The Many Lives of Erik Kessels presents the highly anticipated first illustrated survey of this pioneering and influential curator, editor, and artist whose varied experiments with photography and photographic archives have allowed us to reconsider the medium's vernacular and narrative possibilities in today's inundated image landscape. People consume photographs, says Kessels, they don't look at them anymore. This volume is a primer on how to look--and how to better understand the hybrid practice of this artist who defies categorization. Including more than twenty of the artist's series and features essays by Simon Baker, Hans Aarsman, and curator Francesco Zanot, The Many Lives of Erik Kessels is published in conjunction with a major midcareer retrospective at CAMERA-Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin, Italy.
The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture is a seminal reference source for the ever-changing field of photography. Comprising an impressive range of essays and interviews by experts and scholars from across the globe, this book examines the medium’s history, its central issues and emerging trends, and its much-discussed future. The collected essays and interviews explore the current debates surrounding the photograph as object, art, document, propaganda, truth, selling tool, and universal language; the perception of photography archives as burdens, rather than treasures; the continual technological development reshaping the field; photography as a tool of representation and control, and more. One of the most comprehensive volumes of its kind, this companion is essential reading for photographers and historians alike.
When attempting to create a bag, tag, or label design that is strong in every respect, you are contending with some of the world's best designers. To compete in this league, you have to know your competition. Finally, here is a book in which you can find 1,000 examples of brilliant bags, tags, and labels. Fresh ideas from a variety of industries are offered in a format that is as easy to read as any catalog. This book gives you the information you need to know in a quick-hit format, allowing the visuals to speak for themselves. Jam-packed with exciting samples from around the world, this consummate style resource provides you with an abundance of inspired ideas that will help your clients get noticed-and remembered.
With increasingly accessible camera technology, crowdsourced public media projects abound like never before. Such projects often seek to secure a snapshot of a single day in order to establish communities and create visual time capsules for the future. Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life assesses the potential of these popular moment-in-time projects by examining their current day prevalence and their historical predecessors. Through archival research and interviews with organisers and participants, it examines, for the first time, the vast photographic collections resulting from such projects, analysing their structures and systems, their aims and objectives, and their claims and promises. The central case study is the 55,000 photographs submitted to One Day for Life in 1987, which aimed, in its own time, to be ‘the biggest photographic event the world had ever seen’.
Art directors need to balance both the creative and business-oriented aspects of their role to be truly successful. As well as needing top-level visual and creative skills, art directors must also motivate, communicate with, and inspire their coworkers and clients. Art Directing Projects for Print provides a creative, inspirational, and “skill set” path for designers who wish to raise their careers to a more ambitious level. This ground-breaking book will give them the essential building blocks to make the professional transition from competent designer to pace-setting art director, in the highly competitive and innovative area of print design. Art Directing Projects for Print reveals the professional skills involved in key creative areas of print design through providing a unique mix of theory, context, contemporary media awareness, inspirational case studies, international showcases, interviews with big-name professionals, developmental advice, and practical information.
This edition is entirely dedicated to photographs from Fred and Valerie, a couple from Florida who share a passion for wet fun adventure. One is the photographer, one is the model, and water is the medium. They take every opportunity to get wet, no matter what they are wearing or what they are doing, the more spontaneous the better. Public or private, silk or leather, winter or summer none of these elements matter. The adventure is all of this combined.
The zoological museum in Riga has a beautiful collection of animals, fossils and taxi-derma. Visitors get a clear and compact overview of what life in nature has to offer. From skeletons of large animals, a large collection of birds and shells, to the smallest insects, you can find them all in this compact museum. We as humans look at these displayed species full of curiosity and wonder. We are always surprised what kind of weird and wonderful surprises nature bring us. But aren?t humans filled with the same kind of strange and curious behavior? Aren?t we also some kind of ?strange animals??0Erik Kessels made an intervention in the zoological museum with a series of his collected, found and re-appropriated images called ?human zoo?. Images proving that we as humans don?t behave us any less weird and strange than the animals the images are paired with. These images infiltrate the zoological displays in curious ways, popping up, blending in, mimicking, and turning our focus to the human viewers of these exhibits. On display are humans? strange homing instincts and mating habits, the ways we both preen, growl and spray. Many of these images show the odd connections that humans and animals share together. The collected images of Erik Kessels react in a thoughtful and playful way to the animals in the museum, putting the weirdness of human and nonhuman species on display. It gives ?Human Animals? a taste of their own medicine, putting prime examples of the human species on display as artefacts behind the glass with the other animals, where we belong.00Exhibition: 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Latvia (02.06.-28.10.2018).
How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Category: Business & Economics
A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation. It showcases the best and most hilarious examples of imperfection and failure across a broad range of creative forms, including art, design, photography, architecture and product design, to inspire and encourage creatives to embrace and celebrate their mistakes. We live in an era when everyone is striving for perfection and we have become afraid of failure, which limits our potential. Mistakes help us find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions, and failures can change our perceptions and open up new ways of looking things. This book transforms mistakes from something to be embarrassed about into a cause for celebration. It includes over 150 visual examples drawn from Kessels personal collection of artworks and found photographs, along with tips, quotes, anecdotes and wisdom for celebrating with failure. To quote Kessels: 'the ubiquity of Apple + Z, means that we can literally undo any mistake before it has had time to breathe, be considered and — perhaps — evolve into something else: a fascinating, strange, provocative or even original piece of work. This book asks readers to embrace their fuck-ups, learn from them and celebrate their tawdry glory'.
We are pleased to offer a limited quantity of signed copies of Daido Moriyama's "Journey for Something" (the unsigned trade edition is now sold out). Moriyama first attracted international attention in the 1970s, with his gritty, black-and-white photographs of Shinjuku, a bustling area of Tokyo. Published for a spring 2012 exhibition at Galerie Alex Daniels-Reflex, Amsterdam, and with more than 230 large-scale images, "Journey for Something" offers an exciting overview of Moriyama's new work, as well as his classic images and some never-before-seen photographs that have been carefully selected by the artist for this volume. Many of Moriyama's photographs are shot with a hand-held camera, at times through a window or from across the street. Comprising an assortment of playful and almost surrealist images reproduced in large format, "Journey for Something" follows Moriyama from Tokyo to Osaka, from shimmering rows of nightclubs to shoes dangling from a telephone wire and a man running naked through the streets.
In the age of digital photography, we become editors of our own photographs, discarding all imperfect results. Wonder is about the end of an era; the time that we all handed over a roll of film at our local photo shop, to return later and see all our memories transfixed on paper. But sometimes there was an unwanted surprise, perhaps the film jammed and 36 holiday pictures were taken on one frame. Maybe a setting skipped, resulting in a strange cropping or a double exposure. Because the photographers discarded the images selected for Wonder, their rescue makes them even more special for all of us to see. Rejected and subsequently separated from their original purpose these images take on a special life of their own, with a particular beauty in their accidental composition. Here a collection of rejected photographs rescued by Erik Kessels, Hans Wolf, André Thijssen and Sabine Verschueren are presented.
Erik Kessels’ multivolume In Almost Every Picturehas long been a coveted and revered classic of vernacular photography. In Erik Kessels: Image Tsunamithe Dutch art director has turned his attention to the abundance of images available for finding on the Internet, shared in their millions on websites like Flickr. In a world where everyone produces and edits photography, where, as Kessels says, “the average kid today gets photographed more than a celebrity of 50 years ago,” what does a single image mean, and what is its status in the overwhelming flood of images? In Kessels’ words: “Image Tsunamiholds an enormous collection of images that I live with, that I remix and edit. It’s a representation of the overload of imagery that is in my head. My hope is that the book will inspire others to make their own remixes of these images.”
Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions
Author: Jenny Moussa Spring
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Graffiti made from cake icing, man-made clouds floating indoors, a luminous moon resting on water. Collected here are dozens of jaw-dropping artworks—site-specific installations, extraordinary sculptures, and groundbreaking interventions in public spaces—that reveal the exciting things that happen when contemporary artists play with the idea of place. Unexpected Art showcases the wonderfully experimental work of more than 50 innovative artists from around the world in galleries of their most astonishing artworks. An unusual package with three different-colored page edges complements the art inside and makes this tour of the world's most mind-blowing artwork a beautiful and thoughtprovoking gift for anyone interested in the next cool thing.