JöRG COLDBERG'S BEST PHOTO BOOKS 2009
Dana Lixenbergs book was mentioned as one of the best photo books of 2009 amongst others as jpegs by Thomas Ruff and American Power by Mitch Epstein. Click here to view the article.
DANA LIXENBERG VISITS SHISHMAREF
In October photographer Dana Lixenberg returned to Shishmaref with 50 copies of The Last Days of Shishmaref. The book was co-published in November 2008 by Paradox and Episode Publishers. In some of the houses she found her own pictures pinned to the wall: polaroids she had left during her last visit. Since then, a new seawall was built. It is meant to protect the island against erosion from the waves caused by the increasingly violent autumn storms. During her visit Lixenberg also met with the school’s new deputy director discussing the possibility of pupils continuing their role as video reporters for the Shishmaref website.
CONSCIENTIOUS BLOG: BEST PHOTO BOOKS 2009
On Jörg Coldberg's blog Conscientious Dana Lixenbergs book was mentioned as one of the best photo books of 2009 amongst others as jpegs by Thomas Ruff and American Power by Mitch Epstein. Click here to view the article.
FOTO8 REVIEWED THE BOOK
An excellent review was written by Ken Grant for the print and online magazine FOTO8 based in the UK. (Jun 2009) Click here to visit.
“Employing a large format process, Lixenberg has worked fluently, [....] building through its portraiture, interior details and the careful noting of the land and its seasonal shifts a refined, substantial understanding of a community that sits at the edge of the US in every sense. […] Looking at these pictures, it’s easy to sense the concerns that must preoccupy each life in Shishmaref and wonder how this community will continue as it eventually, inevitably relocates itself. As each section of this book closes, the sea laps against the land, appearing vivid, daunting and persistent. It becomes clear that it will explode again, working itself into the autumn storms that will surge and trespass, making these concerns ever more desperate.”
BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGN
The book, designed by the prize winning company Mevis & van Deursen, co-published by post editions and Paradox, was awarded as one of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2008. A few signed copies of the book together with a print in a limited edition of 100 (23x30 cm) are still available.
From left to right: Martien Ulders (Slinger Printer), Dana Lixenberg, Bas Vroege (Paradox), Nina Post (posteditions).
DE BEST VERZORGDE BOEKEN 2008
BOOK REVIEW ON CONSCIENTIOUS
Lixenberg’s book received several excellent reviews in the international press. Conscientious, Jörg Coldberg’s blog on contemporary photography states: “Unlike most other photography books, which come with some sort of introduction, a bunch of photographs, and then a short statement plus acknowledgements by the photographers (a somewhat tiring format, isn’t it?), The Last Days of Shishmaref alternates photography sections with sections of text that provide some context. So you can treat the book not “just” as a photography book, but you can also learn something about what is actually going on, what is causing the little village to disappear into the sea. I can’t think of a better way to approach the subject matter. (…) It is the kind of book that belongs onto the book shelves of any serious collector and anyone who appreciates contemporary photography for what it does and for how it does that. A stunning achievement.” visit Jörg Coldberg’s blog here
“Unlike most other photography books, [....] The Last Days of Shishmaref alternates photography sections with sections of text that provide some context. So you can treat the book not "just" as a photography book, but you can also learn something about what is actually going on, what is causing the little village to disappear into the sea. I can't think of a better way to approach the subject matter.[….]It is the kind of book that belongs onto the book shelves of any serious collector and anyone who appreciates contemporary photography for what it does and for how it does that. A stunning achievement.”
BOOK NOMINATED BY PHOTOEYE
Dana Lixenberg's book The Last Days of Shishmaref has been nominated by Lesley Martin, editor of Aperture Magazine, for Best Photobooks of 2008 in Photo-Eye Magazine.
THE BOOK BY DANA LIXENBERG
Photographer Dana Lixenberg stayed in Shishmaref for several weeks during the winter and summer of 2007. She explored the intricate relationship between the inhabitants and the rough, bleak and beautiful landscape that surrounds them. Using her 4x5-inch field camera makes the act of photographing more formal than hand-held photography, resulting in an intimate collaboration between the photographer and her subjects and in carefully composed still-lives. By combining portraiture, details of interiors, village tableaux, sea- and landscapes, Lixenberg creates a nuanced and complex portrait of this close-knit community, a community balancing between a past rooted in tradition and an uncertain future.
The book, loosely grouped around the different families living for generations on the island, contains over 80 images by Lixenberg. Together with texts on subjects like relocation, subsistence, identity, modern life and infrastructure the photography draws a stark image of the island and her inhabitants. The myth, depicted by film director Jan Louter, has been passed down from generation to generation, telling of the emergence (‘it all started with a strip of sand’) and disappearance (‘swallowed up by the sea’) of the island of Sarichef.
208 pages, full colour
Layout and design: Mevis & Van Deursen
Text: Eefje Blankevoort (Prospektor)
Research: Taco Hidde Bakker (Paradox)
Printed by Slinger, Alkmaar (NL)
Published by Paradox/ episode publishers
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208 color pages | Paperback | 22 x 16,5 cm | Paradox/ post editions, 2008. Order at email@example.com NL €35 | EU €40 | WORLD €52.50 or visit the webshop post editions | ISBN 978-9059731-110 (Dutch edition) | ISBN 978-9059731-103 (English edition)
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BIOGRAPHY DANA LIXENBERG
Dana Lixenberg (born in Amsterdam, 1964) lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied photography at the London College of Printing (1984–1986) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1987–1989).
In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Watts, Los Angeles. She soon received commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and Vibe, among many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while, Lixenberg continues working on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Projects include a follow up to the Imperial Courts series of 1993, which will culminate in a book and exhibition, and a portrait of life in Amsterdam composed solely of unpopulated still lifes, interiors and exteriors, to be shown at Foam museum, Amsterdam in 2011.
Lixenberg has been the recipient of several project and publication grants in the Netherlands. She was the subject of a documentary titled Dana Lixenberg: Thru Dutch Eyes in 1999, and in 2005 she was featured in an episode of the documentary series Hollands Zicht (Dutch Vision), both produced for Dutch television. Her publication Jeffersonville, Indiana was awarded Best Dutch Book Design, 2005. Her most recent publication, The Last Days of Shishmaref, has been awarded Best Dutch Book Design, 2008. In 2001, her first book, united states, was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam. Other solo museum exhibitions include The Last Days of Shishmaref at Het Nederlands Fotomuseum/LPII, Rotterdam in 2008 and Jeffersonville, Indiana at de Hallen, Haarlem, the Netherlands in 2005.