the list & review erik kessels paul kooiker terribly awesome photo books

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For several years, Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have organized evenings for friends in which they share the strangest photo books in their collections. The books shown are rarely available in regular shops, but are picked up in thrift stores and from antiquaries. The group’s fascination for these pictorial nonfiction books comes from the need to find images that exist on the fringe of regular commercial photo books. It’s only in this area that it’s possible to find images with an uncontrived quality. What’s noticeable from these publications is that there’s a thin line between being terrible and being awesome. This constant tension makes the books interesting. It’s also worth noting that these tomes all fall within certain categories: the medical, instructional, scientific, sex, humour or propaganda. Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have made a selection of their finest books from within this questionable new genre.

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The List & Review Erik Kessels Paul Kooiker Terribly awesome photo books

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  • Forseveralyears,PaulKooikerandErikKesselshaveorganizedeveningsforfriendsinwhichtheysharethestrangestphotobooksintheircollections.Thebooksshownarerarelyavailableinregularshops,butarepickedupinthriftstoresandfromantiquaries.Thegroupsfascinationforthesepictorialnonfictionbookscomesfromtheneedtofindimagesthatexistonthefringeofregularcommercialphotobooks.Itsonlyinthisareathatitspossibletofindimageswithanuncontrivedquality.Whatsnoticeablefromthesepublicationsisthattheresathinlinebetweenbeingterribleandbeingawesome.Thisconstanttensionmakesthebooksinteresting.Itsalsoworthnotingthatthesetomesallfallwithincertaincategories:themedical,instructional,scientific,sex,humourorpropaganda.PaulKooikerandErikKesselshavemadeaselectionoftheirfinestbooksfromwithinthisquestionablenewgenre.

  • AYALAH,D.&ISAACJ.WEINSTOCK,BREASTS.WomenspeakabouttheirBreastsandtheirLives.

    RADEMAKERS,Jefandt'HART,MaartenDutchDreamgirls.

  • MarianneWex:"Weibliche"und"mnnliche"KrpersprachealsFolgepatriarchalischerMachtverhltnisse.

  • WielebtmanimRuhrgebiet.Bewohnerfotografierten.

  • VELDETH.v.d.,Devolmaaktevrouw.Eenhandleidingvoorspecialelichaamscultuur.

    InternationalCloudAtlasVolumeIIWorldMeteorologicalOrganization1956

    TheWonderofInnocenceGinaLollobrigida1994

    LeConcoursCompletLaPractiqueLesChampionsVirginieBruneauLaurentGudinLavauzelle/Equitation1984

    DeNederlandseHuisvrouwPhilipsNederland1966

    FotografieDelBorgheseLuglioDecembre1968

  • Gibtessexnachdemtode?RosavonPraunheim1981

    MedicalPhotographyClinicalUltravioletInfraredH.LouGibson1973

  • NicohetjongetjedatineenhondveranderdeAndreMauroisGeraldMaurois

  • Moederwatisermis...metdezeplaneet?EendozijnpopulairwetenschappelijkeprojektenvanTheoKleyzoalsverteldaanInekeJungschleger

  • OpZoekHansPlompJeanPaulVroom

    NoiAmiamoSilvioAlbertoPeruzzoEditore2010

    UbistvoSvitaniaCivilnezrtveratuutuzliPrvoizdanjeTuzla1996

  • WomanAjarMarcelMarien1985

    JagdwaffenSudwestVerlag1970

    ImmerzuZweitPeter&TonyMackertich1976

    RockStarsintheirunderpantsPaulaYates1980

    Grandpa&MeWelearnaboutdeathMarlee&BenAlex

    ChimneyBookTimbattle1977

    WhyPaintCatsTheethicsoffelineaestheticsBurtonSilver&HeatherBusch2002

    MarineCorpsRecruitDepotParrisOslandSouthcarolinaPlatoon137

    ImmerZuZweitWolfgangLummerHeraldMante1982

    AwkwardFamilyPhotosMikeBenderDougChernack2010

  • TheChildrenWeRememberChanaByersAbells1987

  • In'tVerledenligthetHeden

    StripteaseDesAnnees5060AndreBelorgey1986

    Bridget'sDietCookbookBridget1972

    BridgeBabies'Ithoughtwewereplayingnotrump'DorothyW.Wilson1961

    BlikkenofBlozenAdrie&GeertvanOorschot

    KinderbilderbuchJesperHom&SvenGronlykke1976

    ZumWohnsystemT.NigglK.BohrmannFrancoiseBlondelHazelE.Hazel1971

    ABachelorsGuidetoAmsterdamuncencoredandunashamedGeraldPaine1973

    ErotoscopeRaymondAbigedJeanClaudePeretz1970

    CandySexRapportDeel1Masturberendevrouwen

    AusdemTagebucheinesPinUpFotografenMitdenschonstenFotosdesbekanntenFotografenFrankG.Quade1965

  • Review:TerriblyAwesomePhotobooksbyErikKesselsandPaulKooikerbyJoergColbergFeb14,2013

    Thereisnoshortageofbooksaboutphotobooks,withnewnewadditionsappearingregularly.Inasense,thesebookshavebecomerealworldversionsofTumblrpages,whereyoucanfindcollectionsofthingsundersomeasometimesbroad,sometimesspecificheadline.Thecollectorsideofmeenjoysseeingallthesebooks(Iownafairnumberofthem),butinrealityIdontreallylookatmostofthosebooksallthatmuch.Imightpulloneouttolooksomethingupforteaching.Justtomakethisclear,IdontmeantomakeitsoundasifImindedhavingthosebooks.Quiteonthecontrary.

    Thatsaid,Iwishtherewereabitmoreplayfulnessintheapproachtothesekindsofbooks.OrmaybeabetterwaytoexpresswhatImeanwouldbe:Iwishthereweremorebooksthatwerentsoconcernedwiththesurveyside,to,instead,collectphotobooksbasedon,yes,theeditorswhims.Inanartcontext,peopletendtopreferthetermcuratingforselectingbasedoncriteriathatareentirelysubjective(while,possibly,pretendingtobeobjective).

  • Butyougetmypoint,eventhoughyoumightheartilydisagreewithme.

    WithPaulKooikerandErikKesselsTerriblyAwesomePhotobooksthingshavenowgotabitmoreinteresting(btw,doyourselfafavourandclickonErikKesselswebsitelinkrepeatedly).IdontknowwhetherthetitleisinpartinspiredbywhatcouldbeTumblr(Givenitssomewhatjuvenile,itmightwellbe).Thepublicationitselfisbasedonactualmeetups:Forseveralyears,PaulKooikerandErikKesselshaveorganizedeveningsforfriendsinwhichtheysharethestrangestphotobooksintheircollections.Thebooksshownarerarelyavailableinregularshops,butarepickedupinthriftstoresandfromantiquaries.Thegroupsfascinationforthesepictorialnonfictionbookscomesfromtheneedtofindimagesthatexistonthefringeofregularcommercialphotobooks.(quotedfromthepublishersblurb)

    Thepublicationitselfcomesinnewsprintform.Thecentralspreadcontainsavisualoverviewofthefeaturedbooks,withbasicinformation(authors,titles,etc.)provided.Thereisnoadditionalinformationgivenbeyondthat.Eachbookisthenfeaturedintheformofoneexamplespreadacross(andcenteredon)twopages.Toseethefullbookspread,theviewerhastodisassembleTerriblyAwesomePhotobooks.Alternativelyleafingthroughthepublicationshowstwopartialspreadspairedupinitselfaninterestingwaytolookatthesebooks,sincethecombinationsareoftenquiteinteresting(itsquiteobviousthelayoutofthepublicationwascarefullyplanned).

    Whetherthebooksinquestionareterriblyawesomeorjustterribleorawesome,ofcourse,dependsononestaste.PeoplewillprobablyfinditeasytoagreeonthefactthatKooikerandKesselsmanagedtounearthquiteafewveryunusualphotobooks(Imexpectingarunonthesebooksnow),someofwhichareterribleandawesomeatthesametime.Heresthething,though.Regardlesswhatyouthinkofthesebookshere,TerriblyAwesomePhotobooksmakesitobviousthatphotobooksneedntbeonlythoughtoftheonespublishedbytheusualpublishers(Steidl,Aperture,Mack,HatjeCantz,etc.)orbyphotographersthemselves.Photographyhasbeenusedinbooksforalongtime,andthereisahugeworldofinterestingbooksoutthereoftensurprisinglysimpleandeasytofind,aslongasyourenotjustlookingforwhatyoualreadyknow.

    TerriblyAwesomePhotobookseditedbyErikKesselsandPaulKooiker64pagesArtPaperEditions2013