Regular readers of this space will have noticed our special love for Japanese photobooks. But I have to confess that there is a slight problem: unlike my friend Amarillo, I don’t speak the language, and the little I know of Japanese culture comes from an unhealthy attachment to the yakuza films of Takeshi Kitano. If I don’t speak the language and don’t fully understand the culture, all that’s left for me when facing a Japanese photobook is to look at it the way I listen to a foreign language song, tapping my feet and bobbing my head to the rhythm hoping not to make too much of a fool of myself.
Ikuro Suzuki, Film or die, self-published, Japan, 2015
Corinne Gisel, A book is a book is a book is a book, self-published, The Netherlands, 2012
(A few of the books mentioned in this post)
A couple of fragments of Zanele Muholi’s presentation in Unseen Amsterdam 2014.
She presented the following video, co-directed with Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall:
One of the oldest traditions in photography is to travel to distant places to see the world. This BookJockey pays homage to this tradition by showing a selection of photobooks where the author has traveled to another country to photograph.
Una de las tradiciones más antiguas de la fotografía es la de viajar a lugares lejanos para ver el mundo. Este #BookJockey es un homenaje a esa tradición mostrando una selección de libros de fotografía en los que el autor ha viajado fuera de su país para fotografiar.
Unfortunately, some automatic copyright protection software has blocked the video #BookJockey scheduled for release today. We’ll try to solve the issue as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Desgraciadamente, un software automático de protección de copyright ha bloqueado la publicación del vídeo del #BookJockey prevista para hoy. Intentaremos resolverlo lo antes posible. Disculpen las molestias.
Fosi Vegue, XY XX, Dalpine, Madrid, 2014