The Box of Dummies in Alicante

Awesome to see a detailed report from José Carlos Robles of the Photobook Club Alicante about the box of dummies event held recently. A section of the piece is shown below along with several images but for the full article, head here. 

The box didn’t leave anyone indifferent. As usual, we met at the MACA’S (Museum of Modern Art) llibrary were  we could enjoy the amazing work of remarkable artists. We started a brief summary of the works and subsequently we gave a brief time for everyone to carefully observe them.

With great astonishment and why not  certain dose of criticism, I must say, the books were passed from hand to hand  until with great emotion. After the meeting we all gathered at the “October Press Café” to continue the chat , a place highly recommended for further discussions photographically for obsessive minds like we are.

I must say that it could be risky to highlight the most admired books. However, we can not ignore GALAND FLORENCE’S book entitled “ARBRE. PIERRE. NUAGE “, a gorgeous specimen. We also want to highlight the work of DAVID MCBRIDE entitled “THE ANOMALIES”. The author reveals that the story, told in a way of abstraction key, speaks about the time he  spent caring for his father, RICHARD BERNARD MCBRIDE. The period of time during which he was diagnosed with Alzheimer, the  care he gave hime, his memory loss, mood swings, problems with language and inability of reasoning until his death, constitute a marvellous tribute to his father. We are sure he will have been proud of his son.WONDERFUL!



The Box of Dummies in Alicante!

The Box of Dummies, which has been touring for over 6 months now, will be in Alicante on April 8th with the Photobook Club Alicante and the Photobook Club Granada at the Contemporary Art Museum of Alicante. If you can get to the meeting you will be able to get your hands on these great prospective works and if not – check out the website with video flick-throughs.


Thanks to José Carlos Robles and Carlos Aguilera who are organising the event for the details and the images of previous meetings shown below…


PLACE : MACA  (Contemporary Art Museum of Alicante)
Date: April , 8.
Hour: 18:30 p.m.

You can check the latest news in our web in this link.


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Updates from Alicante

Great to hear recently from Jose Carlos Robles of the Photobook Club Alicante in Spain…

I’m delighted to tell you that we are running this month our sixth meeting, great news for us.

We are very happy because the Contemporary Museum of Art in Alicante is nowadays supporting us, offering their public library to celebrate our sessions. The Museum has a great collection itself and we are very proud to collaborate with them.

I send you some photos of the last event at the Museum.

Here  is the link with news of our next session and another one from the Museum itself.

You can see here the page were the Museum makes a little comment about the Photobook Club.

– Jose Carlos Robles


The Photobook Club Alicante launches on World Photobook Day!

The Photobook Club Alicante, founded by Jose Carlos Robles, will launch on the 14th October to coincide with World Photobook Day! The club already has a great website found here and can also be found on facebook here.

Below is a message from Jose for those who are in the area and might be of interest:

Primero fue Niepce, después llegaron Daguerre , Bayard y Henry Fox Talbot. Sin embargo, hay un momento en la historia y una ilustre protagonista que a menudo queda en el olvido. El 14 de octubre de 1843, Anna Atkins, publicó “British Algae”, una publicación que puede ser considerada como el primer fotolibro conocido y al que con frecuencia le disputa el honor “Pencil of Nature” de H. Fox Talbot.

Según el catálogo de la British Library , parece que la duda queda despejada en favor de Atkins.

Hemos elegido la fecha del 170 aniversario para el lanzamiento de PHOTOBOOK CLUB ALICANTE, y para ello rendiremos justo reconocimiento a la autora británica por su pionera aportación. Con ello no hacemos más que adherirnos a otras iniciativas que rememoran el hecho.

¿CUÁNDO?  El día 14 de Octubre a las 19:00 horas

¿DÓNDE? Pendiente de confirmación


No olvides reservar tu plaza por mail a y por supuesto traer tú libro. Y si alguien tiene un ejemplar de la obra de ATKINS (difícil lo veo) sería fabuloso.


Queremos destacar también que el Photobook Club de Madrid  ha sido pionero en su propuesta en este sentido y desde aquí queremos compartirlo y felicitarles por ello. (Photobook Club Madrid – October 14th, #PhotoBookDay)

Más información sobre Atkins:

Anna Atkins – Wikipedia
Getty Museum
Seen is believing