PHOTOGRAPHY ZINES AND BOOKS NO: 57

 

Recollection by Shinya Ishida

Who?

Shinya Ishida is Japanese photographer based in Kyoto. Mostly shooting snapshots and portraits, during the day he works as a company employee. He is a member of Gallery Room 305.

What?

A very quiet and personal photo book as you will see in the artist’s statement below. Shot mostly in southern Japan Kyoto, Osaka, down to Okinawa…the photo’s themselves maintain a cohesive theme of transience that permeates throughout.

Why?

Artist’s statement, “A few years ago, I suffered an accident that, had things gone slightly differently, would have resulted in my death. 
During the months I was hospitalized, it seemed to me that if I had lost my life in that accident, 
my memories of the past would have disappeared somewhere. 
I felt a little lonely and anxious in the hospital room.
In contrast to my miraculous survival, my wife’s life ended at a young age due to an unexpected illness. She had fought the disease for less than a year. 
After her death, I began to take photographs of the female form.
These are fragments of my memory after losing my wife.”
Really powerful…

Details.

Format: 210 x 190mm
Binding: Thread binding, codex binding (with cheesecloth)
Number of pages: main text 120P

Where?

The book can be purchased through the gallery’s website here.

 

 

 

Preto Magazine Eleven & Twelve by Various

Who?

Preto is an independent publishing house focused on photo books, and other kind of publications. So each of these magazines features three photographers. Eleven features Damien Daufresne, Giles Roudiere, and Marie Sordat; while Twelve features Cloro, Dimitra Dede, Guido Gazzilli.

What?

Preto magazine is a series of zines each featuring three photographers that started back in 2016. Most usually sell out quite quickly featuring a range of photographers, some of whom I have had visual interviews with. What then shines is the curation on behalf of Preto seamlessly incorporating the various photographers into one aesthetic statement.

Why?

“Preto likes to present, meet and connect photographers in this unravelling photo magazine. It is showing a mixture based on the pictures (kindly made available by the photographers) into a new surprising story. In this sense Preto is not a portfolio. There is no theme or text inside, the images and their juxtapositions on page tell the story to the reader on their own.”

Details.

170×240 mm
40 pages

Where?

The zines can be purchased directly from the Preto website here. You can save money and order both through a bundle on the website or buy one or the other separately.

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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