'Río', the book, comes from enormous photographic archive of a five years' work. The project began in early 2011, when I started taking pictures near the Tagus river, through the town of Aranjuez, Spain. All that time I was living very close to that area and I enjoyed walking around and exploring this territory.
Then I began to feel very much connected with nature and the landscape, inwardly, from a poetic sense. Very often I found myself walking for four or five hours, deep into the land and melting with the surroundings. I was really longing to become part of it.
A few months later, I decided to find more places, locations along the Tagus, from Guadalajara to Madrid's Community, ending in the Province of Toledo.
Further on in 2012, I was conscious that the project was far beyond only one river, deepening on the universal meaning of the "river", as an idea or concept. I felt the need to explore the river landscape in a wider sense. So I moved to others rivers, the Manzanares, Jarama, Eresma...
From 2011 to 2015 I kept on taking pictures. Then, only in 2015, I began to make several dummies, with the idea of making a book with the project.
In 2016 I contacted the editor and Art critic Steve Bisson and we began working together in order to publish the book.
'Río' has been featured in the following online and offline publications:
Poética fotográfica, by Llorenç Raich
Author: Andrés Medina
Published by: Urbanautica Institute
Edition: 150 copies, hand numbered copies
Pages: 48 + insert with texts
Size: 20 x 31,5 cm
Paper: Symbol Tatami White of 135 grs. inside, and 250 grs. on the cover
Binding: Singer sewn binding
Andrés Medina (Madrid, 1978)
Photographer and designer.
Works as graphic designer and photographer. He had studied HND Multimedia and Design in ESI, in Madrid.
He has been worked in advertisement agencies and he has a broad experience in publishing design.
As photographer, his works has been shown in exhibitions, specialized reviews and magazines or can be purchased in international galleries.
His work in photobooks deals with a wide range of subjets: self publishing, edition-publishing curator, blogger or being published by others.
So, in 2009 he created Seeking Magazine, a blog showed contemporary photography projects and intereviews with autors.
In 2010 he made the curatorship, editing and publishing of 'Here Comes The Night' along with Mikel Aramendia. A photobook of nocturne photography, showed selected works of authors from diferent countries.
The Velvet Cell Books published in 2011 a limited edition photobook of his series ‘Nêbula’.
In 2013 he self-published a photozine ‘Tránsito’, quickly sold out after three editions. This work has been finalist too in Rock Your Dummy! Show & Awards within Le PhotoBookFest 2013.
He collaborates as guest blogger in 2014 with the german photomagazine Der Greif Magazine.
His last published work from now (2014) is ‘L’autre Paris’. This photobook has been selected in the Athens Photo Festival 2015 photobook’s exhibition and also has been selected by Artbook exhibition in Embarrat Festival de Creación Contemporánea 2015.
The book 'Rio' will be published by Urbanautica Institute, an independent publisher mainly working on visual anthrophology and cultural landscape.
Since 2010 the Institute has collaborated with cultural institutions worldwide on exhibitions and educational activities.
Famous for its Journal, which has enhanced worldwide a critical thinking about photography.
Urbanautica Institute has recently launched a new bookline 'Urbanautica Books'.
FUNDING THE BOOK
The requested amount in Verkami will go entirely to cover the printing costs and to send the rewardds.
If the crowdfunding campaign is successfull, the book will be published in Italy by Urbanautica Institute and printed in september 2017.
We will present the book during next Paris Photo in november 2017.
The book is scheduled to be printed in september, as well as the prints for the rewards. We think the books will be ready to be sent mid october.
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