Interior Relations (Charles Lane Press)

Title: Interior Relations

Photographer/s: Ian van Coller

Contributor/s: Essay: Sindiwe Magona
Design: Andrew Sloat
Editor: Seth Boyd
Production Supervisor: Sue Medlicott
Color Separations: Robert J. Hemmesey

Date of publication: 2011

Place of publication: New York

Dimensions: 11.5×13.25 inches

Edition size: 500

Type of binding: Casebound in Japanese saifu cloth with French fold dustjacket

Number of pages: 68

Number of pictures: 28

Type of printing: Offset

Publisher: Charles Lane Press

Designer: Andrew Sloat

Editor: Seth Boyd

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-9818770-3-7

Category: Book

Price: $65

Summary: While Ian van Coller was growing up in the 1970s, the black women working in his parents’ upper class home in a whites-only suburb of Johannesburg were valued as members of the family. Nannies and maids who helped raise the children and run the household, they were ever-present confidants and friends. And yet they were conspicuously absent from family vacations and photo albums.

Apartheid, though it has been officially consigned to history, continues to live on in nearly a million South African homes where blacks still serve the needs of the white minority. Ian van Coller’s first monograph, Interior Relations, deftly probes this enduring racial fault line with a simple yet elegant premise: he has asked black housekeepers, nannies and maids to wear their finest clothes, and to sit for formal portraits in the homes they care for.

Though the subjects’ white employers are never shown, evidence of their privilege crowds around the women, forever out of reach: every portrait a cameo of apartheid in redux.

For Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa’s most celebrated black writers, working as a domestic in her youth provided a desperately needed but meager income that she was forced to supplement by selling sheep heads on the street. Serving white families represented a constriction of the soul that was broken only by the force of her will to become a writer.

Magona’s introduction channels the voices of van Coller’s subjects through her own years as a domestic worker. Ian van Coller’s delicate and reverential portraits, coupled with Sindiwe Magona’s searing essay, offer a starkly original view of the intersection of race and class in post-apartheid South Africa.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa

Website: www.ianvancoller.com

Book link: http://shop.charleslanepress.com/products/interior-relations

Donated by: Ian van Coller

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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.
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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

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive at Rayko in San Francisco

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APPA in San Francisco
Hosted by Rayko
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 495-3773
Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:30-7:30pm

The Indie Photobook Library welcomes the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to the United States! Come to Rayko for the first stop in the APPA’s roadtrip of pop-up exhibitions. The APPA will exhibit contemporary self-published photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region. Browse almost 50 titles, socialize, be inspired, get creative!

Modeled after the Indie Photobook Library, founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010 and based in the DC area, the APPA is a unique collection of self-published, limited edition, and handmade photobooks and zines whose sole purpose is the promotion of photographic work/books from the Asia-Pacific region. The AP region has some of the most exciting and vibrant photographic work being produced currently – due to economic and, sometimes, political and social constraints, photobooks from most countries in the AP region are not able to be seen at fairs and festivals internationally, and do not get shortlisted for the top awards in the USA and Europe. The Archive redresses this balance by getting copies directly from the photographers themselves, from countries big and small in the Asia-Pacific region and then traveling to events and festivals worldwide to show and promote these books; these books are ones that would not be seen and experienced otherwise. In 2013 the Archive traveled to Tokyo, Cambodia, and Malaysia, and in 2014 with huge collection of books now in the Archive we are traveling to the USA to bring a selection of photobooks never before seen in North America.
The Archive has a permanent home in Melbourne, Australia, which is open to the public, researchers, artists, and institutions. The Archive also runs photobook talks, workshops, competitions, discussions, advisory sessions, and helps unknown Asia-Pacific photographers to get their work published. The Archive is directed by Daniel Boetker-Smith; Daniel is also the founder of Photobook Melbourne, an international photobook festival happening in February 2015 in Melbourne.

For more information about these collections and to donate books, visit www.indiephotobooklibrary.org and www.photobookarchive.com.

Outside Windows

Outside Windows © Steven Tagle

Title: Outside Windows

Photographer/s: Steven Tagle

Contributor/s: Jeff Parker

Date of publication: 2/4/14

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Trying to Find the Ocean © Michael Ast

Title: Trying to Find the Ocean

Photographer/s: Michael Ast

Contributor/s: Mark Alice Durant (afterword essay)

Date of publication: May, 2014

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Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found © Heidi Kirkpatrick

Title: Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Photographer/s: Heidi Kirkpatrick

Date of publication: October 12, 2013

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa © Verena Hägler

Title: Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Photographer/s: Verena Hägler

Contributor/s: Sarah Dorkenwald (Book design) / Andrea Cermak (Editorial) / Verena Hägler (Interviews)

Date of publication: 7th March 2014

Beauty and Wisdom

Beauty and Wisdom © Robbie Kaye

Title: Beauty and Wisdom

Photographer/s: Robbie Kaye

Contributor/s: Destiny Allison, Aline Smithson, Rita Ross, Michiko Rolek, Karen Monroy, Beth Hoffman,Ruby Salter, Diana Clark,

Date of publication: 2013

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Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad © Lotte Clerkx

Title: Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad

Photographer/s: Lotte Clerkx

Contributor/s: Hannie van den Bergh, Ellen van den Berg

Date of publication: may 2014

Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness)

Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness) © Marco Antonio Cruz

Title: Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness)

Photographer/s: Marco Antonio Cruz

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen, Conaculta

Date of publication: 2011

CHOQUES (Collisions)

CHOQUES (Collisions) © Diego Levy

Title: CHOQUES (Collisions)

Photographer/s: Diego Levy

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen,Conaculta

Date of publication: September, 2010

DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region)

DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region) © Gerardo Suter

Title: DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region)

Photographer/s: Gerardo Suter

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen, Conaculta

Date of publication: 2011