Valerie Phillips new self published zine Meow is now available from Create publishing. This is the first publication Valerie has released since Amber is for Caution back in 2010. Meow features model and photographer Arvida Bystrom. About the publication, photographer Valerie Phillips said, “…My friend Milene showed me a self-portrait by a girl called Arvida. She’d titled it Lick Fuck Luck. I loved it so much, I flew her from Sweden to spend the weekend with me in a big empty house in East London, so I could take pictures of her. We painted on walls, drank coffee and talked about all the random things we like. Arvida makes art mostly using her camera. She is 20 years old. She washes her hair, max, once a week. She has a hopelessly unrequited love of cats. She is allergic to them, so instead of the real thing, she surrounds herself with plastic ones. And stickers. Her favourite colours are pink and rainbow. She likes trance, techno and house. And she dresses in her own peculiar style, what I’d call girly intellectual hip hop.” You can find Meow by Valerie Phillips here.
Now available, the first three volumes of Swedish photographer Anders Petersen’s City Diary [Steidl]. Since the 1960s Anders Petersen has been documenting life beyond the margins of polite society, a world including prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics, night-time lovers and adult conflict. Petersen photographs his subjects with a candid somewhat detached eye, and is able to disclose unpleasant realities such as drug abuse with a sense of bewilderment and currency. City Diary is an ambitious series of books ahowing Petersen’s ongoing photographic engagement with life in the shadows in cities including Stockholm, Tokyo and St Petersburg. Anders Petersen’s books are some of the most collectable produced by any living photographer. City Diary is the beginning of an open-ended book series which will be added to periodically and will available when ready. Together they will comprise one of the most exciting book works ever made. You purchase the first three volumes of City Diary here.
a new photograph by Moscow based Lena Vazhenina
On view until September 4, 2012, the Galerie Hors-Champs will show prints by young photographer Hannibal Volkoff, 3, rue de Thorigny , 75003 Paris
Naughty At Church, photograph by Amanda Charchian
In 2000, Ryan McGinley, then a student, staged his first exhibition of photographs in an abandoned SoHo gallery. To coincide with the show, the artist created several handmade books featuring a sampling of his work entitled The Kids Are Alright. A copy eventually found its way into the hands of Sylvia Wolf, then a curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, Wolf mounted an exhibition of his work at the venerable institution, the youngest artist to ever have a solo show at the museum. What Wolf recognized—and what other critics, curators, and collectors would quickly discover—was an artist who understood and chronicled his own generation (habituées of New York City’s downtown) as no artist had before him. McGinley had managed to capture the hedonistic adventures of youth culture—kids hanging out and enjoying life—but without the dark underbelly of earlier artists who mined similar themes. Ryan McGinley ‘s first major monograph of his photography, entitled Whistle for the Wind [Rizzoli], which is hardcover and includes a consideration by Gus Van Sant, will be officially released tomorrow June 26, but is available to preorder now.
Jessica eating a watermelon on the first day of Summer, photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Adarsha Benjamin & Perry Shimon, photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
The Original Smashbox Photo Assistants Show is will be opening this Friday in Los Angeles. Happening each year since 1995, The Smashbox Assistant show has celebrated up and coming Los Angeles based photographers. Opening party Friday June 22, 2012—LightBox Stage in Culver City, RSVP here, 8549 Higuera Street Culver City, CA 90232
Charles A. Hartman gallery in Portland presents Summertime, a poignant early body of work by the photographer Mark Steinmetz. The photographs in this exhibition were taken between 1984 and 1991. They were made in Boston and New England, Chicago and rural Illinois, and Knoxville, Tennessee. Like all of Steinmetz’s images, they embrace the space between artist and subject with a curiosity that is empathetic and enigmatic. Summertime, a recently published monograph by Nazraeli Press will accompany the exhibition. Summertime will be on view from June 20 to July 28, 2012 at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, Oregon