Andy Warhol / Nat Finkelstein

"Andy and the Sunday Times" photograph Nat Finkelstein 1965 (ektachrome)

In honor of Andy Warhol birthday today (he was born 6th august 1928), let me pay a tribute to Nat Finkelstein (1933-2009) who photographed Warhol and the scene that surrounded his studio, the Silver Factory, between 1964 and 1967. Nat Finkelstein, nicknamed “Nat the Hat” was a photojournalist and an activist, documenting the counter-culture and the Civil Rights movement in the early sixties. When he  came to the Factory at the end of 1964 with an assignement from  Black Star Agency to do a major fearure on the New York Art underground scene, then Warhol asked him to stay to document the Factory life. As an insider, he recorded in black and white and in color, numerous iconic moments  which are now part of the tremendous history of the Pop culture during the sixties.

All Nat Finkelstein photographs of Warhol reproduced in this post are excerpted of one solo exhibition I had curated in  Paris in 2005, ‘ A Tale of One City’ at Gordon Pym & fils Gallery. At this time, I was also assisting Nat Finkelstein, with the wish to shed new lights onto his archives, listening to the stories of his life and sarcastic opinions and avidly looking at contact sheets after contact sheets with the sensation to be a witness of precious moments of photography, art, history and rock and roll…

"My name is Nat Finkelstein, I am a photographer, and during the period of 1964 to the end of 1966 while I was documenting the very social changes which were going on in America, I spent some time at the Silver Factory documenting Andy Warhol and his piece of the New York underground." From ‘The Nat Finkelstein Interview’  A must read ! - This interview was conduced by Patrick Nagle for the TV series 'Andy Warhol's Factory People'. The interview took place at the gallery during the exhibtion “A Tale of One City”.

The Last Edie”, New York 1965,  photograph © Nat Finkelstien-  (From left to right : Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Stephen Shore, Dany Williams ) - This photograph was printed on the invitation card for “A Tale of One City” exhibtion at Gordon Pym & Fils Gallery, Paris november 2005.

"Limo" Los Angeles1965  © Nat Finkestein ( From L to R : Nico, Paul Morissey, Warhol, Gerard Malanga) - My favorite photograph from his book ‘Andy Warhol :The Factory Years’ (Canongate, 1999)

" Andy profile"  1965 © Nat Finkelstein

"Andy Warhol & Brian Jones" New York 1965  © Nat Finkelstein

" Andy, Bobby, Elvis" New York 1965 © Nat Finkelstein . ” a perfectly framed back-shot of Warhol and Dylan facing each other as Warhol’s “Flaming Star” Elvises, their guns drawn, aim blank-eyed at both — a concatenation of American iconography unmatched in this century.” according to American author Greil Marcus.

All photographs copyright Nat Finkelstein

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Slideluck Potshow in Paris

Food For Your Eyes is delighted to team up with Slideluck Potshow  as curator of  the projection to bring for the first time into the City of Lights this international cultural phenomenon that combines a mulitimedia slideshow with a potluck dinner 

The SLIDELUCK POTSHOW PARIS event will be taking place on 23 June, 2010 in an enchanting venue, Le Comptoir Géneral on the banks of Canal Saint Martin, as  part of the 2010 global tour, launching in in May during New York Photo Festival.

For over ten years, Slideluck Potshow has been bringing his photo party  event to cities all over the world.  With 100 shows in over 40 cities around the world, SLPS has grown exponentially and has taken place in cities including New York, Berlin, Oslo, São Paolo, Milan, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Chicago, Mexico City, Nairobi, Copenhagen, Toronto, Seville, Rome, Bogotá, San Francisco, Madrid, Minneapolis, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, London Panama City, New Orleans, London and now, Paris.

Now with a brand new website,  Slideluck Potshow becomes a ressource for finding new talents

If you are in Paris, Wednesday 23 June, please come and join us for an evening of photography and other delights…

The work of over 40 Photographers has been selected for the projection : An eclectic mix of photojournalism, social documentary, street photography, personal narrative and evocative landscape

Natalie AYALA *  Romain ALARY  *  Christopher ANDERSON  *  Neil ATHERTON * Audrey BARDOU * Juliana BEASLEY * Steven BECKLY * Agnes BEN MEYER  * Carolle BENITAH * Ana BLOOM * Aglae BORY * David BURNETT * Olivier CABLAT  *  Arnaud CONTRERAS * Scarlett COTEN *  Bruce DAVIDSON  * Agnes DHERBEYS  * Giovanni DEL BRENNA * Estelle DOUGIER  * Julia GRINER * Laurent GUDIN * Soraya HOCINE *  Pierre HYBRE * In-Public  *  Helene JAYET *  Catherine LARRE * Malala ANDRIALAVIDRAZANA  * Antonio MARTINEZ *   Beaudoin MOUANDA * Kosuke OKAHARA * Jon ONGKIEHONG  * Pascal OTLINGHAUS  *  Louis QUAIL * Bruno QUINQUET * *  Markel REDONDO  *  Nick SHIFLET  * Gerard UFERAS  * Ana Lisa UNKURI  * Michael SAWYER  * Pieter TEN HOOPEN  * Patrick TOURNEBOEUF *

SLIDELUCK POTSHOW evening from 7.00 pm to 11.30 pm

Le Comptoir Général, 80 quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris

Slideluck Potshow Paris on Twitter @slideluckparis

UPDATE 1 : A fantastic turnout of people  enjoyed the photo party. They are very good review of the show here and here  And below a video by Didier de Fays, for the online magazine

Slideluck Potshow Paris n°1 from Photographie on Vimeo.

Festival ImageSingulières 2010


Festival ImageSingulières launches its second edition in Sète, (South France) from May 13 to May 30, 2010, featuring an exciting programme of documentary photography with exhibtions, workshop, talks and screening evenings. 15 exhibtions will be held in 10 venues through the city.

© Jacob Holdt ” American Pictures

Great photographers are exhibited: Jacob Holdt, Michael Ackermann, Lars Turnbjork, Christopher Anderson, Pieter Ten Hoopen and… Juliana Beasley.


© Juliana Beasley, Boy and Kitty Cat, 2009 /Sète#10

New York based photographer and fellow contributor to Food For Your Eyes, Juliana Beasley has been invited last summer by ImageSingulières and Cètavoir for a one-month residency in Sète to draw a personal portrait of the town and the inhabitants.

© Juliana Beasley, Claude and his Mother 2009 /Sète#10

Juliana Beasley’s personnal approach and interest in human beings that prevailed in her  bodies of work, from Lapdancer to Last Stop Rockaway Park, is a welcoming and audacious photographic  choice made by Gilles Favier, the festival artistic director. ( And yes, as a “facilitator”, I assume to be responsible for having Juliana been chosen to walk into the footsteps of the past resident in Sète, the swedish photographer Anders Petersen. I am sincerely grateful to Gilles Favier for his trust! )


© Juliana Beasley Nurse Aide 2009/Sète#10        

The experience was challenging and a memorable one for Juliana who landed in the Mediterranean fishing port with no ideas of what she could find here. But at the end, her residency resulted in the book,"Juliana Beasley- Sète #10",” co-published by Images en manoeuvres editions, with a foreword written by the well-respected curator, writer and founder of Agence Vu’, Christian Caujolle…Certainly a promising sign  for Juliana Beasley and her photograhy in France!

Order the Book Juliana Beasley/ Sète#10 published by Images en manoeuvres editions

Read more on Juliana Beasley at Festival ImageSingulières on Elizabeth Avedon Blog

In Food For Your Eyes archives , Festival ImageSingulières 2009

PS: I wish you good luck Juliana!  I can’t wait myself to land in Sète to join you for the opening of ImageSingulières 2010 and the highlights of the festival : the launch of “Sète #10” book and the talks with Jacob Holdt,

Scavenger-hunt : self-published artists book by Jonathan Gitelson

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson - spread

Let me first confessed, I am a big fan of Jonathan  Gitelson’s work for the brilliant sense of humour and absurdity he finds in mundane stuff, and literally, in the junk as in The Garbage Can Project., to create a singular body of work. In his projects and installations, he uses photography, video, found objects (flyers and cars, like in The Car Project, one of his previous work) and used to self-publishe artist’s books. You can visit Jon Gitelson’s website, then you will have a clue…. I’ve always think it is a good sign when artworks make you smile or laught…just the sign that your synapses and your senses are well-connected. When you look or even think at an artist work and that makes you feel happy, it is a damned good sign. This guy is a pure genius!

I’m very happy to introduce you to Jon Gitelson’s latest project, which is….a self-published artist book : The Scavenger Hunt . To help him raising funds for the production costs,  Jon Gitelson launched a page on the funding platform Kickstarter. This is a really smart idea…(Check also a previous FFYE post about the Future of Photobook).

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson - spread

If you are a donator for The Scavenger Hunt, in exchange  you will receive a print or a copy of the limited edition book. Feel free to to participate and donate 25$/50$/450$

After the jump, there is the text of the message I have received from Jon (reproduced upon his kind authorization) :

The Scavenger Hunt, self published book by Jon Giitelson - spread

" My project for consists of publishing five copies of my artist’s book "Scavenger Hunt" for the "Hamburg Fotobuchtage Festival" that will be held in Germany this June. My books will be presented by "Kehrer Verlag".

I’ve self published books in the past but never as one of a kind art objects. My goal is to create a full edition of 50 books and I have found a great local bindery called "Love Leaf Press" who are going to help me out. Each book is going to cost me roughly $250 to make but they are going to look really really good!

You can view my project page at Kickstarter here

Essentially, I am looking for backers to help me finance this project. Individuals who donate $25 towards the project will receive a signed 8” x 10” page from the book (page of your choice), individuals who donate $50 will receive a signed two page spread from the book (spread of your choice) and if you are feeling insanely generous, individuals who donate $450 will receive a signed one of a kind copy of the book (again, finished edition of 50).
The way that kickstarter works is that in order for me to receive the money and for you to receive your print, I need to meet my minimum goal of $1200 (however there is not a maximum cap) by June 17th.

Future of photography books : food for thought

THe Future of Photobook ? When few days ago, Andy Adams, the indefatigable producer behind the online magazine Flakphoto and Miki Johnson the editor of Livebooks Resolve blog raise the idea of a collaborative projects within the photo blogosphere to create an online and prospective debate over photography books, I did an immediate booking ! The list of bloggers who are replying positively to the Call initiated by Andy and Miki is impressive and their thoughts are quite inspirational.

Actually I couldn’t dream about a better way to make this blog alive again, discussing a topic I’m closely concerned with : photography book.

During the week of Paris Photo , last november, I’ve spent most of the time ( a daily routine)  to meet and talk with photographers having a photography book projects or a book freshly published , reviewing dummies, discussing collaboration and ideas with european photobook publishers and even receiving a photo book I’ve purchased online delivered in person by his author. Needless to say, that the entrance of the fair where photobook publishers and book sellers had their booths was animated with a sparkling atmosphere… And last but not least, during the previous weeks, I was collaborating with an american female photographer as we did the editing and sequencing for her forthcoming book, after a work she produced during a residency in South France.

I can not predict what will be the medium in 10 years, but based on observations, trends and that photobooks gained in popularity….we could be confident that Photography Book has a future !

Nowadays, and because of the shift within the photo industry, documentary photographers who are doing long term projects or “slow journalism” are more and more inclined to think about a project in a book form, and less and less about a photo essay published in a magazine…

But let’s face a reality, to meet the right publisher and signing a deal with  is not only being at the right place at the right moment or having an awesome photo story, it is also a long way, that could take years before seeing the object printed and distributed.

A publisher has to find a “sale potential”, that’s why one or several exhibtions scheduled could be a driving force….But now, within the photo book publishing community, independant publishers and self-publishing are a part of the “zeitgest”.

Kodoji Press, based in Zurich is one of them. Winfried Heininger, the publisher of Kodoji Press who is also a designer creates each book as an object, with a limited edition print run and selects the paper, the book format, the printing witih care., with a constant search for the right form for the content of the books. Each book he publishes is unique and make them object of desire . I’m looking for the upcoming “Dark Rooms” inspired by children books printed on a thick paper or Esther Levine’s book which previously existed as a self published artist book in a limited edition of 5 only (sold out).

As a result of both the difficulty to get a book published and a self-entrepeneurial temperament of photographers with a DIY attitude, the option to self-published has been a choice, for the dutch documentary photographer Rob Hornstra or for the british photographer Stephen Gill, …..Gill has been running his own publishing company Nobody Books since 2005 in order to supervise first hand the materials, sequencing and production of his books. While Rob Hornstra took the subscription model as a business model since his first book , “Communism and Cowgirls”in 2004 as he was still a student. He has also developed a collaboration with a team of designers. His book 101 Billionaires was sold out just after few months and he has been “forced” to publish a second printing called the “crisis edition”" in 2009.

I would like to see more and more photographers jumping into the band waggon of self-publishing, looking for exploring innovative and alternative way to fund their projects, getting inspiration by the funding platform KickStarter…..

The Printing On Demand service like Blurb is another option, enhanced with the PhotographyBook-Now competition. Printing quality and lack of creativity are the main critics we could hear. Distribution and price are maybe the main problems….

Recently, I’ve discovered, ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative an online network for Print-On-Demand Artists books. This platform seems to answer the problem of distribution for self-published books produced via the P-O-D technoiogies, we can  imagine with ease, a similar network for self-published photography books only…

It’s interesting to see also the way some photographers use a service like  Blurb .:

Robin Maddock couldn’t wait to find a publisher for his book ” Our Kids Are Going To Hell” and so he did a “Blurb Book”, as a dummy and to make a test. Few months later the book was redesigned and came out with the help of a brick-and- mortar publisher.

Olivier Cablat had first published a very limited and expensive version of his hilarious artist book of typology study “Tribute to Panini Sticker Album Champions League”. Few years later he did a new design for a “more democratic” version of his Typology Study with Blurb. The book is also distribute via the online bookseller Schaden as a limited-edition printed on demand

Online self- distribution and word of mouth are the best marketing tools for the small company like Farewell books in Sweden or Morel Books in UK. They are both independant publishers specializing in affordable limited edition photography books, and many more small company like those ones  exist… We can hunt their books in specialized art books stores, or buying them online as well. Though they could be on display in some trendy boutiques besides the latest fashion designer products….or in cutting edge indie bookstore in your city…..

During the past 5-10 years , Festivals of Photography around the world and Portfolio Review meeting became a major phenomenon attracting an ever expanding photography community. Photography Books Prize at major event like Rencontres Internationales de le Photo in Arles and PhotoEspana show the dynamism of the photography book production…

And now, a new festival offer is emerging : International Foto Book Festival will take place in Kassel in May 2010 for the third year, while PhotoBook Days 2010 in Hamburg will be opened in June 2010 for the first time,. Both in Germany , this two apparently similar festivals will celebrate the photography book medium, with book presentation and signing, lectures, reviews and photobook dummy prize, and schmoozing….

Proof that the photobook publishing industry is taking the developpement of the photography book seriously for 2010 and beyond !….Promising future ?!

Marco Citron : a photographer with a zest of irony

© Marco Citron ” Boring Landscapes” / Food For Your Eyes

Marco Citron is a italian photographer with a lot of irony in his eyes.

"The Heroic deers of People Lives in the Centuries", which he called one time "Boring Landscapes" according to a series well known by a quiete famous british photographer, looks like vintage postcards from the soviet era. But it’s not. He used old films and altered a little bit more the colors digitally. He did the photographs  in Ukraine shooting modernist buildings in the suburbs  where nothing had really changed from the 60’s or 70’s, even the cars.

This slideshow was produced few months ago for Food For Your Eyes Slideshow presentation  in Vienna. Marco suggested me a music who plays so well with his series.

Watch and enjoy !

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