes and other remnants that survived the Hiroshima bomb, which are now housed in the city’s Peace Memorial Museum. The book is a beautiful production with no text apart from the signed minimal colophon, which is inserted. There are hundreds of images, and the book is housed in a bland cardboard cover and slipcase. Back to the Future Irina Werning teNeues This project, where snapshots from the past are updated to now with uncanny accuracy, has
finally made it into book form. Werning takes her subjects and creates the same clothes and backdrops from the past; many of the images also have ‘making of ’ shots behind perforated pages as an added bonus. Soviet Bus Stops Christopher Herwig Self-published Rarely do Kickstarter campaigns excite so much as when the whole edition is totally oversubscribed. This Canadian photographer turned searching for decorated or unusual Russian and Eastern Bloc bus stops into a religion, with aid from social media and even Kazakhstani taxi drivers. The final book shows the incredible range of bus stops and the strange places they reside. Expect a trade edition soon.
Gerry Badger Writer and photographer
and outside of Italian mosques, and reveals how Muslims in northern Italy are often forced to hide their places of worship. The Plot Thickens Jeffrey Fraenkel Fraenkel Gallery The Fraenkel Gallery’s 35th anniversary is celebrated by photographs from photographers known and unknown, and a wordless treatise on photography – where one simply has to look and go figure. Pigeons Stephen Gill Nobody/Archive of Modern Conflict Gill comes up with the quirky and the unexpected once again with this fascinating view of the lives of London’s pigeons, shot with a camera on the end of a window-washer’s pole.
Scattered Waters Thomas Joshua Cooper Ingleby Gallery No gimmicks, no frills, just Cooper’s trademark beautiful photographs of Scottish rivers. Romantic perhaps, but complex, subtle and immensely satisfying images by a master landscape photographer.
Euromaidan Vladyslav Krasnoshchok and Sergiy Lebedynskyy Riot Books A superb, handmade book by two young Ukrainians documenting the recent events in Kiev’s Maidan Square, which has all the raw energy of the Provoke style and both Japanese and Italian protest books from the 1960s and ’70s.
Hidden Islam Nicolò Degiorgis Rorhof Degiorgis finds the right form – fold-outs and a picture within a picture – to document the inside
Maydan – Hundred Portraits Émeric Lhuisset Ydoc Publishing Superb portraits of 100 of the Maidan protesters, together with interviews, provide a fascinating testimony of an event that is over, but may yet have momentous and possibly disastrous repercussions. Reenactment MfS Arwed Messmer Hatje Cantz In a complex collage of material found in the Stasi archives and his own ‘re-enactments’, Messmer examines failed attempts to escape under and over the Berlin Wall, in an artistic re-evaluation of history.
Die Mauer is Weg! Mark Power Globtik Books Bound as a pastiche of a newspaper from the period, Power’s photo diary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (whose title translates as ‘The Wall is Gone!’) is a fascinating combination of the documentary combined with the personal and the self-critical. Imaginary Club Oliver Sieber BöhmKobayashi & GwinZegal Sieber’s long-term project, Imaginary Club, has surfaced in a number of publications, but this time he has nailed it in a brilliant book that deserves its recent award as Aperture Book of the Year at Paris Photo.
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Vienna MMIX – 10008/7000: Surveillance Panorama Project No. 4 – The Vienna Opera Ball Jules Spinatsch Scheidegger & Spiess In this ‘real-time’ view of the Vienna Opera Ball, shot on CCTV, Spinatsch shows that ‘conceptual’ photography can occasionally produce work of startling originality and complexity when conceived with intelligence. Finally, a spot of cheating. I cannot include books in which I have been involved, but I didn’t make the pictures and Paddy Summerfield’s Mother and Father, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, and Marco Citron’s Urbanism 101, published by Danilo Montanari Editore, are both well worth a look.
Jeffrey Ladd Errata Editions/40x50 Editions
Nothing John Gossage Waltz Books From a very seasoned bookmaker, a brilliant trove of photographs taken in Saudi Arabia in 1985, presented with an equally smart layout and design. If this is one of Waltz Books’ first offerings, then it is to be watched. No Pain Whatsoever Ken Grant Journal I can’t find a better way to describe Ken Grant’s fine achievement in No Pain Whatsoever than to use his own words: “It began as a way of remembering the craftspeople and labourers of
my adolescence… This book is about the quiet hours and days, relationships that ebb and flow, flourish or fail, and what we do – and, sometimes, about all we can do.” Confessions for a Son McNair Evans Owl and Tiger Books A surprisingly good debut book about family, secrets, disappointments and forgiveness. McNair Evans is a name to watch out for in the future. Reenactments MfS Arwed Messmer Hatje Cantz Messmer’s last two books – The Other View and Berlin, Fruchtstrasse on March, 27 1952 - were great, and so is this. A collage of ‘evidence’ images chosen from the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or East German Stasi archives, plus his own re-enactments. Printed in Germany Christopher Williams Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König Get into Christopher Williams – work that increases brain activity and restores intellect to a world saturated with the easily digestible and superficial. Leave the words behind and use whatever you have. Trepat Joan Fontcuberta Editions Bessard Fontcuberta’s best book in a while – a history of a
company that just happens to involve most of the great modernist photographers. Or does it? Carpoolers Alejandro Cartagena Self-published Essentially a fascinating group of still life photographs taken from a highway overpass – a ‘typology’ of sorts of pickup trucks, day labourers and commuting. Interesting design – a well thought-out package. Typology 1979 Joachim Brohm Mack Retro in almost every way – an early series of photographs by Brohm, plus a 1970s colour palette in the design – this study of German ‘schrebergarten’ (allotment gardens) describes more than meets the eye. Miklós Klaus Rósza Christof Neussli & Christoph Oeschger Spector The state watches protesters and the protesters watch back. One of my absolute favourite books of 2014; I haven’t ever seen a book quite like this one before. Waters of Our Time Thomas Roma & Giancarlo Roma Powerhouse This small and unassuming book is a father-andson collaboration weaving a tale in photographs and words through life in Brooklyn that
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references one of the great photographer and writer collaborations in photobook history – Roy Decarava and Langston Hughes’ The Sweet Flypaper of Life.
Jörg Colberg Founder and editor of Conscientious Some Things You Should Have Told Me Harvey Benge Dewi Lewis Disco Night Sept 11 Peter Van Agtmael Red Hook Editions Land Without Past Philipp Ebeling Fishbar Linger Daisuke Yokota Akina The Nine/The Ninety Nine Katy Grannan Fraenkel Gallery Crystal Love Starlight Hosokura Mayumi Tycoon The Epilogue Laia Abril Dewi Lewis
Tranquillity Heikki Kaski Lecturis
The Random Series Miguel Ángel Tornero Editorial RM
Sequester Awoiska van der Molen Fw:
Tectonic Johan Rosenmunthe SPBH Editions
Tsugaru Masako Tomiya Hakkoda
The Whale’s Eyelash Timothy Prus Archive of Modern Conflict
Simon Bainbridge Editor of BJP
El porqué de las naranjas Ricardo Cases Mack
Pigeons Stephen Gill Nobody/Archive of Modern Conflict
The Epilogue Laia Abril Dewi Lewis Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty Max Pinckers Self-published 2041 2041 Here Press Anthill (Meteorites) Augustin Rebetez RVB Books
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Bruno Ceschel Director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions
Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty Max Pinckers Self-published
Anthill (Meteorites) Augustin Rebetez RVB Books The concrete is on my mind Takisawa Hiroshi Self-published Strange Paradise Charlie Rubin Self-published Two Years Ryan Lowry Self-published
Tar Beach Blind Curtis Hamilton Self-published Charm Offensive Scott Caruth Self-published Book of Bone Dominik Ridler (ed) Self-published TÖchter Clara Bahlsen Self-published Gold Coast Ying Ang Self-published 1&2 No Pain Whatsoever, Ken Grant 3
V ienna MMIX – 10008 /7000: Surveillance Panorama Project No. 4 – The Vienna Opera Ball, Jules Spinatsch
W ill They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, Max Pinckers
Anthill (Meteorites), Augustin Rebetez
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Award-winning photobook reveals hidden life of Muslims by tom seymour
All images © Nicoló Degiorgis
In the Constitution of the Italian Republic, the right to worship without discrimination is a fundamental principle. The constitution was signed in 1947 after the collapse of fascism. Catholicism, Buddhism, Judaism and Mormonism are formally recognised religions in Italy. Islam, the nation’s second largest religion, is not. According to a 2014 report by Pew, there are more than 1.5 million Muslims living in Italy, a figure expected to double by 2030. Yet, officially, there are only three mosques. Italy’s Muslim population is, by dint of the Republic, a diaspora, and Nicoló Degiorgis has visualised the disguised, temporary nature of this subjugated faith. Italy is the home of the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Egyptian obelisks stand in piazzas across Rome, the spoils of the Empire. The home of Catholicism is monumental – an expression of faith, but also of power.
Compare this with the makeshift mosques that surround Degiorgis’ home in northeast Italy. They are incidental, improvised spaces; converted warehouses, shops, apartments, stadiums, gyms, garages and even a disco, found in industrial prefabs on a town’s periphery, unmarked, hidden down unkept roads and in abandoned strip malls. In his photobook, Hidden Islam, which won the Author Book Award at the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival this year, and the First Book Award at the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation in November, Degiorgis prints his monochrome images of the mosques that surround his home on folded pages, concealing within the gatefold coloured interiors of Muslims in the midst of prayer. In some of the mosques, the devout are sardined in; in others just a handful of people pray together. Prayer mats are arranged, side by side, in the direction of Kaaba. Backs are bent.
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Food is shared. Each photograph shows a silent, reverential ecstasy in an unlikely, reinvented, but still holy place. Nevertheless, these places of God are disguised as Islamic cultural centres, not mosques. They are, consciously and purposefully, anonymous to anyone but the congregation, for the region is rife with Islamophobia, the power base for the anti-immigrant party Lega Nord. The Pew report identified Italy as one of nine countries considered a “zone of rising religious hostility”. “Hidden Islam is an iconographic catalogue of the unfinished social development within Italian society,” curator Luigi Fassi wrote for Degiorgis’ first exhibition in 2011. “Degiorgis reveals the difficulties of this country to conceive itself as a contemporary society that has completely developed a sense of civil progress.” This attempt to camouflage faith is not always
successful. One community, Degiorgis shows, pray in the space directly in front of their warehouse. “It was registered as a cultural association,” Degiorgis says. “The municipal government decreed you cannot pray inside a cultural association, so this prayer is also a sort of protest.” This issue of integration is complicated by the fact that fewer than one in 10 Muslims hold Italian citizenship. But the Italian government is not indifferent. In 2005, the Ministry of the Interior established the Council for Italian Islam, an umbrella body meant to co-ordinate, and give voice to, the country’s various Islamic organisations. The Council hoped to build a consensus for Islam to be legally recognised and eligible for tax bursaries, but was unable to unify the different mosques from across the Islamic world. Degiorgis’ series, for example, depicts mosques that converse in Arabic, Albanian,
Macedonian, French, Urdu, Bengali and Swahili. Degiorgis has shown skill in communicating these nuances. A former researcher on immigration issues at the University of Trieste, he is also a graduate of the design-centric Fabrica in Treviso, and now a member of the Italian photo agency Contrasto. The book’s cover is an illustrated map of his native northeast of Italy, with a separate box indexing each place of worship, however humble. Degiorgis, from Bolzano, where he teaches a photography course in the local prison, has exhaustively created an appendix, resulting in something as sociological as it is aesthetic, as anthropological as it is artistic. “Degiorgis provides a fascinating glimpse of a hidden world,” writes Martin Parr in Hidden Islam’s introduction. “He leaves the conclusions about this project entirely in our own hands.” BJP www.nicolodegiorgis.com
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Published on Nov 27, 2014
Published on Nov 27, 2014
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