Edited by Hans Hedberg, Tyrone Martinsson, Gunilla Knape, Louise Wolthers
Texts by Gerry Badger, David Bate, Bettina Lockemann, Michael Mack
2014, English, Swedish, softcover
Design by Sandra Praun
223 pages, 17 x 22 cm
In times when cameras are ubiquitous and the general public is experimenting with the narrative possibilities of photography more than ever before, a survey of the current status and potential of the photobook is highly relevant. Not only does the photobook constitute an alternative means of display to gallery exhibitions, the book format also challenges the medium’s instantaneousness, and allows for an exploration of the language of photography. Books have been key to the distribution of avant-garde conceptual photography, as well as social documentary and political statements. But what is the status of the photobook today? Is it primarily a mainstream medium, a collector’s item, or a platform for artistic experiments? Imprint is a collection of essays that delve into current practices and address the phenomenological, technological, and aesthetic possibilities for communicating through photobooks, both printed and digital.