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“Proof” by 9mouth

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Questioning what is a “proof” of past love, the artist printed the lover’s shots to kept traces of love as a physical testimonial, and mixed it with other documents.

But printed on thermal paper, and alike the tickets and receipts, pictures inexorably vanish in a metaphorical demonstration of the fade of everything.

An album have collected these pictures at one moment : [PROOF]

The natural charm of intimate portraits, some candid, some mature, is deepened by the use of thermal paper like a vanitas in paintings, but nor a pattern neither a detail but a material.

The existence of memories is then defined by the medium as a message.

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“Cupboard Memories” by Xia Boqian

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In Cupboard Memories the Chinese artist Xia Boqian merge together two projects; Out of the closet, where she have covered for a long time people with depression, mental issues due to events and way of life they didn’t wanted to share publicly. This project “out of the closet” also covered people suffering of what they are but can’t change; lesbians/gays, fat, suicidal, harassed, bullied, etc… For the edit of the book this project has been mixed with other “lighter” secrets; hidden feelings, sentimental affairs, secret love… to make a compilation of private moments with quite improvised stages. What was important during the shooting was to let go and she captured only few pictures of these moments, instantly, without taking care of “professional standard” (lighting, framing,…) She captured the moments.

The emotions frozen in time are much more valuables as during the preparation of the book, a lot of the archives where irremediably lost, leaving us in doubt about using old scans or previous internet sharing. But it was the story of the book itself: a compilation of imperfect things and moments, that cannot be repeated, so we kept going forward.

The sequencing was made using the idea of mutual needs: flowers, waters & human connections responding to each others.

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“Seoul Nightshift” by Jan Daga

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“In Seoul, everything has a price. Everything has a time and everything has a dimension.
The city is perfect, crystal clear. But at night, everything changes. People pay just to disconnect
from the exhausting rhythms imposed by this incredibly competitive society. Just want to
get lost for a moment, in the streets and in the alleys, in nightclubs and in clubs overflowing with
people. With the sole purpose of forgetting a too long day. Drowning
in the solitude of a bottle of beer, smoking hundred of cigarettes. The screen of a
cell phone, of a thousand cell phones. With the desire to recreate a more easy world.
More human. Between the shadows and the lights of an endless night in search of a parallel life.
Or maybe just to survive. Another day.
This book is the result of three years of intense work dedicated to the streets of Seoul and its nightlife. To its excesses and its traditions. This book is dedicated to my dear Korean friends who have often accompanied me during the nights. Thank you Hong and Chang. “

Jan Daga

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“Love Remains” by Sherry Huang

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Love Remains is Sherry Huang’s first photo book. Taking the path of photography, the book is a private ceremony in which emotion is the offering. Bestowed with an extraordinarily powerful sense of intuition, Huang explores both the chiaroscuro and calculations of life. The fullness of her confidence is manifested through a naked awareness; yet it backlashes, creating tension.

Shot on black and white film, each photo proposes visceral content that breaks down taboos and expresses one true conviction. The creator revolts within the patterns and rhythms of thinking and composition, inverting a tenderness and love of great magnitude. This quality originates from Huang’s decisive analysis of the images of daily life, in which she has discovered that in the severest moments of bleakness and callousness, there are many fissures that allow one to embrace all and to free oneself.

The struggles of reality are left behind to be inspected and verified. Only the pursuit of form remains as photography, as a pair of eyes, as a multi-channel of the senses. In the flyleaf, the creator speaks of birds singing in the morning that she hears but never sees. Similarly, all proofs and bases shall never meet. Investigations stand starkly in opposition; they offer solutions to themselves, yet still they reach nothing and come to nothing.

A passage of a Buddhist epigram states, “all things resulting from a cause are like a dream or an illusion. We shall regard them as we would dewdrops and lightning.” It speaks of leading a simple life and, eventually, a simple death and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the case of the creator, it speaks of the one last fight after failing to avoid the inevitable. Rhythm and cadence creeps across her predicament. Such disillusionment approaches death and fear; yet, it can always be resurrected through photography.
Love Remains is Huang’s photographic path during a certain stage of her life. It is also the most violently contrasting state she has yet experienced. Only amidst the tempestuous storm will she find ease and peace in time.

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“Sakura Lust” by Casper Kent

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Sakura Lust is the first monograph by Casper Kent.

Shot over the course of a year – from the arrival of the first cherry blossom through the Japanese Autumn – during nights spent in ryokans and love hotels throughout Japan.

Echoing the Japanese adoration for Hanami (The annual tradition of welcoming the briefly blossoming Sakura, enjoying that moment and celebrating all it represents) the intimacy captured in Sakura Lust floats somewhere between an erotic dream and reality.

The book serves as a lust story, an attempt to seize a fleeting moment in life and make it last indefinitely.

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“Tokyo Girls” by Emily Ashcroft

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“I first visited Japan in 2014 with my boyfriend, who is also a photographer.  We fell in love with it and now visit and work there several times a year.  

Through working jobs for Japanese magazines and socialising in Tokyo, I met many young girls with dreams and ambition and became interested in documenting those bright, young female inhabitants of Tokyo – I wanted to capture them in that particular moment in their lives, while on their journey to womanhood. Tokyo Girls is a personal project that I began in 2015 and decided to compile into my first book. 

The girls in my book have all grown so much in just a few years and it’s amazing to see, but it’s documenting them on the cusp of adulthood is what I find so beautiful, there’s an innocence and wonder to them.

My works focus is on young female energy, real girls in colourful and natural environments. I see the beauty in imperfection.”

Emily Ashcroft

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“Whisky Boom Boom” by Jan Daga

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“This book is everything and nothing. These are the nights of madness, where alcohol becomes the only possible way to bear the weight of a life of excess. Dark places where everything happens and the opposite of everything, where sexuality is ritual and appearance. Where not everything is as it seems and very loud music prevents any thought. Those are moments of madness where no one seems to know how, where and why. This book is dedicated to these secret places.”

Jan Daga

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