The books, featuring images taken in New York and California respectively, showcase a ceremonious ode to skateboarding. A fast and furious ride, each tome presents an intimate lens into the extreme sport: at times an adrenaline rush equivalent to an episode of Rocket Power, at others a soft depiction of skating as if it were performance art.
Another absolutely thrilling example of how Nagashima uses the camera’s power is provided by Self-Portraits, a newly released collection of photographs. At the occasion of her retrospective at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in 2017, the photographs were shown as a 30 minute slide show with more than 600 images, spanning 24 years (1992-2016). In the book, they are distilled down to a smaller number, presented chronologically.
The earliest photograph shows a young, serious looking backpacker, her face turned to the camera, while the rest of her body is ready to walk off onto some trip. The following photographs employ a....
By Holly Black
"Britain’s ubiquitous graffiti-strewn carparks, rundown bus stations, and no-frills pubs might not seem like obvious subjects for artistic scrutiny. But these seemingly innocuous places hold a special kind of magic for Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson, who started documenting them a decade ago in Preston, the northern city where both artists lived and worked at the time. Now, the pair looks over the legacy of their collaborative project with a new book, Preston is my Paris: 2009–2019, presenting a slice of the huge amount of imagery they produced..."
By Jessica Klingelfuss
"Preston, on the surface, is a distinctly unremarkable British city. It’s also ever-changing, in a way – a city for train commuters who find themselves in limbo between Wigan and Lancaster. For ten years, Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson have dedicated themselves to exploring the oft-overlooked locale with Preston is my Paris – a photography-based project that began as a photocopied zine has since come to include publications, site-specific installations, live events, digital applications, education and writing..."
Founded by Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson, Preston is my Paris is, according to Murray, “a photocopied zine with the intention of encouraging the exploration of Preston as a subject for creative practice.” The duo’s seminal work included Preston Bus Station, a limited-edition newsprint publication created with Jamie Hawkesworth at the very start of his career. Published by Dashwood Books, this book toasts ten years of the project with over 100 photographs from the Preston is my Paris archive.
by Daisy Woodward
"In the summer of 1981, South African photographer and artist Gary Schneider and his partner John Erdman did what they’d done for the past three summers and vacated their home in New York City for a seaside holiday cottage on Long Island. The rental house formed part of Salters Cottages, “a very small, discreet community [whose inhabitants] spent much energy staying out of each other’s way,” Schneider explains. Like other years, the artist invited his friend and mentor, the visionary photographer Peter Hujar, to come and stay in the cottage’s spare room. Unlike previous years, however, Schneider decided that that summer...
By Megan Williams
"The north of England has long captured the fascination of the wider nation and beyond. Liverpool and Manchester are both heralded as cultural epicentres, having collectively spawned some of music’s most iconic bands and left a lasting impression on club culture. Meanwhile, photographers, filmmakers and fashion designers from the past and present have been inspired by, and have in turn inspired, the image of the north.
However, Preston – a relatively young city, having only been awarded city status in 2002 – has often escaped the attention afforded to its neighbours. That’s not to say it’s undeserving...