Posts from the ‘PBR’ Category

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Markus Schaden on the Opening of the PhotoBook Museum

On August 19, 2014, the PhotoBook Museum, Cologne, opened the doors to its temporary Carlswerk space, a former industrial site now filled with containers full of photobooks; a smorgasbord of exhibitions of individual “PhotoBook Studies”; a book research lab run by Dortmund University; workshop areas; and even an almost-to-scale replica of Café Lehmitz, made famous (or infamous) by Anders Petersen’s book of the same name. (This first version of the Museum closed October 12, but it is looking for a more permanent home.) Markus Schaden, photobook evangelist and museum founder, reports back on the opening events, his inspiration, and its…

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Review: Christopher Anderson on Peter Van Agtmael

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Peter van Agtmael Disco Night Sept. 11 Red Hook Editions Brooklyn, 2014 Designed by Yolanda Cuomo Design 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (21.59 x 26.7 cm) 276 pages, including 19 gatefolds 188 color photographs Clothbound hardcover with tip-on redhookeditions.com     I really don’t want to look at another picture from a war. For such a visual subject to photograph, so little seems to come from war photography that means much of anything at all. Some of it is done “better” or “worse”; sometimes there is a…

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Review: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

  This book was short-listed for a 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse Ponte City Steidl Göttingen, Germany, 2014 Designed by Ramon Pez 9 1/2 x 14 5/ 8 in. (24.1 x 37 cm) 192 pages 365 four-color and black-and-white images Clothbound hardcover in a box, including 17 accompanying booklets with written and visual essays steidl.de   It is a testament to the purchase of the building known as Ponte City on the collective imagination of Johannesburgers that, within minutes of my opening Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s book of that name in a coffee shop…

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Review: Daniele De Luigi on Nicoló Degiorgis

  This book was the winner of the First PhotoBook Award in the 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.  Nicoló Degiorgis Hidden Islam Rorhof Bolzano Bozen, Italy, 2014 Designed by Nicoló Degiorgis and Walter Hutton 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (16 x 24 cm) 90 pages, including 45 gatefolds 42 color photographs and 82 black-and-white photographs Hardcover rorhof.com “Silent invasion” is a phrase that Italian right-wing populist parties and media frequently use to oppose the rise of new Islamic places of worship across the country. The clear aim is to generate panic about Muslims “colonizing” Italy. It is true that…

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Publisher Profile: Natasha Christia on La Kursala

  La Kursala, an exhibition room dedicated to emerging Spanish photographers and patron for independent publishing under the imprint Los Cuadernos de la Kursala, has been one of the most influential exponents of the recent boom in Spanish photobooks. Initiated in 2007 by the University of Cádiz and assigned since its beginning to photographer, professor, and curator Jesús Micó, the project has remained committed to its core goal of bringing international attention to the periphery of Spanish photographic creation. The backlist of Los Cuadernos de la Kursala, a collection of photobooks copublished with emerging photographers and small independent editors from…

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Announcing the Winners of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2014

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From Paris Photo, Aperture announces the winners of the 2014 PhotoBook Awards.

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Video: The PhotoBook Awards 2014 Short List

A video highlighting the books featured in the 2014 PhotoBook Awards Short List.

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Editor’s Note: Ramón Reverté

I confess: the more I know about the photobook market, the less I understand it. It is widely believed that the photobook community is growing—and in fact, one often hears this moment described as a “golden age”—but if you ask publishers whether they are seeing a corresponding growth in sales, many will tell you no. Sales have plateaued or are declining, and it is increasingly easy to find good books with print runs of just a few hundred copies. My guess is that the market is maturing and growing, but the sheer volume of published books has outstripped the appetite…

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Publisher’s Note: Lesley A. Martin

Dear Photobook Review reader, Over the past three years that The PhotoBook Review has been in publication, it has become apparent that the ecosystem of the photobook is no longer exclusively concerned with simply publishing books. A whole network of additional activities has sprung up around that core act, with prizes awarded and festivals held practically every month, from Indonesia to Vienna; the de rigueur publication of “books about books” from any country with a respectable publication record; exhibition treatises about single photobooks or regional surveys; and, finally, the move to create a PhotoBook Museum (or at least, as founder…

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