Miranda Gavin | Photobook Review #2
#2 Photobook Review:
NET WEIGHT 7 OZ by Thomas Bron and Pablo Jomaron
Miranda Gavin @ Photofusion
NET WEIGHT 7 OZ by Thomas Bron and Pablo Jomaron is a collaborative project between Thomas Bron and Pablo Jomaron, collectively known as Red Lebanese, which may well refer to a type of reddish-brown hashish from the Lebanon, and is an independent publishing house based in Paris and also a music label. Produced in A4 format and priced at £10, the cover has a vertical strip that can be lifted to show a black panel running the length of the publication. All the images are full-bleed across double and single pages, creating a gritty, DIY publication. Not diminished by its low production cost, this limited series ‘zine-style publication, numbered 47/100, is low-fi giving glimpses into urban Asian culture.
The Xerox-like black-and-white images shot in and around the streets of Japan are arranged, in no discernible sequence – shopping, TV, gambling, hotel room settings and other elements of popular culture and street life, including representations of sex, which, to me, revealed the male perspective of the photographers. The dot printing echoes newsprint and is in keeping with the street-style subculture. Its hazy rendition suggests a sense of detachment in the overall project, as if we are seeing through the eyes of a delirious traveller in a foreign country. In places, the ink has been transferred to the opposite page creating smudges of black that, instead of evoking poor print quality, create an aesthetic effect giving the work a tangible sense of authenticity and the illusion that it has been lifted from the vaults of the late 1970s to 1980s.
NET WEIGHT 7 oz
Limited edition 47/100
Photos by Thomas Brun & Pablo Jomaron
Photos Tokyo, Horfee, 2007
Mise en page: Pablo Jomaron
Imprime a Paris par Thomas Brun & Pablo Jomaron
Publie par Red Lebanese