The Photobook Review

Top 5 Photo Bookstores—London

By Charlotte Cotton

Banner Repeater

Banner Repeater is a reading room and project space in a Victorian waiting room on Platform 1 of the Hackney Downs train station. Open during commuter rush hours, this artist-run space is also home to the Publish and Be Damned library of independently published artists’ books. It is also a prime location for a range of discussions and occasional publications that offer intelligent proposals about the politics and material meanings of contemporary publishing.

 

KK Outlet. Ilustration by Damien Correll.

 

KK Outlet

 

KK Outlet is the Hoxton Square gallery and bookstore of KesselsKramer, the Dutch creative agency. It is small but perfectly formed and always offers an enticing array of interesting publishing ideas, both in terms of design and photographic content.

X Marks the Bökship

Bökship is an East London haven 
for independent book-making. Its enticing display of artists’ books
and profiles on new art publishers offers an insight into this dynamic field of artistic practice. Workshops and events are often held in the space. They are curated by the charming Eleanor Vonne Brown, who makes everyone who visits (on its mainly Friday and Saturday opening hours) a very welcome part of the bookmaking community.

Donlon Books

Donlon Books on Broadway Market is a treasure trove of art and photog- raphy books, whether totally new, hard to find, or out of print. Spend only a few hours in this beautiful space and you will improve your antenna and develop your passion for the photobook form.

 

Donlon Books. Ilustration by Damien Correll.

 

Maggs Bros. Ltd.

 

This exquisite antiquarian book store in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square is home to the most magnificent collection
of Japanese photobooks. Curated by Titus Boeder, this desirable and highly collectible library offers a true education, and is deserving of your time and admiration. For a viewing appointment, contact titus@maggs.com.

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The PhotoBook Review is a publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook—focusing on the best photography books being published, from the coffee-table book to the handmade artist’s edition, and on creating a better understanding of the ecosystem of the photobook as a whole.

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