Albarrán Cabrera: The World’s First Photobook Was Blue
Ira Stehmann, IBASHO & the(M)éditions, 2021
Albarrán Cabrera’s newest monograph “The World’s First Photobook was Blue” is not a book about what Albarrán Cabrera do, but why they do it. A book without a beginning or and end, without a specific cover (that is why this book has three), and where the text talks about why they photograph and not the images per se.
The title is a nod to Anna Atkins, the binding a nod to Brassaï and the entire book is a homage to this deceptively simple but really complex medium which is photography.
“Photography is not the thing. It is the thing that gets us to the thing.
Atkins used photography to illustrate nature and its structure. In a similar way, we use photography to illustrate reality and its structure. The possibility of having a tool to investigate reality is what first drew us to photography. We discovered that by using this medium we can nurture our interest and have a better understanding not only of perceived reality, but of the ‘structure of reality’, ‘the why of things’. Photography is, for us, the perfect philosophical tool to learn more about the universe as a logical and architectural conception: the recognition of an order among individual pieces in which each piece is also illuminated by the arrangement of the whole.” – artist statement