I originally envisioned Au Courant as an independent magazine, and the first release in 2014 stayed true to that format. There were features, interviews, and photo editorials, and for the most part, the content was guided by my process of working in an Amsterdam space that was still new and strange to me. The reception was overwhelming and my first print run sold out immediately.
Yet, upon review, I felt as if the debut was great, but was not exactly what I had in mind.
As is often the case when trying new things, the tangible work had yet to approach or surpass the thing I could clearly see in my mind. I had already moved on from a prior career in broadcast journalism, and by the time Au Courant 01 was released, I had effectively spent the better part of a decade working in digital and photography with a journalistic approach, and I was tired of media as a practice. My work was geared towards fine art, but the volume had yet to reflect that.
I published a second release last year, a behemoth of a tome that represented a collection of photography, discussions, and collaborations done in the years since Au Courant had its debut in print. It was amazing, but the same 'not quite' feeling lingered as I looked at the finished publication.
Initially, I didn't know what to make of Vol. 02, even as it quickly sold out. For one, it was much, much larger than expected! And it didn't sit neatly within any particular category. It definitely wasn't a magazine, but was it truly a book? The voice and work of others figured largely across its pages, but everything was shot, directed by, and written through my own voice.
Was it then, a journal - my journal? And if so, a journal of what, exactly?
Eventually, I decided to 'turn into the skids,' as they say, and will be showing my practice in all its entirety, in Au Courant Vol. 03. As always photography is there, but I have also returned to the making of objects and to playing with audio (and even video) which I haven't done in earnest since I first sat behind a microphone in the 90s. It will all be there, but perhaps not in the confessional, overtly revealing, achingly exposed way that has become synonymous with the culture of media and personality in this era.
Thanks for following my work thus far - and for buying copies of Vols. 1 and 2.
This new one is quite different.
But I think you'll love it as much as I already do.
Images of Au Courant Vol. 01 & 02
Published Oct/Nov 2014/2016 - ISSN 9 772352 729007
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