World Photobook Day – October 14th

This coming October 14th World #PhotoBookDay will be celebrated! This date is a direct homage to the first known photobook: Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. As the exact publishing date is unknown, we have taken the date that appears in the registry of the copy in British Library records.


Feel free to organise other activities for this day. We’d love you to join us in this celebration and contribute to make this date a global event by organising an action related to photobooks in your own city. As soon as you program your activity, please e-mail it to us, and we’ll post it in this website:

This is the second year of this global event, in 2013 there were a nice collection of activities spread over many different countries, check them out on

We know there is not much time to organise large activities, but we can propose easy actions you can take to celebrate locally this global event:

  • Post a #PhotoBookDaySelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favourite photobook.

  • Donate a self-published photobook or photozine to your nearest public library or school library. Where we can we will publish a list of public libraries accepting donations this day.

  • Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day. We’ll publish a list of them.

  • Check our map and locate your nearest activities and participate!

 Organise! Participate! Celebrate!

The World Photobook Day has been set up as a collaboration between the organizers of Photobook Club Madrid and Matt Johnston.

Celebrating the photobook, born in 1843.


Matt Johnston
Juan Cires
Ricardo Garrido
Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa


Cosecha 2013 – Bring/send your dummies!

News from Juan Cires of the Photobook Club Madrid that they will be holding a meeting on July 23rd inviting artists to present their photobook dummies – and if you cant make it, you can send via post – think I will get onto this myself! More…

Hi from the Photobook Club Madrid. We are organizing a new activity called Cosecha 2013 (Harvest 2013) with the Ivorypress bookstore. We will have a meeting of photobook artists on July 23rd to show bookdummies created this year. We will also have an exhibition at Ivorypress in September of the participating dummies. The event is open.

Ideally, the dummies should be presented in person by the author, but if anyone wants to participate but can’t make it to Madrid on July 23rd, it is possible to submit book dummies by post. Please e-mail for instructions.




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 Madrid to hold 13th Meetup Tomorrow

A reminder that the guys over at the Photobook Club Madrid will hold a quite incredible 13th meetup since their inaugural event held less than a year ago. This meetup will focus on propaganda photobooks and will take place at 7.00pm tomorrow night (5th Dec). For more details and to follow the PBC Madrid, head to their Facebook page here.

13th Meetup at the PBC Madrid

Photobook Club Madrid Meetup #3

It’s a busy period for photobook meetups. Just this weekend the New York Photobook Club held their second meeting, next week Photobook Club Lisbon opens for the first time and just last night the Photobook Club Madrid held their second meeting of which you can see a few images below alongside a brief writeup by Juan Cires.

If all this talk of photobook meetups has made you want your own to attend. Pop me an email as there may be others in the area thinking the same thing.

– Matt

Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa (CC BY-NC-ND)

Yesterday was the third gathering of photography books in the Royal Photographic Society in Madrid, where we spent some time talking about books and commenting on the stories of a recent workshop with Gerhard Steidl. The books involved were:

  • Elliott Erwitt, EE 60/60, National Museum Reina Sofia Art Center, 2001
  • U.S. Camera 1944. The USA at War, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1944
  • Origin, edited by Bleda and Rosa, Regional Museum of Garrotxa, 2006
  • Laura Terre, Paco Gomez, RM / Photo Colectania Foundation, 2010
  • Alfonso, Corners of Old Madrid (night), Graphic Arts Martorell, 1951
  • Joan Colom, Raval, Steidl, 2006
  • Paul Fusco, RFK, Aperture, 2008
  • Carlos Perez Siquier, the knowing look, Royal Photographic Society, 2002

As you can see there has been a variety of proposals, focusing on photography more classical Spanish and American photography and works that range from the conceptual to the Bleda and Rosa Alfonso seen almost pictorialists. Much to say. We hope to see you again next month.

Juan Cires

Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ayer tuvo lugar la tercera tertulia de libros de fotografía en la Real Sociedad Fotográfica de Madrid, en la que pasamos un buen rato charlando sobre los libros y comentando las anécdotas de un reciente taller con Gerhard Steidl.  Los libros participantes fueron:

  • Elliott Erwitt, EE 60/60, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2001
  • U.S. Camera 1944.  The U.S.A. at War, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1944
  • Origen, editado por Bleda y Rosa, Museu Comarcal de la Garrotxa, 2006
  • Laura Terré, Paco Gómez, RM / Fundación Foto Colectania, 2010
  • Alfonso, Rincones del viejo Madrid (nocturnos), Artes Gráficas Martorell, 1951
  • Joan Colom, Raval, Steidl, 2006
  • Paul Fusco, RFK, Aperture, 2008
  • Carlos Pérez Siquier, La mirada cómplice, Real Sociedad Fotográfica, 2002

Como se puede ver ha habido una gran variedad de propuestas, centradas en la fotografía española más clásica y en la fotografía norteamericana y trabajos que van desde lo conceptual de Bleda y Rosa hasta las vistas casi pictorialistas de Alfonso.  Mucho que comentar.  Esperamos veros de nuevo el mes próximo.

Juan Cires

Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa (CC BY-NC-ND)



The Photo Book Club Madrid is born!

The Photo Book Club Madrid held their inaugural meeting this Tuesday at Real Sociedad Fotográfica in Madrid. By all accounts the event was very popular and from speaking with Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa who was in attendance, it seems the group will aim to meet next on march 27th, and from then on, every last Tuesday of the month.

If you are interested in attending any future events run by the Photo Book Club Madrid, head on over to their facebook page for more information, and as a teaser, here is a peak at the club meet-up last night.

– Matt

bonifacio barrio hijosa (CC BY-NC-ND)

Meetup in Madrid on Tuesday, Meetup in NY last night!

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.

IMAGE Helka Aleksdóttir

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.

– Matt

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.

Royal Photographic Society
three fish, 2 c /
metro: L1 Anton Martin, L3 Lavapies
t. + 34 915397579


Photo Book Club meet-up: Madrid, 28th February

Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa of ‘Gloves for Dummies’ got in touch today to let me know about the latest photobook meet-up starting in Madrid, Spain. The first even is planned for the 28th of February (19.00) and is to be held at the Real Sociedad Fotográfica. For more info, hit the link and see the  ‘Tertulia de libros’ event.

– Matt

Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa de ‘Gloves for Dummies‘ se puso en contacto hoy mismo para que me haga saber sobre el último álbum de fotos de cumplir-puesta en marcha en Madrid, España. El primero, incluso está prevista para el 28 de febrero (19.00) y se llevará a cabo en la Real Sociedad Fotográfica. Para más información, pulse en el enlace y ver un evento de la “Tertulia de Libros ‘.

A Photobook meet-up in Barcelona Dec 2011