The Photobook Club London and Valencia

The Photobook Club London launched last Wednesday at Ti Pi Tin book store, this event was co-organized by Tom Wade and Sean McDonnell with the support of other members of the PBC London and Katja Chernova of Ti Pi Tin.

A summary from Tom Wade can be found below this extraction from a longer piece by Sean McDonnell and found on his blog:

Hosted at the marvellous Ti Pi Tin space in East London we were able to spend time perusing the photobooks on display and pick one, or more, off the shelf that took our fancy to discuss with everyone else. The choice is intriguingly diverse. Japanese miniatures bound by silken threads, idiosyncratic self-published pamphlets, heavyweight tomes from the major publishers all vied for my attention. – Sean McDonnell

The Photobook Club London

We kicked things off around the table, Sean and I said a few words before we dived straight into browsing the books on Katja’s shelves , spending time mixing and mingling. The chosen books were brought back to the table and the conversation was concentrated on sharing ideas and thoughts about the chosen books – from themes to the pacing, rhythm and production quality – not to mention the smells and types of binding.

The conversation and atmosphere of everyone browsing different parts of the shop was great and very loose, for example Naresh and I spoke about photography & his film background and his thoughts and views on the photobook. I found myself then in a discussion with Marco about digital photobooks and the difference between ibook & and app format. I spoke with Lewis about his opinions on photobook covers.

All in all a great night, next event will be announced soon…

– Tom Wade

PBC Valencia

Meanwhile… Another branch of the book club is launching in Spain; the Photobook Club Valencia is run by Jorge Alamar and will meet for the first time on the 1st June at an outdoor venue. More information from Jorge below or head to their Facebook page here.

The 1st session is Saturday, June 1 at noon of 12 open air, in the bed of the Turia River near the bridge of the exhibition as indicated on the map.

For this first date bring a photobook that you like to share with others and add a comment. In this way, we will start debate on the different books that arise.

To do this, only thing you need to do is send an e-mail to to let us know what book you would like to take.

La 1ª Sesión la realizaremos el sábado 1 de junio a las 12 del mediodía al aire libre, en el cauce del río Turia cerca del Puente de la Exposición tal y como se indica en el mapa.

Para esta primera cita no habrá todavía una temática concreta, es decir, cada uno podrá llevarse el libro de fotografía que más le gusta para compartirlo con los demás y comentarlo. De esta forma, podremos iniciar el debate en torno a los diferentes libros que se presenten.

Para ello, lo único que hay que hacer es enviar un e-mail a para informar de qué libro se va a llevar.


Photobook Club Newcastle – Few Spaces Remaining

The last few spaces are still available for our meetup in Newcastle 17th May, the meetup is held in conjunction with the North East Photo Network held at the North of England Mining Institute. It should be a cracking night of books and refreshments – just bring a photobook along with you that you would like to share.

To reserve one of the remaining places, email me:

B.Y.O.B with the Photo Book Club in Newcastle

– Matt


New York Photobook Meetup #2

Saturday just gone saw the second New York Photobook Meetup organized by the wonderful Helka Aleksdóttir and featuring none other than Ken Schles (with whom we spent a great month last year looking at ‘Invisible City’). As if this wasn’t enough, Aperture’s Lesley  Martin also attended and brought with her some sneak preview copies of the latest ‘Photobook Review‘ newspaper.

Photobook Club Meetup New York IMAGE MATHIEU ASSELIN

If you’re in New York and want to attend the next meetup, head over to the ‘Photobooks’ group in Facebook where announcements will be made. And for those in attendance/absent, here are a couple more images to reminisce over/make you jealous;

(All images Mathieu Asselin)

Ken Schles talks about his latest monograph 'Oculus' IMAGE MATHIEU ASSELIN
Copies of the Photobook Review #2 IMAGE MATHIEU ASSELIN
Ken Schles and other photobook lovers in attendance IMAGE MATHIEU ASSELIN

For a full ‘report’ of the event head over to Helka’s blog here.

– Matt

Photo Book Club New York #2 on Sat 21st April

After the success of the inaugural PBCNY meeting in Febrauary, Helka Aleksdóttir has arranged meetup #2 which will take place on the 21st April at the InDi-go-CuBe, Long Island City.

I am especially  envious of this meetup as Ken Schles will be joining the group to talk about his fantastic new book ‘Oculus‘. More information can be found via the invitation shown below. RSVP to

Photo Book Club New York, Meetup #2

– Matt

The Photo Book Club in Newcastle: B.Y.O.B

This May I will be heading up to Newcastle to hold a Photo Book Club Meetup in conjunction with the North East Photo Network held at the North of England Mining Institute.  It should be a cracking night of books and refreshments – just bring a photobook along with you that you would like to share.

Unfortunately, spaces are limited so to reserve a place, email me:

B.Y.O.B with the Photo Book Club in Newcastle

– Matt


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

Photo Book Club Barcelona: Review

Thanks to Makus Furgber for writing this piece on last weekends meet-up in Spain, looks like it was a fantastic event.

The third Photobookclub meeting in Barcelona was a huge success! The introduction on Richard Billingham’s “Ray’s a Laugh” made by made Ricardo Cases was very interesting and spiced with his personal humor. He also raised more than a laugh! We discussed the possibility of intimacy and its limits in such extremely “intimate” photos and the floating frontier between intimacy and exhibitionism. His photos were related to his historical context by Photobookclub members, who had lived in Great Britain and confirmed a depressing social situation, which Richard Billingham reflected in his family pictures.

Foto: Paco Navamuel (CC BY-NC-ND)

The second part of the meeting was devoted to introducing several books brought by the participants. The books covered a wide range of authors, topics and formats. There were also some self-edited books. I can only remember Jon Uriarte’s self-edited book dedicated to foreign graveyards.

Foto: Paco Navamuel (CC BY-NC-ND)

You can have a look at the other titles at Barcelona meeting Facebook site.

Best wishes,
Markus Furgber (Lau W. Arm)

Photobook meet-up #4; Barcelona, Spain

The ‘Photo Book Club Barcelona’ community is continuing to grow and just this week, held it’s second photobook meet-up in the city. This time attendees were discussing the design aspects of their favorite books as well as being joined by Carlos Albalá, co-editor of the spanish independent publishing house BSide Books who introduced Daniel Blaufuks’ Terezin photobook.

A few images from the event can be seen below, and if you are in town and would like to meet up with this growing group of photobook fans, head on over to their Facebook page to get all the details.

– Matt

Photobook Club Barcelona meets again! 19th Dec

Seems like yesterday that Jon Uriarte emailed to say he had set up the ‘Photo Book Club, Barcelona‘ and his aim to meet once a month to unite photobook lovers.

True to form the second ‘PhotoBook Club Barcelona’ will be taking place Monday, December 19th. Carlos Albalá, co-editor of the spanish independent publishing house BSide Books will introduce Daniel Blaufuks’ Terezin photobook and attendants will be discussing the design aspects of their favorite books.

For more information, location and timings, head over to the ‘Photobook Club Barcelona’ on Facebook right here.

– Matt