Photobooks, exhibitions and a podcast: the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy picks out five highlights from a year in photography
Patricia Karallis and Giada De Agostinis from the Lucie Award-nominated Paper Journal pick out the photography and projects that caught their eye – including Dave Heath’s Dialogues with Solitude at Le Bal, Paris
Bruno Ceschel’s pick of 2018, including The Laundry, a new initiative by Georgina Johnson and with an arts programme by and for women and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people
The writer, curator, lecturer, and founder of Self Publish, Be Happy picks out his top five of the year – including Shanghai-based studio Same Paper
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.
The first time Self Publish, Be Happy was invited into Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, its programme included selfie stick aerobics and tectonic crystal healing. The second time it focused on the virtual world. This time, SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel wants to focus in on ideas.
The director of Self Publish, Be Happy on what made 2016 for him – and what he’s looking forward to in 2017
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 …
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 …
With days to go before the deadline to enter the International Photography Awards 2016, we spoke to three of the judges – Bruno Ceschel, Emily Graham and Diane Smyth – about what kind of work excites them and how getting your work seen is a career boost in itself. With decades of experience judging and curating photographic work between them, all three note the importance of presenting something new. BJP’s deputy editor Diane Smyth says: “I’m interested in seeing projects that present a new way of looking, something I haven’t seen before. I’m not necessarily stuck on innovation, but when looking at a lot of work in a short space of time, you definitely notice trends and zeitgeists running through the mass of projects. That means that the people who do something different, something more individual, really stand out.” Bruno Ceschel, writer, curator, publisher and founder of Self Publish, Be Happy agrees. “I hope to see things that are unexpected, this competition is a chance to see what you don’t normally come across because you …