Copyright the photographers, various titles recently published by Aalphabet
A brief shout-out about the pending World Photobook Day occurring on October 14th. This fun day (this year on a Monday) originated by The Photobook Club of Madrid in conjunction with my buddy Matt Johnston whose idea was to form the various Photobook Clubs from his base of operations over in England.
This date is a direct homage to the first known photobook: Photographs of British algae with Cyanotype impressions by Anna Atkins (a trivia question if I ever saw one!). As the exact publishing date is unknown, they have taken the date that appears in the registry records of the copy in British Library: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/photographyinbooks/record.asp?RecordID=3048
So here is a short list ideas for how to participate in this event:
Post a #PhotoBookDaySelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favorite photobook.
Discuss your love of photobooks via the twitter hashtag #PhotoBookDay
Donate a photobook or photozine to your nearest public library or school library. One of the things that I am considering.
Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day. As alternative, read a photobook that you have not picked up for a while or one that you have acquired and not really spend time with yet.
- For me, I think I will be publishing a photobook review on the blog this day.
So what about you?