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

ABOUT

Founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010, the Indie Photobook Library is an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks. This includes DIY, photobooks independently published and distributed, photography exhibition catalogs, print-on-demand photobooks, artist books, zines, photobooks printed on newsprint, limited edition photobooks, and non-English language photography books, etc. The iPL promotes and showcases the books in the collection through international pop-up and feature-length exhibitions, articles, conferences, guest lectures, and also preserves them as a non-circulating public library. Having a specific collection dedicated to this contemporary movement in publishing allows for the development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, the ability to reflect on and compare books in the collection, and for scholarly research to be conducted years, decades, and centuries to come.

Museums, universities, and institutions are invited to borrow books from the Indie Photobook Library for exhibitions. Larissa Leclair is available for guest lectures. Contact Larissa Leclair (contact@indiephotobooklibrary.org) for details.

The Indie Photobook Library has traveled within the U.S., and to Canada, Guatemala, China, Mexico, and Australia.

The Indie Photobook Library featured on TIME LightBox.
The Indie Photobook Library featured on fototazo.

Interview with Larissa Leclair by Stacy (Oborn) Platt / Hey, Hot Shot!.
Interview with Larissa Leclair by Blake Andrews.
Interview on Lenscratch by Aline Smithson.

Griffin Museum / FOCUS Award video – Larissa Leclair receives the Spotlight Award 2014.Griffin Museum / FOCUS Award acceptance video.

Past pop-up exhibitions/events/lectures from the Indie Photobook Library collection:
Flash Forward Festival
| Toronto, Canada | October 6-10, 2010

FotoWeek DC | Washington, DC | November 6-13, 2010
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair (PPAC) | Philadelphia, PA | April 2, 2011
Photolucida | Portland, OR | April 14-17, 2011 | Titles selected by Melanie Flood and Shawn Records
Snap! Orlando | Orlando, FL | May 6-7, 2011 | Titles selected by E. Brady Robinson and Heather Comparetto
New York Photo Festival (NYPH) | New York, NY | May 12-15, 2011
Center’s Review Santa Fe | Santa Fe, NM | June 4-5, 2011
Conference Panelist – Furthering the Critical Dialogue | Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair | MoMA PS1 | September 30, 2011
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Photobook Fair | Atlanta, GA | October 22, 2011
SPE Northeast | Syracuse, NY | November 3-5, 2011
Lishui Photography Festival | Lishui, CHINA | November 6-9, 2011
Guest Lecturer | Georgetown University | Washington, DC | January 2012
Guest Lecturer | The Maret School | Washington, DC | February 2012
Guest Lecturer | Syracuse University | Syracuse, NY | March 2012
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) Book Fair | Philadelphia, PA | May 5, 2012 | Crowd-sourced selection
Flash Forward Festival | Boston, MA | June 8-10, 2012
Peabody Essex Museum | Salem, MA | June 21, 2012

Juror, Photobooks | New York Photo Awards 2012

Juror, Photobooks | FotoWeekDC 2012
Panelist | “The Art of the Photobook” with Barbara Tannenbaum (Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art) and Ed Panar and Melissa Catanese (Spaces Corners) | Cleveland Museum of Art | Cleveland, OH | October 20, 2012, 2PM
PhotoNOLA at CAC | New Orleans, LA | November 30 – December 2, 2012 | Titles selected by Jan Gilbert (Interim Director of Visual Arts at the CAC), Russell Lord (Curator of Photographs at NOMA), and Larissa Leclair
Guest Lecturer | The Maret School | Washington, DC | January 18, 2013
Panelist | “Photography and the Book” with Elijah Gowin and Travis Shaffer. Moderated by April Watson (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Art + Design Gallery at University of Kansas | Lawrence, Kansas | February 1, 2013
Guest Lecturer | MICA | Baltimore, MD | February 11, 2013
Guest Lecturer | Corcoran College of Art & Design | Washington, DC | February 22, 2013
Conveyor Arts, guest curated exhibits | Fall 2012 and by appointment in Winter 2012/2013
Guest Lecturer | VCU | Richmond, VA | March 28, 2013

Guest Lecturer | ASMP, Washington DC Chapter | NVCC | April 16, 2013

OPEN SHOW | Busboys and Poets | Washington, DC | April 18, 2013
PPAC Book Fair | Philadelphia, PA | May 18, 2013
Guest Lecturer | SVA | New York | June 5, 2013
Blonde Art Books Tour | Furthermore | Washington, DC | June 13, 2013
Guest Curator | 10×10 American Photobooks | Tokyo Institute of Photography | Chuo-ku, Tokyo | September 11 – October 6, 2013
“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” travels to Photoville | September 19-September 29, 2012 | Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair
The Indie Photobook Library presents “A Bookshelf by Empty Stretch” | FotoNoMA | Washington, DC | November 2 – 10, 2013
The Indie Photobook Library and Empty Stretch at Black Cat | Video Presentation | Washington, DC | November 2, 2013

Advisory Board |”Rock Your Dummy” | Le PhotobookFest | Paris, France | November 15 – 17, 2013
Photo-eye Best Books of 2013
TIME Lightbox, Notable book of 2013
Master Class, “The Contemporary Photobook” | Beinecke, Yale University | January 17, 2014
Young Voices Fellow, Larissa Leclair | The Next Conversation Conference | Center for Creative Photography | Tuscon, Arizona |  February 21-23, 2014
Guest Lecturer | Corcoran College of Art & Design | March 11, 2014
SPE National Conference | Baltimore, MD | March 6-9, 2014
PPAC Art Book Fair | Philadelphia, PA | March 29-30, 2014
Guest Lecturer | University of Virginia | April 1, 2014
Visual Studies Workshop Photo-Bookworks Symposium | Rochester, NY | June 26-28, 2014
Juror, IN-FOCUS | Norton Photography Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum exhibition | Phoenix, AZ | August 23 to September 28, 2014
APPA at RAYKO | San Francisco, CA | August 28, 2014
APPA at New York Zine Fair | Camera Club of New York and Foley Gallery | New York, NY | September 12-14, 2014
Finalist for Crusade for Art Engagement Grant 2014
iPL and APPA | Leica Store | Washington, DC | September, 20, 2014
Indie Photobook Library listed on Artists’ Books DC

iPL at Duke University | Raleigh/Durham, NC | October 9-10, 2014
Griffin Museum of Photography Spotlight Award for Larissa Leclair and the Indie Photobook Library | Boston, MA | October 24-25, 2014

Guest Lecturer | American University | Washington, DC | October 28, 2014
Juror | Critical Mass, PHOTOLUCIDA
Panelist | Indie Photobook Boom with Taj Forer, Michael Itkoff, Paul Soulellis | UNC | Chapel Hill, NC | October 30, 2014
The Daily Tar Heel
| October 2014
Vox Magazine | October 2014
XII Encuentro de Fotografiìa 2014 (Master Class, Lecture, Exhibition) | Monterrey, MEXICO | November 25-28, 2014
Writer | The Photobook Review Aperture #7
Contributor | TIMELightbox | Best photobook of 2014 | Red String by Yoshikatsu Fujii
Writer | Voices of Photography Best books of 2014
Nominator | PDN 30 2015
Guest Lecturer | American University | Washington, DC | February 25, 2015
Guest Lecturer | Corcoran College of Art & Design with Andy Grundberg | March 18, 2015
Juror, Light Work Grants in Photography | Syracuse, NY

Colby College Museum of Art | Waterville, Maine | April 11, 2015
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair | West Elm / iPL Reading Room | Philadelphia, PA | April 24-25, 2015
Consultant | National Gallery of Art | Washington, DC | “Photobooks After Frank”

Upcoming pop-up exhibitions and events of the Indie Photobook Library collection:
Indie Photobook Library x APPA | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | November 2014 – April 2015

Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City | August 2015
GuatePhoto | November 2015

Feature-length exhibitions from the Indie Photobook Library collection:
Photographic Resource Center | Boston, MA | September 13- November 12, 2011 | Curated by Larissa Leclair, George Slade, and Shane Lavalette
Corcoran Gallery 31 | Washington, DC | November 2 – 20, 2011 | Curated by Muriel Hasbun and Susan Sterner with Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
Gallery Carte Blanche | San Francisco, CA | “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” | September 14-October 22, 2012 | Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair
GuatePhoto Festival | Guatemala City, Guatemala | “Captured by a Portrait” | November 7-25, 2012 | Curated by Larissa Leclair and Leslie Ureña
FotoWeekDC | Washington, DC | “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” | November 9-18, 2012 | Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair
Contemporary Arts Center | New Orleans, LA | November 30, 2012 – January 20, 2013 | Titles selected by Jan Gilbert (Interim Director of Visual Arts at the CAC), Russell Lord (Curator of Photographs at NOMA), and Larissa Leclair
“A Fair” | featuring the iPL, LBM, and ABC | Art + Design Gallery at University of Kansas | Lawrence, Kansas | January 22 – February 15, 2013
“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” at Photoville | September 19-September 29, 2013 | Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair
“A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks” | Duke University Power Plant Gallery | Durham, NC | September 19-November 7, 2014

Founder: Larissa Leclair
Logo Designer: Clay Lipsky
Website Developer: Simply Binary
iPL Ambassador: Nathalie Belayche
Intern alumni: Stephanie Obernesser, Emily Mason, Cameron Vaughan, Alexis Lodsun
Special thanks to Matthew Gamber, George Slade, Nick Turpin, Blurb, and Insomniac Design, and especially to everyone who has donated their books.

ADVISORY BOARD

Andy Adams, Editor / Publisher, Flak Photo
Darius Himes, Co-Founder of Radius Books
Shane Lavalette, Photographer and Founder of Lay Flat
Gabrielle Reed, Massachusetts College of Art, Godine Library

SUBMISSIONS

The Indie Photobook Library has an open and ongoing submission policy. Photobooks can be donated by the artist, indie publisher, or private collector. All books become part of the permanent collection and are considered for yearly exhibitions. Visit our Submissions page for the iPL mailing address and required catalog record information.

QUESTIONS?

Send us an email at contact@indiephotobooklibrary.org

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The Indie Photobook Library / West Elm reading room at the PPAC Book Fair, April 24-25, 2015

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For the fifth year in a row, the Indie Photobook Library will be at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair presenting a selection of new photobooks to the archive with a nod to photobook makers in the Asia-Pacific and Mexico!

Come get comfortable with a good photobook in the the West Elm sponsored Indie Photobook Library reading room.

The Annex on Filbert
830 Filbert Street, Philadelphia
Free and open to the public

Friday, April 24th; 11am-9pm
Saturday, April 25th; 10am-6pm

B O O K S :

Asia-Pacific
Salt by Emma Phillips

Dominion by Wawi Navarozza, published by STEPHANIAN x Studio Wawi Navarroza

Incipient Strangers by Yoshikatsu Fujii

Within You Without You by Kate Golding

Nebulous by Taku Onoda

Gold Coast by Ying Ang

Lit by Ana Kras & Marija Strajnic, published by Bloom Publishing

JAPAN-GO-ROUND by Maki Hayashida

Alone Together by Mi-Yeon, published by Kaya Books


Mexico
EX CORDE by Rodrigo Ramos

Moises by Mariela Scancari

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Colima / Jalisco (issue 2) by Roberto Salazar

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Dos Aniversarios (issue 1) by Roberto Salazar

Carpoolers by Alejandro Cartagena


A Thousand Ancestors by Michelle Arcila, Eivind Opsvik, published by Loyal Label

Bielefeld, Kevelaer, Horumersiel by Geirmundur Klein

Tierra Brava by Paul Turounet

Adrift by Magda Biernat

Sea Change by Christine Redmond, published by APB

Again and again by Peter Hoffman

After Geography by Andrew Fedynak, published by Zatara Press

Three Routines by John Gossage

Volunteer by Paul Seawright, published by APB

Primer by Karolina Karlic

Photourist by Andy Gershon, published by Daniel 13

Things Boulders Ate by Peter Happel Christian, published by Mystery Spot Books

She Comes in Color by Florian Braakman

Double Blind by Marion Denis, published by Revolver Publishing

Wild Pigeon by Carolyn Drake

Beautiful Pig by Ben Schonberger (second edition)

Tar Beach Blind by Curtis Hamilton

A Sudden Drop by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson

Art Fare by Andy Freeberg, published by Sojourn Books

The Canaries by Thilde Jensen

Alex Cretey Systermans published by Selektor Magazine

Late Spring by Debby Huysmans, published by APE

transmontanus by Salvi Danés, published by Ediciones Anómalas

Processed Views by Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman

Speaking of Scars by Teresa Eng

Touch by Peter Dekens, published by The Eriskay Connection

Escape by Antonio Eugenio

We Saw it Before You published by Hillvale

Salix Polaris by Anka Sielska

Woodland by Andrea Papi, published by Monkeyphoto

“Потом/after a while” by Natalia Baluta

Some Los Angeles Apartments by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson, published by Multinational Enterprises

Selections from Joint Photographic Survey edited by Adam C Ryder

Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William and Mary, published by College of William & Mary

Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Trent Parke, published by Little Brown Mushroom Books

Calvin Klein: The Dyslexic Collection by Jan Dirk van der Burg

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers by Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal, published by Search Party Press

Creatures of Habit published by Landlocked

Young Soul Rebels by Dennis Schoenberg

No Direction Left to Turn by Di Emerson and Paul Garcia

Panorama by Sebastian Mejia, published by Daga Ediciones

Stone Turner by Bea Nettles


Selections by Larissa Leclair and Alexis Lodsun.

For a list of exhibitors and programming, visit http://www.phlartbookfair.com/.

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

Panorama

Panorama © Sebastian Mejia

Title: Panorama

Photographer/s: Sebastian Mejia

Date of publication: September 2014

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 - we always lie to strangers © Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Title:Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers

Photographer/s: Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Date of publication: 2014

Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection

Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection © Jan Dirk van der Burg

Title: Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection

Photographer/s: Jan Dirk van der Burg

Date of publication: 27-01-2015

A Thousand Ancestors

A Thousand Ancestors © Michelle Arcila

Title: A Thousand Ancestors

Photographer/s: Michelle Arcila

Contributor/s: Eivind Opsvik (Music)

Date of publication: December 2nd 2014

Ex Corde

Ex Corde © Rodrigo A. Ramos

Title: Ex Corde

Photographer/s: Rodrigo A. Ramos

Contributor/s: Rodrigo A. Ramos

Date of publication: September 2013

Transmontanus

Transmontanus © Salvi Danés

Title: Transmontanus

Photographer/s: Salvi Danés

Date of publication: 1/09/2014

F L O C K

F L O C K

Title: F L O C K

Photographer/s: Ken Grant

Date of publication: 2014

Sea Change

Sea Change

Title: Sea Change

Photographer/s: Christine Redmond

Contributor/s: Ian Bamford (text)

Date of publication: 2014

Volunteer

Volunteer

Ttile: Volunteer

Photographer/s: Paul Seawright

Date of publication: December 2013