Oddyssey: The Billiad

Title: Oddyssey: The Billiad

Photographer/s: Bill Westheimer

Date of publication: 2009

Place of publication: West Orange, NJ

Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.25″ x ..25″

Edition size: POD

Type of binding: softbound, perfect binding

Number of pages: 64

Type of paper: matte

Number of pictures: 44

Type of printing: POD

Printer: Createspace.com

Publisher: Petey Pie Press

Designer: Bill Westheimer

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-98441007-2-9

Category: Monograph

Price: $15.95

Summary: There are nearly one hundred towns in Ohio which bear the names of foreign places. Each name reflects the dreams and aspirations of the founders of that small community in an unfamiliar environment that they were making their home. These names reflect the ambitions of people who were dissatisfied enough with their past to change it, yet optimistic and hopeful enough to make plans for their future. Still, each town’s resemblance to its namesake may be difficult to discern because today’s reality does not conform to yesterday’s dreams and expectations.When the Ohio country was settled at the end of the Revolutionary War, the immigrants and the frontiersmen who colonized the wilderness were people with grand ideas and aspirations, an indomitable spirit and a desire to make a better future and a willingness to overcome challenging, awesome odds. These adventurous spirits were dreaming of better lives possible now that the Union was free.

Today these towns with foreign names form a microcosm of modern life in America and the world: a portrait of human ambitions and aspirations tempered by the realities of today’s world. These are people living in a middle ground between where they find themselves and those dwellings of dreams. Each of these places in Ohio and the world has something significant to commend it: some meaningful phenomenon which makes it important. That event, that person or place may at first seem to be only a minor footnote to a trivial event in the grand scale of the world. But in reality it looms large in the lives of the vital people of the world in Ohio and symbolically in the world beyond. “The stories that we tell… about [Ohio]… are stories that could be told about almost any settlement in the Northwest Territory. They are stories of hardships overcome by courage and resourcefulness – of grief, deprivation, hard work, and suffering, but somehow, even more, about the indomitable spirit, the willingness to move ahead, the reason for living that our ancestors had, and that we all seek.” From Stories That We Tell Our Children About Iberia [Ohio].

Oddyssey is a quirky photo journal of one man’s trip around the world – without leaving Ohio. With humor and style the traveler visits towns from Moscow to Mesopotamia, Congo to Calcutta, Aberdeen to York by way of Utopia and scores of other unlikely places all found in America’s heartland. As foreign as the place names are, the towns are distinctly American. The photographs connect mid-America with the lar

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1952 Cincinnati, OH

Website: http://www.billwest.com

Book link: http://www.oddyssey.us

Donated by: Bill Westheimer

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Exhibition Catalog for “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”

More about the exhibition here, here and here.
Order the book here.
Thank you to Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books who did such an outstanding job designing the iPL’s first exhibition catalog!

“…the Indie Photobook Library is fast becoming one of Washington’s more interesting small collections.” – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post Express, November 9, 2011

Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia)

Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia) © Joaquim Paiva

Title: Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia)

Photographer/s: Joaquim Paiva

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen/ Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Texts by Rubens Fernades, Evandro Salles and Angelica Madeira

Date of publication: 2013

humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

humuhumunukunukuāpua’a © Allison Clarke

Title: humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

Photographer/s: Allison Clarke

Date of publication: 2013

Cropping the Ocean

Cropping the Ocean © Bjarne Bare

Title: Cropping the Ocean

Photographer/s: Bjarne Bare

Date of publication: October 2014

Grapnel Grapple

Grapnel Grapple © Bjarne Bare

Title: Grapnel Grapple

Photographer/s: Bjarne Bare

Date of publication: October 2014

Down and Out in the South

Down and Out in the South © Jan Banning

Title: Down and Out in the South

Photographer/s: Jan Banning

Contributor/s: James Swift (Text)

Date of publication: May 2013

“A Survey of Documentary Styles” exhibition at Duke University

iPL at Duke

“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”
Duke University
Power Plant Gallery
Power Plant Building, Suite 100 American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-660-3622

September 19–November 7, 2014
Reception: October 9, 2014, 5–8pm, with Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library

The Indie Photobook Library’s seminal traveling exhibition, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, arrives at Duke, after stops in New York, San Francisco and DC. “A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks” draws from the iPL collection and features 70 photobooks. The exhibition looks at the “documentary tradition” through the lens of a 21st century, global photographic community in which the lines between journalism, art and the long-term documentary project have blurred, morphed and continue to feed off of each other. The books selected for this exhibition present a range of subject matter, each coupled with a particular visual language drawn from a pool of diversity. There are books that speak a more traditional documentary language, while there are those that explicitly critique that very same tradition; there are diaristic books and titles that overlay a typological structure; other books rely primarily on found and vernacular imagery; and there are many books that borrow heavily from an art-photography storehouse. The goal of this exhibition is to survey the field before us and to foreground questions of authorship, voice, style and content.

The exhibition catalog, designed by Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books, is available through Blurb.

A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks:

Estaría Bien Poner un Título Aquí, Alba Yruela
Ohio, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar
Uncommon Intimacy, Amy Stein, Amy Touchette, Erica McDonald, Juliana Beasley
The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, Andrea Stultiens and Arthur Kisitu
Woman With a Camera (35mm), Anne Collier
Odo Yakuza Tokyo (second edition), Anton Kusters
Hose Variations, Bjarne Bare
BURN.01
Memory Traces, Cary Markerink
The Distance Between Us, Christopher Capozziello
Concresco, David Galjaard
27 Good-byes, Deanna Dikeman
574 Views of Johnstown, Ed Panar
Road Ends in Water, Eliot Dudik
French American Trip, Eric Tabuchi
This is Not My Wife, Erik van der Weijde
How Terry Likes His Coffee, Florian van Roekel
Sadkids Number 5: Gonerfest Edition, Geoffrey Ellis
No Destiny (Transitions-Rochester), Gregory Halpern
A Falling Horizon, Heidi de Gier
Butte, America: A Vernacular History. Vol. 1, Ian van Coller
10, in-public
Cityscapes + Birdmen, Jacquie Maria Wessels
Unmarked Sites, Jessica Auer
My Brother’s War, Jessica Hines
Found Piles & Other Topograhica, John Steck Jr.
Last Call, Judith Stenneken
CENSURA, Julián Barón
The Color of Hay, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin
offSET, Lacey Terrell
The Ninety-Nine Percent, Mathieu Asselin
Desert Days, Matt Austin
Carry Me Ohio, Matt Eich
Ramadan in Yemen, Max Pam
See You Soon, Maxwell Anderson
A Journal of Southern History, McNair Evans
Summer Weather, Michael Jang
No Man’s Land, Mishka Henner
Geolocation, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman
The Pier, Nils Petter Löfstedt
Gone Quickly, Noah Beil
Visitor, Ofer Wolberger
There is Nothing Beautiful Around Here, Paccarik Orue
Donovan Wylie One Day Taking Photographs in Belfast, Peter Mann
Muddy Treads, Peter Sutherland
Grassland, Phil Underdown
The Constant Change, photo.circle
Firework Studies, Pierre Le Hors
Preston Bus Station, Preston is My Paris
Crime Victims Chronicle, Ray Meeks and Deborah Luster
Stay Cool, RJ Shaughnessy
Alpine Star, Ron Jude
Thrashers, Sacha Maric
May the Road Rise to Meet You, Sara Macel
9/11 Flipbook, Scott Blake
Owner of this World, Shawn Records
The Election Project, Simon Roberts
Hackney Wick, Stephen Gill
Vedove / Widows, Takashi Homma
Cathedral Cars, Thomas Mailaender
Looters, Tiane Doan na Champassak
Behind the Curtains, Tomas van Houtryve
Gomorroh Girl (second edition), Valerio Spada
Qaammaqqivaar, Verena Bruening
Empty Bottles, WassinkLundgren
Tokyo Tokyo, WassinkLudgren
Parking Garages, Willson Cummer
Kitintale, Yann Gross
Before Tomorrow, Yannik Willing
The Story of Four Generations, Yee Ling Tang

“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” from the Indie Photobook Library, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, is part of the exhibition “Picture Books”, the juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books at Duke University. “A Survey” has been paired down to include just the 70 photobooks and does not include the photographs from the original Gallery Carte Blanche exhibition.

Juried Photobooks:

A Train, Brad Farwell
All the Presidents Men, Rebecca Sittler
Astoria-Megler Bridge, Wil van Iersel
Belle Morte, Maureen O’Leary
Collier Classification System of Very Small Objects, Brian Collier
Darkwood, Chris Bennett
Days at Home, Wolfgang Hastert
Easy on the Eyes, Jeanette May
F9, Ian F.B. Dunn, Monica Dameron, Nick Pironio, Miller Taylor, Georgia Ponton
False Starts, Karen Voltz
Great Wall, Yuanliang Sun
House of Sound, Chris Bennett
Late Autumn Fragments, Aaron Canipe
Mississippi, Trey Hardin
Moonsoot, Alex Cunningham
Native Ground, Rob McDonald
Oculus Song, Marianne Dages
Overdue, Joan Oh
Parts of a Whole, Hsiang-Lu Meng
Postscript, Rachel Boillot
Revolutionary, Tyler McPhee
Rural Life, American Guide
Seeking the Source, Bryon Darby
Southern Route, Tamara Reynolds
Supermoon, Adam Forrester
Sutton Law, Kristina Baker
Swell, Julianna Foster
Tesseract, Sebastian Collett
Testify, Roger May
Textures San Miguel, Kristine Deninno
The Battle of Monmouth, Hannah Smith-Allen
The Ground, Tate Shaw
This is a Pornographic Picture, Brad Farwell
Transculture, Yuanliang SUn
Who the F#ck is Carla, Wil van Iersel
Windows, Emily Volles
Work, Rick Febre

Floating Island

Floating Island © Mike Osborne

Title: Floating Island

Photographer/s: Mike Osborne

Date of publication: 2014

Carabanchel

Carabanchel ©Mark Parascandola

Title: Carabanchel

Photographer/s: Mark Parascandola

Contributor/s: Mark Parascandola

Date of publication: 6/1/2014

The Oracle@WiFi

The Oracle@WiFi © Beth Lilly

Title: The Oracle@WiFi

Photographer/s: Beth Lilly

Contributor/s: Katherine Ware

Date of publication: August 2012

Stay Young Issue Four

Stay Young Issue Four © Editions Ltd.

Title: Stay Young Issue Four

Photographer/s: Aaron Canipe, Andrew Johnson, Matilda Hill-Jenkins, Michael Thomas, Sasha Kurmaz, Stephanie Noritz, Lola Paprocka, Samuel J. Davison, Andrew Kodama, Tyrone Williams, Daniel Wilson, Lana Adams, Chris Godfrey, Benoît Chailleux, Ben Clement, Doğan Arslanoğlu, Clair Saint-Camille, Jason Hamilton, Jamie Allan Shaw, Cathy Marshall, Luke Pownall, Josie Olivia Stock, Konstantine Borovski, Tracy Nguyen, Matt Gordon Winch & Kelli Pennington.

Date of publication: 2014