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CLAP! – 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks

13-15 May 2016 at PGH Photo, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

2-5 November 2016 at Aperture Foundation, New York City

March 2017 at Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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 the Aperture Foundation in New York City (2-5 Novmeber 2016) before concluding at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (March 2017). At the end of the reading room tour, all the books in the project will be donated to the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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.

CLAP! Events:
October 28, 2016
Panel Discussion at the Americas Society

Check out photos of CLAP! at PGH

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Check out all the great photobooks posted by our guest-a-grammers!

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10×10 invites Alejandro Cartagena, Max Pinckers and Maciej Markowicz

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Alejandro CartagenaAs summer faded to fall and we said adiós to that afternoon glass of rosé, 10×10 found time to catch up on photobooks with Belgian photographer Max Pinckers and Mexico-based Dominican photographer Alejandro Cartagena. In addition, we welcomed Maciej Markowicz, who shared his fascinating camera obscura van project The Moving Camera.

Max Pinckers
Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several institutions including the SFMOMA, the MoCP, the MFAH, the Harry Ransom Center, the West Collection and the George Eastman House among others. He has received the Photolucida Critical Mass book award, the Lente Latino award in Chile, the Premio Salon de la Fotografia from the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon and the Premio IILA-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome. He has been named a FOAM magazine Talent and one of PDN´s magazine 30 emerging photographers. He has published and self published several books including Suburbia Mexicana (2012 Photolucida/Daylight),Carpoolers 2014, Before the War 2015, Rivers of Power 2016 and Santa Barbara return jobs back to USwith Skinnerboox in 2016. Alejandro’s work has been published internationally in magazines such as Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, View, the Guardian, le Monde, Stern, PDN, the New Yorker, the Independent, Monocle and Wallpaper among others.

Max Pinckers grew up in Asia and then moved to his native Belgium. Pinckers‘ work is largely oriented around long-term subjective documentary projects presented as photobooks and installations such as The Fourth Wall and Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Fotomuseum, Antwerp; and Flanders Center, Osaka, among others. In 2015 Max Pinckers became a nominee member of Magnum Photos.

Maciej Markowicz is a Polish artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. After a childhood spent in his grandfather’s painting studio and his father’s metal shop, Markowicz pursued photography, studying in London and New York. His work combines photography and design to explore the pictorial language of fine art with the intrinsically utilitarian orientation of graphic design. Markowicz is inspired by the basic principles of photography, its ability to draw light, and poetic immaterial impressions of place.

Maciej Markowitz




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An Evening with Barbara Tannenbaum and TR Ericsson

Friday, September 9, 2016

crackle and drag-zines

We enjoyed a fantastic salon focused on photo-zines, DIY photobooks and artists’ books with presentations by artist TR Ericsson, the creative voice behind the 150-issue Crackle & Drag Zines, and Cleveland Museum of Art Photography Curator Barbara Tannenbaum, who organized DIY: Photographers & Books, one of the first American museum exhibitions on DIY and indie photobooks.

Last year, Tannebaum curated TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag at the Transformer Station, a free space for contemporary art in Cleveland. The show presented Ericsson’s zines and mixed-media works, which mine photographs, documents, writings, film stills, and artifacts from his family archives dating back to the 1930s. Chronicling several generations of his Midwestern American family—with many of the pictures of his mother, who committed suicide in 2003—the series evokes universal themes of love and loss. The Crackle & Drag exhibition catalogue was shortlisted in 2015 for the Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards.

diy-by-daniel-levinPhoto: Daniel Levin

Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has been involved with artists’ books since the mid-1970s. She has organized almost 100 exhibitions including solo shows of TR Ericsson, Adam Fuss, Hank Willis Thomas, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Lois Conner, and Andrew Moore as well as the first museum show of print-on-demand photobooks, DIY: Photographers & Books.

TR Ericsson’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad including those with Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Switzerland; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, NY; Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY, and Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels. Ericsson’s work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Yale University Library (Special Collections) and the Progressive Art Collection as well as numerous private collections. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag opened at the Cleveland  Museum of Art on May 23, 2015. A hybrid artist’s book and scholarly monograph published by the Cleveland Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press accompanied the exhibition.

Richard and Ronnie Grosbard hosted the the event at her home in Manhattan. Thank you Richard and Ronnie!



Barbara Tannenbaum and TR Ericsson

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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

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

¡CLAP! Reading Room at the Carnegie Museum of Art during PGH Photo

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An Evening with Sohrab Hura and Tim Soter
The Self-Published Photobook

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hura and Soter book covers

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.
To learn about future salons, please join our mailing list.

Kunie Sugiura

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.

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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!

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