That was the 2014 photobook show at the OBSCURA Festival of Photography in Georgetown, Malaysia. Great video (also featuring: Calin Kruse / dienacht Publishing), and yes, it was a big party.
Take a look at this year’s schedule, and join the festival!
The book “Chronicle” features the photographs taken between 2010 and 2015 in the Ukraine. Arranged in chronological sequence the chapters of the book equally are a reaction to changes in our lives as well as their documentation. Front-line Kharkiv, revolutionary Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, shown in “Chronicle”, are the scenes of actions that will determine the future of Ukraine and, of course, the whole of Europe.
“We were taught in school that we were born in the best country and that we were sure to get the victory over everybody else. In a little while the country seized to exist. It is believed that the 90s were a time of changes and cataclysms, but for us it has all started just now.”
Photographs by Sergiy Lebedynskyy and Vladyslav Krasnoshchok (Shilo Group).
PLEASE NOTE: The pre-orders will be shipped out on the 7th of July.
Laser cut cover, open thread stitching
21 x 28 cm
three chapters on three different papers, 208 pages
Edition of 600 copies, designed by FLUUT
48 Euro (+ shipping)
dienacht Publishing proudly presents: ‘ANNA KONDA’ by Katarzyna Mazur!
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
dienacht Publishing proudly presents: Paweł Jaszczuk’s ‘Kinky City’!
Tokyo nights are full of toys. Dolls, costumes, threads and needles, masks, fancy dress and many more. Naturally, it isn’t kids’ stuff, but toys for the grown-ups. Paweł Jaszczuk watched them play. This needs some determination, of course. For about three years, from 2007 to 2010, he routinely grabbed his bike after returning from his day jobs and dived into the metropolis’s nightlife, looking for Tokyo’s swinger clubs and happening bars, its couple kissas and private sex-parties. He won over their hosts and owners, sat at bars and in booths, listened to at times questionable music and convinced the guests to be pictured by him while living their fantasies. He deliberately took the part of the voyeur, which is an integral element of the role play in place anyway – though usually without a camera.
In his photographs one encounters a round of tradition and pop, pain and desire, sex and taboo, intimacy and anonymity. Jaszczuk used an extremely light sensitive film with his Leica, which leaves only few things in the dark. The bluntness of the images, the physicality in the games of dominance and submission, and the array of fetish paraphernalia – uniforms from French maid to SS – make for a somewhat disturbing experience. Moments of dizzy rush, captured in close ups, alternate with scenes depicted from a rather distant perspective of a curios beholder. Frenzy takes turns with the prosaic. The night presents itself as the heady opposite of the daily grind, though at the same time the practiced fantasies – however kinky they are – are marked by a set of recurring roles, motives and traditions. Eventually daybreak means a change of attire for the revelers: from latex and uniform to suite and business costume, which cover up the bruises of the past hours.
This book is co-published by dienacht Publishing and the Leica Gallery Vienna, on the occasion of the exhibition PAWEŁ JASZCZUK / KINKY CITY, Leica Gallery Vienna (4 June to 12 September 2015, in cooperation with Leica Gallery Warsaw, curated by Rafał Łochowski).
‘naked’ book in a relief silkscreened slipcase made of raw cardboard
10,5 x 15 cm, 120 pages
open thread stitching
Edition of 400 copies, designed by FLUUT
CALL FOR ENTRIES for a feature slideshow at the OBSCURA Festival of Photography 2015 in Malaysia.
Topic → “HIDDEN / INTIMATE”
Deadline → June 1st, 2015.
I am honoured to be one of the guest curators for this year’s slideshow at the OBSCURA Festival in Georgetown / Malaysia.
“Hidden / Intimate” – Curatorial statement
Photographers bring some of the most amazing stories about our world into our realm of reality through the images they create. The role of the photographer/subject are well defined: “This is the photographer, and here is the story”. There is always a small gap between them.
This curation of works seeks to reveal the inner psyche of photographers through the camera turned onto themselves and their very personal surroundings. It is a peek into the inner fragility of a world that is seldom seen, into the deepest and / or darkest sides of oneself, seen through the lens. This is the realm of the hidden/intimate.
→ What to submit:
A PDF with your works, featuring a short description and a very short biography
→ How to submit:
By e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The Shadows project tells the story of a community living on the edge and at the periphery of the mainstream society in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. I started this long term-project in the summer 2013 when I decided to cover the life of poor and homeless people. But in different way than we usually see homelessness presented. Thus, my pictures do not show homeless people sleeping and begging directly in the streets for I did not want to come with a typical homeless street images. My goal was to unhide the parallel world hidden in our city. We do not have slums in Bratislava. People stay at any kind of abandoned buildings, shelters, cottages or garages or sleep in social dormitories if they want to and have few euros for it.
I had to start somewhere. First idea was simple, go out and find first people to photograph. During summer 2013, I photographed first homeless couple that I found living in an abandoned building. The beginning was not easy and I spent lot of time with this couple, working with them, trying to make good pictures. However, I learned a lot during these first months. I began to understand the way these people live, where they stay, how they survive.
Later on I met lot of different people. There was Zolo among others. He was very intelligent and clever and lived in his own handmade built shelter in the woods near the river Danube. He had never told me his full story but knew 3 times more about politics and literature then I did. He lived with cats and was one of the few who never wanted any money from me. In fact, we stayed friends and I visit him from time to time. He helped me as well and told me where to go next. And thus I found next people and next interesting places.
To be be honest, I did not meet only clever guys like Zolo and I got in touch with alcohol and drug addicts, former criminals or psychiatric patients. My project continued during whole 2014 when I met lot of new people. After several months I started to photograph in one social dormitory where I was very well accepted by Marta (former homeless) who was the chief of it. When I explained my idea and show some images she allowed me to move freely around the place, come whenever I wanted to and take photographs.
In general, I moved form one point to another as I was still meeting new people and discovering new things. It is a continuous process. On top of that, I became really accepted. Thus, after certain period of time I had several pictures from the outside (shelters, abandoned buildings) and from the inside of social dormitories as well. But this was not the endpoint as I was unhiding new areas of life of these people.
I want to cover this topic in its complexity. It means to document dark sides as drugs, violence and brutality in relationships as well. This is much more delicate and difficult to cover and I am still working on it. You need to be patient and very careful while dealing with these issues, try to find good contact points (if possible) and then take some risk as well. There is still lot to be covered. If everything goes well I want to continue in this work.
What I like the most about wandering the streets, is that i sometime feel like a stray cat, both moving discreetly around with no precise destination, both being aware of our surroundings, both looking for different kind of food. The subject or the non-subject doesn’t matter anymore.
It can come to me in different forms, from a lonely soul to an old house or an empty street with the right light, I’m just trying to squeeze any beauty from the layers of thoses big cities.
Systematic Desensitisation is a project exploring my continual combat with an anxiety and panic disorder. It is named after a technique employed in cognitive behavioural therapy, where the subject is repeatedly exposed to the same stimuli in order to get used to and build a new reaction to them. I have adopted this method and day after day face my fears of leaving my house and interacting with other people.
I pose for a self portrait in front of a large format camera before going out. Each photograph depicts seven days of struggle through the use of multiple exposure. The images are printed on paper imported from my homeland, Bulgaria, whose flawed surface offers a true representation of my inner world. This effect was not achieved through manipulation on part of the artist, but is the result of improper storage for the past several decades, with submission to damp and mould. Therefore each image has a unique quality to it, that cannot be reproduced.
“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occured only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially” – Roland Barthes
”Le Sentiment De L’Éphémère” is a personal project that revolves around the realisation that nothing is forever. The urge to capture moments of everyday life came from the this haunting thought, but it wasn’t until the sudden loss of a family member that I started this series. I think it is a very human thing to do, wanting to keep things close to you by capturing them in a photograph; and it is something that people have done for ages. It is also a very paradoxical thing to do, while taking a photograph the moment is already slipping through your fingers.
Even though this is a very personal project, I try to create a certain distance by making pictures that are bound to space nor time, this makes it possible for the viewer to identify himself with it.
野生 is a large format collection of unbound posters (book size: posters folded to 28 x 40 cm, open size 56 x 40 cm) printed on strong paper, held together by a banderole. The double pages confront vertical formats with half of horizontal formats, vertical confront vertical, or half of horizontal confront another half or horizontal formats, recontextualizing Ren Hang’s work.It is Ren Hang’s biggest and heaviest book up to now.
Every single spread can be taked out, seen as a whole and used as full size poster or print.
The book is co-published with OstLicht Gallery in Vienna, and printed in an edition of 600 copies (500 trade copies and 100 AP).
野生 is published in conjunction with the exhibition REN HANG / 野生 at OstLicht Gallery, Vienna, from March 19 to June 19, 2015, curated by Raphaele Godin and Rebekka Reuter.
60 photos on 96 pages, folded to 28 x 40 cm (open spread: 56 x 40 cm)
unbound, held by a banderole
Print run: 600 copies (500 trade copies and 100 AP)
Through the nature, the landscape and the feminine form, I am here when you are here mediates a close and intimate relationship between mother and daughter. It is a bond that is found within the return to the familial; the home and the mother. Portrayed through a melancholic language our relationship to each other, to our age, our gender and our identity become underlying themes. The essential presence of nature in connection with the body calls up the notion of a cultural and symbolic identification, emphasising the feeling of the ‘Nordic’ ambience.
Within the return to the familial, an uncanny presence of both attraction and estrangement is evident. These elements enable a search for memory and, consequently, identity. Julia Kristeva connects this search with what Freud named the ‘umbilicus of the dream’ and she essentially states that it is “…something unnameable, which becomes, none the less, the source of our investigation”. This investigation of, and search for memory and identity; what we cannot talk about, what we try push out of our sight and out of our mind, therefore becomes the vital undertone of the images.
I am here when you are here is a personal project made between my mother, my home and I.
The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility.
This photographic body of work is based in a small region in Southern France. I was drawn there initially by the story of Bugarach, the ‘magic’ mountain. Bugarach was somehow connected to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on December 21st, 2012. The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, a new and sublime future. Bugarach was to be the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.
I felt that the landscape around Bugarach had a palpable charge and I was compelled to continuously return to photograph it throughout 2012. This idea of a new ideal destiny was appealing as it offered a sense of possibility. It allowed an allegorical landscape full of portents to exist, one that was beyond the visual reality. In order to access the intangible within the landscape, I engaged my intuition, photographing people and places only when I felt moved to. I used this method of visual enquiry to try and understand the existential nature of this place.
Nothing happened last December, which was to be expected. Despite this, I realised how important it was for me to believe in the possibility of an idyll, even if it only existed in my mind.
Call for Entries for dienacht – Magazine for Photography, Design and Subculture #17 (or one of the next issues).
Submit an overview as PDF to email@example.com – dienacht is a magazine for photography, but everything related to art is also fine!
Deadline: March 1st, 2015.