Finding a designer able to interpretate not only the very sense of a work but also to read the cultural tradition, giving it a new breath, is a rare and precious gift. Hans Gremmen was able to convey all these details in the new work by Rinko Kawauchi, a sensitive reader of life, fullfilled by a delicate spiritual dimension and poetry, here perfectly embodied in a book format.
This first book by Simon Menner reveals the great potential of dummies: after having seen Menner’s work among the shortlisted dummies of Kassel’s Internationaler Fotobuch Dummy Award 2012, we were waiting for this book to find a publisher able to understand what a great work it was. And there we go! It’s simply great to enjoy such a strong research and project in a book form!
Cut Shaving - The Xerox Edition combines for the first time all of Scheeren’s work. The book is an excellent example of interaction of photography and bookmaking. Cut Shaving shows new ways of reproducing photography, photobooks and visual archives, leading to an always renewed and regenerated awareness of both mediums.
Film is still a great means of revelation and this book designed by Veronica Ditting reveals once again the special attention Roma Publications devotes to photography and book making bringing you right away into the world of the most compelling contemporary visual research. Rough pages go one after another showing and reconstructing the moments of the dialogue between overlayered exposures of the same negative representing different stages of painted or constructed objects. Not least, the publication also features a super interesting chapter on Mater’s research and process material, in which visual work finds a great balance with
Food is an extremely serious book, impeccably conceived and realized. The only flaw is that it is too direct and clinically analytical to be easily accepted. This is also what makes it so effective and clear in content and form. Once you flip through it you cannot stop to think about it.
For this last chapter of The Sochi Project, the authors use the story of one person as storyline for a book. The secret story of Khava Gaisanova, a woman whose husband disappeared - kidnapped, arrested or simply executed and buried in anonymous graves - tells the complex story of the unstable North Caucasus. This book, excellently designed by Kummer and Herman, is an object perfectly fitting the content and the concept of this story and of the whole Sochi Project. Paper, colors and layout drag us in a harmonious flow of text and images.
Rasen Kaigan is an incredibly dense and hypnotic book, something for which it is impossible or perhaps useless to find words; one of the rare and precious cases where the book itself manages to be and actually becomes a total experience. The book creates an incredible attraction force, opening it is like entering the space and time of Shiga’s photography; a ceremony, an expansive understanding of photography as ritual.
Shibata images are for us often associated with an idea of big dimensions, in both exhibitions and books. The peculiarity of this book is its concentrated atmosphere, where Shibata geometrial landscapes take on the outlines of an imaginary world, a world one can keep in his own hands. The book format is harmonious and keen in details, so that you find yourself immersed in a tactile guide to this world.
With this book it seems that Morten Andersen extremizes his tendency to freedom from structures and categories. Untitled.Cities plays with science fiction and photography, apparently refusing to pay too much attention to design choices. The shiny white – almost absent -cover, the common paper and layout, together with a confusing sequence generates a powerful anti-object with a live content, ready to be destroyed and recomposed on a wall or in another similarly powerful book.
Cinque Paesaggi collects one of the first storiographical approaches to Guido Guidi research work, gathering together 5 groups of photographs from his archive retracing his way from his house, near Cesena, to Venezia and its surroundings. Almost a ritual, expressed through photography and movement. This is a very simple book, focused on photographs in a very essential and traditional way, although the designer behind this project is one of the great Italian book design touchstones, Leonardo Sonnoli: a great reference point when you get a bit too disoriented by this great season of strong influence of design in photobook making. With two interesting essays by the photography historian Antonello Frongia and ICCD director Laura Moro.
courtesy Ben Gacson
3/3 was founded in Rome by Chiara Capodici and Fiorenza Pinna. Since 2009, 3/3 has curated a series of exhibitions and publications, and organized workshops related to book making. In 2010, 3/3 started the project Little Big Press, a series of exhibitions, a travelling library and a bookshop devoted to self-published and indipendent photobooks. Since 2010 3/3 has been responsible for MIA fair’s book section. Among the recent books they've made are Saluti da PINETAMARE by Salvatore Santoro, Sometimes I Cannot Smile by Piergiorgio Casotti, and In Bloom by Eleonora Calvelli.