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dienacht Publishing is “Publisher in Residence”

dienacht Publishing ist “Publisher in Resindence” at the OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie in Vienna! OstLicht is also co-organizer of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival.

The residency begins this Thursday, April 3rd, (with the opening of the exhibition “Araki Teller Teller Araki”, yay!) and lasts for about 6 weeks. During this time, every book published by dienacht Publishing will be displayed at OstLicht and available for purchase.

A workshop with Calin Kruse from “dienacht” will take place on May 17 + 18 at OstLicht, with the title “Editing, Sequencing and Design of Photobooks”. For more information (in English and German), please check this: www.ostlicht.at/en/photobook/publisher-in-residence/dienacht-publishing/

Miron Zownir: The Valley of the Shaodow

Place and time are irrelevant in Miron’s book. Pictures, taken 30 years apart, face each other and look as if between them were not decades but a pan shot. Also if they were taken in New York, Berlin, Bucharest or Moscow is completely marginal. The pictures tell about abysses and hidden things – or about normality, depending on the point of view. About bloody party excesses and calm, nearly classical street scenes, sex orgies and religious ecstasy, victims of alcohol and dead or alive celebrities, misery and vitality, beggars and performing artists. Sounds as if all this could not be reconciled but however: Miron Zownir manages, and shows by this unity how similar we all are. No matter what we are, where, and when. It is one of the greatest books about people, I have seen for a long time.

www.mironzownir.com

Gustavo Alemán: (No) Soy de aquí

The area Gustavo comes from (Murcia) must be a bizarre place with problems of identity and absurd countrysides. Or, even more likely: Gustavo is a sharp-eyed observer who reveals things not matching easily but giving distinction to our every day lives, without us recognizing them.

You cannot put your finger on why his pictures are attractive and repellent at the same time. It is more about a feeling – you instantly understand what he wants to say; somethings does not fit in; and: human being per se are strange beings. The pictures as well could be a Hispanic version of Michael Schmidt’s pictures in “Irgendwo” [“Somewhere”]. Anyway it is fun to dunk into the book, also because it sharpens the personal perception of our environment.

www.gustavoaleman.net

Sonja Braas: So Far

Looking at Sonja Braas’ landscape shots you inevitably wonder if and how much on them is real. Too surreal they seem, and they are as expected or imagined: enormous, violent, mystical and especially pictorial. Reading the text you learn that some of them are “real” landscapes, and others are model landscapes, dioramas in museums and shot of zoos; but anyways – and this is appeasing – shot analogical and unedited.

Maybe you need this explanation to see the pictures in relation to “reality”. I think you will not be disappointed if you do not know all of this. The pictures suffice. They are great. And yes, without background knowledge they are a little confusing. But maybe you should have to know everything in detail. It is enough to just enjoy.

www.sonjabraas.com

Koos Breukel: Me We

Pregnant women at the beginning. You need to take your time for this book. Not only for the just under 400 pages but as well because you have to overcome temptation of abandoning or labeling the book too early. If you take time you discover the story of life: embryo, birth, childhood, youth, adulthood, old age, death. In between love and affection.

Koos Breukel shoots people of different ages, close and respectful at once; they are intimate, good, beautiful portraits of celebrities and average people, artists, friends. You can feel the connection between the photographer ans his models. The pictures express closeness and security. They are as you expect life to be – or wish.

www.koosbreukel.com

dienacht #15 out soon – pre-order 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): www.dienacht.bigcartel.com

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

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Anna-Kristina Bauer: Under your Charms | Portfolio

In „Under your Charms“ I work to capture the exceedingly intimate moments of interpersonal relationships, forgoing words but on the other hand making use of many emotions.
Directly aiming to portray young adults and set them as the focus of my work.
Those that find themselves shortly before the crossing into the world of adulthood and particularly in a phase of identity search, where they seek to find a foothold amongst their own kind.
This is what I look for in my pictures, these intimate moments, between being in love and concealment. Before that first kiss and after that bottle of red wine.

www.annakristinabauer.com

Robert Hutinski: Atavism (Family Album or Seminar on Youth) | Portfolio

Saying that Robert Hutinski lives and works in Celje sounds like a worn-out biographical phrase. Nevertheless, this is an important fact. Just like most other projects, his Family Album series stems from the city and the stories of its inhabitants, turning them into a photographic narrative with its own language that is both global and universal.

Perhaps the best way to define the Family Album series is by calling it ‘the culture of memories’.

In the confusion that reigns between the author’s perception of the collective memories of the environment carefully preserved in the archives of the Central Library of Celje and the assortment of personal tales of those who entrusted him with their pictures, a new tale and a new family album are being created. The family in this case is the stories and memories of the people who found themselves in one place at the same time. These interwoven fates, which found themselves in the grip of the dynamic modern history, create a mosaic of the new historical memory, where the author’s subtle manipulation of the diptychs shows the individual trapped between their personal and collective identities. Memories, of course, are essential to establishing an identity. The author’s brilliance, however, is showcased most clearly in the fact that Hutinski not only shows the creation of identities through the expectations of the dominant ideology, as shown in the portraits of uniformed me, nor in the dominant cultural environment, as shown in the portraits taken at important life events, but pays equal attention to forgetting, the intentional destruction of memories. It is in our nature, both collective and individual, to sweep under the rug that which bothers us in certain situations.

The series, therefore, is also about the culture of forgetting, of deleting the unwanted.

The Family Album series is thus a confrontation between the memory and the loss of it, and the author’s reflection on this confrontation. The black and white diptychs, materialized in their impression of a moment, nevertheless tell the story of an era. The carefully picked memories, as well as their destruction, are in fact the black and white world that remains in our consciousness. It is said that memories fade, but perhaps it would be more accurate to say that memories slowly turn black and white, causing us, both as individuals and as a society, to only remember the whitest and the blackest events.

Each of these photographs, therefore, is waiting to be remembered by someone, waiting for someone to either categorize it, worship it, or delete it from their ideology of perception of memories.
Every click of the shutter that ever produced a photograph therefore presents a new source of recording the public subconscious. Hutinski very deliberately picked one of these.

– Text by Borut Batagelj

Alexandra Davy: Lignes Vertes | Portfolio

Plants are a part of nature, but walls are a part of culture.
They provide us with an artificial protection from the eyes of the world. Inside, they conceal what we’re hiding; outside, what we’d like to see.
Which probably explains this odd habit we have of trimming our hedges just like we cut stone or cast reinforced concrete.

www.alexandradavy.com

Gigi Cifali: Absence of water | Portfolio

Absence of Water is a photographic project which documents the state of decay of some baths, pools and lidos in the United Kingdom. They were places in vogue, fundamental for the life till the thirties of XX Century. Gradually, living conditions and tastes have changed, resulting in a drop of attendances, leaving the public pools uneconomical to run. Symbols of civic and architectural pride in Victorian times, today only a handful of them remain as a representation of bygone era. The project gives us the possibility to reflect on water: on its function and the importance it has for man and society development and growth. Water determines the wealth, it is indispensable to live and its lack inexorably leads to ruin, exactly as happened to these pools. These architectures, trough their charm, show us the time irreversible action, the ruin, the sense of emptiness that surrounds and fills them. Yet they are testimony and memory of a not too far age, when they were places full of voices and laughter and the beating heart of life.

www.gigicifali.com

Andrzej Maciejewski: V.I.P. Portrait Gallery | Portfolio

This series is a study of form, a collection of diverse shapes and textures. I have created many such collections and I often choose mundane objects, like in this case potatoes. This gives me the freedom to look at them in an abstract way or to interpret them on my own, without being limited by the overwhelming context, which often happens when you choose objects that are too obviously important or unusual. What drew me to potatoes in particular, was their commonly unappreciated diversity created by nature, not by human artfulness. For my potatoes, I chose to make portraits rather than simply still-lifes and I gave them names – not in order to suggest that they look like people, but simply to emphasize their individual uniqueness (names individualize, like numbers standardize). I used the large format camera and I printed them much larger than the life-size to show them like they were looked at through the magnifying glass – with attention to all the tiny, but meaningful details. Excluding the colour factor by shooting them in black&white let me focus on shape, texture and light. The VIP in the title may be translated as Very Interesting Potatoes, or in many other ways.

01 Enrique Dimitri Magnussen
02 Itzhak Israel Ginzborg
03 Maksim Obruchev
04 Mathilde Mol
05 Chin-Hui Chen
06 Victoria Nicoletta de la Rosa
07 Teófilo Tootoo II
08 María Teresa Scriverius
09 Sasha X
10 Dolores Nanopoulos
11 Diana Ginzborg
12 Bobbi Vasily Oppo
13 José Ángel Lovinescu
14 Frida del Alcázar
15 Bo Mors

www.klotzekstdio.com

Pre-order: Chad Moore – Anyone in love with you (already knows)

dienacht Publishing proudly presents Chad Moore’s book “Anyone in love with you (already knows)”, now available for pre-orders!
PLEASE NOTE that the pre-orders will be shipped on April 1st. UPDATE: The pre-orders were supposed to be shipped on April 1st, but unfortunately, the US mail service is slower than expected, so the small prints didn’t arrived yet. The books are there (and beautiful), the address labels are printed, and everything else is ready to go.
I am sorry for the delay, but the books will be dispatched as soon as the prints will arrive! Thank you for patience and understanding. 

UPDATE 2: The prints just arrived, the books will be in the mail by tomorrow, Wednesday 16!

“Whenever I move to a new city on my own, I have the same sort of experience within my first few days. I go to a bar, I sit down, stumble my way through ordering a beer in whatever language is spoken (often with lots of hand gesturing) and take a look around. Inevitably, I end up with a similar scene in front of me: a couple fighting, a couple in love, an awkward date, an older man alone. In the same bar there will always be a group of young people laughing, enjoying themselves, fully comfortable with who they are and what they are doing, or at least appearing so. This is who I’m always most interested in. How did they get to be friends? What moments have they shared together to lead to that round of laughter? Who has hurt who? Do they know it? A complex algorithm of trysts and adventures, mistakes and triumphs leading to each quip, each kiss, each stare.” – Gabi Manga

open thread stitching
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