The Photobook Club Leeds launches in January

‘Z’ of the newly founded Photobook Club Leeds has been in touch to let me know that their first meeting will take place on the 10th January at Left Bank Leeds. Of course, as all Photobook Club events are, this is open to all and free to participate in. For more information or to show support for the Photobook Club Leeds, head over to their Facebook page here. 

Of course a first report will follow.


The Online Photobook Club

A recording of the online discussion of The Photobook Club, held by Widephoto on Wednesday 17th May 2017.


The International Photobook Club – 9 clubs meeting live on 17th

Great to be able to share this… on Wednesday 17th May at 7-9 Barcelona time (UTC+1), 9 Photobook Clubs from around the world will take part in a streamed event as part of the Widephoto, CCCB and Foto Colectania organised discussions on the Photobook Phenomenon. For all the information and streaming details check out the links below…

Here the event on Facebook
Here more info at the Widephoto website
Here the info at Colectania’s site from where the activity will be available on streaming


Clubs taking part…

Photobook Club Brisbane
Photobook Club Barcelona
Photobook México
Photobook Club Jakarta
Photobook Club Madeira
Photobook Club Madrid
Photobook Club Montevideo
Photobook Club San Sebastian
Photobook Club Bristol

6 years too late, and still not here… The Photobook Club publication

I have, since the first Photobook Club event, thought about how a short publication with the key principles of the project and voices from different communities around the world would be helpful. Not a guide as such but something solid, the product of the many communities which could serve as record of what we have, and continue to do, and how we go about it.

It’s still not here, but is approaching at least. I would love to include as many voices as possible in this (small)(lowfi) publication and so am asking for people to get in touch with some of the following…

  • General thoughts on what you would like/expect this publication to be/do
  • Short reflections on your time running or organising a Photobook Club
  • Images of events – particularly the more informal images
  • Particularly lively events you have been to, or conversations you remember
  • Practical advice on what has, and has not, worked for you

The publication will be in a single, multi-lingual edition so will also be looking for some help with translation. It’ll be run off on my local laserjet and ‘designed’ by me in order to keep things in the spirit of the PBC — a little disorganised and rarely polished but vibrant, critical and purposeful. This said, if anyone has particular thoughts about design and production please get in touch.

The publication will of course be free.


The Photobook Club Rochester ( #RochesterPBC )

Rikard Osterlund and Tracey Affleck have just launched the Photobook Club Rocherster with an opening night on October 15th at INTRA. The event is free but sign up required here. More information from Rikard below…

Come along to an informal evening all about photo books. This is the first of what we are hoping will become a monthly get-together where you might be inspired by something you haven’t seen before.

To kick things off we will talk about ‘The Americans’, Robert Frank’s groundbreaking book from 1958. You are welcome to BYOP (Bring Your Own Photobook – bought or made) for everyone to look at and chat about. Anyone with an interest in the photobook format is welcome.

Date: Thursday 15th October
Time: 20.00-22.00 (turn up a bit earlier)
Location: INTRA, 337 – 341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA
Hashtag away on social media #PhotoBC #RochesterPBC

We have been wanting to do this for a long time and can’t wait to get a group of likeminded people together.

The organisers:

Rikard Österlund is a freelance photographer with an irrational love for photobooks, with many years experience as a photography lecturer at UCA and London College of Fashion.

Tracy Affleck is a photographer/artist and educational facilitator who works primarily with found photographs.


The Photobook Club Barcelona

News from one of the longest running Photobook Club branches via Markus Furgber…

Today we had the 12th meeting at Photobookclub Barcelona. It was the last one organized by Jon Uriarte. Thank you very much, Jon. We had a lot of fun at the 12 meetings and will have still more in the upcoming ones. Now Paco Navamuel, Carlos Pericás, Lea Tyrallová and Oscar Ciutat will be the people in charge of organizing future meetings.

Image Markus Furgber
Image Markus Furgber

They already outlined some very interesting ideas. The first one will take place February, 11. Now you can follow PCB’s activities on this website, where you can find all the books we have been talking about: Some photos of todays meeting are also available:

Best regards, Markus


The Photobook Club and Generative Pedagogy

I am very pleased to have been working with the great folks at the ‘Hybrid Pedagogy Journal‘ recently on a piece I have written about the Photobook Club and it’s holistic approach to hybridity. My hope is that this piece solidifies some of the disparate themes I have talked about in presentations over the last few years and poses some questions for other people.

Whenever I speak of the Photobook Club project I am acutely aware that I speak, in part, on behalf of an entire community and so I would really love to hear any thoughts from those of you who run Photobook Clubs or attend them – whether you think the piece is fair to your awesome work.

The piece can be found in full right here.

– Matt


The PBC presented at the European League of Institutes of the Arts (VIDEO)

In June of 2013 I was invited to present the Photobook Club at the ELIA ‘Preparing the Artist of Tomorrow’ conference held in Utrecht and Amsterdam. I spoke about the projects birth, how it has enhanced my students learning and how, through the removal of my own authorship, the project has taken off all over the world.

Matt Johnston presents The Photobook Club at ELIA Confeence from Photobook Club on Vimeo.

More on ELIA –



The Photobook Club Dunnedin launches!

News from Neil Satori who is setting up a Photobook Club branch in Dunnedin, NZ:

Welcome to the PHOTO BOOK CLUB Dunedin!

The PHOTO BOOK CLUB Dunedin has been initiated by Neil Satori of Neil Satori Brand, film photographer and photography based events who has just recently taken up residence in Dunedin.

If you are a photographer interested in the photo book format this is the forum to meet, exchange idea’s and opportunities. Dates and venue for our first meet will be posted soon, come along and bring a photo book to share. Each meet includes a presentation or video of interesting and/or successful photographers New Zealand and international photographers. First up is the photography and life of William Klein, an American photographer now resident in Paris known for his innovative fashion images using telephoto.

With online publishing and the advent of high quality and affordable publishing as a result, the photo book has changed dramatically from how we knew it way back then, the scope, size, content and the merging of design and photography has opened up a new world for the photographer, film or digital, old school or contemporary.

Friend the PHOTO BOOK CLUB Dunedin or Neil Satori Brand on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted on articles, photographers and events of interest.

Please feel welcome to forward news of the establishment of the PHOTO BOOK CLUB Dunedin to friends and contacts.

Coming up in 2014 … the PHOTO BOOK CLUB Dunedin International Photography Workshop, details soon!


The Photobook Club in Paris November

Something awesome is coming to Paris this November! It involves books, photography, and a whole bunch of great folks, and no it isn’t Paris Photo or Offprint Paris. There will be more details soon from the Photobook Club Paris and other communities, but until then, let me know if you are going to be in town!





– Matt