GUP #033 - Stories

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Guide to Unique Photography Europe e 7,00 THE STORIES ISSUE


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column #1 Katharine Oktober Matthews

9 books 22 column #2 Shinta Lempers 24 collectors tip Hannes Wallrafen 26 column #3 Marie-Charlotte Pezé

28 photo file Hunter S. Thompson 40 portfolios Alisa Resnik Albrecht Tübke Anya Schiller Dorothy-Shoes Cemil Batur Gökçeer Michael Christopher Brown Lucas Foglia Michal Chelbin Justin Maxon 147 bkmrks a selection of excellent websites 155 guide upcoming photography exhibitions

Contents © Ryan McGinley Cover © Rafal Milach

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New by GUP Magazine

Hardback 412 pages 165 x 225 mm x publishers, 2012 ISBN 9789081892803 â‚Ź25

GUP Magazine proudly presents New Dutch Photography Talent 2012: a neckbreaking 1,200 gram Bible-sized book including the top-100 emerging photography talents working in The Netherlands at the moment; a stunning array of over 400 images that represents the best from the future generation of photographers. Varying from portraits to landscapes and everything in between, this is the most up-todate proof that high quality is omnipresent in the wide field of Dutch photography. Shameless self-promotion? We just like to promote good books!


Haiiro by Karianne Bueno

Leporello 250 x 210 mm Schaden, 2011 â‚Ź28

Haiiro is a self-published collection of 13 photos in a folding leporello. It includes images of cityscapes, koi fish, suburban power lines, and natural settings of trees, crops and oceans that, together, are intended to convey the emotion of longing for elsewhere. Something we can only observe, and feel connected or not. The artist accompanies the photos with a short text, in vignette form, offering us an insight into her emotional state as she experiences the world around her, from an alienated perspective. Great attention has been paid to the book’s construction (graphic design by Karianne Bueno and Novak), using a handmade linen sleeve to enclose the imagery. The result is a very brief travelogue; a personal account of a dreamlike experience. Special edition also available. Order information:


Eight Days by Venetia Dearden

Paperback 80 pages 240 x 320 mm Kehrer Verlag, 2011 ISBN 9783868282542 €36

Eight Days, covering the journey into the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, is the fourth book by UK photographer Venetia Dearden. The festival itself is not documented but perpetually around the corner. Desert and mountain landscapes – expressing the quiet waiting – juxtaposed with portraiture of some of the Burning Man youth, only hint at its destination. The escape into the desert, an exercise in self-subsistence and self-expression, gives evidence of a life left behind. A woman sports a fur coat as she steps into the shallows of a body of water, ruffled panties contrasting with other images of dry and dusty bodies. The ever-present contradiction between ‘there’ and ‘here’ serves as a reminder that the journey into Burning Man is building towards something that is inescapably temporary.


Š Dorothy-Shoes


Scarecrow by Shinta Lempers

She lay the clothes in the field. Spread so far apart there was no doubt that they covered everywhere the body could have lain. It was here, on this spot, that her mother must have felt stabs, as sharp as Shinsakuto knives. Those were the sharpest knives in the world, she knew now.

Merciless gravity. That's what it must have felt like. Nothing could lessen her anxiety. Whenever Orli drove home from the city with her parents she saw them standing. Stuffed with straw, dressed in checks or some other pattern and sometimes a hat. She was afraid of them. And of the pitch-black crows too.

A warm glow crept over her back. What if it didn't work? Would the colour make a difference? Was red more frightening than blue? In her head it seemed like a whirlwind. All sorts of scenarios played in her mind. What if they wouldn't fall for it, or what if the clothes had a feature she didn't know about: fewer buttons, a more pointed collar or a shirt pocket. Wouldn't the monsters see immediately that this was not a real man?

She had watched the sky all summer, from the swing, thinking about her worries. As she was lying in the grass, or in her bed looking upwards through the attic window, she reminded herself that mother had said that there was no monster. No, there was nothing up there. Nothing that could hurt her. And yet...

The rake had fallen to the ground, but Orli hadn't felt it slipping from her hands. She imagined how her mother had instinctively grabbed her face. Cheeks, nose, lips; her fingers recognised nothing. Whether it was awareness or pure loss of balance, she seemed to be teetering on a twig above a wild river.

She began. The stick went into the ground, right in the middle of the circle of clothes. Another stick formed the skeleton of the arms. Everywhere she looked Orli gathered together dry grass. She had to stand on her toes to do up the buttons on the shirts. One by one, patiently filled with straw, until the scarecrow looked as big and strong as her father. The monster would surely be afraid of him, wouldn't it?


Gonzovision by Erik Vroons

These stylised self-portraits, from his own personal archives, hint at the strange and wonderful world of Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005). More than a little notorious as a writer and author of many acclaimed books, including The Rum Diary (1998), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) and Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Thompson was also an avid amateur photographer throughout his life. The images presented here can be seen as a reflection of his writing style – wild, erratic and provocative. As a writer, Thompson tended to favour style over fact to achieve accuracy (if accuracy was in fact meant to be achieved at all) and often used personal experiences and emotions to provide context for the topic or event being covered. Fond of firearms and imbibing an impressive amount of alcohol and narcotic substances in all sorts of combinations, Thompson involved himself in the action to such a degree that he became the central figure in his stories, a style he would later employ in almost every literary endeavour.

Thompson was a literary icon, best known for his groundbreaking style of ‘gonzo journalism’. Arriving from the New Journalism movement, he crafted a unique writing style that embodied the drugs, free love and rebellion of the 1960s counterculture. Thompson published his first book, Hell’s Angels, in 1967 after spending more than a year in San Francisco with the motorcycle gang. Meanwhile, he took casual snapshots of the outlaws setting off for a ride, dusted in brutal bravado and motorcycle exhaust.

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me." It was Thompson's immersion in the gang culture of the Hell’s Angels that announced a powerful new voice in American journalism. Following this success – the book immediately received compliments regarding Thompson’s unconventional style of reporting – he was able to publish articles in a number of well-known magazines during the late 1960s. Based on William Faulkner's belief that “the best kind of fiction is truer than any kind of journalism”, Thompson disregarded the ‘polished’, edited product favoured by newspapers and strived for a grittier, personable approach. >>

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All photographs Š 2012 The Estate of Hunter S. Thompson. Courtesy AMMO Books, LLC.


alisa resnik

HOARSE Growing up as the child of actors, Alisa Resnik (1976, Russia) has always been fascinated by the dream worlds of staged settings and designs from an early age. To her, the real fracture, the loss of the past, is not so much related to a geographical location that ceased to exist. It has more to do with what remains: a sense of nostalgia, the urge for that time when the soul was not yet torn. Looking for a mirror, always looking for a mirror… “As if looking through the windows of a passing train, photography gives a chance to build a safe shelter of sensation on the quick sands of reality. Leadencoloured sceneries, dying factories, echoing empty halls, old rooms still keeping a subtle feeling of the past, and faces, people's faces. Hurried glances, small awkward gestures, hands searching for a support, grief or harshness in the corner of an eye – like birds ready to flutter out of their nests in search of your sympathy, break through the glass of loneliness.” Hoarse is an attempt to recompose memories in a poetic and evocative photographic tale. It is a personal visual journey across time, and the internal and external places of her childhood and youth.

Alisa Resnik began photographing in 2008, using trips around Europe to gain experience behind the camera, eventually returning to Russia and Ukraine to photograph street scenes in St. Petersburg and Odessa. She is currently represented by Prospekt.

albrecht t端bke

Heads In return for, or should we say additionally to, what stays hidden under the surface of things, we are offered to look at these heads and shoulders. But who are these people? Are they just swimmers or...? Albrecht T端bke (1971, Germany) must know more. He was at least with them, at the time, as a witness in the water. Photographers always know more, but once the button has been pushed they have to let go of that information. What they produce is mute evidence. Without context, ironically, this silenced noise makes the pictures all the more telling. Without precisely and extensively describing the situation in words these photographs are saturated with suspense. Not so much in their sequence but more individually, they have a narrative quality. An intensity that triggers our imagination. Potentially, something that both water and photography have in common. Even when frozen they stay liquid. Even when still they can move us.

Albrecht T端bke is an internationally acknowledged artist, having exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world. His work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, among others.

anya schiller

Tainted Love It is often said that there are two sides to every story, and this certainly applies to every tale on romantic relationships. Look at any piece of romantic fiction and you will find situations where a female character sees something in a certain way while her male love has a completely different point of view. It’s all about how individuals uniquely interpret the facts of a situation. There are numerous natural misunderstandings that happen between members of the opposite sex all the time and these are often a result of characters interpreting situations purely from their own perspectives. That is also what makes this series of images by the young photographer Anya Schiller (1988, Russia) so interesting. Similar to what authors do in romance novels, she uses smart juxtaposition and sequencing to engineer a deliberate twist to drive the story forward.

Anya Schiller is a former student of the International Summer School of Photography, held annually in Latvia, where she attended the workshop Personal Documentary: Interior lead by Michael Ackermann. She currently works as an editorial photographer and has started to create very personal zines.


DJango du V o ya g E In the summer of 2010, Dorothy-Shoes (1979, France) hopped in her car and made her way into Django's life. When the French government started dismantling Roma camps and deporting gypsies ('gens du voyage' in French), she chose to express herself through the everyday life of Django and his family. Instead of delivering a faithful, political documentary on an outcast community, Dorothy-Shoes peppers Django's reality with her delicate touch on surrealism. This is an ode to the mysticism surrounding the nomadic way of life. Extricating the human from the clichĂŠs and taming the beast of bias, what is captured here is the essence of a man, with palpable affection and more than a little poetry.

Dorothy-Shoes, who originally studied art therapy, is a self-taught photographer. She has had solo shows all over the world and was awarded two French national prizes in 2010 for her series What about tomorrow? Portraits of the Future, which also won her first place at La Bourse du Talent Portrait 2010. Django du Voyage is published by Rouergue editions (2011). for an online book review

cemil batur gökçeer

Tangle In a village in Middle Anatolia, Cemil Batur Gökçeer (1981, Turkey) was told a tale that took place in a recent time. A woman was lost for three days and then found naked in a pit full of snow. According to the tale, she was with a genie with whom she fell in love. Genies are supernatural creatures in Islamic culture that are believed to exist in a parallel world. Gökçeer decided to further investigate the story behind this tale but soon started to realise that there was a possibility that it was invented to cover up a crime. It seemed as if everyone knew of the crime, but to maintain the community's dignity, it was wrapped in mystique to obscure what needed to stay concealed in the dark. Gökçeer’s journey, which was to explore a culture and a geography where stories are still of utmost significance, has taken on a very different form from what he initially imagined. It has become tangled, hiding a possible new form of contemporary tale.

Cemil Batur Gökçeer is a current participant of the European Borderlines workshop, organised and lead by Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou. He was recently selected for the Reflexions Masterclass. His work has been published in several Turkish magazines.

michael christopher brown

Sakhalin Michael Christopher Brown (1979, USA) explored the wintry atmosphere of Sakhalin. The famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who once visited what today can be considered Russian’s largest island, described it as a hellish place. Bears roam the woods and the towns, once serving as a penal colony, are dominated by shabby Soviet-era apartment blocks and patrolled by packs of semi-wild dogs. Just getting there is a challenge: the island is located seven time zones and a nine-hour flight from Moscow. But there is a lot at stake: Sakhalin has an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil equivalent that lie beneath the icy seas off its shores, a figure rivalling what remains in the US or Europe.

In 2011, Michael Christopher Brown was a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Emerging Photographer Award, Burn Magazine / Magnum Foundation. His challenging work from Libya was exhibited at the MIT Center for International Studies and will be in the group exhibition War/Photography: Image of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, opening in 2012 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

lucas foglia

a natural order Lucas Foglia (1983, USA) explores a human relationship with wilderness and the persistent libertarianism of the American psyche. He travelled throughout the south-eastern United States befriending, photographing and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Although not living in complete isolation from the mainstream, they are working to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle. Foglia is not completely unfamiliar with this presence of the modern world in an otherwise rustic existence: “I grew up with my extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around us, we heated our house with wood, farmed and canned our food, and bartered the plants we grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while my family followed many of the principles of the back-to-theland movement, by the time I was 18 we owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers.”

Lucas Foglia is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Art. His work is in the permanent collection of several museums and galleries and has been widely published. A Natural Order is Foglia’s first book, published by Nazraeli Press ( for an online book review

Stas, Juvenile Prison for Boys, Russia, 2009

michal chelbin

Locked. Three years ago, while visiting Ukraine, Michal Chelbin (1974, Israel) passed a high brick wall. Next to it stood two men. As she states: “Our eyes crossed and I can still remember their reflection today – a mesmerising human blend of fear and cruelty. I was later told this was a men's prison and from that moment I wanted to see what was inside.” Prison is usually depicted in films and on television as full of energy and violence, but what Chelbin found – it was the first time she had entered a prison – was a boring place of tiring routine: “The majority of these men are weak, fatigued and controlled by a small number of strong individuals. There are men who committed terrible crimes and are now walking around like zombies.” As much as the prison for adult males troubled her, the juvenile prison for boys was hell on earth. “I could sense the terror in their eyes from the moment I entered. Boys who stole a cell phone as an adolescent prank are trying to survive next to boys who have raped and slaughtered,” Chelbin says. The women’s prison, with an age range from 22 to 70, was another shock. Chelbin: “Unlike the stories I had heard, it was almost a haven, a place where girls who had committed awful felonies are being kept safe from the dangers of the outside world.”

Michal Chelbin's work has been widely shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide and can be found in many private and public collections. The book on prisoners is scheduled for publication (Twin Palms, September 2012) and will be Michal's third monograph. The book will be accompanied by a solo show at Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York.

Vania, Juvenile Prison for Boys, Ukraine, 2010

Marina, Juvenile Prison for Girls, Ukraine, 2009

Justin Maxon is a former participant in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He has worked on several feature assignments and received numerous awards. In 2012 he was granted a Magnum Emergency Fund.

justin maxon

Only This Life Justin Maxon (1983, USA) often explores the complex link between human struggle and perseverance. In this very personal project, in a transition from a path of chaos to one of healing, he decided to thread the fractured pieces of his own life back into place. Within the past decade, family, friends and love all fell away and life has been a blur of movement ever since. Feeling like a visitor to everything around him, finding himself in a space between worlds, Justin took the route that curved back into himself: multiple exposures in camera are strung together to create a patchwork of feeling, as strands of memory are layered over strings of the present.

To be continued...

Underwater Nude Rock Quarry Series Š Neil Craver

Anna Bajorek

Supported with music by Bobby Vinton, Anna Bajorek’s slides vividly show the loneliness of the transvestite prostitutes in the Casa Violeta in Buenos Aires. The ladyboys, who sell their bodies for money on the streets at night, live in cramped apartments with very little privacy. Most of them are immigrants from other parts of South America, at first hoping for liberation but soon after arrival going through a serious transition of identity. Life is what happens while making other plans‌


Michiel Brouwer

Michiel Brouwer investigates the painful history of race biology as practised among Sweden’s indigenous people. Here are some notes from his blog: “I got caught in a white world. Halfway to my stop in Arvidsjaure some serious snow made it difficult to drive. A reindeer came up on the road, in front of my bus. I’m gonna spend tomorrow finding a family of which I found a photograph in the Racial Biology archives in Uppsala. A modern form of how the Swedish government is treating the Sami is not much better. Not far from here the Swedish government is building an ECO energy park of windmills. A whole Sami village, and their livelihood, the reindeer, are now forced to move because of these plans. ECO friendly plans.” for online portfolio


GUP Guide 25+ countries 70+ cities 100+ photo galleries more guide

Š Antoine D'Agata

50+ museums

the netherlands europe africa middle east usa canada asia australia

AMSTERDAM Huis Marseille Keizersgracht 401 1016 EK Amsterdam T: +31 20 531 89 89 Imagine finding me & other portraits – Chino Otsuka Jun 9 - Sep 2 FOAM Keizersgracht 609 1017 DS Amsterdam T: +31 20 551 65 00 Album Beauty - Erik Kessels Jun 29 - Oct 14 Kahmann Gallery Lindengracht 35 1015 KB Amsterdam T: + 31 20 221 93 90 Fresh View – Various Artists - Jun 15 Gallery Eduard Planting Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 1016 KS Amsterdam The Netherlands T: +31 20 320 67 05 Marco Sanges Jun 30 - Aug 11 Joods Historisch Museum Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 1011 PL Amsterdam T: +31 20 531 03 10 Photograph's of Jewish Amsterdam, war & liberation – Emmy Andriesse - Sep 30 THE HAGUE Liefhertje en De Grote Witte Reus Stationsweg 137 2515 BM Den Haag T: +31 70 388 65 85 Somewhat, somehow in the middle of things - Various Artists - Jun 10


Nederlands Fotomuseum gebouw Las Palmas Wilhelminakade 332 3072 AR Rotterdam T: +31 10 203 04 05 Poppy - Trails of Afgan heroïn Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong - Jun 10 ENSCHEDE Fotogalerie Objektief Walstraat 33 7511 GE Enschede T: +31 53 432 25 07 Michel Cala May 2 - May 26

Young Gallery Avenue Louise 15 B 1050 Brussels T: +32 23 74 07 04 Carre Blanc - Eric Marrian Jun 15 - Sep 1 BOZAR Paleis voor Schone Kunsten Ravensteinstraat 23 1000 Brussels T: +32 25 07 82 00 Sense of Place - Summer Of Photography Jun 14 - Sep 16 Musée de la Photographie 11 avenue Paul Pastur 6032 Charleroi T: +32 71 43 58 10 Romanza Jean-François Spricigo May 26- Sep 12

AUSTRIA Galerie Johannes Faber Dorotheergasse 12 1010 Vienna T: +43 15 12 84 32 Photographs 1920 - 1970 Korecek, Reichmann, Sudek Jun 6 - Sep 8

DENMark The National Museum of Photography The Royal Library DK-1016 København K T: +45 33 47 47 47 America By Car Lee Friedlander Jun 8 - Sep 1

Kunsthaus Wien Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 1030 Vienna T:+43 17 12 04 91 Dogs Are Human, TooElliot Erwitt Jun 14 - Sep 30 BELGIUM Stieglitz 19 Dries Roelens Klapdorp 2 2000 Antwerpen T: +32 49 551 57 77 One Day In November - Jessica Backhaus May 10 - Jun 20

Brandts Brandts Torv 1 DK-5000 Odense T: +45 65 20 70 00 Out & See - Viggo Rivad May 18- Aug 26 FRANCE Polka Gallery 12 Rue Saint Gilles 75003 Paris T: + 33 17 120 54 97 Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre May 29 - Jul 13

Jeu de Paume 1, place de la Concorde 75008 Paris T:+33 14 703 12 41 L'Image Sensible Eva Besnyo May 22 - Sep 23

ZEPHYR C4.9b 68159 Mannheim T: +49 621 293 21 20 Hijacked 2 - Various Artists May 20 - Aug 26

Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson 2 Impasse Lebouis 75014 Paris T: +33 10 156 80 27 Yuta Takanashi May 10 - Jul 28

Helmut Newton Foundation Jebensstr. 2 10623 Berlin T: +49 303 186 48 56 White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes- Helmut Newton Jun 2 - Nov 18

GERMANY CAMERA WORK Kantstraße 149 10623 Berlin T: +49 30 310 07 76 Inwards & Onwards Anton Corbijn - June 2

ITALY Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Piazza Viviani 2 Verona 37121 T: +39 45 800 74 90 Retrospective - Robert Capa - Sep 16

Berlinische Galerie Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin T: +49 307 890 26 00 The Way It Is – Alfredo Jaar Jun 15 - Sep 17

Alinari National Museum of Photography Piazza Santa Maria Novella 14a Florence 50123 T: +39 05 521 63 10 A photographic genius - Duffy - May 20

Museum für Moderne Kunst Domstraße 10 60311 Frankfurt am Main T: +49 692 123 04 47 Making History Various Artists - July 8

poland Fundation of Visual Education Tymienieckiego 3 90-365 Łódź T: +48 42 684 20 95 LODZ Photography Festival May 10 - May 20

Deichtorhallen Hamburg Deichtorstrasse 1-2 20095 Hamburg T: +49 40 32 10 30 Places, Strange and Quiet Wim Wenders - Aug 5

Slovakia Central European House of Photography Prepoštská 4 814 99 Bratislava T: +42 125 441 82 14 Life in Blue - Evžen Sobek May 18 - Jun 17 for more guide


Jun 2 – Sep 2

The Future is Ours Julian germain

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For The Future is Ours, photographer Julian Germain photographed classrooms worldwide. Starting in Great Britain in 2004, he travelled to a variety of places, from Bangladesh to Quatar to Brazil, capturing the different settings he came across in the many schoolrooms he visited. The photographs tell the stories of the children portrayed, and the diverse environments they live in. The exhibition will feature 60 of Germain’s ‘class photos’, shedding light on the contrasts and similarities between the different social classes and education systems of our world today.

Nederlands Fotomuseum Wilhelminakade 332 3072 AR Rotterdam The Netherlands T: +31 10 203 04 05


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