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The Book As a Method

Jul 10, 2018 - Tine Bek

To round off I would like to share some links for publishers and focus on the book as a method of sharing work.

Most of my work start as a book layout and my editing often looks at how the images would react to each other when being seen in a sequence.

in 2015 I started a small publishing house called Earth Saga Press,

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EARTH SAGAS are, as the title might give away, stories or rather snippets of tales about very grand themes. For me personally these publications are all experiments where I test out the boundaries and possibilities within photography as a medium. How does the relationship between images and text change the flow of the pages? How will these relations evolve when translated onto the gallery wall? And what role does history play in the way we choose to perceive images?

Looking at not only the representation of gender but the concept of it. Hereby shaping a conceptual hybrid, transgressing conversations about identity and universality, existentialism and particularism.

 

 

Vol. 1. ‘ET DIEU CREA LA FEMME’2015

Vol. 2. ‘AGE OF MAN’ 2015

‘September Seconds’ 2016

Vol. 3. ‘LETTERS FROM EARTH’ 2017

 

 

Artist featured in publications:

 

Jessica Susan Higgins, Flavia Schuster, Sara Skorgan Teigen, Sarah Michelle Riisager, Guadalupe Miles, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Jasmine Bakalarz, Mette Juul, Alexandra Giarraputo, Hannan Jones, Paula Nimand Duva, Tine Bek, Susan Boyle and Nina Bacos, Sarah Forrest, Allen Frame, Birk Høgsted Thomassen, Mads Holm, Isabella Shields, Marc Allen, Christian Klintholm, Scott Caruth, Patrick Tsai, Alexander Peitersen, Michail Mersinis, Wolfgang Zurborn, Jesper Fabricious, Jennifer Lauren Martin, Thankful Hovey, Estelle Fournier, Nina Mouritz, Mia Rewitz, Marco Dirr, Conor Baird and Alexander Arnild Peitersen.

 


A publishing house to keep an eye on is Konnotation Publishing.

Konnotation is an art publishing and creative company, specializing in printed matter for artists, collaborating on exhibition catalogues and facilitating a platform for cross cultural endeavors. Konnotation functions as a vehicle for promoting, editing and creating art related projects.

Konnotation is run by Emilie Nilsson and Nina Mouritzen.

 

Their next publication Porcelain Souls is coming out in August and is featuring work from Inuuteq Storch.

 

Inuuteq describes his project:

This book is the first book of a bigger project related to the history that I posses in my soul and dna, Greenlandic history.
I realized that the written history of Greenland is mostly written by foreigners and most of the photos taken back then were taken by foreigners.

 

Theoretically, with no other questions, we are receiving the correct information, but like in chemistry, theory and practical exercises will never give the same information, because every situation has a way to loose or gain information in a way that we can not control. This situation is like that too, we can not control another persons fascination and focus when writing about Greenland, we can not tell how the language boundaries changed the relation of what is going on and what is written.
We can not control the photographers view and idea what should be included in the photos. So I came up with the idea that I want to minimize those fouls by collecting photos from families, friends, locals and show their everyday life. Let their own history become a reachable Greenlandic history in a book form.

 

This book is a collection of photos that my parents took when they were young and their letters to each other when they lived in different places (Father in Sisimiut, Greenland and mother in Aarhus, Denmark).
Photos are from a specific time in greenlandic history, between end of 60s to the beginning of 80s. Letters are from mid 80s.

This book contains portraits and letters, and those together will show different perspectives of their lives. The environment they lived in and the personal relationship that they had. 

 

 

To finish off I will just quickly return to giving some travel advice, and let you knwo that if you are interested in Artist books and happen to pass by Copenhagen a must visit is Bladr which is located in Copenhagen.

Bladr (Danish for ’turn the page’) is a platform for the exploration, distribution, and appreciation of artists’ books, which aims to increase the visibility of the field.

Morphing between different tactile and artistic manifestations such as drawing, photography, collage, text, graphics, etc., an artist’s book is a piece of art in its own right; an artwork taking the shape of a book. By exploring the artist’s book and how it is interlaced with various art disciplines, Bladr seeks to facilitate the potential of the art form.

The platform assumes various shapes by being a bookstore and an exhibition place, as well as a space for workshops, screenings, performances, book launches, talks, and other events.

Bladr is a non-profit project run by a group of artists, photographers, graphic designers, and critics, all of which have been working with artists’ books in different constellations. Bladr was established during the winter of 2017, and opened in its present form in Griffenfeldsgade 27 in February 2018.

Last but definitely not least I have recently been introduced to the work of Danish publisher Disko Bay.

Disko Bay is a new photobook publisher based in Copenhagen. We focus exclusively on talented photographers and photo artistic work.

We dedicate ourself to the highest quality through the best printing methods and binding. Photography in book form is currently experiencing international awareness and recognition. Disko Bay will be the first Danish publisher to focus exclusively on this art genre.

images by M.h. Frøslev