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Blake Andrews’ collector prints and gum

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A couple of weeks ago, Blake Andrews,  posted about Mike Mandel’s Photographer Baseball cards. As part of the post he made an offer to send 80 of his workprints and a stick of gum for the price of postage. 

I’ve been collecting photo books and prints lately and I like a bargain so I took him up on the offer.

They arrived yesterday and, as promised, they’re pretty interesting.  It’s not often you get to see the working prints of a more established photographer and to see the difference  between what he considers a keeper and a non-keeper. ( I’m basing this solely on what I’ve seen on iN-PUBLiC, B and his website, blakeandrewsphoto.com ).

It also gave me an insight into the sheer volume some of the more established photographers shoot. They shoot a lot.

(“more established” is now officially my antonym for “emerging”)

Below are three of my favourites from the series collection.  Beneath those is a scan of a list that was found on the back of an image and the stick of gum.  Although unclear in the scan, the first two items in the list appear to be “mow” and “unpack”.

As per all collectors series, I haven’t eaten the gum.

All images below are Blake Andrews’ images.

Notes and Gum


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November 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

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An itch I had to scratch…

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I’ve been muttering about getting a medium format film camera for a while.   A few decent sales online and when I saw this going for second-hand I thought I’d finally give it a go.

A Fuji 645 wide.  You know something is good when it’s got “Professional” in funky green lettering down the side of the lens barrel.  And that mid ’80’s design is a thing of beauty.

Fuji 645w

I read a few reviews before I bought it and they all raved about the sharpness of the lens…

A hassle compared to digital?  Yes, I guess so,  but  I’m still getting over the depth and clarity of 120 film.  It’s pretty astonishing;

And why is Christopher Walken walking through James Place?

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October 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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Not something I do much of,  or am very good at actually.  I do like the feel of these though;

Country Lane

Windmill and Tank

Capeweed Daisy

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October 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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A present to my lungs

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On Aug. 26th, it was a year since I gave up smoking.  My lungs, heart, kids, partner and wallet are all happy with that accomplishment. As am I. As a present to myself, I bought myself Robert Frank’s The Americans.

Robert Frank’s The Americans


 Of course, one of the great photobooks and beautifully presented by Steidl.

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September 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

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The view at Buller

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The view from our room at Mt Buller.  We wanted to see snow – we saw snow…

From our room

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September 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

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Trent Parke at Hugo Michell

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Opening Thursday July 29th.



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July 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Larry Fink

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I purchased Trent Parke’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks through Alec Soth’s  Little Brown Mushroom blog a couple of weeks ago.   Obviously, I’m looking forward to receiving this…

I also picked up a reasonably good copy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music in a second hand bookshop the other day for less than $20.00.  Bargain.

Larry Fink: Somewhere There’s Music


My copy of B&B arrived and, as expected it’s a pretty slick production. Beautifully printed and bound with fantastic photography and an almost stream of concious narrative.

Interestingly, Blake Andrews, a contributor to iN-PUBLiC began a bit of a heated internet discussion (the world’s first…) when he suggested on his blog that many people were buying this site unseen and that “Soth could’ve sold 1000 paperweights if they had Parke’s name on them”.   Much was being made of the fact that on the weekend after it sold out, the book was being sold on eBay for over $200.  Some of the boys (yes I think they’re almost exclusively boys) at Hardcore Street Photography over at Flickr, were in a bit of a brou ha ha over the fact that it wasn’t a book of Street Photography.  Apparently Trent Parke’s never shot anything but street photography…

As I said on Blake’s post, I would have bought a copy if the edition had been 100,000.  I like photobooks, I like Trent Parke’s work,  so for $18.00, I’d be stupid not to buy a copy.  The fact that it’s now worth 10 times that price is neither here nor there. I’m not selling it.


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July 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

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