— 10×10 Photobooks

About Christina Labey’s selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:

In making selections, my criteria included books that spoke to the American landscape as their subject, that demonstrated a sensibility towards materials, and that incorporated a code, an understated subtext, into the structure of the book. I am partial to self-published and small publishing endeavors, which I believe is an important characteristic of the photobook movement at present.

I think it’s inherent in the American psyche to be drawn to the landscape—to the myth, the sublime, the familiar, and the phenomenal. It’s a subject that has been tirelessly explored in photographic books since their inception, and a history in which I am particularly interested. I chose publications that cultivate a new kind of narrative, a re-imagination of the landscape, in a broad sense. I was attracted to books whose treatment of design delicately balance lyric and logic in the structure, that create an experience for the viewer and beckon a return to its pages again and again, allowing new relationships and insights to surface. Finally, tactile quality and the book as object is incredibly important, as is a smart sense of materials that build a form to fit the content.

Highlights from Labey’s selection:

Christian Patterson. Redheaded Peckerwood. (London: Mack Books, 2012).
25 x 19 cm. (168 pp).

photo 1 (17) photo 2 (18) photo 3 (14)

Ed Panar. Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes. (Los Angeles: The Ice Plant and Pittsburgh: Spaces Corners, 2013).
Edition of 500; 20 x 13 cm. (24 pp).

photo 1 (16) photo 2 (17) photo 3 (13)

Christina Labey is an artist and publisher. She studied photography and art history at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and completed her MFA at Parsons The New School for Design. She founded Conveyor Arts with partner Jason Burstein, through which they run a publishing label, as well as custom book making services for other artists. She is also editor-in-chief of the annual Conveyor Magazine.