The Making of Papa
Robin Van ‘t Haar
Rob Van Maanen
Post Editions, Rotterdam
Drik, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Edited by Hans Aarsman, Nienke Terpsma, Lino Hellings
Text by Rob Van Maanen
The Making of PAPA is a photo book. It contains 250 photographs taken by 35 photographers from 6 countries. PAPA –participating artists’ press agency– is an international, curated network of artist-correspondents, initiated and led by Lino Hellings. PAPA is nomadic, it doesn’t have a fixed office but works from temporary offices in cities all over the world. Projects can be self-initiated or commissioned by third parties. PAPA is an instrument for world mapping, gently fixing even the most stubborn pieces into meaningful patterns. PAPA’s street level observations inspire a broad audience and inform specialist arenas as art, city development, politics and the news industry. PAPA’s working method is based on ‘reading the street’. The correspondents go out with a camera and picture ‘what catches the eye’ with a clear question in the head and on appropriate locations. Subsequently, the photographers ‘read the pictures out loud’ by adding texts to the pictures. During a project or commission new images and texts are posted on the shared photo blog of PAPA every day.
The Making of PAPA combines a DIY manual, an introduction to the cities in which PAPA has operated so far, visual essays by a mix of photographers and a text on the bottom-up creation of PAPA and its first adventures.
Post Editions is an independent publisher dedicated to the task of initiating, producing and distributing special books on contemporary art, architecture and photography. Post Editions offers all facilities needed to develop book proposals and concepts and has over 26 years of experience.
Drik, Dhaka, Bangladesh is a distinctive multimedia organisation that has made challenging social inequality and customer service its central driving force.