There are books created by photographers/artists filled with photography and then there are artist’s books that use the photographic image in new ways. Paula McCartney has a new monograph, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, published by Silas Finch, that is a great example of changing how we look at images and it happens to be one of the most stunning and unique books I have seen in awhile. The book allows for new considerations of looking at photographs in a way that pushes and pulls the viewer, drawing us in and moves us along as we look at all things cold and frozen. The spine of the book detaches from the front cover and the book becomes an installation piece approximately 34 feet in length …..
Flowers Irving Penn
Penn started photographing flowers for the Christmas edition of American Vogue in 1967 and continued to explore the genre for 40 years. His apparent simplistic compositions are void of sentimentality and focus on the detail, form and wonder of each specimen. The images in this title are sumptuously printed, illustrating the objective study in every minute detail. Penn’s preference for blooms, passed the point of perfection, hints at their mortality whilst celebrating each flower’s sensual beauty.
“I myself have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.” -Irving Penn
Represented are 36 of the 451 returns.
Between 2004 and 2006 EJ Major undertook a participatory mail art project which involved taking a screen-shot of each second of the film Last Tango in Paris and from each one printing a single postcard. These 7000+ postcards were then hand-delivered around London and the West Midlands over the course of two years. On the back the artist printed her Freepost Address and “love is…” Recipients were asked to respond and return the postcard as part of an enquiry, into love. On a practical level the film has been used as an organisational framework around which to engage strangers. They remain anonymous unless they choose not to be, giving them license to respond candidly. Each postcard has its own story, in terms of its place in the narrative of the film and its journey through the hands of the recipient and subsequently the Post Office. Those that are returned then form part of a collaboration, between strangers, responding to the prompt, love is…
The project is now available as a 450 page Limited Edition Hardcover Book. In an edition of 150 (+APs) the book is signed by the artist, bound in Wibalin and embossed. It is packaged with an Insert booklet which contains information about the project.