In quick rotation THE BOX showcases treasures from our collection, remarkable and new discoveries or small thematic exhibitions with and about photobooks.
#4 02.09. – 16.11.2023
DAYANITA SINGH BOOK BUILDING
how to turn a book into an exhibition
Bookmaking has been an integral part of Dayanita Singh’s art – from her earliest project, Zakir Hussain: A Photo Essay (1986) to her last two books, Let’s See and Book Building, published by Steidl in 2021.
Singh views the offset printing process as a literal symbol that allows her to disseminate information, images, and material. She also refers to herself as an “offset artist.” This is because Singh has a very unique concept of exhibition: each book does not represent an “original” exhibition, but is in fact the exhibition itself. So anyone who has access to the individual books can view the exhibition – anytime, anywhere. With her portable “museums” and book objects, Singh has developed a form that is simultaneously book, catalog, and exhibition.
Dayanita Singh lives in New Delhi and on Goa. Her photographic oeuvre has been published in over 15 books, most of them in close collaboration with Gerhard Steidl in Göttingen. Dayanita Singh’s work was shown in major retrospectives at the Gropius Bau in Berlin and the Villa Stuck in Munich in 2022. In 2021, she was honored with the Hasselblad Award in particular for her services to the photobook.
Vernissage: 02.09.2023, 19:00
THE BOX Körnerstraße 6–8 Köln - Ehrenfeld
THE BOX is supported by:
aus File Room von Dayanita Singh, Steidl 2013
#3 12.05. – 18.08.2023
One of Yours by Daniel Mayrit
For this years edition of Photoszene Festival THE BOX – the showroom of the PhotoBookMuseum turns into Daniel Mayrit’s fictitious campaign office, where he masterly twists the visual codes, the buzzwords and the gestures of the demagogues and populists of our time and thus warns us forcefully against them.
Daniel Mayrit will be present on the opening weekend Pass by and join the movement!
Opening: 12.05.2023, 18:00
One of Yours was made with the support of Kursala - Universidad de Cadiz.
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from One Of Yours, by Daniel Mayrit, 2022
#2 10.03 – 07.05.2023
The spectrum of genres and stories is as lush as it is diverse. They range from the classic “bio-pics” to photographic heroes such as Weegee and Henri Cartier-Bresson to illustrated children’s books about famous female photographers such as Anna Atkins, Dorothea Lange and Vivian Maier. Techniques and individual chapters of photographic history are also popular subjects of graphic novels. Last but not least, the synopsis shows how different the aesthetic settings are. Sometimes incunabula of photography are not only recited and used in drawings for the respective narrative, but even draw their visual design entirely from photographic originals. The conclusion of the review: between photo books and comics, a new genre is manifesting itself – PHOTO GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOKS!
Drawing from Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña, Getty 2018
28.10.2022 – 4.03.2023
For the opening of their showroom, Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi are presenting their "Directors' Choice - Our Favourite Photobook 2022":
Studio Photo Nationale
by Samuel Fosso
published by Sébastien Girard
In 2014, when civil war was raging in the Central African Republic, Samuel Fosso’s studio in the capital Bangui was looted. The photojournalists Jerome Delay, Marcus Bleasdale and Peter Bouckaert rescued the negatives from destruction and sent them to Fosso who had already emigrated to Paris. For seven years, these three steel boxes containing more than 50,000 negatives remained locked. In the spring of 2021, the French photographer and book designer Sébastien Girard gained access to this lost photographic material and edited it.
This photobook, produced by Girard on his Riso Press, is dedicated to Fosso’s early studio photographs from the 1980s and tells the fascinating story of Studio Photo Nationale several decades before Fosso was discovered as a major African artist.
Spread from Studio Photo Nationale, Toulouse 2021
THE BOX - Opening on 28. October 2022 Photo: Frederic Lezmi
Studio Photo Nationale at THE BOX Photos: Frederic Lezmi & Markus Schaden
backround image: Samuel Fosso, aus Studio Photo Nationale, Toulouse 2021