Unboxing ‘Nothing Ever Happens’

Nothing Ever Happens 1 and 2 are small, one-page zines from Nathan Pearce‘s series of the same name, and currently available from Halfmoon Projects. I don’t know about you, but if guns, keggers, 2 dbl cheeseburgers for $3.99 at Donnie & Connie’s Burger Haven, brush fires, grinning dogs, and velvet paintings of Jesus, peace be upon …

Unwrapping ‘State Fair’

After three decades as a photojournalist, covering presidential races and other newsworthy events for UPI, Time, and Newsweek, Arthur Grace followed up on a feeling he had and spent a couple of years visiting State Fairs in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, mostly in 2003 and 2004. If anything, the …

Unboxing ‘Daido Moriyama’

Phaidon’s 55 series is pretty good: small books, well printed, with good, short, biographical essays and all the major works form a bunch of different photographers. I’ve seen them in Half Price and different places, and always avoided them, largely because “perfect bound” softcovers leave the gutter side of images virtually unreadable. But the “New-Format” …

Unboxing ‘Sentimental Journey 1971 – 2017 -‘

Nobuyoshi Araki is one of the more (perhaps the most) prolific photobook makers ever, with over 500 to his credit. Despite his renown, I’ve avoided his work. Every time I’ve gone looking, I’ve wound up finding Tokyo Lucky Hole or one of his other, more or less explicit/pornographic works, and I’m not too interested in exploitation. …

Unboxing ‘Midwest Dirt’ Special Zine Edition

Nathan Pearce’s Midwest Dirt, now in its third iteration, is something of a classic of contemporary photography zines. The first iteration (that I’m aware of) appeared on Burn  in 2012, and Akina Books designed the beautiful first print edition in 2014. Pearce’s own Same Coin Press put out a bootleg photocopied version the next year, and Josef Cheladek has it …

Unboxing ‘William Eggleston’

William Eggleston  is a catalog accompanying a career retrostpective/best-of at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. It collects in one volume, all of Eggleston’s most well known pictures up to that time, from early black & whites to the brilliantly colored dye transfer color that he’s known for. Prior to this acquisition, I had Foote, Shore, …