dienacht double Special Issue: Nigeria – out now!

dienacht Magazine proudly presents a double issue about the Nigerian photography scene – it’s a catalogue for the Lagos Open Range festival on the one side; and showcases works by Nigerian photographers made in photography workshops in Lagos over the last two years on the other side.
This Special Issue was kindly suported by the Goethe Institut in Lagos.

“[...] The Lagos photographic scene is idiosyncratic in outlook – more than any other African city. Every new day sees the birth of a ‘star’ keen to make their mark in the seething cauldron that they are thrust into. Here artists, photographers, freely swap ideas on various themes that often embrace politics, the economy, religion.

Nigeria’s eclectic mix of poverty, wealth and instability provide a glut of subject matter, create a rich source of ideas for the discerning artist. The invitation into the ‘art’ has been mostly informal and self-reliant. The work environment (and ambience) has been ad hoc to say the least and the pedagogy has not been based on any articulated format or curriculum.

There were no preconceived themes. The artists were domiciled in the city (Lagos) and the city was their subject matter. The chosen themes were often impromptu, but with the passage of time these have become ‘classics’ in their own right. The ‘classical’ themes paved the way for collaborations with foreign agencies with the resultant exposure on the international scene.

The role of workshops pioneered by the Goethe Institute together with Akinbode Akinbiyi cannot be underestimated. These ensured the continuous growth of photography in Nigeria. Akinbode Akinbiyi consistently strived to build a mentorship strategy that developed and created a pool of some of the finest photographers in Nigeria today.  His principles have developed into productive manifestations in the form of two Masterclasses in 2013 with the Incursion: Sing The Blues in Lagos, and in 2014 with the Documentary Dissonances and it’s cultural heritage undertone.

Many photographers in Nigeria approach their craft from the obvious, easy way, through its commercial or business side, because they do not have access to fundamental financial support for their artistic development. There is virtually no financial incentive or budget from any government agency or institution for the promotion of artistic production, cultural exchange and residency programs. Therefore, to meet daily needs and challenges,  many focus more on the commercial rather than the artistic and critical aspects.  This stunts innovations in art photography, in the ability to contextualize and make it relevant. And even though the sector is already internationally oriented, with the interaction of artists from all over the world through biennales and festivals, there is a lack of understanding within society of its relevance as a medium or language of expression. [...]
– Uche Okpa-Iroha, Director of the Nlele Institute

” [...] The Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition is primarily conceived to promote a new form of intuitive photography, and to empower photographers and video artists who ordinarily are not getting the critical attention their works deserve.  The exhibition intends to give visibility to artists who have a consistent practice and show signs of promise of developing their oeuvres significantly. We are ambitious about the Open Range and hope it transits into a bi-annual event that will explore the new diversities, fragmentations and relationships of photographic images in relation to subjects, spaces and scenarios in Nigeria and (potentially) beyond. What inspires this project and the curatorium’s genuine aspiration, is the promise of  the realisation through the exhibition and publication of the daring eyes of the artists, their commentaries on our contemporary lives and the specificity of Lagos. [...] ”
– Abraham Oghobase and Jude Anogwih, Curators, The Lagos OPEN RANGE 2015

300 copies available
18 x 15 cm, 144 pages + 12 text pages on terracotta paper
open thread binding
flip issue with 2 mm cardboard covers
offset print, in English
12 Euro (+shipping)
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Katarzyna Mazur: ANNA KONDA

dienacht Publishing proudly presents: ‘ANNA KONDA’ by Katarzyna Mazur!

** ’ANNA KONDA’ is shortlisted at the Paris Photo – Aperture Photo Book Award 2015 **

In 2010, female fighters Anna Konda and Red Devil founded the Female Fight Club Berlin. This private and unique Club appeared as revival of female wrestling – tradition that dates back to Berlin of the Golden Twenties, when it was fairly popular.

Nowadays, competitions take place in a rented room located in Berlin – Marzahn. The club is open for women of all age and weight. The fights follow no official guidelines, have no standard categories and do not demand any fighting style. It is all about challenging one’s mind and the mind of an opponent.

Offset print, white and black on pale flesh coloured paper, held by an elastic strap
14,5 x 20 cm, 48 pages
blind embossing on the cover
Print run: 200 copies
18,00 Euro
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dienacht #17

dienacht #17 is back (5 different Covers – same content!)!

This issue turned out to become a small extract of the “Condition humaine”, in all it’s tenderness and abysses. And since the magazine’s cover is a kind of preview of what is to be expected inside, I have decided to chose no less than five different title pictures. After all, the “Condition humaine” is a mess, not only on the personal level.

Some of the photographers form this issue: Arne Svenson controversial series “The Neighbors”, Léonard Pongo showing a selection from “The Uncanny”, Sofia Bucci’s personal and intimate series “The Taste of Leaves”, Stacy Kranitz’ anarchistic “Study on Post-Pubescent Manhood”, Gert Jochem’s observation of sexuality in Flanders, and many more incredible photographers and photobook reviews.

1000 copies, numbered
128 pages, 15 x 18 cm
offset print, in English and German
PLEASE NOTE: you will receive ONE copy with a random cover
7,00 Euro
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dienacht Package

All 8 – timeless – available issues: dienacht #11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and the Special Issue ‘Nigeria’.
Over 1000 pages of intriguing photography, graphic-design, illustration, art and stories, photo book reviews, and so much more.


All 8 available issues: dienacht #11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and the Special Issue ‘Nigeria’.
Over 1000 pages
52 Euro (instead of 61 Euro regular price)
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Calin Kruse: Kosmos

A photozine about moments. Not about the moment itself, but about being part of it.

Copper metallic dust cover
32 pages: 8 digital printed pages (covers) on 170 g/m² vellum paper + 24 risograph-printed pages
13 x 19.5 cm, hand-bound
Print run: 50 numbered copies
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Books and zines from Malaysia

I met Nadia during the OBSCURA Festival of Photography in George Town, Malaysia. We didn’t had much time, but she showed me her book “[n]” and some time after I sent her a message saying that I’d like to order it.

Well, she didn’t sent just the book, but a whole package with books and zines made by Malaysian Photographers! Take a look, check their work, buy their books and zines.

In order of appearance:
Nadia J. Mahfix – Nowhere
Nadia J. Mahfix – [n]
Hafiz Hamzah – 20 fotograf Jepun
Hasful Zainuddin – Mata Hati
Nik Adam – Tinggal
Hafiz Hamzah – Cahaya Pertama Yang Terserap
Hasful Zainuddin – For those who had been used …

New book: Calin Kruse – No real time info available

A personal story. July-December 2012.

Limited Print Editions available:
28 € 
The printed book
60 €  The printed book + a 13 x 18 cm C-Print (edition of 25, signed and numbered), as seen at the end of the preview.
120 € The printed book + a 20 x 30 cm signed and numbered print (edition of 10) on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview.
350 € The printed book + a 30 x 45 cm signed and numbered print (edition of 3), printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview.

Hard cover, open thread stitching
15 x 20 cm, 96 pages
hand-written cover
Print run: 200 numbered copies
28 Euro

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Ekaterina Anokhina: Inner Mongolia (2nd Edition)

If the paper of the first edition made the book look a coal mine, the paper of this second edition makes it look like a desert storm.

“And where is it, this place?”
“That’s the point, it is nowhere. It is quite impossible to say that it is located anywhere in the geographical sense. Inner Mongolia is not called that because it is inside Mongolia. It is inside anyone who can see the void, although the word ‘inside’ is quite inappropriate here. And it is not really any kind of Mongolia either, that’s merely a way of speaking. The most stupid thing possible would be to attempt to describe to you what it is. Take my word for this, at least – it is well worth striving all your life to reach it. And nothing in life is better than being there.”
“And how does one come to see the void?”
“Look into yourself.” said the baron.

(From “Chapayev and Void” by Victor Pelevin, translated by Andrew Bromfield)

The regular Edition is sold out, only the last copies of the Book + Print Edition (10 copies with a gelatin silver print, numbered and signed) are still available!

Edition of 90 numbered copies + 10 copies with a gelatin silver print (numbered and signed)
21 x 29.7 cm, 32 pages, printed on grey paper
Silkscreen printed envelope
Book + Print Edition:

160,00 Euro

Calin Kruse – You scared the shit out of me, so I’m leaving

Erotic fairs are probably the only events where all social classes and ages are gathered in the same place.

The visitors – exactly from the hick town where all the pictures were shot – brim over with bigotry. Because on one hand there is the hypocritical tolerance and openness at night, the meat market – and the gazes! – under the cover of eroticism. On the other hand the smooth smugness reveals in the daytime – lived family idyll and dominical church going included.

It is all about schizo provincialism. The abandon and unleashing of the bourgeois which seem enormous at first, in closer inspection keeps exactly within the defined limits. Because in this loud, piercing, adrenalized carnival of drives, the excess is planned. Like that everything is in best order. In the garden plot, on the parking lane, in the frontyard – and in fact also on the erotic fair.

Limited Print Editions available!
35 €: The printed book
60 €:  The printed book + a 13 x 18 C-Print (edition of 60, signed and numbered), as seen in the preview.
150 € (4 left): The printed book + a 20 x 30 signed and numbered print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen in the preview.
500 € (1 left): The printed book + a 30 x 45 cm print (edition of 3) + the 20 x 30 print, both numbered and signed, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview.

p.s. thank you to all supporters of the crowdfunding-campaign. You made this happen.

Loose spiro bound book in a hard cover, held by an elastic strap
90 pages, 16 x 28 cm
Print run: 100 copies
35 € + shipping

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A zine I like: Rodrigo Miragaia – Twisted Swan

Twisted Swan is a book of tensions. Clarity and visual pollution. Identity and concealment. Kindness and aggressiveness. An artificial lake, made at our image. There are repeated attempts to achieve results. Processes. Obsessions. Trifles. A certain desperation. Urgency to act. Urgency of living. Photographs of photographs. Generations of photographs. Images degrade. Lose the illusion. They disappoint. But gains a new body, with wrinkles and scars, an imposed time. The image becomes opaque. The perspective is a triangle. There is now only a smear of ink and traces of an abusive handling. A new silence.

dienacht #15 out now!

It was a tough time, but the new issue of dienacht is almost there! Featuring, among others Sarah Sudhoff’s “At the Hour of our death” series, and more photography by Francesca Romeo, Tito Mouraz, Julia Sonntag, Aaron McElroy (one of the six photographers from the Nocturnes-book), Axel Beyer, Tatiana Tcherkezyan, a design Portfolio by David Einwaller, photo book reviews, …

Also, the dienacht Short Stories-section showcases again short portfolios by 12 photographers – we wanted you to see even more intriguing works and get more sources of inspiration. They are supposed to encourage the reader to learn more about the particular photographers and works, to visit their websites, to track their work process.

Get your copy here (worldwide shipping):

1000 copies, numbered
126 pages, 15 x 18 cm
offset print, in English and German

7,00 Euro

Neu im Shop: Calin Kruse – Schmetterling

Sometimes, unexpected things happen.

First Edition: 100 copies (001-100). Sold out
Second Edition: 200 copies (101-300).

A Special Edition of 10 with a signed and numbered Print (20 x 30 cm, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m²) is available. Sold out.

Risograph printing
64 pages, 14 x 20 cm, open thread stitching
2-color-printed dust cover
Print run (second edition): 200 copies, numbered

20,00 Euro

Sarah Kastrau: Like Ghosts out now

The successor to my first photo zine ‘Blinded By The Dark’, the continuation of the ‘underground music meets instant film’ theme. This time, the selected images are not the actual positives, but the carefully reclaimed paper negatives that come with peel-apart film.

36 pages
150 x 185 mm (5.91 x 7.28 inches)
edition of 60
black & white digital print
Get it here.