PHOTOGRAPHY ZINES AND BOOKS NO: 55

 

Beyond Inside by César Vásquez Altamirano

Who?

César Vásquez Altamirano is a Peruvian photographer based in London, UK.

I can relate to this, here is the photographer’s about, “The first time I approached black and white photography was when I was nine years old, watching the silent films that my grandmother liked to see. After at university I had the opportunity to develop and print my photographs, from that moment I realized that it would be my companion forever.

What?

Publisher’s description, “Breaking the boundaries of self-consciousness, dreams of déjà-vus, appreciation and understanding of finding the beauty in imperfections – a Japanese concept called Wabi-Sabi, makes the journey through the pages of the monograph Beyond Inside – an invitation of suggestive interpretation of experiences such as fear, desire and ambition, shown in these photographs.”

The book has 92 pictures and was taken over three years, between 2021 and 2023 in London.

Why?

Many would argue that Robert Frank’s classic could have only been taken through a foreigner’s eyes. There is an affinity to this sentiment in Altamirano’s book.

“I feel like a kind of naive witness living in different countries as a foreigner, my photography is the result of recording my experiences as a visual diary, which are sometimes surreal and sometimes abstract.”

Details.

21 x 29,7 cm
144 pages
150 gsm of uncoated paper
Perfect bound
Self published, London
Printed in England
First edition, 2023

Where?

The book can be purchased directly from the photographer’s website here for £24 or through the Ephemere Gallery’s website for $30.

 

 

Searching Light… by Ryuhei Nakashima

Who?

Former visual interviewee and high schooler Ryuhei Nakashima is a Tokyo based photographer and skateboarder. He recently wrapped up a group exhibition at Ephemere Gallery in Tokyo where I picked up this copy.

What?

This zine is made of imagery from a recent solo show he had titled, “come into this crossing” at Jam Photo gallery. For it he duck taped a flashlight to his friends’ skateboards and shot long exposures in Shinjuku streets. He made the zine on a 7-11 copy machine trimmed the edges and employed a simple string binding so each image can be taken out and turned into a poster or rearranged to one’s liking in terms of photo sequencing. He then used a typewriter to individually type the title and contents page. Perfect!

Why?

What fun! Say it a lot, but wish I was this creative in high school hanging out with my friends. Certainly a unique way to combine two loves in photography and skateboarding. Then to DIY them at a 7-11 and from there sell them on the internet…why not?

Where?

DM the artist direct here to order and he will hand make an edition for you.

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Thanks to our two guests for their submissions, it is a really cool thing to be able to share them all with you. And remember, this is open to everyone. If you would like to have your zines or books featured then all you have to do is mail me. Hopefully there will be plenty more of you who want to get your books and zines out there to the world. Another installment will be coming soon.

Thanks,

JCH