Circumstance
It all started with the recession in 2008 and the subsequent collapse of the American Dream. Simply getting by in New York wasn’t enough for F+F and soon life found them traveling across the United States in a 27-foot Airstream, in an attempt to capture this newly-found reality through photographing women they would meet along the way, encounters in the crisis: true Hitchcockian heroines, with passionate dispositions. The result of this 8 month trip was Circumstance: America Down on Bruised Knees, the duo’s first conceptual series and big breakthrough. The book contains over 300 high quality photographs. The size and number of pages of this photography book, meant there was a need for a solid binding, something that could last for ages. The solution was perhaps in some ways seemingly simple but yet in today’s world of machinery, quite unusual. The printer awarded this feat decided they must do most of the processes by hand. From collating to sewing, to binding, to casing, each book went through a very intensive manual labor process. Signed multilingual edition French/English YK Editions Hardcover 480 pages in slipcase. Dimensions: 40.5 x 29 cm, Weight : 5,6 kg $499.00 (sold out) Only a few artists proofs left
Price: $499.00
Cinematic Chronicles
Cinematic Chronicles is a large format collection of unbound posters (book size: posters folded to 11 x 16 in, open size 22 x 16 in) printed on heavy paper, held together by a banderole. This exciting layout juxtaposes the images and recontextualizing F+F's work. Photographs from Circumstance, She is Cuba, Japan Diaries, Strange Fascination and Another Way of Seeing and Hysteria. Every single spread can be taken out, seen as a whole and used as full size poster or print. 38 pages Print run 900 trade 100 Artist Proof Free worldwide shipping
Price: $35.00
F+F Playing Cards
Playing cards with 54 photographs from an limited edition run of 2000 produced to celebrate Formento + Formento's solo exhibition at Fahey Klein Gallery Los Angeles in 2014. A rare item, suitable as a gift. First run have sold out and we've updated it in 2018 with lots of new work! Free worldwide shipping
Price: $25.00
Yoonmina, Ramen Yokohama 2013 Skateboard Set
Quantities are limited. F+F shot a series of images called Japan Diaries between 2013-2019. As outside observers, these images explore the dichotomies that embody modern Japan— blurring the aesthetics between tradition and the ultra modern, fantasy and reality. The captivating tableaus exude a sense of tension, melancholy, and a quiet unease. Each image exists as if it were a still taken from a noir Japanese film, each solitary figure yearning for something unknown. Yoonmina Ramen Yokohama 2013 The series will consist of three decks designed by F+F. 7 3/4" decks are made of the best quality hard-rock maple and comes complete with wall hangers. Limited edition of 100. Free worldwide shipping
Price: $799.00
Mai VI, 100% Ringspun Cotton (soft!) T-shirt
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING We are very excited to announce our first collaboration with the Namatease Osaka For our first collaboration here is Mai VI, Kyoto 2013 from Formento + Formento’s beautiful photo collection Japan Diaries. “On Japan Diaries, there is no resolution, only an allure that inspires longing for something else. Pulling from our reservoir of dreams and imagination, paying homage to Japanese cinema and photography; the sexual energy of Nagisa Oshima and Noboyuki Araki, to the Ero Guro paintings of Toshio Saeki. Here we set out to create a body of work that shows the viewer our Japan that is mesmerizing, intimidating, disorienting, upsetting, poignant and yes, beautiful.” The T-shirt is made of a thicker, heavier cotton, but it's still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite! A pair of colorful slippers that are created just for you! The rubber sole is lined with a soft fabric to make sure you feel comfortable wherever your day takes you. Link to purchase https://namatease.com
Price: $30.00
"36" The book
36 “The captivating tableaus exude a sense of tension, melancholy, and a quiet unease. Each image from Japan Diaries exists as if it were a still taken from a noir Japanese film, each solitary figure yearning for something unknown.” Glenn O’Brien wrote of the Formento’s series Japan Diaries. In winter of 2018, BJ and Richeille returned to Japan but this time focused on channeling the artists Hokusai and Hiroshige and asked the question of what Mt. Fuji means to them. "We consider Japan our spirit place and are always yearning to come back and go deeper in our exploration of the culture and the landscape. This new work moved us out of the city of Tokyo and into the countryside. We wanted to live under the ever changing appearance of Mt. Fuji and experience its burning energy. Creating an ambiguous narrative with our women as they played out an imagined life under the strength of the mountain and beyond the edge of the frame". Embossed linen hardback with tipped in image 88 pages Book size 12 x 12 inches Publication date October 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1-7332741-0-4 The artist edition comes with a studio stamped, signed archival pigment baryta print by Formento & Formento and is limited to 100 copies hand numbered 1–100, plus 5 that are retained by the artist and are inscribed from AP1–AP5. $495 "Yuki 2, Chiba Japan 2019" Image Size: 8x10 inches Paper Size: 12x12 inches
Price: $49.95
"Hysteria" The book
HYSTERIA Images dealing with beauty and upheaval, brutality and optimism. Post World War II, a time when it seemed as if America was at the height of its power and also on the verge of spinning out of control. Issues in a world we still know and contend with today. Embossed linen hardback with tipped in image 88 pages Book size 12 x 12 inches Publication date October 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1-7332741-1-1 The artist edition comes with a studio stamped, signed archival pigment baryta print by Formento & Formento and is limited to 100 copies hand numbered 1–100, plus 5 that are retained by the artist and are inscribed from AP1–AP5. $495 "Hysteria 54, Budapest Hungary 2017" Image Size: 8x10 inches Paper Size: 12x12 inches
Price: $49.95
"Circumstance" The book
CIRCUMSTANCE CIRCUMSTANCE 2008-2010 These stirring, unapologetic photographs bring forward the legacy of change, economic depression and transience which has haunted America’s history. Places and characters in today’s settings as if searching for their own meaning a new definition of place, which still tips its hat in homage to the grit and dirt in which today’s America springs. Photographers BJ and Richeille Formento met 14 years ago, while working on a common assignment, and have been partners in both life and work ever since. Together they travel around the world, creating highly inspirational visual series that treat the human persona as prime matter that can be re-shaped through the most unconventional of scenarios. These are usually set in a surreal environment that is saturated in an abundance of contrasting references involving everything from culture and sex to high-fashion and technology. In contrast to their work, the reason that pushed the photography duo in the direction they followed was anything but surreal. It all started with the recession in 2008 and the subsequent collapse of the American Dream. Simply getting by in New York wasn’t enough for the Formentos and soon life found them traveling across the US in a 27-foot 1969 Airstream, in an attempt to capture this newly-found reality through photographing women they would meet along the way. The result of this eight-month trip was "Circumstance" the duo’s first conceptual series and big breakthrough. Embossed linen hardback with tipped in image 88 pages Book size 12 x 12 inches Publication date October 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1-7332741-2-8 The artist edition comes with a studio stamped, signed archival pigment baryta print by Formento & Formento and is limited to 100 copies hand numbered 1–100, plus 5 that are retained by the artist and are inscribed from AP1–AP5. $495 "Lori and Amy, California 2010" Image Size: 8x10 inches Paper Size: 12x12 inches
Price: $49.95