Paparazzi is a small bogus book by the artist duo Mazaccio and Drowilal which brings together celebrity collages against a backdrop of ice floes, beaches or hypermarket car parks. In kitsch and glitchy montages, which play on internet aesthetics and low-end celebrity press layouts, the strength of Paparazzi is to spot the habits and customs of the stars who look like two drops of water, with their Ugg boots and their Starbucks cup, like the Panurge sheep.
In The Hague, the mule is synonymous with virility. The photographers could not find any woman with this cut: âIn general, the women who wear it are part of a fashion. The mules we photographed are not about fashion but about lifestyle. Â»(J. Nijhuis, D. Heikens and R. Langeveld / Lecturis)
Three Dutchmen, Joost Nijhuis, DaniÃ«l Heikens and Rein Langeveld, crisscrossed the neighborhoods of The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, in search of a local specialty: a cut neck with long shaved sides. They took a photographic sum of it as a tribute to this popular style which is the pride of those who wear it. The book became an editorial phenomenon with 4000 copies sold, a rare occurrence for a photography book in the Netherlands. In France, The Atlas of mules benefited from favorable word of mouth during Paris Photo week. The importance of the mule in The Hague is explained, according to the authors, by a survival of the style of the 70s and 80s, initiated by the album Ziggy stardust by David Bowie and singer Bono from U2. But also by the popularity of FC Den Haag, the local football club. Today, the two photographers would like to document this planetary phenomenon, celebrated in festivals, in France, the United States or Australia to make a world atlas that would extend to China or Canada.
The Hague Mule Atlas by Joost Nijhuis, DaniÃ«l Heikens and Rein Langeveld, book in English and Dutch, Lecturis, â¬ 45.
Return to Terre-Terre
(Terri Weifenbach / Atelier EXB)
Browse Cloud physics by Terri Weifenbach, it’s touching nature with your fingertips: page after page, forests, trees, flowers, dragonflies, seagulls, clouds parade in a long amazed tracking shot. Close-ups of bark and snow-capped landscapes, views of crystal-clear skies and swaying peaks of lichen, nocturnal lightning bolts and fiery flames describe a world of untouched flora and fauna, where every drop of water, crossed by the sun, deserves a see. Under the lens of the American photographer, born in New York, raised in Washington and living in Paris, the earth seems to be having fun. There are even children swimming breaststroke in the black water and a sleeping fawn. At the heart of the pages, Terri Weifenbach also stages strange measuring instruments (radiometer, rain gauge, photometer, spectrometer or Total Sky Imager) which allow us to observe climate change and take the pulse of the planet.
âCoulson Family, 2008â by Deana Lawson. (Deanna Lawson / MACK)
This catalog of the African-American photographer’s exhibition turns out to be an immense photographic work in which black models explode the images in an aesthetic and political mirror. His staging is the result of meticulous work that combines improvisation, wild casting and cleverly orchestrated space construction. Dressed in costumes, or stripped naked, choreographed in graphic poses, Deana Lawson’s models almost all gaze at the lens, aware of their presence in the image. The accumulation of all these portraits of imposing men, powerful women and families or matching couples, photographed in the United States, Haiti, Ethiopia or the Congo, draws the great Afro family without borders that Deana Lawson feels issue. . After the beautiful monograph of Aperture, here is Deana Lawson, the catalog of an exhibition in Boston, a more affordable but just as rich book on the work of the American. And above all very well documented.
Deana lawson by Deana Lawson, Mack, 144 pp., â¬ 40.
Supernatural. A visual history of female mediums by Philippe Baudouin, Pyramide, 176 pp., â¬ 29.
The landscape is fading
âMontchanin, Autunois. (Eric Tabuchi / Poursuite and GwinZegal Editions)
RNA Vol1, the first print of the titanic photographic enterprise of Nelly Monnier and Eric Tabuchi has just been published: the book immortalizes, in photos, thirteen French natural regions through the architecture of their buildings and their relationship to the landscape. It marks a turning point in the realization of this crazy project, that of documenting the 500 French natural regions – a former division of the territory based on soil geology. And this book, which borrows the extended format of a major tourist guide, is undoubtedly one of the most important photo opus of the year 2021.
Self-portrait by Samuel Fosso. Co-edited by Steidl and The Walther Collection, New York. 352 pages, 85 â¬.
A very dance work
You had to imagine it, this âdancyclopediaâ in the shape of a paving stone in the pond! Universal language Anouk Kruithof celebrates dance in the Internet age. Fascinated by online dance videos, the Dutch artist has designed a huge installation consisting of 8,800 videos. But also this amazing book that looks like a big brick. Inside, each page describes a dance illustrated with a photo taken on the internet: we discover the“Oromo dance” practiced in Ethiopia, “Zwiefacher” in Germany, the “Parasol dance” in Japan, the “Boogie Woogie” or the classic Spanish bolero. A book of sum, fascinating to consult frantically when nightclubs are closed and parties are prohibited.
Extract from Issei Suda’s âFamily Diaryâ. (?? South Issei)
Here is a little gem, full of light and tenderness. Rich and unique, the work of Japanese photographer Issei Suda (1940-2019), who graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1962, is little known in Europe. Under its lens, the Japanese street takes on the appearance of a surrealist theater. In 1991-1992, the photographer exploited the full potential of the Minox camera, a camera so tiny that it was used by spies. Compulsively, Issei Suda forces his wife and daughter to deliver an extremely sensitive diary. In black and white images of rare intensity, the joy of life – sometimes tears – and candor fill the frame of a family life that looks like a golden age forever past.
Family journal Issei Suda, ed. Common thing, 176 pp., 40 â¬.