Founded by Victor Sira and Shiori Kawasaki in 2011, with a studio located in the West Village of New York City. Bookdummypress consists of two departments - bdp studio and an online book store.
The Studio is a place for the research, creation, documentation and distribution of artistically and educational-minded projects. Collaboration is its guiding principle, with an approach that brings together the aesthetic and communicative power of books, art, photography and video. The online bookstore specializes in photobooks, artist publications, periodicals, rare and out-of-print items and other in-print titles by noted publishers.
Victor Sira Is a Venezuela-born artist/photographer whose work has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He curated the show Photography Book Dummies at the School of International Center of Photography. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including the Rencontres d’Arles 2005 and the show De l’Europe in Luxemburg 2007. Sira is on the faculty at the ICP-Bard MFA Advanced Photographic Studies Program in New York, where he teaches the course The Book: Imaginary Studio, A Non Stop Process.
Shiori Kawasaki was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Moved to New York in 2006 to attend International Center of Photography and studied Documentary and Photojournalism. After graduating from ICP, she has been exhibited in several group shows both in NY and Japan include Sombra Project and 126 Polaroid, which held in Yokohama Museum of Art. Her work is shown in major Japanese magazines such as Coyote, BRUTUS, GQ Japan, LAST, Tokyo Calendar, UOMO and more.
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