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 // The Open Road by David Campany

Photography and the American Road Trip

The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip
10 x 11 1/2 in. (25.4 x 29.21 cm)
336 pages
300 duotone and four-color images
Hardcover with jacket
September 2014

'The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip' is the first book to explore the photographic road trip as a genre. It opens with a comprehensive introduction, which traces the rise of road culture in America and considers photographers on the move across the country and across the century, from the early 1900s to present day.

Here, editor Denise Wolff, author David Campany, and featured photographers Joel Meyerowitz, Justine Kurland, and Todd Hido discuss the book, and their own relationship to the the road. 'The Open Road' is a visual tour-de-force, pres­enting the story of photographers for whom the American road is muse.


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BOOK REVIEW // Levitate by Lukas Ipsmiller

 Photographer and media transcending artist Lukas Ipsmiller presents a perennial work cycle “Levitate“ in form of a book publication. His work, created on Cyprus, in Greece, Italy and Austria deals with the melancholy of things. Nature, people and technology are centered as solitary icons.
Besides being an artist, Lukas Ipsmiller is the founder of the artistic collective “Men In Space“ as well as organizer and DJ for “Wiener Endorphine“, a city known group being held responsible for endorphin emissions in Vienna’s club scene.


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Self-published photo books go from last resorts to treasures at MOMA

Andrew Miksys

Andrew Miksys

The books, Phelan says, are “the closest you can get to the actual product," the experience of looking at a work of art the way the artist envisioned it. And getting that experience takes some doing: The majority of his books are issued in limited editions that are sometimes hand-numbered or signed. That makes them fetishized works of art in and of themselves, and they're snapped up in practically no time.

And why? Because they're self-published. While book publishing in general is ailing, self-publishing is thriving — even though it still has something of a bad rap in the literary world, an option of last resort for those who couldn’t get their book past the traditional gatekeepers.

“And yet here in photo books, particularly in self-published photo books — we have this incredible oasis where it’s flourishing,” Phelan says. “Books sell out in days sometimes, not even in weeks.”

That’s right, self-publishing is hot, so hot that Phelan helped create the first international self-published photography book prize, the Anamorphosis Prize. Entries have already begun streaming from all over the world; the first package Phelan opened contained a book about spaghetti Westerns from Italy.


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