VIDEO // "Ruhrgebiet 1959" Book Review

by Ulrich Mack

In this episode, we take a look at "Ruhrgebiet 1959" by Ulrich Mack and Hans-Michael Koetzle (ed.) which was published in 2009 by the Munich-based publisher Moser. The book is limited to 400 copies - all of which are signed by Ulrich Mack himself. Most importantly, the book uses the Skia photography print technique by Dieter Kirchner which comes with particularly dark blacks and a fascinating tonal range. If you are interested, the book can still be found here:

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BOOK REVIEW // Brisbane by Nick Bedford

Nick decided to put a few of his images into book format with Blurb. He has recently purchased a Leica M 240 and 35mm lens and basically is going ape crap every spare second he has. I was really interested to see how things turned out, so when today the book turned up I had to have a look. I asked Nick if he minded doing a quick post for our blog. As always he said yes, and then I let his arm go.
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BRISBANE by Nick Bedford - Book printed through

I've been doing street photography for about a year now, and I love the idea of producing a book to view my favourite photographs. There's nothing like looking at real prints!

This is actually a book test to see how the quality is and to get an idea of the page style that works. I want to spend another year taking street photographs before I consider a more realised book.

Blurb in Lightroom

I'd printed a book through Blurb a while ago, and with the Lightroom Books module I was able to build the book and get it printed through them directly.

As for the book itself, I opted for the 10x8" book with my photographs ending up at around 5x7 size. This gives you a nice margin and a viewing space like a gallery. In hindsight, I might opt for the hard cover next time as it would be easier to handle when looking at the pages.

I chose the Premium Matte paper option and this looks to be the best option as it still has a smooth and slightly glossy feel, but isn't "shiny".

Print Quality

The first thing I noticed is that the front and back glossy covers were not entirely B&W and were slightly blue toned. This is something I would much prefer to be truly B&W since there is actually no colour in these images...

The prints inside the book are however quite good and I can't seem to see any colour toning issues. They're both detailed and as rich and contrasty as the digital files.


I'm really happy with how this turned out. The price of these smaller books is only about $25-30 excluding postage for 22x 10x8" pages so it's great value, especially if you are only printing one or two for yourself.

The cover pages weren't perfect and I will definitely contact Blurb to see how I can rectify this next time around, but the prints inside the book are great.

I've made the book available for print at cost price for those interested grab one here

Book Review // After Mandela

by Jan Dirk van der Burg, Stefanie Grätz

The book contains a complete photographic inventory of places in The Netherlands named after the South Africa's first black president.

There is no living person in the Netherlands, besides the Royal family, that has so many public places named after him than Nelson Mandela. The praise and magnification are a result of the Mandela Magic, the so-called iconisation of Madiba, who became a brandname for reconciliation.

Book Review // Last Resort by Martin Parr

by Jesse Freeman from the pages of Japan Camera Hunter

Ironically Martin Parr’s The Last Resort was the first resort for me several years ago when I told myself I’d cut back on literature in favor of purchasing at least one photo book a month. With my limited knowledge of photography at the time I always remembered Martin Parr because his photography was just so original and decided to get this one.
It was color, it was day time flash, it was ugly, it was intelligent, it was satiric, it was medium format, and more importantly everyone who I got into photography with at the time hated him (so I knew he was doing something right lol). In addition, as a film person the everyday of suburbia enhanced with saturated colors felt like David Lynch. This book in ways changed photography for Europeans who were still in the mode of sober black and white photos as it was really only the American photographers in the 70s who were really doing color, and Parr took it
somewhere else.


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Book Review // Vivian Maier Self-Portraits


Celebrated by The Wall Street JournalVanity FairThe New York TimesAmerican PhotoTown and Country, and countless other publications, the life's work of recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier has captivated the world and spawned comparisons to photography's masters including Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Walker Evans, and Weegee among others.

Now, for the first time, Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits reveals the fullest and most intimate portrait of the artist to date  with approximately 60 never-before-seen black-and-white and four-color  self-portraits culled from the extensive Maloof archive, the preeminent collector of the work of Vivian Maier and editor of the highly acclaimed  Vivian Maier: Street Photographer (powerHouse Books, 2011)—bringing us closer to the reclusive artist than ever before.