Whatever may be said about photobook publishing in the digital era of the 21st century, photobooks are alive and kicking. They are thriving, to be more precise. Modular space of the printed matter – paged, sequenced, folded and bound – provides contemporary makers with the ultimate presentation platform and a distribution model.
Dutch photobooks are internationally recognized by a professional artistic and design community. The quality of both photography and design and the fine balance between these two elements immediately put Dutch publications in the forefront of the discipline.
The show, hosted by Contemporary Art Museum Erarta, St. Petersburg, ran from 29 November 2013 to 13 January 2014 and included a public programme of talks, guided tours, and a series of workshops for young practitioners.
The exhibition opened with a gallery of more than 150 photobooks inviting the viewers to dive into the context of current photography publishing in the Netherlands. It continued further focusing on works of eight artists and one collective/publishing house looking into their work process, inspirations, and the role publications play within the larger context of their projects. Presentations include final books, dummies, prints, video interviews, and explore design decisions made.
Artists: Jaap Scheeren, Anouk Kruithof, Fw: Books, Nadine Stijns, Anne Geene, Willem Popelier, Florian van Roekel, Andrea Stultiens, Milou Abel.