A Critical Companion to the Contemporary Medium
Published by Onomatopee Projects.
By Matt Johnston.
An engaging appraisal of photobook culture today and the future of the form
Elucidating key issues and themes in contemporary photobook culture—from the medium’s post-digital and post-photographic condition to the aims of publishing, issues of accessibility and the act of reading—Matt Johnston’s Photobooks & combines research and interviews with key individuals from the photobook world. Informed by his experience with the Photobook Club project, Johnston examines current trends and practices, emphasizing connections (made and missed) between makers and readers. Johnston calls for a recalibration of a maker-centric discourse to address the communicative potential of the medium: aligning making with making public.
Contributors include: Alejandro Acin, Eman Ali, Mathieu Asselin, Sarah Bodman, Bruno Ceschel, Natasha Christia, Juan Cires, Ángel Luis González, Larissa Leclair, Russet Lederman, Dolly Meieran, Olga Yatskevich, Michael Mack, Amak Mahmoodian, Lesley Martin, Tate Shaw, Doug Spowart, Jon Uriarte, Anshika Varma, and Amani Willett and Tiffany Jones.