Photobook Bristol 2016: The Last Post!

Photobook Bristol 2016 is over and was simply wonderful. We are emotionally attached to the event, but it was a truly memorable festival for so many reasons with  great talks, great people and so many different perspectives given. And there were quite a few stand out moments!

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Friday

The weekend started with Amak Mahmoodian talking about her beautiful book, Shenasnameh. Her talk started with a clip of old Iranian movies which cut through the clichés of representation of the country. She went on to describe her working process, for all her projects and then the ways in which the identity photograph of the Iranian Shenasnameh (which is a kind of Iranian Birth Certificate/Domestic Passport) is used. The book is connected very closely to the different ways in which photography is used in formal settings and how those uses reflect politics, culture, violence and power. But above all, it is a book that is personal, autobiographical and filled with a passion and love that transcends the subject matter.

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Say Hello to RRB Publishing and Photobook Bristol at Offprint

If you’re in town for Photo London this weekend, come visit the publishing arm of Photobook Bristol, RRB Publishing in a virtual kind of way.

Sadly we won’t be deep in the bowels of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall taking part in Offprint, London’s biggest Photobook Event, but you will be able to visit us online at RRB Photobooks.

 

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image above from Shenasnameh

You can check out our recently published titles such as Post-Script by Laura El-Tantawy, Shenasnameh by Amak Mahmoodian  (Co-published with ICVL Studio, , there will be a copy on display at Hurtwood Press stall) and Memento Mori by Peter Mitchell, buy from the amazing range of new and old photobooks with prices to suit everybody, and order tickets for Photobook Bristol.

And between doing all that, we hope you buy lots of books from everybody at Offprint, which is a truly fabulous event.

 

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If you’re not familiar with Peter Mitchell, it’s never too late to start. A stalwart of early British colour documentary in the late 1970s, he is now undergoing a renaissance with a rush of new publications (mostly published by us) and a show at Arles this summer.

For an idea of how important a photographer Peter is, read this review of Peter’s Strangely Familiar on Photo Eye. And this is the introduction to the book. Written by Martin Parr, it explains how Peter Mitchell was responsible for Martin’s conversion to colour.

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Phaidon: On Branding, Crossover and Finding a New Audience

 

This year we are very happy to have Phaidon sponsoring Photobook Bristol 2016. As publishers of the Photobook Histories by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Phaidon are the publishing catylyst in the surge in creative photobook publishing. Volume I was published in 2004 and though it was not the first history of photobooks (Fotografia Publica and The Book of 101 Seminal Photobooks came earlier), it was the publication that really brought the photobook to a much, much wider audience.

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Phaidon has also published great photobooks in their own right in books like Li Zhensheng’s Red Color News Soldier (see images above), it has reissued classics like Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnam Inc. and it continues to push the photobook into new audiences as part of its immensely classy catalogue on the arts, design and beyond.
In some ways then, Phaidon takes the photobook and brings it to new audiences. Two of its latest titles, Real Food by our very own Martin Parr, and Failed it! by Erik Kessels exemplify this ability to go beyond the photobook ghetto.

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10 Reasons to Come to Photobook Bristol

 

 

The countdown begins. It’s less than two months to Photobook Bristol and tickets are going fast. So book now if you want to come to the festival where music, food, books and photography intertwine in the most delightful way.

And if you’re looking for reasons to come, here are ten of them.

  1. Great Speakers: Mark Power, Laura El-Tantawy, Ania Naleçka, Max Pinckers, Krass Clement, Sonia Berger, Mariela Sancari, Julian Germain, Dragana Jurisic, Amak Mahmoodian, James Barnor, Martin Parr, David Solo, Yumi Goto, Craig Atkinson, Ivars Gravlejs, Olivia Arthur and Ken Grant.

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