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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org para informar de qué libro se va a llevar.
The Photobook Club returns to it’s roots and the city in which it was born – LONDON!
The Photobook Club London’s first event is this coming Wednesday 1st May at the fantastic Ti Pi Tin in the Dalston area. There is no need to bring a book along as discussions will be centered around the huge range of books on Katja’s shelves – so pick one and let’s discuss first thoughts – unprepared, unrehearsed, unpretentious!
Thanks to Taco Hidde Bakker (who runs the PBC Amsterdam along with Shirley Agudo) for this report from the Photobook Club Amsterdam’s inaugural event, complete with some images…
A short update from the Photobook Club Amsterdam front.
Last thursday we had a succesful first meeting with a small club of 10 people. We talked about the idea of the PBC. Shirley introduced Mrs. Merryman’s Collection (Mack, 2012) & I introduced Michael Lesy’s Wisconsin Death Trip (Pantheon, 1973). The books circled round the table and lively discussions stirred up about issues of truth most of all. (Shirley and I didn’t know beforehand that the books we proposed would have such an underlying thematic connection).
This initial meeting certainly calls for many follow-ups…
Le Paris Photobook Club launches its first meeting the 28th of April between 17h and 21h at Le Bar Floreal, 43 rue des Couronnes
# 1st Reunion of our club (17h to 19h): Bring your most loved photobook! Just the first 20 lucky photobook lovers to write an email to email@example.com will be able to come.
#2 Aperitif and Projection (19h to 21h): after the meeting everybody is welcomed to join us for wine and snacks. We will be also showing and promoting different photo and video projects.
WE’RE ALSO LAUNCHING AN OPEN CALL for video/photo projects to show during this second part.
If you want to participate just wetransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com/) us your project (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cross-media projects (photo, video, animation, design… ) are more than welcomed. With or without sound. It could be any new or old stuff of yours.
A brief description of the project (50 to 80 words) and your personal information (name(s), web(s), email(s) will be required.
Time: max 5min
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 px (72ppp) APPLE PRO RES 4.2.2.
Format : .mov
Videos will be selected for their interest, quality and originality by Le Paris Photobook Club. Works selected and their authors will be announced and posted on our blog and facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/ParisPhotobookClub) before the event.
I held the first official Photobook Club meetup in London back in late 2011. I can’t say quite how nervous I felt waiting to see if anyone would actually show up, before this point the Photobook Club had lived online only, and virtual thumbs up, plus ones and RT’s are important for sure but by no means represent the interest to meet face to face.
There are now 23 active branches from Bangalore to Belfast with another 6 on the way shortly. It has been a constant challenge to highlight all these clubs and their great events and I am still working toward a better solution but for now you can at least see all the clubs on the map below.
I must stress at this point that these branches are a product of the great and passionate organisers rather than my own work. It has also been made possible through all those who attend, who demonstrate and act on an interest in the organic and generative experience of these events. Whether the photobook boom lasts will remain to be seen but I strongly believe that these small communities are an important connection to physical artifacts and interactions.
My sincere thanks to all who have helped to promote and enable discussion around the magical format that is the photobook in all it’s guises.
The newly formed Photobook Club Belfast run by Laura McMorrow at the awesome Belfast Exposed Gallery held it’s first meetup just this weekend with a great turnout and some sweet books brought along. Looks like more will be planned some day soon in Belfast. I’ll keep you posted, in the meantime, check the event out…
The Photobook Club San Sebastian’s inaugural event was a huge success with a great turnout and fantastic selection of photobooks, new and old. Big shout to organizer Yosigo Yosigo who also put together this wee trailer/teaser from the event and also documented each of the books brought along (which you can see below).