Next week I'll be instagramming for 10x10 photobooks. Here's a bit of what I'll be sharing:
LOVE CUBE, Martin Parr
It isn't really a cube. But I do like it. It is heavy, orange, tough and easy to understand (but not always easy to get back in the box). As accessible books go, it would win many a game of top trumps. Along with Afronauts, it is one of the few books I have that I know everyone will enjoy and get something from. Now, with no binding and no spine, it probably isn't even a book, but no one has ever cared that has seen it, so I'm not about to start.
In a basket next to me I have a few rolls of old wall paper along with many meters of fabric and scraps of paper, various bits of stationary etc. I collect all this rubbish. But it is the wall paper I like most. The Whitworth gallery in Manchester has a giant collection, and maybe 15 years ago I saw a big exhibition there of wallpapers and it set me off. This book has a great wall paper on the inside of the box and on the back of the photos. Often it is the paper that people like looking at more than the photos, but I'm sure Martin Parr is o.k with that.
The book as a game. Now there is a 10x10 project right? Books that are games? Well, it must be sub genre. This one is simple. Pair people together that you think should be together and then check with the "answer photos".
The game asks us to decide if they are a good match. This book is best looked at by a big group. Everyone has a view, and some end up looking at clothing, other at features. Shoes, hair length, everything is observed and takes any photo type people back to August Sander. Normal people though just are able to enjoy the game and not be troubled by these thoughts.
So they are a pair. Happy days.
Going through each pair takes effort and it always reminds me how little we look at pictures in a book. 5 seconds is a long time, but these pictures get discussed for ages and conversations spin of into ones of fashion, style, the wet weather of Manchester.