First Meeting of the Photobook Club Mexico City!

Great news from Mariela Sancari of the Photobook Club Mexico City…

We had our first meeting a couple of days ago! It was really good! We still have to adjust some logistics details but it was great.

We had Alex Dorfsman as our first guest and he showed and talked about his 5 published books. Really interesting! We did a skype with the participants in Monterrey 🙂 it was fun!

Here are some pictures of the event.

I will let you know the date for the next meeting soon!

mexico

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

 

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

#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

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#PhotoBookDay in Coventry

World #PhotoBookDay in Coventry

To celebrate Photobook Day here in Coventry we will be hosted by the newly opened ‘Big Comfy Bookshop‘ at Fargo Village which ticks all sorts of boxes for a great meeting place – beer, coffee, cakes, books and sofas!

A suggestion from Lucy Bartlett will see members bringing books from as many different countries as possible and at the same time we will be having the homecoming of the ‘Box of Books’ which has just returned from it’s around-the-world journey.

If you are interested in attending this event on October 14th please email me – matt@photobookclub.org 

Details:

Tuesday 14th October
Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
6pm – 8pm

World Photobook Day – October 14th

This coming October 14th World #PhotoBookDay will be celebrated! This date is a direct homage to the first known photobook: Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. As the exact publishing date is unknown, we have taken the date that appears in the registry of the copy in British Library records.

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Feel free to organise other activities for this day. We’d love you to join us in this celebration and contribute to make this date a global event by organising an action related to photobooks in your own city. As soon as you program your activity, please e-mail it to us, and we’ll post it in this website: photobookday.org.

This is the second year of this global event, in 2013 there were a nice collection of activities spread over many different countries, check them out on photobookday.org.

We know there is not much time to organise large activities, but we can propose easy actions you can take to celebrate locally this global event:

  • Post a #PhotoBookDaySelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favourite photobook.

  • Donate a self-published photobook or photozine to your nearest public library or school library. Where we can we will publish a list of public libraries accepting donations this day.

  • Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day. We’ll publish a list of them.

  • Check our map and locate your nearest activities and participate!

 Organise! Participate! Celebrate!

The World Photobook Day has been set up as a collaboration between the organizers of Photobook Club Madrid and Matt Johnston.

Celebrating the photobook, born in 1843.

Best,

Matt Johnston
Juan Cires
Ricardo Garrido
Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa

Rock Your Dummy – Open Call

Following on from the huge success of last year’s ‘Le Photobook Fest’ and the inaugural ‘Rock Your Dummy’ contest, the competition is running again this year so get the low down below from the organisers of lephotobookfest.

Rock Your Dummy!  is  an open call for dummies to support and showcase the work of photobook makers from all over the world.

The Rock Your Dummy! award aims to help a photographer to realise and publish its photobook dummy. Maria Books, the latest publishing project of Le PhotobookFest, will work hand to hand with the photographer to launch the book with a special event in Arles 2015.

The exhibition will be presented during all the festival and hosted at L’Ancienne Imprimerie/Picture Tank, 19 rue Bisson 75020 Paris.

“The dummy is a work in progress but also a significant waymark on the route to publication in one form or another. It seemed appropriate that while we look to celebrate the beauty of the dummy as an artefact in it’s own right, we should also acknowledge it as a work yet to be fully realised and so seek to support it’s author in that realisation.” 
Matt Johnson, 
Founder of The Photobook Club

•    Rock Your Dummy Award :
 All selected photobook dummies in the exhibition will run for the “Rock Your Dummy Award”. One winner will be selected by the main jury (to be announced soon) at Le PhotobookFest awards presentation on Sunday 16 november. The winner of the “Rock Your Dummy Award” gets the opportunity to publish a book with Maria Books (more details soon).

•    Box of Dummies Award :
 As a result of the public vote,  a dummy will be selected to be included in the “Box of Dummies“, a traveling showcase through the branches of the Photobook Club network all over the world -
More infos about the Box Of Books project  http://boxofbooks.photobookclub.org/

“Winning Rock your dummy! contest in 2013 was a great and exciting experience. My book Did we ever meet? got a lot of exposure and has been since exhibited in Europe and Russia. I got a chance to talk about the dummy with experts from the book business. I’ve reedited it to be able to self-publish it independently and do the whole process from printing to binding at home. Thank you so much guys, and good luck to all the contestants this year!!”
Lena Kholkina, Winner of the Rock Your Dummy Award www.offonroad.com.

“I took part in the first edition of Le Photobookfest with my dummy “Dispersal”, I got an honorable mention, and I must confess it took me by surprise. I regret I wasn’t even there when they announced it, cause the atmosphere was at the same time cool, relaxed, and perfect to share books and ideas. A little gem in Paris Photo frenzy. Suddenly, my “book” (which looks more like a box) got noticed, it drew attention, and I could hear feedbacks and comments. I am sure it is also because of Le Photobookfest that it is now almost sold out, and I wish to be part again of this cool new baby among festivals!”
Arianna Sanesi, Honorable Mention,http://www.ariannasanesi.com/

 

Conditions :
We are particularly keen to receive, showcase and support mock-up and hand-crafted dummies !

– Your dummy must be the maquette of an unpublished book.
– No electronic version accepted.
– Open to all ! No age or nationality limits.
– The shipping fees (go and return) are at your cost.
– Send your complete name & address, email + name of the book + year of making
– You agree that your dummy will be manipulated by hundreds of people and might be a bit damaged (the price to pay for success 🙂 ).

Deadline for submission is October 30th 2014

Send your dummy to :
Emilie Hallard / Picturetank
19 rue Bisson
75020 Paris – France

Please email us for more info at lephotobookfest@gmail.com

Our Web : lephotobookfest.com

Find us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/LePhotobookFest2013

A Report from Brazil and Upcoming Event in Belfast

A report from Walter Costa from the PBC TRAMA in Brazil…

Here’s the post about our last session…. I’m sorry but it’s in Portuguese only!

It was like a series of short duels between two teams attacking or defending the books we previously drew among a selection of 2 titles per country… it was really interesting to see how the debate rose thanks to the duel scheme: people who normally are quite silent were “forced” to participate and added interesting considerations!

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And notice of an event in Belfast next Tuesday at Belfast exposed can be found here….

Dragana Jurisic, who recently exhibited ‘Yu: The Lost Country’ at Belfast Exposed will present the next edition of Photobook Club Belfast on Tuesday 29 July. Jurisic will speak about the development of her publication of the same work, as well as exploring other publications that have inspired and influenced her practice. This event is free and all are welcome.

http://www.belfastexposed.org/eventdetails/Photobook_Club

PBC Coventry Meets PBC Paris in London next Saturday!

Next Saturday (14th), as part of the Straybooks festival organised by Akina books, I will be heading in to London to host a wee event with Emilie Hallard of the Photobook Club Paris. The event will start at 4pm and will be a relaxed affair in which we try to better understand the state of photobook culture by picking examples for discussion direct from the exhibition (though you can feel free to bring your own books too).

Although folks can drop in as they like, we plan to start with a group of 10-12 people so please let me know if you want to attend. 

Details regarding location etc can be found here. 

– Matt