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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

Upcoming pop-up exhibitions and events of the Indie Photobook Library collection:
The Perch | Chicago, IL
Photo-eye Book of the Week
Visual Studies Workshop Photo-Bookworks Symposium | Rochester, NY | June 26-28, 2014

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, 2012 | Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair

Founder: Larissa Leclair
Logo Designer: Clay Lipsky
Website Developer: Simply Binary
iPL Ambassador: Nathalie Belayche
Intern alumni: Stephanie Obernesser
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

Crackle & Drag: Film Index

Crackle & Drag: Film Index © TR Ericsson

Title: Crackle & Drag: Film Index

Photographer/s: TR Ericsson

Date of publication: 2014

Petty Thieves Number Four: Coast To Coast

Petty Thieves 4 © Empty Stretch

Title: Petty Thieves Number Four: Coast To Coast

Photographer/s: Dale Rothenberg, Amber Carter, Aaron Canipe, Uliana Bazar, Michel Nguie, Sam Stockman, Jason Rusnock, Matthew Mili, Arista Slater-Sandoval, Pommelien Koolen, Adam Revington, Fiona Palmer, Jordan Swartz, Michael Ast, Maria Windschüttel, Jon Stars, Brittany Marcoux, Tammy Mercure, Emilia Olsen, Chris Berntsen, Dave Driscoll, Marco Micceri, Steven Turville, Julie van der Vaart, Jani Zubkovs, Emmanuel Rosario, Rosaline Shahnavaz, Brian Mcswain, Isabelle Evertse, Piotr Sokul, Nathaniel Grann, Julianne Popa, Aoife O’Dwyer, V. H. Hammer, Chris Suspect, Frank Hallam Day, David Collier, Ian C. Bates, Byron Barrett, Matthew Swarts, Ahmer Inam, and Brendan Megannety

Date of publication: January 2014

500 WEEKS

500 Weeks © Chris Rubino

Title: 500 WEEKS

Photographer/s: Chris Rubino

Contributor/s: Chris Rubino

Date of publication: January 2014

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea © Preston Gannaway

Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Photographer/s: Preston Gannaway

Date of publication: November 2013

KINDERWUNSCH

Kinderwunsch © Ana Casas Broda

Title: KINDERWUNSCH

Photographer/s: ANA CASAS BRODA

Contributor/s: ESSAY SUSAN BRIGHT, financial support from Fundación Televisa, Mexico, Programa a Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales, Fonca, México, Kunstsektion des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Austria. Hydra, México.

Date of publication: October 2013

Album

Album © Ana Casas Broda

Title: Album

Photographer/s: ANA CASAS BRODA, HILDA BRODA

Contributor/s: Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico, Kunstsektion des Österreichischen Bundeskanzleramt (Austria)

Date of publication: 2000

Journey with Views (Viaggio con Vista)

Journey with Views © Brett Kallusky

Title: Journey with Views (Viaggio con Vista)

Photographer/s: Brett Kallusky

Contributor/s: Christopher Tradowsky

Date of publication: January 2014

Belgrade RAW

Belgrade Raw © Rostfrei Publishing

Title: Belgrade RAW

Photographer/s: Andrej Filev, Darko Stanimirović, Luka Knežević-Strika, Milovan Milenković and Nemanja Knežević

Contributor/s: Photo Editor: Donald Weber

Date of publication: 12/6/2013

Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa

© Joshua Edwards

Title: Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa

Photographer/s: Joshua Edwards

Date of publication: April 1, 2014

Like Ghosts

Like Ghosts © Sarah Kastrau

Title: Like Ghosts

Photographer/s: Sarah Kastrau

Date of publication: January 13th, 2014