Fotografien: Francisco Paco Carrascosa

Francisco Paco Carrascosa

Johnnie Walker on the beach

Photo book with 2640 pictures

“As a ‘paparazzo of everyday life’, I have distilled my view of the world into a photographic essay in book form, consisting of 2640 pictures. The resulting five volumes are my homage to life, photography and the commonplace.” Francisco Paco Carrascosa

A photo project that was to take up several years of my life began with a photograph I took in Japan in October 2008. It showed the grey façade of a building with an open window. A man dressed in a bathrobe was standing on the balcony making a phone call. An unspectacular, yet intimate moment. What caught my imagination was the boundary between the private and public spheres, and how people deal with it.

Inspired by the figure of Johnnie Walker from Haruki Murakami’s novel “Kafka on the Shore” – a Pop Art figure and a symbol for “being on the move” – I let my curiosity be my guide and roamed the world like a Baudelairean flâneur of the 21st century, travelling to Spain, Japan, Italy and Switzerland with my little, semi-professional digital camera. So far, I have shot around 26,000 pictures. The use of zoom, the sheer number and the serial character of the shots are reminiscent of paparazzi pictures. An intensive, endless flow of looking, feverish excitement and pure seeing.

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Covers: Volume | – Volume II

Book order

Book order: at Francisco Paco Carrascosa, Geroldstrasse 31, CH-8005 Zurich/Switzerland:

5 photo volumes of 528 pp., 2640 images in colour, 14.8 x 22 cm; booklet b/w (32 pp.)
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
ISBN 978-3-86984-361-2
Signed, limited edition, 300 copies
EUR 149.– / CHF 189.–, plus shipping
Softcover, in slipcase

Photographs by Francisco Paco Carrascosa
Editor and producer: Irene Jost
Graphic design: Emanuel Tschumi
Texts by Matthias Oberli, Caroline Morpeth (De / En); Urs Stahel (De / En / It / Jp / Es)

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Covers Volume II| – Volume IV

Book launch and exhibition

Johnnie Walker on the beach, Francisco Paco Carrascosa, Photo book with 2640 pictures

H Photobookshow at Doomed Gallery London

Photobookshow, London
Opening night: Friday 14 November, 6pm till late
Show is also open the next day, Saturday 15 November 11am–5pm

H Book Show will showcase over 60 photobooks, gathered from an open call for submissions.
Johnnie Walker on the beach has been selected.

H Photobookshow at Doomed Gallery
65/67 Ridley Road, Dalston, E8 2NP, London (GB)

Gallery SO London/UK: Photomonth East London
International Photography Festival,

UK Book launch and exhibition
London: 1 to 12 October 2014
Opening and book launch: Thu 2 Oktober 2014, 6 to 9 pm

Location: Gallery SO London, 92 Brick Lane
London E16RL UK, (Closest Tube Stations: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street)
Opening hours: Wed –Sat : 12–6 pm, Sun: 12–6 pm, or by appointment

Gallery Granatapfel by Bookshop Bodmer Zurich/CH

Book presentation and exhibition
Zurich: April to 30. June, 2014
Thursday, 15. May, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m.: Francisco Paco Carrascosa presents his photoproject
Opening hours: Mon: 9 am to 7 pm / Tue to Fri: 9 am to 7 pm / Sat: 9 am to 5 pm

Gallery Granatapfel by Bookshop Bodmer Zurich
Stadelhoferstrasse 34, 8024 Zurich

Museum Bärengasse Zürich / GASTHAUS ZUM BÄREN Zurich/CH

Book launch and exhibition
Zürich: 10 to 17 April 2014
Vernissage: Thursday, 10 April 2014, 5 to 10 pm, welcome and inauguration by Mirjam Bayerdörfer and Matthias Oberli, 7 pm
Performance Lecture by André Vladimir Heiz: Sun 13 April, 3 pm
Finissage: Thursday, 17 April 2014, 18 to 9 pm

Opening hours:
Fri 11 April: 7 to 9 pm / Sat 12 April: 2 to 5 pm / Sun 13 April: 12 am to 5 pm / Wed 16 April: 14 to 6 pm, Thu 17 April: 2 to 9 pm

Museum Bärengasse Zürich / GASTHAUS ZUM BÄREN
– programmed by Curating/ZHdK & W.I.R.E, Bärengasse 22, 8001 Zürich,

F Book Show – TIP, Tokyo/JP

Tokyo/Japan: 26 March to 13 April 2014
Book launch: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

TIP (Tokyo Institute of Photography)
exart bild. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0031

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Covers: Volume V – Volume VI


Review copies for press/media contact:
Irene Jost, editor and producer, +41 (0)79 456 96 55,

Downloads information
→ Download press release: Johnnie Walker on the beach
→ Download abstracts essay: Caroline Morpeth
→ Cover text: Urs Stahel

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Francisco Paco Carrascosa
Photo publication 5 volumes in slipcase
→ JPG: 15 x 10 cm, 300 dpi, 1.4 MB
Francisco Paco Carrascosa
6 covers
→ ZIP: 11.6 MB, JPG je 15 x 22 cm, 300 dpi
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Excerpt from picture series, content
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Legal notice/protection of privacy:
Pictures may only be used in agreement with and in connection with the publication “Johnnie Walker on the beach”, by Francisco Paco Carrascosa. Further/other pictures from the publication possible on request,

Press review

Catalogue and Documentation of Open Curating Studio – Booklaunch 9.10.2015
Gasthaus zum Bären / Museum Bärengasse. January 2014 to March 2015
with events, Discussions, Screenings, Performances, Talks, Meetings
(Ed. Dorothee Richter and the Postgraduate Programme in Curating ( and the Webjournal

online catalogue / print on demand: page 56–61: “Johnnie Walker on the beach”, Francisco Paco Carrascosa

EIKON, international Magazine for Photography and Media Art, edition 87/2014, page 70, publications
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PHOTONEWS, page 25, Edition July-August 2014
→ Download PDF, online, text by André Vladimir Heiz, 1 June 2014

NZZ am Sonntag/Bücher am Sonntag (no. 6), page 23, 29. Juni 2014
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Tages-Anzeiger, Bellevue Seite 22, 8. April 2014
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Züri-Tipp, Tages-Anzeiger, Kunst/Museen, 10. April 2014
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neuland-magazin, online, No. 22/2014, text by Judith Stofer

Johnnie walker on the beach S.12 –130
Übersicht: S.12 – S.130