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“Even though it only appears explicitly in some of the photographs in this book, in almost all of them we perceive the presence of the sign we’ve been seeing for years on our travels to so-called empty Spain and that sums up the message of this work by José Manuel Navia: FOR SALE. Everything is for sale: houses, land, horizons, even the souls of villages whose residents abandoned them in search of a better, or at least a less lonely, life. While urban and peripheral Spain grows disproportionately, inland and rural Spain are suffering in extremes that would surprise even Spaniards if, besides speaking of depopulation and abandonment as they often do of late, they decided to check the extension and importance of both phenomena for themselves.”
Julio Llamazares, from the text in the book
Exhibition at Diputación de Huesca. November 15, 2019–January 6, 2020, organised by Acción Cultural Española (A/CE) with the support of Diputación de Huesca.
Navia (Madrid, 1957) Photographer and philosophy graduate. His photojournalism as a reporter has gradually moved towards a more personal and deliberated photography, always working in colour, always within the field of the documentary. His images, coming from profoundly Iberian sources, explore territories and peoples linked to their origins and culture in one form or another. He is fascinated by photography’s signifying power and its relationship to literature. He has been a member of the Vu agency, Paris since 1992.
Coedition: Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Text by Julio Llamazares
24 x 21 cm. 220 pages. Hardcover
What do we show about ourselves to others? What does the observer perceive? What do we hide, what do we suggest, what do we distort? La identidad [The identity] reflects on the dichotomy between the intimate self and the social self, of the self as the builder of a mutable reality and sometimes not reliable at all.
As in a gallery of mirrors where the reflection depends on the interpretation of the observer, La identidad uses different planes and depths in landscapes and facades that reveal certain aspects and hide others.
The intervention with papers arises from this exhibition and concealment game. The paper is an added veil with different levels of transparency that allows to see the image it covers to a lesser or greater extent. There are also elements of distraction, family photographs, portraits and still lifes. All these pieces build an artifact that in turn hides the search for the author's own identity which even revealing aspects of autobiographical character, questions the authorship of his own photos in a nth twist to the concept.
The format of the book itself is also an interpretation of the identity of what is seen. A simple cardboard box contains eight unbound booklets that each one is free to keep in the order they are or to alter them. In this way, the manipulation of the book makes the reader-observer participate in intervening as many times as he wants in the identity of the work he holds in his hands.
Uxío da Vila
Photographs: Uxío de Vila
Art direction: Uxío da Vila & Miriam Pérez
Text: Diego S. Garrocho
Design: Laura Eguiluz
Pre-press: Artes Gráficas Palermo
Printing: Artes Gráficas Palermo
Limited edition of 500 numbered copies
Edited from a common selection of Antoine d’Agata’s images from Latin America, 7 different books share the same dimensions, title and artistic statement - a text called ‘Oscurana’. The project is done by different invited publishers, that were given the freedom to select the images, the design, the materials, printing and binding techniques.
‘Oscurana’ is a collaborative project developed amongst 6 publishers from different countries. Offering a reflection on the work of the Antoine d'Agata by several countries and publishers, in a dialogue that opens new perspectives in the ways of making photobooks.
‘OSCURANA’ BY VOID
For ‘Oscurana’ project, Void proposes a book to be autopsied. The reader will dig in the darkness within Antoine's oeuvre, being themselves, the legists of d'Agata's universe. An investigation from the intimacy, through the narcotic experiences until the darkness of the violence’s banality in America.
Oscurana . Antoine d’Agata
17,4 x 23 cm
500 copies [400 copies + 100 copies sold in an special box for the Oscurana Project]
‘Conference of the Birds’ shows an outtake from an analysis of the correlation between time and place and of the historical Iranian landscape. How do places appear and disappear? How do we attach meaning to a certain site and in what way photography can deal with deconstructed icons in comparison to the (a-)historical palm tree sticking out its tongue?
A small desert village has been photographed obsessively and captured from every angle possible. Elements are positioned in the frame so that they are repeated in the next.
The photographs move in closely to the landscape of a palm tree village. The village is small and serene. Palm trees appear all over the place, they are burned, bend, dry and dead. They resemble pillars and artefacts that are left behind on various historical sites and they can be associated with land art installations.
Sybren Vanoverberghe . Conference of The Birds
24 x 29,3 cm, 56 p, ills b&w, linnen hardcover
edition of 500
Quimera: Anthology of a wild life
Feel the asphalt under your feet. The company of a motorcycle that only exists for you, could be made with your own hands. It vibrates like a guitar strum. Shout to the wind, reach ecstasy. Wake up in a camp that without offering anything has everything you need, the feeling of being free, the brotherhood between peers. Everything seems an illusion. In our modern age, This is a Chimera.
The project that investigates a society created by itself to live intensely.
And if not, what does it matter?
Quimera is a project, a photobook, a novel, an uncomfortable tale in these times. Chimera is fiction and mental reality. It is a philosophy of life, a song to melancholy, a revision of the values of those times in which the word freedom was linked to a feeling of pure authenticity and free of influences.
Chimera is an ode to the misfits, those heroes who, thanks to getting lost, led the way. A first-person narrative.
The Kids Are Right . Borja Larrondo & Diego Sánchez
The Kids Are Right (Borja Larrondo & Diego Sánchez), 2019. Self-publishing
Soft cover / Spiral binding
21 cm x 23 cm x 4 cm
First edition of 500 numbered copies
"Tonatiuh is the project I’ve been working on for the past year, what will become my first book, hopefully published in May of 2019. A series of images that analyze the repercussions of how this land (Guatemala) was conquered and colonized; also the inevitable scars of almost 500 years of disadvantage and unfair conditions, the Guatemalan highlands and their immense beauty are the perfect stage for my research and a series of trips following Pedro de Alvarado´s (conqueror of Guatemala) journey, searching for situations that create a personal connection with the neglected reality of our society."
TONATIUH . Juan Brenner
Shortlisted for Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First Photo Book Award 2019
Medidas: 24.50 x 28.80 cm
La vida sencera (The whole life), is the first photographic book of the castellonense Paco Martí, original and honest author, one of the most interesting photographers of the Spanish panorama and considered by many a photographer of cult, of which at last we can enjoy an excellent publication.
Paco Martí's narration of his native Castellón and its people submerge us in a personal and spiritual territory that makes us fall in love with each one of his images.
The book also includes the exchange of e-mails between Paco Martí and the publisher, Paco Llop, where the author talks to us about his way of seeing, living and understanding photography.
La vida sencera . Paco Llop
EDITORIAL Debacle Editions
PRINTING Studies Dürer
MEASUREMENTS 285 x 235 mm.
ENCUADERNATION Hard cover with dry blow. Narrow loin
NUMBER OF PAGES 148
LEGAL DEPOSIT V-1833-2019
On the morning of December 20, 1973, ETA assassinated Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco. At about 9:27, Spain entered a new historical phase, commonly known as the Transition.
Último Asunto poses a journey through time, a dialogue between past and present. Through the daily life of the image, an approximation is established to the day that the historical event took place, reconstructing the social landscape of the time.
The historical fact is mixed with the daily ones, the official history that is given to us and the microhistory that make up the inconsequential facts.
LAST SUBJECT . Jose Migoya
Rustic binding with three screws
Autoeditados Publishing House
Language Spanish, English
Print run 500
Planet earth at night. Seeing the world from above. Everywhere mankind has transformed the landscape, illustrated by the lights of the cities shining in the dark.
Planet earth seen from its depths. A wild and spontaneous swinging. Instinctive. Organic.
Ce qu’il reste is not about rupture. It’s a change of perspective, a movement of come and go from one side to the other, reminding that the environment shaped and controlled by mankind is also fragile and ephemeral. Some things die, others appear. Transform. Regenerate.
Ce qu’il reste is an invitation to travel - in space, but also in time. A journey through images created with a camera. Photography itself is often considered as the medium of the ephemeral. It shows us a moment that undeniably belongs to the past, reveals our passages in a constantly changing reality, like a scar recalling our memories: a metaphor of the fragility of human existence. But it is that same medium which eventually leads the spectator to a change of perspective, showing what remains when the same spaces are left by those who once inhabited them, with their individual stories and collective memories. Far from the turmoil of men, in the silent depths of the earth, an imperturbable and majestic movement continues its slow trajectory undertaken hundreds of millions of years ago. And maybe for eternity.
Bénédicte Blondeau Ce qu'il Reste
Photographs: Bénédicte Blondeau
Editing: Bénédicte Blondeau, Tiago Casanova and Pedro Guimarães
Design: Joana Durães
Prepress: Pedro Guimarães
cover: copper paper (offset print + silk screen)
inside: 24 duotone plates and 4 CMYK plates
20 x 28 cm
Edition of 450 copies
The project «Rayon Vert» takes its title from the optical phenomenon and the 1986 Eric Rohmer film, both of which are reflected in the project’s approach to portraiture. The work can be seen as a continuation of the tradition focussing on the relationship between artist and model.The images feature a circle of acquaintances and responds to existing, and too often clichéd, representation of femininity. The images are based on fact and are devoid of narrative and a patriarchal vision of beauty. The project is presented as both a book and a series of prints.
Rayon Vert by Senta Simond
Hard cover, 100 pages. 20 x 26,5 cm
Edition of 650 copies
Kominek Books 2019
Photographing in Calais over a period of two years, from November 2014 through December 2016, Melissa documented refugees and migrants arriving there with the ultimate aim of reaching the UK. Several different camps in the area have served as temporary homes for countless people escaping war, torture and persecution in their home countries. The crisis is ongoing, and at this location near the narrowest part of the English Channel (separating mainland Europe from Great Britain), around 300 to 600 migrants at a time are now present in makeshift encampments.
The camps are places of in-between, where lives are suspended and disrupted while people seek protections and await bureaucratic validation in order to continue, in a legal sense. Settlements are under constant threat of being destroyed by French authorities, and violent interactions with police have created an ongoing struggle in Calais.
In her work, Melissa challenges the perception of refugees and migrants with a view of intimate moments created after building trusting relationships – a response to a lack of awareness and intimacy that has fuelled negative stereotypes and racism.
A minimum of £1 from each copy of El Dorado sold will be donated to the charity Help Refugees. They support refugees across Europe and the Middle East by ensuring that vital humanitarian aid reaches them when they need it most. Mobilising quickly, they find local organisations doing the most effective work and give them what they need to help people fleeing war, persecution and poverty — whether it’s funding, material aid or volunteers. Please follow our campaign and consider donating at helprefugees.org
Editing + design by Tiffany Jones
A poetic and emotive exploration of the daily plight of refugees and migrants living in temporary encampments in Calais. El Dorado gives powerful testament to the strength and endurance of people struggling to find a sense of security following their perilous journeys to the northern coast of France.
FIRST EDITION Softcover, 18.6 x 23cm, 64 pages
Saddle-stitched, reflective gold foil sticker on cover, interior tip-in + A3 poster
51 colour + black and white photographs, text by Melissa Arras
Forthcoming September 2019 | ISBN: 9781999446826
A curious tale spun from the life of mysterious hermit Joseph Plummer, who lived in the woods of central New Hampshire in the late 1700s. Two centuries later an unsuspecting man purchased the mythical loner’s land and built a hideaway cabin for himself – only to discover the legend of Joseph lurking deep in the seclusion of the forest. This atmospheric photobook explores our human desire to escape and find peaceful solitude, far from the burdens and apparatus of modern society.
Exploring themes of history, place and mythology, Amani Willett’s photographs track the hermit’s overgrown trail through the land his family now owns. Willett’s father, unaware of the reclusive man who roamed the area nearly 200 years before him, acquired the deed 40 years ago with the intention of establishing a rustic retreat.
Upon learning of Plummer’s existence, Willett endeavoured to photograph a fragmented narrative amidst the same landscape he once inhabited. He scoured local archives to find first-hand written accounts describing the hermit’s character, as well as personal effects which appear in the book. Adding to the visual journey are historical portrait and landscape images from the region that inspired Willett’s physical intervention in the form of destructive applique and collage.
The resulting work mirrors the past while keeping Plummer’s unknowable history intact. It also reveals how the hermit’s existence still resonates today – not only as a constant counterpoint to our fast-paced, technology-driven times – but in conjuring the same romanticised allure that tempts new generations to also venture off-grid.
Design by Tiffany Jones
The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer Cabin Edition
A compact, rustic reprinting of The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, ready to view fireside in that remote cabin in the woods! With a slightly revised edit from the original, the cabin edition includes three new images that continue the search for the elusive hermit Joseph.
CABIN EDITION Softcover, 14 x 18 cm portrait, 128 pages
Advanced PUR binding (near lay-flat), black fabric taped spine
74 colour and black + white photographs
Published 30 March 2019 | ISBN: 9781999446819