Si sobran las palabras, callad: el silencio arropa

Irene Morán: en un trozo de cartón

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Uno de los encargos más bonitos que he tenido fue el de fotografiar el interior de un museo que iba a dejar de serlo. Sus paredes ya habían sido despojadas de decoraciones, emblemas y símbolos, dejando a la vista una desnudez sobrecogedora. En las salas se acumulaba el mobiliario de las oficinas. Las tripas. Aquello que, oculto, permitía que funcionara. En un relato maravilloso de Harlam Coben el protagonista se preguntaba qué futuro tenía un forense que sufría al ver a sus pacientes muertos yaciendo en la mesa de examen. Cuando sobre el frío metal quedaba el cerebro de un corazón que había dejado de latir. Enjugándose las lágrimas trataba de determinar la causa de la muerte, la profundidad de una herida, la trayectoria de una bala. Así iba yo, fotografiando las entrañas de un cadáver todavía caliente.

Uno de esos encargos maravillosos sin cliente a la vista, sin guardia…

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Landmark – The Fields of Landscape Photography

The PhotoBook Journal

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Copyright the various photographers 2014; Published by Thames & Hudson

This photobook is a curatorial discussion of the contemporary practice of landscape photography and perhaps why the practice of Landscape photography matters today. The editor of the book, William A. Ewing, a museum curator and writer about photography, makes the elegant point that the current (and urgent) issues of pollution, war, global warming to name but a few, could not be better suited for public and political discussion than by the practice of landscape photography. Ewing argues that as a result landscape photograph has come in par with portraiture as readers are daily inundated with landscape photographs in one form or another.

On this blog I am not as keen to write about photobooks that provide a survey of a genre of photography, but I have to admit to a fondness for contemporary landscape photographs. And although a little reticent to…

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Tri-Fold Pages

The PhotoBook Journal

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Copyright Laia Abril 2014 “The Epilogue” published by Dewi Lewis Publishing

I just received Laia Abril’s photobook “The Epilogue” and I was surprised by a design aspect of her photobook that is both unique as well as very smart;  interior pages (leaf) that a reader could pull out to reveal a hidden panel. Perhaps this page design has been lurking out there in the designers book of tricks, but it was new to me. It is similar in idea to a gate fold to conceal interior page panels, but with an interesting twist.

I quickly queried both Abril and the publisher, Dewi Lewis, as to what they were calling this design aspect. Abiril and Ramon Pez, her photobook design collaborator,  are calling it tri-fold pages, while the publisher is calling this a concertina fold out. Both descriptions seem applicable, but I am going to defer to Abril and…

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