VOP Issue 24：攝影書作為方法II Photobook As Method II
Voices of Photography 攝影之聲
Issue 24 : 攝影書作為方法II
Photobook As Method II
另外，我們還舉辦攝影書的國際紙上派對，邀集多位評論人、出版人、收藏者等來自世界各地的攝影專業讀者——飯澤耕太郎、朴智洙、言由、李錦麗、Daniel Boetker-Smith、Dieter Neubert和Larissa Leclair，與大家一起分享他們近期最喜愛的攝影讀本；當然，我們也沒忘了和大家一起去逛逛熱絡的國際藝術書展，感受此刻正在全球爆發的製本風潮與書展氣氛。同時，我們也新開啟「攝影書製作現場」系列，首集介紹在紐約從事獨立出版的Session Press攝影書企畫項目，其後將陸續從攝影書的編輯設計、印刷工法乃至品牌經營流通等環節，推出線上專業工作者的訪談，敬請期待。在「論影像」專欄，則挖掘了出版於1895年台灣受日本殖民統治開端之際、由英國人George U. Price拍攝的《北福爾摩沙的回憶》（Reminiscences of North Formosa），這是目前所知最早以「台灣／福爾摩沙」為名出版流通的攝影輯冊，在精煉的影像中，藉北台灣的茶業生態，書寫著面對不明未來的島嶼紀事；除了張世倫對這份珍貴影像史料的精彩分析，我們也將全書重新編輯作為附錄別冊，使讀者能一探其貌。
在Artist’s Showcase單元中，我們特別介紹日本藝術家栁美和，刊載她的攝影新作並回看她自1990年代以來的創作歷程。此外，也製作了已故攝影家深瀨昌久的專題，由深瀨昌久文獻庫總監Tomo Kosuga執筆，引介深瀨戲劇性的攝影人生。我們並紀念今年逝世的中國出版人殷德儉先生，感懷他在攝影出版上的投入奉獻。
As a form of creativity, books have become the single most important topic in the field of contemporary photography. Looking back, we first spoke about the self-publishing movement that was just unfolding in the inaugural issue of Voices of Photography in 2011. Several years later, this publishing wave has been raging and leaving its mark all around the world. Even though paperback publishing is thought to have entered its dying phase in this century, the burning flames of the photobook wave shows no signs of letting up. Nowadays, small international independent publishers have sprung up all over the world and art book fairs have bloomed. Photobooks are now the centerpiece of photography festivals, expos and creative competitions, becoming a special sight unique to this journey of development of photography and redefining the role and concept of “book-making”.
This is the golden age of photobooks. We have been watching closely the reading and publishing of imagery in Taiwan and since our inaugural issue, we have done photobook features every two years, keeping a record of the photography publishing landscape in Taiwan as an observation of image culture. This time, we had put out another open call for Taiwanese photography publications from 2016. We received more than a hundred contributions, a huge jump in numbers from before, flooding our editors’ room. In this issue, we are featuring many interesting publications, and have also invited designer Chia-Hsing Ho and art critics Manray Hsu and Shih-Lun Chang for a dialogue to discuss the current developments in regards to Taiwan’s photography publications.
In addition, we are throwing an international photography party on paper as we bring together critics, publishers and collectors from all over the world – Kotaro Iizawa, Jisoo Park, Yanyou Di Yuan, Gwen Lee, Daniel Boetker-Smith, Dieter Neubert and Larissa Leclair – to share their recent favorites in photography publications. Of course, we have not forgotten to bring our readers on a trip to boisterous international art book fairs for a real feel of the book-making trend that is exploding across the world, as well as soak in the atmosphere at the book fairs. At the same time, we are introducing a new “Photobook Making Case Study” series and in the first installment, we are featuring photobook projects from Session Press, an independent publisher based in New York. Subsequently, we will introduce the different aspects of photography publication such as the editorial designing of photobooks, printing methods, and even branding and supply chain management. Do also look forward to interviews with professionals in the industry in future issues. In “On Images”, we unearthed “Reminiscences of North Formosa”, a photobook authored by Englishman George U. Price, published in 1895, just as Taiwan came under Japanese rule. This is the earliest known photobook using the name “Taiwan/Formosa” and which was published and circulated. The slick images set against the background of Taiwan’s tea industry chronicle the happenings on this island facing an uncertain future. Apart from Shih-Lun Chang’s impressive analysis of this precious historical imagery data, we have also re-compiled the entire book and included it in this issue as a supplement volume for our readers.
In this issue’s “Artist Showcase”, we are introducing new photography works by Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi while looking back at her creative journey since the 1990s. We also have a special feature on the late photographer Masahisa Fukase’s dramatic life in photography, penned by Tomo Kosuga, Director of the Masahisa Fukase Archives. In addition, we pay tribute to the late Chinese publisher De-Jian Yin, who passed away earlier this year, as we reflect on his dedication to the publication of photography.
We would like to express our gratitude to all the artists who have shared their works with us for this issue. As VOP enters its seventh year, we are honored to be awarded the Golden Tripod Award (Humanities and Arts Award in the Magazines Categories) again as we continue pushing forward on this road of image publication. A big thank you to all our readers out there who have been marching alongside us!