All posts tagged: Bruno Ceschel

WFH #1: Bruno Ceschel in Milan

In the first of a new series talking to visual creatives about life in lockdown, BJP editor Simon Bainbridge talks to the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy at his Airbnb in Milan – and how he came to launch his sell-out series of online masterclasses focusing on photobooks A decade ago, I was living in a studio flat in Clerkenwell. I moved in after Jodi Bieber moved out. And there were plenty of other local photography connections too: Adam Broomberg and Emma Blau both had studios in the block; Magnum Photos was around the corner; and my friend and neighbour, Bruno Ceschel, had recently given up working for Chris Boot. Sensing the emerging zeitgeist, he had just started receiving sacks full of mail after issuing a call out for self-published photobooks. Trying to make some sense of the flourishing independent photobook scene, Ceschel established Self Publish, Be Happy, showcasing the new titles – from books by long-established artists to teenagers producing zines from their bedrooms – on his new website, and running his first …

2020-05-15T18:54:54+01:00

Lua Ribeira, Sam Laughlin, and Alejandra Carles-Tolra show new work in Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Inspired by personal identity, the natural world, and the fear of dying, the three young artists in this year’s Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition are presenting very different work. Picked out as winners in January 2017, all three have received a year of mentoring on their work from industry specialists such as photographer Mitch Epstein, publisher Michael Mack, and gallerist Maureen Paley. They each also received a bursary of £5000 and access to a production fund of another £5000, to make new work which goes on show in London’s Jerwood Space from 17 January-11 March then tours to Bradford and Belfast. 

2017-12-14T13:09:38+01:00

Making Memeries at Unseen Photo Fair

This is the question explored in Making Memeries, the travelling installation created in collaboration between Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, and artist Lucas Blalock, which blurs the boundaries surrounding the on/offline existence and distribution of photography in the perpetual present. At last week’s Unseen Photo Fair, the installation was brought to life by a three-day programme that invited visitors to play and explore with the boundaries of contemporary photography – live – with artists, graphic designers and performers working at the forefront of the medium. Blalock’s work has long been interested in how the worldly and the virtual cohabit behind a photograph’s surface, with Making Memeries visualising this cohabitation, building an exceptional experience that challenges traditional expectations of viewership. “Making Memeries is set in a time when everyone has become a lifestyle photographer” explains Lucas Blalock. “It is still your life, but the image production is decidedly public; and in that case temporary, verging on fleeting, because these public channels have so, so many content providers and, along with our attention spans, are …

2016-10-06T11:19:57+01:00

Self Publish, Be Happy takes over The Photographers’ Gallery

Things are going to look very different at The Photographers’ Gallery this week. In the first of a new series of experimental publisher residencies, they’ve invited Self Publish, Be Happy to take over their studio floor and use the space as they wish. Coinciding with the launch of SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel’s new book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto (Aperture/SPBH Editions 2015), there will be a series of talks and workshops around the world of self-publishing. Ceschel was in the midst of moving his Dalston studio into The Photographers’ Gallery, but found time earlier this week to talk to us about the interesting ways he’ll be using the space. “We’re taking over a whole floor, yesterday we loaded a van with literally most of our studio – so a thousand self-published books from our collection that the public will have access to, even our tables and chairs – and we’re going to be running our whole office from The Photographer’s Gallery. “It’s a chance for the audience to see what …

2015-11-20T15:13:34+01:00

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