— 10×10 Photobooks

About Castillo, O’Keefe and Willing’s selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:

Our selection of 10 publications for 10×10 American Photobooks is a direct reflection of how the three of us began working together and how we organized the 2012 CCNY Zine Fair. The three of us come from different working backgrounds in the art world, yet we share a common interest in artist publications reflecting basic principles of social importance, contemporary relevance, and the idea of visually depicting common subject matter. One of our main considerations was to look into how artists are currently reacting to and discussing the current state of American society, and how events impact artistic decisions. Even if not in a wholly direct and poignant way, we feel that these publications provoke a necessary understanding of the circumstances in which they were created.

When working together, we pull from our personal interests and convene to seek work that is mutually pertinent, but most likely for differing reasons. One of the most important aspects for us when choosing publications is to be able to gather and discuss the work on multiple levels; each of the 10 titles we have selected sparked a discussion between us and left us wanting to converse beyond simple aesthetics or content. These publications are all objects we either own or desire to own, and as such, are titles we feel personally connected to. The element of discussion that occurs between us is equally as important as the titles themselves and leads to a certain disorganized cohesion that mimics our differing backgrounds and personal starting points.

Highlights from Castillo, O’Keefe and Willing’s selection:

Melissa Catanese. Dive Dark Dream Slow. (Los Angeles: The Ice Plant, 2012).
19 x 23 cm. (88 pp).

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Valerie Philips. A Fantastic Kitten. (London: self-published, 2012).
Edition of 400. 21 x 15 cm. (42 pp).

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Felix Gonzalez Torres. A Selection of Snapshots Taken by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. (New York: A.R.T. Press, 2010).
23 x 18 cm. (160 pp).

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Lindsey Castillo is an artist and curator based in New York City. Her art works have been exhibited throughout New York and Europe. She is currently working on ceramic sculptural pieces, photography zines, and Super-8 films. Lindsey is the founder of the event series The Conversation Series at the Camera Club of New York and has been curating these events for the past four years. She continues to develop projects that seek to inspire and create new and diverse conversations that pertain to photography and film.

Rebecca O’Keefe is an artist and designer living in New York City.  She previously worked at non-profit artist bookstore Printed Matter Inc. and was director of independently owned Ed. Varie Books.  She is currently studying interior design at The New School and works as assistant to the director of JTT.  Rebecca hopes to combine her interests in art, interiors and retail for future projects.

Grant Willing is an artist based in New York City. He has exhibited internationally and often involves the production of artist publications into his process.