Phaidon’s new book “Blink”
It’s a free world, they tell us. A free market economy, where we can ‘choose’ the life we want to lead. A world without barriers, for some. The ‘centres’ of photography are not accidental constructions. Neither is the conscious decision to live and work outside them an accidental one. As an outsider, I have identified with these photographers. Not all of them live outside the west. Some have even chosen the corporate world as their arena. But they have all chosen to be different. They too are outsiders.
These are photographers who have intrigued me. Whom I’ve learned to love, whose work gives me joy, and people for whom I have an abiding respect. In some cases, I know of them only through their work: A book, an exhibition, perhaps a film. The Internet has introduced me to the work of a select few, and in some cases provided surprising insight into the work of those I thought I already knew. Others are personal friends, comrades on a well-trodden path, fellows in exile. Some are young, others not so young, but they are all people who have chosen to stay away, and have carved out a space of their own. The pressure from dominant cultures is relentless, and these independent spirits will often be alone. This book I hope will strengthen the scaffolding of these peripheral spaces, without making them grist to the mill.
Look out for the work of the photographers of my choice, Abir Abdullah, Pablo Garber, Sameera Huque, Eva Leitolf, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mala Mukerjee, Swapan Parekh, Plonk & Replonk, Michel Szulc-Kryzanowski, Hywell Waters, and the work of the ninety other photographers chosen by Marcelo Brodsky, Joan Foncuberta, Alasdair Foster, Dennis Freedman, Christine Frisinghelli, Shino Kuraishi, Simon Njami, Wendy Watriss and Paul Wombell, in “Blink” the new book by Phaidon. www.phaidon.com (ISBN 0714841994) Phaidon Press.
The massive book also contains essays by writers of our choice, Frits Gierstberg, Christian Höller, Vinay Lal, Angel Mollá, Jean Loup Pivin, Arundhati Roy, Charles Stainback & Vik Muniz, Hripsimé Visser, Peter Watson, and Akihito Yasumi & Osamu Kanemura