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Fine art Photobook reaction David Nissen / Topshit #70

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In this vlog I’m featuring David Nissen, a photographer who prefers to photograph at night and the book Shapes of Light is taking us on a tied rope walking between surrealistic landscapes and the world as we know it.

Author: David Nissen
Graphic design: Guillaume Duprat and David Nissen
Self published in 2019
Edition of 300 copies comes with an art print size 13x19cm

Written by Borut Peterlin

24 August, 2019 at 21:33

Art Photobook by KATRIEN DE BLAUWER

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In this vlog I’m making a reaction on the book Why I Hate Cars, by Katrien de Blauwer, designed by Tony Cederteg published by Libraryman from Stockholm The book Why I Hate Cars accompanied Katrien de Blauwer’s exhibition Love Me Tender in Paris, France at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.

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Written by Borut Peterlin

12 August, 2019 at 23:39

Photobook Winterreise by Luc Delahaye

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In this vlog I’m sharing my thoughts about the Winterreise photobook by Luc Delahaye. Let me know what do you feel about this kind of vlog. Few links about the author: https://www.amazon.com/Winterreise-Lu… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Del… Music: From_Russia_With_Love by Huma-Huma / YouTube Audio Library

Written by Borut Peterlin

24 June, 2019 at 07:26

TopSheet Photography Book Review – Peter Koštrun

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In this Topsheet Photography Book Review I’m featuring Peter Koštrun, a Slovenian photographer and professor at Academy ALOU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The book is available for purchase in Gallery Photon on the link bellow: https://photon.si/artists/peter-kostrun/

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4 July, 2018 at 14:04

Homage to Paul Graham

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Paul Graham at the workshop in Fabrica in year 2000

Last week I was on a vacation and I’ve read a book review of newest project by Paul Graham at Aphotoeditor by Robert Haggart. I’ve first encountered Paul Graham’s work at an exhibition at Month of Photography in Bratislava, year 1994. It was an exhibition of New British Documentary Photography. When I was in Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre, year 2000, he had a two days workshop there. Until then I didn’t fancy his aesthetic, but I understood his topics and I loved his early works especially Beyond Caring and Troubled Land. His work you don’t understand on a first glance, it took me a while of reading and contemplation to get familiar with the idea that war photography can be done with medium format camera from far and it’s OK, that your pictures aren’t good enough because you’re not close enough.

While we had a workshop together he asked from us to go out and make pictures, that we wouldn’t otherwise, we were asked to make mistakes, rigorous technical and compositional mistakes. We went out and each of us shot a roll of film and I took it as a joke, throwing camera in the air and taking pictures with a timer on and of course nobody took an effort to look trough a viewfinder. And accordingly that’s how our pictures look like, a one big mess! Paul came along and start shuffling pictures and out of this mess of unsharp, blurry, over&under exposed pictures made a series that actually looked really cool! Then he was talking about possible connotations that this kind of aesthetic could be applied to. I was astonished! What a good workshop!

So when I read the book review that I’ve mentioned before I clicked through the book and as always it’s not on a first ball as we say it, but as all Graham’s projects it takes some time to get familiar with his new “invention” in photography. To be honest my belief was that diptychs, triptychs and other typtichs are for photographers who can not make a good picture, then they do some distracting maneuvers with juxtaposing several images together. In 99% it’s like that, if you ask me, or even more if the theme of the series is dealing with identity of a photographer (grow up!).

But, I’m also great fan of Duane Michals and his way of transcending an image with a sequence and Graham’s diptychs are sharing a some sort of rhythm that I like. Furthermore this is actually a street photography, a contemporary modern version street photography, that I adore. Robert Haagart wrote:

“But, inch by inch, I realized that the book’s locale is strictly allegorical. It could have been London, or Barcelona, or San Francisco, or almost any city on Earth. The title of the book is not “NYC,” it’s “The Present.” Mr. Graham is asking us to take him at his word, and look beyond the obvious.”

At the moment I was reading this I was at a vacation at the sea site in Nerezine, Croatia, so I wondered if it could have been NY, London, Barcelona, why not Nerezine as well? I took my camera and the very next day I’ve made a jackpot of an image that I’m publishing bellow. I’m continuing with the mining the concept…


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