The Photobook Sessions

The Photobook Sessions

A day programme of online talks on the Photobook from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

Thursday 20 May 2021
1-7pm British Summer Time (+1 GMT), Zoom

The event is free to attend but booking is required. Click here to book

UPDATE 16 May 2021. The Photobook Sessions are now fully booked but please email to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations.

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL), are delighted to announce The Photobook Sessions, a free day-long programme of talks around photobook publishing, with guest curators Lewis Chaplin and Sarah Piegay Espenon of Loose Joints, Marseille, on Thursday 20 May. This online event runs from 1-7pm UK Time (+1 GMT) and will be hosted on Zoom.

The Photobook Sessions aim to explore the state of photographic publishing and provide a forum for discussing the production of books and the field of criticism around photobook publishing. The event celebrates a new partnership between the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. The collaboration is initiated by a gift from the Foundation of books longlisted for its annual prize acknowledging excellence in publishing, to the College’s library and special collections.

The event invites a Guest Curator to give a keynote presentation and create a half-day programme, setting an agenda for thinking around publishing. This is followed by a series of discursive forums focused upon the critical interpretation and reception of photobooks, curated by Duncan Wooldridge (Camberwell College of Arts), and David Solo (Kraszna-Krausz Foundation).

Contributors: Lewis Chaplin | Sarah Piegay Espenon | Mårten Lange | Linda Van Deursen | Tanvi Mishra | Christiane Monarchi | Eugenie Shinkle | Ana Casas Broda | Anne Nwakalor | Daria Tuminas | Shoair Mavlian

Please find full programme details here:

About the organisers:

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press. Since their inception in 1985 the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have been the UK’s leading prizes celebrating and supporting books on photography and the moving image. Winning books are those which make original and lasting educational, professional, historical and cultural contributions to the field.

Camberwell College of Arts is part of University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is 1 University made up of 6 colleges, ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2021. The Fine Art Photography courses at Camberwell explore an expanded and experimental approach to contemporary photography, stretching the definitions and applications of the photographic image as a critical object.

About the Guest Curators:

Loose Joints is an independent publishing house collaborating with leading and emerging artists on contemporary approaches to photography in book form. Loose Joints circulates new visual perspectives through a dedicated list seeking to elevate underrepresented voices in photographic discourse. Loose Joints is based in Marseille and was founded in London in 2015 by Sarah Piegay Espenon and Lewis Chaplin.


Ana Casas Broda is a photographer, curator and editor, and co-founder of Hydra, an independent platform related to the medium of photography, that includes an educational program, a gallery, a bookstore and a publishing house with an experimental project of hybrid publications. Casas Broda is the author of the photobooks and exhibitions Álbum and Kinderwunsch, among others.

Mårten Lange is an artist working on a wide range of topics including nature, technology and the urban environment. His most recent book, Ghost Witness, was published by Loose Joints in 2020. He has published several books, including Citizen (Études Books, 2015), Another Language (MACK, 2012), The Mechanism (MACK 2017) and Chicxulub (self-published, 2016). Lange studied photography in Sweden, Japan and the United Kingdom. His work has been shown internationally, most recently at Foam in Amsterdam, Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Shoair Mavlian is Director of Photoworks. She is responsible for the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including exhibitions, publishing, digital content and learning & engagement. Recent Photoworks projects include ‘Photoworks Festival: Propositions for Alternative Narratives’ (2020), ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise/The Land In between’ (MEP, Paris 2019) and ‘Brighton Photo Biennial: A New Europe’ (2018). From 2011-2018 Mavlian was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London.

Tanvi Mishra is a photo editor, curator, and writer. Among her interests are South Asian histories and activisms as well as fiction in photography, particularly in the current political landscape. She currently works as the Creative Director of The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture. She is a photo-editor of PIX, a South Asian publication and display practice.

Christiane Monarchi is the founding editor of the online photography magazine Photomonitor which has published 1,300+ features since 2011. In 2020 she co-founded Hapax Magazine, currently working on its first issue. Christiane serves on the board of Photofusion, the steering committee of Fast Forward, Women in Photography, and as a trustee of The Hyman Foundation.

Anne Nwakalor is the Founding Editor of No! Wahala Magazine, one of Africa’s first-ever contemporary photography magazine dedicated to showcasing authentic visual stories told by African creatives. She is also a Photo Editor and presently works as a Communication Expert within the development space in Nigeria.

Eugenie Shinkle is photographer, writer and co-editor (with Callum Beaney) of the online photobook platform c4journal. She writes and lectures widely on a range of photography-related subjects, including landscape, architecture, fashion photography and human-technology relations. Based in London, UK, Shinkle is Reader in Photography at Westminster University.

David Solo is a Brooklyn based collector, independent writer and researcher, and patron focused on artist and photo books. He is a frequent speaker on artist/photo books in NY and Europe and is actively involved with several institutions in London and New York including as a trustee of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Most recently he is working on the global history of photography and poetry in book form as well as related photo-text topics and is a co-founder of the Book Art Review.

Daria Tuminas is a curator at FOTODOK. Starting from 2017 and until December 2019, Tuminas worked as the head of Unseen Book Market (Unseen Amsterdam). Daria regularly contributes texts about photobooks to various media. In 2017, she guest-edited The Photobook Review #12 (Aperture); in 2018, wrote a chapter on East European photobooks to How We See: Photobooks by Women (10 x 10 Photobooks); in 2020, she co-wrote a text Is a Book Worth a Tree? for YET issue 12; in 2021, she co-wrote Cut to a Photobook >, an essay on photobook editing for Belgian Platform For Photobooks.

Linda van Deursen works and lives in Amsterdam, where she founded studio Mevis & van Deursen with Armand Meveis in 1987. Since then they work for cultural clients and have produced identities for major cultural institutions such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and events such as documenta 14 and the Venice Biennial. They have also edited and designed numerous book sfor artists, photographers, architects and designers.

For any enquiries, please contact Alex Anthony at the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation:

Images with thanks © and courtesy of Loose Joints

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