Friday, November 22, 2013

Birgitta Lund, THE GARDEN. Space Poetry

A special edition print and book of The Garden, from Birgitta Lund, published earlier this year by Space Poetry. The Garden is more than a document of the famous vintage amusement park Tivoli Gardens in the center of Copenhagen...

Birgitta Lund, The Garden #20", 2013. edition of 30 with book

The print.  The Garden #20, 2010-2013, is a 27x39 cm Archival Pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper. Edition of 30.

The book.  published by Space Poetry, 64 pages, softbound with 23 color photos and a text/discussion between Birgitta and Brian Palmer.

Book + Print:   112,- € + shipping  
price will increase after edition nr. 20.

you can pre-order by sending me an email at the address listed in the side-bar. The editions will be shipped mid-December.

The Garden is listed here by the Wall Street Journal as a photography book high-light for the season.

This is by no means a documentary work about Tivoli or its history. In fact the place itself is never really shown in its entirety, but instead we are given little details of people, from various nationalities, ethnicities and ages all drawn together to this place which seems to be somewhat set in an orient backdrop. The faces that we assume, or hope, are engaged in concentration for whatever amusement attraction is on hand, quickly become faces of despair and fear. 

Brian Palmer, the filmmaker who discusses the project with Birgitta in the book, is a documentary film maker who has worked in war zones touches on the body language of people with guns, either real or fake, eliciting a "...deadly stance - so familiar to me as a journalist with US troops in Iraq - appears to be so easily pantomimed. When the festive context of Tivoli is stirpped away, I'm confronted with how deeply embedded these violent gestures are in us and in our cultures.."

"The Garden is a contemporary photographic tale, that uses Tivoli Gardens, an old amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen Denmark as an allegory. Here people of all different nationalities and ethnicities meet in a world of fantasy. An imaginary Orient with fake palaces and minarets is the backdrop of the place. It’s a surreal world, yet it mirrors the dreams and fears of life outside the entrance." Birgitta Lund.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Seba Kurtis, KIF. Here Press

This is my first collaboration with a photographer and publisher to produce a special edition book/print. I'm happy its with my good friend SEBA KURTIS and his book KIF from HERE Press.

Seba Kurtis, KIF, Here Press, 2013

The print, from the KIF series, is a 30x38 cm Archival Pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper.
This image is only available in this book/print edition. Edition of 30.

The book is an indigo and risoprint on uncoated and recycled paper, stamped title on the reversed linen cover.
27x19 cm, 28 pages, 15 photographs. 2013, Here Press.

Book + Print:   112,- € + shipping  (now into edition nr. 16-20)
price will increase after edition nr.20.

you can pre-order by sending me an email at the address listed in the side-bar. The editions will be shipped mid-May.

‘Kif’ documents a journey inspired by friendship and loss and tells the tender tale of a small corner of the international drug trade.
Seba Kurtis and Dodo became close sharing a flat as illegal immigrants in Tenerife. The friends took separate paths – Kurtis marrying and moving to the UK to follow his career as a photographer, while Dodo, after a period working in construction followed by a one-off fund-raising expedition to Morocco as a drug mule, died young and alone in Barcelona.
When the pair last met, Dodo rhapsodised about Chefchaouen, the northern Moroccan province where 90,000 households are modestly sustained on the cultivation of cannabis that supplies the bulk of the European market.
Like many a backpacker before him, Dodo was enchanted by the whitewashed medinas that cling to the slopes of Rif mountains and the peaceful farms that nestle above them. But he was there to smuggle hashish – or kif, as its known locally – and too distracted to engage in the ritual of creating a photographic record of his journey.
After Dodo’s death, Kurtis retraced the journey in tribute to a friend, to Chefchaouen, to the farmers who raise a crop that happens to be illegal and fill the coffers of the corrupt, and the trade’s small-time carriers who exploit their bodies as a hold for contraband cargo. (Here Press)