Andrew Stefan Weiner on Marcel Broodthaers Musée d ’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section Publicité

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The Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers has long suffered from a bifurcated reception: while his work has been shunned by many, due in part to his reputation as a hermitic figure or a stylistic outlier, it has been championed by others, who see it as a pivotal threshold in the development of critical post-conceptual art. Mindful of this divide, a major international 2016 retrospective currently on view at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has sought to complicate viewers’ sense of Broodthaers’s oeuvre. The present moment seems like an apt time to reevaluate the 1995 publication Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des…

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Kristen Lubben on Zoe Leonard and Cheryl Dunye The Fae Richards Photo Archive

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Kristen Lubben reflects on a collection of glamour shots, stills from movie sets, photobooth portraits, family snapshots, and typewritten captions which make up a fictional archive.

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The PhotoBook and the Archive

Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York 1973 Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000
Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York 1973 Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000

In what ways is the photobook a useful framing device for archival projects?

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Marco Breuer on Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan’s Evidence

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Photographer Macro Breuer reflects on the lasting images in Evidence for The PhotoBook Review 010

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Centerfold

Centerfold

Click here to download the centerfold image designed by Kummer & Herrman.

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Stephanie H. Tung on Xu Yong Negatives

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I don’t expect to be reaching for my iPhone when I open a book. Yet Xu Yong’s Negatives instructs me to do just that, in order to interact with its dark, eerie images through the phone’s lens. A quick change of settings inverts the colors on the screen, and the images in this slim volume burst to life. Suddenly, photographs of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests seem much closer to the present. Negatives revisits some of Xu’s earliest, unpublished material from the beginning of his career: photographs of young protestors in the square, just before Chinese troops opened fire on…

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Design Books to Know

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PBR9_Monguzzi02

Designers and critics share the books that have inspired their work

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Editor’s Note

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Editors’ Note Photobook Review Fall 2015
Arthur Herrman and Jeroen Kummer

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One Plus One Is Three: A Conversation on Collaboration

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Halftone

Taco Hidde Bakker Many good photobooks result from sustained, long-term collaboration—the kind that goes much further than just calling in a designer to make the finishing touches. An initial concept can be carried beyond the horizon of what an artist or photographer might have fancied on their own, with surprising results that could transcend individual authorship. Editors, typographers, graphic designers, or other photographers may act as collaborators and valuable sparring partners, for everything from determining sequence to designing layouts—delivering valuable input during the process and, in a sense, becoming authors in their own right. However, there are compromises to be…

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