Monday, August 25, 2014

INFOCUS - an exhibition of self-published photobooks at the Phoenix Art Museum

Running until September 28 the Phoenix Art Museum presents an exhibition of self-published photobooks. Folllowing an open call, 271 submissions from 15 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australasia were received. The exhibition represents the 151 books chosen by a panel of industry professionals. 

The Museum has this to say:  The purpose of the INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks is to explore the range of ways that artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks in order to express themselves. Photography’s history is inextricably linked to the book, starting with examples from the dawn of photographic technology, such as Anna Atkins’ handmade Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843) or William Henry Fox Talbot’s serial Pencil of Nature (1844). Throughout much of the twentieth century, photographers who wanted to present their work in book form worked with established publishers who often provided editing, design, and distribution, and who oversaw the printing and binding process.  Now, in the early years of the twenty-first century, photographers are using new printing technologies and internet-based services to self-publish high quality photobooks, with a new degree of involvement and control. The photographic book is experiencing a renaissance.

You can see a full list of the selected bookworks HERE and more on the Phoenix Art Museum's website HERE.

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