Sunday, May 14, 2017

London, Paris, Rome...

Harvey Benge - THE LAMENT, 2017

Today I leave for London, and from there Paris and Rome. I will be in London all this coming week for Photo London and if you are around will be signing my new photobook THE LAMENT at Dewi Lewis' stand at 2.30pm Saturday 20th.
If any of my European friends are up for a coffee, a beer or any other beverage please get in touch... my email is

Harvey Benge - London, November 2016

Friday, May 12, 2017

PHOTOBOOKSTORE UK - Always a pleasure to get their mailing...

In my opinion the UK's PHOTOBOOKSTORE is probably the best on-line resource for photobook collectors! It's always a pleasure to get their regular mailings. Today's mailing includes a list of most popular books which includes among others Ravens by Masahisa Fukase and Nausea by Ron Jude. There is a piece on Laura El-Tantawy’s new book Beyond Here Is Nothing and a list of selected books. There are links to latest books, signed books, rare books and more... well worth a look and a certainly joining their mailing list.

You can go to the PHOTOBBOKSTORE site HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP - my new photobook

Harvey Benge - THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP - with print

THE MONTH BEFORE TRUMP is a record of what I discovered in San Francisco and New York a month before the US presidential election last November. The bookwork is both an affectionate and sometimes critical look at a society that is at an existential watershed.

This 68 page book, 210 x 148 mm with 61 photographs is in a signed and numbered edition of 50 copies.

Each book comes with a signed and numbered limited edition print, which you can see at the top along with the cover of the book.

Copies can be obtained directly from me at:
Prices are, €25 / £22 / US$28 / NZ$40, the price include packing and postage. For payment you can simply log on to my PayPal account using my email address above.

Below are some of the spreads from the book:

Monday, May 1, 2017

MACK follows the making of a photobook with Clare Strand


Richard West from Northern Ireland's SOURCE publication reports that they have just published a film from MACK following the making of Clare Strand's book Girl Plays with Snake. The film looks at the publisher's contribution to making a book and the role the artist has in the development process. The video follows the making of the book from the first production meeting between artist and publisher through the design and printing to the launch itself.

With a running time of about 40 minutes, the documentary is well worth a look, you can do so HERE.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Irving Penn: Centennial at The Met, NYC

Irving Penn - Rockette NYC 1951

Opening Monday of next week and running until July 30, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn. The show marks the centennial of the artist's birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. Irving Penn: Centennial, opening April 24, 2017, will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer's work to date and will include both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series.

Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by striking shapes and formal brilliance. His rigorous modern compositions, minimal backgrounds, and diffused lighting were innovative and immensely influential. Yet Penn's photographs of fashion are merely the most salient of his specialties. He was a peerless portraitist, whose perceptions extended beyond the human face and figure to take in more complete codes of demeanor, adornment, and artifact. He was also blessed with an acute graphic intelligence and a sculptor's sensitivity to volumes in light, talents that served his superb nude studies and life-long explorations of still life.

There is more on The Met site HERE.

Irving Penn - Sword Swallower NY, 1951

There is a stunning 376 page catalogue to support the show: The definitive book on the work of a virtuosic and revered American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) was among the most esteemed and influential photographers of the 20th century. Over the course of a nearly seventy-year career, he mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail. This indispensable book features one of the largest selections of Penn's photographs ever compiled, including famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been published. Celebrating the centennial of Penn's birth, this lavish volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career.
Avaialble now on bookdepository at 29% off.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Julian Barnes - Keeping an Eye Open, Essays on Art

Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes in his 2015 work Keeping an Eye Open, Essays on Art offers some profound observations on the reading and understanding of art.

I particularly liked the essay - So Does It Become Art? - where Barnes observed: What counts is the surviving object and our living response to it. The tests are simple: does it interest the eye, excite the brain, spur the mind to reflection and move the heart; further, is an apparent level of skill involved? Much current fashionable art bothers only the eye and briefly the brain, but fails to engage the mind and heart. It may, to use the old dichotomy, be beautiful, but it is rarely true to any significant depth... One of the constant pleasures of art is its ability to come at us from an unexpected angle and stop us short in wonder.

Such simple truths, so easy to embrace yet so often left at the door to the studio.

In the New York Times review of Keeping an Eye Open they say: Gustave Flaubert — the subject of Julian Barnes’s magical novel-biography-meditation, “Flaubert’s Parrot” — argued that great paintings required no words of explanation. But as Mr. Barnes writes in “Keeping an Eye Open,” an illuminating new collection of essays on art, “we remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things” — “put us in front of a picture and we chatter, each in our different way.”  You can read the full review HERE.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kassel Dummy Award - the short list

The Fotobookfestival Kassel together with its cooperation partner Verlag Kettler again has invited all photographers to present their as-yet unpublished photobooks to an international public and eminent experts. In 2017 the best 49 books has been shortlisted by a shortlist-jury and will be exhibited at international photo events, amongst others, in Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus, Sofia, Zagreb and Lodz. From these 49 titles, 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury at the ISTANBUL PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL on 28 April. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.

Here is the 2017 shortlist!
      • Felix Adler (Germany) »Paule«
      • Hugo Alcol (Spain) »Archipiélago«
      • Monique Atherton (USA) »First Avenue«
      • Özgür Atlagan (Turkey) »shovel-eye«
      • Marina Berio (USA) »The space in the mind in the body in the space«
      • Stephan Bögel (Germany) »Scenic Utah«
      • Haishu Chen (China) »Zona Rossa«
      • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »bird,night,and then?«
      • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »happn?«
      • Ivan Clemente (Spain) »H«
      • Jose Luis Cuevas (Mexico) »Observaciones sobre la resistencia de los cuerpos«
      • Collettivo DAV (Italy) »Tara, il fiume dei miracoli«
      • Sigrid Ehemann (Germany) »Bruno Is a Celebrity«
      • Vika Eksta (Latvia) »Dievs Daba  Darbs«
      • Keiji Fujimoto (Japan) »Forget-me-not«
      • Andi Galdi Vinko (Hungary) »Paradisco«
      • Mario C. Girela (Spain) »The Roots and the Ruins«
      • Elodie Grethen (France) »Tokyo Stories«
      • Tom Griggs & Paul Kwiatkowski (USA) »Ghost Guessed«
      • Ilyas Hajji (Russia) »Anti/terror«
      • Miki Hasegawa (Japan) »Internal Notebook«
      • Maki Hayashida (Japan) »The Odyssey«
      • Tomota Ikawa (Japan) »Yureru«
      • Zeynep Kayan (Turkey) »untitled«
      • Alex Kemman (The Netherlands) »Whispers of War«
      • Ludmila Ketslakh (USA) »Uncertainty of Being«
      • Blair Kitchener (New Zealand) »Duplex City«
      • David Klammer (Germany) »Good Morning Auroville«
      • Eva Krampen Kosloski (Italy) »3 Agosto 1944«
      • Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, Oksana Yushko (Russia) »Grozny: Nine Cities«
      • Karsten Kronas (Germany) »Searching for Mr. X«
      • Ikuru Kuwajima (Japan/Russia) »I, Oblomov«
      • Rony Maltz (Brazil) »Riocities«
      • Giulia Mangione (Italy) »The Happy Show«
      • Alix Marie (France) »Bleu«
      • Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan) »Guru Guru  ~My Transmigration~«
      • Mark McGuinness (Ireland) »Dreaming of Figure Eights«
      • Anne Müchler & Nico Schmitz (Germany) »Encounter — Truth Construction«
      • Antonio Perez Rio (Spain) »Louvre – Art Guide for Cyborgs«
      • Torsten Schumann (Germany) »Off Keel«
      • Francesca Romana Semerano (Italy) »Tessuti Toniù«
      • Luca Spano (Italy) »Looking for the North«
      • Malgorzata Stankiewicz (Poland) »cry of an echo«
      • Nicole Strasser (Germany) »Ans Meer!«
      • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) »The Restoration Will«
      • Hiro Tanaka (Japan) »Chicharron«
      • Ishan Tankha (India) »A Peal of Spring Thunder«
      • Karan Vaid (India) »The Indian Dog Show«
      • Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) »Grinders«