10x10 American Photobooks

10x10 American Photobooks

Arts & Sciences Projects has been invited to select 10 photobooks to be included in the online component of the 10x10 American Photobooks project.

10x10 American Photobooks is a multi-platform ongoing series of photobook events co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography Library, Tokyo Institute of Photography and the Photobook Facebook Group. 10×10 American Photobooks will present 100 contemporary American photobooks selected by 10 specialists in a reading room and an additional 200 books online from the perspective of 10 American and 10 Japanese online photobook specialists.

Photobook Selection (external links)

Luca Antonucci. Fallen Empire II. (Colpa, 2013)

Robin Cameron. Zine as Self-Portrait. (the Holster, 2009)

Sara Greenberger Rafferty. Feuilleton (Double Issue). (self-published, 2010)

Maggie Lee. Our Teen-Age Boys and Girls. (Gottlund, 2012)

Tammy Mercure. Guns. (self-published, 2012)

Chris Mottalini. The Mistake by the Lake. (Lozen up, 2010)

Beatrix Ruf & Thomas Seelig, Eds. Mark Morrisroe. (JRP Ringier, 2011)

Dean Sameshima. Hysteric Seven: Dean Sameshima. (Hysteric Glamour, 2002)

Kate Steciw. The Strangeness of This Idea. (Hassla, 2010)

Suzanna Zak. Driftland. (Rock Bottom, 2012)

Statement - Philip Tomaru

I’m excited and honored to have been invited to select 10 American photobooks to be featured in the online component of the 10x10 American Photobooks exhibition organized by the International Center of Photography Library, the Tokyo Institute of Photography, and the Photobook Facebook Group.

My initial excitement upon being invited was followed by moments of trepidation, as the task of reducing my selection to 10 books suddenly felt like a daunting one.   From the outset, I decided to self-impose some parameters to help guide my selection process. First, I decided to focus only on books that I own. I also expanded my definition of photobooks to include photozines and other artists’ publications that use photographic content as source material. Finally, I attempted to eschew books by the “usual suspects.” After a few rounds of tweaking to avoid redundancy with the other lists, my selection represents a diverse spectrum of photobooks and photozines culled from my personal collection. Indeed, this selection reflects my own personal tastes and interests, which lean more heavily towards self-published books and independent publishers. Over the past several years, we’ve seen explosive growth in independent publishing as artists have sought direct engagement with both analog and digital technologies in the production and circulation of their work. My selection acknowledges these dynamic and vibrant efforts.  These are books I enjoy in the comfort of my home while sipping a cup of coffee. These are books I discovered through direct contact with artists, at specialty bookstores, and at venues such as the NY Art Book Fair. Essentially, these books caught my eye, bring pleasure to my daily rituals, and embody aesthetic, conceptual, and technical qualities that I value.

One more thought: anyone who has ever attended the NY Art Book Fair or similar book fairs knows that the amount of material on display can be overwhelming. After a few hours, my brain lacks the cognitive capacity to process so much visual information. With over 200 exhibitors, there easily must be several thousand titles on view. That’s why the 10x10 Photobook project is important – it can function as a handy Field Guide to this fantastic, overwhelming landscape of photobook publishing. Based on the selections announced by my fellow specialists thus far, I’ll need to update my “must-see” list for the upcoming summer and fall book fair season.

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