a critical companion to the contemporary medium
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Photobooks & presents and interrogates key themes of the contemporary photobook — from the medium’s post-digital and post-photographic situation, to the purposes of publishing, issues of accessibility and the act of reading. Informed by extensive research, interviews with key individuals* from the photobook ecology and his experience with The Photobook Club project, Johnstonexamines current trends and practices, emphasising connections (made and missed) between makers and readers. Ultimately, this book proposes a critical framework for considering our uses and encounters with the photobook, calling for a recalibration of a maker-centric discourse to address the communicative potential of the medium: aligning making, with making public.
*Including: Alejandro Acin, Eman Ali, Mathieu Asselin, Sarah Bodman, Bruno Ceschel, Natasha Christia, Tiffany Jones, Michael Mack, Amak Mahmoodian, Lesley Martin, Tate Shaw, Doug Spowart, Anshika Varma and Amani Willett.
Photobooks & approaches the photobook from the perspective of those who wish to see them in dialog with greater critical and cultural currents than just authorship. Matt Johnston’s completely novel approach is truly reader-oriented, with all of the connective, accessibility, aesthetic, and interpretive satisfactions and challenges that implies. This work addresses the questions people who think deeply about photobooks are interested in discussing.
- Tate Shaw
Matt Johnston is a visual practitioner, educator and researcher currently based in the School of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University, where he is an Assistant Professor in photography. For the last decade, his research and visual practice has been concerned with the post-millennium situation of the contemporary photobook, how the medium has become central to a small but dedicated ecology, and how it may become better equipped to engage new readerships.
- 170 x 240 mm / 6.69 x 9.45 inches (portrait)
- Emmanuelle Waeckerlé
- Matt Johnston
- Ward Goes and Juul van der Zandt
- Release date
- sewn and glued
- Kaskad raven black 220 gr., Munken Print White 100gr.
- full color print
- Printon, Tallin (Est)
- GT Pressura Regular, GT America Regular & Italic (Grilli Type)
- Image specs
- 13 full color images
- White silkscreened cover
- Onomatopee project manager
- Freek Lomme
- Text editor
- Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Melissa Larner
- Print/paper advisor
- Freek Lomme
- Made possible by
- the University for the Creative Arts