La Fabrica Bookstore, Madrid, Spain 2011 copyright Douglas Stockdale
A couple of months ago when I was preparing to spend a couple of nights in Madrid, some Facebook fans of The Photobook alerted me to the La Fabrica Bookstore located in downtown near the Museum de Prado. I did not make to their store in January, but I did visit it this week late one evening. Fortunately the bookstore stays open until 8pm (20:00), but check their web site in advance for the exact hours.
I now realize that the bookstore is but one of their many venues, as La Fabrica publishes their own titles (using local printers and binders here in Madrid) and about 50 meters down the street from the bookstore is their photographic gallery. Both the bookstore and gallery are intimate places, you will not get lost in either one. In the bookstore they carry a wide variety of photobook publishers, with a strong emphasis on Spanish photographers. For the titles that they carry have prodominately only have Spanish text. Likewise, as a publisher, they are focused on the photographers of Spain, but also create imprints of well known books prodominately in conjunction with Steidl, with a Spanish text, e.g. the recent reissue of Robert Frank’s The Americans.
Regretfully I was still in browse mode when 8pm rolled up, so it is probably one of the few times I left a new bookstore without a package tucked under my arm. But now that I know where it is at, I suspect that I will be back again.
Best regards, Doug