DEVIATION OF THE SUN by António Júlio Duarte
Design André Príncipe & José Pedro Cortes
Softcover / 72 pages / color / 29.5 x 19 cm
Edition of 500
Centro Cultural Vila Flor, 2013
During the course of the production preparation for his film ‘Casa de Lava’ (1994), portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa compiled what he saw, what he read, his many ideas and images into a scrapbook instead of a screenplay.
Paintings, movie stills, letters, newspaper articles, scribbles, quotes from novels, postcards, lines of dialogue, snapshots, that guided him throughout the shooting of the film and that he continued – and finished – after returning to Lisboa.
This green covered notebook became an autonomous object, a visual record of Costa’s way of thinking.
Includes a booklet with an exclusive interview with Nuno Crespo and a text by Philippe Azoury (both in portuguese, english and french)
(Casa de Lava – Book: http://stet-livros-fotografias.com/livros/casa-de-lava-pedro-costa/)
“One cannot walk through an assembly factory
and not feel that one is in Hell.” – W.H. Auden
Fábrica, a new book and film by photographer Daniel Blaufuks, is a collection of images composed into an expanded scenery of memory, a walk through the abandoned spaces of one of the largest factories in Europe in an once flourishing industrial region, that never recovered from the loss of the textile market to the Chinese exports.
Blaufuks worked the book and the film (which comes with this edition) as a documental piece, collecting different kinds of memories, crossing old photographs, manuscripts and objects with images of the present state of the building interiors and surroundings.
The result is a reflection not only on the idea of a ‘factory’ in itself, most generic and abstract, but also about forgetting and abandonment, thus creating a significant memento about labor and the disappearance of the working class in Europe in the last century, which is one of the reasons for the present crisis in the region.
O Perfume do Boi (translated: “the perfume of the bull”) was shot during a three-month anticlockwise journey around Portugal’s borders.
Outside cities, out in the fields and in the woods, in small town circuses, with the lunatics and the acrobats. The very strong narrative feeling comes with an equally strong suspicion that there might be no story. The photos of the animals and people combined with the natural elements, cause a sense of eminent danger and trouble. There is an aura of prophecy and myth, and in the end we are left with the echo of a cry in the night.
“The Japanese five elements are, in ascending order of power – Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void”, says the author.
The first two books of this series are sold out: MASTER AND EVERYONE and I THOUGHT YOU KNEW WHERE ALL OF THE ELEPHANTS LIE DOWN. This trilogy of titles were designed like classical music scores.
‘Smell of tiger precedes tiger’ is an existentialist travelogue.
André Príncipe travelled from Lisbon to Tokyo by land and by sea, with a desire to escape, to go places far away. The initial feelings of uneasiness and alienation fade as empty bars and hotel rooms give place to windows of trains and the vastness of the desert, and return as we approach the Asian big cities. The strongly cinematic sequence was designed to be read from right to left as well as from left to right, expressing the circular aspect of the journey.
‘I was already far away, in a city, and wanted to go to the mountains. Asking around, I came up with a phone number. I told him where I wanted to go and where I came from, and in his very poor English, he managed to tell me that he’d never seen a Portuguese, even though his grandfather had been half-Portuguese. He also told me it would be okay to go with him. We were quiet most of the time, walking through the forests. “Eat, sleep now, stop,” he would say, and then he would smile. It was difficult for him to understand my question, but when he finally understood, he said, “Smell of tiger precedes tiger.” I was astounded at his sudden mastery of English. He said nothing more. For the next hours we walked in silence. Our footsteps echoing through the forest.’
André Príncipe, from the Lisbon/Tokyo notebooks
Dark alleys, blocks of cement, tired naked bodies, strings that lead to nowhere, abandoned tubes.
Rien, the new André Cepeda book, is an immersive experience. Page after page we are led into a void where all things seem to have lost their name, creating a restless and suspended time. More than looking at physical spaces, we feel as if in an endless present tense. There is Emptiness, but a desired one.
Cepeda makes the beautiful more white than black large format photographs look spontaneous and free.
A book about the process of photographing, about film.
A desire to touch and enlighten all things around us.
António Júlio Duarte has been photographing casino’s lobbies in Macau for the last 10 years.
Shot at night, with a medium format camera and a flash, often in jetlagged mode, the lobbies became Duarte’s personal territory. The absurd luxury of the places combined with the strangeness of the objects, and the absence of human presence, creates a strong dreamlike feeling. We are led through a labyrinth, as if floating.
Thia work is both an important document about the little seen reality of Casino’s in Macau today, and a very personal reflection about East and West, about how to relate to the world through photography.
During nine months I lived in Tel Aviv. During this period I met four young Jewish women who were born in the USA. They had all decided, at the age of 18, to go to Israel to do the military service. After completing the required two years of service, they decided to stay and live in this idyllic Middle Eastern city.
José Pedro Cortes
The images of these four women, in their underclothes or partially nude, are interspersed with landscape and detailed views of the city – old cars, over grown palm trees, porticos, puddles of water.. Mixing color and black&white, hard flash and natural light, this book creates a sense of ambiguity placing the viewer in between the intimacy of the portraits and the deserted city of Tel Aviv.
Everything can be changed.
Everything can be turned into poetry.
A lot can be accomplished with two pairs of hands, without the need of a boss or money.
This is a story that took place under a pier on the outskirts of Malmö between January and May in 2009. This book documents a street art project done by photographer Nils Petter Löfstedt and Erik Vestman. Having discovered an empty space under a pier in Malmö, Sweden, Löfstedt and Vestman worked for 5 months to convert this anonymous concrete interior into an inviting room.
Bringing building supplies to the pier by bike and working mostly at night by the light of headlamps, Löfstedt and Vestman squeezed between the rocks beside the pier to enter and build the space, cleaning it of debris, rocks and seaweed, painting the walls white, framing out and laying a parquet floor, adding a door and window and ultimately creating a beautiful space in a magically unexpected location. What they created has been called “Sweden’s most secretive and at the same time widely discussed street art projects.”
The book also includes a DVD with the film “The Pier”, directed by Nils Petter Lofstedt, documenting this whole process and the use of the space by theirs friends.
More about this project: www.thepier.se