Panel Discussion on the Indie Photobook Boom at UNC Oct 30, 2014

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Photographer/Publisher: A Panel Discussion of the Indie Photobook Boom
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Sloane Art Library
5:00 p.m. Photobook Viewing | Sloane Art Library
5:45 p.m. Reception | Ackland Art Museum
6:15 p.m. Panel Discussion | Ackland Art Museum
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Photobooks from the collection of the Sloane Art Library will be on display during a free public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 30.

A panel of artists and collectors will discuss the popularity of photobooks, spurred by new and better tools for creating print-on-demand books and digital editions. The panel includes Larissa Leclair, independent photography writer and founder of the Indie Photobook Library; Taj Forer, photographer, educator, and co-founder of the photography publisher Daylight; and Paul Soulellis, artist, instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and founder of the Library of the Printed Web.

The panel will explore the opportunities and economics of photobook publishing, offer advice for artists considering self-publishing or working with a publisher, and guide collectors where to look for the best new photobooks on the market today.

Art Librarian Heather Gendron says this is a new collecting emphasis for the Sloane Art Library, which holds photobooks from around the globe. The photobooks are part of a growing collection of artists’ books, or works of art created as books.

Co-sponsored by the Sloane Art Library, the Art Department, and the Ackland Art Museum.

Read the article in The Daily Tar Heel – 10/30/14

Larissa Leclair and the Indie Photobook Library receive the Spotlight Award

Spotlight Award, Laura Wexler and Larissa Leclair © Silke Hase

On October 25, 2014, Larissa Leclair was honored with the Spotlight Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts. The award was presented by her former Yale professor Dr. Laura Wexler. The Focus Awards at the Griffin recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography. The awards this year celebrate four people and organizations instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public. The Spotlight Award is given to an entity that consistently shines a light on photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field. Jim Dow, Dr. Becky Senf, and Elin Spring were also honored this year. Previous recipients include Deborah Willis, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Kathy Ryan, Shane Lavalette, Jen Bekman, among others.

Video tribute.

The Indie Photobook Library is TWO!

On May 13, 2012, the Indie Photobook Library celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. Thank you to all the photographers/artists/bookmakers that have made the collection what it is today! I’d also like to thank Advisory Board members Darius Himes, Andy Adams, Shane Lavalette, and Gabe Reed and all the venues that have welcomed the iPL. In the last two years, the collection has grown to almost 1000 books. The iPL continues to promote and showcase 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. I am looking forward to continuing the iPL mission.

Cheers,
Larissa Leclair
Founder, Indie Photobook Library