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!

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Huddersfield, Belfast, New York

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Had a fantastic day at the University of Huddersfield with photography students this week, speaking about the photobook as a form of communication and giving some practical help to students working on books. Was great to see photobooks in their infant stages as well as to work with students in re-editing John Gossage’s ‘The Pond’ and Nathan Pearce’s ‘Midwest Dirt’. A few pictures here from Richard Mulhearn…

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Belfast

I will be at Belfast exposed this coming Thursday 5th february for a workshop – spaces limited but click the pic below to find out more information and see if their is availability.

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New York

Will be in New York from 21st – 27th March, if anyone has any recommendations that are a little off the beaten track for exhibitions or book stores they would be greatly appreciated. Similarly if anyone is interested in meeting or having a book club event then shout – matt@photobookclub.org

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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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