Friday, 17 November 2017
Buy All Quiet on the Home Front from ICVL STUDIO.
It is also available now at the wonderful Tipi Bookshop in Belgium.
And soon at L'Ascenseur Vegetal in France.
More outlets to be added shortly.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
These are a fair few things that I liked at Paris Photo. First of all, these sewn collages by Anne Magret. When I was walking by these, a kid saw them, gasped, ran to his mum and said "Mum, this is scary!"
And so it is!
The first thing I saw when I walked in the Grand Palais was a picture of Yukio Mishima by Eikoh Hosoe. This is from Ordeal by Roses and Mishima is looking well-hard, but there was a lot of Hosoe around the Grand Palais. And big. And I would have bought it if circumstances were three zeroes different.
Antonio Lopez's grids were stunning and fun.
Macron was there, but even better was accidentally running into Mathieu Asselin shaking hands with his friend The Minister of Culture and Minister of Work with Sam Stourdze in attendance.
The most beautiful presentation award, by popular acclaim, goes to this shelf of Masao Yamamoto. Presented in glass, they were both delicate but also organic. The photograph as object really comes alive. Done wrong it could go a bit IKEA. And it will go a bit IKEA with some people, but here it was special.
The mass of images and the apparent randomness of what is shown in some booths can be overwhelming at times. It was hard to settle at times. So it was really beautiful to see the East Wing Gallery showing just one set of prints: Astres Noirs by Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick. This was an almost meditative space amidst the madness and though I missed Sarker, it was really lovely to finally meet Katrin.
Kazuma Obara's new book 30, published by Editorial RM (sorry I can't find the link). I've got the original handmade book which is a thing of beauty and what Editorial RM have done to reproduce it is quite amazing, as it was with Silent Histories.
The emphasis on the material of the image continued throughout the hall with pictures presented above mounts, with edges, and a certain roughness showing. There was supremely subtle framing of smaller images, and then you got those where the process was central to what was on display The photogravures by Susan Derges were very special with glorious greys and pages almost resting on the mount.
And lastly there was this by Boris Ignatov. Just fabulous.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
All Quiet on the Home Front arrived a week ago and now it is out in the world so it’s time for a thank you to all the people who helped me make this work and publish this book.
First and foremost thank you to Alejandro Acin for your brilliance, vision and patience in editing, planning and producing this book. Thank you to Alessia Glaviano, Awoiska van der Molen, Susan Bright and Timothy Archibald for your beautiful words, your intelligence, your inspiration, and for your help with everything.
Thank you also to Paul Gaffney, Dragana Jurisic, Jesse Alexander, Jon Tonks, Rocco Venezia, Laura El-Tantawy, Amak Mahmoodian, Lua Ribeira, Tom Groves, Emilie Lauwers, Andrea Copetti and Tito Mouraz for your advice and input on the work. To Lina Pallota, Melissa Carnemolla, Teresa Bellina and Simone Sapienza thank you for Gazebook Sicily, and for much more besides. And thank you to my parents for your help and support over the years.
Thank you to all the subscribers who pre-ordered this book and made its publication possible. Paul Fox, Gabriela Cendoya, Brian Steptoe, Eva-Maria Kunz, Barry Miller, Rania Matar, Adrian Campbell-Howard, Kazuhiko Sato, Jesse Alexander, Geneva Brinton, Martin Amis (PhotobookStore), Alberto Martinez, Melissa Carnemolla, and Harry Rose.
And a big thank you to Sam Hardie for making the brilliant films!
Finally thank you so much to my beloved wife, Katherine, without whom I couldn’t have made this work and be the father I am. And of course Isabel, thank you for those shared times spent outside and for simply being the person you are.
In Paris thank you to everybody for the conversation, the photography, the moments, and for buying the book. Thank you Tipi Bookshop and Polycopies for hosting the launch, for drinks, chats and loveliness, thank you Sian Davey, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Mimi Mollica, Catherine Balet, Ethna Rose, Lewis Bush, Simon Bainbridge, Giuseppe Iannello, Asya Zhetvina, Seba Bruno, Clementine Schneidermann, Natasha, Mathieu Asselin, Katrin Koening, Armand Quetsch, Stephanie Wynne, Laurent Chardon, Jon Tonks, Derek Man, Rob Hoesel, Natasha Christia, Nicolo de Giorgis, Kazuma Obara, Sebastian Hau, Chiara Oggioni Tieppelo, Sam Harris, Priscilla Stanley, Vincent Sassu, Madina, Vanessa, and Claude Lemaire. And if I've forgotten anyone, thank you too.
Finally thank you Eamonn Doyle and Flora for a great last evening complete with the history of Ireland, Zinedine Zidane, and a bunch of French kids jumping around to Champagne Supernova. Thank you to the guy with the harmonica. I’m so sorry for getting angry with you but I don’t care how good the eggs are, I’m not walking three miles across Paris in the pissing 7am rain.
Thank you to the guy in the wheelchair for the Fox Terrier picture and the performance of his sidecar years, and thank you Anita and Jessica for Chez Denise and a night spent re-enacting the Seventh Seal on the streets of Paris. Just shows you can have fun without the Black Death! It was fabulous!
And thank you Paris!
Thursday, 9 November 2017
All Quiet on the Home Front arrived at the offices of ICVL on Tuesday so it's been a busy time of unpacking, signing and packing in preparation for the launch in Paris on Saturday (at 6pm on the Polycopies boat.
Alex and I are delighted with the book. It looks and feels and smells great, the culmination of a long, long process, and the beginning of another. All Quiet is the first part in a quartet of works that look at domestic life and the family space from domestic (12 Grosvenor Place) , physcial (Sofa Portraits), environmental (All Quiet on the Home Front)l and historical (My German Family Album) points of view.
All Quiet on the Home Front is the environmental point of view. It's also my point of view, the story of how I became a father, how I developed my relationship with Isabel through the landscape. I've been telling the story of the ideas behind the book both on the BJP instagram account (@bjp1854) and on this blog.
So you can read about paternal ambivalence, the gendering of the landscape and representation of girls in the landscape, space, place and landscape, fatherhood, narrative, domestic spaces, and more besides.
We are driving down to Paris tomorrow and will be launching the book at the Tipi stand on the Polycopies boat at 6pm on Saturday 11th November. I'll sign your book for you and draw a picture too if you like! I'm really looking forward to saying hello to people and getting the book out into the big, wide world at last.
If you're not going to Paris, you can buy a copy here. There are still a few special editions left, which come complete with the handmade, lino-printed boxes and a limited edition print. They are gorgeous.
See you in Paris!
Monday, 6 November 2017
At home Isabel has been making prints that will be for sale starting at the launch of All Quiet on the Home Front on the Polycopies boat (aka Atlantique-Concord) next Saturday 11th November.
And at the hotbed of creativity that is the ICVL studio, Alejandro Acin and I were printing the boxes for the Subscriber's Edition! There's not many of these left.
Buy All Quiet on the Home Front here.