Enjoy the Silence
In an age where we allow apps like Instagram to capture our most private and mundane moments, it is often a pleasant surprise to see images that breath a sense of genuine intimacy instead of all-too-often over posed selfies. Here, we review two books that rely on the strength of their imagery to convey moments of intimacy and vulnerability, leaving the need of words to be found only in their introductions.
The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits by Hellen van Meene, Aperture
Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene has dedicated the past twenty years to redefining contemporary portrait practice with her images of adolescents who are teetering on the brink of adulthood. Many of us might remember this time in our lives as an awkward phase, unsure of who we were and who we wanted become, and it is precisely this that makes van Meene’s photographs so captivating. Here in The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, 250 color photos of boys and girls are elegantly displayed in settings that delicately balance the line of staged and reality, with each image allowing the vulnerability of adolescence to speak a thousand words. The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, should be seen as not just a beautiful coffee table publication but rather an intimate archive of a time in our lives that many of us may have forgotten.
Kamagasaki Magic Lantern by Issei Suda, Zen Foto Gallery
Kamagasaki Magic Lantern is the latest publication from Japanese photographer Issei Suda, made up of two projects that were shot in 2000 and 2014 respectively with both works centering on the day laborer slum of Osaka. The two beautifully bound books, both shot in monochrome and featuring gatefold and concertina layouts, ask the viewer to completely immerse their self in the sights and sounds of the slum. With no text present within the books, you are left up to your own devices to interoperate the people and objects featured on the pages, creating your own stories for each scenario. Each copy of Kamagasaki Magic Lantern is signed, limited and numbered.