— 10×10 Photobooks

About Shannon Michael Cane’s selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:

I have had an interest in American photography books ever since I bought a reprint of Larry Clark’s Tulsa on a high school excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 1991. Growing up in Australia – my fascination with American culture was very romanticized and fed by spending lots of time with the classics: Eggleston, Davidson and Shore. Since moving to the States and joining the team at Printed Matter, I have been able to see how these contemporaries have influenced today’s photographers and publishers. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by a thriving community of independent publishers and photo bookmakers who continue to push contemporary photography in the book form.

Highlights from Cane’s  selection:

Michael Max McLeod. Terrarum. (Phoenix, AZ: Goodbye Ranch, 2011).
Edition of 500. 21 x 13 cm. (28 pp).

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Leigh Ledare. Pretend You’re Actually Alive. (New York: PPP Editions and Andrew Roth, 2008).
Edition of 1 000. 27 x 21 cm. (240 pp).

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Shannon Michael Cane is an Australian born editor and publisher who is currently the director of the Printed Matter NY and LA Art Book Fairs and the curator of editions. New York City’s Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. In 2005, Cane founded the queer art zine They Shoot Homos Don’t They?, which provides a platform for creative projects of and by contemporary gay artists. Shannon Michael Cane’s works as a writer include BUTTLittle Joe, and Straight to Hell.