Kin Subscription Series Number Two.
Photographs by Todd Hido, Abner Nolan, Marianne Mueller, and Alec Soth.
TBW Books, 2009. 48 pp., Four volumes with four color illustrations, 6x8".
Books are limited editons of 800. each book is hand numbered and the cover hand stamped.
Four accomplished artists working in the photographic medium were invited to present an intensely personal and poetic exploration of their work to be released in the form of a book. Each artist will be represented by one book in this four book series. Given complete creative control, these gifted individuals crafted powerful, surprising, and completely uncompromised works that implore the viewer to contemplate the relationships between images. This series provides an unparalleled glimpse into the thinking processes of who we consider to be four of today's most exciting photo makers.
The Subscription Series is a limited edition, hand numbered book series that will not be available in stores. Subscribers will receive one book every three months beginning December 1st. Book quantities are limited to 650 unsigned subscriptions and 50 signed subscriptions.
This year's series will come wrapped in a slipcover and will also feature a size increase, with new dimensions of 6x8 inches. Each component of every book will be printed and assembled proudly in Oakland, CA. We recognize the value of keeping resources within the community, and are committed to doing business with like-minded, independent printing professionals.
Last years' Subscription Series was recognized and collected by many prominent galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. An article about the series also appeared in PDN (Photo District News).
Our subscription book series and format is a novel idea to the photo world. By offering these books only as a set, we seek to preserve the relationships and dialogues that take place between them. Viewed as a collection, these intimate artifacts weave a wide, complex portrait of our world. We choose to offer this series only through mail delivery because we feel the work deserves a careful first viewing away from the retail environment.
Todd Hido revisits the camera of his youth for this year's series. His book, entitled Ohio, features photos he took as a child, edited together with recent photos taken with the same camera. By combining images from the past and present, Todd offers us a narrative that hovers between fact and fiction. Todd Hido was born in Kent, Ohio in 1968. He earned a BFA from Tufts University in 1991 and an MFA in photography from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996. His photographs can be found in many prominent collections, including the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Hido has had more than 25 solo exhibitions of his work in galleries and museums across the country, and has published five books with the esteemed Nazraeli Press, House Hunting (2001), Taft Street (2001), Outskirts (2002), Roaming (2005), and Between the Two (2007). He recently bought a new BMX bike so he can ride along with his 5 year old twins.
After focusing the camera on herself and her surroundings, Marianne Mueller presents Noon, a provocative exploration of the abstracted human form and its myriad connections to the objects around us. Marianne Mueller was born in Zurich in 1966. She graduated from the School of Art & Design Zurich in 1991 and currently teaches at Zurich University of the Arts. She has had more than 25 solo exhibitions in Europe and North America, and has received numerous awards and grants, including the Swiss Art Award in 2002. Previous books include The Proper Ornaments, published by Edition Patrick Frey in 2008, The Flock, published by Steidl in 2005, Standing Still/Traveling Slowly, published by Electric Mermaid in 2002, and A Part of My Life Photographs, published by Scalo in 1998. Marianne enjoys falling asleep and smoking cigarettes (not simultaneously).
Abner Nolan's contribution to the book series is entitled Away, and is created solely from found photographs. Through careful editing, Abner has combined photos of different formats and sizes into a fascinating recontextualization of history. Abner Nolan was born in Syracuse, New York in 1972. He received his MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1998 and currently teaches there as an adjunct professor. Abner was an artist in residence at the McDowell Colony in New Hampshire in 2002. He received a Trillium Fund Award from Trillium Press in 2003, which allowed him to publish the limited edition book entitled, American Negatives. Working mostly with found photographs and negatives, Abner has exhibited work in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco Camerawork, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. From 2001 to 2004, Abner was the gallery director and curator of Spanganga Gallery, located in San Francisco's mission district. In 2006, he took part in the San Francisco Art Commission's 'Art on Market Street' program, where his work was installed on 24 kiosks along the busy thoroughfare.
In Alec Soth's book for this series, entitled Sheep, compelling portraits of seemingly unrelated subjects converge into a personal revelation. Alec Soth was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Soth's photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004. His follow up, NIAGARA, was also published by Steidl and released in 2006. Soth is an associate photographer with Magnum Photos.
Read Douglas Stockdale's review of Kin Subscription Series Number Two in photo-eye Magazine.