The Lisa and John Slideshow | New Podcast
In 2012, photographer David Moore returned to the site of his celebrated 1980s colour documentary series Pictures from the Real World. Moore offered the full archive of the project to Lisa and John, two subjects of the original series and asked them to make their own selections. The outcome released many previously unseen photographs and became the acclaimed script and play The Lisa and John Slideshow – a contemporary piece of documentary theatre addressing family memory, loss and the everyday.
The Lisa and John Slideshow (148 x 210mm, 64pp, full colour) is the first title in our new Makina Archive series, it’s out on 27 September and available to preorder online. It features an introduction from writer and curator Val Williams, the full script to The Lisa and John Slideshow play and more than 40 previously unpublished colour photographs. The book is unlike anything else and essential (in my opinion) for anyone interested in British colour photography, theatre and the documentary archive and family memory.
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The book will be launched on September 26 at Calder Bookshop and Theatre—one of the most amazing shops and spaces in London. We’d love to see you there! There will be drinks and a reading from actors Sarah Toogood and Alan Mosley, who starred in the original production of The Lisa and John Slideshow at Format Festival. David and myself will introduce the book and signed copies will be available on the night. Please note that space is very limited so please RSVP via Eventbrite here if you’d like to join us so I can keep track.
Praise for The Lisa and John Slideshow
‘Poised between one form of documentary and another, a pivotal place where social realism meets an altogether more provocative approach.’
—Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian
‘A photographic documentary archive from it’s very insides, where content is redrawn with the subjects’ own words.’
—Karen McQuaid, Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery
‘The 80s were a great decade for British colour documentary photography. The Lisa and John Slideshow is unique as it brings to life photographs of the family first seen in Pictures from the Real World and as such is a valuable contribution to understanding this decade.’
—Martin Parr, Photographer
The Makina Books Podcast!
After what feels like years of saying I would do one, I took the microphone I bought last year out its box and recorded the first episode of a podcast exploring narratives in publishing. Episode 1 is with David Moore, it’s 36 minutes long and you can click here to listen on Soundcloud.
We are busy working on the upcoming New Words series which we are launching later this year. New Words is a new affordable series of oversized pamphlets celebrating independent voices in poetry, fiction and prose. Patrick Fisher at Frontwards Design has created an oversized pamphlet, inspired by a 6×7 medium format photo frame. They look great and I can’t wait to start sharing them soon.
Livia Franchini’s Shelf Life
Congratulations to Livia Franchini on her incredible debut novel, Shelf Life which is published by Doubleday this month and is quite rightly picking up great reviews! Livia is part of an evening of Magic and Witchcraft with Rebecca Tamás at Storysmith Bookshop in Bristol on Thursday 22nd August. We still have a few copies of Livia’s stunning poetry collection, Our Available Magic available for £5.00—but you need to be quick!
Strange Perfume and Now Reading
I had an amazing time at the Strange Perfume Queer Culture Book Fair this year at South London Gallery. I’ve really enjoyed working on upcoming tiles with Angus Carlyle, Alanna McArdle, Maike Hale-Jones and Eloise Hendy recently and am looking forward to speaking to them on the podcast. I went to an excellent reading at Burley Fisher for Brixton Review of Books and particularly enjoyed listening to Jen Calleja and Thomas Bunstead. The new magazine, Photography For Whom? is really worth checking out as is Jessica Andrews’ novel Saltwater. I’m excited to read Bethany Rutter’s novel, No Big Deal. I was floored by Raymond Antrobus’ The Perseverance (also available as an excellent audiobook) Witch by Rebecca Tamás (both on Penned in the Margins), My Father Was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water by Michelle Steinbeck, Translated by Jen Calleja and Jay Bernard’s groundbreaking work Surge.Thanks so much for reading and please support these amazing sellers: Books Peckham, Burley Fisher Books, Camden Arts Centre, Chener Books, Foyles, Good Press, Housmans, London Review Bookshop, Minnow Books, Pages of Hackney, Specialist Subject Records, Storysmith Books, Ti Pi Tin, Tome RecordsAugust 20, 2019