SPBH ♥ Kristine Potter @ Daniel Cooney Fine Art

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Kristine Potter @ Daniel Cooney Fine Art 12th Sep – 1st Nov 14

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Book Du Jour: Being There by Laurence Harms


Title of publication: Being There
Name of artist: Laurence Harms
Additional contributor/s: n/a
Design: Studio Moan, Utrecht, NL
Editor: Laurence Harms
Series name: n/a
Press: Oranje van Loon, Den Haag, NL
Publication date: June 2013
Place of publication: Den Haag, NL
Edition size: 100
Format: Softcover
Size: 17x24cm
Number of pages: 40
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: Cover: 300 gr Curious Metallics, silver white. Inside: 170 gr Cocoon silk
Name of printer: Oranje van Loon, Den Haag, NL
Number of pictures: 46
Price: 12,50€

Description of book: Being There is part of my graduation project for photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands. Being There is a series about my longing for the mountains. “When I look back at the happiest moments of my life, most of them took place in the mountains. Over the years, mountains have come to symbolize a profound feeling of euphoria, which I haven’t been able to find anywhere else or in anything else. In memory and longing, however, things can seem almost perfect, but once we are there, reality sets in and the search continues.” (my own quote taken from the first page of the publication). The publication is divided into four parts. The main part, running all through the book, serves as the heart of the book, while the other parts intersect it by means of foldouts.

The best thing about self-publishing: The freedom to experiment.

Artist website: www.laurenceharms.nl
Press website: www.oranjevanloon.nl

Book Soundtrack:

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SPBH ♥ Marthe Elise Stramrud

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Marthe Elise Stramrud

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Book Du Jour: Piémanson by Vasantha Yogananthan


Title of publication: Piémanson
Name of artist: Vasantha Yogananthan
Additional contributor/s: Rémi Coignet (essay)
Design: Atelier 25
Editor: Chose Commune (Chose Commune is a small publishing house I’ve co-founded with Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi, Jérôme Montagne and Julia McLaren)
Series name: n/a
Press: Chose Commune
Publication date: June 2014
Place of publication: Paris, France.
Edition size: First edition of 650. The first fifty copies of Piémanson are part of a limited edition.
Format: Hardcover
Size: 23 x 28 cm
Number of pages: 80
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: Munken Lynk and Cyclus Offset
Name of printer: Art & Caractère
Number of pictures: 35 pictures + one photo pasted into the book.
Price: 42€

Description of book: «Piémanson» is an exploration of daily life on the last wild beach in France. The beach’s history began in the 1970s when locals set up camp there with no rights or deeds. Nowadays, thousands of campers from all over Europe get together every summer season, looking for a freedom that they can’t find anywhere else. Vasantha Yogananthan camped with the inhabitants of Pie´manson from 2009 to 2013.

The book is based on a simple yet radical sequencing. From the 2500 pictures the photographer has shot over 5 summers, the book is presenting only 36 photographs. As a result the viewer finds himself immersed very directly to the heart of the story. Breathing spaces and white pages are used to reinforce the quietness and serenity coming from the pictures. Deliberately echoing the lo-fi elements of the beach camps, the binding is made out of gunny and the cover has a kind of sand-touch feeling. Also mirroring the DIY philosophy of the campers, all copies come with a small photo hand-pasted into the book.

The best thing about self-publishing: Creativity and control.

Artist website: www.vasantha.fr
Press website: www.chosecommune.com

Book Soundtrack:

Piemanson-vimeo from Vasantha Yogananthan on Vimeo.

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Book Du Jour: Plastic Trust by Petter Berg


Title of publication: Plastic Trust
Name of artist: Petter Berg
Additional contributor/s: n/a
Design: Petter Berg and HEAVY Books
Editor: Petter Berg and HEAVY Books
Series name: n/a
Press: Optimal Media
Publication date: May 2014
Place of publication: Oslo, Norway
Edition size: 100
Format: Softcover with an inkjet print
Size: 19×26 cm
Number of pages: 32
Type of printing: Digital
Type of paper: n/a
Name of printer: HP Indigo
Number of pictures: 22
Price: 18€ (with a signed and numbered inkjet print)

Description of book: Plastic Trust is about the tension between nature and urbanity, spontaneity and reason, as well as the human and the coldly constructed. It explores the paradox that lies in our society’s attraction to logic and order; despite the fact that it’s building blocks are highly emotional and subjective.

The best thing about self-publishing: All the new things people come up with when not restricted by rules.

Artist website: www.petter-berg.se
Press website: www.heavybooks.net

Book Soundtrack:

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