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Viviane Sassen’s New Photobook is Joyful and Tender (NSFW)

This summer will see the release of Roxane II, Viviane Sassen’s newest book, published by oodee. Following Roxane, her 2012 exploration of her relationship with her titular muse over several years, the new work continues to broaden Sassen’s poetic experimentation with colour and form, with her use of other media rising ever more prominently to the surface.

Viviane Sassen’s ‘In and Out of Fashion’

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We’re pretty excited about Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen‘s new book In And Out Of Fashion that combines 17 years worth of her fashion photography. Published by Prestel, highlights include campaigns for fashion powerhouses Carven, Stella McCartney, Adidas and Missoni, and various projects and editorials shot for magazines Numéro, Double, Another Magazine and Dazed & Confused.

Of Loss, Longing, Love, and Fear in the Work of Vivane Sassen

Eudocimus Ruber, 2017.

And Tango Makes Three, 2017.

Over the past two decades, Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen has created a singular body of work that weaves together a spellbinding phantasmagoria of luminous scenes of life. Her relentless independence from the limits of reality, in search of the multi-layered experience that exists beyond the known places Sassen in the realm of poets, mystics, and magicians.

In Hot Mirror (Prestel), we delve deep beneath the still surface of the images, into another realm, one that unfolds page by page as Sassen weaves a tale titled The Eye of the Eucalyptus Tree. Here, we travel between sections from the artist’s most notable series that take us from a remote Maroon village in Suriname in Pikin Slee to Flamboya, in which she returned to Kenya, her childhood home.

A Sassen photograph is not just an image of what lies before the camera, but something more; it is an ode to the medium of photography itself. Like a symphony conductor carefully leading an orchestra, Sassen creates luminous, layered images that belie the power of the visual world.

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© Christopher Williams, Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz, Leichlingen, September 29, 2009, 2010, Private Collection, Belgium, Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London

EXHIBITION: Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, 29 April – 21 June 2015
This retrospective spans the prolific decades-long career of conceptual photographer Christopher Williams, known for his sharp examination of the image as a tool in mid-century consumer culture. Here, he interrogates the larger meanings that lie behind commercial and instructional imagery, as well as making nods to architectural and cinematic history.

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Bob Fitch, Martin L. King (Dr Martin Luther King Jr.), Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, December 1965
The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

EXHIBITION: HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS, The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, 6 February – 6 April 2015
Under the curation of Mark Sealy, this exhibition takes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, made international law by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, as a point of departure, examining the ways in which photography can help to define and shape humanitarian efforts. This collection of hundreds of reportage images runs through nearly 50 years of human history from 1945 to the 1990s, touching on subjects as diverse as America’s Civil Rights Movement to political upheavals in the Middle East.

A Look Inside ‘Photographers’ Sketchbooks’

SothThe sketchbook of Alec Soth

Vanden-Driessche The sketchbook of Thomas Vanden-Driessche

The mechanical nature of photography often results in the perception that photographers are “button-pushers;” that they have a keen eye and sense of timing, but the artistry stops there. Photographers’ Sketchbooks, a new book by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals, provides a behind-the-scenes look into the idea conception and thought process of forty-nine photographers from around the globe.

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Untitled # 2 from the series Neighbours, 2013 © Martina Lindqvist
Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

EXHIBITION: Martina Lindqvist: Neighbours / Murmurs, The Photographers’ Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, 31 October – 14 January
Celebrated Finnish photographer Martina Lindqvist presents Neighbours and Murmurs, two recent series exploring the theme of memory, family, and loss. Neighbors documents a scarcely inhabited region in Finland, digitally expanding the space that surrounds its houses to underscore its remoteness. Murmurs takes an indirect look at the faltering memory of the artist’s grandmother, who struggles with Alzheimer’s. By constructing still lifes of withering flowers set in cardboard vases, Lindqvist explores the ways in which the significance we place on “keeping up appearances” diminishes as we negotiate our final years of life.

The Best Photobooks of 2013 According to Everyone

2013 brought forth a number of diverse and engaging photobooks, and by year’s end everyone was compiling their Best-Of lists—short form or long, simple or detailed—as favorite titles made their rounds on the Internet. Amongst the plentiful lists and naturally the personal tastes therein, an objective and comprehensive list seemed out of reach. So QT Luong of Terra Galleria tried a different approach, putting together a meta-list of the best photobooks of 2013 with a methodology he mastered last year with his 2012 list. Referencing Photolia‘s inventory of links to over 80 Best-Of-2013 lists, Luong tallied votes for each individual title every time it appeared in a list, thus creating his meta-list and compiling this year’s collective best.

We thought we’d give you a closer look at Luong’s findings in a top 10—note there were plenty of ties. To see even more titles, visit Luong’s meta-list.

An Overgrown Oasis Provides an Escape From the Ghetto

Kelly-Kristin-Jones photography

Interspace explores the tension between the natural and the unnatural or, urban spaces in North Lawndale. What happens when these areas compete? Additionally, what happens to the urban figure when placed in this feral space existing in the inner-city environment?

Portraits of a Middle Class Childhood

Julie Renee Jones photography

Julie Renee Jones holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

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