The photograph and the book walk hand in hand almost since the beginning of the photographic medium. The first image fixed on paper made by Nicéphore Niépce is dated 1827. The first photography book was made by Anna Atkins in 1843. Imagine the time between the invention of Graham Bell and your first mobile phone!
Today many photographers consider a book as an art piece itself, as valid as a print or an exhibition and not only as a “best of” compilation of their images.
Photobooks have enjoyed outstanding public and institutional recognition and have raised their importance over the last years.
[PHOTOBOOK SPACE] is referring to this new book culture. The Triennial-Photobook Space consists of few curated exhibitions and accompanying events: Space one is dedicated to the shortlist 2017 of the prestigious Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation prize, whose winner is Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin. Another space presents the shortlist dummies gathered in 2018 by the jury of the Kassel Photobook Festival – the festival is the first of its kind, celebrating its 10th-year-anniversary this year.
A multimedia installation by the Spanish artist Julian Baron allows to immerse oneself in ten books, now untraceable, devoted to the theme of Europe, from Exils by Josef Koudelka to U-Ni-Ty by Michael Schmidt.
Finally, a (chill out) reading room allows one to take time and delve into the contemporary reflection of photographers on the themes that present us all. This section is a free choice of books on the theme of the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg Breaking Point, curated by Rémi Coignet and Katrin Hiller.