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Paul Graham – Untitled, Paris, 1988 (Man on Metro) Artist Edition Print

To mark the iminent release of Paul Graham’s latest book The Present, published by Mack Books, I thought I would post a print I bought that Graham released through the Whitechapel Gallery last year as part of his retrospective. The image is taken from his New Europe series, created in the early 90’s. This series sought to dig beneath the sheen of a newly unified Europe and remind us of the historical events that shaped the countries we know today. His work touches on the dictatorships of Franco and Hitler, the Holocaust and the Irish conflict and weaves these references in to images of todays society.

The print (55.88 x 43.18cm), was produced in an edition of 115 and a few are still available directly from the gallery here.

Whitechapel Gallery Print

Paul Graham – Films

In anticipation of Paul Graham’s new book The Present, published by Mack Books this spring, I thought I would present his book Films which was also published by Mack last year. The images in this book are a world away from those that he is best known for, yet they fit perfectly with his ethos of using a variety of photographic techniques to tell a story. In these images, first shown at Anthony Reynolds gallery in London, Graham presents the microscopic details of a films grain. Whilst scanning his images for his career retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, Graham also scanned the unexposed ends of the film and enlarged them producing stunning abstract constellations of colour. As the film differs so does the resulting image, no two films are the same. The book is lavishly produced, the pages are lacquered to a high gloss finish so that they have the appearance and feel of celluloid film; I was also lucky enough to pick up a signed copy from the gallery.

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Taryn Simon – A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Taryn Simon recently had an exhibition at Tate Modern of her body of work entitled “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters”. This work was produced over a four year time period and examines bloodlines and their associated stories. The work is divided into eighteen chapters and documents, among other things,  feuding families in Brazil, victims of genocide in Bosnia, the body double of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, and the living dead in India. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: an annotation, a large portrait series depicting bloodline members and a second series containing photographic evidence. 817 portraits are systematically arranged within their chapters. The exhibition has since been shown in Berlin and will move to MoMA, New York in May 2012. I highly recommend you check it out if you can.

Mack Books, one of my favourite independent publishing houses, published the book to accompany the exhibition. The book is as large as the body of work, 864 pages containing 1000 images and weighing in at over 10lbs. As with all Mack Books, the attention to detail in the production and the quality of the book is fantastic.

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead

Christian Patterson – Redheaded Peckerwood

I recently went to a signing here in London held by Christian Patterson for his new book “Redheaded Peckerwood” published by Mack Books. It is definitely in my top five photography books of 2011 and has received so much media praise that the first edition is almost sold out and a second printing is being arranged. There are so many great images in the book that I couldn’t choose what to put on here, I would love to own some of them as prints.

From the publisher….

“Redheaded Peckerwood is a work with a tragic underlying narrative – the story of 19 year old Charles Starkweather and 14 year old Caril Ann Fugate who murdered ten people, including Fugate’s family, during a three day killing spree across Nebraska to the point of their capture in Douglas, Wyoming. The images record places and things central to the story, depict ideas inspired by it, and capture other moments and discoveries along the way.

From a technical perspective, the photographs incorporate and reference the techniques of photojournalism, forensic photography, image appropriation, reenactment and documentary landscape photography. On a conceptual level, they deal with a charged landscape and play with a photographic representation and truth as the work deconstructs a pre-existing narrative.

Redheaded Peckerwood also utilizes and plays with a pre-existing archive of material, deliberately mixing fact and fiction, past and present, myth and reality as it presents, expands and re-presents the various facts and theories surrounding this story.

While photographs are the heart of this work, they are the complemented and informed by documents and objects that belonged to the killers and their victims – including a map, poem, confession letter, stuffed animal, hood ornament and various other items, in several cases, these materials are discoveries first made by the artist and presented here for the first time.

In book form, the work is presented as a sort of visual crime dossier, including pieces of paper which are inserted into the book. The many individual pieces included serve as cues and clues within the visual puzzle. In this way, there are connections that are left for the viewer to be made and mysteries that are left to be solved.”

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

Christian Patterson - Redheaded Peckerwood

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