Stitched and Glued
RAC is pleased to present Stitched and Glued. This exhibition showcases a selection of handmade artists’ photo books produced by young photographers over the last five years. With the advent of e‐books and the disappearance of the bookstore, the book as an object has become an endangered species. Within a generation, this symbol of learning and human intellectual growth has virtually vanished from the cultural landscape. At the same time, however, the technology that has caused the extinction of the book as an object of cultural consumption has fostered a kind of re‐birth: the hand made artist book. With desktop publishing software and affordable high quality digital printers, artists are now able to marry technologies as old as monasteries with the latest digital innovations to produce unique hand made books with unprecedented ease. Photographers are experimenting with book design, narrative structures and materials and then printing, stitching and gluing books on basement ping pong tables everywhere.