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Monty Kobbe

Monty Kobbe - Editor

Author, freelance writer, translator, and editor willing to change hats for the right fee.

Overview

Since 2009 I have copy edited dozens of books and over thirty issues of various magazines in Spain and England. I have also translated close to one million words spanning approximately twenty different books, written hundreds of book reviews, articles, travel pieces and motoring features for newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, and published two novels and a collection of flash fiction.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Literature Short Story
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography History Philosophy Transportation Travel

Work experience

Copy editor and translator

Monty Kobbe is self-employed

January, 2010 – Present (almost 7 years)

Have engaged in approximately 40 editorial projects and copy edited around 30 issues of magazines in England and Spain.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

Barcelona

Berta Marsé, Ricardo Feriche, Javier Velasco

Throughout its complex past, Barcelona has managed to maintain its unique features: its famed architecture, monuments, style and spirit. Barcelona offers a visual chronological journey through the city with its stimulating mosaic of iconic images, many never before published, from past and present. The book begins in 1870, moving from the Expo to the crazy nights of 60s intellectuals to the en... read more

Throughout its complex past, Barcelona has managed to maintain its unique features: its famed architecture, monuments, style and spirit. Barcelona offers a visual chronological journey through the city with its stimulating mosaic of iconic images, many never before published, from past and present. The book begins in 1870, moving from the Expo to the crazy nights of 60s intellectuals to the en... read more

Chema Madoz: 2008-2014

Borja Casani, Lourdes Cirlot

Chema Madoz (born 1958) is Spain's most renowned photographer; his surrealistic, black-and-white images of objects centered in an otherwise empty frame have become widely admired. Chema Madoz: 2008-2014 compiles his most recent work.

Chema Madoz (born 1958) is Spain's most renowned photographer; his surrealistic, black-and-white images of objects centered in an otherwise empty frame have become widely admired. Chema Madoz: 2008-2014 compiles his most recent work.

Alberto García-Alix: From Where There Is No Return

Jenaro Talens, Nicolás Combarro, Anders Petersen

Alberto García-Alix (born 1956) is widely considered Spain's most popular contemporary photographer. Emerging from the post-Franco era of free expression known as La Movida, García-Alix vividly captured Madrid's countercultural revolution in the late 1970s and 80s. Surveying the artist's career, this publication spans that pivotal period to the present, examining his work in multiple genres.

Alberto García-Alix (born 1956) is widely considered Spain's most popular contemporary photographer. Emerging from the post-Franco era of free expression known as La Movida, García-Alix vividly captured Madrid's countercultural revolution in the late 1970s and 80s. Surveying the artist's career, this publication spans that pivotal period to the present, examining his work in multiple genres.

Jean Depara: PHotoBolsillo (Biblioteca de Fotografos Africanos)

Pascal Martin Saint Leon, Jean Loup Pivin

Jean Depara (1928-1997) launched his career as the official photographer of celebrated Zairian singer Franco. Prowling bars and clubs, the night owl Depara became the key chronicler of Kinshasa social life in the era when the Rumba and Cha Cha defined the city's rhythm. His photographs show an Africa stripped of its conventional social codes, where hipsters reign supreme.

Jean Depara (1928-1997) launched his career as the official photographer of celebrated Zairian singer Franco. Prowling bars and clubs, the night owl Depara became the key chronicler of Kinshasa social life in the era when the Rumba and Cha Cha defined the city's rhythm. His photographs show an Africa stripped of its conventional social codes, where hipsters reign supreme.

Samuel Fosso: PHotoBolsillo International (Biblioteca Photobolsillo)

Simon Njami

Samuel Fosso (born 1962) is one of Africa's preeminent photographers. The artist began taking self-portraits to send to his mother in Nigeria, when he was made a refugee by the Biafran War. His initial intention was to show he was alive and well, but Fosso soon came to incarnate an inventive range of characters from an African chief to a Japanese marine.

Samuel Fosso (born 1962) is one of Africa's preeminent photographers. The artist began taking self-portraits to send to his mother in Nigeria, when he was made a refugee by the Biafran War. His initial intention was to show he was alive and well, but Fosso soon came to incarnate an inventive range of characters from an African chief to a Japanese marine.

The A-Z of Spanish Photographers: From the XIX to the XXI Century

Oliva María Rubio

With impressive comprehensiveness, this book documents more than 600 Spanish photographers working in genres and idioms from classical to contemporary photography, reportage to fashion and advertising, press, architecture, landscape and portraiture.

With impressive comprehensiveness, this book documents more than 600 Spanish photographers working in genres and idioms from classical to contemporary photography, reportage to fashion and advertising, press, architecture, landscape and portraiture.

Harold Edgerton: The Anatomy of Movement

Gus Kayafas, José Gómez Isla

An array of hydralike tentacles surround a ragged white ring (the immediate aftermath of a drop of milk falling onto a table); a sensuous red shape being stretched out at one end by a dense black spot (a bullet, in fact, being shot through a candle flame). MIT scientist Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) devoted much of his career to revealing images like these--moments exponentially too brief for th... read more

An array of hydralike tentacles surround a ragged white ring (the immediate aftermath of a drop of milk falling onto a table); a sensuous red shape being stretched out at one end by a dense black spot (a bullet, in fact, being shot through a candle flame). MIT scientist Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) devoted much of his career to revealing images like these--moments exponentially too brief for th... read more

Alberto García Alix: The Closest I Was To Paradise

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, a tranquil sandy-beach getaway. Spanish photographer Alberto García-Alix, known for his intimate portraits of fringe characters such as porn stars and drug addicts, has been visiting the Balearic Islands since 1974, and since 1981 he has been shooting pictures of the islands' denizens, visitors, landscapes and legendary leisure pursuits.

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, a tranquil sandy-beach getaway. Spanish photographer Alberto García-Alix, known for his intimate portraits of fringe characters such as porn stars and drug addicts, has been visiting the Balearic Islands since 1974, and since 1981 he has been shooting pictures of the islands' denizens, visitors, landscapes and legendary leisure pursuits.

Luis González Palma

Laura Catelli, Francisco Najera

This book explores the artistic evolution of Guatemalan photographer Luis Gónzález Palma (born 1957). Gónzalez Palma's carefully composed images are characterized by his luxuriant use of props. His combinations of flower wreaths, wings, scepters, breastplates and other handcrafted objects create a rich, symbolic atmosphere.

This book explores the artistic evolution of Guatemalan photographer Luis Gónzález Palma (born 1957). Gónzalez Palma's carefully composed images are characterized by his luxuriant use of props. His combinations of flower wreaths, wings, scepters, breastplates and other handcrafted objects create a rich, symbolic atmosphere.

Discoveries 2010 (Photoespana)

Held annually in Madrid since 1998, PHotoEspaña has become one of the most acclaimed and important photography festivals in the world. Each year, PHotoEspaña calls upon a team of experts to review portfolios from emerging artists. Descubrimientos 2010 presents the 110 artists selected at the 2010 festival, offering a panoramic view of the most exciting prospects in new photography.

Held annually in Madrid since 1998, PHotoEspaña has become one of the most acclaimed and important photography festivals in the world. Each year, PHotoEspaña calls upon a team of experts to review portfolios from emerging artists. Descubrimientos 2010 presents the 110 artists selected at the 2010 festival, offering a panoramic view of the most exciting prospects in new photography.

Ana Casas Broda: Kinderwunsch

Susan Bright

In this moving photo essay, Mexican photographer Ana Casas Broda (born 1965) explores the complexity of motherhood and her relationship with her two sons, as their respective selves emerge or are reconstructed.

In this moving photo essay, Mexican photographer Ana Casas Broda (born 1965) explores the complexity of motherhood and her relationship with her two sons, as their respective selves emerge or are reconstructed.

Manolo Valdés: The New York Botanical Garden

This publication highlights seven large bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés (born 1942), displayed in the New York Botanical Garden between September 2012 and May 2013. Valdés designed the sculptures to alter as the seasons changed.

This publication highlights seven large bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés (born 1942), displayed in the New York Botanical Garden between September 2012 and May 2013. Valdés designed the sculptures to alter as the seasons changed.

Aitor Lara: PHotoBolsillo (Biblioteca Photobolsillo)

Javier Esteva

Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1975) addresses sociocultural values and identity, working in such countries as Africa, India, Uzbekistan and Spain. This issue celebrates his black-and-white portraits of different communities, ranging from indigenous peoples around the world to impoverished neighborhoods in southern Spain.

Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1975) addresses sociocultural values and identity, working in such countries as Africa, India, Uzbekistan and Spain. This issue celebrates his black-and-white portraits of different communities, ranging from indigenous peoples around the world to impoverished neighborhoods in southern Spain.

Manuel Outumuro: PHotoBolsillo

Joana Bonet

Over the past 20 years, Spanish photographer Manuel Outumuro (born 1949) has accrued a personal archive of images from high fashion and portraits of some of the most celebrated personalities of Spanish cinema. This volume recognizes Outumuro as one of Spain's most renowned photographers.

Over the past 20 years, Spanish photographer Manuel Outumuro (born 1949) has accrued a personal archive of images from high fashion and portraits of some of the most celebrated personalities of Spanish cinema. This volume recognizes Outumuro as one of Spain's most renowned photographers.

Rafael Sanz Lobato: PHotoBolsillo (Biblioteca Photobolsillo)

Paco Gómez

This PHotoBolsillo volume celebrates the work of Spanish photographer Rafael Sanz Lobato (born 1932), known for his iconic black-and-white images of automobiles, still lifes and portraits. Sanz Lobato won the National Photography Prize in 2011 for his work showing the recent transformation of rural communities.

This PHotoBolsillo volume celebrates the work of Spanish photographer Rafael Sanz Lobato (born 1932), known for his iconic black-and-white images of automobiles, still lifes and portraits. Sanz Lobato won the National Photography Prize in 2011 for his work showing the recent transformation of rural communities.

Juana Biarnés: PhotoBolsillo

Jordi Rovira

This volume documents the career of Juana Biarnés (born 1935), who has photographed celebrities such as the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Louis Armstrong, Jack Lemmon, Roman Polanski, Rudolf Nureyev, Orson Welles, Lee Marvin, Marisol, Yul Brynner, Salvador Dalí, Romy Schneider, Charlie Rivel and many others.

This volume documents the career of Juana Biarnés (born 1935), who has photographed celebrities such as the Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Louis Armstrong, Jack Lemmon, Roman Polanski, Rudolf Nureyev, Orson Welles, Lee Marvin, Marisol, Yul Brynner, Salvador Dalí, Romy Schneider, Charlie Rivel and many others.

Tito Caula: PHotoBolsillo (Biblioteca Photobolsillo)

Lorena González, Vasco Szinetar

Over the course of his life, Argentine photographer Tito Caula (1926–78) built an oeuvre of several thousand portraits, landscapes, film stills and more, in a variety of formats. This issue of PHotoBolsillo attests to the artist’s interest in research, innovation and technology.

Over the course of his life, Argentine photographer Tito Caula (1926–78) built an oeuvre of several thousand portraits, landscapes, film stills and more, in a variety of formats. This issue of PHotoBolsillo attests to the artist’s interest in research, innovation and technology.

PHotoEspaña 2013 Catalogue

Gerardo Mosquera

Held annually in Madrid since 1998, PHotoEspaña has become one of the most acclaimed and important photography festivals in the world, incorporating exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews and a number of other events. This year’s theme is “Body, Eros and Politics.”

Held annually in Madrid since 1998, PHotoEspaña has become one of the most acclaimed and important photography festivals in the world, incorporating exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews and a number of other events. This year’s theme is “Body, Eros and Politics.”

Aitor Lara: Ronda Goyesca

Victor Gómez-Pin

Ronda Goyesca presents the newest work of Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1974), documenting the astounding Corrida Goyesca--a legendary bullfight that takes place every year in the Andalusian city of Ronda, the oldest bull ring in Spain. Lara’s exquisite black-and-white photographs record all aspects of the spectacle, in which bullfighters, bulls and the audience equally participate, na... read more

Ronda Goyesca presents the newest work of Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1974), documenting the astounding Corrida Goyesca--a legendary bullfight that takes place every year in the Andalusian city of Ronda, the oldest bull ring in Spain. Lara’s exquisite black-and-white photographs record all aspects of the spectacle, in which bullfighters, bulls and the audience equally participate, na... read more

José Maria Rosa & Maria Bleda: Memoriales

Whether depicting an abandoned soccer field or a former battlefield, the photographs of José María Rosa and María Bleda resound with atmospheric absence. This book features 23 photographs taken in Berlin, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C., including 17 previously unpublished images, by the duo that won Spain's National Photography Prize in 2008.

Whether depicting an abandoned soccer field or a former battlefield, the photographs of José María Rosa and María Bleda resound with atmospheric absence. This book features 23 photographs taken in Berlin, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C., including 17 previously unpublished images, by the duo that won Spain's National Photography Prize in 2008.

Jem Southam: Rockfalls and Ponds

British photographer Jem Southam (born 1950) patiently observes the topographical changes at a single location, revisiting a site over months or even years. Sometimes the recorded modifications are driven by man, as seen in his The Pond at Upton Pyne series, which charts a village pond as it is transformed by successive periods of neglect. At other times, the transformations seem less steered ... read more

British photographer Jem Southam (born 1950) patiently observes the topographical changes at a single location, revisiting a site over months or even years. Sometimes the recorded modifications are driven by man, as seen in his The Pond at Upton Pyne series, which charts a village pond as it is transformed by successive periods of neglect. At other times, the transformations seem less steered ... read more

Martin Parr: The Non-Conformists

Susie Parr Etc

In 1975, fresh out of art school, Martin Parr moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he documented the town in photographs, showing in particular the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susan Mitchell, whom he had met in Manchester and later married, joined Parr in documenting a year in the life of a small Met... read more

In 1975, fresh out of art school, Martin Parr moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he documented the town in photographs, showing in particular the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susan Mitchell, whom he had met in Manchester and later married, joined Parr in documenting a year in the life of a small Met... read more

Joan Fontcuberta: Imago Ergo Sum

Sema D'Acosta, Josep Ramoneda, Joan Fontcuberta, Emmanuelle Waeckerle

Imago Ergo Sum brings together the most important milestones in the career of conceptual artist Joan Fontcuberta (born 1955), through three approaches: the work itself; the book as an object; and the exhibition. Trained in advertising and raised in Franco’s Spain, Fontcuberta has been creating postmodern works of photography since the mid-80s, co-opting all forms of media and public communicat... read more

Imago Ergo Sum brings together the most important milestones in the career of conceptual artist Joan Fontcuberta (born 1955), through three approaches: the work itself; the book as an object; and the exhibition. Trained in advertising and raised in Franco’s Spain, Fontcuberta has been creating postmodern works of photography since the mid-80s, co-opting all forms of media and public communicat... read more

Edgar Martins: The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite

Sérgio Mah, João Seixas, John Gribbin, Leonor Nazaré, Sean Blair

Though a notoriously secretive organization, in 2012 the European Space Agency (ESA) allowed Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins (born 1977) to explore their facilities. The photographs collected here depict more than 15 ESA facilities--test centers, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, astronaut training centers and more--scattered throughout the world. Thoug... read more

Though a notoriously secretive organization, in 2012 the European Space Agency (ESA) allowed Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins (born 1977) to explore their facilities. The photographs collected here depict more than 15 ESA facilities--test centers, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, astronaut training centers and more--scattered throughout the world. Thoug... read more

Between Times: Instants, Intervals and Durations

Jacinto Lageira

This book unites the work of contemporary artists who address the experience of time as a material: Jeff Wall, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Joachim Koester, Ceal Floyer, Steven Pippin, Michael Weseley, Paul Pfeiffer, Michael Snow, Daniel Blaufuks, Mabel Palacín, David Claerbout, Erwin Wurm, Tacita Dean, Iñaki Bonillas and Clare Strand.

This book unites the work of contemporary artists who address the experience of time as a material: Jeff Wall, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Joachim Koester, Ceal Floyer, Steven Pippin, Michael Weseley, Paul Pfeiffer, Michael Snow, Daniel Blaufuks, Mabel Palacín, David Claerbout, Erwin Wurm, Tacita Dean, Iñaki Bonillas and Clare Strand.

Barcelona CREA

Barcelona is a major locus for contemporary culture, and is home to over 300 prominent and leading contemporary artists, from painter Antoni Tàpies and installation artist Francesc Torres to painter Sean Scully, sculptor Jaume Plensa, artist Èulàlia Valldosera and film directors Isabel Coixet and Maria de Medeiros. This volume profiles the art stars of Barcelona, offering a definitive panorama... read more

Barcelona is a major locus for contemporary culture, and is home to over 300 prominent and leading contemporary artists, from painter Antoni Tàpies and installation artist Francesc Torres to painter Sean Scully, sculptor Jaume Plensa, artist Èulàlia Valldosera and film directors Isabel Coixet and Maria de Medeiros. This volume profiles the art stars of Barcelona, offering a definitive panorama... read more

On the Way Back

Montague Kobbé

"The intricacies and crises of life, love and business on a small Caribbean island play out in this latest novel by Montague Kobbé . . . . There is something for every reader in this engrossing novel depicting the complexities of inner and outer Caribbean and Latin lives — from the seemingly placid but often privately turbulent world of a small island such as Anguilla to the overwhelming large... read more

"The intricacies and crises of life, love and business on a small Caribbean island play out in this latest novel by Montague Kobbé . . . . There is something for every reader in this engrossing novel depicting the complexities of inner and outer Caribbean and Latin lives — from the seemingly placid but often privately turbulent world of a small island such as Anguilla to the overwhelming large... read more

Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges (Fruit Bruise Press)

Montague Kobbé

"Montague Kobbé's collection of fragmentary narratives places us in moments of intensity, positioning us as confidante to the wanderer, as voyeur and vicarious explorer of experiences of manhood that are pleasurable, disillusioning, unsettling, annoying, and perplexing."--Loretta Collins Klobah, author of The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman "a collection of micro stories where the emotion connection a... read more

"Montague Kobbé's collection of fragmentary narratives places us in moments of intensity, positioning us as confidante to the wanderer, as voyeur and vicarious explorer of experiences of manhood that are pleasurable, disillusioning, unsettling, annoying, and perplexing."--Loretta Collins Klobah, author of The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman "a collection of micro stories where the emotion connection a... read more

The Night of the Rambler

Montague Kobbé

Longlisted for the 2015 literary Grand Prix of the Association des Ecrivans de la Caraibe First Runner-Up Mention for best Creole- or English-language Caribbean book, 2014 Premio Casa de las Américas "Colorful detours into native lore, such as a rich Dutchman's fabled courtship of a local beauty, strike grace notes that echo Marquez...readers...will be rewarded with the little-known tale of ho... read more

Longlisted for the 2015 literary Grand Prix of the Association des Ecrivans de la Caraibe First Runner-Up Mention for best Creole- or English-language Caribbean book, 2014 Premio Casa de las Américas "Colorful detours into native lore, such as a rich Dutchman's fabled courtship of a local beauty, strike grace notes that echo Marquez...readers...will be rewarded with the little-known tale of ho... read more

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