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Photobook Phenomenon

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona
March 17th, 2017 - August 20th, 2017
Opening: March 17th, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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http://www.cccb.org/en/
EMAIL:  
info@cccb.org
PHONE:  
93 306 41 00
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 11-8; Closed Dec 25 and Jan1; Dates with restricted opening times (11-3) 24, 26, 31 December, 5 and 6 January

DESCRIPTION

The exhibition highlights the role of the photobook in contemporary visual culture and takes it as the departure point for a reinterpretation of the history of photography. Nine curators with years of expertise in the forefront of the photobook movement share their respective visions in a joint exhibition that can be visited at the CCCB and at Fundació Foto Colectania.

Publications illustrated with photographs, also known as photography books or simply photobooks, have grown in popularity in recent years and now occupy a central place in contemporary photography.

The exhibition runs simultaneously at the CCCB and at Fundació Foto Colectania, tracing the history of the photobook from its origins to contemporary production. It does so through the eyes of nine international curators who are experts in the field: Gerry BadgerHoracio FernándezRyuichi KanekoErik KesselsMartin ParrMarkus SchadenFrederic Lezmi, Irene de Mendoza and Moritz Neumüller, who is the executive curator of the overall project.

 

The book is the natural home for photography.
Gerry Badger, photographer and curator

 

The phenomenon

Recent years have seen a period of great expansion for photobooks, which now occupy a central position in contemporary photography. Today, more books are produced than ever; they are bought and sold, swapped and collected. Independent or self-publishing of books and zines has become a high impact phenomenon in both the editorial and the artistic sector, and now, at the peak of the digital era, we are seeing a return to the printed object. For many artists, this format is not just a useful means for showing their photographs, but also the perfect space for experimentation and creativity. Added to these factors there is also a growing interest in reinterpreting the history of photography in terms of the historic role of the photobook and printed photographs, as shown by ambitious studies and projects conducted worldwide.

 

Contemporary talents

Also taking part in the exhibition are various contemporary artists who bring their own very special vision to the medium, as well as illustrating the processes of creation of a photobook: Laia AbrilJulián BarónAlejandro CartagenaJana RomanovaVivianne SassenThomas Sauvin and Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.