Thursday, 17 December 2015

An Invitation to Kim Kardashian West to Photobook Bristol 2016

Dear Kim

We are currently organising Photobook Bristol, a festival about photobooks taking place in Bristol, UK, from June 10th - 12th 2016.

As you are the author of a very successful photobook, Selfish, we would like to invite you to the festival to speak about your work.

We'd like to invite you because most of the speakers we have make photobooks that sell in the hundreds. We had a speaker last year who made a photobook that was in an edition of  45 copies. They were all handmade and lovely  (you can buy the trade edition here) and they sold, but there were only 45 of them! You've sold 120,000 copies of your book.

So you would not be our typical speaker and yours wouldn't be the typical photobook, We see this as a way of recognising the existence of photobooks beyond the slightly nerdy world we inhabit, but at the same time, it would honestly be fascinating to get your views on how and why you made the images that feature in Selfish, how they contribute to your image and brand, the interaction between body and performance, and why you chose to publish the images as a photobook. It's a legitimate invitation.

We are a self-financed company so sadly we can't offer much in the way of expenses. We will cover some travel in the UK (we'll book it for you - no first class or taxis!), and are able to provide accomodation for two nights in or around Bristol (sadly we cannot provide tickets for partners due to the limited size of the venue and our need to cover costs but they are available for £68 here.)

The actual event takes place in an old club called the Southbank. Here are some images from last year's event. It's really down-to-earth in a friendly and warm kind of way, but if you're fussy about hygiene you might want to bring some wet wipes for the toilets. It's English plumbing see. It goes with the relaxed atmosphere we enjoy in the West of England.

We will have a great buffet dinner available on the Saturday night provided by Chandos Deli. (their chutneys are incredible)  and music by Mik Artistik (that's him in the picture above). Mik's amazing! He may not appear to be your kind of music; punk-poetry mixed with madness and cutting social comment, but really he is the greatest living rockstar on the planet, or maybe Yorkshire, though he's not one to say it. This song's called Dad Muscles. It's all about how you get muscles when you have kids what with pushing prams up hills and that. One for your husband!  Maybe Kanye could do a duet with Mik and we could work out a discount for him (have to run that by Mik first though).

Do let us know if you would like to come (you can email us at ). If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes

Photobook Bristol

PS Here's the list of speakers we've got so far. You might not have heard of many of them, but they are amazing. We've put you in as a ? for now.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Best Best-of Best-of Meta-list of Best Books Lists for 2015

Buy Early bird tickets for Photobook Bristol 2016 here.

So Photobook List mania 2015 is over. The main slew of best books lists can be seen here on Photo Eye and there are many many other lists including these on Martin Amis's Photobookstore.

image above by Laura El Tantawy 

And here, thanks to Marc Feustel and Laurence Vecten is the meta-list of all meta-lists. Each book selected in a range of best-of lists is recorded. There are over 311 books in there ranging from artist's books to trade editions.

Dragana Jurisic homepage

The only surprise we have is that the year's best-selling photobook (Selfish by Kim Kardashian maybe, or Humans of New York) are not in there. Are we too picky in the photobook ghetto? Should we invite Kim to Photobook Bristol? I think we should! Humans of New York? No!

Kim Kardashian: We'll keep you posted on how she responds to our Photobook Bristol Invite

The range of books on offer in the Feustel meta-list does indicate that rather than everybody selecting the same books, there are lots of books on offer from different genres, perspectives and publishing platforms.

image above from Moises by Mariela Sancari

From a purely selfish point of view it's good to see that Moises by Mariela Sancari is the top choice for 2015 getting 14 selections. Moises was launched at Bristol Photobook 2015. Coming on the back of the launch of 2014's top book, Hidden Islam, in 2014 (we like to see it that way anyway), it looks like Photobook Bristol is on a roll!

Ivars Gravlejs: from Photography Lessons

We all know that lists are nonsense but it is also good to see that Laura El Tantawy (right up there with 9 votes ), Ivars Gravlejs (5 votes) and Dragana Jurisic ( 3 votes) are in there and will be speaking at Photobook Bristol 2016 about their books In the Shadow of the Pyramids, Early Works and Yu..

Cover of Ama Lur by Jon Casanave (published by Dalpine)

And a couple more confirmed speakers have just been added. We're very excited that Sonia Berger of Dalpine Books will be talking about publishing, marketing and selling books as part of a session on the industry side of the book market.


And we are delighted that Julian Germain, one of Britain's foremost documentary photographers and author of books like 'For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness', 'Classroom Portraits' and ’In Soccer Wonderland’ will be speaking.

So our new roster (with more additions to come) looks like this.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Photobook Bristol 2016: Tickets on Sale, Speakers Announced

Welcome to the Photobook Bristol Blog!

The third edition of Photobook Bristol will take place from 10th - 12th June at the Southbank Club in Bristol.

from Ever Young by James Barnor

2016 promises to be the most exciting event yet, with a truly global range of speakers coming to Bristol to talk about photography, photobooks, design, as well as getting down and dirty into the nitty gritty details of marketing, selling and publishing,

from Drum by Krass Clement

We are still finalising the final speakers for the weekend but we are thrilled that our confirmed speakers to date include:

from  In the Shadow of the Pyramids by Laura El Tantawy 

More speakers will be added in coming months as we shape a programme that will be inspiring, challenging and fun in equal measure.

In the meantime, early bird tickets are available for £68 here.