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The artistically curated anatomy study 'The modern Spirit is Vivisective' was the winner of this year's Vienna Photo Book Award. The lovingly designed book, published by Anzenberger Edition, is limited to 500 copies, including a collector's edition of 25 books with a print. We are delighted to bring you an insight on GoSee.
“The modern spirit is vivisective takes the anatomical theaters of the past as its starting point. The lost functionality of these spaces, suspended in a limbo between the carnality of death and the quest for knowledge, leads to embrace dissection and vivisection, metaphorically, as an aesthetic performance. The project is a journey inside the history of the study of the human body and lies in looking at the theater’s specific scenography of knowledge. Presented as a cornucopia of materials, the images form a telescopic structure divided into overlapping sections relating to the various actions involved in dissection: on looking, on canon lust, on touching, on cutting and on discovering; following in a way the same logic of fragmentation pertaining to anatomy, according to which the comprehension of an object goes through its decomposition into segments. (text: Federica Chiocchetti)
BIO: Francesca Catastini (Lucca, 1982) is based in Tuscany. Raised in a family with a strong scientific background, she developed an early interest for ethology and medicine. At the age of five, she made her first (and last) attempt to preserve two little animals, a dead bird and a field mouse, by wrapping them tightly in black bin liners and keeping them in a shoe box. To her mother’s horror, she discovered the box under her bed and immediately threw the experiment away! Apparently, Francesca was severely scolded, but cannot remember the details… Eventually, she decided to keep images instead of things (if for no other reason than to avoid the smell). She feels that as a highly sensitive person, it is easier to study the facts of life when they are unable to run away.
The book can be ordered directly as a normal, signed or collector's edition.
Francesca Catastinis - The modern Spirit is Vivisective
Photographs: Francesca Catastini, Text: Federica Chiocchetti, Publisher: Anzenberger Edition, 112 pages, Pictures: 50, Year: 2016, Price: 29 EUR / 100 EUR collector's edition with the book and a signed pigment print on Hahnemuehle PhotoRag Baryta paper. Size of the book: 23 x 16 cm. Size of the print: 14.3 x 21 cm. Book: hardcover with embossed cover picture, Swiss brochure. Edition of 500 copies including 25 collector's editions. The motif of the print is a monkey looking into a mirror.
ANZENBERGEREDITION The publisher for handmade books and collector's editions, Vienna/Austria
12.10.2016 // show complete article
Forty years ago, two men went missing in southwest Iceland. The facts of their disappearances are scarce, and often mundane. An 18-year-old set off from a nightclub, drunk, on a 10-kilometer walk home in the depths of Icelandic winter. Some months later, a family man failed to return from a meeting with a mysterious stranger. In another time or place, they might have been logged as missing persons and forgotten by all but family and friends. Instead, the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case became the biggest and most controversial murder investigation in Icelandic history.
In the 1970s, theories about the disappearances fixated on Iceland’s anxieties over smuggling, drugs and alcohol, and the corrupting influence of the outside world. The country’s highest levels of political power were drawn into the plot. But ultimately, a group of young people on the fringes of society became its key protagonists. All made confessions that led to convictions and prison sentences. Yet none could remember what happened on the nights in question.
Now a public inquiry is uncovering another story, of how hundreds of days and nights in the hands of a brutal and inexperienced criminal justice system eroded the link between suspects’ memories and lived experience. Jack Latham photographed the places and people that feature in various accounts of what happened to Gudmundur and Geirfinnur after they vanished. He spent time with the surviving suspects, as well as whistle blowers, conspiracy theorists, expert witnesses and bystanders to the case.
In ‘Sugar Paper Theories’, Latham’s photographs and material from the original police investigation files stand in for memories real and constructed. Professor Gisli Gudjónsson CBE, a former Reykjavik policeman and forensic psychologist whose expert testimony and theory of memory distrust syndrome helped free the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four – and are now central to the Gudmundor and Geirfinnur inquiry – provides a written account of the case.
Jack Latham is the recipient of the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2016. The book is co-published by Here Press and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Book launch on Tuesday, 6 September, at 6:30pm in The Photographers’ Gallery, 16/18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW
Sugar Paper Theories - Jack Latham . 310 x 230mm, 180pp . 46 color photographs, 37 black & white photographs, 8 illustrations, 9 press cuttings . Color photography by Jack Latham . Text by Professor Gisli Gudjónsson . Black & white archive photography sourced from original police files . Offset litho on coated FSC and recycled uncoated color papers . Perfect bound card cover with silk screened cloth spine . Edition of 1000 . ISBN: 978-0-9935853-2-6 . herepress.org//sugar-paper-theories
31.08.2016 // show complete article
Scheidegger & Spiess presents the first monograph about the eminent French photographer Marcel Gautherot (1910–1996), who moved to Brazil in 1940 and lived there for the rest of his life. Gautherot is best known for his photos of the construction of the capital city, Brasilia, for which he first photographed the workers and construction sites and then the finished buildings in all of their glamorous elegance. Several of the photos are among the icons of modern architectural photography. On display are travel impressions, ethnological photographic explorations and Brazilian customs, everyday shots, and formal experiments, as well as the confrontation with modernist stylistic elements.
With about 240 carefully reproduced photographs from all creative periods, the book also includes essays by international experts. It accompanies an exibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris in summer 2016. It was created in cooperation with Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, and the publishing company Scheidegger & Spiess AG.
Marcel Gautherot – The Monograph, edited by Samuel Titan Jr. and Sergio Burgi
With essays by Sergio Burgi, Michel Frizot, Lorento Mammì and Samuel Titan Jr.
hardcover, 256 pages, 241 tritone illustrations, 23.5 x 27.5 cm, ISBN 978-3-85881-495-1
22.08.2016 // show complete article