Astres Noirs


Published by Chose Commune, 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.

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Shortlisted 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book Category)
Winner, 2017 Australian Photobook of the Year

In the Press

The Guardian's Best Photography Books, Sean O'Hagan
American Suburb X
L’Oeil de la Photographie
Paper Journal
National Geographic Magazine


First Edition Hardcover
Photographs: Katrin Koenning, Sarker Protick
Bilingual: English, French
168 Pages 16x22cm
ISBN: 978-2-9548777-2-3
Publication Date: 31/05/2016
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