Title of publication: UNTITLED (I’VE TAKEN TOO MANY PHOTOS / I’VE NEVER TAKEN A PHOTO)
Name of artist: Anouk Kruithof
Additional contributor/s: Harrison Medina
Design: Christof Nüssli
Editor: Anouk Kruithof, Harrison Medina and Christof Nüssli
Series name: UNTITLED (I’VE TAKEN TOO MANY PHOTOS / I’VE NEVER TAKEN A PHOTO)
Press: Dijkman Offsett, amsterdam (newspaper print) and poster and a print by Jesus
Publication date: July 2014
Place of publication: Amsterdam/ New York
Edition size: 500
Size: 210 x 280 mm newspaper on 52 gr. mended paper 112 pages full colour
420 x 594 mm double sited folded poster on blue back poster paper
Signed and numbered 5 x 7 inch C print on Kodak Royal paper
Together in transparent plastic folder
Number of pages: 112 + poster + loose print
Type of printing: Offsett and inkjet (print on the cover)
Type of paper: See size
Name of printer: Dijkann Offset, Amsterdam (newspaper) Bergdrukkerij, Amesfoort (poster) Sunshine Color Lab, New York (print)
Number of pictures: n/a
Description of book: Untitled (I’ve taken too many photos/I’ve never taken a photo) is a new publication by Anouk Kruithof, which is an echo of the photo-ceiling + take away poster of the project with the same title, which was first exhibited during the Hyères Festival de Mode et du Photographie in France in 2012. Early 2012 Anouk Kruithof set out to find someone to help her edit her work—someone who had never taken a photograph in his or her life. She began by posting signs in her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn New York that read, “Did you never make a photo in your life.” The responses led her to a young man named Harrison Medina. The editing process began with 300 images out of Kruithof’s automagic archive, which Medina narrowed down to 75 and edited in three different sizes, which formed a spatial installation in the form of a photo-ceiling. Kruithof recorded the conversation during the selecting process, which is printed in this publication alongside 22 new photos. The new photos Kruithof made by reframing the physical prints, which formed the installation as a reaction on the spectator’s analogue interactive behavior, while viewing the photo-ceiling with mirrors. End of April 2014 Kruithof met Harrison Medina again in Bedford-Stuyvesant and together, they signed and numbered the back of the prints, which you’ll find on the cover of this publication.
The best thing about self-publishing: Freedom
Title of publication: JUSTINA&CO.UK
Who hath ridden wild horses, oft four-in-hand, driven by adventure, amore, sex, biznes and danger, portrayed by her dearest cousin and boon companion for your entertainment and inspiration.
Name of artist: Magda Buczek
Additional contributor/s: n/a
Design: Magda Buczek & Emilia Obrzut/Obszar Roboczy
Series name: The book is a part of a mixed media long-term project devoted to artist’s cousin, Justina. Justina is an international party girl based in London, a habitué of night clubs of London, Ibiza, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Florence.
Publication date: January 2014
Place of publication: Warsaw, Poland
Edition size: First edition of 8 copies.
Size: 134×192 mm
Number of pages: 136
Type of printing: Digital
Type of paper: Munken print cream 90g paper, separated with tracing papers
Name of printer: Argraf/ Andrzej Malejko
Number of pictures: 150
Price: 99 euro
Description of book: JUSTINA&CO.UK is neither a diary nor a documentary or itinerary, however the protagonist, Justina, is a non-fictional character. She is an artist’s cousin that ten years ago left to England and led adventurous life of an international party girl based in London, a habitué of night clubs of Ibiza, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Florence.
In the book her story meets the heritage of novella picaresca, a style of narration originated in sixteenth-century Spain that flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries around Europe, especially in England. The protagonists of this sub-genre of prose fiction often come from a low social class but thanks to their wit and courage and – when it comes to female protagonists – also their sexuality, they finally maintain their social status and often win a fortune in a corrupt society. The story is told in a series of loosely connected anegdotes but ends either with a conversion and a road of virtue (like in Daniel Dafoe’s “Fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders” or John Cleland’s “Fanny Hill”) or with tragic consequences (Lulu of Frank Wedekind’s play, murdered by Jack the Ripper).
The title “Justina&co.uk” can be decoded as „Justina and company” meaning a non-fiction protagonist of novela picaresca and her adventurous accomplices: Moll Flanders, Lulu and Fanny Hill. With London city as a scenery, all of them share a passion for risk and masquerade. However, unlike her literary accomplices, Justina tirelessly carries on with the story as she naturally shifts from image to image, unseizable for the reader (voyeur), with her face put always in the binding of the pages, at the edge of the paper.
A book with Justina’s archive photos includes some narrative paths whatsoever. A reader can follow a map of her and her literary precursors’ journeys and follow the strands of adventure, amore (as she calls love), sex, biznes (as she calls business) and danger. The photos of Justina’s authentic diaries and notebooks can add a little spice.
Also, the fragments of Defoe’s “Fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders” and Wedekind’s “Lulu. A monster tragedy” is a part of a project. The fragments of text, photographed on an e- book reader screen became a sketchy yet integral part of an album, as the text has transformed into an image. And Justina herself has become an anegdote, as the stylized title says, “for your entertainment and inspiration”.
Just remember, that when you take a book about her life into your hands, they can get dirty with glitter difficult to remove.
The best thing about self-publishing: Not having to butter anybody up.
Artist website: www.magdabuczek.pl
Press website: n/a
The Teen Ages: Archives 2010-2014 by Fatine-Violette Sabiri