Congratulations to Julie Blackmon for National Silver in Photography at the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards for her popular monograph, Julie Blackmon: Homegrown. In this enchanting book of fictional and auto-biographical photographs, Blackmon seeks to reflect not only life today and as children growing up in a large family, but move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of everyday life, both imagined and real. Included are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview with the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, and an insightful introduction by renowned poet Billy Collins. More…
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 19th annual IPPY competition attracted over 2,700 entries. The medalists represented 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, six Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas.
TIME LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books and has chosen three Radius Books photographers Michael Light, Julie Blackmon, and Laura Letinsky for their inspired forthcoming monographs. “These photo books, lovingly designed and meticulously edited, are a rare treat in a time when photography is all-too-often relegated to selfies and snapshots, and offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book.” (more..)
Julie Blackmonhad an amazing four-page spread in The SundayTimes (UK) on August 17 for her upcoming London show featuring work in her new book Homegrown. A show of new work will also open for this book in NYC at Robert Mann Gallery. Look for lots of press to come on this title, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, T Magazine, among many others. Blackmon also recently talked to the Huffington Post about the major forthcoming group exhibition she will be in with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. You can read more about this monumental show here in the New York Times.
Julie Blackmon was featured on Wall Street Journal‘s Life and Culture section for her forthcoming book, Homegrown. We have already received great attention from press for this book and the pre-orders are very high. Not unlike her first book, this one will sell-out quickly.
Following the sold-out success of Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009), Homegrown captures Blackmon’s ever-evolving talent for portraying the tension between the harmony and disarray of domestic life. As Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch said of her work, “Visual jokes and puns are plentiful. But so are family mysteries, childhood psychodramas and painterly richness.”
The influence of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen can be seen in photographer Julie Blackmon’s kindred sense of humor and colorful attention to the absurd at home. Though playful and entertaining, her depictions provide an analogous observation on the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality, two opposites that strive to dominate.
Included in this new volume are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview of the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, as well as an insightful introduction by the renowned poet Billy Collins.
About the Artist
Julie Blackmon is an award-winning photographer who has amassed several honors since beginning her career just a few years ago. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Her work has been in such publications as New York, TIME, VOGUE Italia, New York Times and The New Yorker.
The Radius Books team got a chance to work with photographer Julie Blackmon in 2008, publishing her first major monograph. It was, of course, FABULOUS! Julie’s career has continued to rise—point in fact, she was recently commissioned to make a photograph for the cover of TIME magazine. The issue was available April 19th.
Purchase Julie Blackmon’s book DomesticVacationshere.
The competition is judged by a diverse panel of photography professionals, with a awards including a Grand Prize of $5000 + Gallery Representation and five Hot Shots Awards of $500 + Group Exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery.
In addition, all applicants will be eligible for a Curator’s Choice Award, with a guest curator selecting a contender each month. Contenders will be featured in a Hey, Hot Shot! newsletter and awarded a prize from the guest curator’s affiliate organization. A Radius Books gift bag will be awarded to the photographer Darius selects, including these three Radius Books monographs: Transfigurations, by Michael Lundgren, The Spirit and the Flesh, by Debbie Fleming Cafferty, and Domestic Vacations, by Julie Blackmon.
“Take Off” is as funny and classic as a Norman Rockwell painting, but the sparse, dynamic composition and modern ephemera make it decidedly contemporary. The image will be on display at the Catherine Edelman Gallery booth during the AIPAD show from March 18th–21st, New York City. Blackmon’s first monograph, Domestic Vacations, is available in the Radius Books Online Store.
The annual photography show of the Association for International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is taking place this weekend at the Park Ave. Armory (at 67th Street). As with any art fair, this one fills the space with a maze of dealers booths, each more or less filled with wares—in this photographs—for sale. It’s a chance to see work from around the world, ostensibly, and if you’re in the collecting mood, to purchase a few for your collection (without having to travel the world to visit each dealer on their own turf).
For myself, it’s a chance to see work, but primarily it’s a chance to reconnect with other people in the industry and to explore ways of working together.
This year, it’s also a chance to launch a couple new Radius Books titles!
Scheinbaum & Russek (booth 206) will have copies of Beaumont’s Kitchen. David Scheinbaum, who wrote the introductory essay, will be signing the book at the booth from 2-4 on Saturday.
Gitterman Gallery will have copies of Debbie Fleming Caffery’s new book, The Spirit & The Flesh, on hand, along with copies of her limited edition version of the book.
Lastly, Julie Blackmon will be on hand to sign copies of her monograph, Domestic Vacations, at Catherine Edelman’s booth.
The main news, however, was the announcement of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2008. Every year photo-eye announces their staff favorites of the year just ending. That list is right here. But this year they went one step further and invited 17 other “photo-world luminaries” to contribute their own lists. Radius Books’ own Darius Himes was one of those contributors. (Click this link to get to the main interactive page where you can see each list and browse the titles.) Several Radius Books titles ended up on various lists.
photo-eye named Domestic Vacations by Julie Blackmon as one of the Best Books of the 2008. And Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press named Domestic Vacations and Lee Friedlander: New Mexico as two of his favorite books of the year.
This past weekend, Radius Books artist Julie Blackmon and editor Darius Himes presented on the collaborative process between artist and publisher at the Look3 Festival in Charlottesville. The daytime and early evening talks and presentations all happened in a historic theater on the downtown walking mall. It was super cool. Mary Ellen Mark, Joel-Peter Witkin and James Nachtwey were the 3 headliner photographers.
BookExpo America is North America’s largest industry trade fair for books and publishing, drawing huge crowds and authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world. This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. D.A.P., the distributor for Radius Books to the trade, always has a fantastic booth and an even more fantastic staff. Occurring in the late Spring, BEA is the place where forthcoming Fall titles are announced and previews of the Fall list of books are available. Below are some photographs from the event, which took place the weekend of May 29-June 1.
The D.A.P. booth and the wall of new titles.
Julie Blackmon’s new book, Domestic Vacations, on display.
Looking from the D.A.P. booth out into the fair.
D.A.P. rep Jane Brown talking with Arcana bookstore owner Lee Kaplan.
Preparing the book mock-ups in Santa Fe for BEA.
The four finished book mock-ups at the fair. (Left to right) Michael Lundgren Transfigurations, Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, John McCracken: Sketchbook and Brian Rutenberg