Sunday, April 14, 2013

On the Trail, for Leonidas Hubbard

I've been meaning to finish this mini-book for the past two months and am finally getting to it now. Back in December I asked Larry Desautels, a friend, writer & professor in Buffalo, NY, to help me with the foreword to my book, The Height of Land. Larry decided to write a poem to introduce the work and I sent him some photographs from the Hubbard expedition to assist in his writing. Unfortunately the book went to press before Larry had a chance to finish his writing so I decided to create a separate mini-book for the poem. I am very pleased to share On the Trail, for Leonidas Hubbard, a new book I've made using Larry's writing accompanied with Leonidas Hubbard & Dillon Wallace's photographs from 1903.

Larry's poem is beautiful and haunting. It's perfect for the Hubbard story and I'm so thrilled with this collaboration. I am almost done with the print files (still tweaking text layout & size), I will then be printing and binding them in the studio. The book is 5" tall, by 4" wide/ 8" page spread. The book will be available shortly through Houseboat Press for $5. Stay tuned.

 photo OTT_Cover_zps2025a192.jpg Front & back covers
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

mailing books & prints

Lure of Labrador Project Backers-

I am very pleased to announce that I have in my possession all 400 copies of my photo book, The Height of Land, and will be mailing rewards this week! I just picked up all of the copies this past Thursday from the binder in Philadelphia, PA.

Those of you who pledged $50+ will be receiving a copy of the book and a photographic print. Most of you (#90/150) have completed the recent survey and selected your photograph and specified if you'd like your book signed, personalized, etc. If you haven't done so already please check through your email and look for the survey request and reply as soon as possible. A few of you didn't enter your first and last name on the form so I have no way of knowing who replied. If I have not heard from you, or if you didn't complete the form in full, I will be emailing individuals throughout the week and requesting this information. Mailing these rewards and organizing all this information has been challenging to say the least and I do not want to further delay fulfilling my obligations to you. I apologize if you've received multiple requests or redundancies, just trying to complete my obligations as efficiently and professionally as possible. I really look forward to you receiving your books and artwork and hearing your feedback. This has been a great experience, thank you again for your support and for your patience.

All the best,

Ryan Arthurs


george river 2013 video

Check out this video, produced by Charlie Katyrcz, of our trip down the George River.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

recent survey request

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Print #1: Lobstick, Smallwood Reservoir, 2012 Photobucket
Print #2: Henry, Control Station, Smallwood Reservoir, 2012 Photobucket
Print #3: Wedge Point, Ashini Cabin, Indian House Lake, 2012 Photobucket
Print #4: Zach Crossing Height of Land, Hubbard Lake, 2012 Photobucket
Print #5: Henry & Brent Climbing, Indian House Lake, 2012 Photobucket
Print #6: Brian Sleeping, Upper George River, 2012 Photobucket
Print #7: Henry & Zach Cooking Dinner, Elson Lake, 2012 Photobucket Photobucket Print #8: View over Labrador City, 2011 Photobucket Print #9: Leaving Lake Melville, Departure Point of Hubbard Expedition, 2011 Photobucket Print #10: Lone Pine, Labrador, 2011 Photobucket Print #11: Forest Fire, Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, 2011

Lure of Labrador Project Backers,

Here are 11 images for you to choose from for your photo Kickstarter rewards. I will be printing your images shortly so please reply as soon as possible. I have addresses and contact information for almost all of you, but many people haven't replied to my survey or email requests so please take the time to do that if you want to receive your rewards.

I am picking up the books from Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb 21st. I hope to mail the prints & books the week of Feb. 25th. You will have everything shortly. Thanks for your continued patience and I look forward to sharing my hard work with everyone shortly.

Best Always,

Ryan Arthurs,

the height of land

It's here! The Height of Land, by Ryan Arthurs

Picked up a handful of copies of the book earlier this week from Philadelphia, PA. Unfortunately the opening reception that was schedule for Friday, Feb 8th at Aviary Gallery was delayed due to the blizzard. Re-scheduling the reception for Friday, Feb. 22nd from 6-9pm. The good news is that I will have all of the books by that time. Heading to Toronto to the Wilderness Canoe Symposium later this week, then driving through Philadelphia to pick up the remainder of the books.

It is my hope to mail out all the books and remaining Kickstarter rewards the week of Feb. 25th. Thank you everyone for your patience. It's been a very busy and exciting time for me and I really look forward to getting the books into your hands shortly. More to come shortly.

Monday, January 28, 2013

tumblr transition

As my Lure of Labrador Kickstarter project is drawing to a close I am transitioning from posting to this blog to posting to my photo Tumblr. For those unfamiliar with Tumblr it is more socially networked, easier to post photos to and allows for hi-res images. Check out some of my film from the George River and for those of you who want the book to remain a surprise I am not posting photos from that edit at this time. Enjoy.

Friday, January 18, 2013

hot off the press

Photobucket Today I received the first copy of the book (image left) and Aviary Gallery's announcement cards (image right). Thrilled with the print quality and color of the book prints and very happy to have more announcement cards to mail out. Lots of framing and web design to do this weekend.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

on press

I have some exciting news to share. After several rounds of color proofing and various technical adjustments the book is on press. Fireball Printing in Philadelphia, PA has started to print the first edition of The Height of Land. I've also been trading emails with the bookbinder, Allen Geiser, and everything so far is on schedule. When Allen receives the printed sheets he will begin assembling the signature folds, sowing, debossing, stamping and binding the books. Hoping to have a handful of books (100+) for my February opening at Aviary Gallery and the rest of the books sometime in mid to late February if all goes according to plan. Still scheduled to mail out the book and various Kickstarter rewards at that time. Can't wait to see the result of many months of hard work. Photobucket
I also wanted to let folks know that I am in the process of relaunching my website and should have the new site online within the next week or so. If you would like to order a copy of the book you will be able to do so there. I will also have an expanded edit of the book online but if you want the book edit to remain a surprise do not visit the website, haha.

Lastly, I am crafting a new survey to fulfill print requests. I will be sending that out this week so check your email. If you haven't seen the photographs I am offering they are featured on The Lure of Labrador blog. Speaking of checking your mailbox, be on the look out for several postcards that have been mailed out by various Team Lure of Labrador members.

wilderness canoe symposium

Photobucket Charlie Katrycz and I will be giving a 25 min presentation on our George River adventure on Saturday, Feb. 16th at the Wilderness Canoe Symposium in Toronto. If you are in the Toronto area consider registering for the symposium as there are some wonderful lectures planned. Visit:

Monday, January 14, 2013

check your mail

Photobucket Exhibition & book release announcement card. Photobucket Thank you card to Kickstarter backers.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

book binding

I spent my day binding a few books that I created while in grad school but never had the time to properly finish. The first project was a series of small books that I made while shooting at West Point. The size of the books was inspired by my great grandfather's "trophy print albums" from WWII. These books are basically his snapshots bound in the order that they were photographed. I liked the idea of making a book that used sequence without over-thinking content or progression. I decided to keep the books simple with a basic stitch to hinge them. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket The second project is an edit of portraits of various kayakers, canoeists, Coast Guard, Army and military men. I'm tentatively titling the book, Men of Action. The book is constructed as an accordion fold, which basically means the images zigzag between two unhinged book covers. Pretty thrilled with how the book turned out and excited to make more book dummies as I work on my edit for The Height of Land. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

a work in progress

Photobucket I've taken almost a 2 wk hiatus from the blog and I have to admit it was a well deserved and needed break. Creatively I've been working on the book and editing photos everyday, I just haven't been writing about it on the blog. For that I apologize. I will make a better effort to write posts detailing my work in the studio... starting tomorrow.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

new york weekend

Big weekend plans! Hoping on Bolt bus tomorrow morning at 7am to head to the NY Art Book Fair at PS1/MOMA. Will spend the day looking at amazing art books, meeting publishers and networking. Really excited to spend a few hours in New York, it's always so exciting to be in the city. Photobucket
Then back on the bus to Boston tomorrow evening so I can pick up my dog, Stout, and head to Upstate NY to celebrate with Zach & Stephanie Arem. Zach & Stephanie were married in August down in Florida but are throwing a fall bash with friends on family for those who couldn't make the trip. I will be sure to take photos and post them on Monday when I am back. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the lovely, cool fall weather.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

nyc art book fair: exhibitors

Over the past two days I've been extensively researching the list of exhibitors at the NY Art Book Fair taking place this weekend at PS1/MOMA. I wanted to write a post and share some of people and projects I most look forward to seeing.

This past May I had the great fortune of traveling to NYC with my classmate Dan Boardman and photographer extraordinaire Matthew Monteith (see May blog post: NY City Book Tour to read more). In short, we had a great day visiting various bookstores but the highlight was spending the afternoon at the International Center of Photography's amazing library and meeting Deirdre Donohue & Matthew Carson, ICP's talented and amazing librarians/archivists.

Deirdre and Matthew will be running a pop-up reading room in Long Island City. I've added some information about their event below, copied from the ICP Library's blog. Photobucket
10×10 Reading Room, a 3-day pop-up reading room sponsored by the International Center of Photography Library and the Photobook Facebook Group, presents 100 Japanese photobooks from the perspective of 10 specialists who have each been asked to select 10 postwar Japanese photobooks or magazines.Over the past 10 years an ever-expanding community of photobook collectors has grown in both Japan and the West. Recent photobook studies and resources have primarily focused on rare and out of print photobooks. Those seeking information beyond these seminal books have turned to museum libraries and online communities. Realizing that a void existed for the general public to have direct access to many of the smaller editions, lesser known postwar Japanese photobooks and magazines, the International Center of Photography Library and the Photobook Facebook Group have invited 10 specialists, who include critics, curators, editors, writers, publishers, gallerists and booksellers, to share their knowledge about Japanese photobooks. By no means conclusive, the selection presented in the 10×10 reading room is shaped by the specific interests of each specialist and is just a small sampling of the larger breadth and variety within Japanese photobooks.

10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room
ICP – Bard MFA Studio Space
24-20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Long Island City
Runs concurrently with the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 and is located across the street.

Next up: J & L Books Photobucket J&L Books is a non-profit Atlanta / New York based publisher of artists' books, founded in 2000 by Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton. J&L produces two to five new books each year of previously unpublished or rarely seen work by contemporary artists.

Photobucket Selection of J&L Books from left to right: Golden Palms by Ed Panar, Crushed by Jason Fulford and Shut Up Truth by Michael Schmelling.

J&L produces some amazing art books! Jason Fulford is a master when it comes to the book form, whether it be editing and sequencing his own work or working with other artists. One of my recent favorites is Gregory Halpern's "A" which came out last year. Photobucket Images from Gregory Halpern's book "A".

Greg came to lecture at MassArt this past spring and gave one of the best and most engaging lectures about photography books that I've ever heard. He described sequencing images in photo books like a musician arranges a score of music- paying special attention to repetitions and how a "note/photo" can reappear but grow louder or softer throughout an edit. If you visit his website you will get a sense of the lyricism that I am talking about.

Next up: TBW Books Photobucket
Images: from Paul Schiek's book "Dead Men Don't Look Like Me"

I had the great, albeit, brief pleasure of working with Paul Schiek when I lived in San Francisco. We spent some time working on a frame project for Stefan Kirkeby at his shop Smith Anderson North. Paul is an amazing photographer, I greatly admire his work and I'm thrilled that his publishing company, TBW Books, is taking on such ambitious projects. I've listed some information below about his Subscription Series, text copied via TBW Books website.

Subscription Series:
Every year, TBW Books invites four accomplished artists working in the photographic medium to present an intensely personal and poetic exploration of their work to be released in the form of a book. Represented by one book in this four book series, each artist is given complete creative control. These gifted individuals craft powerful, surprising, and completely uncompromised works that implore the viewer to contemplate the relationships between images. The books provide an unparalleled glimpse into the thinking processes of who we consider to be four of today's most exciting image-makers.

All components of the books are printed and assembled proudly in Oakland, CA. We recognize the value of keeping resources within the community, and are committed to doing business with like-minded, independent printing professionals. Photobucket
Images from Dru Donovan's "Lifting Water" series published in Subscription Series 3.

Past Subscription Series have been recognized and collected by many prominent galleries, museums and institutions, and have also been featured in many articles in contemporary art and culture magazines.

Our subscription series and format is a novel idea that has already made an impact on the art and publishing worlds. By offering these books only as a set, we seek to preserve the relationships that take place between them. Our commitment to publishing a variety of both established and early career artists contrasts the art world’s habit of disconnecting artists based on their generations. We feel the dialogue between the works of different artists emphasizes that great photographs come from a place unaffected by time or space, and instead act as independent truths.

The Subscription Series is a limited edition, hand numbered book series that is released quarterly. Book quantities are limited to 750 unsigned subscriptions and 50 signed subscriptions.

Recent artists who have participated in the Subscription Series include: Mark Steinmetz, Dru Donovan, Elaine Stocki, Katy Grannan, Todd Hido, Abner Nolan, Marianne Mueller, and Alec Soth... just to name a few.

Next up: The Thing PhotobucketImage of Dave Eggers Issue #16.

THE THING QUARTERLY is an object based publication produced by visual artists Jonn Herscend and Will Rogan. Each issue is conceived of by a different contributor. The object is reproduced, wrapped, and shipped to the subscribers. THE THING projects is an off-shoot that encompasses a wide range of artworks and events.

Artists who have been invited to produced a THING have included: Chris Johanson, Jonathon Lethem, James Franco, Lucy Pullen, Tucker Nichols and Miranda July... to name a few. Photobucket Issue 16 is by American writer Dave Eggers. Published on a shower curtain, with the idea that one would read it while showering, this issue is a monologue told to Dave Eggers by his shower curtain. It was produced in collaboration with Izola and is printed on a 72x72 inch PEVA (PVC Free) shower curtain.

Next up: Decode Books Photobucket
In 2010, American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar embarked on a month-long road trip throughout New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. They were interested in investigating the Australian social phenomenon of tall poppy syndrome, in which successful people, or the “tall poppies,” get “cut down to size” and are resented or ridiculed because their talents or achievements distinguish them from their peers. Photobucket
Is the syndrome real? Can it be documented or observed? Stein and Mehrfar set out to explore quintessential Australian life and find what evidence they could of the existence of this phenomenon. They spent their days meeting and photographing everyday Australians—from schoolchildren in their plaid uniforms to young surfers playing at the beach to grandmothers meeting at their social clubs—all the while learning about the relationship between the group and the individual within Australian society. The resulting photographs in Tall Poppy Syndrome present their investigation into and observations of daily Australian life.

Via Kelli Connell (via Matthew Gamber on FB... gotta love the internet) I just read about a viewing party for Justin James Reed's book "2013" which is only able to be viewed in the dark under black lights. AMAZING!
Photobucket Book as Performance
Viewing party for "2013," by Justin James Reed, released earlier this year. The book utilizes ink that can only be viewed under ultra violet light and was created with performative experience and communal viewings in mind. This program will include a video performance of the book by Anouk Kruitof and a live group viewing of the book in complete darkness. Presented by Horses Think Press.

Saturday, September 29th 7:00 pm, The Classroom @ MoMA PS1