8 Ball and Ooga Booga putting together an awesome fair. Table spots still open, see u there?
8 Ball and Ooga Booga putting together an awesome fair. Table spots still open, see u there?
Just finished the layout of an 800 page book, the first real fatty we have put out. It is titled “Chrysalis” and it will be turned in to the printers tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be out by some time next week! These photos are some highlights and you can read more about it, the drama, the process, etc on my blog : http://raysreports.com
NEW book by Blake ! Published by Muddguts, they are launching his book and it is the grand opening of their new space in Brooklyn this Friday. Be sure to go if you are in the area. I wanna go.
From the publisher:
“Bail Window” by Blake opens THIS FRIDAY, march 23 at muddguts!
Blake is an incredible young talent who, with “Bail Window”, will be sharing his photos with the world for the very first time. the show will also serve as a release party for Blake’s NEW BOOK “bail window” published by muddguts and designed by camilla venturini (edition of 200)
in addition, muddguts will be releasing a new t shirt to accompany the show (edition of 50)
all of the silver gelatin photographs in the show have been developed and printed by hand, by Blake in a darkroom he built in his closet. we hope you will come see them.
“Blake’s work speak of an openness to the vagaries of the human condition, the acquired intimacy of the best type of confidence man, and a devotion to wet film photography worthy of the best of the late 20th century invasion of privacy photographers. You can read joy, arrogance, desperation and obliviousness in his subjects. Black and White nerds can get lost in the silver prints this guy has made this show. It seems he’s always on the go and always getting into something, often something questionable. This is a generous and vulnerable gift these people have given Blake and Blake has given that to us all.”
“The ancient creators of photography smile upon young darkroom fanatics, especially clutch shot-makers like Blake. He is keeping the dream alive.”
“The photographs that Blake has created capture moments of city living at its best and its worst. Photographing the quiet moments, the forgotten souls, humanity’s capacity for self destruction, and all points in between. He is a natural behind the lens. The way of his pictures and the way of his way are the same: strong and good and genuine.”
Photo by Elmo Tide
In continuing with previous chapters of Hamburger Eyes history, here are some highlights from the “Mankind” series. As as I wrote before, around 2010 and 2011 we started making a ton of zines. We couldn’t publish Hamburger Eyes the way we wanted to, so let’s just publish anything and start experimenting. In 2012 we got our glue machine, it is used to make what they call “perfect” binding. We wanted to do a zine over 100 pages and feature multiple photographers much like how we did when Hamburger Eyes was offset printed.
Photo by Brian David Stevens
When my brother moved to New York, I was half joking about how he should start a new black and white photo magazine and we cook up some story about a rivalry or falling out. Kind of like how one brother started Adidas shoe company and the other brother started Puma shoe company. But secretly we work together like Coke and Pepsi probably do.
Photo by Zebulon Zang
He had a photo of an NY subway station that had a mural with a wave and “mankind” written in the tiles and I thought that would be a good title. He was into it. But he started talking about it as the east coast Hamburger Eyes and wanting it to be all about New York and I was like nah, Hamburger Eyes is world wide. Be world wide and let’s fake fight about it. I don’t think he liked that part of the idea.
Photo by Peter McCoullough
That idea never happened. But I liked the title and decided to use it for this. Mankind was 120 pages and we did 3 issues. Probably about 100 copies each. After the 3rd issue is when people were like, why don’t you just call this Hamburger Eyes. Click here to read more about that.
Photo by David Potes
Anyways, these photos here are a quick edit of some highlights. I remember I didn’t like how glossy my machine was printing the covers, so I would stink up the whole studio for days by spray painting a matte finish on them. By the second issue though, as well as a bunch of other experiments with other zines and books, I was getting the covers printed somewhere else.
Photo by Clay Kessack
Here are links to the original postings when they were released.
Photo by Brian Caissie
Photo by Guy Vinciguerra
Photo by Ray Potes
Photo by Piotr Pietrus
Photo by Jonnek Jonneksson
Photo by Dan Thompson
If you like posts like these, let us know if the comments.
I mentioned Robert Frank in yesterday’s post, so I thought I would search Youtube for stuff.
Photos by Kappy. These are excerpts from a zine called “Basket Case”. I had an idea to do an online retail zine store, we tried it for a year or so. This store was called “Zine Kong” and we sold zines from all over the world. I wanted every order to come with free zines. I was hoping the publishers would include free zines, but instead I just published the free zines and added them to the orders. One of these zines was this one by Kappy. The site didn’t work because it needed lots more money and lots more time. Anyways, this post is not about that.
I was talking with Troy Holden the other day about his photos in our latest issue. He was tripping on seeing some of the photos in black and white because he had shot them in color. I said that, for me, once I make a photo in black and white, I try to just keep it in black and white for the rest of it’s life. But it got me thinking about a lot of things. So I just wanted to share some of these thoughts with you.
I learned photography in the traditional sense. I processed my own film and printed everything in a darkroom. You start learning from the past masters and you begin to honor the formats. Henri Cartier Bresson didn’t ever want his photos cropped. He composed his image with the frame of his viewfinder. He printed with the black border of the negative so that every one knew its not cropped. I imagine him and Robert Capa and other photo buddies getting drunk, making up Magnum Photo Agency and being like, “..And nobody will ever crop my photos again!..”. That’s how they started their crew, drinking wine all night. “Magnum” is the larger size measurement bottle of wine. I always joked that if it was started in the 90s, the crew would be called “40s” or “40 oz.”
It was a photo revolution and editors and art directors and designers now had to bow down and pay photographers properly and not crop photos. Square photos were printed square, everything was printed the sprockets holes and clips marks and frame numbers etc. Not everything but you get the idea. But newspapers and magazines still had their job to do, they still had columns and pages to fill and if your photo didn’t fit, they will find someone else’s photo that does fit.
So today I was thinking about page formats and publishing formats. Your photo is not the same size as any of the paper you will print it on. Sometimes I think this is why the 6×7 format was invented, for magazine pages. Added to the mix nowadays we have website formats, blog formats, and social media formats. Instagram even with all the crop tools is still best suited for square. Most of the internet is best suited for horizontal photos. And I think blogs, especially on phones or tablets, are best suited for vertical photos.
How do you deal with your photo formats of negatives, scans, digital photo files, cell phone files, etc? And then how do you deal with it’s possible corresponding display formats of work print, framed print, portfolio, website, blog, social media? “No rules but 1: no rules.” That was a lyric by my friends’ band called S.T.R.E.E.T.S. It was an acronym for “Skating Totally Rules Everything Else Totally Sucks.”
One day I went to a Robert Frank show. In this exhibit they had his proof sheets on display too. A couple of his most famous vertical photos, you could see in the proofs with crop markings, were originally shot horizontally. So if Robert Frank, the Godfather of black and white photography, can do whatever he wants then you can too.
I chose Kappy’s photos for this post because he doesn’t care. Actually, I can’t speak for him. But I don’t think he cares. He doesn’t have a computer or a camera. He shoots everything on his phone. He updates his IG in color and he makes his zines, Later Dudes, in black and white. He goes to Walgreen’s, sits down at one of those photo kiosk things, plugs in his phone and prints out hundreds of photos. He goes home and with scissors and tape and glue he makes the layout of his zine. And then he makes copies at Office Depot. It’s affordable.
When I shot film, I only shot black and white. I think I liked to process film more than I liked to print. These days, I shoot digital. Mostly my phone and then various cameras, I haven’t found the one yet, but every year I buy a new one and sell an old one. That’s for another post. I get my files into Photoshop and right away convert them all to black and white. Actually, that’s not all the way true. I do shoot things and keep them in color if I think they should stay in color. And I do shoot assignments that are meant to be published in color. I edit them ready for the largest print size I can make from it. They live on my hard drive like that and when it is time for a zine or a book or a wall or a website, I will then again re-size it for that particular project. On the other hand, sometimes I just want a quick update to my blog. Let’s see what’s on my phone and it gets uploaded with out any editing. And usually, those photos too will later end up converted and ready for action.
Anyways, I guess what I am trying to say is no need to be so rigid about formats, but think about style and work flow. I think it is somewhat important to think about these things. Your editing is your style. And there isn’t enough true style development these days. When I say editing, I mean Photoshop, cropping if needed, and choosing photos for particular formats and projects. No rules, but get loose and find out what you like, and make magic happen. And make sure your blog post titles are google friendly jk but for real.
Follow Kappy here : https://www.instagram.com/kappys_corner
I get a lot of mail. Thank you to everyone that has ever sent us a copy of their book or zine. I can’t send you all copies of our zines, but I can start highlighting some of the best ones that come in. Also, know that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, so keep doing what you are doing. We still ship copies of Hamburger Eyes to other publications, photographers, bookstores, museums, and libraries in hopes to share what we are doing, sometimes there is a good response or bad response, but most of the time there is no response.
Anyways, I wanna do my part better so I’ll start sharing these things. Chris Leskovsek sent us his latest zine “Valpo”. Chris is based in New Zealand and is doing awesome things. This zine is all black and white with a trippy cut out wrap around cover. And it is up for an award at the New Zealand Photobook Festival. Chris is also featured in and has the cover photo of our latest issue.
From his website :
“Overlooking the pacific, the long and steep stairs, make the hills from Valpo seem endless. However, its the poetry found on the everyday that attracts me to roam through the labyrinth that Valparaiso is. A city which doesn’t pretend to be more than what it is. Yet, within it’s chaotic nature, it seems to be in calm with itself, which I later realised, that is what I came to see to this old and beloved crazy port.”
All photographs shot in Valparaiso during my various visits from 2013, 2016 and 2017.
• A5 (148 x 210mm / 5.8 x 8.3in)
• 48 pages + 3 panel die cut covers
• 29 photographs
• Full B&W, Color
• Limited Edition of 100 – Numbered & signed
More info : http://www.chrisleskovsek.com/