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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All 7 – timeless – available issues: dienacht #8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and the special issue “Ostkreuzschule – Faits Divers”.
Over 870 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 the special issue “Ostkreuzschule – Faits Divers”.
Over 870 pages
40 Euro (instead of 50 Euro regular price)
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
14 x 20 cm, 158 pages, book in a printed slipcase
Edition of 600 copies, designed by FLUUT
The HOMOurban series developed during the years of 2007 and 2012. With its visual form, it is a continuation of the strong tradition of the snapshot, but also of Czech documentary photography from the seventies and eighties. Imrich Veber hovers around the unclear border between tendencies that are most often designated as social or subjective documentary; he does not use the technology of today, and so the form of his photographs point to an unanchored timelessness. We find here the crampedness of urban space, the solitude of an individual in the middle of a crowd, absurdity, melancholy, estrangement, an element of the miraculous – all of this – as what usually tends to characterize similar city snapshots in the tradition of documentary photography. And we may even find something more.
Published in Prague, Czech Republic
Edition size: 500
Softcover / covered by the poster
Size: 23,5 x 15,5 cm, 112 pages
dienacht Publishing proudly presents: “Inner Mongolia” by Ekaterina Anokhina.
“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)
Edition of 60 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
Designed by FLUUT
3 books: “Darkest” (around) printed on 285 g/m² silver metallic paper / “Kaputt” printed on 200 g/m² vellum paper / “Whole” printed on grey paper
Hand bound, 20 x 28 cm, 76 pages in total
Print run: 10 copies