Unboxing ‘No Constructive Conclusions’

‘No Constructive Conclusions’ collects work shot around Katowice, Poland, and the Silesian Metropolis by Wojtek Mszyca, Pavel Pětroš, and Ian Barnaby Nutt. After meeting on Flickr, Wojtek invited the others to visit him in Poland  and shoot around his hometown. Pavel and Barnaby went at different times, and later, the three put their photographs together and exhibited the project at venues in Poland and the Czech Republic in 2017. Barnaby produced this limited zine to advertise the exhibition, and as a keepsake, and I was lucky enough to wind up with a copy. Win! Continue reading “Unboxing ‘No Constructive Conclusions’”

Unboxing ‘Beachy Head’

Beachy Head is a beautiful collection of photographs, made over a 12 month period by Brian David Stevens at Beachy Head,

the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 meters (531 ft) above sea level. The peak allows views of the south east coast from Dungeness in the east, to Selsey Bill in the west. It’s height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

With that sort of intro, these beautiful landscape photographs take on an ominous, haunted feel. Together, they feel like a sort of elegy.

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Unboxing ‘ariphoto selection vol. 8’

Arimoto Shinya’s ariphoto series (and zines) documents his encounters with Tokyo wildlife: grinning elderly men with missing teeth; punks, goths, and heshers; hippy bikers; dog walkers; cosplay girls; homeless; I could go on. The tagline on his website sorta says it all: “TOKYO, SEEN BY MY EYES, IS AN ECOSYSTEM WITH MAGNIFICENT CIRCULATION.” I was excited to get in on an honest to goodness Japanese photo zine, and now that I have it in my hands, well… Continue reading “Unboxing ‘ariphoto selection vol. 8’”

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 him, are part of the “nothing” that ever happens, I’d be interested to see what “something” looked like…

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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 result captures just how similar we all are… Continue reading “Unwrapping ‘State Fair’”

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” hardback versions are side sewn and somewhat easier to view. To be honest, when I jumped on this Daido Moriyama book, I didn’t realize it was one of the series; had I known, I probably would’ve skipped it and been happy with my Tales of Tono reprint.

And I would’ve missed out on a great little book, for very little money. Continue reading “Unboxing ‘Daido Moriyama’”