Publication: Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography (2021)

CHUCK SAMUELS: BECOMING PHOTOGRAPHY: STATEMENT

I’m delighted to announce the release of a major publication titled Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography. The book was co-edited by EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil and Kerber Verlag (Berlin). Handsome and lushly illustrated, the publication was designed by Dominique Mousseau and features two comprehensive essays on my practice by Joan Fontcuberta and Mona Hakim. The publication was produced in both French and English versions and is currently available for purchase at EXPRESSION, Plein sud, in bookstores worldwide (except, temporarily, in Canada) and online at kerberverlag.com and Amazon (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, U.K., U.S., etc.).

In the coming weeks, EXPRESSION and Plein sud will release information regarding the Canadian distribution of the book – please sign up for their newsletters, consult their web pages, or write to me for details.

Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography follows an aspect of my practice in which I perform before the camera in order to examine how photography (and, to a lesser extent, cinema) works and doesn’t work. In each of the six projects I selected for the publication, I use myself as a surrogate for photography and, by focusing the camera on myself, I am actually turning the spectator’s gaze upon the very nature of photography. In an absurd but rigorous manner, I’m trying to become photography. The book addresses the following six projects: Before the Camera (1991), Before Photography (2010), The Photographer (2015), After (2020), On Photography (2020), and The Complete Photographer (2020).

Description
February 2021
ISBN 978-3-7356-0732-4
23.5 × 28.6 cm (9 ¼ x 11 ¼ in)
136 Pages
54 colour and 100 b/w illustrations
Hardcover
English

Acknowledgements
I am very grateful to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their support of the publication. I would also like to thank everyone who worked on the book, particularly Dominique Mousseau, Joan Fontcuberta, Mona Hakim as well as the teams at EXPRESSION, Plein sud and Kerber Verlag.

CHUCK SAMUELS: BECOMING PHOTOGRAPHY: AVAILABILITY

The publication is currently available for purchase at EXPRESSION, Plein sud, in bookstores worldwide (except, temporarily, in Canada) and online at kerberverlag.com and Amazon (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, U.K., U.S., etc.).

In the coming weeks, EXPRESSION and Plein sud will release information regarding the Canadian distribution of the book – please sign up for their newsletters, consult their web pages, or write to me for details.

CHUCK SAMUELS: BECOMING PHOTOGRAPHY: BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021 Christian Gattinoni, “Portrait de l’homme photographique dans l’histoire de ses chef-d’oeuvres,” LaCritique.org, 24 mars, n.p. 2021
Chuck Samuels, “Scabs, Runny Noses & Wardrobe Malfunctions,” Ciel variable, No. 116, January 2021, Montréal, p. 95-98.

CHUCK SAMUELS: BECOMING PHOTOGRAPHY: EXHIBITION

These same six projects can be viewed in a large exhibition inspired by the publication and extended over two venues. Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil hosts Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography: 1991-2010 from March 13 – April 24, 2021, while EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe presents Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography: 2015-2020, from February 27 – April 25, 2021.

CHUCK SAMUELS: BECOMING PHOTOGRAPHY: INQUIRIES

In the U.S.A. please contact ClampArt Gallery in New York. In Canada or elsewhere, please contact the artist.