The Photobook in Art and Society – Participative Potentials of a Medium

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Since the turn of the millennium, the analogue photo book has experienced an international boom, developing into its own art form: a kind of visual literature, somewhere between novel and film. More and more often, photographers are publishing their works in this format rather than only as part of exhibitions. However, the photo book as an art form is hardly known to a wider public. The multiyear project Welt im Umbruch (World in Transition), which the Montag Stiftung initiated together with the PhotoBookMuseum, made one attempt to change this. In Rostock, Duisburg and Kassel, members of the public were able to get to know photo books as an artistic form of expression and to design photo books of their own. This volume not only documents the experience-based knowledge of all participants but also introduces the history of the photo book along with theories and current practices of participative art. It collects contributions on the production and distribution conditions of photo books from Asia, Europe and the United States. In addition to the medium’s political and emancipatory potential, topics discussed include the reasons for the analogue photo book's enormous appeal in the digital present.


Author: Ruth Gilberger
Year of publication: 2019
Number of pages: 464
Language: Englisch

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