Picture Books.

September 19–November 7, 2014
Featuring A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library

Reception: October 9, 2014, 5–8pm, with Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library

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Book signing and selling with invited local authors and publishers:
October 17, 2014, 5–8pm as part of Third Friday Durham;
Participants include:

  • The Center for Documentary Studies – Titles TBD
  • Daylight Books – Titles on hand will include the recently published The Day the Dam Collapses by Hiroshi Watanabe; Bull City Summer, edited by Sam Stephenson with photographs by Alex Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Wantanabe, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, and Leah Sobsey. Bull City Summer also includes work from visual artist Ivan Weiss and writers, Adam Sobsey, Howard L. Craft, Frances O’Roark Dowell and Emma D. Miller. More on the project can be viewed here. Additional titles from Daylight Books will also be available.
  • Daniel 13 – Titles on hand will include Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971; Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews; 509 by Pamela Pecchio; Phototourist by Andy Gershon; as well as information and images from the forthcoming titles Muse by Gail Goers and Spider Monkeys by Aneta Bartos with forward by Todd Hido.
  • Kristina Baker, candidate MFA|EDA Duke University, will be signing copies of the handmade book Sutton’s Law: A Gothic Western, edition of 10.
  • Aaron Canipe, candidate MFA|EDA Duke University, will be signing copies of Late Autumn Fragments, edition of 25.
  • Alex Cunningham, candidate MFA|EDA Duke University, will be singing copies of Moonsoot, edition of 150.
  • Film 9 Collective will be signing copies of the limited edition Issue 2, and Issue 1.
  • The American Guide, a revival of the Depression-era guidebook series by the same name, will be on hand with copies of Rural Life, with photographs by Roger May, Aaron Canipe, Mitch Borden, Matt Curtis, Peter Spear, Noelle McCleaf, Breonne DeDecker, Ben Hinceman, Rob Walters, Michael Cevoli, Eicia Epstein, EE Berger, Tara Wray, James Bernal, Dan Caruso and Christian Hendricks. Created by Brett Klein and Tammy Mercure.
  • Cash and checks are recommended.
    Some artists and publishers will be able to accommodate credit cards.

    Picture Books is a juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books, featuring A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes.

    Indie Photobook Library Presents
    Curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes

    Indie Photobook Library’s seminal traveling exhibition, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, arrives at Duke, after stops in New York, San Francisco and DC. A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks draws from the iPL collection and features 70 photobooks. The exhibition looks at the “documentary tradition” through the lens of a 21st century, global photographic community in which the lines between journalism, art and the long-term documentary project have blurred, morphed and continue to feed off of each other. The books selected for this exhibition present a range of subject matter, each coupled with a particular visual language drawn from a pool of diversity. There are books that speak a more traditional documentary language, while there are those that explicitly critique that very same tradition; there are diaristic books and titles that overlay a typological structure; other books rely primarily on found and vernacular imagery; and there are many books that borrow heavily from an art-photography storehouse. The goal of this exhibition is to survey the field before us and to foreground questions of authorship, voice, style and content.

    The exhibition catalog, designed by Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books, is available through Blurb. Visit Indie Photobook Library at blurb.com and search for Indie Photobook Library or the iPL homepage.

    Click here for the exhibition list of Photobooks from the iPL.

    Larissa Leclair is an independent curator and writer. She is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library (www.indiephotobooklibrary.org), a U.S. based archive that collects and showcases self-published and indie published photobooks, and facilitates discourse on trends in contemporary publishing and scholarly research now and in the future. Since May of 2010, the iPL has organized over thirty pop-up library spaces, events, and feature-length exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala and China. The seminal traveling exhibition A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and on TIME LightBox. Larissa Leclair has written for PDN, GUP, PQ, Photo-Eye, and VOP. She has served as a juror for the Blurb Photography Book Now competition, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival, the 4th International Photobook Festival Photobook Award in Kassel, Germany, and the CPW Fellowship Fund 2013, among others. She lectures extensively, including the School of Visual Arts, Georgetown University, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, MICA, the New York Art Book Fair, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Leclair was a 2014 Young Voices Fellow for The Next Conversation at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and received the Griffin Museum Spotlight Award. Leclair is the editor of a volume of critical essays on the contemporary photobook with a specific focus on self-published work to be published in 2015 by the Indie Photobook Library and Conveyor Arts.


    For a list of authors and titles from the juried call-for-work, click: Juried Selection. You can also download a pdf of the juried call-for-work authors with bios and book descriptions by clicking here.

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    The Power Plant Gallery is proud to present Picture Books in partnership with the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. See the full line up of October photography-related events at clicktriangle.org
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