Photography and the Artist's Book

"A must-read for anyone interested in the future of the photobook."

There is a renewed interest in the relationship of photography and the artist’s book, both as a work of art and as an alternative means of exhibition and dissemination. There is also a notable expansion in the activities of self-publication by photographers and artists who use the photograph. 

Furthermore, the theorising of the photographic essay, and notions of "conceptual documentary", have become important areas of discourse for practitioners and theorists alike who are interested in working with the photograph in book form. This important new publication provides a broad international perspective, bringing together writers from Australia, Germany, Ireland, the UK and the USA - both leading theorists and leading practitioners - to more fully explore the issues raised by the relationship of photography with the artist’s book. 

Among the artists whose work is explored are Francesca Woodman, Fiona Tan, Tacita Dean, Adam Murray/Preston is my Paris, and many more. The work of many of the artists discussed is also illustrated.
    Praise for Photography and the Artist's Book
    "This volume offers a thorough critical engagement with the relationship between photography and the artist’s book. It involves a wide range of perspectives – from visual essay and practical art approaches to theoretical and historical 
analyses – which enter into new and interesting 
dialogues with each other."
    Patricia Allmer, Senior Research Fellow in Art History and Theory, 
Manchester School of Art (MMU), 
and author of Rene Magritte: Beyond Painting.
    "The book is the natural habitat of the photograph. It is where photographs want to live. It is where they feel at home. During the decades that photography struggled to gain respectability as an art, photographs had to endure the indignity of trying to fight for visibility on the gallery wall. But photographs by their nature are best seen and appreciated by a comfortably seated viewer looking unhurriedly at the pages of a book. Now that photography can come down from the wall and regain its natural footing, it is fitting that we should begin to re-examine the medium of the book as a repository for photography as art. Photography and the Artist’s Book is a welcome set of thoughtful meditations on the subject, and a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the photo book."
    Frank Cost, James E. McGhee Distinguished Professor, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Publication contents
    1. Introduction
    The Development of Photography and Artists’ Books: Exploring Manchester Metropolitan University’s Artist’s Book Collection
    Jane Pendlebury, MMU Special Collections
    Theresa Wilkie, University of Salford
    2. The Photographic Essay, Photographic Novel and other Narrative Forms
    Imaginary Shadows: Fictional Documentary Photography in Artists’ Books
    Sarah Bodman 
    Book Arts, University of the West of England
    Artists and Albums 
    Logan Sisley 
    Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
    Photographs, Notebooks, Interiority: Francesca Woodman's Artist's Books
    Jane Simon 
    Macquarie University, Australia
    Book, Exhibition, Lecture: Revisiting Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict Belfast 2008-12
    Angela Kelly 
    Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
    Artist Photo Books: Photo Books — Artist Books 
    Sylvia Borda 
    3. Sequence, Seriality and Typology
    Space-Time-Fragment: Conceptual Documentary Photography in the Artist's Book as a Tool of Analysis 
    Elizabeth Neudörfl 
    Folkwang University, Essen, Germany
    Pictures of Things and Things that are Pictures: Artistic Research and its Document as Artist’s Book
    David Penny 
    MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
    4. Audience: Zines, Multiples and Limited Editions
    Reinstating Touch in the Documentary Photobook
    Tim Daly 
    University of Chester
    PPP: Preston, Paris, Process
    Adam Murray, University of Central Lancashire & Preston is my Paris
    Diane Smyth, British Journal of Photography 
    Print/Screen: Current and Future Dissemination of the Self-Published Artists’ Book
    Adam Verity 
    University of Lincoln
    A Memory of a Memory
    Lawrence Giles 
    University of Salford
    About the editors
    Theresa Wilkie is Director of Design and Culture in the School of Arts & Media, Salford University, Manchester and has a strong interest in the practice and history of photography and community participation and engagement in the production and interpretation of heritage and the visual arts. Jonathan Carson is Associate Head (Academic) within the School and Rosie Miller is Critical & Contextual Studies Area Leader.
    Publication details

    Title: Photography and The Artist’s Book
    Editors: Theresa Wilkie, Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller
    ISBN: 978-1-907697-50-0 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-51-7 [hardback] | 978-1-907697-97-5 [eBook]
    Pages: 350
    Price: £34.95 [paperback] | £64.95 [hardback] | £24.95 [eBook]
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