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

“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

“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,


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

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The Photobook Museum

“This is our mission! A museum for the people, not only for collectors and photographers.”

Introducing The PhotobookMuseum ! from Markus Schaden on Vimeo.

Markus Schaden and his Photobook Museum is doing some really interesting things with the photobook and the ways in which the photobook can be enjoyed and explored by all manner of folks. If you haven’t already try and get yourself to the Carlswerk Edition, if not, watch this space for more. 

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Box of Dummies in Gibraltar

The box of dummies has arrived in Gibraltar for a meeting with the PBC Campo de Gibraltar. The event, which takes place tonight is happening as part of the ‘White Night of Photography’ event. Images to follow!

Box of Dummies in Gibraltar

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Still Here

It has been too long since the last post here but house buying, summer breaks and the like have taken over a little.

There have been some wonderful additions to the Photobook Club’s Natural Collection which you can view by clicking the image below – and remember that if you want the collection to visit your University, school or community, you just need to get in touch.

The Natural Collection – New Additions

The box of dummies is now working it’s way around the world after initial events at Coventry, Murcia and Valencia.

The Box of Dummies in Valencia

And the original Box of Books is about to start it’s journey back home from Canada – there are things planned for it’s arrival which I will be posting soon.

In other news, Nathan Pearce’s ‘Midwest Dirt‘ edited by myself and brought to book-life by Akina books has sold out – a few copies available in book shops only now! While I will continue to work with Nathan on new works I am also interested to hear from other photographers who might wish to collaborate on a body of work – email

Midwest Dirt by Nathan Pearce

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Coventry and Medellin: An Image Exchange

Over the last ten weeks or so, some of my students from Coventry University have been connected with Tom Griggs’ students in Medellin, Colombia. The image exchange was designed to connect locations, perspective and ideas between students on two continents and is an open project viewable by the following blogs…

Exchange 1
(featuring Kat Ullman and Natalia Lopera)

Exchange 2
(featuring Lucy Bartlett and Margarita Valdivieso)

Exchange 3
(featuring Imogen Wall and Andrés Sanchez)

Exchange 4
(featuring Stephen Ma and Edwin Ochoa)

Exchange 5
(featuring Tom Tierney and Juliana Henao Alcaraz)

Exchange 6
(featuring Jonny Bark and Mónica Lorenza Taborda)

Exchange 7
(featuring Jess Bell and Alba Bran)

A curated selection of work can be seen below and a separate collection from Tom is viewable on the fototazo site here.

We exchange emails and talk frequently through Facebook and have bounced ideas off one another and have learned so much from just seeing the work that was being exchanged.

- Stephen Ma

Stephen Ma

Edwin Ochoa

Natalia Lopera

Imogen Wall

Kat Ullman

Stephen Ma

Jess Bell

Mónica Lorenza Taborda

Lucy Bartlett

Alba Bran

Juliana Henao Alcaraz

Andrés Sánchez Muñoz

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The Photographers Playbook

The Photographers Playbook, published by Aperture and edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern has just arrived on the doormat and I thought it worth a post.

306 assignments from well respected photographic educators, professionals and artists plus myself. The assignments vary from reflective exercises to shopping lists, technical amendments and more traditional photographic tasks. There is much in here and certainly not just for the student – I really hope this book and it’s assignments are used widely and shared often, perhaps there needs to be a space to share reflections and outcomes?

You can find the book on Aperure’s site here. 

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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!

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.

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The Box of Dummies arrives in Valencia

So, after the box of dummies left Murcia, we have tomorrow the session of the Box in Valencia! Miriam Ortuño has made a video promo for the session…

- Jorge Alamar

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