Had a fantastic day at the University of Huddersfield with photography students this week, speaking about the photobook as a form of communication and giving some practical help to students working on books. Was great to see photobooks in their infant stages as well as to work with students in re-editing John Gossage’s ‘The Pond’ and Nathan Pearce’s ‘Midwest Dirt’. A few pictures here from Richard Mulhearn…
I will be at Belfast exposed this coming Thursday 5th february for a workshop – spaces limited but click the pic below to find out more information and see if their is availability.
Will be in New York from 21st – 27th March, if anyone has any recommendations that are a little off the beaten track for exhibitions or book stores they would be greatly appreciated. Similarly if anyone is interested in meeting or having a book club event then shout – firstname.lastname@example.org
End of the year photobook meet-up in New York! It is a perfect time to look at the photobooks published in 2012. Join us on Saturday evening to enjoy photobooks, celebrate “winter” and have a glass wine. Please bring a book published in 2012.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
This event is possible thanks to the support of Ten10 Studios, art space and photography studio in Long Island City.
In a nutshell the event is split into a physical (NYC) and virtual element, both featuring 100 Japanese photobooks recommended by 10 writers/curators/critics. What makes this event exciting is not only that those outside NYC can be involved through the 100 online suggestions but also that, for those in New York they can get hands-on and explore the books for themselves in a dedicated reading room.
Our third photobook meet-up took place last Saturday evening and was focused on Japan. Russet Lederman and Jeff Gutterman were our special guests and shared gems from their incredible collection of Japanese photobooks. They have been collecting photoboks for over 10 years and have a lot to share. What a great presentation and a show of books it was!
It was a rare opportunity to see first edition (1986) of Masahisa Fukase’s Karasu (Ravens), Eikoh Hosoe’s two versions of Barakei(1963/1971), Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Sea of Buddha, Ikko Narahara’s Espana Grand Tarde (1969) (and more!) and discover less known books like Jun Miki’s Samba Samba Brazil, Shuji Terayama’s Dog-God People. Russet also brought Osamu Kanemura’s book from the performance Human Noise Amplifier that took place in Tokyo, organized by Ivan Vartanian…
A quick update looking at recent events and then looking forward to what’s next on the Photobook Club…
‘The Geneology of the Photobook’
– I wrote a short piece recently for the Shpilman Institute blog on recent adventures into iBook land and some broader thoughts on the possibilities of the photobook regarding accessibility and experience. Head here to read it…
‘The Cat and Fiddle’
– Spent time away from the keyboard documenting the beautiful and deadly Cat and Fiddle road in the Peak District, i’ll be spending more time there later in the year with a view to a publication 2012/13. Found this tree by the side of the road approaching Macclesfield..
Photobook Club Branch Pages
– To keep up with the growing amount of Photobook Clubs around the world, I have started to make branch pages with the help of the respective organizers. These pages can be found under the ‘Meetup’ tab, so far we have…
Photobook Club Madrid on ‘Text and Images’
– Just last week saw the 5th meetup in Madrid focusing on the role of text and image. Juan Cires has offered an extended commentary which can be found here although in Spanish only…
Photobook Club New York ‘Focus on Japan’ – Saturday 14th July will see a great event in New York put on by the Book Club there looking at Japanese photobooks, For more information from the organizers head here or click the image below…
Mark Power’s ’26 Different Endings’ – We will next be looking at the above book although with the ‘Cat and Fiddle’, ePub and more away-from-keyboard time in August we might take a this one at a more leisurely pace!
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;
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 email@example.com
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.
Great news for photobook lovers in New York – Helka Aleksdóttir is running a meet next weekend on Saturday 25th in Brooklyn. For more information on the event and to RSVP (as space is limited) please head over to the event page here.
Meanwhile in Barcelona….
Jon Uriarte, who does an awesome job organizing the Photo Book Club Barcelona meetings got in touch with news on a ‘gastro meeting’ held yesterday and the upcoming event with Steidl screening:
Yesterday we celebrated a special session: Photo+gastronomic+book Club at Elgoibar ( close to San Sebastián). It was gastronomic because after sharing books, we also had lunch together. We had a “photographic menu”, first a Fontcuberta Soup (it look like a chicken soup but it wasn’t…), an Elliot Erwitt black and white rice, Gregory Crewdson sorbet and a Jeff Wall cake. We had a great time, participants brought great books, such as Ortiz Echagüe’s Tipos y Trajes published in 1957.
Next Wednesday 29 at 19:30 we will have our regular meet-up in Bcn, this time there wont be a guest but instead a screening of the documentary “How to make a book with Steidl”. So, we will be seeing the movie, talking about it and discussing about photobooks that were made by editors instead of photographers.
Although the spaces on this meetup organized by Joerg Colberg, Noah Kalina and Bryan Formhals went like, hot, hot, chocolate cakes, it’s great to see so many meetings start to take place around the world for the photo-bibliophiles. And so below you can read what they are planning, although this may only increase frustration at not being able to attend!
Here’s hoping more are organized in NY soon!
This past June, Bryan Formhals of LPV Magazine fame wrote an article about All the Photobooks I’ll Never See, which lead to an interesting Twitter conversation with me about photobook meetups. A few weeks ago, I emailed Bryan about organizing one. Since we both love the idea, we emailed ideas back and forth, and we ended up approaching Noah Kalina about hosting it at his studio. Noah agreed to doing it, so it’s on. Find all the details below. (more)
The pitch: There has never been a better time for the photobook. Hundreds, if not thousands, are currently made every year. How to keep up? How and where to see photobooks? This is where Photobook Meetup New York steps in: You pick a book – any book you want (but not one you made or produced) – and you bring it to the inaugural meetup, to briefly present it, talk about it. Five minutes, just you and the book (no fancy presentation, no projections or anything like that). Everybody else will simply listen, maybe ask questions, and look. If twenty people show up at the end of the night everybody will have seen 19 presentations of photobooks. Maybe you’ll know some of the books, but you might not know the different perspective or take you’ll hear. Maybe you have never heard of some of the books. Anything is possible. Photobook Meetup New York is about the photobook as much as it is about the community of people who love looking at and discovering new books.