Edition size: 1,000,
Hardcover, 32 x 24 cm, 232 pages,
Design by Didier Quarroz,
Published by Ka Xiaoxi Studio,
2015, Shanghai, China
Special Cover by Samepaper and ZINAN LAM
Never Say Goodbye to Planet Booze 2015
Words by JIANCUI
“But there were all manner of averages and laws working that you knew nothing about, even as you imagined things were going well.”
--- Charles Bukowski Hot Water Music
When Ka Xiaoxi shows up at a midnight club with camera, he’s more like a shadow hiding in the corners. But I have to say, what I just said doesn’t mean that he would hide his camera inside the jacket or do whatever a spy would do. Most of the time, he just randomly clicks the camera. Only when you see the flash of that moment, you know he is taking action. This is his life, and also his art.
In the past few years, Ka Xiaoxi has been taking a lot of portraits of Chinese young generation, who are designers, musicians and artists, or some are just cool fashion kids. They party down at some bars, night clubs, music festivals and some private spaces. Some of them are Ka's friends and the others are just strangers, creating the moments on his film.
His creations are connected to his growth environment. In the past 15 years, the subculture situation in China continued to be existed as a kind of observation. But after he started taking photos for eight years, the subculture has become a main stream. Those people who in his photos actually show the changes of the times – music festivals, E-dance music and fashion scenes, doing whatever they want to have fun and voice to the world.
Shanghai, which appeared thousands of times in Ka Xiaoxi’s photos, brought a lot of possibilities for the content. If the people who in the photo is cool which shows that people who surround him are cool as well. Just like the street of Harajuku in Moriyama Daido’s shots, Ka Xiaoxi uses his films as memory cards to capture those amazing moments in Shanghai. Different from Terry Richardson who excessively renders temporary life, the eastern implicit expression and unique insights made up Ka Xiaoxi’s unique visual aesthetics, for all those people, landscapes and girls.
After Ka Xiaoxi's last photo book A Fragment of China's Youth, this new released Never Say Goodbye to Planet Booze will take people to a longer and deeper journey to his youth and generation, by over 200 photos made during 2012 to 2015. While the accompanying exhibition with hundreds of large photographs will present a full and real planet booze to visitors.
- - - 查尔斯·布考斯基《苦水音乐》
在《酒精星球永不别》中，二百多张的相片将发生在2012年至2015年间的故事进行了一次全面汇总, 这是继咖小西上本影集A Fragment of China's Youth之后的再一次青春告别和时代写真。而在其同名主题的展览中，近百张大幅相片的展示也将酒精星球做了一次最彻底的呈现。
Edition size: 500
Hardcover, 21 x 28.3 cm
Number of pages: 208
Type of printing: Four color Offset Print
Type of paper: Antalis Brisky 120g & woodfree paper 85g
Number of pictures: 154
Light Room is a photography book released by Goooodie.com, showcasing works by 17 young Chinese photographers. In our treacherous and grotesque age, these are the ones who have not been carried away. They still stick to traditional film cameras, and already come up with new plans for the next destination and next shoot with their last penny, even on the way to develop film rolls. As a matter of fact, cameras are their arms in the wrestling with the reality.
44 page & 42 pics, 17.3 x 25 cm,
Sensation artist paper 200g,
Limited & numbered 250,
Design by Didier Quarroz,
Published by sndmr.com with Goooodie
A Fragment of China’s Youth
Ka Xiaoxi is a young chinese photographer and curator living in Shanghai. For this book, Ka is lifting the blanket and gives you an intimate insight into his personal environment and the young urban china.