John Vink finds photographic connections

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Cambodia-based Magnum photographer John Vink found himself revisiting his 40-year archive to create his newest Blurb book, Match. The book has a simple yet striking layout, printed in square format on our Premium Lustre Paper.

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The book pairs photos that, while disconnected by time and place, share a kind of visual rhyme. The two photos are separated by 15 or more years (and untold miles). He describes the arrangement simply: “The oldest picture comes first. Sometimes rules are overruled.”

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Flip through Match and you’ll notice how a single spread may take viewers to places thousands of miles apart, yet the visual synchronicity has a way of shrinking that distance. Vink’s shots are pure reportage — nothing is staged — and his camera is always immersed directly in the action.

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According to his bio, in the 70s and 80s Vink “became impatient with the apocalyptic stories published in magazines about the Third World.” His strategy then became “to show the viewer how other places and cultures are already familiar to us because they are part of the total fabric of the world.” With its acute attention to the similarities inherent in different peoples’ lives, Match demonstrates just that.

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