I’m slightly shocked, I have to say, that I more than tripled the length of tasj for the debut edition of Flash, a series dedicated exclusively to photography, and still only managed to include a small percentage of the names that shaped my original layout. That said, I think the issue does a fairly good job of providing a basic overview of photography in 2012 and I hope you come away from it with some new insights into and understanding of the medium.
In the opening pages of the issue, you will find Snapshot, a portfolio of profiles on the project-packed schedules of twelve photographers for whom 2012 holds major museum retrospectives, award ceremonies, book releases, shows at galleries and festivals around the world and more.
Photographers aren’t only getting support from the institutions, though; as the reports on the springtime sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury in At The Auctions reveal, the collector’s market for photography of the 20th and 21st century is only continuing to grow, with thirteen world auction records set across the two sales at Phillips alone.
The focus in the succeeding section, Showtime is less mercenary; here, the emphasis is on the high level and wide variety of photography that has been presented in galleries and museums this year, one such example being cover artist Juergen Teller’s exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in February. The features on Mona Kuhn, Thomas Ruff and Francesca Woodman expand on this theme, exploring in detail the bodies of work these photographers recently mounted at Flowers Galleries, Haus der Kunst, SFMOMA and the Guggenheim, respectively.
The issue is rounded out by the first installment in the new Album series, the tasj Bookshelf, a peek into Estevan Oriol’s (very full) camera bag and some words by Jonathas de Andrade on the works he contributed to The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial. Finally, I hope that after reading our interview with Ben Shapiro, director of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, you will be inspired either to seek out or revisit this wonderful film - it is one of my personal favorites in the endless stream of art documentaries released in the past year and I could not recommend it more highly.
Finally, as always, thank you for supporting tasj!
- Elisa Carmichael, Editor-in-Chief