Meet-ups in New York and Barcelona

Great news for photobook lovers in New York – Helka Aleksdóttir is running a meet next weekend on Saturday 25th in Brooklyn. For more information on the event and to RSVP (as space is limited) please head over to the event page here.

Meanwhile in Barcelona….

Jon Uriarte, who does an awesome job organizing the Photo Book Club Barcelona meetings got in touch with news on a ‘gastro meeting’ held yesterday and the upcoming event with Steidl screening:

Yesterday we celebrated a special session: Photo+gastronomic+book Club at Elgoibar ( close to San Sebastián). It was gastronomic because after sharing books, we also had lunch together. We had a “photographic menu”, first a Fontcuberta Soup (it look like a chicken soup but it wasn’t…), an Elliot Erwitt black and white rice, Gregory Crewdson sorbet and a Jeff Wall cake. We had a great time, participants brought great books, such as Ortiz Echagüe’s Tipos y Trajes published in 1957.


Next Wednesday 29 at 19:30 we will have our regular meet-up in Bcn, this time there wont be a guest but instead a screening of the documentary  “How to make a book with Steidl”. So, we will be seeing the movie, talking about it and discussing about photobooks that were made by editors instead of photographers.

– Jon Uriarte

If you want to get to one of the Photo Book Club Barcelona’s regular meetings (and why wouldn’t you?) you can get in touch via their Facebook page here.

Photo Book Club Barcelona: Review

Thanks to Makus Furgber for writing this piece on last weekends meet-up in Spain, looks like it was a fantastic event.

The third Photobookclub meeting in Barcelona was a huge success! The introduction on Richard Billingham’s “Ray’s a Laugh” made by made Ricardo Cases was very interesting and spiced with his personal humor. He also raised more than a laugh! We discussed the possibility of intimacy and its limits in such extremely “intimate” photos and the floating frontier between intimacy and exhibitionism. His photos were related to his historical context by Photobookclub members, who had lived in Great Britain and confirmed a depressing social situation, which Richard Billingham reflected in his family pictures.

Foto: Paco Navamuel (CC BY-NC-ND)

The second part of the meeting was devoted to introducing several books brought by the participants. The books covered a wide range of authors, topics and formats. There were also some self-edited books. I can only remember Jon Uriarte’s self-edited book dedicated to foreign graveyards.

Foto: Paco Navamuel (CC BY-NC-ND)

You can have a look at the other titles at Barcelona meeting Facebook site.

Best wishes,
Markus Furgber (Lau W. Arm)

Photo Book Club meet-up with guest Ricardo Cases

The Photo Book Club Barcelona meets once again tomorrow night. Unfortunately (but in a great way) all the places have already been taken, and there is currently a waiting list for these meetings!

Ricardo Cases, whose ‘Paloma al Aire‘ was featured on many ‘Best of’ lists, including coming 3rd on Marc Feustel’s king of lists, will be the guest at the event, introducing Richard Billingham’s ‘Ray’s a Laugh’.

Ricardo Cases 'Paloma al Aire'

Those who are lucky enough to go to the event: I would love to hear a review of the evening, from a participants point of view ( )

– Matt

Coming up on the Photo Book Club…

After a break over Christmas the Photo Book Club will be resuming normal service in February. There will also be a Meet-up in Coventry which I shall be running as part of the open photography class #picbod, and so if anyone is interested in attending and is in the West Midlands area, pop me an email.

And so to the first few books we will be looking at in 2012; we start with Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’, followed by Sally Mann’s ‘Immediate Family’. Two classic American photobooks and two that I am sure will lead to some interesting discussion.
– If you would like to write a personal reflection on either of these books, or suggest what we might look at in April, you can do so in the comments below, or via email.

– Matt

February – Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’

March – Sally Mann’s ‘Immediate Family’

Photobook meet-up #4; Barcelona, Spain

The ‘Photo Book Club Barcelona’ community is continuing to grow and just this week, held it’s second photobook meet-up in the city. This time attendees were discussing the design aspects of their favorite books as well as being joined by Carlos Albalá, co-editor of the spanish independent publishing house BSide Books who introduced Daniel Blaufuks’ Terezin photobook.

A few images from the event can be seen below, and if you are in town and would like to meet up with this growing group of photobook fans, head on over to their Facebook page to get all the details.

– Matt

Photobook Club Barcelona meets again! 19th Dec

Seems like yesterday that Jon Uriarte emailed to say he had set up the ‘Photo Book Club, Barcelona‘ and his aim to meet once a month to unite photobook lovers.

True to form the second ‘PhotoBook Club Barcelona’ will be taking place Monday, December 19th. Carlos Albalá, co-editor of the spanish independent publishing house BSide Books will introduce Daniel Blaufuks’ Terezin photobook and attendants will be discussing the design aspects of their favorite books.

For more information, location and timings, head over to the ‘Photobook Club Barcelona’ on Facebook right here.

– Matt

Matt Johnston on The Future of Photobooks

Below is a talk I gave at University college London as part the London Design Festival 2011.

The panel included Dr Aquiles Alencar-Brayner of the British Library, Teresa Pereira of Blurb Books and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

We were asked the question ‘What is to become of photobooks?’. I attempted to answer in relation to:

  • The Photo Book Club
  • The book as an object
  • Community
  • Experience

– Matt

Ken Schles appearing in:

Ken Schles is a busy man! As well as contributing a great amount of his time to this special Photo Book Club month, Ken will be appearing and exhibiting at a number of great events over the next few months. Hopefully our discussions have inspired you to hear more of Ken’s thoughts on photobooks or to see ‘Invisible City’ and Ken’s new book ‘Oculus

A list of upcoming events is shown below:

30/09/2011 – 02/10/2011
NY Art Book Fair PS1 (advance copy of Oculus will be there, and so will I)
Preview of the limited edition at the Charles Lane Press booth Sat Oct.1 at 2pm. A very LIMITED number of copies of the trade edition will be at Dashwood books at the NY Art Book Fair —get there early for the trade edition.

01/10/2011 – 03/10/2011
Platform LA (advance copy of Oculus will be there, but not me)
A limited edition of Oculus can be seen at the Lapis Press booth #121 (I will not be in attendance due to the NYABF, see above)

15/10/2011 – 19/10/2011 (opening 14th)
Bursa Photo Festival: at least two talks –one on my work and one more about the process of making photo books. There will be an exhibition of Invisible City. Probably the largest installation of the work to date.
This is the first showing of Invisible City in 7 years and only the third time it’s had an exhibition print showing (the Museum of Modern Art showed the book as an object in its More Than One Photography exhibit in 1992). I will be giving a talk on my work and a separate hands on talk specifically about making my photo books.

22/10/2011 – 11/12/2011 (opening 21st)
Noorderlicht Exhibition of Oculus and release – The Netherlands

3/11/2011 – 05/11/2011
Society for Photographic Education North East and Mid-Atlantic Conference
Keynote: Alec Soth, Honored Educator: Doug DuBois, Featured Speakers: John Gossage, Mary Virginia Swanson, and Andy Adams, General Speakers Include: Colette Copeland, W.M. Hunt, Paula McCartney, Ken Schles, Tate Shaw, Anne Whiston Spirn, and more…

3/11/2011 – 06/11/2011
The Edition Art Book Fair: (Lapis press will have the limited edition of Oculus –but I will be up at the SPE Conference)

10/11/2011 – 13/11/2011
Paris Photo
3 very definite events in the main pavilion:
1. Harper Books will have the newly created, commissioned for the fair Invisible City inspired project: Invisible City: Nightwalk, Fragments and Alternates (book dummy);
2. there will be a book signing with on Saturday November 12 for Oculus (with the limited edition also available and on view)
3. Markus Schaden is doing this very interesting  project, (for which I contributed a piece).

This year Paris Photo will have a new space dedicated to publishers and specialist booksellers with the presentation of this year’s novelties, but also old books, rare books or limited editions. Book signing sessions on the stands will provide the public with an opportunity to meet the photographers.

The full programme of signing sessions will be posted on-line at the end of September.There is a strong possibility that Noorderlicht will be at the Paris Photo off-print (to be confirmed), in which case, I will do a book signing there as well.



Join the Photo Book Club for the first meet-up at Photobook London

We will be holding our inaugural meet-up at Photobook London in the evening with an informal event of books, discussion and beer.

As well as the Photo Book Club bringing a selection of the books they have looked at over the past 6 months, those who wish to attend are asked to bring along a photobook to share and discuss. After the event, one of these books will be chosen to be January’s book on the Photo Book Club.
This event has a limited number of spaces, please email to reserve a space.

Date:           Monday 5th September
Time:          18:00
Location:   PhotoBook London
29-31 Saffron Hill
London EC1N 8SW