Friday, October 27, 2017

London next week, week after Paris...

 
Harvey Benge - London, May 2017

I'm going to be in London next week and the week after in Paris for Paris Photo. If any of my photo friends feel like a beer, glass of wine (or 2) or a coffee, get in touch.

Harvey Benge - Paris, May 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

PARIS PHOTO - book signings


Book signing - Thursday Nov 9, 6pm

Paris Photo opens in the Grand Palais in just under 2 weeks... from Thursday November 9 through until Sunday November 12 there are book signings by all your, all my, favorite photographers.
Here, in no particular order, are just a few that are on my shortlist: Joel Meyerowitz, Guy Tillim, Rinko Kawauchi, Antoine d’Agata, David Lynch, Jim Goldberg, Sophie Calle, John Gossage, Koji Onaka, Susan Meiselas, Todd Hido, Roger Ballen, JH Engström. So many books, so little time!

And last but not least. I'll be signing my latest book - THE LAMENT - at Dewi Lewis stand on Thursday the 9th at 6pm... if you're around come and say hello!

You can check out the full list of signing on the Paris Photo website HERE.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Photography in Paris in November, the BJP reports

 
Lars Tunbjörk - Stock Brokerage, New York, 1997

Simon Bainbridge interviews Paris Photo directors Florence Bourgeois and Christoph Wiesner in the latest on-line offering from the British Journal of Photography. The article gives an in-depth look at the 21st edition of the world's premier photography fair which returns to Paris 9-12 November.
But there is more... The second edition of the Biennial of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World at M.E.P. and seven other venues across the city. Noémie Goudal’s latest series, Telluris, created last spring in the Californian desert, complete with an on-site installation at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire. Raymond Depardon’s Traverser retrospective at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson, Albert Renger Patzsch at the Jeu de Paume, Malick Sidibé’s Mali Twist at Fondation Cartier…

You can read the full story HERE

Monday, October 23, 2017

Why Artists' Books Are as Relevant as Ever...

 
NY Art Book Fair. Image via processandskills.com

In a post by on today's Artspace editor-in-chief Loney Adams talks with Printed Matter's Philip Aarons on Why Artist's Books are as relevant as ever in today's digital world. The piece is a must read for anybody who has ever made a bookwork or is contemplating doing so.

In the introduction to Artists Who Make Books, a brand-new release by Phaidon, co-editor Claire Lehmann writes, “At a time when an artist can utilize a wide miscellany of ways and means—a paintbrush, a custom software program, a camera, a CNC router, a found object—it seems worth asking: What does the artist’s book allow, in structure, expression, or reach?” Though artists have been making books for ages, it seems that with the ubiquity of digital media in 2017, artists have a range of democratic means of not only expressing themselves, but disseminating their work to a broad and diverse audience, diminishing the need for artists books and zines. And yet, artists who have developed their careers in a variety of mediums continue to turn to the book as a medium of many—a vehicle for ideas and expressions outside the confines of the white cube and the politics of the art market.

Joining Lehmann in editing Artists Who Make Books, along with Andrew Ross, is Philip Aarons, a die-hard collector of artists’ books who for years has served as the board chair of Printed Matter (a store-front operation started in the '70s by Sol LeWitt and Lucy Lippard as a headquarters of sorts for all things printed), and is a member of the Museum of Modern Art’s Library and Archive Trustee Committee. His passion for collecting artists’ books is somewhat ironic, considering the inherent exclusivity involved in collecting scarce objects: what excites Aarons’ about books and multiples is their ability to touch the hands of not only wealthy collectors like himself, but also of those who can’t afford to participate in the fine art market—the artist’s friends and peers, young makers, and fans. Artists' books are democratic, tactile, and accessible.

You can read the full article HERE.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Being: New Photography 2018 at MoMA NYC



Being: New Photography 2018, the latest edition of MoMA’s longstanding and celebrated New Photography series, investigates charged and layered notions of personhood and subjectivity in recent photography and photo-based art, presenting works by 17 artists working in the US and internationally.

The works included in Being respond to diverse lived experiences and circumstances through a range of issues and tactics, including interrogations of traditional modes of photographic portraiture, the use of surrogates or masks as replacements for the body, tensions between privacy and exposure, formations of community or social relations, and the agency of the sitter and of the artist. Some works in the exhibition might be considered straightforward figurative depictions, while others do not include imagery of the human body at all. Since its earliest manifestations, photography has been widely seen as a means by which to capture an exact likeness of a person; the artists featured in Being mine or upset this rich history as they explore photographic representations of personhood today, when rights of representation are contested for many individuals.

Being: New Photography 2018 is constituted primarily of works made since 2016, both by artists who are just starting out in their careers, some showing in New York for the first time, and by others with more established practices who, in some cases, have been supporting the field of photography through teaching or creating other platforms for production. For all the artists, this will be the first exhibition of their work at the Museum.

The artists included are: Sofia Borges (Brazilian, born 1984) Matthew Connors (American, born 1976) Sam Contis (American, born 1982) Shilpa Gupta (Indian, born 1976) Adelita Husni-Bey (Italian, born 1985) Yazan Khalili (Palestinian, born Syria, 1981) Harold Mendez (American, born 1977) Aïda Muluneh (Ethiopian, born 1974) Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương (American, born Hong Kong, 1979; American, born 1976) B. Ingrid Olson (American, born 1987) Joanna Piotrowska (Polish, born 1985) Em Rooney (American, born 1983) Paul Mpagi Sepuya (American, born 1982) Andrzej Steinbach (German, born Poland, 1983) Stephanie Syjuco (American, born Philippines, 1974) Carmen Winant (American, born 1983) Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.

Being: New Photography 2018, March 18 - August 19, 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation 2017 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist



Photography Catalogue of the Year

Brassaï: Graffiti, Le Langage du Mur
Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska
Éditions Xavier Barral

CLAP! 10x10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks: 2000–2016
Olga Yatskevich, Russet Lederman, and Matthew Carson
10x10 Photobooks

Diary of a Leap Year
Rabith Mroué
Kunsthalle Mainz and Kapth Books

Hans Eijkelboom: Photo Concepts 1970
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Wim van Sinderen, Gerrit Willems and Dieter Roelstraete
Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century
Mattie Boom, Hans Rooseboom
Rijiksmuseum

First PhotoBook

Mathieu Asselin
Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation
Verlag Kettler

Zackary Canepari
REX
Contrasto Books

Teju Cole
Blind Spot
Penguin Random House

Sam Contis
Deep Springs
MACK

Debi Cornwall
Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay
Radius Books

Albert Elm
What Sort of Life Is This
The Ice Plant

Mary Frey
Reading Raymond Carver
Peperoni Books

Jenia Fridlyand
Entrance to Our Valley
Self-published

Darren Harvey-Regan
The Erratics
RVB Books

Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen
Eyes As Big As Plates
Forlaget Press

Dawn Kim
Creation.IMG
Self-published

Laura Larson
Hidden Mother
Saint Lucy Books

Feng Li
White Night
Jiazazhi Press

Cecil McDonald Jr.
In the Company of Black
Candor Arts

Virginie Rebetez
Out of the Blue
Meta/Books

Claudius Schulze
State of Nature
Hartmann Books

Nadya Sheremetova, ed.
With Alexey Bogolepov, Margo Ovcharenko, Irina Ivannikova, Anastasia Tsayder, Igor Samolet, Yury Gudkov, Olya Ivanova, Irina Zadorozhnaia, Anastasia Tailakova, and Irina Yulieva.
Amplitude No.1
FotoDepartment

Senta Simond
Rayon Vert
Self-published

Alnis Stakle
Melancholic Road
Self-published

Mayumi Suzuki
The Restoration Will
Self-published

PhotoBook of the Year

Anne Golaz
Corbeau
MACK

Jim Goldberg
The Last Son
SUPER LABO

Nicholas Muellner
In Most Tides an Island
SPBH Editions

Mark Neville
Fancy Pictures
Steidl

Alison Rossiter
Expired Paper
Radius Books and Yossi Milo Gallery

Paul Scheik, ed.
Mike Mandel, Susan Meiselas, Bill Burke, and Lee Friedlander
Subscription Series No. 5

Dayanita Singh
Museum Bhavan
Steidl

Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril
La Grieta (The Crack)
Astiberri Ediciones

Erik van der Weijde
This Is Not My Book
Spector Books

Henk Wildschut
Ville de Calais
Self-published

The shortlisted books will be profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook, to be released in November 2017 at Paris Photo. Copies will also be available at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, as well as distributed with Aperture magazine and through other distribution partners.

The shortlist is also available at Aperture Foundation’s website and Paris Photo’s website.

A final jury in Paris will select the winners for all three prizes, which will be revealed at Paris Photo on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Lament - now available from photobookstore UK, comes with exclusive signed and numbered print

 

Photobookstore UK now have copies of my most recent book-work, The Lament, from Dewi Lewis Publishing. This 96 page hardback book comes with an exclusive signed 6"x4" print, see image below.

 
The Lament is partly fiction and partly autobiographical. The pictures mine the unusual and the perverse. They make strange connections and exploit the unexpected. Nothing is as it seems, though we nevertheless sense that there is a truth in everything. Mystery prevails and it is up to the viewer to bring his or her own life experience to the reading of the work.
The Lament deals with loss, change and the inevitability of impermanence. All thoughts, emotions and circumstances that each and every one us have experienced and have dealt with in our lives. There is sexual misadventure too. Yet despite the apparent angst, Benge isn’t about to slit his wrists anytime soon: a wry sense of humour runs through the work and if you look hard enough you might even spot a sense of optimism.

Photobookstore also have the last few copies of my self published limited edition work, The Month Before Trump. This also comes with a signed 6"x4" print.



You can go to the photobookstore site HERE.