Indie Photobook Library

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NEWS: The Indie Photobook Library has been mentioned by Alan Rapp in “The Photo Book Will Rise Again” on Imprint, in “Publishing in your hands” on the Fraction Magazine blog, on Little Brown Mushroom’s blog, and Hey, Hot Shot!’s Week in Review.

Be part of photobook history!

Founded in 2010, the Indie Photobook Library seeks to showcase and preserve photography books not readily viewed by the general public. The photobooks in this collection include self-published photobooks, photobooks independently published and distributed, photography exhibition catalogs, print-on-demand photobooks, artist books, photozines, photobooks printed on newsprint, limited edition photobooks, non-English language photography books, etc.; in short, photobooks that are not collected by traditional libraries in the United States.

This collection will accept submissions on an ongoing basis and will be a public non-circulating library. In the far future the collection will be donated in its entirety to an appropriate archive. The intent is to have the material accessible in one location for the interested public and scholars looking at the work of a particular photographer or studying trends in contemporary photobook publishing.

Each year, exhibitions will be curated from the collection where viewers will have the opportunity to handle and peruse the books.

Andy Adams, Editor / Publisher, Flak Photo
Darius Himes, Co-Founder of Radius Books
Shane Lavalette, Photographer and Founder of Lay Flat
Gabrielle Reed, Massachusetts College of Art, Godine Library

I am pleased to announce that the Indie Photobook Library inaugural exhibition will debut at the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto October 6-10, 2010 in conjunction with the panel discussion: The Future of Photobooks!

Deadline to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition at the Flash Forward Festival is FRIDAY July 2, 2010. Books must be received by this date.

I am also thrilled to announce that the Indie Photobook Library will also be part of FotoWeek DC!

Deadline to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition for FotoWeek DC is November 1, 2010.

Once your book(s) are part of the collection, they will always be considered for upcoming yearly exhibitions.

Signed submissions to the collection should be sent to:
Insomniac Design Inc.
Attn: Larissa Leclair
1219 Blagden Alley, NW
Washington, DC 20001

(No phone calls please.)

To ensure a complete catalog record, the following form MUST be filled out.

Questions can be directed to Larissa Leclair at

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