photo books

Publish it Yourself
is an event focusing on self-published photobooks

PiY is being held 9-11 September 2011, at Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent sur Marne

Laurence Vecten shows her selection of books, compiled in a catalogue.
This year PiY is focusing on artists Preston is my Paris, their work and publications.

Various events punctuate the week-end :
– a workshop with Preston is my Paris
– a workshop with Boehm Kobayashi
– a talk with Frédéric Teschner, Preston is my Paris, Boehm Kobayashi, Laurence Vecten, moderated by Rémi Coignet
– OFF-PiY : books out of the selection

If you wish your book to be presented in OFF-PiY,

publishityourself (at)

Publish it Yourself
une exposition de livres de photographie auto-publiés.

PiY a lieu les 9, 10 et 11 Septembre 2011 à la Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz, à Nogent sur Marne.
Laurence Vecten y présente une sélection de livres de photos auto-publiés, consignée dans un catalogue.
Dans cette deuxième édition, l’accent est mis sur le travail et les publications du duo d’artistes Preston is my Paris.

En marge de cette sélection, différents évènements ponctuent le week-end :
– un workshop de Preston is my Paris
– un workshop avec Boehm Kobayashi (avec le Bal)
– une conférence avec Frédéric Teschner, Preston is my Paris, Boehm Kobayashi, Laurence Vecten, modérée par Rémi Coignet
– OFF-PiY : la présentation de livres hors sélection

publishityourself (at)

see also LOZ, Laurence Vecten’s blog

B-side books (Self Produced & Limited Editions)  is an independent editorial project whose philosophy is to be a platform for the self-production and distribution of limited editions and books related to urban mobility and the interpretation of the territory produced and transformed by these movements.
Created by Carlos Albalá & Ignasi López, B-side books explores different and carefully curated ways of materializing the work of artists in the world of printed publication

Carlos Albalá & Ignasi López
210 x 140 mm, 144 pages, 64 fragmented images (composing 8 posters)
CMYK Colour, Softcover, sewn in sight
Publication date: 2010
Edition of 100

Carlos Albalá
300 x 235 mm, 36 pages + covers, 13 colour images
CMYK Colour
Digital high quality printed on cotton paper
Cover: numbered thick cardboard
Publication date: 2011
Signed & numbered. Limited edition by demand at june 30th 2011

Rencontres d’Arles Festival, 07/2011

” LE GARAGE is an itinerant exhibition project born out of a common love for photography-related books and publications.

We are a small group of photographers and photo enthusiasts based in Paris. We launched the collective project LE GARAGE to develop the interest, fecundity, and creativity characterizing the phenomenon of the photobook today. By welcoming new works in development, all related by their consideration for the form of the photobook, LE GARAGE offers an insight into one of the most dynamic fields of today’s photographic practice.

Began at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival in July 2010, the original exhibition featured a curated series of 35 photography artist books and book dummies, chosen for their merit and the extent to which they pushed the twin mediums of photography and photography books.

During the following year, we had the opportunity to further show a selection of LE GARAGE twice more, at the Chateau d’Eau gallery in Toulouse and at Le Bal in Paris. ”

Hannah Darabi

Unreal City, 2011
artist book, cardboard, 29×19 cm
Inkjet prints
20 pages
Unreal City is a series of photographs of construction projects in various countries such as, Iran, France, United States, Germany, etc. This series was formed during the trips in order to find something known in new landscapes.Originally from Tehran, I found abroad the opportunity to reactivate the imaginary associated with this city: a construction site.

Playing a contradictory role in the urban scene, constructions constitute both signs of construction and ruin, a silent off-screen of the city, something that is hidden, how the change of a scene is usually hidden in the theatre. Therefore it is important for me to produce an image of a construction as it is, I eliminated the geographical references.  The construction as a degree zero of the architecture, however, an existing multitude of signs subsist them as singular urban forms.

Hannah Darabi

Behind the Zines : Self-Publishing Culture

Editors: R. Klanten, A. Mollard, M. Hübner
Release Date: March 2011
Format: 24 x 28 cm
Features: 240 pages, full color, softcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-336-9
Behind the Zines introduces a cutting-edge selection of international zines and examines their role as a catalyst in the evolution of media and graphic design today. The book presents the broad range of existing zines that combine thought-provoking content with compelling design: from project-oriented portfolios and (pseudo) scientific treatises to playrooms where creatives can run riot and publications in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics. It not only describes the key factors that distinguish various zines, but—through interviews with people involved in their production and distribution—also sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.
Social networks are dominating today‘s headlines, but they are not the only platforms that are radically changing the way we communicate. Creatives such as designers, photographers, artists, researchers, and poets are disseminating information about themselves and their favorite subjects not via predefined media such as Twitter or blogs, but through printed or other self-published projects—so-called zines. Those who publish zines are mostly interested in sole authorship, namely that all components including text, images, layout, typography, production, and distribution are firmly in the hands of one person or a small group. At their best, the results convey a compelling and consistent atmosphere and push against the established creative grain in just the right way. They provoke with surprising and non-linear food for thought. In short, zines are advancing the evolution of today‘s media.

With a cutting-edge selection of international examples, Behind the Zines introduces the broad range of zines that exists today. These include zines that function as a new kind of project-oriented portfolio to showcase a self-profile or document an exhibit. While some act as (pseudo) scientific treatises to call the reader‘s attention to a specific topic, others serve as playrooms for creatives to run riot and express themselves and communicate with each other in a space that is free from editorial restrictions.

The book examines the key factors that distinguish various zines. It introduces projects in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics or in which limited distribution to a small, clearly defined target audience becomes part of the overall concept.

Behind the Zines not only documents outstanding work, but also shows how the self-image of those who make zines impacts the scene as a whole. Through interviews with people involved in zine production and distribution, the book sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.

“The greater involvement with self-publishing has made me more skeptical of the scene in general. While it’s very conforting that self-publishing , small publishing, independent publishing, or whatever you want to call it is exeprencing a healthy boom right now, it brings back memories of a certain phase in the mid to late nineties when everyone became a DJ for a year or two – and swapped their MK2 for a skateboard once they lost interested.

So, at a time when big arts fairs invite small publishers to sell their wares and big publishers do books on small publishers, we are obviously experiencing the peak of a trend. Well, every peak is followed by a trough, so we are likely to see a decrease in production and projects, or, according to Sam de Groot in an e-mail exchange on the pros and cons of participating in aforesaid art fair: “I predict we’ll lose our all-stars status in the great self-publishing bubble burst of 2012″. But, well, after all we were part of it”. Urs Lehni

Thanks Maxime!

de : Paris

a project designed by

The exhibition de : Paris is about photography collection and reproduction. It shows the works of the following photographers based in Paris:

Sébastien Agnetti, Grégoire Alexandre, Daphné Bengoa, Nicolas Clerc, Audrey Corregan, Erwan Fichou, Marina Gadonneix, Millo Keller & Julien Gallico, Julien Magre, Thomas Mailaender, Adrien Toubiana, Cyrille Weiner

The whole exhibition and the catalogue are printed in a full color stencil process.

Delicatessen, Sumatrastraat 32, Amsterdam

26 march – 7 april 2001, opening Friday 25 march 8pm

Tell mum everything is ok

issue 4 Waste ground

printed on “Cyclus offset” 140g, a wood-free paper
Cover : Hot stamping on grey cardboard 300g
Format : 143 x 195 mm
Extend : 80 pages
Type used : ITC Officina Sans et Serif
ISSN 2110-6703


David Favrod

Omoide Poroporo
50 pages
21.4 x 24.5 cm
signed and numbered + 1 unbund photograph
First edition of 100
ISBN 978–3–03747–019–0

I usually find it hard to speak about myself. I always stumble in the paradoxes of «who am I ?».

In terms of factual information, I surely appear to be the most well informed person about my own self. But as soon as I need to communicate about who I am, I tend to do it through filters, selecting what I want to communicate, and how I wish to do it, in accordance with my interests and sensitivity.

So what can be the objective value of the way that I picture my family and my life ? How much does it concretely relates to reality or not ?

David Favrod 2010

Books on Books #9 Paul Graham : Beyond Caring

Published in 1986 Beyond Caring is now considered one of the key works from Britain’s wave of New Color photography that was gaining momentum in the 1980s. While commissioned to present his view of ‘Britain in 1984,’ Graham turned his attention towards the waiting rooms, queues and poor conditions of overburdened Social Security and Unemployment offices across the United Kingdom. Photographing surreptitiously, his camera is both witness and protagonist within a bureaucratic system that speaks to the humiliation and indignity aimed towards the most vulnerable end of society. Books on Books #9 presents every page-spread of Graham’s controversial book along with a contemporary essay by writer and curator David Chandler.

Hardcover w/ Dustjacket, 104 pp, 9.5 x 7 in., 50 Color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-16-5
Release date: February 2011

Books on Books #10 Zdeněk Tmej: The Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness

Zdeněk Tmej’s Abeceda duševního prázdna (The Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness). Published in 1946 enables a rare look, from a captive’s perspective, inside a Nazi forced labor camp in Breslau, Poland during World War II. It is remarkable that Tmej, a Czech citizen made to work for the Nazi war effort for two years, was allowed to photograph at all, let alone describe the psychological stasis of his experience with the poetic voice that these portraits and still-lifes convey. Books on Books #10 presents every page spread from this extremely rare and fragile document including the original texts by Alexandra Urbanová translated for the first time into English. Czech photo historian Vladimír Birgus contributes a contemporary essay on Tmej called Zdeněk Tmej’s Conscripted Labor in Germany.

Hardcover w/ Dustjacket, 172 pp, 9.5 x 7 in., 105 Duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-18-9
Release date: February 2011

Books on Books #11 Alexey Brodovitch : Ballet

Alexey Brodovitch’s Ballet published in 1945 is one of the most legendary of photobook masterpieces. While already established as a leading influential art director and graphic designer, Brodovitch turned his photographic talents towards rehearsals and performances of ballet companies visiting New York stages. Shot in 35mm and disregarding traditional conventions of “good” technique, Brodovitch pushed the boundaries of description to create a panorama of images that perfectly captures the motion and spirit of dance. Books on Books #11 reproduces every dynamic page spread from this rarely seen volume along with a contemporary essay written by leading Brodovitch scholar Kerry William Purcell.

Hardcover w/ Dustjacket, 142 pp, 9.5 x 7 in., 120 Duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-22-6
Release date: February 2011

Books on Books #12 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy : 60 Fotos

László Moholy-Nagy’s 60 Fotos sets forth the framework and ideas behind the ‘New Vision’ of modern photography from the legendary Bauhaus teacher and key figure in early experimental photographic practice. Published in 1930 as the first book in the planned Fototek series on ‘New Photography,’ 60 Fotos evoked a complex and multi-layered dialogue using some of Moholy-Nagy’s finest examples of ‘straight’ photographs, negative prints, photograms, and photomontage. Books on Books #12 reproduces every page spread from this classic treatise on photography along with a contemporary essay from the noted photo-historian David Evans.

Hardcover w/ Dustjacket, 92 pp, 9.5 x 7 in., 50 Duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-935004-20-2
Release date: February 2011

Books on Books #9-12 Limited Edition set

Limited Edition sets sold directly through Errata Editions to help fund the continuation of this series. 90% of our production funding comes from the sales of these sets so please support us by purchasing a set today.

These Limited Edition books feature a beautiful reproduction tipped into the cloth cover of each book. Besides owning a more elegant version of each in the series, the advantage to purchasing a Limited Edition set is the assurance that you will receive these special editions of the Books on Books series as soon as they are off the press and before the regular edition is distributed. These limited edition versions are not available as individual books, only as a set of four.

Pre-orders for limited edition sets of #9-12 are now being taken through the Errata Editions website.

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Softcover 15 x 19 cm., 64 pages, 2009, ISBN 3-932187-75-X, EURO 18.00

The Singled Person was originally conceived as a projection for seven screens, viewable simultaneously. Seven photographers are presented in this book, sharing their different visions of the singled person.
Yet, who is this singled person; the photographer, the subject or both?
Whether the subject is physically alone or in a group, everyone here remains in a state of alienation, just as the photographer, no matter how intimate or close he is to his subject, remains alone.

In order to transform the projection into print form the different artists’ works are intermixed, emphasizing the central concept rather then the individual photographer and allowing the viewer to connect emotionally, as recurrent moments of life are summarized, displaced, connected, or just pass by.

With photographs by Michael Ackerman, Morten Andersen, Thorsten Kirchhoff, Peer Kugler, André Lützen, Hisashi Murayama and Filippo Romano.

Peer Kugler

Thorsten Kirchoff

Michael Ackerman

André Lüetzen

Hisashi Murayama

Morten Andersen

Fillipo Romano

Projection – installation views

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