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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Aperture at Paris Photo, Nov. 13 to 16

Join us at Paris Photo for book signings and the announcement of the winners of the Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards.

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Publisher’s Note: Lesley A. Martin

Dear PhotoBook Review Reader You’ll find many of the following pages are guided by one particular idea as a loose organizational frame: the photobook and desire. For those of you who know guest editor Bruno Ceschel as the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, a curatorial project com- mitted to the celebration and study of the self-published photobook, you may also be aware of SPBH’s id-driven alter ego, Self Publish, Be Naughty, a series of monographs about love, lust, sex, and taboos. It is eclectically promiscuous in its approach to desire and, as is pointed out in The Photobook: A…

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Announcing The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2014 Short List

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Aperture announces the short listed titles for the 2014 PhotoBook Awards.

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The Case for Digital
by Simon Bainbridge

It’s been twenty-five years since Tim Berners-Lee proposed the framework for what was to become the World Wide Web, around the same time Thomas and John Knoll were finessing version 1.0 of Photoshop. Now we live in the digital present, connecting online as global communities; communicating via vast, interlinked networks that bypass geographic, economic, and sociopolitical boundaries; using photographs where common languages don’t exist. And yet this was first published in a printed newspaper dedicated to photobooks in all their physical manifestations. In the weeks and months it’s taken to put this issue together—from initial conversations between publisher and guest…

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