over FOTOBOEKEN

Een weblog van Ben Krewinkel waarop fotoboeken besproken worden. Nieuwe, maar vooral oude en niet altijd de meest makkelijk verkrijgbare.  
 

Srefidensi on tour

 On June 27th I will give a talk about some photobooks dealing with Surinam (Dutch Guyana) at Fotodok in Utrecht. This talk will be part of a series of mini-symposia called Srefidensi on tour. Looking forward discussing these books with Sara Blokland and book expert Carl Haarnack.


Banjir! Banjir!

Yesterday the book Banjir! Banjir! was published as a token of gratitude to Mr Henk Nieboer, who stepped down from the Witteveen+Bos Board of Directors in April 2017 having served his term. I was asked to work with Cynthia Boll, Henk Nieboer, Peter van der Mark and Antoinette van Kolhoorn on the concept, edit and design of the book containing photographs by Cynthia Boll. The book has been masterly printed by Marcel Meesters and his company MM Artbook Printing."Flooded houses, streets and squares. People desperately struggling to keep themselves and their belongings dry. Others who are seemingly indifferent to the floods, patiently waiting for a bus with the water lapping around their knees. The Indonesian metropolis of Jakarta faces many complex water management challenges. "- Henk Nieboer


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the Photobook

Africa in the Photobook is about the changing visual representation of Africa as expressed through the medium of the photobook.
I'm looking for books made by African artists or book printed in African countries, so please share if you have information.
By choosing books I don't want to suggest to agree with its content, since many books on Africa tend to be highly propagandistic and sometimes blantant paternalistic and/or even racist.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensi

For the coming months I'm working on a project commissioned by Srefidensi. The website will publish at least five essays on photobooks dealing with Surinam, or Dutch Guinea. You can read the first one here


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzados

Read the book review on Looking for M. on the website of ZAM en Maputo Fast Forward.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.

All photographs from Looking for M. can be viewed on LensCulture with English and Portuguese captions.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique)

Alongside the two exhibitions, Image Afrique ’16 will also present a symposium on the topic of Africa in the Photo Book, curated by the Dutch historian and photographer Ben Krewinkel and with a focus on the representation of Africa in political propaganda in the photo book.
Presentation: 15:00 - 16:00
What is a photo book and what does it mean within the context of Africa?
Panel discussion: 16:30 - 17:30
How can we understand the photographic representation of Africa and how is this representation changing?
Panel discussion: 18:00 - 19:00
What does it mean to publish photo books in an African context?
Presentation of the photo books of the attendant winners of POPCAP ’16.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making Africa

 Making Africa


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making Africa

Take a look at an article on some of the participating photographers op Lagosphoto in Ogojii magazine.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making Africa

Looking for M. was part of LagosPhoto (Oct 24 - Nov 27). Read more about the project in Ours Magazine, This is Africa, One World (Dutch), Afrique in Visu (French) and theloggingroad.
While staying in Lagos to attend the Lagosphoto I made a series of portraits of the students of Yabatach. You can also take a look at a selection of portraits.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging Road

You can read an extensive interview in English on Looking for M. on Mirelle Thijssen's -theloggingroad.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3

 Er nennt sich Gualbert und war Lehrer in Niamey, der Hauptstadt Nigers. Als der Staat ihn nicht mehr bezahlte und er seine Familie mit den fünf Kindern nicht mehr ernähren konnte, reiste er nach Eu-ropa. Mehr als zehn Jahre hat er als Illegaler in Amsterdam mit Putzjobs Geld verdient, um es nach Hause zu schicken. Der niederländische Fotograf Ben Krewinkel fotografierte Gualbert über mehrere Jahre und dokumentierte dessen Alltag. Krewinkels Fotos zeigen keine spektakulären Horrorszenen, nur lähmenden Stillstand und die Atmosphäre von Einsamkeit. Aus Familienfotos Gualberts, Gesprächsaufzeichnungen, Briefen und Dokumenten stellte Krewinkel 2012 mit seinem Protagonisten das Buch "A Possible Life" zusammen. Nun hat er Gualbert, der 2014 nach Niamey zurückkehrte, in Niger besucht und dort Fotos, Filme und Interviews für ein zweites Buch gemacht. "Il m’a sauvé" erzählt die afrikanische Geschichte Gualberts und seiner Familie, die den Vater und Mann nach so vielen Jahren der Abwesenheit kaum noch kennt. In der Kominek Gallery hängt eine Auswahl von Krewinkels Fotos aus Amsterdam und Niamey, Bruchstücke einer privaten Odyssee. Gualbert ist einer von Millionen Wirtschaftsflüchtlingen, und die Fotos Krewinkels geben de n offiziellen Statistiken ein Gesicht.   Text: Constanze SuhrFoto: Ben Krewinkeltip-Bewertung: SehenswertKominek Gallery Immanuelkirchstraße 25, Prenzlauer Berg, Mo–Fr 13–18 Uhr, bis 10.10.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3Exhibition Kominek Gallery Berlin


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3Exhibition Kominek Gallery BerlinConcept art


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3Exhibition Kominek Gallery BerlinConcept art

Next Thursday lecture in Den Bosch - Studium Generale St. Joost


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 Check out the portfolio on LensCulture.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3Exhibition Kominek Gallery BerlinConcept artLensCultureMichael Kominek - curator's selection of photo-book

This year we invited Michael Kominek for the section of Publications to choose and present the most import photo-books for him.

Misha Kominek was born in Poland in 1971, during the 80’s his family emigrated to Germany and later he moved to Barcelona Spain where he studied at the catalan photography school. After working as a freelance photographer for magazines and newspapers like “El Pais”, “La vanguardia”, Rolling Stone”, “Brand Eins”, “Die Zeit”, he edited in 2002 the cinema magazine “Scope” where he also worked as the photo editor.
Since 2006 Misha Kominek lives in Berlin and works on free documentary projects, between Spain, Germany and Poland.
He is also guest lecturer of the Hartford MFA master of photography program, which is hosted once a year in the space of Kominek Gallery in Berlin.
He regulary curates exhibitions and does portfolios and book reviews for festivals and workshops.
Finally Misha Kominek is head of Kominek Gallery and the Publishing house Kominek Books, specializing in documentary photography. Between the photographers which were exhibited and published by Kominek are Viviane Sassen, Alec Soth, Enrique Metinides, Greg Girard , Rinko Kawauchi and others.
In 2013 Misha Kominek has also published two publications with his own works “First Journey Home” and “Strangers in Paradise”.
“Misha Kominek’s energy is endless, if you look at what he is initiating in the world of photography, as a gallery, a bookshop and a publisher. Next to Schaden and Steidl, he is one of the most important German promoters of photography these days. The book ENRIQUE METINIDES is example. What a publication! And the booklet Polaroids of Africa by Viviane Sassen 2010, wow! Both books are designed by Sybren Kuiper and it is obvious that Kominek knows how to choose superb quality!”
Willem van Zoetendaal
Misha Kominek about his choice:
The selection of books here presented is an overview on recently published titles in the field of modern documentary photography books.
The different types of approaches and forms show multiple posibilities to tell a story just with images.
At the same time the images merge with the materials and designs of the books and start to form an object, which is becomes the final artwork  itself.
The book as an art form replaces more and more the original works on the wall and offers wider posibilities for creation within the field of art and documentary photography.

The list of selected photo-books: 


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Get the details here.


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25 portretten van mensen die door het ASKV op weg zijn geholpen. Een prachtig boek met indringende verhalen en sprekende foto's. Een greep uit de honderden mensen die de afgelopen jaren bij het ASKV aanklopten op zoek naar hulp en kregen. Het boek is verkrijgbaar op 21 en 22 juni bij de vieringen van het jubileum. Na die datum kunt je het ook bestellen via onze website. Wij zijn verheugd dat vele gerenomeerde schrijvers, journalisten en fotografen bijdragen aan de totstandkoming van dit prachtige boekwerk. Maar vooral de oud-cliënten, die ondanks hun moeizame verleden, hun medewerking verlenen. Aan het boek werkten de volgende schrijvers/journalisten mee: Pieter van de Blink, Hans van Boxtel, Fieneke Diamand, Anne Graumans, Chris Keulemans, Katrien de Klein, Irene van der Linde, Liesbeth Sluiter, Corrie Verkerk en Sytze van der Zee. De fotografie is uitgevoerd door Bas Baltus, Koos Breukel, Ben Krewinkel, Daniel Koning, Krista van der Niet, Liesbeth Sluiter en Sander Troelstra. Redactie & eindredactie: Alies Fernhout, Carlien Huijsmans en Katrien de Klein Ontwerp: Annette Kouwehoven Druk: Marcel Meesters MM Artbookprinting & Repro Het boek is gebonden ISBN 978-90-816257-0-8
— met ASKV.Steunpunt.Vluchtelingen.


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Congratulations to Jacqueline Hassink for winning the Dutch Duc Award 2013 for her book The Table of Power 2.Though the jury also had something to say about A Possible Life.De jury:“Met A Possible Life vertelt Ben Krewinkel een verhaal van deze tijd. De ongebruikelijke manier waarop hij dit doet – door het onderwerp Gualbert tot co-auteur te maken en zijn eigen fotografie te verbergen achter diens relaas en documenten, maakt het project bijzonder.  Ondanks de veelheid aan documenten, geeft het boek de lezer het gevoel dat er iets ontbreekt. We zien maar een deel van het verhaal, en realiseren ons dat de werkelijkheid gecompliceerder is dan het op het eerste gezicht lijkt. Dit wordt versterkt doordat de makers spelen met het concept van de ‘reportage’: gedurende het proces van het lezen wordt duidelijk dat Gualbert niet de complete waarheid vertelt, soms dingen verdraait of achterhoudt.Krewinkel probeert dit niet weg te poetsen of op te helderen. Hij vermijdt een oordeel te geven over wat goed is en wat slecht. Er wordt geen kant en klaar inzicht gegeven in wat ‘de waarheid’ is omtrent over deze papierloze immigrant. Dat wordt op knappe wijze overgelaten aan de lezer.Krewinkels aanpak heeft het verhaal heel persoonlijk gemaakt, de hoofdpersoon komt veel dichterbij dan in een normale reportage het geval zal zijn. Dat maakt A Possible Life tot een zeer speciaal project dat respect afdwingt.”


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The March issue of the German Art Magazin contains a seven page article on the book A Possible Life. which also happens to be on the longlist of Dutch-Doc Awards.


Banjir! Banjir!Africa in the PhotobookSrefidensiBook review - Moçambique: olhares cruzadosLooking for M.Africa in the Photobook - Basel (Image Afrique) Making AfricaThe Logging RoadPRICCAPRACTICE EXPERTMEETING #3Exhibition Kominek Gallery BerlinConcept artLensCultureMichael Kominek - curator's selection of photo-bookBook exhibition in Spain25 jaar ASKVJURY RAPPORT DUTCH DOC AWARD 2013March Issue Art MagazinDutch-Doc longlist

A Possible Life. Conversations with Gualbert is part of the Longlist of the Dutch Doc Award. "37 Photo Projects, without exception, of high quality, are selected for the longlist of the Dutch Doc Award 2013. Dutch largest photo prize is awarded yearly to the best documentary projects with an exhibition and prize of 20,000 euros."Click here to view the complete list.