Short Cuts 07 presents 4 new photobooks. It starts with Sigmar Polke and concludes with Amour.
(1) Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke (Le Bal Books, 2019)
Published by LE BAL on the occasion of the exhibition, this publication displays a collection of never-seen-before photographs which all belong to the artist’s son, Georg Polke. Designed by Roger Willems (ROMA), the book highlights the jubilant and almost cheeky relationship that the artist had with the photographic medium during a key creative period : 1970-1986.
Page by page, the many photographic genres and experiments usual to Polke’s practice reveal themselves, creating a body of work partly family album, partly road movie. The book also insists on the important place the chemical and photographic experiments held in the painter’s practice.
Exhibition: Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke at LE BAL, Paris, 6, Impasse de la Défense (September 13 – December 22, 2019)
(2) The Legendary Tigerman and Rita Lino: How to Become Nothing (Pierre von Kleist, 2019)
In 2016, musician Paulo Furtado aka The Legendary Tigerman went on a road trip through the Californian desert. He wanted to disappear, become nothing, be nothing. The journey was documented by filmmaker Pedro Maia and photographer Rita Lino. The joining of these three visions already produced Maia’s Super-8 film Fade into Nothing starring Tigerman.
How to Become Nothing is a limited edition 12” LP featuring original songs and a 48 pages photography book by Rita Lino.
(3) Libuše Jarcovjáková: Evokativ (Untitled Publishing, 2019)
The book EVOKATIV presents a selection of photographs taken between 1970 and 1989 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during a dark time for freedom.
Libuše Jarcovjáková’s work is an authentic record of the life of a photographer who experienced everything she shot. She uses a personal, clearly-composed style, mixing the raw with the poetic. The street, night, sex, work, alcohol, love, and depression are captured with a self-destructive lack of restraint. Unafraid of imperfection, she portrays the world around her, other people, and her feelings of apparent hopelessness with unwavering honesty.
Snapshots seemingly taken without forethought, mostly using flash, at angles in which the subject has no opportunity to escape or notice that they have become the victim of the uncompromising and predatory lens.
Libuše Jarcovjáková (born 5 May 1952) is a Czech photographer and educator, based in Prague. She studied for an MA at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Jarcovjáková photographed nightlife, minority groups and marginalised people in the 1970s and 1980s in Prague and West Berlin. Between 1983 and 1985, Jarcovjáková photographed the inhabitants of a clandestine gay bar in Prague, called T-Club, which she frequented almost every night, using black and white film and a flash.
Jarcovjáková’s written diaries and photographs from Prague, West Berlin and Tokyo between 1971 and 1987, were published in the 2016 book Černé Roky (The Black Years).
(4) Claudine Doury: Amour (Chose Commune, 2019)
Amour diaries photographer Claudine Doury thirty year quest along the banks of the Amur River in Russia. She journeyed along its banks in 1991, 1997 and 2018, making images that meet together in this book. As generations pass, the surroundings of the river shift and the traditions of the Siberian-descended people – wither.
During her ‘odyssey’, the ties Claudine Doury patiently wove with the families and landscapes around the river translated into powerful and timeless images. Amour brings together her black and white and colour photographs with archival images, and reveals the photographer’s intimate and sensitive relationship with this territory and its history.
Claudine Doury (born 1959) is a French photographer living in Paris.
After studying journalism, she worked as a photo editor for Agence Gamma in Paris, for Contact Press agency in New York, and then for the french newspaper Libération. She became a photographer in 1989 and joined Agence VU’ shortly afterwards.
Her work addresses the notions of memory, transition and passage, especially around adolescence and travel, which are central themes of her work.
In 1999, she received the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize and a World Press Award for her work on the Peoples of Siberia, which led to the publication of her first monograph by Le Seuil (Peuples de Sibérie: Du fleuve Amour aux terres boréales).