donderdag 28 december 2017

Sahara à l'heure de la découverte la Guilde du Livre Yvan Dalain Photography

Sahara à l'heure de la découverte.
PHOTOGRAPHIE] - DALAIN (Yvan) & FAVROD (Charles-Henri).
Edité par Lausanne, La Guilde du Livre, 1958, 1 vol. in-4 (280 x 220) cartonné sous jaquette illustrée, de 106 pp. Coins et coiffes très légèrement émoussés sinon très bel exemplaire., 1958
Edition originale tirée à 10030 exemplaires (N°5185). Edition hors commerce réservée aux membres de la Guilde du Livre. Somptueuses photographies en noir et blanc de Yvan Dalain, reproduites en héliogravure. Texte de Charles-Henri Favrod. Réf. biblio. : Desachy, Mandery, 119.

La Guilde du Livre - Les albums-photographiques 1941-1977 

Here retraced album by album, the history of photo-albums of the Guild of the book of Lausanne, founded by Albert Mermoud. Robert Doisneau, Izis, Jacques Prévert, Colette, Cendras, and many others have written the history of the Guild. "Le Paris des rêves" of Izis was sold at more than 120000 copies 600 reproductions illustrate 84 photo-albums of the Guild along with bibliographic and historical comments that shed a new light on this editorial saga. 

Founded by the Gutenberg book guild as a branch in French-speaking Switzerland, the Guild du Livre developed quickly under the direction of Albert Mermoud and became independent of its mother house in only a few years. In addition to books devoted to French literature and translations of books in foreign languages that were being offered to the members at reasonable prices, the Guild du Livre launched a series of carefully produced photographic volumes printed in gravure at the end of the 1940s. During the 1950s, before this costly printing process was replaced by the cheaper offset printing, the series reached its pinnacle in terms of quality and circulation. In addition to photographic volumes by Henriette Grindat, volumes of work by Robert Doisneau, Izis, Paul Strand and Swiss photographers Gotthard Schuh, Yvan Dalain and Henry Brandt were among the best-know and most successful publications.

dinsdag 26 december 2017

Rue Vue Groupe de l'Immobilière-Constructions de Paris 1970 Jean-Louis Bloch-Lainé M.+M. Auer Collection Company Photography

Jean-Louis Bloch-Lainé - Rue Vue
Groupe de l'Immobilière-Constructions de Paris, 1970.
Quarto (32 x 24.5 cm) Limited first edition of 600 copies. Very nice firm book printed by Draeger in Montrouge, referenced in the M. + M. Auer collection. p. 522
Rare copy signed by Jean-Louis Bloch-Lainé.
Grey printed editor paperboard, the casing is missing.

802 Photobooks from the M+M Auer Collection

How many great photo books would you guess have been published so far? Between Parr/Badger, Roth 101 and Open Book there are about 500 books featured collectively, but how many more were overlooked, unknown, or met the editing axe due to subjectivity? One thousand?

A new book called 802 Photobooks from the M + M Auer Collection brings a few more obscure titles to light. Michele and Michel Auer have over 20,000 photo books in their personal library and this selection of 802 is meant to show the variety of choice available above and beyond the other books of photobooks.

When I heard of this book, my first thought was “802 books? Great…the more the merrier, time to give the ABE search engines a workout” but upon seeing a copy, I am starting to think that after 500, there is a big drop off from the look of things.

I have to say from the look of things because one of the biggest drawbacks to this book is that it provides no information about the content other than a thumbnail photograph of the cover or a spread, the physical size and publishing info. So this is a judge from the cover, do your own research approach that may have you spending money simply due to a book’s cover image.

802 Photobooks is very small at only four by six inches but the two inches worth of pages gives it a decent heft. The printing is adequate even though the images are not much bigger than 35mm contacts.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy looking through this as much as many of the other books on photo books but I really do not see much of a point without the educational benefit of descriptions of the content. This may be the closest you get to porn for photobook geeks.

woensdag 20 december 2017

Photobook Phenomenon & Catalogues My Choice 2017 Bint photoBooks on INTernet



Stephan Keppel - Flat Finish (New York) by Stephan Keppel (Author)
Fw: Books (2017), 400 pages

Reading Raymond Carver by Mary Frey
peperoni books

Dublin 2017 by Krass Clement (Author)
RRB Publishing (2017), 136 pages

Good Luck With The Future door Dani Pujalte and Rita Puig-Serra
Andere auteurs: Affaire Projects (Ontwerper)
Published by Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalte

Luxaflex door Paul Kooiker
New York: Dashwood Books

Robby Müller: Polaroid door Robby Müller (Auteur)
Walther Konig (2017), 94 pages

Rock Report #10 door Theo Niekus
Andere auteurs: design joseph plateau

New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century door Mattie Boom (Auteur)
Andere auteurs: Mattie Boom (Redacteur), Hans Rooseboom (Redacteur), Irma Boom (Ontwerper)
NAi010 Publishers/Rijksmuseum (2017), 340 pagina's

The Japanese Photobook, 1912–1990 door Manfred Heiting (Redacteur)
Andere auteurs: Ryūichi Kaneko (Medewerker), Duncan Forbes (Medewerker), Matthew Witkovsky (Medewerker)
Steidl (2017), Edition: Bilingual, 576 pages

Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals door Mandy Barker (Auteur)
Andere auteurs: Mandy Barker (Fotograaf)
Overlapse (2017), 104 pages

Photobook Phenomenon door Vicenç Villatoro (Auteur)

Nokturno door Andrej Lamut
The Angry Bat

After Baldus door Theo Baart & Cary Markerink
Andere auteurs: SJG / Joost Grootens / Silke Koeck Tekst: Alison Nordström
Ideas on Paper

Bord de Mer door Gabriele Basilico

Dear Sky / North Korean Aviation door Arthur Mebius
The Eriskay Connection (2017), 128 pagina's

"Ich bin teuer." Wer war Baron Mario von Bucovich? door Eckhardt Köhn
Edition Luchs

Immo Refugee door Marco Tiberio
Andere auteurs: Graphic Design by Emilio Macchia

New York in Photobooks door Horacio Fernández (Redacteur)
RM/Centro José Guerrero (2017), 240 pagina's

Mario García Joya: A la plaza con Fidel: Books on Books No. 21 door Mario Joya (Fotograaf)
Andere auteurs: Leandro Villaro (Medewerker)
Errata Editions (2017), 80 pagina's

Long Live the Glorious May 7 Directive: Books on Books No. 20 door Carol Yinghua Lu (Medewerker)
Andere auteurs: Liu Ding (Medewerker), Shuxia Chen (Medewerker)
Errata Editions (2017), 140 pagina's

Broken landscapes door Jan Dibbets Ger Dekkers, Ger van Elk, Jaap van den Ende
Bochum : Situation Kunst (für Max Imdahl), Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum; 159 pages, 25 x 29 cm;

Report #9 door Theo Niekus

Sergio Larrain: Valparaiso door Pablo Neruda (Auteur)
Andere auteurs: Sergio Larrain (Fotograaf), Henri Cartier-Bresson (Medewerker)
Aperture (2017), 212 pagina's

1/100 Dutch Photographic Publications from the Wingender Collection door Hinde Haest
Andere auteurs: Frits Gierstberg Mattie Boom, Els Kerremans, Bart Sorgedrager, Jan Peter Wingender
Uitgeverij Komma

maandag 18 december 2017

Views & Reviews The Fears and Hopes of a Generation Good Luck With The Future Rita Puig-Serra Dani Pujalte Photography

Good Luck With The Future 
Authors: Rita Puig-Serra & Dani Pujalte
Edition 500
120 pages
200 mm ax 270 mm. 
ISBN: 978-84-617-9587-1
Good Luck with the Future is a journey of infinite paths, with a critical starting point and an uncertain destiny. It began as an exploration on how our generation lives and feels the future, to finish in an attempt to discover how do we perceive it ourselves. The project is about what could be, and what will be, although we don't know yet. What will never be, and also of what has been suddenly, without expecting it.

Good Luck With The Future is an ongoing collaborative project between Dani Pujalte and Rita Puig-Serra that has been developed in the last 2 years. Both born in late 80's, they explore through a poetic journey, feelings and expectations of their generation about the future. Uncertain, unknow and sometime scary.

"Good luck with the future is a journey of infinite paths, with a critical starting point and an uncertain destiny. It began as an exploration on how our generation lives and feels the future, to finish in an attempt to discover how do we perceive it ourselves. The project is about what could be, and what will be, although we do not know yet. What will never be, and also of what has been suddenly, without expecting it."

Rita Puig-Serra lives and works in Barcelona. After studying Humanities and a master in Comparative Literature, she studies Graphic Design in IDEP and Photography in CFD and El Observatorio. Her first project “Where Mimosa Bloom” was published in 2014 by Editions du Lic. She received with Dani Pujalte the grant 20ª Fotopres La Caixa to produce the work Good Luck With The Future. She recently start a project with Salvi Danés and David Bestué with the support of

Dani Pujalte lives and works in Barcelona where he combines personal projects, assignments, and curating at Wer-Haus gallery&bookshop. His projects revolve around personal exploration as a tool to tackle cultural and social issues. His work has been published in Studio Vortex, Laboratori among other publications. He recently won the grant Fotopres La Caixa to work in the project “Good Luck with the Future” with Rita Puig-Ser

The Fears and Hopes of a Generation
In their latest book Good Luck With The Future, Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalte portray the state of uncertainty of those turning thirty in these days.

© Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalate, from the book, Good Luck With The Future

Highways, buildings. Thousands of cars. Where are these people going? Where am I going? Pyramids, robots, laser rays. The future is uncertain by definition, so why worry about it?

As I turn the pages of Rita and Dani's book over and over again, many questions cross my mind. I empathise with them. We are European. We are more or less the same age: thirty something. When we started to embrace our future around ten years ago, the Western world was entering the biggest financial crisis of modern times. Ever since those days, a sense of precariousness has accompanied our generation. Unemployment. Companies, banks and even states going bankrupt. More recently terrorism, migration, and climate change. At the same time we have been privileged compared to previous generations, and most people of our age around the world. We haven't lived through war. We can travel easily. Technology, the Internet and Social Media have opened up new, unprecedented opportunities.

As I turn the pages I imagine this is the context in which, back in 2014, Rita and Dani - while approaching that age at which you should have a stable job and thinking about having children - decided to face their fear of the future and started a six month journey with no predefined destination. That journey and those years end up in their book, Good Luck With The Future. Yet the journey is not the main focus of this project; it is rather simply an excuse to put their lives on hold and live a sort of extended present - a 180 day parenthesis between the past and the future. It's here that the story begins and you get dragged into this visual exploration towards that sense of uncertainty and something so ephemeral as the future.

© Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalate, from the book, Good Luck With The Future

While looking at these pictures you often feel lost and hopeless. An emergency exit, a labyrinth, a trapped butterfly. A young guy looking at the water of what seems to be a lake. There is a sense of emptiness and resignation in the air. But the book's structure is there to help you. Divided into six chapters - Abolute past, Relative past, Here, And Now, Relative future, Absolute future - it invites you to stop and reflect. See the future starting from the past. Or reverse: to analyse your past starting from where you think or wish to head to. The images do not suggest any clear answers; but however you look at it, this project seems to invite you to take some time to reflect about where you are coming from, where you are, and where you are heading to.

Is this thread sufficient to guide the biggest waves of freelancers of all time who have been dreaming of working 4 hours a day while looking at the Indian Ocean from their laptop? No. Nevertheless what originally seemed to me as a book of emptiness and resignation is turning into a book of hope. It evokes a famous latin adage: unusquisque faber fortunae suae. We are the maker of our own destiny, and we should take responsibility for that, especially if we are in our late 20s or early 30s. Traditional jobs are disappearing, social tensions are increasing as wealth is less and less equally distributed. Yet there is not other option that facing the future and dealing with the issues of our time, as staring soullessly at the horizon won't help that much - apart for some likes on Instagram.

© Rita Puig-Serra Costa and Dani Pujalate, from the book, Good Luck With The Future

Maybe it's normal to feel lost in your late 20s or just something that might happen and you should be ready to face. I turn the page of the book one last time and then I leave it closed on the table. It's only in that moment that I notice the grey message on the black back cover. It says: "Sorry it's taken me 5 months to answer your questions. From the moment I found love, thanks to your lucky coin, to the moment I lost it, at my arrival in Mexico, my life has been chaos. But anyways, that's just another story. (...) The lucky coin just keeps on bringing me more luck ever since the trip we did together. It's nice to think that love does exist and that it can be shared forever. This, I learn from you." Lorelay.

Ok, it's a book of hope or at least I wish to think so. And it leaves me with one final question: in the daily maze of uncertainty and opportunities, is love - found and lost - the only certainty we can rely on?

Maybe. Good luck with the future.