books

someone is no monster

Together with Pat Duffy @ NoDaysOff/ London, we de- and reconstructed

two Someones into two NoOnes.

published by: some one and no monster 2011
special rubber band binding, 21x15cm, 32 pages
Artist Edition of 500
in collaboration with no days off
Prize: 5,00 €

for images click here

 

Hohoho

Wir werden immer grösser

Jeden Tag ein Stück
Wir werden immer grösser
Das ist ein Glück
Grosse bleiben gleich gross
Oder schrumpeln ein
Wir werden immer grösser
Ganz von allein
Wir werden immer grösser
Das merkt jedes Schaf
Wir werden immer grösser
Sogar im Schlaf

Ganz egal, ob’s regnet
Donnert oder schneit
Wir werden immer grösser
Und auch gescheit
Wir werden immer grösser
Darin sind wir stur
Wir werden immer grösser
In einer Tour
Auch wenn man uns einsperrt
Oder uns verdrischt
Wir werden immer grösser
Da hilft alles nischt

Volker Ludwig / Grips Theater Berlin

These are the lyrics of a song for kids. They are written from a child’s perspective and see the aspect and the greatness of constant human growth.

‘Grips Theater’ is the most popular political children’s theatre in Europe starting to promote a left-alternative agenda in the 70s. Initially founded by university students, their plays always discussed topical issues like: environment, war, racism, nuclear energy, emancipation, violence against kids and women…
These songs were my nursery rhymes.

published by The Photographer’s Office, Berlin 2010
Hardcover, 64 Pages, 22,2x17cm
Edition size: 500
Design by: www.rund.org
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-6-8
Price: 18,00 €

for images click here

 

Mutatis mutandis

This is a collaborative project between the two artists Jan von Holleben and Sergei Sviatchenko.

Mutatis Mutandis – with those things having been changed which need to be changed

I was 12 years old when Chernobyl happened. I grew up with an understanding of alternative energy resources and no future for nuclear power. Many of the landscape pictures where taken in and around Arles in June 2008 when 3 disturbing incidents happened at the nuclear power station in Tricastin and made our stay rather troublesome. However not many people seemed to care about it and the news kept rather quiet about it. Things have to happen. Human beings just need to adapt (forced by nature and nuclear circumstances) and become hybrids – fit enough for survival in a nuclear future.

Concept & Photography: Jan von Holleben
Collage: Sergei Sviatchenko

published by The Photographer’s Office, London 2008
Hardcover, 64 pages, 22,2x17cm
Edition size: 500
Designer: www.rund.org
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-4-4
Price: 18,00 €

for images click here

 

The Snowbed

a collaboration with and inspired by ‘ars melancholiae’ a Sasha Waltz & Guests Production

by Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola

‘my melancholy: a place of quiet currents and tides, where I can indulge in the comfort of a tender sadness, a state that can be looked for, embellished, a landscape of restful beauty where the gaze and mind wander in misty air; as much as a place of total loss of oneself, of unbearable sadness and pain, a blinding utter darkness, of restlessness and despair’
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola

published by The Photographer’s Office, London 2008
Hardcover, 40 pages, 22,7x17cm
Edition size: 500
Designer: www.rund.org
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-2-0
Price: 18,00 €

for images click here

 

Dreams of Flying II

This is the sequel to the first book, which sold out very quickly and needed to be continued.

published by The Photographer’s Office, London 2008
Cardboard-Book, 24 pages, 15x25cm
Edition size: 1000
Designer: noisebydesign
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-3-7
Price: 25,00 €

for images click here

 

11-21

When I had my first passport photo taken at the age of eleven, I didn’t know that it would be the first in a whole series. And years later, when I had amassed quite a collection of passport photos, I didn’t know what to do with them. Only when I was studying photography in England did I have an idea of what to do with these images. My tutors advised me against starting a project based around them, however, because they didn’t think enough time had elapsed since they were created and that I wouldn’t have acquired enough emotional distance. Many years have gone by since the last images were created in 1998.

The result is really my biography but it is not the real reason for this book. Far more than the need to see my own life story written down, it was important for me to explore the impact of a series of unspectacular images, which is what passport photos are, and where this process can lead. In this sense my youth, adventurous, playful and confused as it was, actually had rather a positive outcome and is representative of many other life stories, which could have been investigated. Nor am I alone in using photo booths and exploring their possibilities beyond bureaucratic purposes, it’s just that I have done so to a more excessive and rigorous degree than most. And I never gave up on the thought that these images would one day speak to me and tell me their story. With this very personal book, in which I give information about myself with an openness I have never displayed before and perhaps never will again, the experiment has finished nearly 20 years after it began.

published by The Photographer’s Office, London 2007
Hardcover, 128 pages, 22,5x17cm
Edition size: 500
Designer: www.rund.org
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-1-3
Price: 18,00 €

for images click here

 

Dreams of Flying I

Crossing the desert on the back of a dog or searching for lost treasures on the bottom of the ocean, Jan von Holleben’s photographs make nostalgic dreams come true.

Jan brings the influences of his parents – a cinematographer and child therapist – to his work. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, ‘Child-History’ and concepts of ‘Playing’, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories. Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced ‘Dreams of Flying’ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany – ongoing!

published by The Photographer’s Office, London 2006
Cardboard-Book, 24 pages, 15x25cm
Edition size: 500
Designer: noisebydesign
ISBN: 978-0-9554470-0-6
Price: SOLD OUT

for images click here

 

Visual Storytelling

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
2011
http://shop.gestalten.com/books/new/visual-storytelling.html

“Visual Storytelling” uses graphic design, infographics, illustration, and photography to convey information in the most elegant, entertaining, and informative way. Today, the creative scope of existing visual storytelling techniques is being expanded to meet the formidable challenge of extracting valuable news, surprising findings, and relevant stories from a daily flood of data head on.

 

Doppelganger. Images of the Human Being

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
2011
http://shop.gestalten.com/doppelganger.html

“Doppelganger” presents current trends in capturing the visual identity of human beings. The book is a compelling and entertaining collection of groundbreaking permutations of the outer human shell created with costumes and masks as well as photo-technical and artistic manipulation. While inventing, enhancing, obscuring, or altering identities, the images play with and often obliterate classical proportions and visual traditions. In doing so, they reveal further possibilities for what can be considered beautiful and fashionable.

 

The 3D Type Book

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing Ltd
2011
http://www.laurenceking.com/product/The+3D+Type+Book.htm

This book is a handbook, source of inspiration and the most comprehensive showcase available focusing solely on three-dimensional experimental letterforms. These can be sculptural shape-shifting letters, tactile experiences and surprising and inventive ways to interpret the alphabet, which range from beautiful and humorous to poetic, witty and conceptual. This is a playful and inspirational reference for anybody interested in graphic design, typography, three-dimensional and tactile design.

 

HIJACKED. Volume 2 Australia/Germany

Publisher: Big City Press
2010
http://bigcitypress.com.au/hijacked2.html

“Hijacked 2” showcases the diverse talents and perspectives of 32 contemporary German and Australian photographers. With a focus on the depiction and representation of the young, the boundary-riding, and fringe-dwelling, “Hijacked” is layered with imagery both evocative and confronting, dreamlike and rousing.

 

Peeping Tom Digest #1. The Chain: Berlin

Publisher: Peeping Tom
co-published by: Double magazine / Editions Otherwise
2009
http://www.peepingtomgalerie.com/digest/berlin/index.php

This first issue is dedicated to the Berlin art scene. “Peeping Tom” scouted talents based on the traditional system of chain of letter: in order to be eligible, aside from being part of the Berlin art scene, each applicant needed to forward the open call to one or several Berlin artists he (she) greatly admires. Peeping Tom believes that artists are the most exciting curators and wanted them to take part of the process of creation of this magazine. It presents artworks from diverse horizons including photography, video art, paintings, sculpture, music, theatre, dance, performance, design.

 

Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States 2009

Publisher: The Magenta Foundation
2009
http://www.magentafoundation.org/books/flash-forward-2009/

“Flash Forward” is an annual emerging photographers competition which looks for emerging artists. This volume is essential for curators, collectors, advertising professionals, and artists who wish to stay fully informed about up-and-coming photographers. “Flash Forward” showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.

 

Play All Day: Design for Children

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
2009
https://shop.gestalten.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/519

“Play All Day” documents a collection of the most vibrant, stimulating and engaging design products and concepts for children. This book sets a new standard of design for children with fascinating examples. It presents illustration and photography as well as new and original ideas offering playful solutions that talented designers and creative parents are designing for and with their kids.

 

Postcard

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing Ltd
2008
http://www.postcard-book.info/

A celebration of recent postcard design, this unique book showcases over 800 miniature works of art. Features over 100 artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and collectives from around the world, with new talents sitting alongside established artists. Separate sections are devoted to one-off designs, limited-edition sets and books, unusual and hightech postcards and interactive projects.

 

C/ International Photo Magazine. No. 5

Publisher: Ivory Press
2007
http://www.ivorypress.com/cPhoto/cPhoto_2.html

Our planet faces a new global crisis: the threat of ecological ruin. Sustainability, demography and climate change are all subjects that have come to the fore over recent decades and are now part of our collective consciousness. The looming dangers identified by most of the climate forecasts call for a serious discussion.
C PHOTO MAGAZINE is proud to join this debate by gathering together works by various artists and intellectuals, all of whom tackle the subject from their own individual perspectives.

 

Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States 2006

Publisher: The Magenta Foundation
2006
http://www.magentafoundation.org/books/flash-forward-2006/

“Flash Forward” is an annual emerging photographers competition which looks for emerging artists. This volume is essential for curators, collectors, advertising professionals, and artists who wish to stay fully informed about up-and-coming photographers. “Flash Forward” showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.