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‘Here are Bruce Gilden’s people, his family. He shares their teeth, their stubble, their scrapes and blemishes, their fear of death. In the women’s scowls, in their sternly ambiguous glances, he sees his own mother’s face, before she killed herself. We live in a world whose visual lingua franca has rapidly become the decontextualized, always posed, mechanically lit idiom of social media, of Instagram and, yes, Facebook...' Chris Klatell writes in her essay on Bruce Gildens new illustrated book titled 'FACE', which was released by the international photography book publisher Dewi Lewis Publishing.
The press text tells us: A defining characteristic of Bruce Gilden’s photography is his creative attraction to what he calls ‘characters’, and he has been tracking them down all through his career. Growing up in Brooklyn with what he describes as a ‘tough guy’ of a father, Bruce Gilden developed a love of the streets, often calling them his ‘second home’. The unique energy of the streets mesmerized Bruce, an energy that can momentarily expose something inside people that generally stays hidden. This new body of work, however, is somewhat of a departure for him in that these tightly cropped, full face images can be seen as ‘collaborative’ portraits. His subjects engage directly with the camera, and the photographs are all taken with permission.
Bruce Gilden has traveled and exhibited widely around the world, and has received numerous awards, including the European Publishers Award for Photography, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Japan Foundation fellowship.
'FACE' by Magnum photographer BRUCE GILDEN - Cloth bound hardback - 370mm x 247mm 104 pages, 52 color plates - ISBN: 978-1-907893-75-9
08.09.2015 // show complete article
The poetic touch of Markus Henttonen's artwork already convinced the jury members at last year's GoSeeAWARDS. Now the series titled 'Twisted Tales. Road to Hope' has finally been published in the form of a book by Hatje Cantz. The photographer born 1976 in Finland’s Lahti takes us on a journey. His road movie leads us through a land which is a mirror image of life itself: With his atmospheric images, he shows us seemingly random everyday situations or also very personal experiences from the past and dreamlike sequences, always with an emotional undertone and open for interpretation.
"Twisted Tales is like life, a unique and exciting travel with joy and sadness of desire and despair combining the most personal with things common. Memories, dreams and reality mix up to profound layers. Despite the flashbacks from the past and the unexpected turns this journey is going forward. It almost feels like a puzzle that will never really be complete. There will always be something little out of place, a little bit twisted... :"
As a special treat, Hatje Cantz is offering two attractive motifs from the series Twisted Tales as collector’s editions printed on high-quality Hahnemühle Bamboo paper – the world's first digital fine art ink jet paper made from bamboo fibres, which stands for naturalness and eco-friendly production.
After earlier, more documentary series Markus Henttonen has developed a more narrative style in his newer works. Several of the photos in Twisted Tales have an elaborately staged character similar to film sets; some look for answers, but remain cryptic. This is particularly the case in his photo of a shield on a gate of star comedian Bob Hope's estate.: “This road does not lead to Bob Hope’s house. Bob is dead.”
Markus Henttonen - Twisted Tales Road to Hope
Text by Jan Böttcher, graphic design by Ben Jeffery
2015. Approx. 160 pages and 100 ills., ISBN 978-3-7757-4047-0
27.08.2015 // show complete article
Opportunity makes lovers. But whoever takes a closer look at the things that surround us everyday soon quickly notices: The things around us are beautiful, but do they always make sense? Probably not... The facts of life are different: a designer table illuminated by the matching designer lamp, all on bare concrete. Ouch... 'Form follows function'? It's sad, but not the last word on it. We present you the chair 'Tally Ho' made by British designer Mark Brazier-Jones. The Tally Ho chair (only about 6800 euros) is part of the 'Flashman' series which was named after the fictional anti-hero Harry Paget Flashman and created by George MacDonald Fraser.
The designer on his series: "FLASHMAN – The adult playroom has come of age with this collection of solidly built multipurpose follies, designed intentionally to cohabit or even replace your existing lounge or bedroom furniture. As innocuous as they are naughty, and as discrete as they are seductive. These pieces are both male and female. They are roguish & strong while at the same time, playful and soft. This collection sighs with the distant memories of tight bodices and lacy petticoats, yet has a modern masculinity, which is strong and sexy."
The Flashman collection by Mark Brazier-Jones calls upon the courageous and those of us with the greatest imagination to give furniture back its individuality, to free it from its purist image and make it as useful as it once was. Because opportunity does make lovers in the end... and what more could we want?
About – Mark Brazier-Jones. Since the commencement of his career in 1983 as a founding member of the Creative Salvage Group, Mark Brazier-Jones has honed a collection and philosophy unique in the world of design. His work trespasses into the world of the classical, surreal, theatrical and futuristic. Commentators on contemporary design have tried to categorize his style as neoclassic or space-age baroque, even ‘post nuclear antiques’. Despite the often flamboyant appearance of his designs Brazier-Jones applies a strict code of functionality to his work. As Mark Brazier-Jones states, it still applies that form follows function. “Yes, form does follow function, but part of furniture’s function is decorative, an attribute many modern designers seem to overlook.” Mark Brazier-Jones is an internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer, sculptor and engineer. His patrons list film and rock royalty and art collectors all over the world. brazier-jones.com
12.08.2015 // show complete article