Akira Hasegawa – Photography and I

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Photo editor Akira Hasegawa on self-expression, photo-manipulation and fake photos. "Photography is a cut throat fight with your own eye" I first heard the name Akira Hasegawa on the pages of Asphalt magazine: he joined as photo-editor in chief from the second issue of Atsushi Fujiwara'a magazine, where he wrote all the prefaces, a single [...]

Ken Schles on Invisible Cities and Nightwalk

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“For generations the Lower East Side was a churning cauldron of activity. Site of immigrants (my own family passed through there more than a century ago), it already had a long history of renewal and decay.”   Alex Bocchetto: With Invisible City you narrated New York’s East Village and Alphabet City from a very personal [...]

These Books are Made for Walking – Zines of the Zone

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"You must be crazy", that's the thought that came to my mind when I first heard of the project. A mobile library travelling 50 cities in 5 months, visiting the far corners of Europe with a collection of zines and independent photobooks. Exploring the self-publishing and DIY photobooks underground, creating a network and a permanent [...]

The killer, the art critic, the book and his reader

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a conversation with Marco F.G. Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel about The Looking Game A serial killer and amateur photographer currently imprisoned in the Death Row: Rodney Alcala. An alias he adopted while on the run from the police: John Berger, as the famous British art critic. An archive of pictures shot by Alcala resurfacing from a [...]

Anonymous appropriation handbook #1

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Adopt, recycle, détour. "Nobody in particular" on being anonymous and reframing.   Nobody in particular’s The Stars open with two hypnotic hands of a trickster, or maybe a Tv presenter or a politician. An oceanic crowd of people gathers: hundreds are giving a Roman salute, except one man, arm crossed, an expression of challenge in [...]

South bye Southwest

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South bye South-West a conversation with Salvatore Santoro about his self-published "Saluti da Pinetamare"   PINETAMARE, South Italy, during the '60s big sums of money were invested to transform the area on the Caserta coastal line into an Utopian holiday resort: luxury hotels, boardwalks, beach resorts and bars where spawning everywhere. It was bound to [...]

The Japanese Photobook

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Performance and the japanese photobook interview with Ivan Vartanian:   A reading room full of Japanese photobooks. No hierarchy, no display cabinet, just a room with benches, tables and BOOKS which are there to be TOUCHED a sign on the wall informs. This summer, the Photographers’ Gallery became to me an habitual place of pilgrimage, a [...]

We stand on this asfalt

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interview with Atsushi Fujiwara, founder of Asphalt magazine "We stand on this asphalt and this is where we capture the world" THE first time I saw Asphalt magazine was in a photobook reading room, not quite the average place you’d expect to find a magazine. In fact, Asphalt can be described as something in between [...]

Of Taboos, Love, Death and Redemption

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GET HIGH AND HURT IN THE PROCESS a conversation with Frank Rodick   THE following conversation is taken from several e-mail exchanges I had with Frank Rodick while working on his "Of Liquid Cities and Celestial Abattoirs". Sequencing his booklet was like solving a puzzle. We had to learn a whole new visual language. "Of [...]

Balkan Punk

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Balkan punk a conversation with Jože Suhadolnik ACCORDING to his slim bio Joze was born "in the midst of the revolutionary 1960s in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Yugoslavia at the time).” Child prodigy with a camera, he started documenting the punk scene in Ljubljana at the age of 13. By 16 he was working as a photojournalist [...]