Something that myself and the WB boys deliberated at our ‘in discussion’ at the Plymouth Photo Book Fair was the excessive amount of photo-books that are haphazardly produced every day and splurged all over the internet. This sometimes means that despite my love for photo-books, to find something good is like ‘needle in the haystack’ situation. However when a photographer that you follow creates a new book it’s always exciting, so this evening I wanted to take the chance to share with you a few publications that I admire.
Jaap Scheeren & Hans Gremmen / Fake Flowers in Full Colour
I first discovered Jaap Scheeren when I picked up a handmade book of his in Slovakia for EUR1. His work instantly caught my attention among a table of many others. It has a wonderful quality to it, he creates bizarre constructions in the landscape and illustrates these with text in his book 3 Roses, 9 Ravens, 12 Months. Fake Flowers investigates a different approach, where the book is made similarly to Anouk Kruithof’s The Daily Exhaustion by using the split-spread newspaper format.
” We were wondering if it was possible to create a 3D-colour separation. We tried to do this with a bouquet of fake flowers. We made 4 still-lifes: one in Cyan, one in Magenta, one in Yellow, one in Black. We made photos of these still life’s and printed them over each other. In theory it would have been the start-image, but in practice it became “fake flowers in full colour”.
Stephen Gill / Coming Up For Air
As self-published titles go, this 11th book published by Stephen Gill stands apart as a much more considered piece of work than a lot of self published books. With a fabric bind and individually hand-painted dust cover this books speaks something special.
What I like about this project is that he has left behind the strong conceptual framework that has stood in his previous projects and taken on a more childlike approach. He travelled to Japan between 2008-9 and photographed aquariums, hence the title. I love that the work aims to enlighten the world inside the fish tank, something that allows us to become lost in an unknown place.