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What our eyes see clearly is blurred before their eyes until it becomes a diffuse mass. Colors do not exist in their perception, and when others enjoy the sun in the cloudless sky, they retreat to their huts. Normal daylight even blinds the inhabitants of Pingelap so much that they can hardly see anything else. Only the light conditions at night are adequate for those with the sight disorder so that they can go about their lives also outside.
In the late 18th century a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean. One of the survivors, the king, carried the rare achromatopsia-gen that causes complete colorblindness. The king went on to have many children and as time passed by, the hereditary condition affected the isolated community and the islanders started seeing the world in black and white. This phenomenon was first described by neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
Portraying the islanders (who by their fellow Micronesians are referred to as blind) and their island resulted in a conceptual selection of images that mask or emphasize the eyes, face, or their 'vision' and invite the viewer to enter a dreamful world of colorful possibilities. The Island of the Colorblind consists of 'normal' digital images converted to black and white and infrared images. A third series within the project are the achromatic picture-paintings – the artist had asked achromats in the Netherlands to paint color back into the black and white images. Flames light up in black and white, trees turn pink, a thousand shades of grey, a rainbow revisited.
The project was published as an illustrated book at Kehrer Verlag with a UV-sensitive softcover which changes color in sunlight (22.5 x 28 cm, 160 pages, 85 color illustrations, English, ISBN 978-3-86828-826-1 2017).
Belgian photographer Sanne De Wilde (Antwerp, 1987) graduated as Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) with great honors in 2012. Her work was awarded the Photo Academy Award 2012, the International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013, and the Nikon Press Award 2014. kehrerverlag.com//sanne-de-wilde-the-island-of-the-colorblind
12.07.2017 // show complete article
These unusual photos stimulate contemplation about the consequences of an nuclear disaster of this magnitude. What remains of an area where 80,000 inhabitants had to be evacuated from one day to the next? What do former inhabitants think about returning to their ghost towns? For the latest series, titled 'Retracing our Steps', the photographers asked former residents to return to their shops or schools and re-open the doors of their buildings which were once so routine. They were invited to behave like normal in front of the camera – as if nothing had happened. These surreal and yet plausible photos are both a mix of what is normal and strange in the aftermath of a historically significant nuclear incident.
“This photographic work is our contribution to the narrative of a historic disaster. The accident is far from over, both at the power station and among the nuclear refugees. And we hope to continue to testify to this sad but multifaceted chapter in the history of the Fukushima region,” as it says in the introduction by Carlos Ayesta und Guillaume Bression
Carlos Aytesta wurde 1985 was born in Caracas-Venezuela in 1985. Today, he is a freelance photographer specialized in architectural photography. A graduate of the ISAE and IFP School, Guillaume Bression dedicated his work completely to photography after his studies. In 2009, he founded a photography collective with Carlos Ayestafocusing on subjects related to Fukushima. Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression have collaborated on several artistic and documentary projects. Their work has been exhibited in several galleries and festivals.
Half-cloth hardcover 23 x 23 cm, 152 pages, 102 color illustrations, English, French, Japanese, Available ISBN 978-3-86828-738-7 2016
08.03.2017 // show complete article
“Buzzing at the Sill is Peter van Agtmael's (*1981) work about coming home from years of covering war in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to understand his experiences and his country. A student of history at Yale during the September 11 attacks and the invasion of Iraq, his sheltered life was uprooted by the realization that he needed to cover the wars. The work is a stew of reflections on war, memory, militarism, identity, race, class, family, surrealism and the landscape. It is both about the limitations of photography and an homage to its power,” is how Kehrer Publishing describes its publication, which we are delighted to introduce on GoSee.
Only one week after it was released, Buzzing at the Sill made it onto TIME magazine's list of the best photography books in 2016. It is a sequel to Disco Night Sept. 11, van Agtmael's previous book on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that was shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Book Award and was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Magazine, Time, Vogue and American Photo.
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale. His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013
'Buzzing at the Sill', hardcover with 32 page booklet 17 x 22.4 cm 160 pages 72 color illustrations English, available ISBN 978-3-86828-736-3 2016, Artist: Peter van Agtmael, texts: Peter van Agtmael, Design: Peter van Agtmael, Kehrer Design (Katharina Stumpf)
27.02.2017 // show complete article