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The Do It Yourselfie Guide - the ultimate guide with 66 rules and 66 identity pictures to capture the best version of yourself. The artist edition, in collaboration with New Window, exists of 148 identity pictures - 66 with rules in text, 66 with a visual example to accompany the rule. It comes in a smal box, made by hand and signed by the artist. The guide will be introduced at New Window at Unseen Photography Festival Amsterdam, 18 - 21 september 2014. (Supported by the Mondriaan Fund)

theobviousportrait:

The Do It Yourselfie Guide - the ultimate guide with 66 rules and 66 identity pictures to capture the best version of yourself.
The artist edition, in collaboration with New Window, exists of 148 identity pictures - 66 with rules in text, 66 with a visual example to accompany the rule. It comes in a smal box, made by hand and signed by the artist.
The guide will be introduced at New Window at Unseen Photography Festival Amsterdam, 18 - 21 september 2014.
(Supported by the Mondriaan Fund)

These two photographs by Marijke van Warmerdam are inserted in the book Het komt voor (2008), a collaboration with poet Rozalie Hirs. It is a typical Dutch landscape that you would find in the rural area around Amsterdam. I believe the pictures are made near the artist studio in Abcoude. In one photograph you can see a bird house mounted in a tree and in the other the view of the bird house is obscured by a splash of water.

I am not sure why, but this book is not included in Close by in the Distance - A Catalogue Raisonné. There is a similar work from 2008 called Sloot (Ditch) made from the same point of view that is listed in the book. It is a reversible photo work on a shelf. In this case the splash of water obscures the view of a sheep. The bird house is also visible. There is another work that uses pictures from the same location called Underwater I and II that was first exhibited in 2005. 

Underwater I and II, 2005. Courtesy of Galerie van Gelder

A New American Picture (2010, 2012) by Doug Rickard is a disturbing book and a great example of how Google Street View can be applied by artists. His new book N.A. that will be available soon in a trade ediiton published by Verlag Kettler and D.A.P. is even more disturbing. Especially if you consider that the pictures are completely sourced from YouTube video’s. Again Rickard uses publicly available material from the internet to expose scene’s he otherwise would have never been able to capture. Both books were initially published as limited edition books by the small publisher White-Press.

Photo Events in The Netherlands

You could say there are too many photo events coming up in the Netherlands.

  • There is Useen in Amsterdam September 18-21, a photo fair similar to Paris Photo but of course more limited in scope and presence.
  • There is the Noordericht in Leeuwarden, a big photo festival between August 31 and October 26 with many exhibitions in museums and galleries.
  • There is Breda Photo, another photo festival from September 11 until October 26 with lots of big names like Todd Hido, Gregory Halpern, Alec Soth, Ed Templeton, Andrew Bush and Simon Roberts.

So if you plan to visit Unseen, stay two more days and travel by train in two hours to Leeuwarden for the Noorderlicht festival and in one and a half hour to Breda for Breda Photo. Both have plenty of interesting exhibitions with great names. Look up the websites for details. And if you like festivals and like culture, stay a bit longer to visit the Incubate festival, a kind of South by Southwest festival, in Tilburg one and a half hour by train from Amsterdam.

Nowadays it does not make much sense to upload pictures of book pages as even for self published books you can find flip through video’s online. But I wanted to share this video made by Tipi Bookshop in Brussels of the excellent book Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty by the Belgian photographer Max Pinckers.

This is a really great book exploring love and marriage in India. Of course there are influences of the images and symbolism of Bollywood cinema, but to me it looks like a very human loving book. The pictures and the narrative are great and the rendering and overall book design and production is excellent. An exceptional publication. I really look forward to new work by this photographer.

Photographer and blogger Harvey Benge about the exhibition and publication Gift by Rinko Kawauchi and Terrri Weifenbach. Gift is a very nice publication especially because the binding invites the reader to browse the pictures by Terri Weifenbach and Rinko Kawauchi simultaneously thus allowing you to follow the exchange of pictures.

Tai Tak Hardware & Paint. Top picture courtesy Michael Wolf.

A cropped version of this image is included in Hong Kong Trilogy by photographer Michael Wolf. The location of the neon sign is 278 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong. On Google Street View you can view several pictures from February 2009 until August 2011. It looks like the children’s dress was still hanging there in August 2011. The neon sign does not seem to be in a good shape.

The image by Michael Wolf is from http://www.neonsigns.hk where you can also find some more information about the neon sign.

New photo magazine FRIET with every day objects from the Amsterdam Noord/Zuidlijn (North/South metro line) excavations made from plastic . Archeology for children with photography by Harold Strak and design by Willem van Zoetendaal. Strak is photographing thousands of objects from the Noord/Zuidlijn excavations that will result in a major publication documenting the archeological discoveries.

For all the photo book collectors out there!

Daan van Golden Reflections at GEM The Hague

Today I had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Daan van Golden exhibition Reflections at GEM The Hague. Van Golden remains one of my favourite artists. It provides a very good overview of his work including painting, photographs, some prints and the video work Dante e Leonardo. It is a very well balanced exhibition. There was even an edition for sale, but to my regret (but not to my surprise) it was sold-out. The exhibition catalogue is available as a download here.