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It was Tuesday November 4, 2003 when Micamera rolled up the gate for the first time and started selling photobooks in Milan. Since then, we have hosted many of our favourite artists and publishers. We now celebrate our fifteenth anniversary with the exhibition by Ed Panar, accompanied by a selection of American publishers and a special focus on Deadbeat Club Press, whose catalogue will be on display. Founder Clint Woodside will be in Milan together with Ed Panar and special guest Tim Carpenter.
Opening and anniversary party on Tuesday November 13, followed by portfolio reviews on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, talk by Ed Panar, Tim Carpenter and Clint Woodside at the Photo Vogue Festival in Milan.
The week will end on Saturday at Frigoriferi Milanesi with a talk on the relationship between images and powers (with Martina Bacigalupo and Giacomo Papi, info here)
Tuesday November 13_ 7pm
Ed Panar: In the Vicinity + pop-up store, focus on Deadbeat Club
Ed Panar: In the Vicinity
In In The Vicinity, Ed Panar navigates a remote corner of Mendocino County, an area located within the Emerald Triangle, also known as the heart of California’s cannabis culture. Hidden under the cover of densely forested mountain sides, foothills and valleys, the cannabis plant is leading the way and being tended to: cultivated and revered for its potent economic, psychotropic, and mythological values.
The photographs in In The Vicinity were made between 2007 and 2017, during the sunset chapter of a distinctly Wild West era of this thriving industry. Struck by the natural beauty of the sparsely populated, rugged terrain against the psychedelic blending of the seasons, Panar set out to describe the outwardly idyllic terroir of endless sun- soaked ridges rolling beneath snow capped mountains that provide the dramatic backdrop and ideal conditions for outdoor growing of the cannabis plant. We have the feeling of being inside a cloistered farming community, though we are kept at a respectful distance.
The quiet clarity of Panar’s photographs—landscape, still life, details and the occasional nonhuman observer— provide an open ended invitation to consider not only an area within and along the edges of this industry, but also the gray areas of photographic representation and its ability to provide “documentary” insight into something as elusive and enigmatic as the allure of this mythical plant and the emerging modern cannabis economy.
The book was released by Deadbeat Club in June and is available here
Ed Panar is a Pittsburgh based photographer. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently included in the exhibition The Grain of the Present at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. He is co-founder of Spaces Corners , a project space dedicated to photobooks and core faculty at Ithaca College’s Image Text Ithaca MFA program.
In the Vicinity is his eighth monograph. He previously published Animals that saw me, Volume Two (The Ice plant, 2016), Both sides of Sunset (Metropolis Books, 2015. Foreword by Ed Ruscha), Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes (Spaces Corners & The Ice Plant, 2013), Salad Days (Gottlund Verlag, 2011-2012), Animals That Saw Me, Volume One (The Ice Plant, 2011), Same Difference (Gottlund Verlag, 2010), Golden Palms (J&L Books, 2007).
Pop-up store_focus on Deadbeat Club
Alongside the exhibition, Micamera will display a selection of books inspired by the scene around Deadbeat Club, imprint dedicated to contemporary photo books & zines, founded by Clint Woodside in 2011 and based in Los Angeles. Among the pubished authors, also Todd Hido, Ed Templeton (both exhibited at Micamera) and skater Jerry Hsu.
From their website: Working closely with the artist, Deadbeat Club seeks to produce a body of work that illustrates the artist’s original intentions, making sure their vision is never compromised. This collaborative effort ensures that both the artist and the publisher walk away with something they can both be proud of.
Clint Woodside was born in Buffalo, NY. Beside having founded Deadbeat Club, Woodside is a curator and an author. Among his monographs: Let Me Die In My Footsteps (self, 2013), Build Us A Path (self, 2014) Undercover Cars (Kill Your Idols, 2016) and Vineland (self, 2017). His work has been widely exhibited and published in the United States and overseas, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Sweden, China, Seoul, and Australia.
Special guest: Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter (Illinois, 1968) is a photographer, publisher and writer based in Brooklyn and central Illinois. He received his MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School in 2012, and co-founded TIS Books in the same year. Among his monographs: A house and a tree (2015, TIS); The king of the birds (TIS); Local Objects (The Ice Plant); township, a collaboration with Raymond Meeks, Adrianna Ault e Brad Zellar (Dumbsaint / TIS, 2017). Together with Raymond Meeks, he is currently on view at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam.
Tim Carpenter will be at Micamera to present Still Feel Gone (Deadbeat Club, 2018), a unique collaboration with Nathan Pearce. Essentially two books in one. The work of the two photographers is presented separately and yet the pictures of each are in intimate dialogue with one another. The authors chose a common motif – the railroad – to articulate shared feelings on landscape and longing. For the ceaseless desire to be other and elsewhere, wherever it is that the real and the ideal collapse into one. For the life you want but have never known, as the song goes.
While Nathan Pierce uses a handheld camera from the train window, Tim Carpenter made pictures with a view camera placed on or near the rails of his home county.
*Tuesday November 13, 7pm: opening
*Wednesday November 14 + Thursday November 15 – BOOK NOW!
from 6 to 8PM: portfolio reviews with Ed Panar, Clint Woodside, Tim Carpenter + Martina Bacigalupo (only on Thursday)
cost: 30€ for 1 review (20 minutes) / 70€ for three reviews
info and reservations write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Friday November 16, 4PM
Tim Carpenter, Ed Panar and Clint Woodside _ talk at Photo Vogue Festival (BASE)
*Saturday November 17, 3PM
Martina Bacigalupo, Giacomo Papi, Francesco M.Cataluccio and Giulia Zorzi _ talk at Frigoriferi Milanesi
The exhibition and the pop-up store will be open through Saturday, December 8th