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January 20, 2013

THE FATHER OF POP DANCE | Tiane Doan na Champassak

Tiane Doan na Champassak found a photo album among other objects that belonged to his father. He didn’t know about the existence of the album nor about the purpose of this photoshoot or why his father posed in a studio in Los Angeles in 1967. The album was carefully edited, showing the “Father of Pop Dance” dancing in different outfits to an equally unknown music.

The book reproduces the found album composed of analog prints that over time, and due to the storage conditions, caused the pages to stick together in some areas and teared up when opened years later. Those tears are symmetrical on each double page spread and add movement to the dancing scenes.

You can purchase the book here.

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October 17, 2012

Daido Moriyama | Printing Show

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I was lucky enough to attend this one-day event held at Tate Modern.  Printing Show was a rare opportunity for participants to create their own numbered limited-edition photobook by the renowned master of Japanese photography, Daido Moriyama. Each participant edited and sequenced their own copy, which was staple-bound with a silk-screened cover and signed by the artist, during this performative event. The entire book-making process happened live on site in full view. The photobook generated during this performance is entitled MENU.

Printing Show featured a menu of over 90 images from Moriyama’s oeuvre, including recent colour photographs. The event is a re-staging of DAIDO MORIYAMA PRINTING SHOW, which took place in Tokyo in 1974. Instead of mounting photographic prints on the gallery walls, Moriyama installed a photocopy machine and silk-screen printing station, generating individualised photobooks composed of photocopied sheets, staple-bound inside a silk-screened cover. Entitled Another Country in New York, the book made use of photographs that the artist shot while in New York City in the winter of 1971.

PRINTING SHOW is a Goliga project organised by Ivan Vartanian and coincides with the William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition at Tate Modern.
 

September 9, 2012

Approaching Whiteness | Performance with Rinko Kawauchi

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Rinko Kawauchi is recognized for masterful editing and sequencing of her images and has generated a rich body of photobooks. In response to this, presenting her photography as a sequence of frames on a scroll — a form with a rich history in Japan — is a new photobook form for the photographer that draws out some of the ideas at the core of her work. The sequence of frames flow from right to left and connote the passage of time as an uninterrupted sequence. This idea extends to a larger philosophy that all things are connected.

Approaching Whiteness presents nine different sequences that each focus on a specific theme. Participants choose a scroll and selected a pattern to be silkscreened onto the underside of the scroll. Once the pattern had been printed onto the scroll, the title was written in brushstroke by a calligrapher. The photographer then stamped her seal onto the scroll before placing the object into a custom-made box and handing it to the participant. The entire process, including the silkscreening, was carried out inside the Photographers’ Gallery while the participants watched.

Total Edition: 300 scrolls

Scroll:
Height: 220 mm, Width: 2.1 meters
Recto: Digital Printing by Edition Works, Tokyo
Japanese paper by Awagami
The scroll wraps around a Katsura pole with a diameter of 44mm and 236mm in length.

Box:
66 x 66 x 255 mm, Paulownia wood
Laser-cut lettering

Approaching Whiteness is a production by Ivan Vartanian / Goliga.

February 19, 2012

Kamaitachi | Eikoh Hosoe


All images © Eikoh Hosoe

Eikoh Hosoe’s long association with the revolutionary performance movement butoh came about through his encounter in 1959 with one of its founders, Tatsumi Hijikata. Hosoe collaborated with Hijikata on several series including Kamaitachi, which is acknowledged as the finest illustration of Hosoe’s hybrid photographic style, combining performance and documentary with a dramatic, virile aesthetic that embodies the founding principles of Hijikata’s ankoku butoh or ‘dance of darkness’.  The dramatic and intense energy that Hijikata generated with his dance not only captured Hosoe’s imagination but also opened up new ways for the young photographer to approach themes such as sexuality, gender and the human body.

Driven by the desire to re-enact his childhood memories when he was evacuated from Tokyo during World War Two, Hosoe had Hijikata perform kamaitachi, the legendary weasel-like demon that haunted the rice paddies in the extremely sparse, rural landscape of the Tohoku region from where they both came. Fusing reality (Hijikata interacting with the landscape and village people) and performance, Hosoe’s ‘subjective documentary’ series opened new ground in Japanese post-war photography.

April 25, 2011

Limited Edition Postcard Set


‘Sign of the Times’ (2011).  Benalup Casas Viejas, Province of Cádiz, Spain.
Limited edition set of 16 postcards.  Contact for further details.

April 14, 2011

Handmade card w/slipcase


HANDMADE FOLDING CARD & SLIPCASE (2011).

April 14, 2011

Annie’s House


ANNIE’S HOUSE – HANDMADE FOLDING CARD (2011).

April 3, 2011

Personalised

March 16, 2011

Help Japan

From now on, all profits from my book will go to the Japanese Red Cross.

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