Looks like photobook lovers in Lisbon, Portugal are going to be in for a treat as the Photobook Club Lisbon held it’s first meetup this weekend and plan to have many more.
Organizer Susana Paiva will be giving a brief summary soon, but for now, here are some images from the event taken by Mario Pires, and if you want to head to their next meetup, find out more on their Facebook page.
Just a quick reminder to anyone who is in Madrid on Tuesday night and loves photobooks, get yourself to the inaugural Photo Book Club Madrid event. All the details can be found at the bottom of this post in Spanish and a perhaps poor English translation, or by clicking here and heading to the Facebook page!
In other meetup related news – Last night Helka Aleksdóttir organized and hosted a meetup in New York which seems to have been a great success, head over to the photobook facebook group that Helka runs for more information, but for now a picture of the event.
Mathieu Asselin: Oli’s Meetup in NY was great!, lots of beautiful books, people and a nice screening of the documentary “How to make Books with Steidl… More meetups coming soon. keep posted on Photobook Group on FB.
If and when more meetups take place in NY, I shall post details here and send out to all on the newsletter list.
Details on Madrid meetup:
PhotoBook Club Madrid sesión 01 martes, 28 de febrero de 2012 a las 19:00 h. en la Real Sociedad Fotográfica c/ Tres Peces, 2 metro: L1 Antón Martín, L3 Lavapiés t. +34 915397579
Como es la primera reunión todo el que quiera asistir trae un fotolibro que le apasione para compartirlo con los demás. Entre todos hablaremos de ellos compartiendo una tarde alrededor de una mesa y unos cafés.
La entrada es libre, no cuesta nada, no hace falta avisar y no es necesario ser socio de la RSF. Por favor, sed puntuales. Os esperamos con café calentito.
PhotoBook Club Madrid meeting 01 Tuesday, February 28, 2012 19: 00 h. in the Royal Society photo as the first meeting is anyone who wants to attend brings a photobook that you passion to share with others. Together we will talk about them sharing an evening around a table and a few cafes.
Admission is free, costs nothing, there is no need to notify and don’t need to be a member of the RSF. Please be punctual. I hope with warm coffee.
I have never truly enjoyed Goldin’s ‘Ballad’ as much as I feel I should, but I have always had a copy on my shelf.
I have it because of the confirmation it provides that turning one’s camera onto your own ‘tribe’, onto what you know and live, can be as interesting as a trans-continental adventure with a plate camera and entourage of assistants. Goldin’s friends and ‘characters’ may be more universally interesting than many but if another photographer had parachuted into these situations, the result I am sure, would not be looked at with the same appreciation ‘Ballad’ is today.
I have a copy of ‘Ballad’ to challenge me, I have bought too many books based on their aesthetics and subject matter that have gone on to rarely be opened. I know what is in them, I understand it, I like it, I know it. ‘Ballad’ is a beautifully honest, yet awkward film to me, the kind that you will keep watching, and re-watch, and discuss, but never truly understand, and never fully enjoy.
I am also frustrated by the book. I am aware that a book may rarely give a complete view of a subject, but ‘Ballad’ seems to be missing so much, the work lives far beyond the pages, in slide shows, and music and talks, in bars and rooms once occupied by Goldin and her tribe. I feel the book only scratches the very surface of a much larger being.
I am glad to hear others views on this book, if only to be reassured that I am not the only one who has a strange respect rather than love relationship with it.
As I have mentioned often in this process we are truly thankful that Ken has taken the time to illuminate us through a book that the majority of readers had never seen in it’s entirety. And one that only gains from Ken’s insightful and open posts. I would like to think that this book has become more accessible in some form to its new audience, it absolutely deserves to be seen.
Below is a list of all posts and reflections that have been shared this past month, which forms the most comprehensive archive we have created yet.
For a decade Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his Lower East Side Manhattan neighborhood. His camera has fixed the instances of his observations, and these moments become the foundation of his invisible city. Friends and architecture come under the scrutiny of his lens and, when sorted and viewed in the pages of this book, a remarkable achievement of personal vision emerges.
We will be holding our inaugural meet-up at Photobook London in the evening with an informal event of books, discussion and beer.
As well as the Photo Book Club bringing a selection of the books they have looked at over the past 6 months, those who wish to attend are asked to bring along a photobook to share and discuss. After the event, one of these books will be chosen to be January’s book on the Photo Book Club. This event has a limited number of spaces, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Date: Monday 5th September
Location: PhotoBook London 29-31 Saffron Hill London EC1N 8SW
The Photo Book Club Meet-up map has now had over 10,000 hits and a smattering of people adding themselves to the map in order to meet up with like minded ‘photobook-folk’. We also have the first few meetings shown on the map so make sure you check out if they are near you!
Some people have contacted me having trouble with adding themselves onto the map and so in order to make this smoother, I have created a form below and on the Meet-up page which when filled in, will be sent to myself in order to add you to the map.
If you are planning to host or organize a meeting, pop an email to email@example.com and we shall add this to the map as well as publicize it on the website.
Note The map is still public and can be edited by anyone, this public nature also means that the information you provide can be seen by other users. If you would rather, you can provide a website instead of direct contact information, and a rough location rather than your house!
I will be looking closely at the photography book in particular and ways in which I see it developing, as well as the huge support we have had for the Photo Book Club, and for the physical books and stores that we all love.