Book du Jour: Stubborn Cactus by Delphine Bedel

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Name of artist: Delphine Bedel
Design: Delphine Bedel
Editor: Delphine Bedel
Series name: Spiegelrefleksies
Press: Extrapool / Knust
Publication date: 2015
Place of publication: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Edition size: 70 copies, signed and numbered
Format: Softcover
Size: 21 x 29 cm
Number of pages: 10, unbound
Type of printing: Black and White Risoprint
Type of paper: cardboard and rough paper
Name of printer: Extrapool / Knust
Number of pictures: 10
Price: £25 – €35

Description of book: ‘Stubborn Cactus’ is the new photobook by Delphine Bedel. For one year, she documented with her iPhone the botanical garden of the VU University in Amsterdam, that was planned to be destroyed in June 2014, once the collection sold. This academic garden was a part of the Biology Department. It host a unique collection of 10.000 plants and the largest collection of cactuses and succulent plants in the Netherlands, as well as centuries old bonsais. Initiating various activities to bring attention to this situation together with a group of people, now the garden and its collection will be preserved for another 8 years.
The title was inspired by some of the cactuses quietly growing for the last 50 years around the metal architecture of glass houses.
Playing with both codes of photography and plant preservation, high and lo-fi, in this edition Delphine Bedel purposefully uses all the technical flows of digital and analog medias. She transforms her vernacular high-fi colour snapshots into black and white, flat pressed plant specimens on cardboard, to be stored indefinitely as a record of the flora, a statement on the versatile future of the garden and its collection.

The best thing about self-publishing: Shoot, print, share. Possibly save a botanical garden.

Artist website: delphinebedel.com
Press website: metabooks.tictail.com
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SPBH ♥ Felicity Hammond

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Felicity Hammond

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Book du Jour: Yesterday’s ashtray in my mouth by Célia Hay

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Name of artist: Célia Hay
Additional contributor: Leonard Kaage, writer
Design: Célia Hay
Editor: Célia Hay
Press: Quadrissimo
Publication date: 2014
Place of publication: Marseille, France
Edition size: 30
Format: Hardcover
Size: 25 x 18 cm
Number of pages: 56 pages
Type of printing: Digital
Type of paper: matt 220 gsm
Number of pictures: 20
Price: £30

Description of book: Yesterday’s ashtray in my mouth is the result of a collaboration between French artist Célia Hay and Swedish poet Leonard Kaage during their two years long stay in Berlin. This book has been conceived as a dialogue between texts and images, photographs and poems nourishing one another.
She photographs people in silence. Her practice deals with what happens between the model and the photographer during the process of the shooting. The interaction of their bodies, how they establish a deep and yet ephemeral connexion at this very moment, in silence, the role and the nature of the mental projections they have on each other by this time.
Her models show us a piece of their internal lives. The sensitive but somehow disturbed portraits gently hold their ground against Hay’s cold and relentless landscapes, needing and threatening each other.

The best thing about self-publishing: It is challenging.
Artist website: celiahay.fr
Press website: quadrissimo.com
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SPBH ♥ Olivier Sola

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Olivier Sola

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Book to Come: Aleko by Rosaline Shahnavaz

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Aleko by Rosaline Shahnavaz

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