Barcelona | Photobook phenomenon, exhibition at the CCCB
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - March 24, 2017
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and the Fundació Foto Colectania present the exhibition Photobook Phenomenon.
Masao Horino, Camera Eye x Steel Construction, 1930-1931
Mokuseisha Shoin, Tokio, 1932.
The show runs simultaneously in two venues of Barcelona: from 18 March to 27 August, 2017 at the CCCB, and from 18 March to 25 June, 2017 at the new headquarters of Fundació Foto Colectania.
Photobook Phenomenon reclaims the role of the photobook in contemporary visual culture, proposing a reinterpretation of the history of photography by focusing on the role of the photobook and of printed photographs. A photobook is a work in itself, a book in which photography constructs the narrative and responds to an original concept, a choral work involving design, graphics and typography.
Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, France, 1947
Gelatin, Copy of the 80’s, (27.7×18.6 cm)
© Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation/Magnum Photos/Contacto
The exhibition is a kaleidoscopic view of nine international curators, who present seven different sections that create a dialogue to give us the broadest possible idea of what a photobook is.
The contents of Photobook Phenomenon range from the photobooks of Rodchenko, William Klein and Robert Frank to Japanese photobooks, pioneers in the phenomenon. Photographer Martin Parr will be presenting the best copies from his own collection. A section devoted to photobooks of protest and propaganda brings together more radical designs.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gabriel Cualladó and Henri Cartier-Bresson are other of the names present in the show, alongside the latest offerings from renowned contemporary artists who bring authentic vision to the medium, such as Laia Abril and Vivian Sassen, with an illustration of the processes of creating a photobook.
Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Japanese Lesson. A Future Book, 2016
Frederic Lezmi, taksim calling_spread_03,#Taksim Calling, Istanbul, 2013
CCCB: 18 March to 27 August 2017
Fundació Foto Colectania: 18 March to 25 June 2017
images courtesy of CCCB: http://www.cccb.org/en
Viviane Sassen, Umbra, 2015.