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A Showroom for Photobooks

In quick rotation THE BOX showcases treasures from our collection, remarkable and new discoveries or small thematic exhibitions with and about photobooks.

#5
01.12.2023 – 14.02.2024

HÉREOS DEL BRILLO
SHINE HEROES

by Federico Estol

In the award-winning photobook Héroes del Brillo, the shoeshine boys of La Paz become superheroes. Stylistically manoeuvring between graphic novel and new photography, Federico Estol stages the local underdogs as cult figures and creates an urban fairy tale between indie fashion and activist social reportage.

In a participatory workshop process, Estol invited the shoeshine boys to imagine a creative new version of their own story. of their own story. Together, they developed a storyboard and portrayed themselves not as stigmatised and outcasts, but as urban superheroes who, while taking care of the unbroken local demand for polished footwear, save the city from villains. In the end, they are frenetically celebrated by their customers. Discover the Utopia of Brilloland!

Héreos del Brillo was distributed as a special edition of a street newspaper by the shoeshine boys themselves and is now returning to the streets as a cross-space installation in THE BOX.

Federico Estol is a photographer and artist from Uruguay. He works and publishes as a "community-based visual storyteller" throughout Latin America. Estol is the artistic director of the SAN JOSÉ FOTO Festival and publishes many works as editor of El Ministerio Ediciones publishing house, he publishes highly acclaimed photo books and zines.

www.federicoestol.com



Vernissage: 01.12. from 19:00


Federico in Town: 07.02.24 from 20:00

Reception and Guided Tour with Federico Estol


THE BOX  
Körnerstraße 6–8
Köln - Ehrenfeld 

Open:
Thursday: 16:00–22:00
Saturday: 12:00–16:00
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from Héroes del Brillo von Federico Estol, El Ministerio Editiones, 2018


Past Show

#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.

  • Dayanita Singh, Book Building, Steidl 2022 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan, Steidl 2017 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan, Steidl 2017 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan, Steidl 2017 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum of Chance, Steidl 2015 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum of Chance, Steidl 2015 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Museum of Chance, Steidl 2015 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Let´s See, Steidl 2022 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Let´s See, Steidl 2022 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Zakir Hussain Maquette, Steidl 2019 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Zakir Hussain Maquette, Steidl 2019 © Steidl Verlag
  • Dayanita Singh, Zakir Hussain Maquette, Steidl 2019 © Steidl Verlag

Events:


Vernissage: 02.09. as of 19:00


Dayanita in Town: 28.10. as of 20:00

Reception and Guided Tour with Dayanita Singh


Museum-Night: 04.11. as of 19:00

Box-Tours, Outdoor-Screening, Drinks & Music
until 2:00!

Get your tickets for the citywide Cologne Museum-Night on rausgegangen.de


THE BOX  
Körnerstraße 6–8
Köln - Ehrenfeld 

Open:
Thursday: 16:00–22:00
Saturday: 12:00–16:00
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from File Room von Dayanita Singh, Steidl 2013


Past Show

#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



danielmayrit.com



One of Yours was made with the support of Kursala - Universidad de Cadiz.

The exhibition was powered by:

  

 from One Of Yours, by Daniel Mayrit, 2022

Past Show

#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!



06. – 07.05.2023 
24h Reading Room
GRAPHIC NOVELS Non-Stop!

From Saturday 16:00 to Sunday 16:00


06.05.2023  21:00 Uhr
From Photobook to Graphic Novel
Artist Talk with Carlos Spottorno

Carlos Spottorno is the author of the multi-award winning photo-graphic novel "The Rift" and "The Fault Line“. Here is the link to his bio.




  

Drawing from Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide 
by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña, Getty 2018

Past Show

#1

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