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Off the s{h}elf - Open Call

'Off the shelf: the self and subjectivity in the artist's book' is an exhibition dedicated to various expressions of subjectivity in artist's publications. It aims to bring together contributions from a variety of formats and editions that consider the self in the artist's book. Exhibition dates: 7- 9 December 2012

The exhibition will focus on contemporary publications and welcomes submissions from a wide range of genres, including: handmade books, object-books, sculptural books, altered books, installation books, photobooks, photozines, print-on-demand books, zines, serial editions (artists' magazines), multimedia books and ebooks. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

Self-portraits as self-analysis

Archival practices of the self

Family albums and personal narratives

Gender and feminist narratives

Queer identities

Auto-biography and fictional biographies

Sexualities and space

Performance of the self

Travel book and diasporic strategies

To submit your book, visit the page

Contemporary Japanese Photobooks

The exhibition Contemporary Japanese Photobooks is currently on display at the newly re-designed Photographers' Gallery in London. Curated by Jason Evans (photographer) and Ivan Vartanian (the co-author of the landmark study Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s), the exhibition presents a diverse range of photobooks published over the last decade.

13th July - 9th September 2012

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Book launch:  In the Shadow Of Things by Léonie Hampton

Thursday, 12 May 2011, 18.30 - 22.30pm @ 22 Micawber Street, London, N1 7TS

About the book: For over a decade, Léonie's mother Bron found it impossible to empty the packing boxes which had filled her new home since the collapse of her first marriage. The boxes, along with stuffed plastic bags and accumulated artefacts from her former life, were a constant, physical reminder to her family of Bron's long-running battle with OCD and depression. In 2007, a deal was struck: Léonie would help Bron empty the house on the condition that she be allowed to document that process. For the book launch event, Léonie and her mother Bron will transform an abandoned warehouse creating an installation of objects that they found and sorted during the making of the book. There will also be a screening of a slideshow of the work, originally made for Foam Museum Amsterdam.

Details of Alec Soth and Lester B Morrison's new, innovative book-object 'Broken Manual' can be found at Little Brown Mushroom


"Soth investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways, but this isn't a conventional documentary book on life "off the grid." Instead, working with the writer Lester B. Morrison, the authors have created an underground instruction manual for those looking to escape their lives".

Contraband by Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon spent five days photographing items confiscated from people flying into New York's JFK airport.

"These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs -- shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, "Contraband" -- of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects -- from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd -- attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires".

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Bird corpse, labeled as home décor, Indonesia to Miami, Florida (prohibited, 2010

Self Publish, Be Happy


Self Publish, Be Happy Weekend

5-6 June 2010.
Curated by Bruno Ceschel

The Photographers' Gallery

London, UK.

 Book Signings

"Self Publish, Be Happy Weekend at The Photographers' Gallery is a unique showcase of exceptional contemporary DIY photo books selected by curator and founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, Bruno Ceschel. The weekend long event will offer art book lovers the opportunity to discuss, admire and be inspired by publications originating from around the world. A selection of the books will be for sale in The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop. Visitors will also be able to meet the authors/publishers in The Photographers' Gallery first floor Café and Bookshop at various book signings throughout the weekend.

Self Publish, Be Happy Weekend at The Photographers' Gallery will feature work by: Maxwell Anderson; Morten Andersen; Gerry Badger; Tim Barber; Alexander Binder; Lucas Blalock; Ricardo Cases; Luis Castelo; Joshua Deaner; Charlotte Dumas; Jeremie Egry & Nicolas Poillot; Jason Evans; Sam Falls; Gary Fogelson; Stephen Gill; Sebastien Girard; Terence Hannum; Takiura Hideo; Derek Henderson; Asa Johannesson; Erik Kessels; Alexandra Klein; Sjoerd Knibbeler; Marten Lange; Shane Lavalette; Alastair Levy; Jeff Luker; Aubrey Mayer; Heather McDonough; Alex McTigue; Sophie Morner; Lester B. Morrison; Adam Murray & Robert Parkinson; Asher Penn; Karol Radziszewski; Richard Renaldi; Japp Scheeren; Lina Scheynius; Joachim Schmid; David Schoerner; Anne Schwalbe; Victor Sira; Alec Soth; Morten Spaberg; Esther Teichmann; Katrina Umber; Erik Van Der Wejjde; Jan Von Holleben; Patrick  Waugh; Grant Willing; and Ofer Wolberger.

A limited edition catalogue of only 200 has been produced for the event with photographs by Nik Adam, Peter Haynes and Åsa Johannesson and will be available exclusively at The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop on the weekend" (via)


The Photographers' Cookbook:  Say Cheese!

The BA (Hons) Photography students at the University College Falmouth are selling a 100 page full colour cookbook to raise money for their graduation show. Recipes are by photographers such as Elina Brotherus,
 Richard Misrach, 
Alec Soth,
 Rineke Dijkstra, Tierney Gearon,
 Joachim Schmidt,
 Martin Parr, 
Susan Derges and more. Photographs are by students

Pre-order a copy here @ £9.95.

Great idea!

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