Compendium. Journal of Comparative Studies, “Materialities of the Photobook”
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2022
Editors: David Campany (International Center of Photography/U. Westminster), José Bértolo (U. Nova de Lisboa/Caldas da Rainha School of Arts & Design)
Compendium invites submissions for its second issue on the theme of Materialities of the Photobook. This special issue welcomes essays that explore the photobook, contemporary or historical, as an art object, looking into the processes that guide its composition, its specific materiality and objecthood, its reception and the reading/seeing experience.
In the last decades, we have witnessed a “photobook phenomenon” corresponding with a significant rise in the publication, acquisition, and circulation of photobooks. Canons and counter-canons have been established, and the photobook has become a recognised form with a set of lineages. New independent and specialized publishers have emerged across the world, along with new audiences of not only collectors and photographers but also occasional and non-professional consumers.
While an exhibition demands consideration of elements such as spatiality, volume, scale and presentation, among others, the book asks for a different set of decisions. The specificities of the photobook imply a new object, and a new form, in which images, text, sequence, design and choices of materiality all play a part in the constitution of the work.