Slow Motion is the title of the fifth monograph of the second series of the C Photo collection, featuring a selection of photographic essays from twelve artists who detail and arrange the results of a slowed down observation. Guest editor Marta Gili, curator and director of Jeu de Paume in Paris, is responsible for the selection of the portfolios.
‘The artists we present reflect on the image and behold the world’s state of things from other depths, placing themselves in the space which separates the event from the conscience—a hostile place where many contemporary conflicts are probably taking place’, explains Marta Gili in this edition, which also includes an essay by French photography historiographer André Rouillé.
The publication collects portfolios by Alinka Echeverría, Paul Graham, Rob Honstra, Carlos Irijalba, Jochen Lempert, Zoe Leonard, Santu Mofokeng, Mathieu Pernot, Sophie Ristelhueber, Ahlam Shibli, Bertien van Manen and Raffael Waldner. They are twelve photographers whose works form an issue ‘full of imaginary and visual poetry that is temporally timeless’, as expressed in the volume’s foreword by Elena Ochoa Foster, editor of C Photo and founder and CEO of Ivorypress.
Expressing diverse points of view, the works ‘show the tension between synchronous time and asynchronous time and they turn the indifference of images into an alternate narration which allows us to look at time from inside and out’.
The selection made by Marta Gili, in collaboration with the team at Ivorypress, constitutes a ‘slow motion “film” with works selected from artists who do not “photograph”, but rather “write” time with images’, asserts Elena Ochoa Foster.
Slow Motion is the fifth installment of the new series of C Photo, after its initial period (2005-2010). The first five years of work resulted in the ten volumes of C International Photo Magazine, which compose in themselves a complete collection of contemporary photography.
The second series, which focuses on monographic themes, has already borne four volumes: Genesis, which compiles the first photographic projects of ten renowned authors; Real Venice, in which fourteen photographers were commissioned to create a portfolio which reflected their personal view of this Italian city; Posed/Unposed, guest-edited by Tobia Bezzola and which reflects on the dichotomy between the perfection of the pose and the absence of it through the work of thirteen photographers; and New Latin Look, in which Martin Parr was invited to approach a selection of emerging artists of contemporary Latin American photography. Two series which complement each other and which continue to explore the changes and the evolution of contemporary photography.
Launch date: June 18th 2012, 5 pm.
The publication will be presented by:
- Martin Parr, photographer and guest editor of CPhoto 4
- Horacio Fernández, art historian and curator of the exhibition Revelations
- Iñaki Domingo, publications coordinator of Ivorypress Publishing House
Venue: Ivorypress Art + Books Space I C/ Comandante Zorita, 48 (Madrid)
New Latin Look, C Photo’s fourth monograph, features a selection of emerging artists from presentday Latin American photography. British photographer and curator Martin Parr is the guest editor for this volume in which he underwent the task of selecting the portfolios which reveal how “the new voice of Latin photography is sounding loud and clear”.
Through innovative, contemporary takes on the photographic medium, these artists are spearheading a rebirth of photography in Latin America. As Elena Ochoa Foster, publisher of C Photo, founder and CEO of Ivorypress, explains: “They are in the process of building an idiosyncratic, varied and personal photographic language of their own”.
The publication includes portfolios by practitioners from a number of Latin American countries, like Mexican photographers Fernando Brito, Miguel Calderón, Óscar Fernández and the Mexico City based Spanish artist Ana Casas Broda; José Castrellón, from Panama; Alexander Apóstol and Luis Molina-Pantin, from Venezuela; Guadalupe Ruiz, from Colombia; Julio Bittencourt, from Brazil; Geovanny Verdezoto, from Ecuador; Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann, from Peru; Rosario Montero, from Chile, and Alejandro Chaskielberg and Irina Werning, from Argentina.
Aside from the artist portfolios, the publication includes essays by publisher Elena Ochoa Foster, Martin Parr, and by the Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz, who claims that “contemporary visual production in Latin America has transcended its traditional vocabulary of tangible and objective themes, but has not done away with its shrewdness, quirkiness and grit.” Yet, as Muniz is quick to add, “the international market has still been reluctant in absorbing these artists into its high echelons.”
New Latin Look is the fourth issue in C Photo’s latest cycle following its opening phase (2005-2010). The outcome of the first five years of work was the ten issues of C International Photo Magazine, in themselves making up a comprehensive collection devoted to contemporary photography.
The second cycle, dedicated to monographic themes, has had three issues so far: Genesis, featuring early photographic projects made by ten renowned artists; Real Venice, in which fourteen photographers were commissioned to reflect their personal view of Venice; and Posed/Unposed, with Tobia Bezzola as guest editor, which engaged in a reflection on the dichotomy between the perfection of the pose and lack thereof through the work of thirteen photographers.
The two cycles supplement each other in a continuing exploration of the changes and evolution in the art of photography, eschewing any cultural or geographic hierarchies.
Launch: 23 January 2012, 19:00 h, in attendance of:
- Elena Foster, founder and CEO of Ivorypress, editor of C Photo
- Tobia Bezzola, curator of Kunsthaus Zurich and guest editor of C Photo 3
- Iñaki Domingo, coordinator of Ivorypress Publishing House and coeditor of C Photo
Venue: Ivorypress Art + Books Space II C/ Comandante Zorita, 46 (Madrid, Spain)
Posed/Unposed examines the tension between the entirely spontaneous and unposed, on one side, and the desire to achieve the perfect pose on the other. Tobia Bezzola’s mission in making the selection of the thirteen portfolios was, as he explains in the introduction, “to outline the field of the creative tension that exists between the posed and the unposed, in which photographers have been moving for the last hundred years.” Published in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, Posed/Unposed addresses this dichotomy from various approaches, ranging from photojournalism and amateur snapshots to advertising, portraiture and fashion photography.
“Whether the author is an amateur, a famous artist or a paparazzo is irrelevant,” claims editor Elena Ochoa Foster, “perverse, innocent, deliberate or the result of cosmic chance, all the photographs in this volume are radical because of their content and form.’ Posed/Unposed examines “the artistic and philosophical ins and outs of this theme,” while at once “communicating the essential importance of the visual memory, frozen to capture life and bring time to a halt,” the founder of Ivorypress explains.
The volume features portfolios by the photographers Slim Aarons, Guy Bourdin, Ghislain Dussart, Hester Scheurwater, Jaques Henri Lartigue, Federico Patellani, Pawel Jaszczuk, Edward Quinn, Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier, Jules Spinatch, Thomas Struth and Garry Winogrand. Besides the work of these photographers, Posed/Unposed also boasts a selection of images from the archives of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), including the cover photo, A female assault victim, taken by Babbit in 1947.
In addition, this third number in the C Photo collection contains a short story by the Dutch writer Connie Palmen entitled I Love Snapshots, in which she takes a look at the question of stolen photos and portraits, woven around the narrative thread of the death of her husband, the politician Hans van Mierlo.
Posed/Unposed is the third number in C Photo’s new series, following its opening 5-year cycle from 2005 to 2010 embracing the ten issues of C International Photo Magazine, which, taken as a whole, form a self-contained collection dedicated to contemporary photography. Focusing on monographic themes, the second series already has two previous volumes: Genesis, devoted to the early first works by ten major names in photography; and Real Venice, with portfolios from fourteen photographers invited to create their own personal visions of Venice. Both series complement each other in an ongoing exploration of the changes and evolution in the art of photography, without any cultural or geographical hierarchies.
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Ivorypress presents Real Venice, a monographic photography project, curated by Elena Ochoa Foster, founder and CEO of Ivorypress. The initiative is included in the exhibition programme for the 54th Venice Biennale and is the subject for the upcoming issue of the publication C Photo.
This entirely charitable project has been produced jointly with the Venice in Peril Fund with the goal of raising funds for the city of Venice. Fourteen internationally renowned photographers were invited to create a portfolio on Venice with absolute freedom. Lynne Cohen, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Antonio Girbés, Nan Goldin, Pierre Gonnord, Dionisio González, Candida Höfer, Tiina Itkonen, Mimmo Jodice, Tim Parchikov, Matthias Schaller, Jules Spinatsch, Hiroshi Watanabe and Robert Walker portrayed the Italian city through their lens, showing it in all its beauty, but also in all its paradoxes and contrasts.
The ravages wrought by mass tourism and the rise of the water level is captured in the portfolios created by these artists for the project. ‘Without good science, wise decision-making and a long term, well planned budget (the last two are conspicuously lacking), Venice has no future’, explained Anna Somers Cocks, chairperson of the Venice in Peril Fund, during the presentation of the project.
The selected photographers also address the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants, its classic monuments and modern architecture, among other issues. This is ‘a necessary initiative that harnesses the creativity, the vigour, the internationalism – and the financial power – of contemporary art to saving Venice, an exquisite city where art has always been of the essence’, according to Somers Cocks.
Published by Ivorypress, the latest issue of C Photo reproduces the portfolios of the chosen photographers in two bilingual editions (Spanish-English and Italian-English). The publication will also include essays by Maria Antonella Pelizzari, professor of History of Photography at Hunter College; Claudio Piersanti, writer and playwright; and William A. Ewing, former director of Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland).
The photos in Real Venice will be on exhibit from 31 May in the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, after which it will then travel to London. One edition of each portfolio will be auctioned on 3 November 2011 at Phillips de Pury with funds going to the Venice in Peril Fund.
It is anticipated that the exhibition will also become a touring exhibition from January 2012, showing at many of the world’s major international art institutions. The tour will be organised by the International Enterprises department of the Barbican Centre in London.
The advisory board behind the project comprises: Anna Somers Cocks, chairperson of the Venice in Peril Fund and group editorial director of The Art Newspaper; David Landau, collector, businessman and scholar; Elena Ochoa Foster, curator, founder and CEO of Ivorypress; and Erica Bolton from the Bolton & Quinn cultural communication consultancy.
Launch: 15 December 2010 13.00
In the launch of C Photo will participate:
- Elena Foster, founder and CEO of Ivorypress
- Horacio Fernández, critic of photography and independent curator - Iñaki Domingo, publications coordinator of Ivorypress
Location: Ivorypress Art + Books Space I C/ Comandante Zorita, 48 (Madrid)
Ivorypress presents the second cycle of C Photo. In this new stage, the publication leaves behind its magazine character to focus on the production of thematic monographs. “These volumes will allow us to edit different artists’ work in greater depth; their works will be selected on the grounds of a common theme”, explains Elena Ochoa Foster, editor of C Photo and founder and CEO of Ivorypress. The C Photo monographs will be published twice a year, in English and Spanish. ￼
The inaugurating issue of this new project -which will last five years- is named Genesis, a proposal that focuses on the early works of art of several masters of contemporary photography. “We have selected the authors who best represent the most important photographic trends of recent decades, from documentalism, in the strictest sense, to photography as documentation of conceptual pieces and performances”. ￼
The publication includes the first portfolios and images from the early days of Marina Abramović, Nobuyoshi Araki, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Joan Fontcuberta, Danny Lyon, Boris Mikhailov, Helmut Newton and Jeff Wall. In these very early works, their talent can be seen as well as the traits which made these photographers masters and which is, in fact, the search for a distinctive path and the attempts of each author to define their own language. ￼
Genesis offers the opportunity to observe the trials and the approaches to the photographic medium of this selection of artists. Through the originals, one discovers the root of the style and the distinguishing features which turned these artists into outstanding figures of the genre. ￼
Each author’s portfolio is accompanied by an introductory text by Hans Magnus Enzensberger as well as texts by the photographers themselves or by critics, which enable a deeper understanding of the development of their artwork. Among these names, authors like Nicolas Bourriaud, Tom Ford, Thomas Weski or Peter Galassi can be found. “These are little-known artworks, some unpublished, in which one can discern and recognise the talent and genius of each one of them”, says the editor. ￼
This first volume represents the beginning of a new cycle and the closure of the initial stage (2005-2010). The result of these first five years of work was the ten editions of C International Photo Magazine, which comprises a complete collection dedicated to contemporary photography. Two cycles working together to further explore the changes and development experienced by the art of photography, without cultural and geographic hierarchies. ￼
For the subsequent volumes in this cycle, the C Photo editorial team will invite internationally recognised experts to curate each publication. Tobia Bezzola and Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others, are some of the guest editors who will provide each issue with a unique singularity.
Dates: From 7 June to 30 July 2011
Venue: Ivorypress Art + Books Space II C/ Comandante Zorita, 46 (Madrid)
Official opening: 7 June 2011, 7.30 pm From 7 June to 30 July, Ivorypress Art + Books Space II presents Imaginary Cities, the first group exhibition of the C Action Project. Curated by Elena Ochoa Foster, founder of Ivorypress and editor of C Photo, the show features original work by the international photographers Julia Fullerton-Batten, RongRong & Inri, Giacomo Costa and Sung Hongbin.
Imaginary Cities is the first in a series of thematic exhibitions featuring the work of twenty artists who have taken part in the C Action Project. For each volume of C Photo’s initial phase (2005-2010) Ivorypress awarded a grant to two artists to create a portfolio comprising three series. These works are now being showcased in C Action Project and form part of the C Photo Contemporary Photography Collection.
The thread running through this first group show in Madrid is the city, with all the series on view engaging with unreal urban environments. In this regard, the show features the work of the London-based German- born artist Julia Fullerton-Batten (1970) and the duo RongRong & Inri (1968/1973), the former from China and the latter from Japan, published in issue 2 of the first series of C Photo.
Meanwhile, the Chinese photographer Sun Hongbin (1970) offers a different perspective in his series Mirage in the Dust, presenting original work taken in places with heavily polluted air or during sand storms. As the artist explains, “bad environmental conditions in the city of Beijing always bring out mysterious vistas.” This photography group show is rounded off by the Italian artist Giacomo Costa (1970) who is presenting the series P.O.V. which, similarly to Hongbin’s work, was published in issue 5 of C Photo. As he says himself “everything is drawn in 3D and is like painting in photographic quality”. His cities are metaphors of the human condition and this series is like flying “around a metaphysical object, an empty box that the viewer has to fill with his own point of view”.
The photographers in the C Action Project were chosen by the Ivorypress team together with various curators, gallerists and photography experts from public and private institutions around the world. With a mandate to promote contemporary photography, this project provides a platform for a total of twenty contemporary artists, whose works will go on show in successive exhibitions at Ivorypress Art + Books Space II.