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The Photobook Show

Trent Parke: A Monumental Photobook

episode 16

Wed, May 22, 2024 at 1pm (ET)
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The first edition of Australian Magnum photographer Trent Parke’s Monument sold out only seven hours after it was released. This 300-page photobook has now been published by Stanley/Barker in a lavishly produced second edition. Usually in The Photobook Show we look at a couple of books, looking for connecting themes and how different photographers approach a topic. This time, though, we’re going to look in depth at this single (though monumental) book, examining its photographic language, how it is truly unique and inventive, and how it pays homage to Magnum’s long history of documentary photography.

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Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer and writer, working from Heidelberg, Germany. Way before he came to photography, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Ruhr Universität Bochum and worked as an IT specialist. He studied at Atelier Smedsby with JH Engström and Margot Wallard in Paris in 2017, before he eventually began studying photography at Ostkreuzschule, Berlin, with Peter Bialobrzeski. He graduated in 2023 with the work Irgendwo (“Anywhere”), a project dealing with politically motivated crime and the terror-spree of the far right in Germany. He has been teaching with StrudelmediaLive since 2020, giving courses on surrealism, poetics of space, gestalt theory for photographers, and more. His work has been exhibited in Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.