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Format Edition’s tenth book is shortlisted for the 2014 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PHOTOBOOK AWARDS
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Lesley Martin describes its printing as “lush, bordering on the indulgent, layering images printed on tracing paper to beautiful and ethereal effect.

Rocks and space were common themes in this year’s submissions. In The Meteorite Hunter, Alexandra Lethbridge has selected the meteorite as “a metaphor for the fantastical hidden in the everyday,” and its hunter as someone who is able to “locate the ethereal and sublime in the mundane and banal.” This might also function as a suitable analogy for photography and the photographer. The book itself is a stab-stitch-bound paperback volume limited to an edition of nineteen. Lesley Martin describes its printing as “lush, bordering on the indulgent, layering images printed on tracing paper to beautiful and ethereal effect.” The series juxtaposes appropriated images with those created by the artist—one of which, we are promised, is an honest-to-goodness meteorite. The key to the images (which reveals the secret) is tucked inside the back inside flap of the cover.

Read more at http://www.parisphoto.com/paris/program/2014/the-2014-paris-photo-aperture-foundation-photobook-awards/selection-premier-livre-the-meteorite-hunter#iwKSE8MsZkrjtzO3.99

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1 November 2014

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Books, Events

Mark Purdom Under exhibition
Mark Purdom Under exhibition

Mark Purdom’s Under is to be exhibited at the RAMP Gallery, Hamilton, NZ, from 27 March – 12 April 2013.

‘Under is located in suburbia’s marginal space, defined as the open territories between the city boundary and the countryside: these are spaces that are generated as inevitable by-products of urban spatial development. The site and the BMX trails pictured exist in this sort of ‘non-place’, outside of cultural classification. The county council theoretically owns the land but they do not enforce any regulations or safety legislation here; the trails are not signposted locally or marked on maps and the exact location is not clearly defined on websites. Therefore to all intents and purposes it is a space that does not officially exist – this adds to the mystery of the site.’

Mark Purdom Under exhibition

‘Purdom presents the mud constructions on the ‘trails’ as enigmatic structures: their physical presence mirroring the ambiguous landscape around them. The images can be viewed as evidence of other unseen things but implicit within the objects pictured are ideas about land-use, settlement, earth building methodology, arguably encoded in a kind of primitivist nostalgia. There is a continual tension between what the photographs describe and what they reveal. In this exhibition, Purdom exploits the potential of photography’s indexicality – when it is at its most factual is often when it is most obscure.’

Mark Purdom Under exhibition

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Under book / RAMP Gallery / Mark Purdom

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27 March 2013

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Events

Visible Economies book launch
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The official launch of Visible Economies takes place this Wednesday 31st October, as part of the symposium of the same name.

“Photography developed with the rise of major cities during the last great period of Globalization. Visible Economies explores a selection of photographic works that involve established and emerging forms of urban landscape, documentary, and artists’ moving image as creative representational strategies. The aim of this symposium and accompanying publication is to propose a series of observations and conversations about the visibility of cities and economies. With a shifting focus between political and poetic depictions of public urban environments, this symposium offers suggestions as much as descriptions of how we congregate within and use such spaces as modern citizens.”

Anna Fox - Celebrating the killings

‘Celebrating the killings’ From the series Work Stations 1987/88
© Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Photography, London

The symposium is presented by the University Of Brighton. More information on the event is available on from the Brighton Photo Biennial site. The book is also available to buy online from Photoworks’ shop.

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Visible Economies publication / BPB symposium / Photoworks shop / University Of Brighton

Posted

29 October 2012

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Books, Events

Brighton Photo Biennial 2012
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012

The fifth Brighton Photo Biennial starts today and runs until the 4th of November. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space’.

“How is space constructed, controlled and contested? How is photography implicated in these processes and what are the tensions and possibilities involved in this dialogue?”

The Biennial is presented and curated by Photoworks, and features free exhibitions, new commissions, events and interventions, at a host of established and more unusual venues, bringing international and emerging photographers to the city.

Links

Brighton Photo Biennial / Photoworks

Posted

6 October 2012

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Events

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