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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Paweł Jaszczuk – Kinky City

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

28,00 Euro

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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New book: Calin Kruse – Marble

Juliane, 24 y.o. and mother of two, contacted me a while ago. She likes getting spanked, and she asked me to document her bruises.

A story about instincts.

Silkscreen printed cardboard cover, bound with screw connection
Size: 29.7 x 19.2 cm
50 pages printed on 250 g/m² paper
Print run: 40 numbered copies
45 €
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Ren Hang: 野生

dienacht Publishing proudly presents Ren Hang’s Photoposterbook 野生 (‘Wild’)!

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)
65 €
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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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dienacht Magazine #16 out now!

So, here we are again. dienacht is not just a portfolio magazine, but also a personal project. That’s why some personal circumstances lead to the fact that this issue is released much later as it should have been – but now it’s here, on the last days of the year 2014!

We have, once again, outstanding photographers and artists, like Birgit Krause and her out-of-this-world-series “Plánětes”, Jean-Marc Caimi showing a selection from “Daily Bread”, Zhe Chen and her painfully intimate diary “The Bearable”, the funny childhood memories translated into photography by Vendula Knopová, Magdalena Sawicka’s raw but precise illustrations, Elena Montemurro’s “Coming of Age” (which is also this issue’s cover story) and many more incredible photographers and photobook reviews.

Get your copy here (worldwide shipping): www.dienacht.bigcartel.com

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

7,00 Euro

dienacht Package

All 7 – timeless – available issues: dienacht #8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
Over 800 pages of intriguing photography, graphic-design, illustration, art and stories, photo book reviews, and so much more.


All 7 available issues: dienacht #8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
Over 800 pages
40 Euro (instead of 47 Euro regular price)
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Dana Stölzgen: My Disguise

dienacht Publishing proudly presents Dana Stölzgen’s superlimited (45 copies + 5 copies with a print) and oversized book “My Disguise”!

then skin
and through my disguise
someone is looking at me.”
– Dana Stölzgen

A Special Edition with a very limited, beautiful 30 x 45 cm Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m² is available. Edition of 5, signed and numbered.

Size: A3 (29,7 x 42 cm), 16 pages
Printed on Metapaper 270g/m² Extrarough Warmwhite
Half cover, thread stitching
Print run: 45 copies + 5 Special Editions with a 30 x 45 cm Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g/m², signed and numbered

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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dienacht Publishing proudly presents: Deep Inside by Tatiana Tcherkezyan

Feeling offcast. Flecks of ash fill the air. Slowly, they lie down to my feet. Somewhere inside there is something that destroys, it attracts those indifferent and closed. Others. Those unable to coexist, emotionally impenetrable. The same as me. Deep inside there is the void where light disappears.

The regular edition is sold out. A few copies of the Special Edition with Print are still available (for a preview of the print, please check the last image of the slideshow).

Hard cover, open thread stitching, laser engraving on the cover, 11 x 15,5 cm, 52 pages including 4 fold-out pages, full colour, print run: 90 copies + 10 Special Edition with Print, signed and numbered
Print Editions (book + print) left:

120,00 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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Chad Moore – Limited Print Edition

Five limited, signed prints by Chad Moore (“Anyone in love with you (already knows)“) now available! All five photographs are available as a limited edition of 5 copies each, size 28.67 x 43.18 cm (11.25 x 17 inches).

The prints:
1. Alex (Bridge Bomb), 2010
2. Imogen (Roof Edge), 2011
3. Georgia (Bed, Eyes), 2013
4. Imogen (Red Balloon, Amsterdam), 2012
5. Sara and Imo (Rooftop), 2011

In case of purchase please indicate the photograph of your choice (№ 1 to № 5) in the comments field.

Printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster
Image size: 26 x 40.64 cm, Paper size: 28.67 x 43.18 cm
Print run: 5 x 5 copies | signed
Five photographs to choose from
350 €

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