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'Rescue me – dog adoption portraits and stories from New York City' (Aperture) – fashion photographer Richard Phibbs finds with his portraits for the Humane Society of New York a new home for stray dogs

For three years, fashion photographer Richard Phibbs photographed, alongside his commissioned work, also portraits of stray dogs, for which he has helped to find new homes. Published recently by Aperture is a book about the great project, which we are delighted to present you on GoSee.

“For three years, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Phibbs has donated his services to the Humane Society of New York, making portraits of dogs up for adoption as part of the Manhattan shelter’s work to find them all “forever homes.” The best of his photographs are featured in this simple and moving album, along with the story of each dog on its journey from often shocking circumstances of abandonment and rejection, through rescue and the joy experienced in the new homes these pictures helped them find. This heartwarming New York story will appeal to dog lovers all over the world. Phibbs’s own introduction is a passionate appeal for everyone to rescue a dog. The book features hand-lettering by cult illustrator, James Victore and with each dog’s story told by writer, activist, and teacher Richard Jonas. The book is perfectly sized and priced for an impulse buy. Royalties from its sale benefit the Humane Society of New York.”

Richard Phibbs (born in Calgary, Alberta) has shot fashion and advertising campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. His editorial work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue China, ESPN The Magazine, Paper magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Condé Nast Traveller, among many others, and the best of his portraits and fashion photographs are featured in his first book Chasing Beauty (2010). His prints have been collected by, among others, Anderson Cooper, Francis Ford Coppola, and Bill Clinton. Phibbs believes photographs can change, inspire, and motivate us. His signature causes—children with AIDS and animals—are his inspiration. Born and raised in western Canada, Phibbs has received degrees from the University of Toronto and Parsons School of Design. Phibbs lives in New York City with his own rescued buddy, Finn.

RESCUE ME by Richard Phibbs
6 3/16 x 9 inches 112 pages, 63 four-color photographs Hardcover 978-1-59711-338-0
28.02.2017 // show complete article

'DAYSINVICHY by Anton Renborg' (Editions Filigranes) - a GoSee photo book recommendation from Marie Bottin, Head of Art Buying Dpt, CLM BBDO, Paris

Our friend Marie Bottin, Head of Art Buying Dpt, CLM BBDO, Paris, presents on GoSee her new photo book highlight: “Anton Renborg, a Swedish photographer, who is familiar with Vichy only by its name, takes part in the discovery of this city and its inhabitants in order to fulfill the request made to him by the eponymous Festival of Photography, in the context of their 2016 edition dedicated to the 'Portrait(s)'. Always faithful to his working habits, Anton avoids any upstream preparation.

No preconceived idea or plan needed: he works with feeling, by listening to his intuitions and by focusing on the moment. This method, unique to this artist, allows him to avoid the distortion of the encounter as it arrives, both with a person and with a place. He wants it as true as possible, without any filter, whether in speech or in pose. No production required even when the image seems staged. His relationship to photography is characterized as wild, pure, humanist and even candid. Anton always leaves room for the person he captures and therefore simply steps back.

Authenticity and simplicity inhabit his pictures. No need for frills and overdoing in Anton’s captions. It’s really about getting the closest possible to a person or place’s Essence. Avoiding negative cliches that might easily appeal to certain situations.

Chacha characterizes this approach; a stripper he decides to photograph while she trains and concentrates on herself and only herself, alone, at home, far from the strip club scene as it could be imagined. The story line takes shape progressively and throughout his various strolls in Vichy, always guided by the several fragments of life told by his fellow travelers who all come from a sort of sleepy upperclass. The History of a city, of its great remains, at the time of the Belle Epoque, the pre-war era. The story of its people who would leave it for absolutely nothing.

From this visual material, Anton first composed a book as one writes a partition, and an exhibition was set up for the Portrait(s) 2016 edition. His book is not purely documentary. It does not claim to be either exhaustive or objective. His book is something different. Anton delivers fragments of his fleeting encounters, his shared experience, his vision – subjective per essence. This visual partition is made up of resonances, echoes, punctuations. The portraits of Antoine, Yves, P.O, and Audran are intermingled with photographs of empty places: rhythmic breathings between two encounters.

Like an enthusiastic folk stroll, one travels the book in one direction then in another, discovering details of a poetic and reassuring simplicity which reminds us that even today, beauty and kindness can coexist. We are not forced to concede to cynicism that prevails in the modern world, at this peculiar time which is ours. We can open up to the other without fear."

DAYSINVICHY by Anton Renborg, has just been published by Editions Filigranes.
Author – Marie Bottin / Head of Art Buying Dpt @ CLM BBDO, Paris
Translator – Sacha Pereira da Silva
29.11.2016 // show complete article

'Kindheit unter den Eichen' - photographer Oksana Kyzymchuk grants private insight into the story of a small Ukrainian village, a photo book at Kerber and a preview on GoSee

The photographs of artist Oksana Kyzymchuk seem immediate, unadorned and direct. The photo book documents the dense social fabric of a culture shaped by agriculture in provincial Ukraine on the edge of Europa.

The focus is above all on images of childhood, in which the universal magic and beauty of being a child emerges. The photo book was published by Kerber Verlag in two different editions. One edition is limited with only 100 copies and includes a DVD with a complementary documentary about the Ukrainian village, produced by the artist.

“The formal brilliance of the photos, the wealth of extremely fine modulations in tonal values, and the lighting moods are very striking. A “monument to childhood” in a rapidly changing world — what a beautiful, strong self-will detached from the relevance criteria of the spirit of the times. The enclosed DVD explores the sound space connected with the world of images that Oksana Guizot presents.” we gladly quote Ulrich Namislow, bestselling author and professor of book design, here on GoSee.

Kindheit unter den Eichen - Oksana Kyzymchuk
. 16.80 x 24.00 cm . 208 pages . 151 color illustrations . softcover with flaps . German . ISBN 978-3-7356-0286-2, 978-3-7356-0313-5 . 29.00€ .
15.11.2016 // show complete article