Instructional Photography: Learning How to Live Now
Carmen Winant
Published by SPBH Editions, London, 2021, 120 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 10.5 × 14.8 cm, English
Price: €16

Instructional Photography: Learning How to Live Now by artist and writer Carmen Winant, is an investigation of a genre of photographs Winant calls “instructional”, it asks: can photographs teach, in and of themselves? If so, how might we look to them to demonstrate new possibilities, from social organizing to self-actualization?

Alternating between found images and shorter, text-based observations (which serve to reinforce, rather than explain, one another), Winant delves into this new category of images through her own collection, understanding them as something beyond, or at least in between, documentary and fine art.

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Notes on Fundamental Joy; seeking the elimination of oppression...
Carmen Winant
Published by Printed Matter, New York, 2019, unpaginated (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 30.5 cm, English
Price: €32 (Out of stock)

Notes on Fundamental Joy; seeking the elimination of oppression through the social and political transformation of the patriarchy that otherwise threatens to bury us holds up the work of JEB, Clytia Fuller, Tee Corinne, Ruth Mountaingrove, Katie Niles, Carol Osmer, Honey Lee Cottrell, and others, documenting a community of women/womyn in their collective embrace of the ‘back to the land’ movement. Through the lens of pervasive image-making—women holding cameras, women taking pictures of women—the project considers the radical potential of social and political optimism predicated on the absence of men.

The book includes a personal essay by writer and artist Ariel Goldberg realized in two parts, understanding the photographs and wider cultural moment through a broader gender lexicon and in the context of trans-exclusionism.

Printed on Igeba IBO One 60gsm, a lightweight semi-transparent paper which allows for the show-through of images between page, creating an exchange and dialog between partially visible photographs.

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