I am excited to announce that I am going to be hosting a Photobook Meetup at my studio on Friday, December 9th at 6pm. The event is being organized by Bryan Formhals and Jörg Colberg. Go here or here to read the twitter conversation that inspired the Meetup.
The pitch: There has never been a better time for the photobook. Hundreds, if not thousands, are currently made every year. How to keep up? How and where to see photobooks? This is where Photobook Meetup New York steps in: You pick a book - any book you want - and you bring it to the inaugural meetup, to briefly present it, talk about it. Five minutes, just you and the book (no fancy presentation, no projections or anything like that). Everybody else will simply listen, maybe ask questions, and look. If twenty people show up at the end of the night everybody will have seen 19 presentations of photobooks. Maybe you’ll know some of the books, but you might not know the different perspective or take you’ll hear. Maybe you have never heard of some of the books. Anything is possible. Photobook Meetup New York is about the photobook as much as it is about the community of people who love looking at and discovering new books.
When, where: Friday, December 9th, 2011, 6pm, at Noah Kalina’s studio.
Some details: Some beer and wine will be provided. BYOB ok. There will be a donation jar to cover clean-up expenses (white floors!). Space is limited to 30 attendees. First come, first serve.
You can RSVP through the Facebook Event, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Once you RSVP, you’ll receive the address via private email.
“I take no offense in comparisons. I often think artists and people who write about art place way too much importance on the appearance of novelty and obtuse sound bites, but if they really did their homework they’d see relationships and historical precedents all over the place. Arbus and Lisette Model, Robert Frank and Walker Evans, etc. are obvious examples. No one works in a vacuum; there is precedent and dialogue in every medium and expression and those relationships can be really interesting. (“Tradition and the Individual Talent” by T.S. Elliot should be required reading). The uniqueness or particularity of serious work is often in more thoughtful, quieter differences – all of which have to do with our own biography, experiences, and the world that we’re faced with at any given time.”—Katy Grannan (c.f. my post about the essay)