Saturday, August 24, 2013

10x10 Photobooks @ Ten10 Studios

How rad is a show of photography books? Doesn’t get much better than this for me. A room lined with tables along the wall with photography books curated by photography types like Alec Soth and Brad Zeller, who apparently are digging on some late 90’s traditional photography like Andrea Modica, Chris Verene, Thomas Roma and the real old-timey and under-appreciated Birney Imes. Or Shannon Michael Cane representing Printed Matter, who went all sexual with almost-forgotten types like Jeff Burton and Leigh Ledare, which speaking of Leigh Ledare, he had a pretty daring selection of odd and challenging art books, which was hard not to respect. The show also featured a book of Terry Richardson’s teenage snapshots from when he was a West Coast hardcore kid. Also not surprisingly, Alec Soth seemed to manage to have a book in everyone’s selection, with a surprisingly large amount of Sam Falls in various selections as well. But the real standout of the show was the selection by Self Publish, Be Happy’s Bruno Ceschel, featuring the best thing I’ve ever seen from everyone’s favorite new photographer Lucas Blalock, a book of random pictures a la Roe Ethridge. Great stuff, apparently around since 2009, so I am a little out of the loop, but a heck of a book.

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