Author Archive for Jenne

Photography: New Issue of Romka Magazine

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Joscha, founder and publisher of Romka Magazine, just sent me the recent issue — #09. Again, it was about time for him to change the format of the mag. The concept remains the same, the various participants are sharing their personal stories behind a favorite photograph, one each. You can order a copy on their website, but the mag is available in every well selected magazine/book store around.
“Romka is a collective photo album in which people from all over the world share the stories behind their most cherished photographs.”
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Sergej Vutuc Interview Now on Staf Magazine

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Here is a Sergej Vutuc interview that I was doing for Staf Magazine from Spain at the end of last year. It is now online and includes some of my photography. It’s been published in Spanish language, an English version might follow. —Jenne

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The Culture and Art of Skateboarding

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The Culture and Art of Skateboarding is an exhibition starting tomorrow, 15. August 2013. The Skateboard Museum that had been located in Stuttgart for almost a decade from 2003 – 2012 is now coming back for a preview exhibition before they move into a new home. Inside the huge and beautiful Stattbad Wedding, Berlin you will see a whole bunch of cool skateboards, the photo exhibition of The Gonz X adidas which was on display for a short while a month ago including Gabe Morford, Skin Philipps, Benjamin Deberdt, Sem Rubio and more. Plus my great friend Sergej Vutuc is in the house along with photographer Henrik Biemer. The 3eck Kollektiv have been busy during the last days building a skateable sculpture called “Lars” in the shape of a puzzle piece. Looking super rad!

Opening on Thursday, 15. August 2013 at 4 pm. Exhibition running until the end of August. You. Should. Go!
Here are a few preview shots from Stattbad this week…
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NY Times Magazine: James Turrell

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A most recent issue of The NY Times Magazine features my most favourite artist James Turrell — “The Mesmerizer — How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet”. You can the read the full piece online. Such a great mag cover, too (photo by Chuck Close). Turrell currently has a three-venue museum exhibition with varying installations at Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Road trip!

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Wednesday: Kacey Johansing in Berlin

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Lots of Californian vibes in Berlin this Wednesday. Good vibes are around us anyway, but my best friend is coming to town and we’re going to set off some fireworks! Simone is accompanying Kacey Johansing and band on their Europe tour. They make a stop in Berlin, playing an outdoor show at Chalet on Wednesday. I am excited to meet Kacey, who released the ultra-warm, soulful and beautiful Grand Ghosts album a few months ago. (Video below for the song Honey, made by Amanda Marsalis and Simone Rubi)



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T Magazine: James Turrell

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Oh, how I love the work of James Turrell. I equally love the idea to have a private skyspace build by Turrell. Well, maybe it will happen at some point in my life, you just never know… There is a slideshow on T Magazine showing a few skyspaces he designed for private collectors.

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Photo Book: Vivian Maier

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Finally got hold of a copy of the Vivian Maier photo book. This truly will be one of my favourite books in my collection. Never heard of Vivian’s impressive story how she became one of the most important street photographers in history post mortem? You definitely should!
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New Issue of HUCK: Dave Eggers

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HUCK Magazine – home of the Radical Culture, hailing from the Church of London – is our hotly favoured magazine. New issue coming up featuring the American writer, editor, and publisher Dave Eggers. Nice follow-up to the awesome Gonz issue last month.
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The Ultimate Prism Table by John Foster

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This would make a perfect table for my room, as there is plenty of sun coming in during a golden morning. John Foster built it and it’s awesome!
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea — Pt. I

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Our friend and JB. contributor Jonathan Peters made another one-of-a-kind skateboard film last year: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, we told about it. Now he puts the parts on vimeo one after the other and starts with No. 1, Hannes Schilling.

“20.000 Leagues under the Sea is an independent skateboard film shot in Berlin between July 2010 and September 2012. It features appearences from Hannes Schilling, Valeri Rosomako, Roland Hirsch, Kieran Heinemann, Sylvain Tognelli, Michael Mackrodt, Tjark Thielker, Daniel Pannemann, Sami Hariti and many more.”

20.000 Leagues under the Sea – Hannes Schilling from Joe Collins on Vimeo.

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Celeste Naijt Exhibition in Amsterdam

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My friend Celeste Naijt from Argentina is on a current residency across Europe, Switzerland at the moment. She is a great artist and photographer and shows some collage works in an exhibition in Amsterdam at Van Der Helst Plein in April.

“Celeste makes collages about ‘mind states’ where she used photos made in Argentina and abroad, as well as pictures found in magazines. Newly born shapes arise from thoughts and emotions within. An invisible world put into the visible world.”
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FaltyDL: She Sleeps

Most favourite song of my most favourite album by this fantastic dude: FaltyDL. Now airing with a pretty sweet roller skate video. Awesomeness!

FaltyDL – ‘She Sleeps’ feat. Ed Macfarlane (Official Video) from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

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DENA — Games (Acoustic Version)

Serving you deep Rhodes chords to warm up your heart… here’s my great friend DENA with an acoustic version of her bouncing track “Games”, at the Kaiku Studios in Berlin. We played a couple of good shows together this year (Hamburg of course!). Good times. More good times ahead of us. DENA will tear the roof off next year. : )

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Map Collages by Matthew Cusick

As a fan of maps, atlases and globes, I love these collages and paintings by Matthew Cusick. See larger versions of the images on his website. (via butdoesitfloat)
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Photobook: Citybirches Photography Works by Stephan Laackman


Citybirches Photography Works is a new photo book by a really good friend Stephan Laackman. It’s a book starring international musicians on tour, and such names like the Beastie Boys, R.E.M. or Sonic Youth can be found as well as appearances from all these specific musical micro scenes like Herman Dune, Lambchop, Future Islands, Lower Dens and many, many more.

Stephan started crowdfunding to raise a budget earlier this year and found a publisher — Verlag Kettler — who supported him with his project and is now releasing a book with roughly 240 pictures in a clothbound. To be honest, when he started to shoot all these bands, when it slowly became a ‘book project’ – he wasn’t a 100% clear at first if this would ever happen – I was a bit unsure if he can keep up a certain level, that tension, and I was afraid that the idea could wear off over a period of time. Seeing all these indie rock bands in quite a similar pose on stage, musicians behind their guitars, in either red or blue or green stage light. And then in a plethora of pictures in a photo book? But when the Citybirches’ seeds grew bigger, I could see the whole story which was slowly emerging. Stephan managed to capture intense moments and to not repeat the same settings all over like a mantra.

Freezing the moment of bands on tour – in this case on their Berlin stop. During the years 2006 – 2011. Really well done, Stephan! Full support from JB. and really recommended to all people who love music and those who give a damn about the creators behind it, those who are amped up about going to concerts! I am going to hook up with Stephan for a little chat soon. To be released on JB. of course.
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The Vital Excursions of Celeste Najt

Here are a few collage works by a great artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and new friend — Celeste Najt. She spent a few months in Europe this past summer, came to work and exhibit and crossed Berlin at some point. Really pleased about meeting her in person and getting a deeper insight into her work. She is just great, a very calm and focused person following her path, very inspiring. Full support from JB. here and we hope to see you again soon!
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Dennis Hopper — The Lost Album

There should be no doubt about going here: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin hosts a special show with photographs by Dennis Hopper from the 1960s. Famous as an actor, director or author — he was a photographer earlier on, in 1961 till 1967 to be more precise. The show displays works of Hopper that had been tucked away in crates for years and have never been shown in Europe before. Stunning!
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Exhibition: Psychedelic Scribble

My friend Sergej Vutuc just sent me these ultra rad photos of the preparations for a new exhibition he is involved in. In a little town called Offenau, down south in Germany near the cities of Heilbronn and Heidelberg, Sergej and a few friends are setting up this skateable sculpture room plus art and photos starting Saturday, 10.11.2012 — The Psychedelic Scribble. It’s going to be fun for sure, Sergej and his friends are keeping it all fresh.
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Brian Lotti’s Blue Line



Perfect and inspiring skate clip by Brian Lotti. Makes we want to go skate so badly. Damn, you broken leg… Glad that it’s autumn/winter now here in Berlin.
“Short concept film by Brian Lotti and Nathan Factor Sacharow exploring various ways of tracking and shooting skateboarders moving through the landscape. Skateboarders include David Bowens, Cooper Wilt, Derek Fukuhara, Adrian Adrid, Ronnie Sandoval, Riley Stevens, and Robbie Russo.”

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Listening to Trees

“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” —Hermann Hesse

Here is a little semi-poetic “instaphoto” journey, from a few short walks on crutches, some backcountry drives through the brightest and most colorful late summer in autumn (in the middle of Germany) where I mostly met bees, cows and horses. Sunny side (up) all the time, until the mystical fog and a sudden drop in temperature. Hello slow motion, hello new season!
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Recovering In A State Of Now

We slow down when everything is going fast… Really, things are a bit slow-motion here on JB. I am recovering from a skate injury which happened two weeks ago, including a three day hospitalization. Posts are at the lowest frequency at the moment. But keep on sending suggestions and ordering JB. #02 — State Of Now. And keep on smiling!
—Regards, Jenne / JB.

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Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time

We’re talking about a book here with a price of heavy weight, but I would say, it is worth every cent. Although I can’t afford a book that costs around 650 Euros, but with about 400 color and 180 b/w photographs by the iconic and magnificent Joel Meyerowitz, I should put it on a wishlist at least. Meyerowitz was born in New York in 1938, he became a “street photographer” in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. The retrospective monograph “Taking My Time” is released by Phaidon and includes a signed print and a DVD of his film “Pop”.

Phaidon: “Taking My Time is the retrospective monograph covering the life and career of Joel Meyerowitz and provides you with an unprecedented insight into the mind and work of this iconic American photographer.”
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Our Favourite: Chris Ballantyne

A few more pics of paintings by our mega-favourite Chris Ballantyne that I found on the interweb.
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Multiple, Additive, Subtractive. Photographs by Jessica Eaton

Photographs by Jessica Eaton, containing all the elements that keep me getting excited at the moment: light, color, space/shapes and – as I shoot analog myself and just got a new (old) Yashica T4 – film.
“Through multiple exposures the colour hues in each image have been made by exposing the film to the additive primaries of red, green and blue. The reflective value of the cubes controls the value or lightness of that hue, and the black is utilised as a type of reflective mask, holding potential on the film for other exposures.” Read more about Jessica’s technique here.
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Gregory Crewdson — Brief Encounters

I am a big fan of Gregory Crewdson and his work. After seeing his large format images and a live interview with him at C/O Gallery Berlin some time ago, I was already looking forward to the documentary about the process of creating the series ‘Brief Encounters’ that is about to be screened soon. Watch the trailer below.

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