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If you have a secret by Irina Popova

Left to right— Kokomo Life, Tropical Depression, Rad Ain’t Bad

Party — Quotations From Chairman Mao Tsetung is Cristina De MIddel’s most recent book. The book the result from De Middel’s first trip to China and simply photographing what attracted her attention, without any prior idea of creating a volume. The Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, published by MACK Books, released around the time that De Middel began to edit her China portfolio. The Similarities are clear, both books are altered facsimiles of the original copy. The party Erases text to create new “quotes” that describe a new way of Chinese life, where the Holy bible highlights passages which are already there. “I decided to adapt this historic political statement … by censoring and hiding the parts of the text that are no longer in force and highlighting some other redesigned sentences that, for me, form a more accurate portrait of the People’s Republic of China in the twenty-first century.”–CDM The book shows De Middel’s ongoing creativity in book making and storytelling. I’m excited to see what will come next. The book is currently available at Dashwood Books. Published by AMC books, print run of 1,715.

My submission to The Book Collection.  Image by  Clelia Colantonio
The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker, is the type of book I love, but fear to recommend to anyone. It’s tough to describe. I start by stating the setting, I take place in the time it takes to go up one floor on the escalators of a corporate building. I quickly get a blank face and long,Ok.  I follow with, really, a book about nothing, like an episode of Seinfeld.The Mezzanine, is witty, and imaginative, it celebrates the mundane, and highlights the importance of human interaction. Its plot, is a ride into Howie’s stream of conciseness.  His detailed thought process, and scientific contemplation of everyday life gives meaning to all our nonsense thoughts. You will never feel the same next time you are in a public bathroom, or choosing a candy at the vending machine. Questions about the shape of things, will make perfect sense, and  small talk will seem useful. The book is really an appreciation of the human mind.The mezzanine di Nicholson Baker è quel tipo di libro che amo ma che non riesco a consigliare a nessuno. Non è facile da spiegare. Basti pensare all’inizio: I take place in the time it takes to go up one floor on the escalators of a corporate building. La mia faccia sbianca e pensoOk. E non posso fare a meno di pensare Ma, cos’è, un libro sul niente? Come un episodio di Seinfield.The Mezzanine è spiritoso e fantasioso, celebra il mondano e sottolinea l’importanza dell’interazione tra le persone. La sua trama è come una corsa tra i sentimenti di Howie, è come se il processo mentale dettagliato del protagonista e la sua contemplazione scientifica della vita quotidiana dessero finalmente un senso ai nostri pensieri. Nulla sarà più come prima e te ne accorgerai la prossima volta in cui sarai in un bagno pubblico, o di fronte a una distributore automatico di caramelle. Le domande sulla forma delle cose troveranno un significato e anche un piccolo scambio di battute sembrerà utile. Questo libro è un vero e proprio riconoscimento del valore della mente umana.

My submission to The Book Collection.  Image by  Clelia Colantonio

The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker, is the type of book I love, but fear to recommend to anyone. It’s tough to describe. I start by stating the setting, I take place in the time it takes to go up one floor on the escalators of a corporate building. I quickly get a blank face and long,Ok.  I follow with, really, a book about nothing, like an episode of Seinfeld.
The Mezzanine, is witty, and imaginative, it celebrates the mundane, and highlights the importance of human interaction. Its plot, is a ride into Howie’s stream of conciseness.  His detailed thought process, and scientific contemplation of everyday life gives meaning to all our nonsense thoughts. You will never feel the same next time you are in a public bathroom, or choosing a candy at the vending machine. Questions about the shape of things, will make perfect sense, and  small talk will seem useful. The book is really an appreciation of the human mind.

The mezzanine di Nicholson Baker è quel tipo di libro che amo ma che non riesco a consigliare a nessuno. Non è facile da spiegare. Basti pensare all’inizio: I take place in the time it takes to go up one floor on the escalators of a corporate building. La mia faccia sbianca e pensoOk. E non posso fare a meno di pensare Ma, cos’è, un libro sul niente? Come un episodio di Seinfield.
The Mezzanine è spiritoso e fantasioso, celebra il mondano e sottolinea l’importanza dell’interazione tra le persone. La sua trama è come una corsa tra i sentimenti di Howie, è come se il processo mentale dettagliato del protagonista e la sua contemplazione scientifica della vita quotidiana dessero finalmente un senso ai nostri pensieri. Nulla sarà più come prima e te ne accorgerai la prossima volta in cui sarai in un bagno pubblico, o di fronte a una distributore automatico di caramelle. Le domande sulla forma delle cose troveranno un significato e anche un piccolo scambio di battute sembrerà utile. Questo libro è un vero e proprio riconoscimento del valore della mente umana.

Pages & Spreads  April 2014 re-cap. A wonderful sunny afternoon with books, hosted with O,Miami Poetry Festival. Participants included: Exile Books, Diet Gallery, The Miami Rail, Made by Them, Vice Versa Press, Jai-Alai Books, Kevin Arrow, Andrew Kaufman, Bookleggers, UoM Special Collections, Create Collect, and many local zinsters. Peggy Levison Nolan made fresh home-made. Thanks to Gramps who provided an ice cold keg of beer and Ariel Beato who provided the tunes! Until next time, stay informed of all Pages & Spreads events by joining our mailing list here!

Photography by Carolina Menendez

Etudes Studio Book No 4. by Bryan Dooley 

Available at our shop U.S. shipping only.

One of the most unique books I have seen yet. The project  Egypt 3000 deals with the complex relationship between contemporary Egypt and its glorious past. Enter the pyramid  is composed with a set of images found on the Internet using the keyword “pyramid”.

Check out more from RVB Books here.

Contentement is a publisher specialized in publications on photography and visual art. The Latest issue of Yvi Magazine #8 Liberation, looks at different kinds of liberation, means of escaping our body, spirit, fear, possessions and social positions, as well as from time, context, from being an artist, and indeed, liberation from ourselves. All of this is inextricably bound to the liberation that art can be, for its makers and for its viewers.

Other publications from Contentement include: IMG_  by Johan Nieuwenhuize and He who wants fire must be able to bear smoke by Welmer Keesmaat. 

For more information please visit Contentement

Pierre Liebaert, does an exceptional job at letting the viewer into the intimacy of this family. Macquenoise is the bittersweet portrait of a mother and son who live a secluded life with only animals for company, at the mercy of the seasons. From this oedipal relationship wells up a violence suffocated by a state of immobility. Sometimes, a look seems to be a cry for help, a warning that we heed while remaining mute, powerless. 

To purchase please contact Pierre Liebaer.

"Swell" by Mateusz Sarello shows a story of break up and unaccepted loneliness. The production values in this book are super, the split binding is a unique choice. 

To purchase “Swell” please contact Mateusz Sarello or visit Photoeye

Mémé Bartels embarked on a journey to explore ‘nothing’. Capturing nothing is her ultimate aim. Her search has led her to look into the overlooked and enhance it. Consequently nothing becomes something. And from the search comes the book. A gorgeously printed collection featuring  booklets, posters, accordions and cards.

To purchase please contact Mémé Bartels

During 2012, Paul Gaffney walked over 3,200 kilometers with the aim of creating a body of work which would explore the idea or long-distance walking as a form of meditation and personal transformation. As a result, We Make the Path by Walking takes un a his journey through a series of quiet, meditative images. The sense of tranquility in this book reflects strongly each time I flip through it. 

To purchase please contact Paul Gaffney or visit Photoeye

when you’re a boy (vol.1) is a book by Luis Lazo, a photographer living in Miami, FL. The book captures the richness of being a young boy. Lazo’s photo’s are calm and innocent, with a hint of adventure.  It is saddle-stiched, with 32 pages, printed offset in edition of 250. You may purchase the book here!

Join us at Pages & Spreads II Oct. 19th Lester’s Miami

Join us at Pages & Spreads II Oct. 19th Lester’s Miami

This edition, as well as the past issues K48, is highly attractive due to its peculiar trim size and printing. At proximately 5.5 x 6 inches, it is rather small and boxy. But, the size is no shortcoming, for the book is filled with wonderful production values. It comes cased in a thick slip, printed with spot UV on both sides. The book cover has a foil stamped tittle, and a tipped-in photograph. Inside, the magazine explores a wide range of printing techniques which are surprising and rewarding. 

This edition, as well as the past issues K48, is highly attractive due to its peculiar trim size and printing. At proximately 5.5 x 6 inches, it is rather small and boxy. But, the size is no shortcoming, for the book is filled with wonderful production values. It comes cased in a thick slip, printed with spot UV on both sides. The book cover has a foil stamped tittle, and a tipped-in photograph. Inside, the magazine explores a wide range of printing techniques which are surprising and rewarding.