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cover image: Ivars Gravlejs

This issue includes...

Brook Andrew - Systems of Allowance
Hany Armanious - Light
Del Kathryn Barton - The Stars Eat Your Body
Marcus Bergner - Four Designs
Stephen Bram - Collages
Claude Cahun - Aveux non Avenus
Mark Cohen - Interview and Photographs
Fiona Connor - Wall Section (home)
Mikala Dwyer - Saint Jude’s Leftovers
Hans Eijkelboom - In the Newspaper
Ivars Gravlejs - Interview and Photographs
Janina Green - Be Home Before Dark
Eliza Hutchison - Photographs
David Noonan - Collages
Ron Padgett - Man to Man
Barrington Vincent Sherman - Tenebrae Visibiles
Michael Williams - Photographs
Konrad Winkler - Julie

Mark Cohen - Interview and Photographs

Mark Cohen was born in 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he lived and photographed for most of his life. He now lives and works in Philadelphia. His work was first exhibited in 1969 at the George Eastman House but came to prominence with his first solo exhibition at MoMA in 1973. Known primarily for his black and white images, Cohen was also a pioneer of the 1970s colour movement that changed American photography.

Eliza Hutchison - Photographs

Eliza Hutchison was born 1965 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She now lives and works in Melbourne. Formally studying science, architecture, film, psychology and sculpture at Sydney University and RMIT, her interest lies in exploring psychological relationships to the photographic image and its materiality.

Hans Eijkelboom - In the Newspaper

Hans Eijkelboom was born in 1949 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He now lives and works in Amsterdam. Hans is an artist who works with photography. In his early work he used himself to investigate the influence of appearance and clothing on the relationship between the individual and identity. That gradually changed into the relationship between identity and world view as he looked for a method to visualise how repeated daily observations and experiences slowly form our world view. Over the last years he has dealt mainly with the relationship between the individual and the masses in a globalising society. 

David Noonan - Collages

David Noonan lives and works in London. He was born in 1969 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (2011), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2009), the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2008) and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007). In 2009, his work was included in the group show Altermodern, as part of the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2009). JRP/Ringier published two publications, a monograph (2012) and Scenes, an artist book in 2009.

Fiona Connor - Wall Section (home)

Fiona Connor is an artist that lives and works in Los Angeles. Photographs are by the artist and Marten Elder. The drawing is by Erin Besler.

Michael Williams - Photographs

Michael Williams was born in Melbourne in 1956. A photographer and cinematographer, his photographic survey of the suburban and industrial development in the flat western fringes of Melbourne started in the early 1980's. From 1990 to 1994 he lived and worked in Milan, Italy. The images featured were taken between 1983 and 1988.

Del Kathryn Barton - The Stars Eat Your Body

Del Kathryn Barton was born in 1972 in Sydney where she now lives and works. She is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney and ARNDT Gallery in Berlin and Singapore.

Barrington Vincent Sherman - Tenebrae Visible

Barrington Vincent Sherman was a bishop, Freemanson, mystic builder of Lego cities, collector of boxer shorts and rosary beads and member of the OTO. He was born in Melbourne and died there in 2014. The photographs published here are of his bedroom and are by his sister Sara Thorn.

Marcus Bergner - Four Designs

Marcus Bergner has exhibited his experimental films and sound poetry work extensively in Europe, America and Australia. In 2016 he will complete a new film and performance work at the Akademie  Schloss Solitude, Germany. See the recent artist publication by Arf Arf, CLANGUAGE: http://oralsite.be/pages/Clanguage.

Ivars Gravlejs - Interview and Photographs

Ivars Gravlejs was born in Latvia in 1979. He now lives and works in Prague.

Janina Green - Be Home Before Dark

Janina Green’s Be Home Before Dark is a photographic essay of the landscape in Gippsland, shot at dusk using a large format analogue camera, around her hometown.  A monograph of her works, Blush, was published in 2011 by M.33 who represent her work.

Konrad Winkler - Julie

Konrad Winkler is a Melbourne photographer. He has been exhibiting his work for the last 20 years; most recently in SEX at Strange Neighbour in Melbourne. Earlier in 2015, M.33 published Moments of My Life, his book of photographs and text. The  series included in the SEX exhibition, Love at First Sight will be published in 2016 by M.33. Photographs courtesy of Konrad Winkler and M.33.

Claude Cahun - Aveux non Avenus

Claude Cahun was born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob in Nantes, France. She began making photographic self-portraits as early as 1912 (aged 18), and continued taking images of herself through the 1930s. Around 1919, she changed her name to Claude Cahun. During the early 1920s, she moved to Paris with her lifelong partner and step-sibling Suzanne Malherbe. For the rest of their lives together, Cahun and Malherbe (who adopted the name ‘Marcel Moore’) collaborated on various written works, sculptures, photomontages and collages. In 1937 Cahun and Malherbe settled in Jersey. Following the fall of France and the German occupation of Jersey and the other Channel Islands, they became active as resistance workers and propagandists. In 1944 Cahun was arrested and sentenced to death, but the sentences were never carried out. However, Cahun's health never recovered from her treatment in jail, and she died in 1954. Images reproduced here are from the original edition of Aveux non Avenus (Paris: Editions du Carrefour, 1930) provided by Ursus Rare Books.

Mikala Dwyer - Saint Jude’s Leftovers 

Mikala Dwyer was born in 1969. The photographs and text published here are from her Saint Jude’s Leftovers (Your Thoughts in Lights) made and exhibited in Vienna in 2015. Thanks from Mikala to Negirvan Sarik, Mohammad Haci, Ulla von Brandenberg, Stefano Cagol and Aurelien Froment.

Stephen Bram - Collages

Stephen Bram was born in 1961 in Melbourne where he now lives and works. He is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne and Hamish McKay Gallery in Wellington.

Ron Padgett - Man to Man

Ron Padgett was born in Tulsa in 1948. His books include the poetry collections How Long, How to Be Perfect, You Never Know, Great Balls of Fire, and Collected Works, as well as three memoirs, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan; Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers; and Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard. His translations include Blaise Cendrars’ Complete Poems, Guillaume Apollinaire’s Poet Assassinated, Valery Larbaud’s Poems of A. O. Barnabooth (with Bill Zavatsky), and Flash Cards by Yu Jian (with Wang Ping). He has collaborated with artists such as Jim Dine, Alex Katz, George Schneeman, and Joe Brainard. Padgett has received Fulbright, NEA, Guggenheim, and Civitella Ranieri grants and fellowships, and was named Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. In 2008 he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He also received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Man to Man is from Blood Work, Bamberger Books, 1993.

Hany Armanious - Light

Hany Armanious was born in Egypt in 1962. He now lives and works in Sydney. 

Brook Andrew - Systems of Allowance

Brook Andrew was born in Sydney in 1970. He is known for his investigation of dominant Western narratives, specifically relating to colonialism. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and archives, Andrew travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections. Creating interdisciplinary works and immersive installations, Andrew presents viewers with alternative choices for interpreting the world, both individually and collectively, by intervening, expanding and re-framing history and our inheritance. These perspectives are driven by his involvement with international and local research practice and his cultural inheritance of Wiradjuri, Ngunnawal and Celtic ancestry. He is represented by Tolarno Galleries in Melbourne and by Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris and Brussels. 

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Bill Owen’s “Publish Your Photo Book (A Guide to Self-Publishing)” and Richard Misrach's “TELEGRAPH 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkley”

In 1979 Bill Owen’s “Publish Your Photo Book (A Guide to Self-Publishing)” included a chapter titled “Letters From Self Publishers”. One of those letters was from Richard Misrach. Here is the letter:

Bill Owens:

Here is the information you requested about Telegraph Ave. 3 A.M

TELEGRAPH 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkley,
California by Richard Misrach; Cornucopia Press, 1974. $17.00.

Original edition of 3,000 clothbound copies. (500 copies remaining).
Printed by Phelps/Schaefer lithographics in San Francisco: 80 pages,
8 5/8”, 64 photographs. Printed on S.D. Warren’s Cameo Dull by 
double impression offset lithography.

Cost per book: $5.00 per book plus expense of complimentary copies,
Postage, advertising, storage, distribution, etc.

Telegraph 3 A.M. received several awards including the Western Books
Association Award in 1975. To date, however, there has been no
profit. Books of this nature are never to be considered commercially
viable ventures (although there are exceptions). The value of pub-
lishing such books allows accessibility to a small, but interested
audience. The nature of such a document also makes more sense in the
book context than on a museum wall. By self-publishing one is able
to maintain the integrity of the context of the work, where large
publishing houses tend to “soup up” the production, often distorting
the work, to reach larger audiences. Also, in contrast to the tempo-
rary exhibition, the book can hang around for years as a permanent
record and an object for continual and extended viewing.

Special offer: $12.95 plus $1.00 shipping and 6 ½% sales tax for
California Residents. Mail check and order to:

10525 Clearwood Ct.
Los Angeles, California 90021


Richard Misrach

The afterword to Richard Misrach’s book “TELEGRAPH 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkley” reads as follows:

This photographic project began curiously enough. Spring 1972 was a time of personal difficulties and the direction of my photography had been particularly disappointing. I was interested in traditional landscape photography, but somehow, the images I made weren’t rooted in my experience deeply enough to be satisfying. Up to that time, I had attempted a half-dozen portraits which also proved unsuccessful. Then, in March of that year, I had a prophetic dream…

I had been up all night with the stomach flu and it was only in the early morning hours that my consciousness finally fell away. What merged in its place were faces, angry faces. One at a time, surrounded by darkness, they appeared in the distance. After each face materialized, it advanced towards me, rushing faster and faster, until it loomed large and terrifying, only to disappear and be supplanted by a new face in the distance. The sequence was repeated over and over. The fear was only relieved when I awoke, I took the dream as a mandate to photograph the faces I had seen, which I recognized as the people of Telegraph Avenue.

That same day, I put my camera on a tripod and walked down onto the Avenue. I was so intimidated by the street people that twice, before I made a single exposure, I decided to abandon the idea and go home. But somehow, I made that first exposure and from then on there was no turning back.

Only later, after coming to know many of the street people, did my original stereotypes and fears subside. I found many of them to be the warmest and most giving people I had ever met.

After the first photographs, I found my involvement expanding as the social and historical implications of the Avenue became apparent to me. I became concerned with the paradox of romantic fantasy and harsher reality that so marked the Telegraph scene. The Avenue had gone through many sobering changes since the flower children era: street people were crashing in parking lots, filthy streets and condemned buildings, and the idealistic spirited rebellion of the late sixties had been all but destroyed by the “system’s “ unresponsiveness. A bitter, disheartened mood pervaded the Avenue. Yet, there remained the spark of the defiance and endurance that persist as a reminder of a noble struggle. It is that spark which characterizes a significant era in the history of Telegraph Avenue’s street culture. But more important, it is the spark that suggests the sadness and beauty endemic to humankind.

After “TELEGRAPH 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkley” was published, Richard Misrach 'dissapeared' into the desert to take photographs.