10 specialists select 10 books each for a pop-up reading room of 100 Japanese photobooks that coincides with the New York Art Book Fair.
Reading Room Specialists: Dan Abbe and Andrew Thorn, PH Tomoka Aya, Third Gallery Aya Ferdinand Brueggemann, Galerie Priska Pasquer Atsushi Fujiwara, Asphalt Magazine Yasunori Hoki, Super Labo Akio Nagasawa, BLD Gallery Christopher Phillips and Deirdre Donohue, ICP Yoko Sawada, Osiris Kunihiro Takahashi, Tosei-sha Ivan Vartanian, Goliga
10x10 reading room will also feature Japanese photo magazines IMA, Asphalt and Phat Photo.
10x10 Reading Room, a three-day pop-up reading room sponsored by the ICP library and the Photobook Facebook Group, presents 100 Japanese photobooks from the perspective of 10 specialists who have each been asked to select 10 postwar Japanese photobooks or magazines. Over the past 10 years an ever-expanding community of photobook collectors has grown in both Japan and the West. Recent photobook studies and resources have primarily focused on rare and out-of-print photobooks. Those seeking information beyond these seminal books have turned to museum libraries and online communities. Realizing that a void existed for the general public to have direct access to many of the smaller editions, lesser known postwar Japanese photobooks and magazines, the ICP library and the Photobook Facebook Group have invited specialists, who include critics, curators, editors, writers, publishers, gallerists and booksellers, to share their knowledge about Japanese photobooks. By no means conclusive, the selection presented in the 10x10 reading room is shaped by the specific interests of each specialist and is just a small sampling of the larger breadth and variety within Japanese photobooks. 10x10 invites the public to come in, browse and pick up a book!
In addition to the physical reading room, 10x10 Japanese Photobooks has also organized a virtual space where 10 online Japanese photobook specialists and bloggers recommend 10 books each for an additional 100 books of interest. Visit photolia.tumblr.com.
Ken Iseki, My New Notebook
Lilian Froger, 748 = photobooks
Dirk Rösler and Kurt Easterwood, Japan Exposures
Nicolas Codron, A Japanese Book
Victor Sira and Shiori Kawasaki, Book Dummy Press
Laurence Vecten, One Year of Books
Marco Bohr, Visual Culture Blog
Rémi Coignet and Nina Poppe, Des Livres et des photos
Marc Feustel, Eyecurious
Organized by Russet Lederman, Matthew Carson, and Olga Yatskevich.