“There’s no use ever searching for photobooks online,” says Sebastian Hau, “it’s impossible to find traces of the vibrant community of photographers and bookmakers there.”
To appreciate photobooks, you need to see them, touch them, read them and festivals around the world have become one of the most important places not only to see and buy photography, but to discover it, speak to photographers and publishers, and meet them in market places where you can discuss their books.
The cornerstone of British photography publishing, Dewi Lewis, and his 25-year-old catalogue of wonderful books will be attending the FORMAT19 Photobook Market during the Opening Weekend along with Maxwell Anderson’s artist focused Bemoyake; Tiffany Jones’s social, cultural, and environmental issue-based imprint Overlapse and Richard Sporleder’s Café Lehmitz which promotes the public photobook collection within Germany’s museums and universities.
In recognition of the growing interest and importance of contemporary photobooks, FORMAT19 will dedicate a section of the Photobook Market to the emerging independent publishing scene curated by Bethany Kane.
The successful applicants include The Photocopy Club, Snöar Press, Loose London, Ceremony Press, Setanta Books, Blame Your Parents Press and Party People Press and they will all be selling their publications during the Opening Weekend.
Joining the independent publishing section are photographers Michael Sargeant and Ben Spiller with their publication Still Cursing Trilogy and a collection of titles from David Severn and Kate Bellis.
The Photobook Market Launch Party will take place on Thursday 14th March from 5pm.