Oddyssey: The Billiad

Title: Oddyssey: The Billiad

Photographer/s: Bill Westheimer

Date of publication: 2009

Place of publication: West Orange, NJ

Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.25″ x ..25″

Edition size: POD

Type of binding: softbound, perfect binding

Number of pages: 64

Type of paper: matte

Number of pictures: 44

Type of printing: POD

Printer: Createspace.com

Publisher: Petey Pie Press

Designer: Bill Westheimer

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-98441007-2-9

Category: Monograph

Price: $15.95

Summary: There are nearly one hundred towns in Ohio which bear the names of foreign places. Each name reflects the dreams and aspirations of the founders of that small community in an unfamiliar environment that they were making their home. These names reflect the ambitions of people who were dissatisfied enough with their past to change it, yet optimistic and hopeful enough to make plans for their future. Still, each town’s resemblance to its namesake may be difficult to discern because today’s reality does not conform to yesterday’s dreams and expectations.When the Ohio country was settled at the end of the Revolutionary War, the immigrants and the frontiersmen who colonized the wilderness were people with grand ideas and aspirations, an indomitable spirit and a desire to make a better future and a willingness to overcome challenging, awesome odds. These adventurous spirits were dreaming of better lives possible now that the Union was free.

Today these towns with foreign names form a microcosm of modern life in America and the world: a portrait of human ambitions and aspirations tempered by the realities of today’s world. These are people living in a middle ground between where they find themselves and those dwellings of dreams. Each of these places in Ohio and the world has something significant to commend it: some meaningful phenomenon which makes it important. That event, that person or place may at first seem to be only a minor footnote to a trivial event in the grand scale of the world. But in reality it looms large in the lives of the vital people of the world in Ohio and symbolically in the world beyond. “The stories that we tell… about [Ohio]… are stories that could be told about almost any settlement in the Northwest Territory. They are stories of hardships overcome by courage and resourcefulness – of grief, deprivation, hard work, and suffering, but somehow, even more, about the indomitable spirit, the willingness to move ahead, the reason for living that our ancestors had, and that we all seek.” From Stories That We Tell Our Children About Iberia [Ohio].

Oddyssey is a quirky photo journal of one man’s trip around the world – without leaving Ohio. With humor and style the traveler visits towns from Moscow to Mesopotamia, Congo to Calcutta, Aberdeen to York by way of Utopia and scores of other unlikely places all found in America’s heartland. As foreign as the place names are, the towns are distinctly American. The photographs connect mid-America with the lar

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1952 Cincinnati, OH

Website: http://www.billwest.com

Book link: http://www.oddyssey.us

Donated by: Bill Westheimer

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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.
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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

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 2 – the phosphorescent man

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 2 - the phosphorescent man © Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Title: Spook Light Chronicles vol. 2 – the phosphorescent man

Photographer/s: Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Date of publication: June, 2014

The Indie Photobook Library and Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive in Washington, DC September 20

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Pop-up Exhibition of the Indie Photobook Library and Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 11-6pm
Talk by Larissa Leclair and Christine McFetridge 4:30-5:30pm

Hosted by Leica
977 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 787-5900

The Indie Photobook Library welcomes the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to the United States! Come join us in DC for the third stop in the APPA’s roadtrip of pop-up exhibitions. For the first time ever, the iPL and APPA will exhibit together contemporary self-published photobooks from around the world from both of their permanent collections. Browse almost 100 titles, socialize, be inspired, get creative!

Modeled after the Indie Photobook Library, founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010 and based in the DC area, the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) is a unique collection of self-published, limited edition, and handmade photobooks and zines whose sole purpose is the promotion of photographic work/books from the Asia-Pacific region. The AP region has some of the most exciting and vibrant photographic work being produced currently – due to economic and, sometimes, political and social constraints, photobooks from most countries in the AP region are not able to be seen at fairs and festivals internationally, and do not get shortlisted for the top awards in the USA and Europe. The Archive redresses this balance by getting copies directly from the photographers themselves, from countries big and small in the Asia-Pacific region and then traveling to events and festivals worldwide to show and promote these books; these books are ones that would not be seen and experienced otherwise. In 2013 the Archive traveled to Tokyo, Cambodia, and Malaysia, and in 2014 with huge collection of books now in the Archive we are traveling to the USA to bring a selection of photobooks never before seen in North America.

The Archive has a permanent home in Melbourne, Australia, which is open to the public, researchers, artists, and institutions. The Archive also runs photobook talks, workshops, competitions, discussions, advisory sessions, and helps unknown Asia-Pacific photographers to get their work published. The Archive is directed by Daniel Boetker-Smith; Daniel is also the founder of Photobook Melbourne, an international photobook festival happening in February 2015 in Melbourne. www.photobookarchive.com.

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Piémanson

Piémanson  © Vasantha Yogananthan

Title: Piémanson

Photographer/s: Vasantha Yogananthan

Contributor/s: Rémi Coignet

Date of publication: June 2014

The APPA in New York September 13-15, 2014

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The APPA in NEW YORK

TONIGHT and THIS WEEKEND

Camera Club of New York Zine Fair

Friday, September 13, 2014 from 6-8pm
Saturday, September 14, 12-6pm
Sunday, September 15, 12-6pm

at FOLEY gallery
97 Allen Street
(betw Delancey & Grand)
Lower East Side, NYC

Pop-up Exhibition by Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, organized by Indie Photobook Library

The Indie Photobook Library welcomes the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to the United States! Come to the Foley Gallery for the second stop in the APPA’s roadtrip of pop-up exhibitions for the Camera Club of New York’s 5th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair. The APPA will exhibit contemporary self-published photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region. Browse almost 50 titles, socialize, be inspired, get creative!

Modeled after the Indie Photobook Library, founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010 and based in the DC area, the APPA is a unique collection of self-published, limited edition, and handmade photobooks and zines whose sole purpose is the promotion of photographic work/books from the Asia-Pacific region. The AP region has some of the most exciting and vibrant photographic work being produced currently – due to economic and, sometimes, political and social constraints, photobooks from most countries in the AP region are not able to be seen at fairs and festivals internationally, and do not get shortlisted for the top awards in the USA and Europe. The Archive redresses this balance by getting copies directly from the photographers themselves, from countries big and small in the Asia-Pacific region and then traveling to events and festivals worldwide to show and promote these books; these books are ones that would not be seen and experienced otherwise. In 2013 the Archive traveled to Tokyo, Cambodia, and Malaysia, and in 2014 with huge collection of books now in the Archive we are traveling to the USA to bring a selection of photobooks never before seen in North America.

The Archive has a permanent home in Melbourne, Australia, which is open to the public, researchers, artists, and institutions. The Archive also runs photobook talks, workshops, competitions, discussions, advisory sessions, and helps unknown Asia-Pacific photographers to get their work published. The Archive is directed by Daniel Boetker-Smith; Daniel is also the founder of Photobook Melbourne, an international photobook festival happening in February 2015 in Melbourne.

The CCNY Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and through the generous support of The Tierney Family Foundation.

For more information about the iPL and APPA collections and to donate books, visit www.indiephotobooklibrary.org and www.photobookarchive.com.

Not in New York? The APPA will be traveling to DC next weekend.

September 20 at the Leica Store in Washington, DC

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive at Rayko in San Francisco

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APPA in San Francisco
Hosted by Rayko
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 495-3773
Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:30-7:30pm

The Indie Photobook Library welcomes the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to the United States! Come to Rayko for the first stop in the APPA’s roadtrip of pop-up exhibitions. The APPA will exhibit contemporary self-published photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region. Browse almost 50 titles, socialize, be inspired, get creative!

Modeled after the Indie Photobook Library, founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010 and based in the DC area, the APPA is a unique collection of self-published, limited edition, and handmade photobooks and zines whose sole purpose is the promotion of photographic work/books from the Asia-Pacific region. The AP region has some of the most exciting and vibrant photographic work being produced currently – due to economic and, sometimes, political and social constraints, photobooks from most countries in the AP region are not able to be seen at fairs and festivals internationally, and do not get shortlisted for the top awards in the USA and Europe. The Archive redresses this balance by getting copies directly from the photographers themselves, from countries big and small in the Asia-Pacific region and then traveling to events and festivals worldwide to show and promote these books; these books are ones that would not be seen and experienced otherwise. In 2013 the Archive traveled to Tokyo, Cambodia, and Malaysia, and in 2014 with huge collection of books now in the Archive we are traveling to the USA to bring a selection of photobooks never before seen in North America.
The Archive has a permanent home in Melbourne, Australia, which is open to the public, researchers, artists, and institutions. The Archive also runs photobook talks, workshops, competitions, discussions, advisory sessions, and helps unknown Asia-Pacific photographers to get their work published. The Archive is directed by Daniel Boetker-Smith; Daniel is also the founder of Photobook Melbourne, an international photobook festival happening in February 2015 in Melbourne.

For more information about these collections and to donate books, visit www.indiephotobooklibrary.org and www.photobookarchive.com.

 

The APPA will then travel to the 5th Annual New York Zine Fair hosted by Camera Club of New York and Foley Gallery, September 12-14, 2014 and the Leica Store in DC, September 20, 2014.

Outside Windows

Outside Windows © Steven Tagle

Title: Outside Windows

Photographer/s: Steven Tagle

Contributor/s: Jeff Parker

Date of publication: 2/4/14

Trying to Find the Ocean

Trying to Find the Ocean © Michael Ast

Title: Trying to Find the Ocean

Photographer/s: Michael Ast

Contributor/s: Mark Alice Durant (afterword essay)

Date of publication: May, 2014

Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found © Heidi Kirkpatrick

Title: Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Photographer/s: Heidi Kirkpatrick

Date of publication: October 12, 2013

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa © Verena Hägler

Title: Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Photographer/s: Verena Hägler

Contributor/s: Sarah Dorkenwald (Book design) / Andrea Cermak (Editorial) / Verena Hägler (Interviews)

Date of publication: 7th March 2014

Beauty and Wisdom

Beauty and Wisdom © Robbie Kaye

Title: Beauty and Wisdom

Photographer/s: Robbie Kaye

Contributor/s: Destiny Allison, Aline Smithson, Rita Ross, Michiko Rolek, Karen Monroy, Beth Hoffman,Ruby Salter, Diana Clark,

Date of publication: 2013