In this episode, we are joined by photographer Mathieu Asselin, whose book dummy for Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation recently won the Dummy Award Kassel 2016. We discussed the next steps for the book, his travels to Vietnam to finish the book, working with brilliant designer Ricardo Baez; the importance of collaboration in making photobooks, as well as two of his favorite photobooks.
This is Mathieu’s second time on the show. Back in episode 2.3 we discussed the origins of his Monsanto project as well as some of the plans he had to complete it. It’s been great watching this project gain the recent recognition is rightly deserves. It’s a project that has taken years Mathieu years to complete and pushed his work in a new direction. It’s a good example of the tenacity and dedication it takes to bring a complicated project to life as a photobook.
Mathieu Asselin Bio: I was born in the south of France and raised in Venezuela. I started my career working on film productions in Caracas and continued my photographic work in Europe. Currently, I am a full-time photographer based in NYC. My personal work covers social issues focusing on documentary photography and portraiture. My work was featured in The New Yorker, GEO, Freitag, Paris Match and exhibited in NYC, Miami, Washington and Caracas. In 2014, I was selected for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur and as Artist in Residence with Imagine Science Films.
- Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin
- A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela
- Beyond the Fall: The Former Soviet Bloc in Transition 1989-1999
Executive Producer / Host Bryan Formhals
Executive Producer / Audio Engineer / Music Tom Starkweather
Co-Host / Producer / Photographer Brett A. Davis
Recorded at June 17th, 2016 at Mathieu Asselin’s studio in Long Island City, Queens