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Photopaper 46
Lisa Elmaleh

Lisa Elmaleh

 Lisa ElmalehPhotopaper
Issue 46
Lisa Elmaleh
Kasseler Fotografie Festival

Nominated by John Gossage.


16 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available


II will always remember the story of the young Richard Prince sitting in the basement of 303 Gallery trying to sell written jokes to people as art. I have never had much interest in Tintypes or other historical photo processes used in modern times. They always seem to be just historical mannerism, something to add allure to bad or at best conventional pictures. But one of the consistent pleasures of art is having something come up in your work, or in the work of others, that shouldn’t work but does. Lisa Elmaleh’s photographs do this. These photographs of musicians who play old music on the contemporary scene are pictured with elegant craft and a touch that makes the past a reference to the fully pictured present. This is a world that has been made wonderful by a woman who believes in it. – John Gossage

About the Artist
Lisa Elmaleh (1984) lives in Paw Paw, West Virginia. She travels widely across America, documenting rural life with her 8×10 camera. Among the tools in her kit is the wet plate collodion process, which she utilized in the form of tintypes for this project, documenting traditional old time musicians in the Appalachian mountains. Her tintype darkroom is located in the back of her pickup truck. Elmaleh’s work was published as a monograph (Everglades) in 2016.

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with  aa continuously changing editorial team of international experts. These guest editors name photographers or photographic projects which they would like to present to an international public. PHOTOPAPER features this work in single monographic issues of 16 or 32 pages. The main idea is to make high-quality printed photographic work accessible to as many people as possible by producing the final publication at a reasonable price. Therefore, the production process is reduced to a minimum while at the same time using high-end printing technology and a nice paper. Published on a quarterly basis.

About the Publisher

The Fotobookfestival Kassel is a charitable foundation that has been engaged with the artistic medium of the photobook and has presented it in all its facets, since 2008, in a festival program of international standing. The annual festival shows works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, designers, printers, curators and booksellers on an international platform. It was the first festival of its kind dedicated to the photographic book and has founded two novel book awards: The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD for the best photobook mock-up of the year has awarded emerging talents a complete photobook-production since 2010; the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD assembles the best photobooks of the previous year nominated by international experts in the field. Books entered for both awards are showcased regularly in travelling exhibitions at international festivals and photography events. These two awards are unique in their formats and have been role models for other international festivals and events.

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