Le Val Nord by Gilles Larvor
Le Val Nord by Gilles Larvor

I’m excited about the whole concept of Revers Editions ran by Elsa Seignol since the moment I’ve seen them for the first time about a year ago. And I must finally share my thoughts on this.

Revers build a highly interesting series of publications about France, printed zines. Small, “individual” documentaries, based on photos both from now and the past. A sort of independent historical archive of worthy, but previously unpublished, unseen works.

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Le Val Nord by Gilles Larvor

Great work, I find a lot of value in it. For me — an inspiring example of meaningful, beautiful indie publications.

And the format, design worth a word: as simple as possible, but absolutely recognizable, perfectly branded. The whole attention, all the space is given to photographs, while the text and visual identity elements are still visible with this cover peeping from inside. It has everything to be a highly desirable, collectible thing. …


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Today we talk to Patrick Murphy, a lifelong photographer, enthusiastically following his passion since childhood till now.

Patrick has never been a professional photographer, and photography wasn’t his only occupation, which didn’t stop him from being published and exhibited in Europe and the U.S.

He lives in Lithuania, spent about twenty years in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia, and traveled a lot, but his recently published and only photo book so far is dedicated to the South of the U.S.

“Reserved. Mr. Memory” a photobook by Patric Murphy
“Reserved. Mr. Memory” a photobook by Patric Murphy
“Reserved. Mr. Memory” a photobook by Patrick Murphy. Learn more

“Reserved. Mr. Memory” represents the photographs Patrick made over a period of fifty years. In the book he writes: “the oldest of them when I was barely a teenager, the most recent, less than two years ago”. …


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As soon as I hear something like “My work is not spectacular and I do not take photographs to please” from a photographer, I expect to see photos which will make me sit with them for some time to calmly watch, feel and think.

I wouldn’t claim this is a rule, but such an attitude towards the artist’s own work could clearly mean you talk to someone with a very strong and personal belief, a vision, and the deepest dedication, strong emotional connection to what they create. …

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Max Zhiltsov

Photography enthusiast, Brand & Marketing strategist. Founder of ThePhooks.com Open photobook library & marketplace. Personal website: www.maxzhiltsov.com

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