Zine Feature: “a parallel universe” by Chris Moody

Chris Moody recently shared his newest zine, “a parallel universe“, with us. Self described as a “series of images tied and intricately placed together to indicate this life and all of its parallels”, the zine follows this idea in a simple design that allows the photos to speak for themselves. Images range from landscapes, to urban scenes, but a focus on fauna and nature seem prevalent throughout. Besides instances of similar content matter, parallels start to from through the images use of color, form, and even mood, creating a nice little experience that warrants repeat visits. You can pick up a copy of the zine here, and make sure to check out Moody’s website as well.


“The Mad Butcher” by Dale Rothenberg

Just in time for the holidays we are pleased to announce our newest release.

This one is by Dale Rothenberg.

The Mad Butcher” follows the trail of Cleveland based 1930’s serial killer, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Lane. Offering a mix of archival black & white photographs & color photographs of murder specific locations, Rothenberg leads the viewer on a visual journey of history, memory, and begs us to ask questions about what has come before us.

It is now available for pre order & will ship December 15th. It will officially be released at the Aperture book bazaar on December 13.

2014 New York Art Book Fair

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again, but the New York Art Book Fair is this coming weekend and we hope you can swing by the Small Press Dome and say hello. Check out below for more information about the three publications we’ll be releasing at this fair as well as information about the Petty Thieves Five release party tomorrow night in Brooklyn – FB event information here!

“Canals” by Keith Lane
Keith Lane is a Washington, D.C. based photojournalist who we were lucky to have met at the 2013 D.C. Fotoweek Festival. Lane, providing a wide range of expertise and precession within his images, brought to us a series of Polaroids taken while covering the Arab Spring events within Cairo, Egypt. “Canals” provides a unique perspective into the life blood of Cairo,  the Nile river, and shows a quiet reflection of his own time covering the events but also how life must go on despite what is happening within ones daily life. This 11 x 17in, 20 page newsprint publication comes within a screen-printed archival envelope, and features a short verse of text by photographer, Laura El-Tantawy. Pre-order the publication here, or swing by the fair and pick up a copy in person. (All orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014)

Dai Kinchö” by Brett Davis
We recently featured Brett Davis on the blog, and we are now proud to announce the release of his newest booklet, “Dai Kinchö.”  This series takes us into the life of a young Japanese woman as she starts to figure out her own self and sexuality. Davis, using an interesting technique to create his images and pulling from a wide source of Japanese influences, constructs a tale that is both explicit and soft-spoken about the troubles of finding ones own sexuality within a culture that isn’t ready to address it themselves. This 40 page, 7 x 10in saddle stitched newsprint booklet will first be available at the NY Art Book Fair, and Davis will be conducting a signing as well during the fair. If you can’t make the fair, you can order one online as well here, all orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014.

Petty Thieves Five” featuring photographs from Victoria Crayhon, Patrick Barnes, James Whiting, Michael Ast, Josh Loeser, Eleanor Bleier, Jaclyn Wright, Alex Nelson, Sarah Katherine Moore, Justine Tobiasz, Matt Nighswander, Brett Gundlock, Tristan Wheelock, Phil Jackson, William Douglas, Nathaniel Grann, Chris Gregory, Nathan Pearce, Becky Harlan, Nick Wilkinson, Sara J. Winston, Nic Persinger, Thomas Pearson, Hannele Lahti, Carla Rodriguez, Matthew Crowther, Matthew Conboy, Caitlin Carr, Lauren Wansker, Paul Bothwell, Jordan Swartz, Shane Terry, and Taylor Galloway.

It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth installment of Petty Thieves. This one may even be the best yet, featuring a ton of awesome photographers from around the world, as well as plenty of new faces to the Petty Thieves game. The official launch party is tomorrow night - 867 Broadway, Brooklyn / 6:30 – 9:30pm – which will feature a projection of a wider edit of the work as well as the images that made it within this issue. This also happens to be the last event of the Empty Stretch takes-over NYC series at Hell & Gone Gallery, founded by our buddy Chris Berntsen, so make sure to swing by and say hello. Pre-order the publication here, or get one at the fair.

Feature: Cara Harman

Cara Harman’s series “Morning Blues” for me reads like the quiet transition scenes between big events in movies. These soft landscapes just before a character has a break through or break down. In here own words:

“Morning Blues” came around when I felt like I needed a photographic change of some sort. At the time I was only shooting black and white, and was beginning to lose my motivation to shoot for some reason. For class at Art Center College of Design, I usually had to wake up very early (before 6am) just to get there on time since my commute was so far. On my way there I started making little pit stops up and around the hill to take pictures of the surrounding landscapes in the rain and fog. This became a frequent thing and soon I realized how much I enjoyed shooting during these early mornings. It was something about that calm, blue, foggy low-light atmosphere that had me in a trance. The project soon developed into road-trips that I would plan out, and awakened a new sense of adventure in me. 

Please find more of Cara Harman’s work on her website.

Interview: Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis is a current RIT student in pursuit of a photo degree. His series My Parent’s Scrapbook is about the history of his parent’s relationship and their time before they were married. We asked him a few questions regarding this work.

Memory Box

Empty Stretch: Age/ Location/ 3 favorite things in life?
Benjamin Davis: 20 / Rochester NY / Family and friends, exploring, and cheap vodka.

ES: How did you get into photography?  Why do you keep photographing?
BD: I got into photography seriously in college for the first time. I had always been interested in art but typically just did sketching or painting. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in school so I took an Intro To Photography class taught by two graduate students and loved it. Seeing their work and looking at the different artists that they showed really inspired me and made me look more into the medium before I finally switched into the program. I really enjoy creating a narrative and developing metaphors through photographs. I keep creating images because I have so many different projects and ideas that I want to express. I’ll often take one picture or find an interesting object and then keep thinking about what it represents and how I can develop a project out of it. I’m always trying to find new methods of visual storytelling.

Broken Bottle, Artificial Beach

ES: What is your relationship to your parents, ie still in contact, are they divorced/ still together? estranged?
BD: I am still in contact with my parents. They have been together for 34 years, married for 27 and dated the other 7. One of the reasons I was so interested in their past is because of how long they have been together in a country where the divorce rate is so high.

Photobooth 1

ES: Do you have any siblings? how do they feel about this work, how do your parents feel about it?
BD: I have one older brother. We don’t talk very often, so I haven’t showed him the work yet. He works for a natural gas drilling company and travels often while I’m always away at school or off working. My parents didn’t really know what to think of the project at first or why I wanted to do it. We came across the box of objects she saved from the time period they were dating. I knew I wanted to do some sort of project with it. I asked them if I could borrow it and have been working on it off and on since. Now that the project has started to come together they like it. My mom has definitely taken an interest in it and just gave me more objects that she found, like another bundle of letters and an old chocolate box full of movie tickets.

Trip to Maine

ES: What is the process for deciding what is shared & what is photographed?
BD: I keep a notebook where I write down places mentioned in the letters. I then set aside letters that I feel showed a sense of character in the relationship for easier access later. I also ask them about their favorite activities and places of the time period. There are so many letters that I am still going through them in order to come up with more ideas. I also go through her scrapbooks and other objects that were saved and put into the box. After I pick out the interesting objects and places I think of what they represent and how I want to photograph it. Lots of the images are minimalist in nature because while I want them to be visually appealing the item still needs to take center stage. I try to share as much as I can because I want to create an appropriate idea of what the time period was like for them.

Motel Receipt

ES: Did you go into this with a clear idea of what you wanted to say about your family? or has it developed along the way?
BD: I always try to go into a project with an open mind and let it develop along the way. In the past I have gone into projects focused solely on one idea and it never turned out well. Some of the objects I found were sweet while others gave me a creepy vibe. I wanted to show both sides of this because in a way love can be like that too, very sweet and fun but it can also turn into obsession. As for the images of places that I visited I felt it important to show what I noticed there now, 27 years later.


ES: Any thoughts of next steps? taking it in a direction of Larry Sultans work, photographing your parents now?
BD: I really like Larry Sultan’s work and would like to photograph my parents now but still feel like I have a lot to do with their past. I want to continue this project throughout the fall and get back into the studio. I just took a trip last weekend to visit more places. I also found more old photographs and have been doing more work involving those like this rough edit I shot last weekend.

Please find more of Benjamin Davis’ work on his website.