From a book neatly tucked inside its box cover to a made-to-order calendar or a jigsaw puzzle, photography can take on all manner of forms, much to the delight of consumers everywhere. Following are a few of our suggestions to enjoy year-round.
Natural Order: Edward Burtynsky at home
The latest series by Edward Burtynsky, a photographer who has roamed the world for over forty years in search of man's imprint on the landscape, comes as a bit of a surprise. Shot last spring during lockdown, this immersion into the heart of a forest in his native Canada– in Ontario, the region where he took his first photos–is an invitation to reflect and meditate. Thirty-three pictures soberly laid out and encased in a box cover, as if it were a personal diary. At once a refuge and a metaphor for this period of suspended time imposed on a large part of humanity, nature is here too a reflection of the photographer's soul.
Text by Edward Burtynsky 64 pages, 33 images, fabric box cover, 41.9 x 33.5 cm, English, 98.00 euros. Order it here from Steidl.
Toiletpaper calendar: 2021 is finally here!
Magazines, books, clothing, posters, jewelry, etc.: the duo made up of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, better known as Toiletpaper, is constantly reinventing the way we think of and consume photography. Caution: not for the overly sensitive + sense of humor strongly recommended in order to fully appreciate the compositions, which range from absurdist to trash or even gore: this is some pretty wild stuff! The 2021 calendar has arrived, just in time for the perfect seasonal gift. New this year is the option to customize your own calendar poster by choosing the format, one image among twenty choices, and four different layouts.
Format 50 x 70 cm: 60 euros; 70 x 100 cm: 80 euros
Get it here
Henri Cartier-Bresson: puzzled
The Forbidden City, Beijing, 1948. This famous image by HCB is the subject of the first jigsaw puzzle being launched by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. More special projects like this are scheduled to come out next year. Having to assemble a thousand pieces means that the image is sure to be scrutinized and examined in great detail—enough to pass the time on the long, confined winter evenings of a global pandemic. Patience and perseverance will be required to complete this daunting task! Available at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson bookstore or online here. 68 x 49 cm + an image for reference; 19.90 euros.
By Sophie Bernard
Sophie Bernard is a journalist specializing in photography, a contributor to La Gazette de Drouot and Le Quotidien de l'Art, an exhibition curator and a teacher at EFET in Paris.