“FUCK YES” by photographer Daniel Josefsohn reads like a scrapbook: photographs from his early childhood are interlaced between more dicey outtakes from his work as a fashion photographer. Each image is paired with a note by Josefsohn’s girlfriend Karin Müller, and delves deeper into Josefsohn’s personal relationships, professional anecdotes and musings on growing up.
Originally titled “Am Leben, Alive”, the project ran as a yearlong column in ZEITmagazine, offering the couple an opportunity to document Josefsohn’s recovery from a stroke in November 2012. Prefaced by Christoph Amend, editor-in-chief of ZEITmagazin, "FUCK YES" is a reprint of the award-winning column in both German and English. Müller’s words capture Josefsohn’s trademark matter-of-fact candour, offering introspective negotiations between his nostalgia for the past and acceptance of his current state. Sensitive, the book rarely veers toward sad. “FUCK YES” offers a roaring testament to Josefsohn’s strength, talent and unrelenting humour instead.
Text by Nathan Ma