The Photobook and Dance in Barreiro

Great to hear about this experimental workshop and reading session in Barreiro that looks to explore links between photography and dance. Thanks to Sofia Matos for the report and images…

24st may | Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita

Studies for the Impossible Body

Magda Fernandes (Imagérie – Casa de Imagens)

Studies for the Impossible Body is a series of little artist books that document the making of the Impossible Body project, developed in a photography workshop, in partnership with the photographer Susana Paiva and the Olga Roriz Dance Company, in Lisbon.

In pursuit of an elusive territory, that could be inhabited by photography and dance simultaneously, there were many dead ends and bifurcations along the way. These books are diaries of experimentation and exercise books at the same time, and they speak, through images and words, of discovery, as well as of the infinity and the poetry that emanate from the dancing body.

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PBC Barreiro

Thanks to Pedro Matias for getting in touch with some images from the second PBC Barreiro session held recently, my apologies for putting it up so late but at least now there is only a few weeks to go until the next meetup on the 8th December. For those interested, see the ‘I would like to join’ section here.

Hello Matt,

On 10th October we held the #02 session of Photobook Club Barreiro and it ran very well!

The next session will take place on December 8th and we will be looking at the books:
– American Surfaces by Stephen Shore
– Mimesis by Miguel Godinho

Some images of the session attached and you can also see the video preview of last session’s book: Untitled Film Stills by Cindy Sherman…

I take this opportunity to inform you that all graphic and media disclosure of the events are the responsibility of HALFSTUDIO graphic design studio, to which the Photobook Club Barreiro appreciates all the support and availability.



Meetup Roundup – 22nd October

Have just returned from a great week away in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. I was speaking at the Open Education Conference held by UBC about the Photobook Club, it’s origins and it’s meetups.

While I was there I ran a meetup over at Luz Gallery in Victoria and there were several meetups elsewhere also. Below is a quick roundup of these meetups and details on upcoming events.

– Matt

Photobook Club Barreiro 13.10.12


The Photobook Club Barreiro held their inaugural meetup on the 13th October. The group looked at Sharon Lockhart’s Pine Flat which is not a book I am familiar with and so very glad they also put together this video of the book. You can see more images from this session on the Photobook Club Barreiro’s Facebook Page.

The next session will take place on November 10th and will be featured in the books:
– The Complete Untitled Film Stills Cindy Sherman
– My Frontiers of João Miguel Baptista (guest artist)

(NOTE: The sessions are always the second Saturday of every month)

Photobook Club Victoria 15.10.12


As I mentioned the other day, I had perhaps the most picturesque journey to a meetup yet, leaving Tsawassen bay and heading out to Vancouver Island and down to Victoria. The meetup was still the highlight of the night with a great turnout and some great and varied books brought along. Thanks to Quinton and Diana for their hospitality at the fantastic Luz Gallery.

Photobook Pop-up exhibition/Photobook Club Southern California 18.10/12

Douglas Stockdale of the excellent ‘The Photobook‘ blog recently held a pop-up photobook exhibition and meetup at the Irvine Fine Art Center in the city of Irvine, California. Doug is a real photobook ambassador and deserves lots of props for this great event. He is also assesing the possibility of a regular Photobook Club in S California so if you are in the area, let Doug know you are interested.

Nice to see the Photobook Club badge being worn proudly too 🙂

Photobook Club Porto 20.10.12


The second meetup from the Photobook Club Porto took place this last week with a presentation from photographer Alfredo Cunha. Dates fro the 3rd session to be announced shortly…

Photobook Club Madrid 24.10/12


Blazing away in Spain, the folks at PBC Madrid will host their 9th meetup this month on the 24th October! For all the details and more photobook goodness, head over to their Facebook page.

Photobook Club Coimbra – LAUNCH! 10.11.12

The Photobook Club Coimbra will hold their first ever meetup on the 10th November at 9:30 pm, Casa das Caldeiras. The session will be run by photographer Mario Pires and will look at Robert Frank’s “The Americans”.

All interested in participating for free should send an email to the address

You can also find the Photobook Club Coimbra online over on their Facebook page… for reports and details of future events.



The Photobook Club Barreiro is Born!

Portugal has joined Spain in being able to boast about hosting 2 Photobook Club branches as the Photobook Club Barreiro is born! The branch has been carefully organized by a team led by Cláudia Ramos and will have their inaugural meetup on 13th October 2012, you can find all you need to on this new branch below as well as under the ‘Meetup’ tab.

Where and when does this club meet?
The club meets at the Galeria Municipal de Arte do Barreiro, currently the first event has been planned and is listed below in the ‘I’d like to Join In’ section…

Who organises the events?
The PhotoBook Club Barreiro is run by Cláudia Ramos, who, alongside her work as author has been coordinating projects in the area of ​​arts education since 2009. Ramos is currently responsible for the project arte.educação embracing formations for children, youth and adults and working with multiple platforms. Among her formations developed in the city of Barreiro and supported by the City Hall stands out “O Fotográfico” (Editions I and II) held in reserves Museological City Hall.

Other members, all of them with formation in photography by APAF – Associação Portuguesa de Arte Fotográfica: Esmeralda Barão, Ligia Felix Da Costa, Pedro Matias

I’d like to join in, when is the next meeting and what do I do?
Details of the first three planned sessions can be found below, if you would like to attend, please contact to reserve a space.
You can also find the Photobook Club Barreiro on Facebook here.

Photobook Club Barreiro

1st Session – 13 October 2012

2nd Session – November 10, 2012
*Agenda to be confirmed

3rd Session  – December 8, 2012
*Agenda to be confirmed