Issue #012 - Spring 2017
The PhotoBook Review Issue 012
Guest edited by Daria Tuminas, an independent scholar, writer, and curator specializing in the contemporary photobook. She currently works with Fotodok in the Netherlands, and is the former head of the Unseen Book Market and Unseen Dummy Awards.
Guest Editor Daria Tuminas assembled a group of international critics, artists, and scholars to engage with the question of what is meant by the word cinematic as applied to the photobook. In “Artist Cut,” Rosa Barba, Robin Waart, and Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber talk about works that tackle the intersection of still images on the page or the wall and the moving image, Benedikt Reichenbach examines Ban Abidi’s multipart flipbook The Speech Writer, and Stefan Ruiz introduces a selection of Mexican fotonovelas, while David Campany looks at books that tie directly to particular films, such as Alain Resnais’s Repérages, or The Virgin Suicides: A New Generation’s Companion to Film by Sofia Coppola and Corinne Day. Additional pieces by Kayla Anderson and Roland Fischer-Briand discuss contemporary video and photobooks and the different possibilities of filmic vs. cinematic when used to describe books. For this issue’s Designer Spotlight and Publisher Profile, Sebastian Hau converses with designer Pierre Hourquet, and Brendan Wattenberg talks to Bronywn Law-Viljoen, publisher of Fourthwall Books. The Reviews section includes Ashraf Jamal on Santu Mofokeng, Marco de Mutiis on Lucas Blalock, Sara Knelman on Thomas Boivin, Dahlia Schweitzer on Cindy Sherman, and Amos Mulder’s video response to a book by Inka and Niclas Lindergård.
Table Of Contents
Features and Columns
Lesley A. Martin
Under the Influence: Toward a Survey of Cinema and the PhotoBookDaria Tuminas
Rosa Barba on
Robin Waart on
Thinking in Pictures
Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber on
Fax from the Library
The Speech Writer: Flipbook as Film
Love on the Left Bank: A Photo-Novel That is Really a Film
Twelve Books, One Long Zoom: Thoughts on the “Still Generation” and the History of Artists’ Books
Filmic v. Cinematic
Sara Knelman on
Thomas Boivin, A Short Story
Dahlia Schweitzer on
Cindy Sherman, Cindy Sherman 2016
Marco de Mutiis on
Lucas Blalock, Making Memeries
Kelley Wilder on
Helmut Völter, The Movement of Clouds around Mount Fuji: Photographed and Filmed by Masanao Abe
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Clément Chéroux, Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, helms issue 020 of The PhotoBook Review on the occasion of the publication’s tenth anniversary.
In this issue, The PhotoBook Review celebrates the ﬁne art of talking about books and what goes into their making. Offset artist Dayanita Singh has stated, “A book is a conversation with a stranger in the future.” This issue breaks the ice with a series of book makers and book aficionados in dialogue with one...
Guest Editor Deborah Willis leads a survey of photobooks by Black artists, creating the scaffolding for future research and study. In her own studies and published works, Willis has laid the groundwork for the history of Black photographers as they established “a visual language of ‘testifying’ about their individual and collective experiences.”
Guest edited by Carmen Winant, whose creative practice involves “creation and transformation, an Ouroborus in which printed material is both created and destroyed.” Her photobooks, such as Body Index (2020), and My Birth (2018), have been informed by her deeply held commitment to feminism.
Guest edited by Federica Chiocchetti, a writer, curator, editor, and lecturer specializing in photography, fictions, and words. Through her on- and offline platform The Photocaptionist, she collaborates with institutions such as The Photographers’ Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Foam.
Guest edited by David Campany, writer, curator, photographer, and educator, one of the most prolific critics on modern and contemporary photography in the field today. In early 2020, he was appointed the managing director of programs at the International Center of Photography, New York.
Guest edited by Deirdre Donohue, who brings her bibliographic and bibliophilic knowledge to this issue. Donohue is assistant director of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the New York Public Library. Formerly, she was the Stephanie Shuman Director of Library, Archives, and Museum Collections at the International Center...
Issue 013 was assembled by Lesley A. Martin, publisher of The PhotoBook Review and creative director at Aperture Foundation.
Guest edited by Denise Wolff, senior editor at Aperture. She has spearheaded the commission of Aperture’s education-oriented titles, such as The Photographer’s Playbook (2014) and The Photography Workshop Series (2014–ongoing), in addition to children’s books by authors like Joel Meyerowitz, Jason Fulford, and Susan Meiselas.