C/O Berlin Bookdays 2012

The Photobook: A History, Martin Parr & Gerry Badger

C/O Berlin Bookdays is a platform for both young and established publishing houses to present their newest publications and encourages exchange in the field of self publishing. C/O Berlin dedicates special attention to the phenomenon of self publishing and questions the history and the status quo of this still recent trend in discussions. The program includes discussions, seminars, lectures, live presentations, book signings…

C/O Berlin supports five young self publishing houses with the realisation of their projects and provides their presence at the C/O Berlin Book Days. The critic and artist Joachim Schmid curates this section.

The future of the photobook and its publishing culture, a discussion with Yannick Bouillis (Offprint Paris), Bruno Ceschel (Self Publish, Be Happy), Markus Schaden (Schaden.com), Jan Wenzel (Spector Books), & Charlotte Cotton (London/UK).
A book of photographs as a collector’s item or a work of art? Ten years ago, the two meta-volumes “The Photobook: A History” by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger came on the market and since then a new hype and new forms of publishing have emerged. Paradoxically this is happening at a time when one bookstore after another is closing and the margins for the publishing companies are sinking rapidly to only encompass a normal sales and marketing scope. At the same time, the love of photobooks is still just as strong, in fact even stronger than before. And the desire to produce has increased rather than decreased. Yet how does the future look? What roles and methods will the traditional publishers choose for their sales and marketing? What innovative models already exist? Will self-publishing hold its own? Four experts will explore these issues in a dialogue with one another.

May 25-26, 2012
C/O Berlin, Berlin

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