Osaka, Japan-based Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s mesmerizing body of work entitled Layered Drawings is truly breathtaking. He photographs a scene or object repeatedly over time, then laser prints each shot and mounts them onto acrylic. Change is captured in each frame, and once layered, they become sculpture installations. The overall effect shows movement and the subtle passage of time.
I love magazines. And a great part why I love them is because of the cover. A good cover is necessary, it shows what the inside is about or tells a story of it's own. I've mentioned www.coverjunkie.com before, it's a large archive of magazines covers curated by Jaap Biemans. He recently selected the best magazine covers of 2011 and made this magazine out of it. He also asked designers to make a shortlist of their favourite 2011 magazine covers. These designers, the covers they selected and why are also inside this jam-packed magazine. It's a 'shout-out to creativity' as the introduction tells us.
Well, in short this magazines shows a striking collection of magazine covers you really should see. The covers tell stories of what happened this year, and at the same time shows the current state of visual culture. A pretty round-up for 2011 which is really nice to have!
Erik Boker, is published in our latest O.K. Periodicals with his product dissections. Wonderful pictures that make you wonder....what more does he do? Take a look at his website and see what great projects he has. The "Animal Snack Kingdom" project for example very nice compositions with candy in animal forms. And don't forget to look at the portraits he made.
A magazine with over hundred headscarfs. Each one has their own story to tell. Really inspiring and intriguing, the story behind it is almost as exciting as all the different patterns. Of course you can order it online, and there's currently also an exhibition on it in the Central Museum in Utrecht. Go, watch and learn!
Currently on show at Huis van Marseille photography museum is Scarlett Hooft Graafland, who makes surreal photos in usually far out places. She makes small but striking additions to the otherwise desolate landscapes.I love it when strong concepts and an eye for beauty come together in photography this way.
It reminds me of Tarsem Singh's movie 'The Fall' a little bit, which is something else to watch if you're into this kind of stuff.
This is the quick flipthrough video of the new O.K. Periodicals / THRILLER issue!
Simply amazing. Only 500 copies printed and each one has an exclusive musical gadget inside. But much more pleasantly disruptive content to ease your curiosity.
So if you really love magazines. Or Art. Design. Literature. Illustrations. Discovering creative up-and-coming talent. Life in general. Be sure to order one of those 500 exclusive copies! (also a nice gift)
Little secret: Become a subscriber and get this issue for free!
This is too cool! Walls layered with Red, Green and Blue images. Every time you change the light a new image comes up. A great way to show anatomy (as seen on the images) but I think it would also work really nicely in a bar, or a club. All in all a great idea worth a look.
Jenny Odell makes collections of specific subjects found on Google Maps.
She says: In all of my prints, I collect things that I've cut out from Google Satellite View-- parking lots, silos, landflls, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, reliably repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that read: people were here.
At the same time, like any photograph, satellite imagery is also immediately an image of the past. That is, to look at satellite imagery is to look not only down upon ourselves but back in time, even if only by a matter of hours or days. In recording the moment at which things as bizarre as water parks and racetracks covered the earth, the photograph also implies that moment's own passing, encoding each tiny structure with vulnerability and pre-emptive nostalgia. My desire to collect these pieces stems not only from the fascination of any collector but from a wish to save these low-resolution, sporadically-updated pixels--these strange pictures of ourselves--from time and the ephemerality of the internet.
Take a moment for this 'project'. It's not just another Daily Photograph project.
The 'Photo of the Day' website (link here) shows images taken by a man who captures his life in polaroid pictures from 1979 untill 1997. At first (from 1979 on) the photos start off casually; friends, family, joyfull moments. And the mysterious website reveals the life of the person's life bit by bit. He also takes photos of his film- and music projects (1980's). In the final years he photographs himself more often. And it is quite clear that he's very ill. The photos in the hospital, or the results from it, prove it. In his last days he asked his girlfriend to marry him. Two days later you see photos of the wedding. Only a few weeks later he will pass away.
Chirs Higgins did some research for his blogarticle about it and discovered that a close friend put the photos of the man, Jamie Livingston, online and made a exhibition about it. A tribute to the man and his eighteen year long Photo of the Day project.
'They' is a beautifully designed, one colour stencil-printed magazine. It features funny, interesting short texts by various writers.
What makes is also special is the use of images. Throughout the magazine the single coloured images (dark purple) intrigue in a beautiful way. Bits of the texts are projected over a woman; the same typography style in the images and graphic design makes it a whole. Which looks great!
It's a clear designed magazine, functional design, but I like it very much. This is one of those magazines you could come across at at the next O.K. Festival (or maybe we're going to use a new name as we might change the event in April 2012)
Get it here while it's hot!
Only a few days left to submit your work for the next issue of O.K. Periodicals. We are still searching for illustrations, photos, stories, graphic design, typefaces, product design, art, etc to feature in the THRILLER issue.
So share your fears, show your excitement and contribute!
A simple way to get your work in the MOMA or TATE Modern or Palais de Tokyo or...
Click above right on the SUBMIT button for more info! And invite friends ofcourse to drop us a line as well.
Irina Werning: "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."
An interesting research you should really check out!
A book filled with "olifantenpaadjes" (translates into elephantpaths). Photo's by Jan-Dirk on which you can see the small pathways created by shortcuts people make. No matter how well streets and pavements are thought out, there is always a minor detour to avoid. One of the most innocent forms of civil disobedience, which results in a really nice photobook.
A magazine about photography, design and subculture is made twice a year by one-man, Calin Kruse.
When I unpacked this magazine it was obvious I had some kind of special magazine in my hands. A small-size magazine, with semi-glossy paper that shoots the cover images in your face. The review copies are issues 8 and 9. And the cover images are just right in your face! Nailed to the ground you just want to keep staring at them, but curiosity wins and I start flipping the pages.
The biggest thumbs up for DieNacht magazine is that it has a very strong editorial content. The featured content is very well chosen and is intriguing, fascinating. Each item has a got the space in the magazine to be explain itself and be fully understood.
The graphic design and typography is well done, simple but effective. Not completely my cup of tea, but the projects and images are so strong that the design is just right. It supports images and text.
The magazine is written in German, but in the back are English translations of some main articles. Sometimes the accompanying texts are in English too, there's no clear line in that. Should be fun if the magazine will be in English to get a wider audience which it deserves. For now, learn German or just be amazed by the good content of the magazines. You won;t see the famous artists but the ones that are making awesome work. Which is, in my opinion as we also do with O.K. Periodicals, the most interesting. You get in contact with people who still really want to rock the world.
Also nice to know is that DieNacht organizes photography exhibition.
Be sure to get a copy!
Graphic designer, photographer and artist Dorian Gourg chose the name Adahy for this project - the Cherokee word for Living in the Woods. It is the synthesis of two trips; one to New York City, one to South America. The geometric patterns in urban NYC reminded him of Native American art, which in turn reminded him of his trip to the south and quite controversely the wide open landscapes he saw there. As he puts it much more eloquently:
"...This serie of images contains and conveys the notion of time and aesthetic sense which are proper to a specific place throughout the ages, from its simplest mystic expression, to one of the most complex in applied arts, architecture."
"...It’s funny to think that mordern man reproduced what he destroyed in a «modern way», sometimes clearly on purpose, sometimes subconscously."
In the statement for her series "Experimental Relationship," Yijun Liao writes, "As a woman, I used to think I can only fall in love with someone that I adore, who is maturer than me, older than me, a protector, a mentor. Then I met my boyfriend, Moro, who is five years younger.... I have always doubted the stereotype of a man-woman relationship. Why does man have to be a certain way? Why should woman be a certain way?"
Only one of the images of Pixy's beautiful serie is featured in the last O.K. Periodicals magazine. In the Morning News is an interview and a more complete view on the serie "Experimental Relationship" I really love it!
Stephen Wragg was commissioned in 2004 to map and photograph the fast-expanding National Cycle Network for local Highways authorities in the UK.
He soon began to notice the variation in the white pedestrian symbols along the way. So began a seven-year odyssey to track down and document the Walking Men of Britain.
The full collection is featured here.
We had a super releaseparty of O.K. Periodicals #6 / BORING Issue. Jaap Blonk started the night with a soundpoetry performance. After that Joost and I went up the stage to give a very boring presentation. We explained how to fill in the form to become a subscriber (hello and thanks to al new subscribers!). And we made a slide for each and every single contributor in the magazine and thanking them. Well, you had to be there in the crowded venue.
But we finished with the flipthrough video you can see here as well.
We hope you will become a subscriber too, so we can make future issues of this wonderfull magazine. It has a limited run of copies (500) and we already sent 250 to pre-orders and so.
Issue 6 is, again, the best issue so far!
In a shop in Arnhem I walked into an exhibition of some photographs from the book Where Children Sleep, made by James Mollison. A very intriguing look inside the places children, all over the world, grow up. It's not just their bedrooms, but also a picture of them in a neutral setting, it makes you think...
Artists duo Lernert & Sander (featured before on O.K. Periodicals, they keep making inspiring work) have collected found clothing from as many darkrooms they could all over the world. How does the visitor of a sex site manage to lose their pants or shoes, and even more, how do they manage to get back home without all of it is a mystery. Together the clothes represent an interesting collection.
Read more in this special blog on the Blend website
Fourteen people were asked to create self-portraits, using a police Photofit kit from the 1970s, without referring to photographs or mirror images of themselves. They were then interviewed by Philip Oltermann on the subjects of identity and the self.
The project was made by Matt Willey (project link as well) and Giles Revell.
This is the direct download of the Photofit PDF.
Introduction from the book:
There are no photos in circulation of Jacques Penry, the man who
invented the Photofit, but from what he wrote in his books, you would
guess that he might have looked a bit suspicious. A photographer by
trade, the Frenchman had been fascinated by facial topography as
early as the 1930s, when he published his magnus opus The Face of
Man. There was, Penry claimed in it, a direct link between any human’s
physique and their personality: philosophers, for example, would show
a marked development of the lower cheek muscles, while idiots and
simpletons would invariably possess a markedly receding forehead.
Following the Penry-method of facial classification, he claimed, one
could cleanse society of “criminals, mental deficits, neurasthenics
and vocational misfits.”
Perhaps unaware of the supremacist overtones of it’s creator’s
early musings, Scotland Yard gave the Photofit kit a go in 1970. The
kits come in wooden boxes, containing narrow paper strips with
various facial features and an index listing the contents: eyes, noses,
mouths, haircuts, chins, roughly 40 in each category. There are
transparencies for add-ons, such as glasses, facial hairs or wrinkles,
and a frame on which the individual parts can be assembled.
The first Photofit portrait of a British suspect was broadcast
on 22nd of October 1970, in connection with the murder of James
Cameron in Islington, London. Surprisingly, it came up with the goods:
the image jogged a shop assistant’s memory and led to the arrest
of John Earnest Bennett in Nottingham. Soon though, policemen
found that Photofit portraits of suspects often looked nothing like
the criminals that were eventually caught: the Penry-method clearly
had its limits. In 1988, the Met introduced computer programmes
for facial profiling (“E-fits”) and Photofit kits across the country were
hurled onto rubbish heaps.
Penry’s system might have been inaccurate and ideologically
dubious, but it has qualities that appealed to us when we came up with
this project. Photofit is tactile: you can touch the individual parts with
your own hands and move them about until things click into place – it’s
like creating a puzzle. And it is immediate: there is no person standing
between you and the final picture. We managed to track down a male
and female kit from a Police Museum in Kent and invited a number
of people to assemble their own Photofit self-portrait in Giles’ studio
in Clerkenwell. The end result, we think, is curious. Each portrait tells
a story: it speaks of the hang-ups, insecurities and vanities we all have
about our own appearance. They hint at how deceptive our relationship
with our self-image can be. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce
a person’s character from their face in an instant. If nothing else, we
hope that this project shows how the connection between persona
and personality is a lot more complex than that.
We just received the latest issue of Slanted and it looks great again. Each issue really explorers the given theme about typography, visually as well as in the written word, in a good way. The editors know what they're talking about! Next to showing really nice typographic related work, the magazine design itself is also very nice. Good type should be invisible. Well, thats b*llshit ofcourse. Good type should be seen. If you can set type in the way Slanted does, and working with different quality papers from Lessebo for each section than you know everybody should have this instant classic magazine in their library.
Below their pressrelease:
While Slanted #13 dealt with contemporary and historical humanist grotesque fonts, Slanted #14 – Grotesque 2 focuses on
current fonts that are in tradition of Lineal, Neo- or Geometric Grotesque.
They mainly have their origins in the time of the turn of 19th to 20th century. In 1880 Ferdinand Theinhardt designed
the Royal Grotesque with four weights for the Königlich-Preußische Akademie zu Berlin, from which developed the Akzidenz
Grotesque in 1918. Simultaneously, from 1905 to 1930, Morris Fuller Benton created fonts on the basis of Lineal Neogrotesque:
the Lineal Grotesque. Nowadays there can be observed different procedures of designing fonts, which can be
named as quotations. A variety of fonts bear on historical models.
With great pleasure we present a huge number of these corresponding and related grotesque fonts, illustrations and
projects. The type essays by Flo Gaertner (Karlsruhe), Robert Schumann (Berlin) and Anna Sinofzik (London) deal with
them. Worth seeing photos stories are “Almost Europe” by Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung (Frankfurt am Main)
who visualize the situation of refugees in the Spanish enclave Melilla, as well as »Ein Abend auf der Wiesn – Pictures
taken during the great beer rush« by Volker Derlath (München). Numerous interviews with Lizá Defossez Ramalho and
Artur Rebelo (Porto), Edwin van Gelder (Amsterdam), Marta Podkowinska and Karol Gadzala (Krakow) and Hans Gremmen
(Amsterdam) as well as an article about Kiyoshi Awazu as well as the 4th part of the Tokyo Report, both by Ian Lynam
(Tokyo) and a musical travelogue by Frank Wiedemann (Berlin) round up the stuff to read.
The sixth O.K. Periodicals will be released on the 8th of July.
After a bit of a delay (sorry for that) we'll be officially releasing the BORING issue. As you know this magazine is pleasantly disruptive and always curious for inspiring creative work. Maybe the Boring theme is a paradox, but wait until you see all the stunning visuals and read the fascinating stories. Being bored seems to be a most interesting state of mind for people to become even more creative.
We got some big names featuring this issue, and a large part of relatively unknown creative talent as well. All of them deserve a beautiful representation to a bigger audience. This is just one of those magazines you wish you bought before it sold out (we're only printing 500 collectibles).
O.K. Periodicals #6 is featuring: Harmen Liemburg, Gemma Correll, Francis Alÿs, Tom Gauld, Petra Kruijt, Meyoko, Pixy Liao, Simon Wild, Atle Mo, We Make Carpets, Helmut Smits, Jaap Blonk, Mr. Bingo, Berndnaut Smilde, Hans Eijkelboom, Sam Durant and many more...
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Album Magazin is a photography magazine from Germany published twice a year. A got it lying on my desks for month now, the second issue is already out but here my review on the first issue and the concept of the magazine. The magazine comes in regular newspaper(about twice a tabloid) size and paper. So when you unfold it it looks very impressive, and you need a big empty table to open a spread and take a look at it. I liked it best standing at the table.
Off course while standing at the table it's hard to read all the text. But it's the best way to look at what the magazine is all about: the photographs. The big sized magazine might be difficult to handle but it's a perfect match with the nice and some times full spread pictures.
The typography is nice and clean. Although the cover doesn't show what to expect inside and the typography is to designy in my eyes. The rest of the typography is looking ok and stands in the shadow while the images are on stage in the spotlight.
I love it when the form of the magazine is set to serve the content, and that's exactly what they did in this magazine, nice work.
Want to know more about A Magazine or want to see when the next issue is coming up? http://album-magazin.de
Photographer Jan-Dirk van der Burg takes pictures of the everyday life, the unnoticed or things that are so common we tend to don't see them anymore. His subjects range from dogshit cleaners, office culture, miniature mechanics, day in the lives of pensionada and visits workshops to photograph whats going on there as well.
His website is made in Flash which is a pity; the photos deserve a better website.
"The Ark"- It is an object of 3 x 3metres, consisting of 100 portraits of people with eyes closed. For this project Igor Kruter searched for 100 persons not in an optimal state and/or in a stressed mind. Struggle is a daily matter, a daily struggle for all kinds of things, causing a lot of stress. They feel insecure due to this stress, which is in that sense another form of suffering. “The Ark” is a kind of photo therapy. In the process of creating this object Kruter wants to relieve the minds of his models, offer them time to come to themselves, to let them return to a certain state of rest. These people are offered a moment of coming into a balanced state, showing of in Kruter´s work. When seeing the work of the 100 portraits as a body, you are looking at a balanced object. One person is equal to the other, no one is attracting attention more than the other: the work is in balance and it is a whole. The work radiates rest. Rest and balance has to return in each and every person in this work. Every person in “The Ark” has closed eyes, everyone is focused on his inner self, has his own perception of the environment. At that moment of personal relaxation and returning rest, every person is creating an ideal world for oneself, a moment of being in paradise, a moment in eternity. That even before death of the individual. The portraits create an image of intense sleep, close to death. The rest brought by death is for a moment experienced.
A project by: Igor Kruter
Beautiful documentary about architectural photographerJulius Shulman
Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. Amongst others, he documented the work of Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Rudolph Schindler.
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