The PhotoBook Journal

February 8, 2018

Classic Photographs at Bergamot Station

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Judy Dater, Only Human, Santa Monica, February 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This past weekend Gerry Clausing and I took a small road trip from Orange County to Santa Monica for the Classic Photographs exhibition event. It is appearing that this will one of the few photographic exhibition events in Southern California with Photo l.a. and LA Art Book Fair not occurring this year. Gerry writes in more detail about Classic Photographs from a photographic viewpoint on SoCal PhotoExchange, while I am going to briefly discuss the photobook opportunities that we found.

In years past, there were a number of small exhibition booths for “classic” prints (predominately black & white, silver halide prints) and essentially no photobooks were present at Classic Photographs. But this time we were noting that Nazraeli Press was going to be present this year in conjunction with a couple of books signings gave me some hope. Thus it was nice to have some time to chat up photobooks and photobook designs with Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press early in the morning before the area became more crowded. Yes, my take-away was the recently published photobook by the husband and wife team of Deanna and Ed Templeton Contemporary Suburbium, an interesting leporello design book (second image below of Chris holding this book open).

One of the high points was an opportunity to talk with Judy Dater while her signing booth was being set up. Dater’s new book, Only Human, was just published this year (hot off the press!) by Loyola Marymount Press, which is associated with the University of the same name that is located in Los Angeles. My request was for Dater to display one of her favorite photographs in the book, seen above. I think that is also my signed copy that she is holding and now sitting near by me.

The third photobook to feature is the recently released photobook by Cat Gwynn, 10-Mile Radius, (directly below) an autobiographic photographic project that she developed while going through extensive breast cancer treatments. Her book is a combination of her writing, photographs and found inspirational text. Gwynn is local to Los Angeles and there is a very good chance that we will be on a photobook discussion panel together hosted by LACP next month. Yes, I acquired her book as well.

There were also two dealers, Michael Dawson Gallery (LA) and Stephen Daiter Gallery (Chicago) that brought some collectible and rare photobooks that regretfully remained hidden behind glass cases, unless you were actively engaged in purchasing one of these beautiful (and for some, rather expensive) gems.

Thus I am not sure how the Classic Photographs event will evolve over the next few years, but there is now some hope that it might be more inclusive of photobooks as art objects. Stay tuned!

Cheers

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October 19, 2017

Lucie Photo Book Prize Exhibition

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As we announced last August, the Lucie Photo Book Prize will include an exhibition of the juried books in NYC later this month, which is coming up shortly. Below are the photographers and, where appropriate, publishers, of the juried books and we have linked up the books which we have reviewed. Congratulations to all of the Finalists!

Enjoy!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The top 30 finalists will have their work displayed. The winners of the First Annual Lucie Photo Book Prize will be announced on October 28, 2017 during the Lucie Photo Book Exhibition in New York City and via our social media channels.

The Traditional Prize: awarded to the photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is commercially produced and distributed:

Exhibition Catalogue: Magnum Manifesto, Thames & Hudson

Exhibition Catalogue: Slide. The History of Project Photography, Musee de l’Elysee & Editions Noir sur Blanc, Lausanne

First: Zackary Canepari, REX, Contrasto

First: Paula Bronstein, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, University of Texas Press

Intersectional: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Web, Slant Rhymes, La Fabrica

Limited Edition: KINO Seido, Touch the forest, touched by the forest, Akaaka Art Publishing Inc.

Multi-Artist: Photographers of Dronestagram, Dronescapes, Thames & Hudson

Multi-Author: Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers, Abrams Books

Other: Tom Atwood, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, Damiani

Proposal: Chi-Kwon Choi, The Truth

Prototypes: Peter Steinhauer, Cocoons, Powerhouse Books

Self-Published: Ellen Korth, Charkow

Single Author: Mark Peterson, Political Theatre, Steidl

Single Author: Peter Bauza, Copacabana Palace, Edition Lammerhuber

The Independent Prize; awarded to the photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is published and distributed independently:

Exhibition Catalogue: JoAnn Chaus, Sweetie & Hansom, Self-published

First: Zora Murff, Corrections, Aint-Bad Editions

Homemade: Shawn Bush, A Golden State, Self-published

Intersectional: Barry Stone, Daily, In a Nimble Sea, Silas Finch

Limited Edition: Matt Eich, I Love You, I’m Leaving, ceiba editions

Multi-Artist: TBW Books Series 5, TBW Books

Multi-Author: Frank Cancian, Lacedonia, An Italian Town, 1957, Self-published

Proposal: Alex Oliver, WILDE DOGS – The rules of life according to Oscar Wilde

Prototype: Kris Vevaeke, House Full of Gold

Reissue: Nicola Degiorgis, PEAK, Rorhof

Self-published: Tianqiutao Chen, The Last Post

Self-published: Amy Elkins, Black is the Day, Black is the Night

Sefl-published: Kyree Lein, The Internet Warriors

Single-Author: Sascha Kraus, Forthright – Stronger than a weapon, Forthright Publications

Zine: Zachary Canepair, When I step in the light, I shine

 

Exhibition details:

Venue: Hosted by Splashlight Studios
One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013

Free with RSVP

 

September 12, 2017

NY Art Book Fair – September 2017

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Big reminder that Printed Matters NY Art Book Fair is almost upon us, with a preview September 21s and the event runs September 22nd – 24th, 2017 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

While access to the Preview, from 6-9pm, is a whopping 10 bucks (and supports NYABF17), the main event on Sept 22-24th is FREE to attend. Did we mention that this is FREE to attend. Well yes it is!

One of the main book events in NYC! At least when held in LA, this is an opportunity to see a diverse and broad range of indie publications and usually has an area focused on photobooks, although many of the indie photobook publishers are widely dispersed and part of the fun is hunting them down.

Regretfully The PhotoBook Journal team will not be present for this NYC event, but look for us at LA Art Book Fair in early 2018.

Cheers!

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