6 Photo Books to End Your Year With

Have you been dismantled by 2016? Between the fractures of the political sphere, and the losses of major music icons like Sharon Jones, David Bowie, Prince, Juan Gabriel, Malik Taylor of A Tribe Called Quest, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire, and George Michael, it’s as if the world wants to cave in on itself.

And if that wasn’t enough to break our culture clogged hearts, we also lost actors and actresses we held dear like Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fischer, Florence Welsh of the Brady Bunch, Anton Yelchin, Alan Rickman, and Gene Wilder amongst many others, respectively.

Honestly, 2016 sucked. So to soften the blow I’ve rounded up 6 great photo books by women photographers who are sure to show us that this relentless, hard hitting year can still end beautifully.

Sonder
By Rossella Castello

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Sonder is a submission sent in to us by Italian photographer Rossella Castello, whose journey of asking an old woman named Violet for her portrait while in London led her to establishing authentic connections with otherwise total strangers. Yet the power behind creating a portrait led Rossella to four other individuals, each one subsequently leading her to someone else, creating an exponential effect on the young photographer.

Each book is a journey from beginning to end, from one initial character to many others.
Currently this title is out of print, but a new release of Sonder is soon to become available on Rosella’s website here.


L’Enfant-Femme
By Rania Matar

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What is a young girls connection to the camera? Photographer Rania Matar captures girls between the ages of 8 and 13, depicting them in deeply personal and poetic ways. Her book L’Enfant-Femme addresses themes of representation, voyeurism and transgression, all the while reminding us of the fragility of youth while also gesturing toward its unbridled curiosity and joy. Photographing girls in the Middle East and the United States, Matar makes us examine our universality, a beauty that transcends place, background and religion. Candidly capturing her subjects at a critical juncture in the early stages of adolescence, Matar conveys the confluence of angst, sexuality and personhood that defines the progression from childhood into adulthood.

L’Enfant-Femme is Rania Matar’s third book and is available for purchase here.


Cosmic Surgery
By Alma Haser

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Cosmic Surgery is an oddly whimsical filled 48 pages of delightful origami pop up portraits photographed and hand crafted by none other than Alma Haser. Her process involves three steps: photographing the subject, printing multiple copies of the portrait for origami making, and finally re-photographing the work with her origami set in place to create the final image.

With the simple act of folding an image, or ‘origamify’ as Alma puts it best, she is able to transform each face into something of her own creation.

Purchase Cosmic Surgery here for me, for a friend, or maybe even for yourself.


Looking For Alice
By Sian Davey

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Looking For Alice is the powerful award-winning project by British photographer Sian Davey, which tells the story of her daughter Alice and their family. Alice was born with Down’s Syndrome, but is no different to any other little girl or indeed human being. She feels what we all feel. Their family is also like many other families, and Sian’s portraits of Alice and their daily life are both intimate and familiar. “My family is a microcosm for the dynamics occurring in many other families. Previously as a psychotherapist I have listened to many stories and it is interesting that what has been revealed to me, after fifteen years of practice, is not how different we are to one another, but rather how alike we are as people. It is what we share that is significant. The stories vary but we all experience similar emotions.”
Own a signed hard copy of Looking For Alice via Trolley Books.

Olive Juice
By Molly Matalon and Damien Maloney

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Olive Juice is a monograph made by Molly Matalon in collaboration with photographer Damien Maloney. Together they have created part road trip journal part romantic travel memoir, Olive Juice situates the viewer somewhere between the backseat of a moving car and the edge of a motel bed. Presented as a non-linear narrative of still life, portraits, and landscapes, Olive Juice explores notions of friendship, intimacy, and gender, and ultimately confronts the ambiguities of representation in photography.

You can snag a copy of Olive Juice via Vuu Studio


Intimate
By Lauren Crow

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In our popular media, we rarely view honest depictions of intimacy. Sometimes they scratch the surface, but often don’t go deeper and further. These intimate scenes (in popular media) tend to also be created with idealized people with idealized bodies, leaving many of us feeling unseen and unimportant. Intimate is an exploration of these relationships – be it a platonic friend, a stranger from the internet, a sexual partner (current or from the past) a deep love or something blossoming and new and all the relationships in between. The possibilities are abundant, ever changing and beautiful.

Intimate is Lauren Crow’s first book, and is currently available for purchase here.

Top 5 Photo Zines You Should Know

Hello and welcome to this month’s installment of Top 5 Photo Zines You Should Know! With it being October and all, I want to start off by saying this is not a themed concentration. So to all horror aficionados out there, I apologize, there are no ghouls or goblins here. Maybe next time! Nonetheless, this set of photo zines is a great compilation.

Eff & Enn (2014)

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Daisy Noemi is a photographer and one of the organizers of LA Zine Fest, who was first introduced to zines in San Diego after attending a swap. Daisy’s most recent photo zine, Eff & Enn, is a series of all things flowers and landscapes captured in Los Angeles.

From the Topanga hiking trails to the front lawns of West LA, as well as Eureka and San Diego, Daisy gravitates to floral landscapes as she finds strength in their delicate state. Here’s what Daisy has to say about her floral muse:

It’s as if they understand they can’t be a tall standing flower without experiencing everything mother nature has in store for them, and that’s a really neat notion to me.
– Daisy Noemie

Eff & Enn is available at The Pop Hop in Highland Park, or get your copy straight from Daisy’s shop!

Enchantments (2015)

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Photographer, Ava Alamshah makes dreamy photo zines, and has tabled at both L.A & Long Beach Zine Fest. Her most recent zine, Enchantments, is 24 pages of vivid color, all shot on 35mm and medium format, starring the lovely Ema Aldana.

You can grab your copy of Enchantments at The Pop Hop, and Book Show, which are both located in Highland Park. Or contact Ava directly through her website if you’re interested.

Flawless (2014)

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Photographer Rebecca Peloquin, runs the micropublishing company, Repel Industries, an LA based art collective that produces books, zines, prints, and art overall. Her photo zine, Flawless, combats body shaming by featuring images of 24 individuals of different ages, genders, and ethnicities. Rebecca highlights that our differences is what makes us valuable.

You can see more of Rebecca’s work on her website. Or follow Rebecca on Instagram!

Pretty Fine (2015)

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Last month we featured Little Paper Press zine, Girls, and we are happy to hear that Hannah is at it again with another great photo zine.

Pretty Fine is a quarterly platform for young women in the Bay Area who make and do beautiful things. This first issue of Pretty Fine features over 20 ladies who write, draw, paint, photograph and more!

All proceeds from Pretty Fine will go toward publishing zines on behalf of Bay Area women.

Cover images by Crystal Millán, featuring work by:
Emily Proud
Sara McGrath
Lindsay Stripling
Vanessa Villarreal
Melissa McElhose
Monica Semergiu
Katrina McHugh
Court Sparks
annnnd more!

Readjust (2015)

London based photographer, Ruth McMillan celebrates life as part love story, and part wide-eyed adventure. To be honest, we can’t live without both. Her latest zine, Readjust, will have you drooling over all the right shades of purple, and patterns in 16 pages of full color. Grab your copy of Readjust at Ruth’s etsy store, Endless However.

All images and words were created by Ruth herself. Read an excerpt from Readjust below:

Excitement like sparklers the type you get at Halloween and you light them and they dazzle you like your own personal shooting star then they burn out but you light three more at once and swing them all around and listen to them fizz and sizzle. 


* * Check out last month’s Top Photo Zines You Should Know for more great titles. * *

Call for Photo Zines

Call For Zines

We’re looking for rad ladies around the world with photo zines. Email us your zines by October 15th for a chance to be featured in an upcoming “Top Zine’s You Should Know” installment, and if you haven’t seen our first set of zines, what are you waiting for?

Get to know these titles before they’re sold out! 

Top 5 Photo Zines You Should Know

Easy Yum (2015)LAZY MOM EASY YUM

Easy Yum is the fourth zine installation from Lazy Mom – the deliciously chaotic minds of New York duo Phyllis Ma and Josie Keefe – who explore food photography like no other, and give us a whole new perspective on plating. Easy Yum is available in full color for purchase in stores and online at Ooga Booga, located in Los Angeles. Try not to lick the pages.

Check out Lazy Mom’s awesome food gifs on tumblr!

Girls (2014) 

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Girls is the eighth issue of the Photoworks SF zine, originally published on February 14, 2014.
A collection of four stellar female photographers: Hana Haley, Vivian Fu, Wenxin Zhang, and Megan McIsaac, were chosen to represent the female voice in modern photography on the west coast. Each photographer has included a collection of their work, and a short piece on what it means to them to be a female photographer today.

Girls was designed, printed and bound by Hannah Louise Schuster of Little Paper Press.

Thanks Vision (2014)

Desilu Munoz is a photographer and arts writer of LA Taco. Her full color zine Thanks Vision features film photography from the streets of Los Angeles, shot with a Pentax K1000, Olympus XA2, Olympus Stylus, various disposable cameras and a Superheadz Black Slim Devil.

You can purchase Thanks Vision, and other zines made by Desilu, online at Applesauce Industries.
For more of Desilu’s photographs, follow her on Instagram.

Stop Asking Me About Amy, I Only Spent One Day With Her (2013)

On a hot summer day in Camden, photographer Valerie Phillips spent a day with the late Amy Winehouse. This now out of print zine was created in honor of Amy’s memory, but luckily you can check out the spread on Valerie’s website right here.

It was not an easy shoot. We ate ice-pops all day to keep cool. After Amy died people started to track me down, wanting my pictures, wanting my story, wanting something I would not give. I have no story about Amy. I did not know her. I put this Zine out with a love for the pictures we did on this one day. I don’t know why there are no pictures of the ice-pops. With respect.
– Valerie Phillips

Coffee And Portraits (2012)


Photographer and filmmaker, Julie Orlick shot 35mm portraits of her artist friends over twenty coffee shops and diners in Los Angeles. Coffee and Portraits is a black and white fiber print, saddle stitched zine, and is available for purchase on her website, or take a look at her zine in person at POP HOP bookstore, located in Monterrey Park.


Do you have a photo zine and would like to see it featured on Foto Infinitum?
Email me for future zine posts! Deadlines for submissions ends tomorrow October 10th.
But really, get em in by tomorrow.