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Romancing the banal in a post-print world

Spread around Paris, Lyon, Barcelona and New York the friends Jeremy Egry (b. 1979), Aurélien Arbet (b. 1985), Marco Barrera (b. 1985) and Nicolas Poillot (b. 1978) get together in JSBJ. These French photographers not only produce their own zines and larger collaborative photographic publications, they also host the portfolio based website where they promote a large number of new and talented photographers.

http://www.jesuisunebandedejeunes.com/

The Errata Editions Books on Books Series

Errata Editions’ Books on Books series is an on-going publishing project dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts. These are not reprints or facsimiles but complete studies of those originals. Each in this series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original master bookwork which, up until now, has been too rare or prohibitively expensive for most to experience. Through a mix of classic and contemporary titles, this series spans the breadth of photographic practice as it has appeared on the printed page and allows further study into the creation and meanings of these great works of art.

Each in the Books on Books series contains; illustrations of every page in the original photobook being featured; a new essay by established writers on photography composed specially for this series; production notes about the creation of the original edition; biography and bibliography information about each artist.

Books on Books #4
Chris Killip: In Flagrante

Essays by John Berger and Sylvia Grant, Gerry Badger, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
80 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
65 Duotone and 4-color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-06-6

Chris Killip’s In Flagrante is often cited as the most important photobook to come from England in the 1980s. Published in 1988, In Flagrante describes the communities in Northern England that were devastated by the deindustrialisation common to policies carried out by Thatcher and her predecessors starting in the mid-1970s. Books on Books 4 presents Killip’s political yet lyric work and a new essay by Gerry Badger called Dispatches from a War Zone.

Books on Books #3
Sophie Ristelhueber: Fait

Essays by Marc Mayer, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
96 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
89 4-color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-04-2

Sophie Ristelhueber’s Fait, which in French means ‘fact’ or ‘what was done,’ remains one of the most powerful statements about the aftermath of war. In October of 1991, Ristelhueber photographed the battle-scarred landscape of Kuwait following the end of the first Gulf war with Iraq. Books on Books 3 presents all 71 black and white and color photographs as seen in the original artist book as it was conceived and designed by Ristelhueber. Marc Meyer of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal contributes an essay that discusses Ristelhueber’s disturbing yet beautiful achievement.

Books on Books #6
Yutaka Takanashi: Toshi-e

Essays by Gerry Badger, Gozo Yoshimasu, Jeffrey Ladd
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
176 pp, 9.5 x 7 in.
120 Duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-10-3

Yutaka Takanashi’s Toshi-e (Towards the City) is a landmark two-volume set of books from one one of the founders of the avant-garde Japanese magazine Provoke. Published in 1974 and considered the most luxurious of all of the Provoke era publications, its brooding, pessimistic tone describes the state of contemporary life in an unnamed city in Japan undergoing economic and industrial change. Books on Books 6 reproduces all one hundred sixteen black and white photographs that make up the two volumes. Photographer, writer and book historian Gerry Badger, contributes an essay called Image of the City – Yutaka Takanashi’s Toshi-e.

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