European Perspectives – and KesselsKramer Publishing book releases

There are some European treats lined up for photographers with bookings now being taken for Portfolio Reviews held as part of the in Denmark, as well as two new books from the cutting-edge initiative KesselsKramer Publishing, Amsterdam.


The will run from 1 – 31 October 2009. Previously known as the Odense Foto Triennale – the Funen Festival of Photography, the festival has broadened its focus from the city of Odense to focus on the “entire Funen community”. Funen will provide the backdrop for “a large scale photo festival” and the “coastal cities Assens, Faaborg, Kerteminde, Svendborg and Odense in conjunction with Ringe, will each make room for surprising and thoughtful exhibitions with the theme Landscape“.

Portfolio reviews will be held at the Meeting Place from 2 – 4 October at the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark, where, over three days, “photographic artists” have “a unique opportunity to present their work to international experts: museum curators, gallery owners, magazine editors and museum- and festival directors from around the world”.


Portfolio reviews at the Meeting Place, photo courtesy of


The bios of participating Portfolio Reviewers can be read online, with accompanying photos. Bookings only opened last week on 17 August, so you still have plenty of time to book slots with your preferred reviewers. Each review will last 20 minutes. Prices are as follows: 6 reviews costs 900 DKK, 12 reviews 1.600 DKK and 18 reviews 2.000 DKK. For more information, visit the main website or contact:


Portfolio reviews at the Meeting Place, photo courtesy of

For the second time, Erik Kessels brings his own photos together in a new book Tree Paintings – Photography by Erik Kessels, which documents trees “marked for destruction by loggers”. Kessels has recorded these ‘tags’, or simple inscriptions made on the bark of the tree by different people, in a series of close up shots. The second book release, Bombay Beauties, is a collection of found photographs which have been acquired and edited by Kessels and is a follow-up to Bangkok Beauties. The featured images were collected in Mumbai and depict “a rich mix of ordinary subjects from hairdressers’ models to family shots, to wedding images”.

Kessels has brought vernacular photography to the forefront and his exhibition Loving Your Pictures was one of the highlights of Rencontres d’Arles 2007. As with much of Kessels curation of, mainly, ‘found’ photographs, the themes and concepts binding the work appear deceptively simple but are brilliantly polysemic and engaging. What’s more, photographers considering producing their own books would benefit from looking at the selection of books produced and published by KesselsKramer Publishing, especially as each work is conceived of and treated to different processes resulting in objects which help achieve the initiative’s stated interest “in testing boundaries in the field of publishing”.

The HQ, KesselsKramer, is located in Amsterdam and has a sister hub outlet KKOutlet – a quirky place which is a hybrid communications agency-cum-gallery-cum-bookshop – perched in east London’s hip Hoxton Square. Kessels’s magazine Useful Photography can be purchased here alongside a wonderful collection of books.


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