What is the status and potential of the photo-book? Not only does the photo-book facilitate other means of display and distribution than gallery exhibitions, the book format also allows for challenges of photography’s instantaneousness, illusions of movement, and investigations of the photographic language. The photo-book has furthermore been seminal in the distribution of avant-garde conceptual photography, as well as social documentary and political statements. Is the photo-book today mainly a mainstream medium, a collector’s item, or a platform for artistic experiments? This collection of essays addresses current phenomenological, technological, and practical possibilities for communicating through photo-books and other visual narratives.
About the Contributor(s):
Gerry Badger is a photographer, architect, and photographic critic. He has written extensively for the photographic press, and has curated a number of exhibitions, including The Photographer as Printmaker (1980) for the Arts Council of Great Britain, and Through the Looking Glass: Post-war British Photography (1989) for the Barbican Arts Centre, London.
David Bate is a visual artist and writer based in London, UK. Widely known for his work in and on photography, art & avant-garde culture, he was one of the first UK photographic artists to experiment with digital photographic processes in the 1990s and created the innovative series European Letters in 1992. He is currently Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, London, UK.
Bettina Lockemann is an artist and researcher in theory and history of art. She’s based out of Germany.
Michael Mack is the founder of London-based publisher MACK Books is one of the world’s best-respected photobook makers. A leading producer of contemporary books, working with some of the most established artists in the field, MACK has also won acclaim for republishing hard-to-find classics such as Masahisa Fukase’s Ravens and Luigi Ghirri’s Kodachrome, and for supporting and promoting emerging artists, particularly through its prestigious First Book Award.
About the Publisher:
Art and Theory Publishing, a publishing house dedicated to quality books on contemporary art, photography and aesthetics. The focus is on creating exceptional publications that unify content, appealing book design with relevant and inspired texts.