Pud Season: An Interview with Jason Nocito

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If you’re an idiot, you might look at Jason Nocito’s beautiful new book, designed by Ari Marcopolous and Camilla Venturini and premiering sixteen new photographs, and say, “It’s a bunch of pictures of puddles.” And you wouldn’t be totally wrong. Aptly titled PUD, Jason’s new book does heavily feature stunning large format images of iridescent pools filled with cigarettes and leaves, but it a lot more than that. It’s an ode to Charlie Brown, death, and American street photography, for starters. I called up Jason while he was working in Los Angeles so he could explain it to all the idiots.
 
CHRISTIAN: I got a look at the book. It’s beautiful. It’s shorter than what I’m used to but I think that really works well.

JASON: I guess it’s shorter but I don’t really see it as a one-off, done deal. I don’t think of it as a conscious project, it’s just a body of pictures that I put together.After making I Heart Transylvania, which was a larger body of work, this is like the beginning of something else for me. I Heart Transylvania was very personal, and so is this work, but in a different way. It’s personal without showing any humans, which is really different than I Heart, which showed a lot of close people in my life.
 
You shot the whole thing on an 8×10 view camera, correct?

Yeah, it started a few years ago when I as talking to a friend about Ten Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, the Ed Ruscha book. I guess it started before that actually, when I moved back to New York from Vancouver. Every place I am, I want to make photographs. I’ve never been the person who says I’m going to go to this place and do this project and do it and be done. I’ve always kind of hated that, it’s not what I’m about. I was living in New York and I was burnt out professionally and emotionally. I would walk around the city all the time with my head down, like a lot of people do, and I would see all these things. That’s what I was looking at, so that’s what I photographed. A lot of that stuff is made right in my neighborhood in Chinatown. I tried it a few different ways with different kinds of cameras but at one point I met with my friend and photographer, Danny Gordon, and we talked about 8×10 large format camera. Its a different process and a different microscope to look at things. I started playing around with it.

I’m also really interested in the 8×10 process and the way that, in five or ten years, the process will probably be gone. It’s sort of a slowly-dying way to make images and the film will probably be impossible to get in the near future. I was really interested in using it as of an extension of thinking about death.

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A Farm Dies Once a Year

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Great friend and contributor to this site, Arlo Crawford’s first novel is out today through Henry Holt and Co.. A Farm Dies Once a Year is a memoir that takes Arlo back to the organic farm in Pennsylvania that he grew up on to work through a season of building and reflection, and to revisit the murder of a neighbor and close family friend. From the moment he straps on his Red Wings and returns to the soil, Arlo tends to the details of the story with the same tenacity that his father dedicates to his tomatoes. A book that will briefly make you reconsider a life behind a desk, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a hardcover (with a map!) to be bought, read, and shared by you.

Pictures of Palm Trees

Palmes pour memoire is a 1991 book compiled by Pierre Marc Richard featuring photographs that include palm trees—from the mid-1800s until the time of publish.

Printables

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The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet by Charles Bethea

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.

The World’s Best Spicy Food

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A very relevant book

Over, under, around & through

Photographs by Tim Barber in this 2013 book made from a project commissioned by WACKO MARIA

Painting Letters in a Word Store

Stephen Powers at The Strand

Book signing and Q&A on March 25th

Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse

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Modern Toss are brilliant, so supporting this 560-page “ball-breaking hardback collection of timeless classics and exclusive unseen cartoons” is a must.

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California

A new zine by Mikael Kennedy. Published by Done To Death Projects.

Jonas Wood: Interiors

A look through this 2012 book featuring Jonas Wood’s paintings of the great indoors.

Available here

Lolita

A Thug Notes summary and analysis.

A Love Letter to The City

The definitive guide to Stephen Powers and ICY signs’ global public art project.

Available in a hardcover through First & Fifteenth or in a soft cover through Amazon

For more images of the Love Letter project in Philadelphia, click here

BOBBY BIRD talks about some of his albums

If you haven’t read Carson Mell’s Saguaro, do it.

Obey Burroughs

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William Burroughs would have turned 100 today. To commemorate this, Shepard Fairey collaborated with photographer Kate Simon on a print of the author and cult figure. For those interested, it’s available for purchase tomorrow.

Bacterio Bookends

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TOC Studio produced an edition of bookends in wood and steel with a Bacterio laminate exterior. The laminate was designed by Ettore Sottsass for Abet Laminati in 1978 as an expression of anti-design and the miscegenation of high and low culture. Get them here.

Printables

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The Outlaw by Peter Schjeldahl

The extraordinary life of William S. Burroughs.

Dalston Anatomy

For his new book, Dalston Anatomy, Lorenzo Vitturi took pictures, made sculptures and created collages with materials and objects he found amongst the debris of London’s Ridley Road Market.

Spheric Dialogues

A new book by James Jarvis compiling his daily philosophical comic about “art, being, knowledge, logic and skateboarding.”

Published by Nieves

Dusty

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In the attic of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a unique collection had been lying forgotten, untouched for more than 50 years. Consisting of graphic design journals, cases of metal and wood type, books, correspondences between world-famous designers, type catalogues and printing machines dating back to the last century, the collection is now on view in Norway. If you cannot make it to Oslo, be sure to check out the interactive website, which includes images and videos that flip through select books.

Zio / @zioxla

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