Something in the Way

Title: Something in the Way

Photographer/s: Scott Hubener

Date of publication: 2011

Dimensions: 9.5×8 inches

Type of binding: Softcover

Number of pages: 52

Type of paper: Mohawk Premium Lustre

Number of pictures: 39

Printer: Blurb

Language: English

Category: Artist Book (Photography)

Price: $35

Summary: Within the photographs of Something in the Way, people are depicted absorbed in thought or task, and a sense of ennui overshadows their existence. We cannot see into their thoughts, but we are informed of the subject’s situation by the details of the setting: lying in a bed laden with suitcases, isolated in a motel room, a child sitting with a doll. Present within the work is the theme of interiority vs. exteriority. This plays out visually within the photographs, first of exteriors of homes and the landscape in general, then juxtaposed with photographs of interiors of homes and the subjects within those walls. The subjects depicted also are representational of this theme. Their interior thoughts are masked by their exterior appearance, which is only a phenomenological representation.
In large part, these images consist of portraits of my family and friends, as well as the homes and interior spaces they occupy. I photographed objects and possessions within the homes, which are significant for the meaning they hold for the owners as well as their implications and associations for the viewer. Mundane human rituals interest me as well, and banal scenes like sitting around a table to eat, preparing food, smoking, or simply staring reflectively. Within the framing and composition, there is often space around the subjects, allowing them to fill their environment and illustrate their absorption in a task or action. These images depict the subject apparently unaware of the presence of the camera and enthralled in a chore or thought.
Even as the images suggest an overshadowing or isolation, there is also present the possibility of transformation, and the grace of the subject itself is by no means suppressed. There is something in the way an expression reveals or conceals thoughts, in the way the light falls, or in the way a gesture expresses elegance. The work is sequenced in a way that oscillates between warm and cool. This theme parallels that of the interiority and exteriority of the images. The warmth comes from inside the structures, where people can seek comfort and respite from the harshness of the elements. The exteriors are often cool, depicting snow and harsh weather. The interiors are duplicitous, however. While they offer comfort, they also enforce isolation. The balance, harmony and rhythm of life is reliant on this dichotomy, where the in-between moments become as significant as the momentous ones.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1979 Gainesville, FL

Website: www.scotthubener.com

Book link: http://www.blurb.com/books/2515158

Donated by: Scott Hubener

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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.

 

The APPA will then travel to the 5th Annual New York Zine Fair hosted by Camera Club of New York and Foley Gallery, September 12-14, 2014 and the Leica Store in DC, September 20, 2014.

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Title: Outside Windows

Photographer/s: Steven Tagle

Contributor/s: Jeff Parker

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Title: Trying to Find the Ocean

Photographer/s: Michael Ast

Contributor/s: Mark Alice Durant (afterword essay)

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Title: Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Photographer/s: Heidi Kirkpatrick

Date of publication: October 12, 2013

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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

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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

Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad

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

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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