All posts tagged: independent publishing

Fresh talent first in indie photo magazine Splash and Grab

After graduating in 2012 with a BA in photography from University of the West of England, Bristol, Max Ferguson became quickly disillusioned by the lack of viable career paths or platforms that would publish his or his friends’ work.. Growing frustration quickly turned into inspiration, however, and with that came the idea to create a platform from scratch in the form of Splash and Grab.

“The magazines I really liked or wanted to work for were either shutting down or not in a position to reply to emails, let alone give me a job,” he explains. “So I just decided to start something myself. Lots of magazines start in those DIY circumstances I suppose, with some hot headed graduate who thinks everything will be really easy but ends up finding it really difficult.”

2017-12-07T17:19:53+00:00

Finding photography in a book market in an old Peckham car park

“I think we’re probably the most unambitious book market there is, ” says Lewis Chaplin, founder and one of the organisers of Peckham’s very own photofair Copeland Book Market. Chaplin is hardly one for bluster, but perhaps he should be. The annual south London art book market has become a hotbed of the best emerging photography in the UK. Running from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, Copeland showcases thoughtfully crafted work from independent publishers such as Dobedo, Arcadia Missa and Jane & Jeremy. Chaplin and the team appreciates publishers for whom: “You can just tell that the motivation for making [books] is out of pure enjoyment, rather than to expand their business empire, turn a profit or make the right connections.” Now in its fourth year, this time Copeland are partnering with The White Review, a quarterly arts and literature journal who will be bringing together a curated series of events and publishers. It also represents a broadening of sorts, Chaplin says: “This year we’re really excited about having more literary publishers participating …

2015-08-11T14:30:09+00:00

VIDEO: What did Offprint London at the Tate Modern mean for independent publishing?

Last week, Offprint London, an art publishing fair with a focus on photobooks, took over the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. We spoke to Yannick Bouillis and Bruno Ceschel, founders of what was at the time the biggest photobook fair in Europe, about the current state of independent publishing in London, and what it means for Britain’s photography culture. Coinciding with Photo London, the fair attracted more than 150 artists, independent and self-publishers, selling photography books, zines, posters, prints and magazines. In collaboration with Tate Modern and curator Simon Baker, Offprint London dedicates a special space for photobooks, inviting independent photobook publishers from all over the world. Along with photography, books on contemporary art, graphic design, literature, poetry, philosophy, and experimental music were on sale. Across the weekend,  a series of workshops and performances were organised by Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy. The fair was designed to “showcase an alliance between printed strategies and digital cultures within the art world, presenting concrete examples of the contemporary dissemination of artistic practices.” Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your …

2015-06-25T16:28:26+00:00

BJP Staff