ONE'S OWN ARENA by José Pedro Cortes [SIGNED]
ポルトガル人フォトグラファー、ジョゼ・ペドロ・コルテス（José Pedro Cortes）の作品集。「Things Here and Thigs Still to Come (2011)」「Costa (2013)」に続く「Sense of Place」3部作の最終作。自身の作品集としては4冊目となる。本書は、2012年にアーティスト・イン・レジデンスで訪れた富山県での作品がまとめられ、タイトルが示すように作者は視覚的関係の活動領域を生み出し、男女のポートレートや暗い路地、バー、植物、オブジェクトを写真に捉えた。また作者の作品の象徴とも言える、家やホテルの部屋にいる女性の私的な写真が本書全体に織り込まれている。
One's Own Arena is the final moment in Cortes´s sense of placeTrilogy, after Things Here and Things Still to Come (2011) and Costa (2013). This time his territory is Toyama, Japan. As the title alludes, Cortes creates an arena of visual relationships, portraying men and women in their own circle of confidence and the city’s dark alleys, bars, plants and objects. All is mixed among sequences of intimate images of women in hotel rooms and houses, a trademark of his work. Key to the exploration are the surfaces, the superficiality of things, as photography is, by nature, superficial. Skin, texture, light and shadow and even film itself is revealed as the essence of what is to be known. The feeling is looser than his previous books, and the overall effect is one of freedom and confidence, much like a space probing an unknown land. Cortes is not only appropriating Toyama and making it his own territory, he is placing photography´s limitations and flaws at center stage in order to find the heart of his photographic language. This is Cortes 4th book with Pierre von Kleist editions after Silence, Things Here and Things Still to Come (featured in Photobook: A History vol.III) and Costa.