This week I went to the Charta festival in Rome, "a contemporary photography festival focused on photo books and independent publishing", and I discovered some gorgeous books I wanna share with you.
1) Pop Pills - Baptiste Lignel
"One in five under 18 year olds in the USA is diagnosed as having a mental condition which translates itself into behavioral problems. Often this is treated with medication which can start from an extremely young age.
Over a six-year period Bapitiste Lignel followed the progress of nine American teenagers with an array of pathologies which lead to behavior problems such as ADHD and OCD as well as depression and anxiety. In candid interviews the teenagers talk about their diagnoses and the impact that their medical treatment has had on their lives."
2) Clean Hong Kong - Wai-Hang Siu
"As a Hong Konger, I have participated in social movements as much as I could, yet I did not find it to be an effective way to change the society for the better. As a man with a habit of responding to the world with a camera, I felt powerless in the face of Hong Kong’s turbulence. I do not mean photography undermines the reality, but on the contrary its ability to document the physical world turns it into a deadly weapon. The camera was unwelcomed by the protesters. They feared that images of their faces will turn against them if they find a way to the authority’s hand. Every time I picked up my camera I was overwhelmed by guilt and fright. I refrained from capturing those faces. Being at once a protester and a photographer, I was caught in a bind."
3) Attention service member - Ben Brody
"With a design inspired by military field manuals, the book deftly maneuvers through an evolving and often darkly humorous creative process – intimate, confronting, and meditative. In anecdotes from an intensely personal perspective, Brody also offers an insiders’ view of the contentious but symbiotic relationship between warfare and the media, and a soldier’s deeply personal reckonings with both."
4) Man next door - Rob Hornstra
"Man Next Door examines the stigmatisation of the working class while offering a rare insight into the life of a working-class Utrecht boy. What emerges is a bewildering picture of Kid’s many personalities, inevitably raising the question: how well do you know the person who lives next door?"
5) Richard Mosse - The Castle
"Using a thermal video camera intended for long-range border enforcement, Mosse films the camps from high elevations to draw attention to the ways in which each interrelates with, or is divorced from, adjacent citizen infrastructure. His source footage is then broken down into hundreds of individual frames, which are digitally overlapped in a grid formation to create composite heat maps."
I also recommend:
Money must be made - Lorenzo Vitturi
The Prospect of Immortality - Murray Ballard
Deceitful reverence - Igor Pisuk
Big Brother - Louis Quail