Indie Photobook Library at Photolucida

The Indie Photobook Library is traveling to Photolucida this week!

Come visit the Indie Photobook Library at Photolucida.
Located in the Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR
Second Floor
Thursday April 14 – Sunday April 17, 2011
9-11am, 12:30-5pm
Free and open to the public

Selected by Melanie Flood and Shawn Records, the following titles from the Indie Photobook Library archive will be on display.

Titles selected by Melanie Flood – Artist/Curator

As a photography and art book collector, I was thrilled to hear of Larissa Leclair’s endeavour to amass a library of independently published photography books, appropriately titled The Indie Photobook Library. Admittedly, I also wondered “Why did I not think of that?!” To my delight, Larissa contacted me to ask if I would curate a selection from the library to be on view during Photolucida’s biannual Portfolio Reviews. I enjoy many of these books in my own collection, while other publications I’ve yet to see. Most cherished are Ofer Wolberger’s Star Quality, (his 2010 Photographic Book Project is pure gold), Mikael Kennedy’s entire Passport to Trespass series, Sam Falls’s Color Dying Light, (seeing this book made me buy a print) and the coveted Get Off My Lawn by Geoffrey Ellis. I hope these titles inspire you to appreciate and explore new contemporary genres of photography.

Alpine Star, Ron Jude (A-Jump Books)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Trent Parke (Little Brown Mushroom Books)
Color Dying Light, Sam Falls (Hassla Books)
Coming Up for Air, Stephen Gill (Nobody)
Hackney Flowers, Stephen Gill (Nobody)
Lay Flat 01: Remain in Light, with many contributing photographers (Lay Flat)
Lay Flat 02: Meta, with many contributing photographers (Lay Flat)
New Breed, Ofer Wolberger (Horses Think Press)
Palmwine & The Grass Cutter, Nick Neubeck (Seems)
Passport to Trespass Vol. VI: I can’t remember where I’ve been, Mikael Kennedy
Passport to Trespass Vol. VII: Hunt Them Out, Mikael Kennedy
Pause, to Begin Catalogue, with many contributing photographers (Booksmart Studio)
Polaroid Vitae Vol. 1: October 14, 1979, Mikael Kennedy (The Explorers Club, eXc)
Sadkids Number 5: The Gonerfest Edition, Geoffrey Ellis
Smoke Bath, with many contributing photographers (Seems)
Star Quality, Ofer Wolberger (Horses Think Press)
Taciturn Heart, Marcelo Gomes (Hassla Books)
The Deer Hunters, Stewart Simons (Blurb)
The Strangeness of This Idea, Kate Steciw (Hassla Books)

Titles selected by Shawn Records – Photographer / Educator / Board President, Photolucida

About fifteen years ago, I fell in love in a study cubicle on the third floor of the University library in Boise, Idaho. First it was Emmett Gowin’s Photographs. Then came Meatyard’s Family Album, Winogrand’s Stock Photographs, a stack of every available issue of Aperture, Friedlander’s Like A One Eyed Cat, Sternfeld’s American Prospects… oh, and each and every one of those Sally Eauclaire New Color books, among others. For the next two or three years, that cubicle, and the darkroom, were my favorite places on earth. Since then, books have always been my favorite way to consume photography.
There’s not much that I can say at this point about the books that I’ve chosen for the iPL’s booth at Photolucida’s Spring Reviews, but that’s simply because with the exception of a few that I know and selected in order to share with others, I haven’t actually seen the books yet. And that’s exactly why I’m so excited about the iPL. The Indie Photobook Library gives me, and other photo geeks, an opportunity to see, hold, and consume some of the most exciting and original photography books being produced today. If you need me at any point during the Reviews, look for me upstairs, in a quiet chair with good light. I’m ready to fall in love again.

27 Good-byes, Deanna Dikeman (Blurb)
Any Fool Can Take a Picture With a Camera Like That, Chad Muthard
City: Book One, John MacLean (Hunter and James)
City: Book Two, John MacLean (Hunter and James)
Everyday is Tuesday, Lena Guimont
How Terry likes his coffee, Florian van Roekel
If you are lucky, you get old, Freya Najade
lacuna, Sonja Thomsen
Last Call, Judith Stenneken (Blurb)
Life is a series of small moments, Elizabeth Fleming (Blurb)
low land – high hills, Andrea Stultiens (Andrea Stultiens / foundation in/druk)
Makarapa and Vuvuzela, Ian van Coller (Doring Press)
offSET, Lacey Terrell (Blurb)
Orchard, Volume One / Crime Victims Chronicle, Raymond Meeks, Deborah Luster (Silas Finch)
Seneca Ghosts, Danielle Mericle (A-Jump Books)
Some Fox Trails in Virginia, Susan Worsham (Blurb)
The Last Road North, Ben Huff (Blurb)
Thinner Air, John Mann (Three Post Press)
Vedove / Widows, Takashi Homma (FantomBooks)

Titles selected by both

A Series of Disappointments, Stephen Gill (Nobody)
America Now, with many contributing photographers
Don’t Die, Justin James Reed
Down These Mean Streets, Will Steacy (Michael Paris Mazzeo)
Get Off My Lawn, with many contributing photographers (Geoffrey Ellis)
Muddy Treads, Peter Sutherland (Seems)

Additional titles

Fragments, Volume 1, John Steck Jr. (Make Book Blog)
Kitintale, Yann Gross
Studio, Harry Watts and Finds, Harry Watts
The Collector’s Guide Vol. 1 and 2 (Humble Arts Foundation)

A sincere thanks to Melanie Flood and Shawn Records for selecting books for the iPL pop-up exhibition at Photolucida.

Related books:

Color Falls Down
Máze
The Idea of North
Suburbia Mexicana (Daylight/photolucida)
Watershed: The French Broad River

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Exhibition Catalog for “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”

More about the exhibition here, here and here.
Order the book here.
Thank you to Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books who did such an outstanding job designing the iPL’s first exhibition catalog!

“…the Indie Photobook Library is fast becoming one of Washington’s more interesting small collections.” – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post Express, November 9, 2011

Panel Discussion on the Indie Photobook Boom at UNC Oct 30, 2014

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Photographer/Publisher: A Panel Discussion of the Indie Photobook Boom
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Sloane Art Library
5:00 p.m. Photobook Viewing | Sloane Art Library
5:45 p.m. Reception | Ackland Art Museum
6:15 p.m. Panel Discussion | Ackland Art Museum
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Photobooks from the collection of the Sloane Art Library will be on display during a free public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 30.

A panel of artists and collectors will discuss the popularity of photobooks, spurred by new and better tools for creating print-on-demand books and digital editions. The panel includes Larissa Leclair, independent photography writer and founder of the Indie Photobook Library; Taj Forer, photographer, educator, and co-founder of the photography publisher Daylight; and Paul Soulellis, artist, instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and founder of the Library of the Printed Web.

The panel will explore the opportunities and economics of photobook publishing, offer advice for artists considering self-publishing or working with a publisher, and guide collectors where to look for the best new photobooks on the market today.

Art Librarian Heather Gendron says this is a new collecting emphasis for the Sloane Art Library, which holds photobooks from around the globe. The photobooks are part of a growing collection of artists’ books, or works of art created as books.

Co-sponsored by the Sloane Art Library, the Art Department, and the Ackland Art Museum.

Larissa Leclair and the Indie Photobook Library receive the Spotlight Award

Spotlight Award, Laura Wexler and Larissa Leclair © Silke Hase

On October 25, 2014, Larissa Leclair was honored with the Spotlight Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts. The award was presented by her former Yale professor Dr. Laura Wexler. The Focus Awards at the Griffin recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography. The awards this year celebrate four people and organizations instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public. The Spotlight Award is given to an entity that consistently shines a light on photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field. Jim Dow, Dr. Becky Senf, and Elin Spring were also honored this year. Previous recipients include Deborah Willis, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Kathy Ryan, Shane Lavalette, Jen Beckman, among others.

Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia)

Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia) © Joaquim Paiva

Title: Foto instantánea. Recuerdo de Brasilia (Snapshot: Souvenir of Brasilia)

Photographer/s: Joaquim Paiva

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen/ Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Texts by Rubens Fernades, Evandro Salles and Angelica Madeira

Date of publication: 2013

humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

humuhumunukunukuāpua’a © Allison Clarke

Title: humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

Photographer/s: Allison Clarke

Date of publication: 2013

Cropping the Ocean

Cropping the Ocean © Bjarne Bare

Title: Cropping the Ocean

Photographer/s: Bjarne Bare

Date of publication: October 2014

Grapnel Grapple

Grapnel Grapple © Bjarne Bare

Title: Grapnel Grapple

Photographer/s: Bjarne Bare

Date of publication: October 2014

Down and Out in the South

Down and Out in the South © Jan Banning

Title: Down and Out in the South

Photographer/s: Jan Banning

Contributor/s: James Swift (Text)

Date of publication: May 2013

“A Survey of Documentary Styles” exhibition at Duke University

iPL at Duke

“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”
Duke University
Power Plant Gallery
Power Plant Building, Suite 100 American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-660-3622

September 19–November 7, 2014
Reception: October 9, 2014, 5–8pm, with Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library

The Indie Photobook Library’s seminal traveling exhibition, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, arrives at Duke, after stops in New York, San Francisco and DC. “A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks” draws from the iPL collection and features 70 photobooks. The exhibition looks at the “documentary tradition” through the lens of a 21st century, global photographic community in which the lines between journalism, art and the long-term documentary project have blurred, morphed and continue to feed off of each other. The books selected for this exhibition present a range of subject matter, each coupled with a particular visual language drawn from a pool of diversity. There are books that speak a more traditional documentary language, while there are those that explicitly critique that very same tradition; there are diaristic books and titles that overlay a typological structure; other books rely primarily on found and vernacular imagery; and there are many books that borrow heavily from an art-photography storehouse. The goal of this exhibition is to survey the field before us and to foreground questions of authorship, voice, style and content.

The exhibition catalog, designed by Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books, is available through Blurb.

A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks:

Estaría Bien Poner un Título Aquí, Alba Yruela
Ohio, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar
Uncommon Intimacy, Amy Stein, Amy Touchette, Erica McDonald, Juliana Beasley
The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, Andrea Stultiens and Arthur Kisitu
Woman With a Camera (35mm), Anne Collier
Odo Yakuza Tokyo (second edition), Anton Kusters
Hose Variations, Bjarne Bare
BURN.01
Memory Traces, Cary Markerink
The Distance Between Us, Christopher Capozziello
Concresco, David Galjaard
27 Good-byes, Deanna Dikeman
574 Views of Johnstown, Ed Panar
Road Ends in Water, Eliot Dudik
French American Trip, Eric Tabuchi
This is Not My Wife, Erik van der Weijde
How Terry Likes His Coffee, Florian van Roekel
Sadkids Number 5: Gonerfest Edition, Geoffrey Ellis
No Destiny (Transitions-Rochester), Gregory Halpern
A Falling Horizon, Heidi de Gier
Butte, America: A Vernacular History. Vol. 1, Ian van Coller
10, in-public
Cityscapes + Birdmen, Jacquie Maria Wessels
Unmarked Sites, Jessica Auer
My Brother’s War, Jessica Hines
Found Piles & Other Topograhica, John Steck Jr.
Last Call, Judith Stenneken
CENSURA, Julián Barón
The Color of Hay, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin
offSET, Lacey Terrell
The Ninety-Nine Percent, Mathieu Asselin
Desert Days, Matt Austin
Carry Me Ohio, Matt Eich
Ramadan in Yemen, Max Pam
See You Soon, Maxwell Anderson
A Journal of Southern History, McNair Evans
Summer Weather, Michael Jang
No Man’s Land, Mishka Henner
Geolocation, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman
The Pier, Nils Petter Löfstedt
Gone Quickly, Noah Beil
Visitor, Ofer Wolberger
There is Nothing Beautiful Around Here, Paccarik Orue
Donovan Wylie One Day Taking Photographs in Belfast, Peter Mann
Muddy Treads, Peter Sutherland
Grassland, Phil Underdown
The Constant Change, photo.circle
Firework Studies, Pierre Le Hors
Preston Bus Station, Preston is My Paris
Crime Victims Chronicle, Ray Meeks and Deborah Luster
Stay Cool, RJ Shaughnessy
Alpine Star, Ron Jude
Thrashers, Sacha Maric
May the Road Rise to Meet You, Sara Macel
9/11 Flipbook, Scott Blake
Owner of this World, Shawn Records
The Election Project, Simon Roberts
Hackney Wick, Stephen Gill
Vedove / Widows, Takashi Homma
Cathedral Cars, Thomas Mailaender
Looters, Tiane Doan na Champassak
Behind the Curtains, Tomas van Houtryve
Gomorroh Girl (second edition), Valerio Spada
Qaammaqqivaar, Verena Bruening
Empty Bottles, WassinkLundgren
Tokyo Tokyo, WassinkLudgren
Parking Garages, Willson Cummer
Kitintale, Yann Gross
Before Tomorrow, Yannik Willing
The Story of Four Generations, Yee Ling Tang

“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” from the Indie Photobook Library, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, is part of the exhibition “Picture Books”, the juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books at Duke University. “A Survey” has been paired down to include just the 70 photobooks and does not include the photographs from the original Gallery Carte Blanche exhibition.

Juried Photobooks:

A Train, Brad Farwell
All the Presidents Men, Rebecca Sittler
Astoria-Megler Bridge, Wil van Iersel
Belle Morte, Maureen O’Leary
Collier Classification System of Very Small Objects, Brian Collier
Darkwood, Chris Bennett
Days at Home, Wolfgang Hastert
Easy on the Eyes, Jeanette May
F9, Ian F.B. Dunn, Monica Dameron, Nick Pironio, Miller Taylor, Georgia Ponton
False Starts, Karen Voltz
Great Wall, Yuanliang Sun
House of Sound, Chris Bennett
Late Autumn Fragments, Aaron Canipe
Mississippi, Trey Hardin
Moonsoot, Alex Cunningham
Native Ground, Rob McDonald
Oculus Song, Marianne Dages
Overdue, Joan Oh
Parts of a Whole, Hsiang-Lu Meng
Postscript, Rachel Boillot
Revolutionary, Tyler McPhee
Rural Life, American Guide
Seeking the Source, Bryon Darby
Southern Route, Tamara Reynolds
Supermoon, Adam Forrester
Sutton Law, Kristina Baker
Swell, Julianna Foster
Tesseract, Sebastian Collett
Testify, Roger May
Textures San Miguel, Kristine Deninno
The Battle of Monmouth, Hannah Smith-Allen
The Ground, Tate Shaw
This is a Pornographic Picture, Brad Farwell
Transculture, Yuanliang SUn
Who the F#ck is Carla, Wil van Iersel
Windows, Emily Volles
Work, Rick Febre

Floating Island

Floating Island © Mike Osborne

Title: Floating Island

Photographer/s: Mike Osborne

Date of publication: 2014

Carabanchel

Carabanchel ©Mark Parascandola

Title: Carabanchel

Photographer/s: Mark Parascandola

Contributor/s: Mark Parascandola

Date of publication: 6/1/2014