Caleb’s zine corner #2

Caleb’s zine corner #2

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Punctum Times No. 15 (2011)

“GOZO YOSHIMASU REQUIEM – A pilgrimage… … to the deep water planet’s Turtle Island. Now! Toward the Dragon King’s (Ryugu) palace… …

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Hello this week in the zine corner I am looking at Punctum Times No. 15. Punctum Times is (from their website punctum.jp) “a newspaper-style publication of photography and art, rolling off the press since 2006”. By “newspaper-style” they are referring to the newsprint paper, not the content or its layout. Also printed in full color !! Also “Punctum” keeps autocorrecting to “Puncture” because I guess this computer hasn’t read Barthes (but it’s the ICP library computer ??)

No. 15 features a multimedia 2011 project by Gozo Yoshimasu, who is most famous for his poetry. This magazine features plenty of poetry (scans of handwritten verse as well as typed text and inscriptions on the back of Instax photos), however it is mostly photographs. The title is a reference to the Japanese folktale of Urashima Taro, which is often compared to Rip Van Winkle. In it, a fisherman rescues a turtle and in return gets to ride on its back to the undersea palace of Ryujin the Dragon God. He only stays in the palace for three days but when he comes back to his village 300 years have passed. Again, from punctum.jp:

‘Gozo Yoshimasu visited the Watts Towers in L.A., Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona in March, 2011.

He made his new films “gozoCiné” and wrote texts there.

He also took a lot of photographs with a digital camera and an instant camera.

It’s not too much to say that the Japanese worst earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011 inspired him to make these things, I think.

He made some films, took lots of photographs, and wrote a long texts and many memorandum.

This issue has a very special meaning for the readers and the author. This is a requiem for…… [Publisher & Editor: Issei Teramoto]”

The images of the Watts Towers are juxtaposed with handwritten text, subtitled “Original Manuscript of “REQUIEM…”. According to Wikipedia, “The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park in the Watts community of Los Angeles. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99 feet (30 m). The towers and walls were designed and built by Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.”

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Having seen Yoshimasu read I was aware of his highly performative art practice and in this project we see evidence of that: on page 29, “Sedona, AZ 3:57 3.31.2011 (JST)”, and on the back cover, we see photographs of Yoshimasu wearing a green poncho and holding a clothes hanger with objects hanging from it. Nowhere else does he appear in the zine, however the photographs feel like we are seeing through his eyes. They begin in Tokyo, before moving onto Los Angeles and various locations in Arizona. There are both color and black and white photographs in a variety of different styles, including some abstract light trails towards the center that I was particularly drawn to. Some photographs are also split across pages, and a white vertical strip divides the sections. Another image that caught my attention was “Flagstaff, AZ 5:07 3.30.2011 (JST)”, which appears to portray a large pool inside of a bar (it’s unclear).

You can learn more about Punctum Times at punctum.jp and you can browse this issue in person at the ICP Library 🙂

~Caleb, Teaching assistant, ICP Library

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Caleb’s zine corner #1

Caleb’s zine corner #1

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SEAWEED

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Welcome to the zine corner ~ the creation of this column was prompted by our huge box of uncatalogued zines and similar publications. Corner #1 is about SEAWEED, but this style of publication won’t necessarily be the norm for the corner since it is much more professional and is mostly writing as opposed to photos. Anyway, corner #1 here we go !!!!!!!!!!……………..

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A few weeks ago we received a package from South Korea containing copies of volume 1 of humongous publication SEAWEED. Emily and I could barely contain our excitement! This issue starts off with a better introduction than I could come up with so I will quote it in full:

“Published in Jeju, South Korea

Presented in East Asia and Further

SEAWEED is the Playground

People Come to Playbor (play + labor)

& Share Their Work

: A Collective Portfolio

A Common Ingredient in Many East Asian dishes

If You Say “Seaweed 씨위드” in Korean

It Sounds No Different from “See With” or “Sea With”

We Want to See the World with You

Connect the Seas with Your Ideas”

One thing not mentioned in this introduction is that the magazine is Very Large which is Very Cool. It is printed in full color (the Korean language version is mostly green and the English version is mostly pink) and contains articles, photographs, and illustrations. As the introduction asserts, SEAWEED is a transnational, multivalent perspective on art and life, assembled from a variety of different writers and artists. Volume 1 includes writing on Sunsook Kim, Indieguerilla, “Gangnam Style”, Washington D.C., Kang Yo-Bae, cutting boards, “Living Tragedies and Dying Workers”, Juae Park, “Owning Art” and much much more. The issue also contains interviews with Kara Walker and David Dixon (Cathouse FUNeral), and illustrations by Adehla Lee and Kang Jun-suk. I think what caught my interest the most (and what I am excited to see in the next volume) were the “column” sections; “Letters to Artists #1”, “PRACTICE Everyday Life, Part 1”, and “Body + Thinking Diary”.

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Volume 1 concludes with a note from Nayun Lee, the editor in chief, about creating maps of bookstores and cultural spaces in Jeju, South Korea, and also the origin of SEAWEED.

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I absolutely recommend this publication!! We have a copy on display for your viewing pleasure here at the ICP library. However, if you are not close by here are some places to find SEAWEED online:

iseaweed.org

instagram.com/seaweed_journal

facebook.com/seaweed.seawith.5

 

~Caleb, Teaching Assistant, ICP Library

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An Aries birthday party.

img_5956Today marks the 99th birthday of the founding father of ICP. To celebrate, we are sharing some photographs and a astrological reading of our favorite Aries. These are photographs discovered in the past year processing his archives.

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Aries (The Ram) is the first astrological sign in the zodiac and the first sign of the spring, are characterized as full of life, passionate, enthusiastic but always like to be first.

Aries are adventurous and courageous, always determined to accept challenges. Because of their autonomy, the Aries is a born leader.

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The weakness of the Aries is their tendency towards impatience when not faced with a challenging situation, this can also lead to thoughtless or impulsive behavior.

 

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At the end of the day, the Aries are cheerful and the combination of all of their traits make them very cute and loyal to friends new and old.

Happy Birthday, Cornie! The next one will be a big one!

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Happy birthday to Yofi Capa

One of my greatest joys processing the Cornell Capa papers, is coming across a picture of Cornell’s dog, Yofi. Yofi was beloved by Capa and Edie and is very often mentioned in their correspondence, friends and colleagues both asking after and wishing the pup well.

In a card from photographer Yvonne Kalmus, addressed March 29th, 1969 he writes: “Sabra’s First Day In U.S. Yofi – 3/29-69 “Cornell_Capa_Papers-Yofi-003

This note also was enclosed with two photographs by Yvonne of a very young Yofi puppy.

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Perhaps not his exact birthday, but we celebrate 48 years of you today, Yofi!

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What six of the saw. . . Part four

 

Cornell_Capa_Papers-Burroughs-005“What six of them saw” is a project from 1971 produced by the International fund for Concerned Photography. The original idea of the project was for the young photographers to work on something that they were “into”, some facet of life to investigate during their summer holidays. The age of the participants ranges from 13 to 25; they came from all over the country and their projects were extremely varied and an intriguing.

 

Robert J. Burroughs from San Diego, California from the WSTS – What Six of Them Saw project from 1971. His project began on the 4th July . . .”I will put on a pack with everything I need to survive (minus food) and stick out my thumb on interstate 5 and go wherever the cars take me. I will carry my cameras and all the Tri-X I can get my hands on and photograph the people I meet and the ones I get rides with and the places I stay and what I do. I will come back, develop the film and print the pictures if they are successful.”  Thus began “A Hitch-Hiking nomad’s Impression of his Native Land” a project that didn’t always go to plan according to the correspondence between Robert and Cornell and Robert was not entirely happy with the result. However, looking at these images today I feel that it really does capture something of this time.

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What six of them saw. . .part three

Chester Higgins, Jr 

cornell_capa_papers-higgins_jr-003.jpg“What six of them saw” is a project from 1971 produced by the International fund for Concerned Photography. The original idea of the project was for the young photographers to work on something that they were “into”, some facet of life to investigate during their summer holidays. The age of the participants ranges from 13 to 25; they came from all over the country and their projects were extremely varied and an intriguing.

Chester Higgins, Jr  was a recent graduate in Business Management from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and these are his posts from the WSTS – What Six of Them Saw project from 1971. Chester had already published a 96 page photo essay in 1970 called “Black Woman” (McCall Publishing Company) and he was already an extremely professional and competent photographer at this point, published in many magazines including LIFE, even though he was still under 25 years old [meeting the criteria for the WSTS project].  Chester was working on his “Black Children” book for this summer project. His mother was an elementary school teacher in Alabama and he was very much deeply connected to this local community. His photographs are simply beautiful.

 

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What six of them saw. . . part two

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“What six of them saw” is a project from 1971 produced by the International fund for Concerned Photography. The original idea of the project was for the young photographers to work on something that they were “into”, some facet of life to investigate during their summer holidays. The age of the participants ranges from 13 to 25; they came from all over the country and their projects were extremely varied and an intriguing.

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Arthur Sirdofsky was a New York City native and his work from the WSTS – What Six of Them Saw project from 1971 was “A Community Project with Apache Indians”.  It was a profound project about social change in a community that had already suffered virtual genocide, re-organization and now possible termination.  Arthur traveled into the different reservations of the Blackfoot, Ute and Whiteriver Apache and engaged with the radical movements of Indian youth like “Red Power”.  Extraordinary images

Long ago this was their summer. This was their 1971. 

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