Writer, photographer and art-historian Teju Cole sat down for a Q & A with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb to talk about their work for the The New Yorker. On their most recent project with Radius Books, Cole said “There’s an exhilaration in being able to sequence image and text and have it published. There’s a greater exhilaration in seeing it done well. Nox is a great example, and I think Memory City is another one, too.” Read more of the interview…
Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits and Diaries was awarded First Place in Books by the New England Museum Association (NEMA). This project records noted Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) most important cultural and historical zones. Through images and personal diaries, this remarkable body of work captures the human spirit of the people of PNG, one of the world’s last truly wild and unique frontiers.
About the NEMA Awards
The New England Museum Association sponsors an annual Publication Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in design, production, and effective communication in all aspects of museum publishing. Entries are judged by a panel experienced in publication, design, marketing and communications. Awards are given to those entries which most effectively present their message to the intended audience.
This year, there were 168 publications from 57 museums entered in 20 different categories. Competition winners will be recognized and exhibited at the 96th Annual NEMA Conference in Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts November 19-21, 2014.
Jonathan Bell of Wallpaper* magazine took some time with Victoria Sambunaris to discuss her recent monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape, and what led her to this gorgeous body of work.
“The American landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has completed her first monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape. Sambunaris studied at Yale and still teaches there, although her main passion is the regular road trips she takes into the American interior. The monograph brings together many of the images she took in South Texas – a rich natural landscape that is also shifting fast due to the demands of the energy industry – covering over a decade’s worth of shooting.” Keep reading…
Congratulations to Aaron Huey for winning National Gold in Photography at the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards for his sold-out monograph, Mitakuye Oyasin. In this powerful book of photographs, Huey portrays both the broken social landscape and the ceremonial warrior culture of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
About the IPPYs
The “IPPY” Awards were launched in 1996 and are designed to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers. They were established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,650 entries in the national categories, 1,150 regional entries and 440 e-book entries. The medalists represented 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and eight countries overseas.
“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”
Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits & Diaries has been selected as the winner at the 57th Annual New England Book Show in the Illustrated Books category. This project records noted Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s most important cultural and historical zones. Dupont’s work has earned many awards, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award.
The New England Book Show is an annual juried show that recognizes the year’s most outstanding work by New England publishers, printers and graphic designers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship.
TIME LightBox presents their preview of the season’s best photography books, featuring Radius Books’ forthcoming Spring release Taxonomy of a Landscape by Victoria Sambunaris (with essay by Natasha Egan and short story by Barry Lopez). Click here for more from “TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Spring/Summer Photo Books.”
“In an age when so many of us experience photography almost exclusively on digital screens, these beautifully produced publications, from publishers large and small, proudly embrace the power of print and keep the brilliant tradition of the photobook very much alive.” -TIME Photo Department
“On that last visit, Frank’s symptoms receded like the tide; his pain disappeared and, as Ms. Karel writes in the afterword, ‘Disease no longer defined our lives.’ Though they were as seduced by visions of palm trees, daiquiris and surf as anyone else, it genuinely did the trick, and the Karels were eager to embrace the illusion.”
-Matthew McCann, The New York Times, Lens
Betsy Karel first visited Waikiki in 2009 with her husband, who was dying of cancer. He loved the place and while there, the ravaging symptoms of his disease seemed to vanish. Waikiki was his paradise. His exuberant spirit and his wry sense of humor were in full bloom. She promised him she would try to capture the happiness he felt in a new series of photographs. The work in this book, which continued over the next four years, is dedicated to his memory.
Organized to celebrate the printed image in book form through photography and repurposed images, Unfolding Images is a functioning library and reading room, allowing visitors the opportunity to review a juried selection of photobooks at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans during PhotoNOLA 2013.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Seth Curcio is an artist and arts writer based in San Francisco, CA. He co-founded the arts publication DailyServing.com in October of 2006, and served as publisher and creative director from 2006 to 2013. Curcio is currently the Associate Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. From 2005 to 2009 Curcio served as curator and director of the experimental non-profit gallery, studio, and education space Redux Contemporary Art Center.
SELECTED RADIUS BOOKS
From this distinguished field, Exhibition Juror & Associate Director of Pier 24 Seth Curcio has chosen the following Radius Books submissions for inclusion in the 2013 Unfolding Images exhibition:
All publications selected for the Unfolding Images exhibition will be placed into the CAC’s photobook library, on display December 2-30, 2013. Click here for more information about Unfolding Images.