Ben Krewinkel and a bootlegged ‘Midwest Dirt’

While this chat I recently had with Ben Krewinkel mostly focused on methodology and importance of conversation in the image making process, it still may be of interest for some who have seen ‘A Possible Life; Conversations with Gaulbert‘…

A conversation about conversation with Ben Krewinkel from CU Photography on Vimeo.

Matt Johnston talks to Ben Krewinkel about the project ‘A Possible Life; Conversations with Gaulbert’ in which Krewinkel co-authored a documentary about identity, memory and documentation of an undocumented person. ‘Gaulbert’, an illegal immigrant who resided in Amsterdam was both subject and collaborator leading to a wonderfully rich, sometimes tense and consistently powerful body of work.

For any interested, this is a small part of an open class I am teaching at the moment which lives online at www.picbod.org – take part if you like!

In other news, Nathan Pearce has successfully bootlegged ‘Midwest Dirt’ which is available in all its rough and ready glory here. ($9)

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The Natural Collection at the Monash Gallery of Art

I am really excited to announce that the Photobook Club’s ‘Natural Collection’ which now includes over 40 books, will be heading to the Monash Gallery of Art in Australia to be displayed as part of the ‘Light Reading’ exhibition and in conjunction with Photobook Melbourne.

nat_col_montage1The show, which celebrates the relationship between reading and photography will run until 1st March 2015. The Natural Collection will be available to see (and touch and read!) from mid January onwards but an exact date will be posted shortly.

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Thanks to all who have submitted work so far to the collection, to co-curator Lucy Johnson who I have worked on this project with and to Stephanie Richter of the Monash Gallery for the collection invitation.

Before more information is available, here are a few images from the collection…

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Natural Collection: http://collection.photobookclub.org/ 

Light Reading Exhibition: http://www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/173 

Photobook Melbourne Festival: http://photobookmelbourne.org/ 

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Photobook Club M1 Junction 29 – report

Thanks to Jim Reed for the following report and notice of next meeting’s activities (Dec 17). If you are in the vicinity – maybe Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham etc, this is a great location.

Our meet on the 26th November, we looked at books by Jackie Higgins her ‘Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus’ and in it these words, “A fixed definition of the term “photography” has become impossible.” And also a book of Edward Weston’s photographs and Fay Godwin’s “Land”. Two of us brought homemade photobooks one a book of reflections made mostly in Stamford and the other some work in progress.

I will be doing a little demo of how to make books like this one using the Japanese 4 hole stab binding technique, I was surprised at the strength of it.

Our next meeting will be on the 17th December please see the website: http://www.m1ju29photobookclub.co.uk/

Cheers – Jim

 

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A ‘Report From the Field’ in Aperture’s PBR 007

I was asked recently to provide a report from the field for the Fall issue of Aperture’s ‘Photobook Review’. The report sits alongside the likes of Larissa Leclair, Markus Schaden and Rebecca Senf and talks mostly about the need to expand our community to greater benefit a wider audience.

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The newspaper is available with a subscription to Aperture magazine but can also be found at a good number of bookshops and galleries and likely if you went to Paris – you already ave a copy. If you can’t get hold of a copy and would like to read the report, just drop me a mail. 

- Matt

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Photobook Club Auckland and the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Thanks to the PBC Auckland’s organiser Anita Totha for sending through this report form a recent event along with some images…

Photobook Club Auckland held a great evening with the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. Founder Daniel Boetker-Smith paid us a visit in Auckland and brought more than 50 photobooks from the Archive representing various Asia-Pacific photographers and bookmakers. Daniel spoke about the Archive and encouraged New Zealand photographers to submit their own photobooks. The archive already includes photobooks from Robert Zhao, Cristina De Middel, Anne Ferran and Rinko Kawauchi and some great titles from photobook makers all over the Asia-Pacific region.”

- Anita Totha

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Photobook Club Lima – Images and Report

Thanks to Eneka Fernandez for sharing some thoughts after the first meeting of the Photobook Club Lima and also for sending through a few images…

Hi Matt

I want to tell you about our first Photobook Club Lima. It was a great evening!

The event was a presentation of the format and so the subject was open, I presented my website Fanzinant also, so fanzines and self-publications were the protagonists.

Around 40 people came to the event, some of them with their own publications to share.

We want to make the next meeting in december, this time with a little group and everyone carrying a book. I’ll tell you about it.

Some pictures here of this first meeting.

best,
Eneka

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Photobook Club M1 Junction 29

Jim Reed is the organiser of a new British branch of the Photobook Club that will meet around the M1 Junction 29 area – we wondered whether there should be a road theme to the meetings but maybe that is something for another day!

If you are in the area (Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield) and would like to find out more then head over to the new site Jim has created which can be found here.

 

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#PhotoBookDay in Coventry

Just a brief post to say thanks to all who made #PhotoBookDay a huge success across the world with more events, discounts and musings than last year. Plus a shout out to all who came to the event in Coventry last night held at the Big Comfy Bookshop. It was a great event and atmosphere that gave rise to some interesting conversations.

Among the books brought along were a selection from the Natural Collection and the Box of Books MKI which has arrived back in the UK after a 16 month round the world trip.

Some images below taken by Stephan Ma

#PhotoBookDay in Coventry

#PhotoBookDay in Coventry

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