Reading Matters

Panel Discussion from Flash Forward Boston: The Future of Photobooks

On Saturday, June 4th at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston Andy Adams, Miki Johnson, Shane Lavalette, Michael Itkoff, Bruno Ceschel, and Alan Rapp participated in a panel discussion on The Future of Photobooks, moderated by Stephen Mayes, Managing Director, VII Photo.  “The discussion explored the state of photobook production, consumption and distribution in the Internet Era.”

If you were not able to attend the festival, you can see a video of the discussion here or on Andy Adams’ website.  Scroll down on the page on his website so you don’t miss the extensive list of online photobook resources Andy has up there as well (thanks, Andy!).

The Future of Photobooks: Flash Forward Festival Discussion from on Vimeo.

PRINTED MATTER! “Artists’ Photography Books” Exhibition at Art Basel, NYC In-Store Exhibition, and more!

OH to be able to see these exhibitions!  If any readers are lucky enough to attend Art Basel, or see the in-store exhibition up through June, please take some installation views for me!

From Printed Matter’s e-blast this morning:

“Printed Matter is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Art Basel.  For the 2011 fair we will have two stands: the Artists’ Photography Books exhibition in the Artists’ Books Sector of Art Unlimited in Hall 1.0; and a shared booth with Art Metropole in Hall 2.1/Booth Q21.

Artists’ Photography Books opens on Monday, June 13, with a preview at 4 PM, and Hall 2.1 opens with a preview on Tuesday, June 14. Both stands will be open  through Sunday, June 19.

Artists’ Photography Books, organized in collaboration with Zurich-based curator and publisher Lionel Bovier, will present a broad survey of artists’ books from the 1960’s to the present. These are not your typical photo books: from Ed Ruscha’s deadpan cataloguing of the western urban landscape, to Sol LeWitt’s use of photography in his investigation of patterns, systems and sequences, these publications employ photography as a strategic component in the aggregate of the book as art work. Drawing from and expanding on conventions of photography and related photographic media, the artists’ books in this exhibition explore the possibilities of artistic expression. The entire exhibition is drawn from the collection of Zurich collector Christoph Schifferli.

In addition to the exhibition, a huge variety of artists’ photography book works will be on display for sale: zines by Ari Marcopoulos; an original one-of-a-kind exttravaganza by Jonathan Meese; Alan Kaprow’s “Activity Books” from the 1970’s; El Caso, a grisly miniature book of corpses by Christian Boltanski; Larry Clark’s tome Punk Picasso; a 1980’s artist pamphlet by Sarah Charlesworth, to name a few as well as classics by John Baldessari, Martin Kippenberger, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Prince, Jack Pierson, Anne Collier, Ryan McGinley, Katja Stuke, Dash Snow, Sophie Calle, Jonathan Monk, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Helen Douglas, Olaf Nicolai, Charlotte Dumas, Christopher Wool, Andy Warhol, and many others.

At our booth in Hall 2.1, Printed Matter will feature yet another array of artists books, multiples and editions. Selections from Printed Matter’s publishing program, including our most recent – Abraham Lincoln by Rachel Harrison – will be featured alongside a choice selection of in and out of print publications, including titles by Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Barney, General Idea, Robert Gober, Misaki Kawai, Harmony Korine, Raymond Pettibon, Christian Marclay, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Tom Sachs and many others. We also will have a sampling our fundraising print editions by Matthew Higgs & Anne Collier, Mark Gonzales, William E. Jones, Ari Marcopoulos, Jack Pierson, Seth Price and Kiki Smith.”

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.

Printed Matter, Inc.





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ABC Artists’ Books Collective
Opens at Printed Matter

Printed Matter is pleased to announce the opening of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, a new exhibition surveying work from members of the print-on-demand collective ABC. The group, established in 2009 by Joachim Schmid, is a growing network of artists committed to the production and distribution of artists’ books through Print on Demand technology. The exhibition is open June 2nd – June 30th, 2011.

SAVE THE DATE:  NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 30 – October 2nd, 2011 at MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY

The NY Art Book Fair 2011


See you there!

Ben Lowy wins Honickman First Book Prize from CDS

Ben Lowy’s photographs taken in Iraq have won the prestigious Honickman First Book Prize, co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation.  The judge was photographer William Eggleston.   From the CDS press release:

Benjamin Lowy, a war and feature photographer with Reportage by Getty Images, has won the fifth Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.

Internationally renowned photographer William Eggleston judged the competition and chose Lowy to win the prize. He says, “Although I like the other photographers’ work, I felt that the Iraqi pictures made a better book.”

“Benjamin’s work is an opportunity to see as an American soldier sees when in Iraq—nobody’s ever shown that,” Eggleston says, “especially through night vision goggles.”

Benjamin Lowy will receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in an online exhibition of prizewinners. William Eggleston will write an introduction for the book, Iraq / Perspectives, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. This collection of photographs made in Iraq over a six-year period will be Lowy’s first book.”   Read the complete press release here.

Reminder: Artist’s Book exhibition at the Grolier Club in NYC closes on February 5t

One of my favorite show this winter in NYC closes on Saturday:

From the Grolier Club website:

In Our Ground Floor Gallery,
December 8, 2010 – February 5, 2011:

Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop.”  Curated by Kathleen Walkup. The forty works in “Hand, Voice & Vision” celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.”

The MET! On View January 25–30: Original Autochromes in Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibition at the Met, and January 30th “Sundays at the Met” lectures on Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand exhibition

This week is THE week to visit Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibition, with special lectures Sunday January 30th.

Not to be missed, from the Metropolitan Museum’s website: a wonderful overview of the history of the autochrome, and specifically the AUTOCHROMES on view this week only within the STIEGLITZ, STEICHEN, STRAND exhibition.

An array of educational programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition, including a “Sunday at the Met” lecture program on January 30 with Joel Smith, Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, and Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art (Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 2 pm, free with museum admission); gallery talks with Malcolm Daniel; a special teen program for ages 15-18; and a photography class for visually impaired adults. The Museum will also present screenings of documentaries about Stieglitz and Steichen, as well as two films by Strand—Manhatta (1921) and The Wave (1936). For further information about educational programs, visit the Museum’s website at

Exhibition at the Grolier Club in NYC: “Hand, Voice and Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop” with PUBLIC EVENTS January 25 & 26th

January 25, 2011toJanuary 26, 2011

One of my favorite exhibitions on a recent trip to NYC: this artists book exhibition at the amazing Grolier Club that honors the artists bookmaking programs at Women’s Studio Workshop.

From the Grolier Club website:

The Grolier Club will present an exhibition featuring artists’ books by thirty-six artists published over thirty years by Women’s Studio Workshop. Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop will be on display at the Grolier Club from December 8, 2010 to February 5, 2011. Curated by Kathleen Walkup, the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential contemporary book artists in America.

The forty works in Hand, Voice & Vision celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.”


Tuesday, January 25th, 2001.  Panel Discussion.  2-4 Artists Clarissa Sligh, Susan Mills & Emily Speed will speak about artists’ books, in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from the Women’s Studio Workshop,” on view throught February 5th, 2011.  Reception follows.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Bibliography Week Lecture. 2-3 pm. Kathleen Walkup will speak on “Women Making Art: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop,” in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop.”

After it closes in NYC, this exhibition will then travel for three years to venues around the country, including University of Southern Maine,Smith CollegeVassar College, and Scripps College.

More about the exhibition, catalogue and related events can be found at

Be sure to check out the ARTISTS OPPORTUNITIES page on the Women’s Studio workshop; the RFP for Studio Residencies of 6 to 8-weeks duration (photography, book arts, papermaking or ceramics) has an application deadline of April 1st.

I hope many of you had a chance to see more of the fine work done by Women’s Studio Workshop” when attending the recent NY Art Book Fair; I was thrilled to see the artists book BIRD WATCHING by Paula McCartney (2006, ed. of 40), which is also included in this important exhibition.  Paula worked with Jennifer Thompson at Princeton Architectural Press to create a trade edition of this book (first discussed together at Review Santa Fe, published 2010), which is featured as a “Case Study” within our forthcoming title “Publish Your Photography Book.”

HRC Austin, and WAC Minneapolis: Two favorite exhibitions end soon!

I am fortunate to travel extensively and be able to take in many wonderful exhibitions each year.

Among those ending this SUNDAY, January 2nd:

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection” at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin (catalogue)

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis  (catalogue)

Be sure to visit the excellent institutional websites for these exhibitions (both rich with multimedia!), and buy the exhibition catalogues for these important exhibitions.  Enjoy, even if online and on your bookshelf!

December 10th in SF: Amy Stein lectures at SFAI, hosted by PhotoAlliance

PhotoAlliance presents Amy Stein with introductory presentation by Andy Freeberg

December 10, 2010
7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
Ticket Information:
$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
About Amy Stein:
Amy Stein (b. 1970) is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the West Collection.In 2006, Amy was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Amy’s first book, Domesticated, was released in fall 2008. It won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.

Amy was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BS in Political Science from James Madison University and a MS in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Stein teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, ClampArt in New York, and Pool Gallery in Berlin.

About Andy Freeberg:
Photographer Andy Freeberg is the author of Guardians (Photolucida 2010), a book of photographs that portrays the women who guard the art in Russian museums. He was born in New York City and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, alternating his commercial assignment work with personal projects. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications and are in many private and public collections.

MVS and co-author Darius Himes Lecture to present publishing lecture/seminar/reviews in Gilbert (near Phoenix) Arizona

January 21, 2011toJanuary 23, 2011

MVS and co-author DARIUS HIMES are taking “Publish Your Photography Book” on the road!

FRIDAY, January  21s: On Friday night, they will be speaking on publishing photobooks with special guests Lisa M. Robinson and Mark Klett. Swanson and Himes will lead an all-day seminar on Saturday, January 22nd and on Sunday the 21st, those registered for the seminar are eligible to sign up for these reviews (space is limited).

All events will be held at Art Intersection in Downtown Gilbert (near Phoenix), which will have its official launch celebration and exhibition opening on Saturday night following the all-day Seminar. SAVE THE DATES!

Lecture:  Friday evening, January 21st,

All-day Seminar:  Saturday, January 22nd

To reserve your space in either the lecture or the seminar, click here.

Publishing project reviews (for Seminar participants only): On January 23rd  MVS and co-author DARIUS HIMES will offer one-time discounted project reviews to those who attend their comprehensive seminar “Publish Your Photography Book” (1/22/11) at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona. Appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; fee is $150.  Please contact MVS directly to schedule a

All events are hosted by Art Intersection in Downtown Gilbert, Arizona

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December 1st, 6 p.m. in NYC: MVS and DARIUS HIMES speaking on publishing at the NYPL

Here is a link to the the complete details for our upcoming talk in NYC, “Publish Your Photography Book” which is this Wednesday evening.  Doors open at 5:30, talk at 6:00 – it’s free and open to all, so see you there!


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