msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

AUTHOR: paula roush
SOURCE:  Photographs from the Found
Photo Foundation by Colin Stannard,
Douglas F. Parker, G. Mead, J. G. S. Smith,
Phil Picken, Robert F. Mack, T.E.S., T. L. Jones,
and unknown photographers.
MEDIUM: Photobookwork in 4 parts
PAGES: 108
DIMENSIONS: 21 x 30 cm (Parts 1, 2 ,4)
and 14.8 x 21 cm (Part 3)
PAPER: Fabriano 120gsm
and 200gsm (slipcase
BINDING: Saddle stitch
COVER: 4 paperbacks in printed slipcase
PROCESS: Laser printing
COLOUR: B&W, duotone and colour)
TEXT: by Mireille Ribière
with Colin Stannard
PUBLISHERS: msdm publications
YEAR: 2016

BUS-SPOTTING + A STORY marks the launch
of the Found Photo Foundation’s Orphan Series. 
Each work in the series explores a particular
approach to publishing the printed material
in the  Found Photo Foundation collection. 
is the result of the collaboration between 
paula roush, artist, publisher and creator of
the Found Photo Foundation and 
Mireille Ribière, author, photographer and
photobook publisher.

BUS-SPOTTING + A STORY is a 4-part photobook.
Parts 1 and 2 (Bus Ride) comprise a sequence of 32 photographs
in the form of twin books, split in images of double and `
single-decker buses.
Far from being static, the collaged sequence suggests a bus ride
through past time and spaces. The momentum stems from the varying points of view the constantly changing street scenes, as well as from the way complete and partial images alternate and run on from page to page, leading the reader’s eye back and forth.

Part 3 (A Story) engages with the narrative and fictional potential of
found photographs –  a different approach to the material – using 
text and image with reference to the genre of photo-romance.

Part 4 (Transport Enthusiasts) elucidates the raison d’être of the
overall work, as well as the context in which the photographs were taken, through correspondence with one of the original photographers; additional material such as the reproduction of the copyright stamps at the back of the prints, as well as a letter dated 1971 between a photographer and a collector further highlight the tangible nature of the collection.


Jan Baetens
A Book, An Endless Love Affair
Cultural Studies Leuven, 10 August 2016

Erica Carter
Comments on BUS-SPOTTING + A STORY  presentation
at the launch of Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives
Personal email,  April 2016


Rigorosamente Libri Biennale del Libro d'Artisti
Strictly Books … by Artists
Fourth edition of "Rigorosamente Libri"
International Biennial of the Artist's Book
Selected by Maddalena Carnaghi 
Curated by Vito Capone & Gaetano Cristino
Fondazione de Monte Uniti di Foggia
June 8- July 10 2019

Photo-Text Award
Les Rencontres de la photographie Arles 2016

Kaleid Editions 
Khio Oslo National Academy of the Arts Library

Parts 1 and 2 (Bus Ride)
Parts 1 and 2 (Bus Ride)
Parts 1 and 2 (Bus Ride)
Part 3 (A Story)
Part 3 (A Story)
Part 3 (A Story)
Part 4 (Transport Enthusiasts)
Part 4 (Transport Enthusiasts)
Part 4 (Transport Enthusiasts)


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