The Photobook Club’s ‘Box of Books’ Makes it’s 4th Stop

The ‘Box of Books‘ has just made it’s 4th stop off at a Photobook Cub event, this time in Coimbra before it heads on to PBC Porto and PBC Barreiro. You can see images from this the Coimbra event below courtesy of Arnaldo Carvalho and can also catch up with the box’s progress via it’s own Facebook page.

The box has more than 2,800 miles still to travel and many more events to go to. Will keep you posted on those as they occur!

Murcia Joins the Photobook Club Family

Sweet news from Spain today courtesy of the newly formed Photobook Club Murcia who will hold their inaugural meetup on the 18th December. If you would like to attend the you can find out more on their Facebook page here (Spanish).

Inspired by your example and the Spanish Photobook Clubs, we have decided to create a new one. We are located in Murcia, a city in the southeast of Spain. We are a medium sized city, but there is a great deal of interest in photographic matters. This is encouraged by the Cienojos asociation, a group that promoves talks, exhibitions and other activities about contemporary photography.

We are Gustavo Alemán, former gallerist and member of the Omnivore Photo collective and Pepe Incha, one of the members of Cienojos. We want to creat a forum of discussion about photobooks in our city. In order to do so, we have contacted CENDEAC, a public space devoted to contempory art studies. They will provide us with a place for our first meetings. The first is scheduled 18th December.

– Gustavo Alemán

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)


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)