Posts tagged ‘Photo-book’

February 14, 2013

Inspiration | Ballet by Alexey Brodovitch

Alexey Brodovitch‘s Ballet published in 1945 is one of the most legendary of photobook masterpieces. While already established as a leading influential art director and graphic designer, Brodovitch turned his photographic talents towards rehearsals and performances of ballet companies visiting New York stages. Shot in 35mm and disregarding traditional conventions of “good” technique, Brodovitch pushed the boundaries of description to create a panorama of images that perfectly captures the motion and spirit of dance. Books on Books #11 reproduces every dynamic page spread from this rarely seen volume along with a contemporary essay written by leading Brodovitch scholar Kerry William Purcell.

This book is published by www.errataeditions.com

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June 12, 2012

RIP | Masahisa Fukase

I was very sad to learn today that Masahisa Fukase died on 9 June.  His book Karasu (Ravens) is my all time favourite photobook; shot in in 1976 in Hokkaido in the wake of his divorce, and published in 1986.  A panel of five experts convened by the British Journal of Photography, in 2010, selected Karasu as the best photobook published between 1986 and 2009. Fukase suffered traumatic brain injury from a fall in 1992, and remained in a coma until his death earlier this month.

To quote Sean O’Hagan:

Fukase’s images are grainy, dark and impressionistic. Often, he magnifies his negatives or overexposes them, aiming all the time for mood over technical refinement. He photographs flocks from a distance, and single birds that appear like black silhouettes against grey, wintry skies. They are captured in flight, blurred and ominous, and at rest, perching on telegraph wires, trees, fences and chimneys. Fusake photographs them alive and dead, and maps their shadows in harsh sunlight and their tracks in the snow.  Ultimately, though, it seems that Fukase’s 10-year pursuit of the ravens was a way of trying to make sense of an altogether more personal emotional trauma…..read more here.