The Box of Books Hits the Pub in Victoria, BC

Great to see the box of books in Victoria, BC with Duane Prentice and a group of engaged book lovers…

Photography Lovers,

The Photo Book Club Box of Books visit to Victoria was finally opened last night at the Bent Mass Pub and 4 hours later we emerged, inspired, scheming and excited by what is possible with photography and the book.

Thanks for all who came out to make it such a fun even and I have asked to keep the Box until end of the month so if someone else has a group that wishes to have a look let me know.



The Box of Books Arrives in Victoria

The box of books has arrived safely in Victoria after a long journey from Auckland, NZ. It will spend some time with Duane Prentice at a number of events in and around the island before heading off to the recently formed Photobook Club Montreal.

A big thanks to Duane for the following:

…I thought you might like an image of the Box at the feet of Captain James Cook, the British pirate who sailed these waters back in the 1700’s and then moved on to New Zealand where he met his demise (nice coincidence that the box was shipped here from Auckland).

The Box of Books in new Zealand

An update from Anita Totha of the Photobook Club Auckland of the Box of Books visit to New Zealand…

The Photobook Club’s “Box of Books arrived in Auckland from Toowoomba AUS in late February. Photobook Club Auckland held its meeting in conjunction with the Tangent photo collective and brought together 20 photo book lovers. We thoroughly went through the box and all of its mementos and zines included from other clubs around the world. A crowd favorite photo book was Mrs Merryman’s Collection by Anne Sophie Merryman (Mack Books). We shared some other new titles too and had some great overall conversation around photo books and publishing in NZ. The box will be off soon to our friends in Victoria, Canada…


The Box of Books – Tokyo – Canberra – Melbourne

The box of books has been spending time in Tokyo, Canberra and Melbourne recently, the 13th, 14th and 15th stops on it’s world tour. If you haven’t yet gotten to the box, there might still be time – check out the route here or email to see if the box can detour to you.























Big thanks to Sean Davey, organizer of the Photobook Club in Canberra who has this report on the event and has also sent images…

On the 24th of November 2013, we at the Canberra Photobook Club in Australia took our turn in receiving the Photobook Club’s Box of Books at the Huw Davies Gallery at PhotoAccess. We usually only have small gatherings here in Canberra and this meeting was no exception, with an intimate group of five photobook lovers coming together to do some photography reading and to share ideas and reactions about the books.

As well as the Box of Books, the meeting hosted a few books that I brought back from a recent trip to Paris, including Minutes to Midnight and Christmas Tree Bucket by Trent Parke, Americolor by Dennis Church, Hot Days In Okinawa by Mao Ishikawa and Mandy & Eva by Willeke Duijvekam.

It was a real treat to open the box, not only for the books inside, but for the engaging material and hand written notes that accompanied them from other Photobook Club members who had already received the Box of Books. These tactile notes and fragments from other countries really held our attention and before we even go to the books, we read and passed around the notebook and included cards and photos.

It is always interesting to compare photo books when read in the company of others to when they are read alone in private, as one is compelled to communicate immediate feelings and thoughts about material that has only just been ingested, without the time for proper digestion. Like any appreciation, whether critical or acclaimed, time is of the essence when looking at, and absorbing visual art and communication. With two hours set aside for the meeting, it was always going to be rushed trying to read the books, let alone get a grasp of them all, as well as to have conversations about them.

Of the books that were included in the Box of Books,the one that received most attention and generated the most discussion was Interrogations by Donald Webber. The book is bleak, which ever way you look at it, from the harsh, night time landscapes to the frightening and severe images of people in police cells being threatened and interrogated. Along with the images, the group broadly agreed that the text presented in this book adds to the feeling of distress and hopelessness that Webber shows. At the end of the book, I for one felt spent at the experience of going through it, and then I imagined what life is like for the people who get caught up in such a system of threats and violence, all set amongst the unforgivable winter landscape of Russia and the Ukraine.

When our meeting ended, we had indeed discussed most of the books in the box as well as talked about the book making process and some of our own projects. Before we sealed the box, we were all delighted to sign the notebook and include a few cards and momentos from Canberra for the Photobook Clubs that were to receive the box after us.

Thank you to Matt Johnston and the publishers and artists who donated books for this project. We are a comparatively small club here in Canberra, but we are very happy to be part of the wider photobook club community.

Sean Davey


Thanks to Stephanie Richter of the Monash Gallery of Art for holding the latest meetup in Australia, she will be writing a roundup of their activities soon but in the meantime…

The Box of Books was so great, there were about 12 of us and they all had a great time chatting about the different styles and bindings and most of all the ideas and narratives. I think the one I found most intriguing was Mrs. Merryman’s Collection by Anne Sophie Merryman.

Lots of debate about the truth behind the story and images, whether the fronts and backs correspond etc… wonderful.

– Stephanie Richter

(more images here)

Gibraltar bonus:

A few images from the Photobook Club Campo de Gibraltar via it’s organizer, Angel Luis Duarte Sastre…


The Box of Books in Barcelona

The Box of Books arrived this week in Barcelona and there was a special meetup that Jon Uriarte organized themed around the box, which also coincided with the branch’s 10th meetup!

There are a few word below from Jon followed by images via Oscar Ciutat

We had prepared a outdoors meet-up at Montjuic (a mountain/park) but because of a heavy storm with a lot of rain and thunders, we finally met at the CFD, a documentary photography school who kindly let us met at their space. It was great to have books brought by nobody, because it allowed at even more open and sincere discussion about the books than when they are brought by the participants.

Images are CC BY-NC-ND Oscar Ciutat

The box shows some signs of love and travel
All the books
A notebook that travels with the box
Ron Jude’s ‘Lick Creek line’
Rena Effendi’s ‘Liquid Land’
Mrs Merryman’s Collection

The Photobook Club Sau Paulo and the box of books hits Madrid…

The Photobook Club Sau Paulo has launched this week, run by Silmara Pires the group can be found and contacted via their website and also on their Facebook page here. There will be more news from this branch as and when the first event is set up but for now, if you are in the area and interested in attending or contributing, let Silmara know.

In other news, the box of books arrived in Madrid this week and was poured over by a great community of photobook lovers. Text and images Juan Cires / Cuatro Cuerpos / Photobook Club Madrid

We spent time carefully reading the books individually or in small groups and in the end we made a pooling of our detailed comments book to book. None left us indifferent, all provoked discussion, and even fell in love with someone.

At the end deliver the box to the Photobook Club Toledo, next stage, and we had a wonderful dessert with apple pie and a box of biscuits, well watered with a few bottles of wine, sweet fitting end to this phase of the exciting journey.

The box of books moves on…

The Photobook Club’s ‘Box of Books’ has already traveled over 4,000 miles and been viewed at 7 events, this week it will be making a slight detour to include the Photobook Club Toledo after visiting Madrid and before it heads on to Barcelona and then Helsinki.

The box arrives in Madrid

A big thanks to all who have helped in making a logistical nightmare work in the real world! Oh, and how awesome is this… Joan Fontcuberta repping the Photobook Club badge! (© Markus Furgber)

Photobook Club Branch Updates…

I have been away for a week and as well as a post coming up about a few new book arrivals I thought I would share some updates about various book club branches…

The Photobook Club Gothenburg

Tommy Arvidson has set up the Photobook Club Gothenburg who held their first meetup this last week. see below or a brief report from Tommy:

“Just like to report that we had a nice evening with the Photobook club Gothenburg yesterday. We where a small group of ten and one dog! Discussing the books that everyone had brought ( the dog seemed more interested in one of the participants bag that containd a half-eaten hamburger) It seemed as though everybody had a good time and we are planning to have at least on more meeting this spring….

Also some images from Stefan Karlsson:

Photobook Club Gothenburg

The Photobook Club London

This Thursday 4th April at 6.00pm at the Photographers Gallery Cafe in London I will meet with those interested in helping set up the Photobook Club London. It is not a real meetup as such but an opportunity to meet face to face and discuss ideas for this branch. If you want to head down then please do!

The Photobook Club Sydney

Looks like things are moving along swiftly with he Photobook Club Sydney and should have more news along with dates very shortly! Keep watching. ..

The ‘Box of Books’

The box of books continues it’s long journey around the world with stops at Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra in the past few weeks. The box has been a part of 5 events to date but has another 15 before it can rest! Keep track of the box on the Facebook page here.

Hugo Costa Marques hand delivers to the box of books!

The Photobook Club’s ‘Box of Books’ Makes it’s 4th Stop

The ‘Box of Books‘ has just made it’s 4th stop off at a Photobook Cub event, this time in Coimbra before it heads on to PBC Porto and PBC Barreiro. You can see images from this the Coimbra event below courtesy of Arnaldo Carvalho and can also catch up with the box’s progress via it’s own Facebook page.

The box has more than 2,800 miles still to travel and many more events to go to. Will keep you posted on those as they occur!

The Photobook Club’s ‘Box of Books’ Launch

What’s a launch without a launch video? In this one I do my best impression of Tommy Cooper’s bottle routine. Thanks to all who have helped make this a reality and for all the enthusiastic Photobook Club branches who are eager to get their hands on it…

The Photobook Club’s ‘Box of Books’ from Photobook Club on Vimeo.

Photobook Club badge for anyone who correctly guesses how many times the word ‘book’ or ‘box’ is used (answers on the back of a postcard).

– Matt