Aaron Schuman: Folk

  • A new collaboration between Danish-born, New York-based artist Asger Carlsen and outlandishly visionary Roger Ballen is due to come out in the near future. A few images have been crafted, but the entire body of work, including the process, is still in fieri. No final title has been agreed yet, although Place of the Inside-Out is the working title they are considering at this embryonic stage of the project, as reveals Carlsen during our Skype conversation. There will be a release with Mörel Books, the publisher who discovered and supported Carlsen’s work, as well as a touring exhibition, but it’s early days and my comments are based on a sneak preview of six images.  A Vice photo editor came up with the idea of a Ballen/Carlsen collaboration after [...]

  • Having spent her entire career creating highly personal, visceral photographic essays on troubled locations, Rosalind Fox Solomon has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. In 2010, she was commissioned by Frederic Brenner to take part in This Place, a photographic initiative taking its inspiration from the likes of the Farm Security Administration and involving photographers such as Jeff Wall, Stephen Shore and Josef Koudelka. It intends to build a portrait of the current state of Israel and the West Bank. Gregory Barker recently corresponded with the American photographer to see what she discovered in the Holy Land.  GB: Gregory Barker RFS: Rosalind Fox SolomonGB: Am I correct in thinking you grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Appalachian Mountains? In my [...]

  • Few publishers ever truly become household names, even fewer printers ever achieve such esteem, however, one man over the course of a lifetime spent at the press and in the company of some of the world’s most notable photographers has done just that.  GB: Gregory Barker GS: Gerhard Steidl GB: Let’s begin at the very beginning. How did you get started as a printer? GS: When I started, I had no idea I would work as a printer. I wanted to do photography. I had my camera, I had a darkroom and I wanted to design posters and printed matter with my own photography. Right at the beginning I had no idea about printing, but I designed a poster with my own photograph for a student play [...]

  • In the middle of november, Paris, becomes for all things photographic, check out our round up of the best things to get involved with throughout the city. WED 12TH- Paris Photo private view. - Polycopies (book market) opens from 12:00, w/ P.V./from 8:00-  runs until Sat. Held on boat ‘Bateau Concorde Atlantique’ at Pont Royal. - Kraftwerk will perform its entire body of work in the auditorium of the Foundation over the course of eight consecutive evenings. THE CATALOGUE 12345678, synchronised with a spectacular projection of 3D images.’ @ Fondation Louis Vuitton until the 14th.- Projection conference  @ Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, 18:00(Image BILL HENSON) THURS 13TH - Photographer Hans Eijkelboom in conversation w publisher Erik Kessels @ Colette, 5p.m. (coupled with the opening night and book signing for their exhibition of his work, which includes ‘People of the Twenty-First [...]
  • This Halloween we present to you the work of Alexander Binder - a self-taught photographer who for the past few years has been producing photographs of things that go bump in the night. Zak Dimitrov: Your images are incredibly atmospheric, perhaphs even mystical. Tell us more about yourself and how you became involved with photography?Alexander Binder: The mystical and eerie character of my images probably has to  do with the place where I grew up. I was born in the Black Forest, a rural area in South-west Germany. Fairytales, fables and old traditions play an important role in the local culture. These stories about giants, demons and witches caught my attention when I was a child and they are still my favorite source of inspiration.My introduction to photography was rather unspectacular. [...]
  • Grégoire Pujade’s hauntingly beautiful new book, A Perpetual Season, takes on a dreamlike journey through an undefinable city. Sadie Spring recently spoke with Pujade to find out more.Sadie Spring: You describe A Perpetual Season as a ‘photographic trail through a dream like city’, was this the intention when you started the work?Grégoire Pujade : I’m continually drawn to work in this peculiar photographic space that intertwines the mundane with the enigmatic; so in many ways, yes, this was the intention. I suppose many viewers will be familiar with the book’s backdrop of a generic ‘western’ city, but they may also be unsettled by its stubborn indeterminacy. Although the images obviously don’t stem from a 'straight' documentary practice, they can still be viewed as some derivative form of street photography. We [...]