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

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

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

Upcoming pop-up exhibitions and events of the Indie Photobook Library collection:
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
iPL at UNC | Chapel Hill, NC | October 30-31, 2014
XII Encuentro de Fotografiìa 2014 | Monterrey, MEXICO | November 25-28, 2014
Juror | Critical Mass, PHOTOLUCIDA
Vox Magazine
Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico

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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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

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

The Oracle@WiFi

The Oracle@WiFi © Beth Lilly

Title: The Oracle@WiFi

Photographer/s: Beth Lilly

Contributor/s: Katherine Ware

Date of publication: August 2012

Stay Young Issue Four

Stay Young Issue Four © Editions Ltd.

Title: Stay Young Issue Four

Photographer/s: Aaron Canipe, Andrew Johnson, Matilda Hill-Jenkins, Michael Thomas, Sasha Kurmaz, Stephanie Noritz, Lola Paprocka, Samuel J. Davison, Andrew Kodama, Tyrone Williams, Daniel Wilson, Lana Adams, Chris Godfrey, Benoît Chailleux, Ben Clement, Doğan Arslanoğlu, Clair Saint-Camille, Jason Hamilton, Jamie Allan Shaw, Cathy Marshall, Luke Pownall, Josie Olivia Stock, Konstantine Borovski, Tracy Nguyen, Matt Gordon Winch & Kelli Pennington.

Date of publication: 2014