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In his 27 travels to Madagascar, French photographer Pascal Maitre, for whom Africa is an endless source of stories and photos, has documented again and again the magical world of this magic tree - the Baobab.
“Pascal Maitre's beautiful photographs contained in this book illustrate how fascinating these unique and mythical trees are,” we learn in the preface by Jacques Rocher, Honorary President of the Yves Rocher Foundation – Institut de France.
PASCAL MAITRE started his career as a photo journalist in 1979 at the publishing house Groupe Jeune Afrique. He works for magazines such as GEO, Paris Match, L’Express, Stern and National Geographic. His photos have been on display in exhibitions around the globe, such as four times at the most prestigious photo festival for reportage, Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan. Pascal Maitre has received numerous awards, including the Photojournalism National Magazine Award 2010, USA.
BAOBAB – The Magic Tree – Der Zauberbaum – L´arbre magique, Pascal Maitre, 21 x 28 cm, 112 pages, 50 photos, English, German, French, hardcover, bound in linen, laminated cover photo, Japan binding, ISBN 978-3-903101-26-5, € 49.90
16.06.2017 // show complete article
In Israel there are more than 1 million public and private bunkers. Israeli law stipulates that every citizen must have access to a shelter. For more than two years, American photographer Adam Reynolds photographed these ‘Doomsday spaces’ over a period of two years in all of their facets, opening a window into the collective mindset of this threatened country. With a text by Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum in Vienna. The photos are also on display in an exhibition on Judenplatz in Vienna.
Since its foundation in 1948, the state of Israel has felt isolated and under threat from enemies. This collective siege mentality manifests itself with over 1 million public and private shelters, found across the whole country. Israeli law stipulates that every citizen must have access to a shelter that can be sealed in case of an attack with unconventional weapons. The Israelis have integrated these ‘Armageddon rooms’ into their everyday life and ‘transformed’ them into spaces that look like normal dance studios, bars or temples. For many people in Israel who live with a personal history of exile and persecution, these shelters are the architecture of an existential threat – both real and perceived.
Adam Reynolds shot the images over the course of three years, from 2013 to 2015. The photographs offer a broad cultural and geographical typology of the shelter spaces by documenting them on either side of the Green Line, throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories, in an effort to offer the broadest survey possible. They straddle the distinct worlds of fine art and reportage. “Working in a country like Israel it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate art from social reality”, says Adam Reynolds.
ADAM REYNOLDS is a documentary photographer with his focus on the Middle East, he holds a master of fine arts degree in photography and bachelor degrees in journalism and political science from Indiana University, along with a master degree in Islamic and Middle East Studies from Hebrew University. His areas of focus include modern Middle East politics, Islamic studies and photo journalism. This academic background enables him to balance photographic creativity with a journalist’s thematic fidelity. In this way he has produced exceptional documents of the times, which have earned him many awards and are presented in exhibitions.
DR. DANIELLE SPERA has a degree in journalism and political science, 1978 to 2010 journalist, reporter, presenter and editorial adviser at ORF, 1987/88 ORF correspondent in Washington, since 2010 director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, since 2013 university counsellor at MUI, president of ICOM Austria, 1991 and 2007 Romy award winner, 1990 to 2002 lecturer in the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art, Jewish topics and for the magazine NU.
Arnold Reynolds “Shelter! Architecture of Survival”
Jewish Museum Vienna, Museum Judenplatz, 7 June – 8 October, 2017.
ARCHITECTURE OF AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT
Arnold Reynolds, Danielle Spera
22 x 27.5 cm, 144 pages, 72 photos
German, English, Hebrew
Hardcover, bound in linen,
french fold jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-29-6, € 39.90
03.06.2017 // show complete article
During the four years of dictatorship of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge nearly two million people were killed. This is a quarter of the Cambodian population. In a very personal reflection on this genocide, Ann-Christine Woehrl’s photographs present fragments of the places that remind us of these atrocities: prison S-21, the Killing Fields, the UN Tribunal in Phnom Penh and Anlong Veng. German President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote the preface. The texts were created in a collaboration of Ann-Christine Woehrl with Rithy Panh, Anne-Laure Porée and Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier: The photo as an instrument during the times of the Khmer Rouge and as a remnant of the genocide today.
Ann-Christine Woehrl travelled to Cambodia starting in 2013, to visit the S-21 prison, which is today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, in Phnom Penh. At the time a place of terror and violence, the atrocities are still felt in the rooms and are reflected in the faces of the prisoners. Women, men and children were portrayed during their imprisonment, and the portraits now hang on the walls of the prison. On her first visit, the photographer followed the gazes of the portrayed prisoners through the former prison cells, the interrogatioon rooms, the documentation center, and through the archive. These experiences made Ann-Christine Woehrl feel the need to deal with the dark history of Cambodia at the time of the Communist Pol Pot regime – in the form of very personal reflection and research. From 2015-2016, Ann-Christine Woehrl realized and finalized her project. Very important to her work was her meeting with Cambodian writer and film director Rithy Panh as well as writer and activist Loung Ung and reading their respective autobiographical books "Extinction" and "First They Killed My Father".
Ann-Christine Woehrl was born in 1975. She works as a freelance photographer, and her work focuses on social topics, women’s rights and religious issues in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. Her two last projects Witches in Exile and IN/VISIBLE (Edition Lammerhuber, 2014) were published worldwide, awarded multiple international prizes and shown in exhibitions and at photo festivals. She has received awards including the Silver Cube in 2015 for IN/VISIBLE at the Art Directors Club New York Annual Awards.
STÉPHANIE BENZAQUEN-GAUTIER is an associate researcher at the Centre for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
VISOTH CHHAY took over in 2014 as director of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.
CHRISTINE KRON, Shas studied ethnology, history and African history. In 2011 she became director of the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich.
RITHY PANH is the director of the film S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine and author of the book Auslöschung (Elimination, not avail. in English). His film Rice People was nominated for an Oscar. Panh is co-producer of Angelina Jolie’s film First They Killed My Father.
ANNE-LAURE PORÉE is a journalist. In her PhD thesis in anthropology she researches prison S-21.
Shaded Memories. The Shadow over Cambodia.
Photographs by Ann-Christine Woehrl
17 February – 17 September, 2017
Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich
Shaded Memories. The Shadow over Cambodia.
Photographs by Ann‐Christine Woehrl
23 February – 23 September, 2017
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Bophana Audio Resource Center,
Phnom Penh, Kambodscha
22.5 x 27.5 cm, 132 pages, 89 ills., German, English
Hardcover with laminated cover photo
ISBN 978-3-903101-20-3, € 49.90
17.02.2017 // show complete article