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Framing The World Through My Photographs

Photobooks In The Digital Era.

Photobooks in  digital era

  • Digital Era-  full of information , the ability to share and search, LINKED DIGITAL DEVICE.
  • INFORMATION IS KING
  • We have the ability to find, share edit, copy and produce information. Can you share a book ? sharing a book is tricky and a long winded process.
  • We use linked digital devices
  • BOOK/PHOTOBOOK –
  • A book is designed to be read a certain way .
  • Dick Higgins quote –

    “I’d suggest: a book done for it’s own sake and not for the information it contains. That is: it doesn’t contain a lot of works, like a book of poems. It is a work. Its design and format reflect its content – they intermerge, interpenetrate. it might be any art: an artist’s book could be music, photography, graphics, inter medial literature. The experience of reading it, viewing it, framing it – that is what the artist stresses in making it.”

  • Alex Sweetman quote 

    “Photobookworks are a function of the inter-relation between two factors: the power of the single photograph and the effect of serial arrangements in book form. Such arrangements may be viewed as worlds which the individual photographs inhabit and, therefore, as their context. Individual images may act as expressive images and/or as information; combinations of these can provide series, sequences, juxtapositions, rhythms, and recurring themes.”

  • The power of the single image and the effect – these may not work in a book
  • Alex sweetman quote

    “The photobookwork, then, is a series of images – that is, a tightly knit, well-edited, organised group or set of images in a linear sequence presented in book form.”

  • Alex Sweetman referring to Cartier-Bresson’s ‘The Europeans’ and ‘The Decisive Moment’…..

    “…these elegant presentations of photographs fall short of being bookworks. The art here is the single image, not the expressive action of the whole. And this is true of the bulk of photography books, monographs, and exhibition catalogues which remain merely collections – portfolios between covers.”

Hans – Georg  Gadamer = horizons

  • His idea of that we have two horizons
  • The first – the artisrs horizon – visual /ideas/ agenda
  • Viewer’s horizon – past experiences … reviews .. memory knowledge
  • The thought of the artist may stay in your mind.
  • HORIZONS – OUR PRESENTATION CHOICES MUST REINFORCE THE COMMUNICATION OF OUR MESSAGE OR THEME.

NOBUYOSHIA ARKIA ‘ SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY , WINTER JOURNEY. –

  • Reads right to left
  • The book is contained in a slip – makes it more  precious
  • Invites you to sit down and spend time with the book

ALEC SOTH , STEIDLE, 2010 – BROKEN MANUAL

  • Photographered hermets monks
  • Escaping- hiding
  • The photobook is housed with in a book with the pages cut out to conseal the book

THE AMERICANS – photos by Robert frank – introduced by jack Kerouac

  • The photobook in the digital age and the digital photobook

The Photobook

Cons

  • Expensive to publish
  • Distribution
  • Ease of production – its not
  • Time
  • Space

Pros

  • Nice to look at to hold
  • Context in the digital age things, can be taken out of context very easily
  • Self contained
  • Generative

 KEVIN KELLY – BETTER THAN FREE

  • People value things that are copies

LUCAS FOGLIA 

Why is this work so popular at the moment

All books are changing not just photobooks

Indie photobook library

Craig atkinsom : BITS

Having a digital copy online can  have perks it allows discussion for the physical book to take place

The physical book is doing well – but they don’t particually make money nor do exhibitions

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK

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HD COMICS – JERICHO – QR CODE WENT STRIGHT TO WEBSITE WITH AND ONLINE COPY

He book is useless at being updatable

Between page and screen

RICHARD KOSTELANETZ – GET THE QUOTE OF THE SILDES

THINK ABOUT ‘WELCOME TO PINE POINT’

  • Pine point is a town in Canada
  • With a mine in
  • Towns are ofeten created around the mine
  • The mine was closed
  • The town is now gone – destroyed
  • A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A DIGITAL PUBLICATION

Create QR – SO YOU COULD CREATE A DIGITITAL LAYER TO A PHYSICAL PHOTOBOOK

BRING A PHOTOBOOK – TO NEXT LESSON

GROUP TASK – 4 PEOPLE PER BOOK – SELL THE BOOK BACK IN 4MINUTES -15MINS PREP

Think about these in the talk:

Generative qualities

Narrative/ sequencing

Concept

Before and after

The book the group that I was in got given INFRA by RICAHARD MOSSE

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 The concept

Infra offers the viewer a way of re thinking of how to depict conflict as that of the ongoing war in the democratic republic of congo. Moss uses’  discontinued aerial surveillance film, a type of colour film called Kodak areochrome. This type of infrared film was originally developed for the military….. the film registers and invisible spectrum of light.

Before and after

  • Ongoing war in the Demographic Republic of Congo started in 1998
  • Current events
  • Photos taken between 2010-2012
  • Express conflict in a different way
  • Published book to make people more aware and to challenge their understanding
  • Reminded Becky of the video Rape of a Nation by Marcus Bleasdale found on Mediastorm – went into the Congo and explored the fact that the military is corrupted
    • He photographed the event in a similar way but without the infra film
    • However, they looked at the same event from a different angle – Richard Mosse at a more empathetic side of social documentary, Marcus Bleasdale at a more straight documentary style.

 

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This entry was posted on February 18, 2013 by in Creative Digital Practice.
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