When Lola Paprocka launched the independent publisher Palm together with her friend and colleague Brian Kanagaki in 2015, she already had a few art publications and events under her belt. Palm was born out of the need and desire to promote fresh photographic talent that comes straight out of university as well as some more established photographers. Lola takes her inspiration from Brutalist architecture, nature and portraiture which inevitably transpires through her personal artwork and the exhibitions and publications she is involved with.
The Palm book is a brilliant archive of work that’s been featured on the online platform. It pulls together photographers from across the globe – Poland, Italy, USA and Australia among others – and it showcases their personal takes on nature and their surroundings. The eclectic mix of portraits and landscapes is brought to life by the refreshingly varied design and layout decisions made by the team. Lola reveals that the book is only the first from a series that will continue to publish projects that have appeared on Palm’s website. It is a great idea to present the same work in an entirely different format, which is also aimed at different audiences – some would prefer the accessibility and instantaneity of the website, others would prefer the physicality of the book and its ability to take the viewer away from the screen. At 24x32cm and 130 pages, it is light and easy to flick through which provides for a great viewing experience. People’s hands behind their backs holding objects, semi-nude young man with disheveled hair, obscure black and white image of the moon presented in full bleed, silhouettes, rocks and houses is only a small selection of the rich imagery the viewer would encounter in the publication.