Indie Photobook Library at GuatePhoto, November 7-25, 2012

Join the Indie Photobook Library and Little Brown Mushroom in Guatemala City for GuatePhoto’s “Libros de fotografía” – NOVEMBER 7 – 25, 2012.

Captured by a Portrait
20 Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library
Curated by Larissa Leclair and Leslie J. Ureña

GuatePhoto
Edificio OEG
Vía 6, 3-56 zona 4, Segundo nivel
Guatemala City, GUATEMALA
November 7 -25, 2012

“Captured by a Portrait” is a selection of books that illustrate the different ways in which portraiture can be variably defined. The photographers and makers of these books grapple with and expand the definition of the genre through their photographs of strangers, family members, friends, or even new locations.

Judith Erwes stages her sitters in the style of wedding photography of the 1970s and 1980s, while Tammy Mercure presents Elvis Presley through images of impersonators and commemorative portraits of the deceased singer. Eric Bessel’s work shows the interaction between the photographer and the photographed in a selection of compelling portraits.

Igal Permuth, Jaime Permuth, Mario Permuth turn to the complex history of Guatemala as they portray their family. As does Tony Luong, in Two Roofs, who photographs his family and their homes and spaces, as he tries to come to an understanding of his family background. Nguan turns to the bustling Tokyo neighborhood of Shibuya, seeking to define it through its people and landscape. Alejandro Cartagena turns to the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, capturing the identical homes stacked one next to the other, to the incursion of high-end brands.

Being at the edge of an urban center allows Miquel Llonch to capture the seemingly remote woods, through the glow of the city. Morten Andersen takes viewers deep into the forest, devoid of homes and people, and composes a multi-faceted portrait of place.

Whether through following the traditional trappings of portraiture, or subverting them, these books question the definition of a portrait, its role in society, and its place in photographic history.

Larissa Leclair is a writer, curator and collector and Founder of the Indie Photobook Library. Leslie J. Ureña holds an MA and PhD in Art History from Northwestern University, and is an art curator and critic based in Washington, DC.

Blå Skog/Blue Sky, 2009
Morten Andersen

Found Photos in Detroit, 2012 (Cesura)
Arianna Arcara / Luca Santese

He Was There, 2012
Mariken Wessels

Archive {2005-2010}, 2011 (Conveyor)
Eric Bessel

Four years, three deaths, sweaty armpits and a fetus, 2011
Sarah Carlier

Suburbia Mexicana, 2011 (Daylight, Photolucida)
Alejandro Cartagena

Imitation of Lives, 2011
Judith Erwes

Rhapsody for my Wretched Little Universe, 2010 (Zen Foto Gallery)
Han Chao

Speaking of Names, 2012
Christopher Gianunzio and Jenny Tondera

LOOK At Me, 2012
David Lykes Keenan

In the fields of gold, 2012 (Poursuite)
Miquel Llonch

Two Roofs | 2008-Present, 2012
Tony Luong

Elvis, 2012
Tammy Mercure

The Amnesia Pavilions, 2011 (A-Jump Books)
Nicholas Muellner

SHIBUYA, 2010
Nguan

FC Volga United, 2011
Sergey Novikov

Re-trato de Familia, 2004
Igal Permuth, Jaime Permuth, Mario Permuth

Interior Relations, 2011 (Charles Lane Press)
Ian van Coller

11-21, 2007
Jan von Holleben

No Thoughts #7, 2012
Alyssa Noches / Amber Chavez / April Lea Hutchinson/ Ariane Geffard / Brad Elterman / Dan Zev / Edgar Berg / Evan Tetreault / Jesse Untracht Oakner / Jim Herrington / Jimmy Fontaine / Johan Kleinjan / Joseph Zentil / Martina Simkovicova / Maurizio Di Iorio / Megan McIssac / Michael Barolet / Michael J DeMeo / Mike Schreiber / Olivia Locher / Peter Puklus /Ray Potes / Rhiannon Adam / Samantha Casolari / Theo Gosselin / Xiang Ting Huang

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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

moonsoot

moon soot © Alex Cunningham

Title: moonsoot

Photographer/s: Alex Cunningham

Contributor/s: Allison Usavage

Date of publication: March 2012

The Canaries

The Canaries © Thilde Jensen

Title: The Canaries

Photographer/s: Thilde Jensen

Contributor/s: Afterword by Jennifer Wood, poem by Nicole Meredith, text contributions by Dennis Mudloff, Jen & Maria Winters

Date of publication: September 2013

May the Road Rise to Meet You

May the Road Rise to Meet You © Sara Macel

Title: May the Road Rise to Meet You

Photographer/s: Sara Macel

Contributor/s: Marvin Heiferman

Date of publication: 2013

Gold Coast

Gold Coast © Ying Ang

Title: Gold Coast

Photographer/s: Ying Ang

Date of publication: July 4, 2014

The Ground

The Ground © Tate Shaw

Title: The Ground

Photographer/s: Tate Shaw

Date of publication: September 2013

A Field Guide to Snow and Ice

Paula

Title: A Field Guide to Snow and Ice

Photographer/s: Paula McCartney

Contributor/s: Mark Alice Durant

Date of publication: 2014

MONO NO AWARE

mono no aware © Anton Kusters

Title: MONO NO AWARE

Photographer/s: Anton Kusters

Date of publication: july 2014

The time of dreaming the world awake

The time of dreaming the world awake © Yvette Monahan

Title: The time of dreaming the world awake

Photographer/s: Yvette Monahan

Contributor/s: Yvette Monahan, Peter Maybury, Siobhan McDonald

Date of publication: 04-07-2014

The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode I. A handful of dust

The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode I. A handful of dust © The Cool Couple

Title: The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode I. A handful of dust

Photographer/s: The Cool Couple

Contributor/s: none

Date of publication: 10/06/2013

Money Talks

Money Talks © Chris Bowes

Title: Money Talks

Photographer/s: Chris Bowes

Contributor/s: Gordon Craig

Date of publication: 2014