— 10×10 Photobooks

Ann Shelton from A Spoonful of Sugar, 2015 (left)  and Mikiko Hara from Change, 2017 (Right).

This past Wednesday, 13 September, we had the pleasure of a photobook salon focused on books from the Pacific Rim region. Our special guest presenters were: Anita Totha, Yoko Sawada and Mikiko Hara. David Solo graciously hosted the salon at his impressive book and art filled apartment in Brooklyn… and as always, photobooks were available for browsing and purchase.

Anita Totha of Remote Books in Auckland, NZ

Anita, who runs the fabulous Auckland photobook distribution initiative called Remote Books, shared books by New Zealand photobook makers Fiona Clark, Ann Shelton, Allan MacDonald, Bruce Connew and Yvonne Todd, among others.

Mikiko Hara shares her contact sheets.

Japanese photographer Mikiko Hara, who was in town for a solo show at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, discussed her analog “view-finderless snapshot” aesthetic, her special Ikonta camera from the 1930s, training with famed photographer Kiyoshi Suzuki and how she collaborates with editors and publishers.

Yoko Sawada of Osiris in Tokyo.

Yoko Sawada of Osiris Books showed us a maquette and drawings for Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira’s Circulation: Date, Place Events book, as well as discussing her 25-plus-year career as a book editor and publisher in Tokyo.

Bios for our presenters below:

Anita Tótha is a Hungarian-American curator and writer originally from New York, who worked at Yossi Milo Gallery prior to relocating to New Zealand in 2011. Currently based in Auckland, Anita is a co-founder of the NZ photography collective Tangent and the founder of Remote Photobooks, an international distribution initiative specializing in photobooks and photo-related publications by photographers and independent publishers from New Zealand. In 2015, she co-produced a short film Pictures on Paper: Photobooks in New Zealand, documenting 6 photobook makers. Anita has contributed writings about photography/photobooks to Feature Shoot, ProPhotographer (NZ), Photofile (AU) and Common Ground Journal (AU).

Publisher and artist agent Yoko Sawada has been involved with books and photography since the 1980s. Beginning her career on the editorial staff at Heibonsha Publishing in Tokyo, Yoko went on to co-found the seminal photography quarterly déjà-vu in 1990 before establishing Osiris, her own photobook imprint. More recently, she co-edited Change by Mikiko Hara and collaborated on the international traveling exhibition, “Provoke: Photography in Japan Between Protest and Performance, 1960-1975.” Osiris also represents several contemporary Japanese photographers as well as manages the archives of Takuma Nakahira, a leading postwar photographer and a founding member of Provoke magazine (1968-1969).

Mikiko Hara is a Japanese photographer who lives in Kawasaki and graduated with a degree in literature from Keio University before studying at Tokyo College of Photography. Mikiko, who recently received Japan’s prestigious 42nd Ihei Kimura Award for her 2016 photobook Change, uses a medium format camera to photograph random people and places within her daily existence. Her works have been exhibited at and are included in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Mikiko’s work has been featured in the New York Times T Magazine. Her second solo exhibition in NYC will open at the Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery this September.

Takuma Nakahira’s Circulation: Date, Place, Events
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Read more on the Miami Institute of Photography’s blog.

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The next stop for the AWAKE Reading Room will be the Image Text Ithaca Symposium on June 30th and July 1st.

Take a road trip, breath some fresh air and see our ever-expanding selection of protest, resistance and socially aware photobooks.


installations view at the Magnum Foundation (June 17, 2017)

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Want to know more about CLAP! 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks, read this wonderful interview in JOIA magazine with Ricardo Baez, the book’s designer.

You can also learn more about CLAP!’s design and inventive use fonts from this review by the Fonts in Use online design journal.

Or this insightful review by Gabriela Cendoya-Bergareche.

Our AWAKE reading room is also garnering interest in Latin America. Read this write-up about the inclusion of Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in Periodico Arteria (Colombia).

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Please join us on Saturday, June 17th for the AWAKE at Magnum Foundation Reading Room, Book and Zine Bazaar.

AWAKE brings together a diverse group of independent producers of books, zines and photo-related printed materials alongside the 10×10 AWAKE Reading Room, an evolving library of photobooks that responds to issues of liberty, resistance and social protest.

AWAKE is free and open to the public. Stop by and browse the 10×10 reading room – and buy books and zines that address issues of liberty, resistance, and protest.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12 p.m. to  7 p.m.

Magnum Foundation
59 East 4th Street, 7W
(Between Bowery and Second Ave.)
New York City
Facebook Event Page

Book and Zine Bazaar Participants:
3 Dot Zine
Archive of Modern Conflict
Brown and Proud Press
8-Ball Zines
Interference Archive
Nueva Luz / En Foco
Red Hook Editions
Research & Destroy
The New Press

A special thanks to Akshay Bhoan for developing the AWAKE graphic.

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French Publisher Chose Commune in Association with the International Center of Photography Library

On Tuesday, 25 April 2017, we spent an evening at the ICP Library with Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi and Vasantha Yogananthan of Chose Commune. 

Founded in 2014, Chose Commune is a French independent publishing house devoted to photography books, which values book-objects with bold design and editorial choices. It aims to publish emerging photographers as well as established figures with unpublished material. 

Cécile and Vasantha will share their personal projects (Vasantha is in town receiving ICP’s 2017 Infinity Award for Emerging Photographer), and some recent award-winning Chose Commune photobooks, including Shoji Ueda (2015), Astres Noirs by Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick (2016), The Promise by Vasantha Yogananthan, and Sobras by Geraldo de Barros (2017).

Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi, born in 1987, is a French publisher. Vasantha Yogananthan, born 1985, is a French photographer and publisher. He is currently working on a long-term project in India, A Myth of Two Souls, inspired by the epic tale of the Ramayana. 

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Collaboration: A 10×10 Salon Exploring the Relationship Between Publishers and Photographers

On Wednesday, 5 April 2017, we gathered on Manhattan’s Bowery for conversation with some of the most talented independent publishers in New York and the photographers with whom they work.
The making of small run artists’ books and photobooks requires a special collaboration between artist and publisher. Each project is a creation individually tailored and designed by individuals working closely together: this salon is an exploration of the intense process of book-making, led by some of our foremost designers, publishers and artists.

Kevin Messina is the founder and creative director of Silas Finch, a publishing house and design studio based in New York. Its publishing program has established a reputation for producing titles of exceptional quality, with a unique approach to combining material and construction to support the artist’s vision.

Pau Wau Publications is an independent publishing press dedicated to the production of limited editioned books and zines of contemporary photography and art, founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, by photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath and designer Brian Paul Lamotte.

Jordan Sullivan is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. His photographs, curatorial projects and prose have appeared in numerous publications. His most recent book, Remaining Light, was published by Silas Finch (2016). He is the co-founder of the publishing project 205-A.

Mike Tan is founder and director of Rubber Factory, a contemporary art gallery specializing in photo-based works.

Romke Hoogwaerts is the founder of independent photobook publishing project Mossless (2009) and co-founder of Rubber Factory Posters (2016). He has also worked as a full-time photo editor at titles like MSNBC and Businessweek.

Cole Barash is a visual artist based is Brooklyn who also makes books. His work is experimental and focuses on the color-and-composition dialogue between two objects or moments.

And a big thank you to Stephanie and Jens for hosting at their photo studio loft.


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Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne

On Wednesday, 22 March 2017, we gathered on Manhattan’s upper west side for a “books on books” discussion with Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin, authors of the recently released Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne.

Carole Naggar is a poet and photography historian. She has written biographies of George Rodger, Werner Bischof and David Seymour (Chim). Among her recent contributions are an essay Saul Leiter: In My Room (Steidl, 2017) and a translation of Henri Cartier-Bresson: Interviews and Conversations, 1951 – 1998 (2017), as well as two volumes of poetry: Haiku by Night (Dobbin Books) and Voyage à Kyoto (Pixel Press).

Fred Ritchin is Dean of the School at the International Center of Photography. His books include After Photography (WW Norton, 2008) and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013). The exhibition based on his book on alternative social documentary, “Bending the Frame,” will be shown at New York University and also at the Preus Museum in Norway in 2017.

And a big thank you to Deirdre Donohue and the International Center of Photography Library for allowing us to share a few of the Magnum photobooks in their collection.

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A photobook anthology that documents CLAP!, a traveling reading room exhibition of 130 contemporary Latin American Photobooks from 2000 to 2016. Organized by 10×10 Photobooks, the project launched at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (May 2016); then traveled to the Aperture Foundation in New York City (November 2016) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (March 2017), where all the books in the CLAP! reading room were donated as a complete collection to the museum’s Hirsch Library. The project will conclude at FoLa: Fototeca Latinoamericana in Buenos Aires in November 2017.

Selected by 12 Latin American specialists (either in teams or individually), the books presented offer a range of recently published Latin American photobooks that are rarely seen or available outside the region. The selected books represent many of the most exciting innovations in Latin American photography and publications.

Copiously illustrated and indexed, the CLAP! publication provides full color spreads and detailed bibliographic information for all 130 photobooks included in the reading room. Designed by Ricardo Báez, CLAP! includes essays by Luis Weinstein and Joaquim Marçal F. de Andrade.

Publisher: 10×10 Photobooks, Inc. (New York City)
Date of Publication: March 2017
Size: 29 cm high x 20 cm wide (11.5 x 8 inches)
Pages: 244
Binding: Softbound, Smith sewn with dust-jacket that converts to two-sided poster
Edition Size: 600 copies
Editors: Olga Yatskevich, Russet Lederman and Matthew Carson
Associate Editor: Michael Lang
Designer: Ricardo Báez
ISBN: 978-0-692-83478-7

CLAP!- 10×10 press release
Gabriela Cendoya ~ fotolibros y algo mas
JOIA Magazine
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Blog
Fonts in Use
ZUM: Revista de Fotografia
The Photobook

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Child’s Play: Photobooks for and about Children

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, we gathered on Manhattan’s upper west side for presentations on photobooks for and about children and adolescents by Sara Kramer of New York Review Books Classics, photographer Isabelle Evertse and photobook collector and translator Frédérique Destribats. 

Sara Kramer is the managing editor of New York Review Books Classics and the New York Review Children’s Collection, where she oversaw the 2012 rerelease of Eikoh Hosoe and Betty Lifton’s children’s classic, Taka-Chan and I: A Dog’s Journey to Japan by Runcible.

Isabelle Evertse is a photographer, curator and editor based in France. She founded piK magazine, dedicated to promoting photographers worldwide in March 2012 and has written reviews for several publications including Aperture and Off The Wall. She recently launched her own photobook alongside Kummer & Hermann, a project published by A-Jump books in 2016. In addition, Evertse publishes Co-Curate magazine, a limited edition publication that invites a different editor to collaborate with her for each issue. The current issue, focused on adolescence, is co-curated with Frédérique Destribats.

Frédérique Destribats works as a translator with a focus on photography and art, collaborating with various international publishers, editors, institutions, galleries and artists. She recently initiated a publishing platform, The Sunday Publisher, home to the collections Photographers’ References, a series of in-depth conversations with artists, and d&books, exploring the relation between textual and visual narration. For the past year, Destribats has been researching several public and private children’s photobooks collections.

And a big thank you to Deirdre Donohue and the International Center of Photography Library for allowing us to share a few of the children’s books in their collection.

Salon Guests

Sara Kramer

Isabelle Evertse

Frédérique Destribats

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