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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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Protest Photobooks and Literature from Japan and the USA

On Sunday, February 12th at the Magnum Foundation in NYC, 10×10 was pleased to hold an evening of presentations on Japanese and American protest photobooks and literature with photographer John Gossage and cultural strategist Danielle Jackson.

A highly respected photographer, John Gossage is well known for his more than 35 artist’s books and photographic publications, including his groundbreaking 1985 photobook, The Pond. Having devoted his life to photography and the music of Charles Edward Anderson Berry since the age of 14, Gossage is also recognized as an important and early advocate of Japanese postwar photography. Over the years, he has amassed a working library that contains most of the seminal Japanese photobooks, including protest books from the 1960s and ’70s. Gossage‘s presentation will focus on protest photobooks by both known and unknown photographers from Japan.

Danielle Jackson is interested in the efficacy of social protest beyond political demonstration. She will consider how strategies such as non-participation, spectacle, and self-invention have been conveyed through photography, performance, and nonfiction literature. Jackson has worked with leading photographers, filmmakers, and cultural institutions to develop projects, partnerships, and initiatives for social impact. She has worked with Magnum Photos, Stanford University, NYU, WNYC, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, MoMA, Tribeca Film Institute, and Open Society Foundations. She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Bronx Documentary Center, an internationally-recognized gallery dedicated to photography and social change. Her projects have been covered in media outlets including CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Slate, New York Magazine, The Guardian, among others. She currently teaches for Stanford in New York and International Center of Photography.


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We had a wonderful evening of presentations at Spoonbill & Sugartown Bookshop on the intersection of photography and poetry with 205-A co-publisher Aaron Stern and his photography and poetry collaborators: Andreas Laszlo KonrathElizabeth Schmuhl, Tom Sleigh and Brian Merriam.

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Aaron Stern is an artist and author living in New York City. His photographs, books, poetry and curatorial projects have appeared in The Paris Review, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed & Confused and Purple Magazine. In 2014, Aaron Stern and Jordan Sullivan founded 205-A, a curatorial and publishing project with a specific focus on the intersection of poetry and photography. Most recently, Aaron published Horizon Avenue, a visual narrative of a life that could have been.

Aaron spoke with:

Andreas Laszlo Konrath, a fashion and portrait photographer who addresses the rich heritage of photography and film’s experimental history.

Elizabeth Schmuhl, a poet and interdisciplinary artist whose writings have appeared in PANKPaper DartsBig LucksMetatron, and elsewhere.

Tom Sleigh, a poet, dramatist, essayist and academic, who is director of Hunter College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Creative Writing. He is the recipient of the Anna-Maria Kellen Prize and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Fall 2011.

Brian Merriam, an artist and photographer of abstracted landscapes that explore emptiness and longing through color and light.

Thank you Jonas Kyle for sharing the amazing new Spoonbill & Sugartown Bookstore at 99 Montrose Ave. in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the 10×10 community!

Horizon Ave and 205-A Vol 2

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On November 2, 2016, 10×10 invited Chilean photographer, editor and photobook collector Luis Weinstein and Venezuelan graphic designer and photobook collector Ricardo Báez to speak about their work and photobook collecting practices at the opening reception salon for CLAP! 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks reading room at Aperture Foundation in New York City.

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Luis Weinstein

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10×10 Photobooks held a panel presentation on contemporary Latin American Photobooks from 2000 to 2016 at the Americas Society in New York City on 28 October 2016. Held in conjunction with CLAP!, a traveling photobook reading room organized by 10×10 at the Aperture Foundation Gallery November 2–5, this presentation moderated by Christopher Phillips brought together Paula Kupfer, Leandro Villaro and Pablo López Luz, several of the photographers and curators responsible for the selections on view in CLAP!. The books discussed introduced a range of recently published Latin American photobooks that are rarely seen or available in the United States and represent many of the most exciting innovations currently happening in Latin American photography. Thank you Gabriela Rangel, Veronica Flom and Susanna Temkin at Americas Society for hosting this event.

About the Speakers

Paula Kupfer is a writer and editor specialized in photography and Latin American art. Previously, she was managing editor of Aperture magazine. Kupfer has a BA in journalism and Latin American studies from NYU and is currently an MA candidate in art history at Hunter College researching the history of photography in São Paulo.

Leandro Villaro is an Argentinian photographer and editor. He has published the work of various artists under the imprint antennae collection including photographer Juan Travnik (Paisajes, 2015) and filmmaker Claudio Caldini (Experimental Films 1975-82, 2012). He teaches at the International Center of Photography and is the director of programs at Penumbra Foundation in New York City.

Pablo López Luz is a photographer from Mexico City whose work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier (Paris), Somerset House (London), International Center of Photography (New York), and Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City), among others. López Luz has published two monographs with Editorial RM: Pablo López Luz (2011) and Pyramid (2014). His third book, Frontera, will be published later this year.

Christopher Phillips is an independent curator based in New York. From 2000 until 2016 he served as a curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. He has organized numerous exhibitions of historic and contemporary photography and media art, many of them devoted to recent Asian art. These include the first major U.S. exhibition of Chinese contemporary photography, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (2004, co-curated with Wu Hung), as well as China and the Chinese in Early Photographs (2004), Atta Kim: On-Air (2006), Shanghai Kaleidoscope (2008), Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan (2008), and Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide (2011). Phillips teaches courses in the history and criticism of photography at Barnard College, New York University, and the ICP/Bard MFA program.

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An evening of photobooks with Jessa Fairbrothers, Lucy Helton, Virginie Rebetez and Delphine Bedel
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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Jessa Fairbrother, Conversations with my mother, 2016

With so many incredible photobooks being published by women photographers and editors, this 10×10 salon showcased past and present projects by 4 women who all hail from Europe.

The evening’s presentations included writer / publisher Delphine Bedel and Swiss photographer Virginie Rebetez presenting their new publication Out of the blue, a conceptual work about the disappearance of teenager Suzanne Gloria Lyall*; British artist Jessa Fairbrother sharing her exquisite hand marked photobooks that explore gesture and the self performed; and New York-based British photo artist Lucy Helton discussing her inventively designed photobooks that unearth beauty in decaying fictive and real landscapes.

*We were also fortunate to have present at the salon Suzanne’s mother Mary Lyall.

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Lucy Helton, Actions of Consequence, 2014 (on the left) and Transmission, 2015 (on the right)

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Virginie Rebetez, Out of the blue. Published by Delphine Bedel and Meta/Books, 2016.

Virginie Rebetez, Out of the blue. Published by Delphine Bedel and Meta/Books, 2016.

Virginie Rebetez, Out of the blue. Published by Delphine Bedel and Meta/Books, 2016.

Bristol based photographer JESSA FAIRBROTHER explores the familiar and the personal, where yearning and performance meet each other in photography. She holds an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster and is the recipient of bursaries and honorable mentions in the UK, Europe and Canada. Her work is held in the libraries of both the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the permanent collection of the NHS and many private collections.

Born in London and based in New York, LUCY HELTON received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014. Her first book “Actions of Consequence” was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her most recent book “Transmission” (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Helton is immersed in photo book making and has participated in various book fairs and festivals in New York, L.A., London, Germany and France.

DELPHINE BEDEL is an artist, editor, publisher and lecturer, specialized in emerging practices in photography, design and publishing. The founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair, she regularly contributes to books and magazines, and is a member of the advisory board of the Mondriaan Foundation and the German Photography Academy (DFA). Meta/Books is a publishing and academic research platform, developing cutting-edge projects at the intersection of visual and digital cultures. She teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Piet Zwart Institute (NL) and is doctoral researcher at UCA – University of Creative Arts (UK).

VIRGINIE REBETEZ is a photographer based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2014, she was selected by Le Canton de Vaud to spend 6 months in New York as an artist in residence, where she realized Out of the blue. The project was selected for the Swiss Design Awards in 2016 and shown during Art Basel. She has received numerous awards including the Prix Leica during the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères (F) and the prestigious grant from La Fondation Leenaards, in 2014. Her work is part of museum and private collections internationally.

Jessa Fairbrother shares her book "Conversations with my mother".

Jessa Fairbrother shares her book “Conversations with my mother”

Lucy Helton presenting "Actions of Consequence"

Lucy Helton presenting “Actions of Consequence”

Mary Lyall, Virginie Rebetez and Delphine Bedel discussing "Out of the blue"

Mary Lyall, Virginie Rebetez and Delphine Bedel discussing “Out of the blue”

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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.

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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.

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An Evening with Barbara Tannenbaum and TR Ericsson

Friday, September 9, 2016

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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.

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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!

 

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Barbara Tannenbaum and TR Ericsson

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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