Photo Book Days during Landskrona Foto festival 2015

lieko_web2Photo: Lieko Shiga

In a world where we are flooded with pictures, the photo book is more interesting than ever. The book becomes a limited section of the bustling world around us. Between its covers a book contains fictitious worlds, disturbing reportage, stories and poetry. The photo book can make us test different perspectives and think of what it is like to live in other people’s thoughts and lives. 

From the photographer’s perspective, the book can be the endpoint of a huge and protracted job, or an idea that came like lightning. In the form of a book, however, nothing can be changed any more. The work has to meet the world. Many photo books are published in Sweden. In recent times, increasing numbers of artistically working photographers have chosen to make books instead of exhibitions. As exhibitions have become more expensive to produce, it has become cheaper, thanks to refined technology, to produce books. The book becomes a kind of mobile exhibition – which lasts a long time and is easy to spread.

The Photo Book Days during Landskrona Foto Festival 2015 include a seminar with three international guest lecturers, book exhibitions, a photo book market, Pecha Kucha presentations and a Dummy Review of photo book projects in front of an open house. A newly established prize, the Landskrona Foto & Breadfield Dummy Award, will go to the photographer who, in the jury’s opinion, has presented the year’s most interesting book project. The award has a value of approximately 15000 euro.

Programme: 

Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August Photo book market with books from exhibiting publishers and antiquarian photo books at the Festival Centre at Kasernplan in central Landskrona. Here you can also meet photographers signing their books.

Saturday 22 August Photographers make a Pecha Kucha presentation of current photo book projects during the festival’s evening programme in the tent at the Festival Centre.

Sunday 23 August Activities are concentrated in Landskrona Theatre with exhibitions, a seminar and a Dummy Review. The programme ends with the announcement of the winner of Landskrona Foto & Breadfield Dummy Award and the presentation of the prize. The prize consists of the publication of thewinner’s book project by Breadfield Press and Landskrona Foto Publishing. This year’s lecturers are Mishka Henner, Lieko Shiga and Kalev Erickson from AMC. Moderator: Lars Mogensen.

About this year’s lecturers:

Lieko Shiga, born 1980 (Japan) www.liekoshiga.com

Lieko Shiga has captured people’s attention with her powerful, structured photography, which draws images from the darkness that exist as latent potential in her subjects and in the land, and with the way her distinctive pictures seem to generate light in that darkness. Her latest book Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Coast) was shortlisted for the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award (2013). The publication affirms Shiga’s position as one of the most compelling young photographers in Japan today.

Mishka Henner, born 1976 (France, Britain, Belgium) www.mishkahenner.com

Henner is an artist who often likes to work with collected pictures, chiefly from the Internet. He and his colleagues in ABC, Artists Book Cooperative, negotiate and question what a photograph and a photo book really is.

Kalev Erickson | Archive of Modern Conflict | AMC (UK)

Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) is an organisation and independent publisher based in Holland Park, London. It was established in the early 1990s and maintains an archive of vernacular material relating to the history of war, primarily photographs but also manuscripts and objects. Its material is acquired from a variety of sources both national and international, covering the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It has published numerous books, some of which have won awards, has curated exhibitions worldwide drawing upon its archive, and collaborated with artists.

Represented publishers:

Hitherto confirmed publishers: Art and Theory Publishing (SE), Blackbook Publications (SE), Breadfield Press (SE), Café Lehmitz Photobooks, (DE), Éditions du LIC (NO), Multipress (NO), Null & Void Books (SE), OEI (SE), Osservatorio Fotografico (IT), Sailor Press (SE), Shadowlab (NO), Katalog (DK). Taking partduring both weekends of the festival, 21-23 and 28-30 August, is Neva Books (SE).

Photo Book Days are produced by Breadfield in collaboration with Landskrona Foto. The project group comprises Jenny Lindhe, Tony Kristensson and TommyArvidson.

The event is supported by the Association of Swedish Professional Photographers, the Centre for Photography, Göteborgstryckeriet, Papyrus,Serneke, EU Japan Fest and more to come.

Questions regarding Landskrona Foto:

Jenny Lindhe, contact@jennylindhe.se, +46739-325950

Göran Nyström, goran.nystrom@landskrona.se, +46709-470582

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