PHOTOGRAPHY ZINES AND BOOKS NO: 58
Influences: Numero Ten by Thomas Knott & Alex Harrison
Thomas Knott & Alex Harrison are Tokyo based photographers. The project is curated by Zerofeedback a Tokyo based independent publisher specializing in contemporary photography, design, and culture. They produce and distribute small but high quality publications.
Influences is a series of publications that connect two photographers who, in a sequential manner, will influence each other for the compilation of each publication. At the time time of this article, they are up to 12 editions.
This edition titled, “Japan Dialogues” features Alex and Thomas embarking on a photographic exploration of Japan, merging distinct mediums to capture its multifaceted beauty.
20 photos / 22 pages, square format 210x210mm
color matte coat 135kg
50 copies limited edition
You can order from the Zerofeedback webshop here. The price is about 17.50 USD and note there is a typo on the website when ordering as it says “numero eleven” but is “numero ten.”
Restrooms by Joel Pulliam
Joel Pulliam is a Tokyo based photographer and member of the photo collective, Void Tokyo, and frequent curator of their Instagram account. He is also a former Visual Interviewee that you can see here.
That is right, a book on Tokyo restrooms! It certainly shares an affinity to his previous zine Slopes, not only heightened by the similarly minimal design, but in the manner of documentation. Both saw the photographer searching out these marks and working in any and all compositional effects for its dynamism. I alluded to the Friedlander approach writing about Slopes, but it really is about the mediation. I recall at the annual Void Tokyo exhibition last year that saw Joel finding a striking shadow composition and shooting everyone who walked into it. Found it interesting because he printed and shared all the images (around 1o0) which really heightened the digital aspect. Which made sense to me, because if you are going to do it, why shy away from the digital medium’s strength? Either way, repetition through meditation prevails through all these projects.
I will refer to the photographer’s statement, “All around my neighborhood, I pass buildings that are being torn down to make space for newer, shinier ones. Only the public restrooms seem immune to change.”
Limited edition of 100, printed in Japan.
A5 size, 28 pages, 17 photos plus an essay.
*Important announcement from the photographer.
“For every copy of RESTROOMS or SLOPES bought during the remainder of January, I will donate the entire purchase price to Peace Winds, a trusted NGO that is providing support and medical care to those who were evacuated due to the earthquake in western Japan on New Year’s Day.
Tens of thousands have been forced to leave their homes. Many are elderly and in need of immediate medical treatment. Please consider joining me to help”
You can order by DM via his Instagram here.
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.