Book Highlight - Forms of Japan

Michael Kenna’s Forms of Japan, will be a comprehensive retrospective of his photographs of Japan. To be published by Prestel in September 2015, the book will include previously unpublished images plus many of the photographs previously published in his Nazraeli Press titles.


Having got a number of Kenna’s book in the past decade or so I can honestly say that he is always well served when it comes to quality reproductions and book design, in no small part from his own input into the process. Nazraeli Press offer the hightest quality reproductions but have been out of print I believe for a while. So if you have not got Hokkaido or Japan then this Prestel publication is one not to be missed.
Sample from book

Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon talking about her creative process.

The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth is a 2014 French-Brazilian biographical documentary film directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.The film portrays the works of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Showing at the IFI Dublin 20th-30th July 2015

Finding Vivian Maier

Showing May 20th 2015
It may would be fair to say that the recent resurgence in the interest and practice of street photography is in no small part due to the discovery in 2007 of a large quantity of unprocessed film left behind by the recently deceased Vivian Maier, a lady who worked as a nanny for most of her adult life. If you are not familiar with the story and have any interest in photography, then this film is a ‘must see’.
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Vivian Maier website

Jean Rondeau-Scarlatti

Great to hear the music of Dominico Scarlatti being championed by this young French harpischordist. Inspiring.

Book Highlight- Alvin Langdon Coburn

blogEntryTopperLong overdue book on Alvin Langdon Coburn is due for publication by Fundación Mapfre in April/May 2015.

“My aim in photography is always to convey a mood and not to impart local information. This is not an easy matter, for the camera if left to its own devices will simply impart local information to the exclusiveness of everything else.” - Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Glass Etudes

Composer Philip Glass along with pianists Maki Namekawa and Timo Andres come to these shores later this year to perform his complete Etudes. The venue is the NCH Dublin. Here is part of Etude No. 20

Lenscratch Exhibition

Some lovely work to be seen here

My favourite books of the year-2014

blogEntryTopperPhoto above shows my top books for 2014. My book of the year goes to DONT JUST TELL THEM, SHOW THEM by Jesse Marlow.
Jesse is an Australian photographer based in Melbourne. A documentary/street photographer, his early work was in black and white. Jesse decided around 2004 to switch to colour for his street work. This major shift has resulted in the publication of this latest book of his and is the result of a 10 year exploration in the medium. Published by M.33 it is a limited edition book of 1000 and can be purchased directly from Jesse’s website HERE

The book has high production values, heavy paper stock is used and colour reproduction is rich and vibrant. Every picture is placed on the right-hand side. This is good as the images are meant to stand alone and not have a relationship with each other. I found this to be is an inspiring and rewarding book. I will let the images speak for themselves and to thank Jesse for letting me reproduce some here.



Another marvellous book I got in 2014 was Jeff Jacobson’s THE LAST ROLL. This book project began in a low point in his life when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004. The chemotherapy used in treating it took it’s toll, confining him to the house for some time. But slowly as his health returned so did his mobility and he began to travel across America again with his camera. It was at this time that Kodak announced the discontinuation of Kodachrome, his beloved film of choice. Stockpiling his refrigerator with as much as he could buy, these would become his last film shots and, for all he knew, his last images. The book deals with the transience and fragility of life with the poetic eye of a former Magnum photographer. The photographs are printed on a lovely matt paper stock.
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This inexpensive book by David Gibson is just a treasure for anyone thinking of trying to do street photography. It is all about the spirit of the genre. The reader is introduced to twenty acclaimed contemporary street photographers, among them Bruce Gilden, Nils Jorgensen and Saul Leiter, and intersperses the profiles with twenty invaluable projects that deal with the practicalities of street photography and break down different approaches into clear concepts. Written with obvious love and enthusiasm, it should be on every students list of essential books that can really make a difference to the quality of their photography if studied and lessons acted upon.

Book Highlight-Small Things in Silence

blogEntryTopperSmall Things in Silence offers a perspective on twenty years in the career of one of Japan’s most important photographers, Maseo Yamamoto. It is great to have a book available that is somewhat affordable, under €60, for a change.

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