Tallinn Photomonth '17 01.09–29.10.2017


Launch of Too Good To Be Photographed and panel discussion

30.09 19:00

Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Telliskivi Creative City, bar Pudel, 2nd floor

Too Good To Be Photographed, various images presented in the book

Panel discussion with Rye Dag Holmboe, a writer and lecturer at University College, London; Hanna Putz, an artist based in Vienna and Berlin; Kristina Õllek, a Tallinn based artist; and the editor of the book, Paul Paper from Vilnius, Lithuania.


Too Good To Be Photographed is a project by the artist and curator Paul Paper. It explores the various sides of photographic failure. In other words, the project deals with a special discrepancy: that moment when photography fails. When the camera malfunctions as a mechanical-eye, and when the medium fails as a cultural replicator of our looking. The project’s publication presents a look at the side of photographic practice that is habitually hidden: B-sides, failures, cul-de-sac experiments, non-successes, defeats. Which ultimately leads to raising questions about our desires of what photography should be and do.


The book, which is based on Paper’s conversations with more than 60 photographers during the past year and a half, features over 150 images by 47 artists from 17 countries all over the world.


The works in the book are accompanied by texts by the artists themselves, and four essays specially commissioned for the publication written by Roksana Filipowska, a History of Art PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania; Rye Dag Holmboe; Jaclyn Wright, an artist and lecturer in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the editor of the book, Paul Paper, himself. The book is designed by Indrek Sirkel and published by Lugemik.


Artists participating in the book: Hieronymus Ahrens (DE), Cassidy Araiza (US), Roxana Azar (US), Sergiy Barchuk (US/UA), Tine Bek (UK), Alexander Binder (DE), Etienne Courtois (BE), Paloma Dooley (US), Yael Eban (IL), Jason Fulford (US), Harry Griffin (US), Alexander Harding (US), Aaron Hegert (US), Mishka Henner (UK), Sam Hutchinson (UK), Janna Ireland (US), Go Itami (JP), Tim Johannis (NL), Cole Don Kelley (US), Wawrzyniec Kolbusz (PL), Paul Kuimet (EE), Daniel Kukla (US), Fred Lahache (FR), Inka & Niclas Lindergård (SE), Tom Lovelace (UK), Carlos Lowenstein (US), Michael Marcelle (US), Katja Mater (NL), Lydia Mccarthy (US), Nich Hance McElroy (US), Aso Mohammadi (IR/CH), Awoiska Van Der Molen (NL), Ryan L. Moule (UK), Luke Libera Moore (US), Erin O’Keefe (US), Eva O’Leary (US), Kristina Õllek (EE), Ke Peng (CN), Hanna Putz (AT), Johan Rosenmunthe (DK), Margaux Roy (FR), Erik Schubert (US), Brea Souders (US), Javier Torok (AR/US), Athena Torri (EC/IT), Casey James Wilson (US), Jaclyn Wright (US).