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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library support ensures that ICP is able to sustain and develop the library's increasingly important role in the community, providing free access to resources rarely found in other libraries and databases, many of which are unique to ICP. Friends will be invited to many special events exclusive to ICP's library supporters, including displays, celebrations, in-depth discussions on publications, screenings, and pop-up reading rooms. As a Friend of the Library, you will receive a special, limited-edition publication each year, available only to Friends.

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Stephanie Shuman and Evan Mirapaul


#1 Tuesday, December 3, 2002
International Center of Photography Library
The Book of 101 Books and the Photographic Book.
Andrew Roth and Vincent Aletti gave an illustrated talk about exquisite photobooks.
Both signed copies of The Book of 101 Books.

#2 Tuesday, February 18, 2003
New York Public Library for Humanities and Social Sciences
Photography Book history talk with examples from the collections of the NYPL's photography department with Richard Whelan and Julia van Haaften, founding curator.

#3 Tuesday, May 6, 2003
International Center of Photography Library
Lumière Press illustrated talk by founder Michael Torosian.

#4 Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Studio of Ralph Gibson
The photography books of Gibson and Lustrum Press.
Book signing of Ralph Gibson's Ex Libris.
Dinner at Mezzogiorno.

#5 Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Bindery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Watson Library
A talk about book conservation with Mindell Dubansky, Book Conservator.
Dinner at the Fred and Stephanie Shuman's.

#6 Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Home of Sanford and Ellen Luger
Eminent VII Agency photojournalists Ron Haviv & Antonin Kratochvil show their work
Book signing of Haviv's Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Kratochvil's Fototorst monograph called Antonin Kratochvil.

#7 Tuesday, December 6, 2004
Home of Françoise Poos
Magnum Photographer/Artist/Curator/insatiable book collector Martin Parr shows highlights from and discusses the making of The Photobook: A History I.
Book signing of The Photobook: A History I.

#8 Tuesday, June 20, 2005
International Center of Photography Library Galleries
The Open Book tour given by Andrew Roth
Complimentary copies of The Open Book exhibition catalogue.

#9 Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Home of Vincent Aletti
The Photographer and the Magazine in the remarkable Aletti Library.
Dinner at Hearth.

#10 Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Home of Evan Mirapaul
The Photographer and Hand-made Book Dummies as Creative Process.
ICP Alumni Matthew Monteith, Susanne Neunhoeffer, Victor Sira and Esther Levine presented their book dummies and discussed how they play a role in their art.
Book signing of Esther Levine's Berlin.

#11 Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Howard Greenberg Gallery
Tour with Howard Greenberg of exhibition Photo Libris with appearances by artists Bill Burke, with Hank O'Neill and Gilles Peress.
Bill Burke signed copies of Mine Fields.

#12 Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Andrew Roth Gallery
Celebrating the exhibition and publication of Associations, a book of books from Peter Bunnell's library. Peter Bunnell, Kevin Moore, Harvey Zuckerman and other book contributors were on hand to sign copies for members.

#13 Thursday, November 2, 2006
Evan Mirapaul’s Apartment
Martin Parr discussed The History of the Photography Book II with International Center of Photography Library Deputy Director Phil Block, using examples from ICP Library, and signed copies for members.

#14 Tuesday, January 30, 2007
International Center of Photography Museum
First joint meeting of the Library and Publications Committees. Martin Munkacsi exhibition tour with curator Carol Squiers, who then conversed with Carmel Snow biographer Penelope Rowlands about Munkacsi and Harper's Bazaar.
Copies of the Martin Munkacsi catalogue were distributed to members.

#15 Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Magnum Photos, Inc.
Tour of Magnum with President Mark Lubbell, talk about great books by Magnum photographers with photo-historian Robert Stevens.
Magnum photographer Alex Webb showed his books, talked about making them and signed copies of Istanbul for members.

#16 Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Live at New York Public Library
"The 20th Century on Trial" with Günter Grass & Norman Mailer interviewed by, and in conversation with, Andrew O'Hagan, and reception at NYPL sponsored by ICP Publications and Library Committee

#17 Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The Explorers Club
A behind-the-scenes tour of The Explorers Club's photo books and setting with Ron Rosner, Chairman of the Explorers Club Library and Archives Committee and a talk about travel albums with Around the World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums co-author Kirsten M. Jensen
Dinner at Jojo.

#18 Thursday, February 7, 2008
Printed Matter, Inc.
An evening at Printed Matter with Director and acclaimed artist, curator, and writer A.A. Bronson plus Chairman Phil Aarons.
Hans-Peter Feldmann's book All the Clothes of a Woman was a souvenir gift.

#19 Wednesday, May 21, 2008
International Center of Photography Museum
Contemporary Japanese Photo Books.
A stimulating presentation with Christopher Phillips on Japanese photo books in conjunction with Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan.

#20 Thursday, October 2, 2008
Michael R. Weintraub, Inc.
A fascinating discussion on "Collectors, Collections and the Collectible" with rare bookseller, Michael R. Weintraub, featuring a show-and-tell of photography books you’ve likely not seen before.

#21 Thursday, January 8, 2009
International Center of Photography Library
Presentation in the ICP of the most exciting recent acquisitions, plus the vision for the future, collection development, the acquisition process, and the challenges of growing a library as part of a complex institution that is both a School and a Museum.

#22 Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Fastback Creative Books
A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of print-on-demand photography books.
Oliver Werner led the group through the production process in his Manhattan on-demand establishment.
Victor Sira signed copies of a limited edition artist book he created for the occasion.

#23 Friday, October 1, 2009
School of the International Center of Photography Studio
In conjunction with Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video Curator Christopher Phillips in conversation with artist Miyako Ishiuchi along with Linda Hoaglund, Japanese translator.
Dinner at Un Deux Trois.

#24 Monday, November 9, 2009
International Center of Photography Museum
Photographer and book artist extraordinaire John Gossage and Michael Abrams of Loosestrife Editions in a lively discussion on artists books.
Book signing of Gossage's Berlin in the Time of the Wall.

#25 Monday, Feb. 8, 2010
International Center of Photography Library
Valerie Sonnenthal, Ed Grazda and Jeff Ladd from errata editions discussed how their publishing concern was established to put the rarest photobooks into the hands of the many.

#26 Thursday, June 10, 2010
International Center of Photography Museum
Guest speaker Gerry Badger, one of photography's most eminent historians and critics, discussed his favorite photobooks and celebrated the newly published The Pleasure of Good Photographs by signing copies for the Committee.

#27 Tuesday, November 30, 2010
International Center of Photography Museum
Guest speaker Ken Schles talked about his inspiration for, and the creation of, books that are considered "intellectual milestones in photography." Mr. Schles most recent book, A New History of Photography, was a finest for the 2009 Recontres d’Arles Contemporary Book Awards.

#28 Monday, February 2011
International Center of Photography Museum
ICP Curator, Christopher Phillips, spoke about contemporary Chinese books. Mr. Phillips selected books by and about Chinese artists for a display in the library to coincide with the Wang Quingsong: When Worlds Collide exhibition.

#29 Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art
Library Committee members were invited to a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of Modern Art Library and Archives. David Senior, MoMA. Bibliographer, lead a conversation and tour through some of the marvelous artist books in their collection and the artist books that support the Library and Arcives.