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FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST: 00A

Dominique Somers
00A

Art Paper Editions, Ghent, Belgium, 2015
Designed by Studio Jurgen Maelfeyt
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“I find this to be a very satisfying collection of vernacular material,” Senf says of 00A. Every image featured here—as per the book’s title—is from the frame that precedes the actual first frame of a roll of 35 mm film. This shot is usually a throwaway: the images are often blurry or indiscernible, and feature random details such as somebody’s feet, waves crashing, or the inside of a car. “Unlike others collections of snapshots, this is more Dadaist—pictures that were made unintentionally, simply as a way to get from point A to point B,” Senf explains. The images appear in the upper outside corners of each page, surrounded by a generous border. This underscores their status as the by-products of shooting with film. The book is also printed on paper that is uncoated and coated on alternate sides, evoking the physicality of the physical qualities of film itself. It’s a celebration of photography as an analog discipline.

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