Katrin Koenning, Sarker Protick
Astres noirs is the debut book for both Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick, artists who live thousands of miles apart whose peculiar photographic wanderings create a hauntingly beautiful dialogue. This book presents photographs taken on mobile phone cameras, devices used to capture their everyday in an impulsive and almost obsessional way, documenting life from their doorsteps to far afield.
Their photographs capture the commonplace such as water stains on asphalt, dust clouds and rays of light, and transform these into mesmerising frames – elusive fragments that evoke an imaginary creature, a milky way, a phosphorescent silhouette…
Presented together, their combined voices lead us on a journey into unexplored territory, somewhere between the everyday and paranormal, between night and day. Amongst enveloping darkness, lightness is revealed, dazzling and miraculously caught by discerning eyes.
Photographs: Katrin Koenning, Sarker Protick
Concept and editing: Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi & Vasantha Yogananthan
Graphic design: Atelier Pentagon
79 duotone plates
16 cm x 22 cm
Bilingual: English, French
Publication date: 31 May 2016
Winner Australian Photobook of the Year Grand Prize 2016
Shortlisted 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book Category)
Shortlisted Prix Nadar 2016