Shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2016 (First Book Category)
Selected as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by Ron Jude, 10x10 Photobooks Team, Laura El Tantawy, Awoiska van der Molen,Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sean O´Hagan, David Campany, Lesley A. Martin, Paul Graham, Ágnes Sire, Eamonn Doyle
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.