European Photography No. 94.
Edited by Andreas Muller-Pohle.
80 pp., illustrated throughout, 9½x11¾".
European Photography 94 on Retro-Photography, featuring Julia Murakami, Hisaji Hara, Erwin Olaf, Neil Krug, Alexandra Polina, Stacey Tyrell, Nathalie Daoust, Jeff Cowen, Elmira Sidyak, Piotr Zbierski, Nettie Edwards, Collin J. Rae, Alison Turner, Yasumasa Yonehara, Andrea Tonellotto, and Abelardo Morell.
Retro-Photography, by Andreas Müller-Pohle: “Retro as recourse to past aesthetics has always existed – the Renaissance, Historicism and Postmodernism were all retro-movements on a large scale. Today, we are once again experiencing such a trend towards creative remembering, also in the field of photography.”
Also in this issue:
From Retro-Style to Reconstruction, by Ronald Berg: “The need to reconstruct things lost and long gone is a new phenomenon and, if you will, an intensification of the retro-concept. Just how important a role photography can play in this is evident from the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace.”
Daido Moriyama – Quick Glances, an interview by Dieter Neubert: “Daido Moriyama, born in Osaka in 1938, is one of the most productive and influential Japanese photographers of the post-war era. His oeuvre was highlighted at the Fotobookfestival 2013 in Kassel in the form of an extensive exhibition and a book retrospective. The interview was conducted in the context of the festival.”
Familiar New Territory, by Boris von Brauchitsch: “Idyllic nature and landscapes are currently en vogue – as always in times of crisis. Here, we present five books, which, succinctly and often with surprising pictorial solutions, address the genre of landscape photography above and beyond any notions of ideal worlds.”
Digital Publishing for Photographers, by Benjamin Füglister and Dieter Hübsch: “The history of the e-book dates back to the year 1971, when a digital library of copyright-free books saw the light of day in the 'Project Gutenberg'. Today, that library has no less than 42 000 titles. In 1987, Vilém Flusser’s essay Does Writing have a Future? appeared on floppy disk – the 'first real non-book', as the publishers referred to it at the time. It was not the publishing houses, however, that subsequently rang in the e-book revolution, but rather companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple, who now set the standards in e-publishing. Nevertheless, there can be no question of a unified or ideal path when it comes to the digital photobook. On the contrary, the number of production and distribution possibilities available is as large as it is confusing. We have tried, therefore, to sort out the digital publishing technologies and weigh the respective pros and cons. With the exception of the PDF format, the predominant technologies rely on similar scripts and differ above all in terms of dynamism, flexibility and objectness, as well as the respective output channel. Accordingly, decisions for or against a certain format have to take these features into account.”