¡CLAP! – 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks
¡CLAP!– 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks is a photobook reading room that presents more than 100 contemporary Latin American Photobooks from 2000 to 2016. Organized by the non-profit 10×10 Photobooks, the project launched at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (13-15 May 2016) and will travel to a fall pop-up location in New York City before concluding at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). At the end of the reading room tour, all the books in the project will be donated to the Hirsch Library at the MFAH.
Selected by Latin America specialists (either in teams or individually), the reading room is a hands-on opportunity for North American audiences to browse a range of recently published Latin American photobooks that are rarely seen or available in the United States. The selected books, representing many of the most exciting innovations in Latin American photography and publications right now, will be documented in a forthcoming comprehensive volume that will also include critical essays on contemporary Latin American photobooks.
Check out photos of ¡CLAP! at PGH
We are happy to report the successful launch of the ¡CLAP! reading room at PGH Photo at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from 13 to 15 May. The Pittsburgh audience couldn’t have been more welcoming. It was a pleasure to introduce and share so many incredible contemporary Latin American photobooks from the past 16 years.
The next reading room will pop-up in New York City this fall.
Stay tuned for more details!
Set-up in the Hall of Sculpture at the Carnegie Museum of Art
¡CLAP! Reading Room at the Carnegie Museum of Art during PGH Photo
An Evening with Sohrab Hura and Tim Soter
The Self-Published Photobook
Friday, April 22, 2016
We had a wonderful salon focused on self-published photobooks with photographers Sohrab Hura and Tim Soter.
Sohrab Hura is an Indian photographer, who originally trained as an economist. Gradually he turned to photography, shooting his immediate surroundings, family and close friends as he began to “[photograph] just for the love of making photographs.” Eventually, he made the leap to photography as his full-time occupation. In 2014, Sohrab became the second Indian photographer ever to be elected a nominee member of Magnum Photos — quite an artistic and personal journey in such a short period of time. Sohrab spoke about his self-published photobook Life is Elsewhere, the intimate and poetic journey of a son who puts together the conflicting pieces of his young life.
Tim Soter is known for his active search for interesting environments as well as his photographic sense of humor. He was raised in a log cabin, studied photography in Pennsylvania, and in 1994 moved to Brooklyn. He has photographed the President of Syria, spent the afternoon at Slash’s house, and once had nine seconds to shoot Daft Punk eating corn on the cob. Tim’s most recent photobook TIM! GO AWAY! explores his obsession with photographer and artist Duane Michals. The book is full of funny stories recounting how Tim successfully stalked his photography hero into a genuine friendship.
Lanie McNulty hosted the the event at her home in Manhattan. Thank you Lanie!
Tim Soter speaking at a 10×10 photobooks salon on April 22, 2016.
From VIVO to Provoke and Beyond
With Matthew Witkovsky, Sayaka Takahashi, Takashi Arai and Munemasa Takahashi
On April 12th, 10×10 hosted its 10th photobook salon. The topic was postwar Japanese photobooks from the late 1950s until the present. Our presenters included Matthew S. Witkovsky, Sandor Chair of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and Sayaka Takahashi, director of PGI Gallery in Tokyo. Also present were photographers Takashi Arai and Munemasa Takahashi.
Matthew Witkovsky has been active in art museums and galleries since the 1980s. He has curated more than 20 exhibitions, authored ten books and dozens of articles for journals. As Chair of the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, Matthew has contributed to the museum’s forthcoming László Moholy-Nagy retrospective (October 2016). He is also a co-curator of Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960-1975, a traveling exhibition currently on view at the Albertina Museum in Vienna and scheduled for a 2017 opening at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Matthew spoke on the development and background of the Provoke exhibition. In particular, he focused on research related to the following Provoke and protest books: Record of Anger and Sadness (1960) by Hiroshi Hamaya, I Am a King (1972) by Shomei Tomatsu, Tokyoites (1983) by Yutaka Takanashi, “Accident” series from Asahi Camera (1969) and Bye-Bye Photography (1972) by Daido Moriyama, and For a Language to Come (1970) by Takuma Nakahira.
Sayaka Takahashi began working in the field of photography at the PGI Gallery and the Higashikawa International Photo Festival in 1998. As PGI Gallery Director, she has worked closely with many of the most celebrated postwar photographers – in particular Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Ikko Narahara and Kikuji Kawada, the latter two photographers co-founders of the highly influential VIVO collective from 1959–1961. In addition, she is responsible for introducing contemporary Japanese photographers to international audiences.
Sayaka presented two critically important, but lesser known books by VIVO photographers: Japanesque (1970) by Ikko Narahara and The Globe Theatre (1998) by Kikuji Kawada. Also present at the salon were PGI Gallery photographers Takashi Arai (2016 winner of the 41st Kimura Ihei Award for his book Monuments) and Munemasa Takahashi (organizer of the Lost and Found project and author of Laying Stones), who joined Sayaka in a discussion about their recent books. Works by Kawada, Arai and Takahashi are currently on view in Japan Society’s In the Wake exhibition.
10×10 Photobooks Salon
with Susan Meiselas and Kristen Lubben
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Moderated by Bryan Formhals and recorded for the LPV Show
Photographer Susan Meiselas and curator / Magnum Foundation Executive Director Kristen Lubben have been collaborating on photography publications since the release of Susan’s artist’s book Encounters with the Dani in 2003. Five years later, they conceived the career survey and critical essay collection Susan Meiselas: In History in conjunction with a major retrospective at the International Center of Photography. The publication went on to win the Rencontres d’Arles Historical Book Award and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award. Susan has a long history of bookmaking in her own practice, beginning with the seminal photobooks Carnival Strippers (1976) and Nicaragua (1981), and including her archival, curatorial work in the historical compilation Kurdistan (1997).
Help fund the forthcoming ¡CLAP! publication.
With your support and encouragement, we will continue in 2016 our mission of ever-increasing engagement with the photobook community. Donate to 10×10 and help cover the printing costs of our forthcoming ¡CLAP 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks publication.
Donate as little as $10 or as much as $500 (or more!).
With warm regards,
Olga, Matthew and Russet
* 10×10 Photobooks, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
10×10 Photobooks visits the studio of visual artist, photographer and photobook-maker Kunié Sugiura
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:30pm
By invitation only via the 10×10 mailing list.
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Kunié Sugiura discussed her more than 50-year interdisciplinary practice that challenges the conventions of traditional photography while synthesizing elements of Japanese and Western aesthetics. Working in the United States since first attending the Art Institute of Chicago in 1963, Sugiura has produced a highly experimental body of work that includes paintings, photography, photograms, sculptures, installations and books. Several examples of Sugiura’s works were seen this past fall in New York in a solo show at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, and as part of For a New World To Come: Experiments in Art and Photography, Japan, 1968–1979, a major survey curated by Yasufumi Nakamori that originated at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and traveled to the Grey Art Gallery and the Japan Society Gallery.
In addition to viewing Sugiura’s studio works, salon visitors had a chance to learn more about her beautiful photobook Artists and Scientists, which presents work from two series, ‘The Artist Papers’ and ‘The Scientist Papers’, both of which consist of life-sized photograms depicting characteristic gestures, performances and actions by a variety of artists and scientists.
photo-eye best book 2015: Ring in the holiday cheer with photobooks by women. As 10×10 started brainstorming on a “Best of List,” we were struck by how many really great photobooks are being made by the bloke-esses (as our British 10×10 colleague would say). Here’s to a Ladies Only list!
10×10 Salons are a great way to get together with those who share your love for photobooks! Informal get-togethers with presentations by visiting photobook dignitaries, the salons are ongoing events that meet at various locations throughout NYC.
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Past salons have included presentations by publishers, photographers, curators, librarians, writers, collectors and photobook production experts, including: Bruno Ceschel (SPBH), Ivan Vartanian, Deirdre Lawrence (Brooklyn Museum Library), Arthur Fournier, Eric Miles (photo-eye Auctions), David Solo, the SALVO group (Sander Uitdehaag, Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy), Witho Worms, Johan Deumens, Hannah Withaker, Sebastiaan Hanekroot (Colour & Books), Yasuhiro Hoki (Super Labo), Yoshi and Tamara Kametani (IPG project), Taco Hidde Bakker, Stephan Keppel, Mariken Wessels, Rein Jelle Terpstra, S_U_N Editions, Anouk Kruithof, VUU Studio and Sean Muang.
This calendar is a winner! A great stocking stuffer and all for a good cause with proceeds going to Big Brother Big Sister of Mississippi. All for 25 Euros.
How can you miss with images by Saul Leiter, John Gossage, Ed Panar, Ron Jude, Christian Patterson, Hannah Withaker, Christian Patterson, Teri Weifenbach, McNair Evans, and many others!