The End

Dear Readers,

To be able to save time and energy for my personal work, I’ve decided to quit this project. There will be no more posts or updates here, but the content will remain online for as long as possible.

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Lastly, I would like to thank all the visitors, contributors and supporters of The Digital Photobook.


Martin Brink


Flak Photo's Making Pictures of People

Photographs by Doug Dubois, Simon Roberts, Cara Phillips, Richard Renaldi, Matt Eich and Jim Mortram.

The screen grabs above are from Flak Photo's online exhibition Making Pictures of People. It was produced in conjunction with the physical exhibition About Face: Contemporary Portraiture, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Visitors at the exhibition will be able to see this digital exhibition on screens.

I have only looked at the online show briefly on an iPad and laptop, but I've been very impressed with the navigation, content and how well it works on a tablet. Why am I featuring a website on this blog you might ask yourself? Well, there's basically not any difference from apps/ebooks, apart from the fact that you're using an url instead. Considering the current mess with different, limiting and non-universal ebook and app formats, in many cases it might be a better option to make curated project websites like this one.

I hope Andy Adams of Flak Photo and his team will continue producing these excellent websites. It's a great follow up to Looking at the Land, and it's not hard to see that a lot of time, thought and dedication went into this. 
Now, I will continue looking. Highly recommended.


Gagosian iPad app, issue #4, Taryn Simon

The images above are iPad screen grabs.

Format: iPad app with in-app issues.

Price: Free

Links: iTunes and Gagosian

Comment: Gagosian's iPad app consists of downloadable in-app issues. Each issue feature the work of a number of Gagosian artists. Issue 4 has a great feature about Taryn Simon's work, for example detailed and interactive views of Contraband and A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. There's also texts, detailed info about the works, installation views, videos and much more to be found. In issue #4 there's also a good feature on Thomas Ruff.


Carol Golemboski's Psychometry App on TV

Carol Golemboski's Psychometry app has made it to the local (Denver, Colorado) news. Have a look at the embedded video from FOX31 Denver. There's another video about the app at 9NEWS, and also have a look my previous post about her Psychometry clamshell box.


Screen Grabs & Preview: The Last Stand by Marc Wilson

Format: Ebook

Price: TBA. Reward in Wilson's Emphas.is crowdfunding campaign.

Links: Emphas.is and Marc Wilson

Comment: This is a preview of Marc's upcoming ebook The Last Stand. For now it's not available to purchase, but only as a reward in his Emphas.is campaign. If the campaign is successful it'll be sent out to its contributors, Marc will be able to continue working on the project and the ebook will be updated with new work, once there is any. The availability and pricing will be decided once the campaign is over.


Screen Grabs: War Primer 3: Work Primer by Lewis Bush

Format: PDF

Price: Free

Links: Lewis Bush and Issuu

Comment: Lewis Bush recently created his own take on War Primer 2 (ebook recommended by me) by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Whatever you might feel about Bush’s War Primer 3, appropriation or double-appropriation, I think his PDF deserves a look and some attention.


29.2 Seconds, Thursday 30th May 2013, 2:44 PM, Villa Lumière, Lyon by Andreas Schmidt

Format: Physical book containing a DVD.

Price: £40 (you can watch the video for free)

Links: Schmidtbooks, Blurb and YouTube

Comment: Say what you want about Andreas Schmidt, but I like the fact that he's always challenging, pushing and playing with the photobook medium. He doesn't think twice and asks for your opinion, he just puts it out there. Some context about this book below.

"Is it a book? Is it a photo-book? Or is it a film?

Andreas Schmidt's book "29.2 Seconds, Thursday 30th May 2013, 2:44 PM, Villa Lumière, Lyon" is a conundrum. The cover image of the book shows a film still from a YouTube upload (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfOV7Zuvrrc) of the same silent movie and, apart from a short explanatory text, the book only contains a single DVD onto which the film has been transferred. As the title indicates, Schmidt filmed it, situated on the main staircase at Villa Lumière in Lyon, through a window - a classic framing device used throughout the history of the medium by many photographers and filmmakers alike. In the distance we can observe nursery children on their break, running about and somewhat resembling speeded up planets orbiting around each other, almost as if we are looking at a little 29.2 second explanation of the universe.

The artist filmed this short scene a little more than 118 years after the Lumière brothers filmed their workers leaving their factory at the birthplace of cinema http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0EkMKfgJI with what could be considered a pretty rudimentary device, a Canon G10 Digital Compact Camera; a present-day apparatus maybe much more sophisticated but essentially not so different from the Lumière brothers' own Cinématographe, which was an all-in-one camera that also served as a film projector and developer.

In another 118 years time will anyone still be able to watch Schmidt's DVD? Quite possibly there will be no device left to play it on. Maybe a good museum will show it? Or your grand-children or great-grand-children can show the book and tell the story." Schmidtbooks


Screen Grabs: Why Mister, Why? by Geert van Kesteren

Format: iPad app

Price: $9.99

Links: iTunes, Geert van Kesteren and Antenna-men

Comment: All texts, titles and captions are available in both English and Arabic. The app is a re-issue of a book published in 2004 with the same title. Van Kesteren added 166 images to the original 237 photographs of the book.


Screen Grabs: Mrs. Merryman's Collection by Anne Sophie Merryman


Format: Ebook

Price: $8.99

Links: iTunes and MAPP Editions

Comment: When you tap the cards, the detailed reverse is revealed. This is the ebook version of MACK's publication.