Our friend Sergej Vutuc from Croatia is not only an amazing photographer but he is also one heck of an awesome self-publisher and zine maker. Putting incredible thought, care and effort into his own works, Sergej has mastered the art of capturing awesome underground skaters from around the world and creating a whole new world of his own within the pages of his ethereal, bizarre and haunting self-made books and zines.
The book featured here is one of few remaining copies from a limited run of only 100 pieces. Self-published, 36 pages and 20×28,8 cm in size. And the images w/in include skaters sich as Fricis Štrauss, Axel Cruysberghs, Shingo Ogura, Katsumi Minami, Laurence Keefe, Aymeric Nocus, Bobby Dekeyser, Zach Chamberlin, Alex Greemann and Nei Horie.
It's difficult to describe Sergej's work, but it is VERY stylized and the result of painstaking work beyond just the photography. With a series of treatments, photocopy processes and some cryptic hand-etched messages, Sergej creates a very unique and bizarre world with his published artifacts.
Our French friend Aymeric Nocus summarized the work w/in the pages of "Building" rather beautifully here below: "In his latest book "BUILDING", Sergej's selection of works pinpoints and highlights a confusion inherent to the relationship between, on one hand, modern individuals and, on the other hand, the environment of the industrialized world their fragile existences are confined to - like a fish bowl overflowing with constructions, instructions, and regulations ; a monstrous establishment of steel-solid standards which only further and further predates the struggles of the people, overwhelming and overpowering them, leaving more and more way to the negation of free thought.
The materials used (film, paper) are as rough, tough and tangible as not just said war, but also as the both physical and cultural limitations really trapping the represented individuals within one specific dimension of reality complete with haunting urban references (and just as many incitations) to consumerism. The textures are as rigid as those of the constructions being reclaimed through the skateboarding, and each page makes for a stand for the right to fresh air.
These books are a beautiful testament to the love and care of self-publishing and the underground art scene w/in the global skateboarder network. These books are quite limited so please snatch up your copy soon!