BY THE BOOK:

9+ DESIGNERS

 

SEPTEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 13, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
6:30PM-8PM | MEMBERS PREVIEW 5:30PM

 

Photography is an evolving medium, with many histories still to be explored. By The Book: 9+ Designers is one such foray, examining photographic books as a marker within the medium’s canon, and the role of designer within a traditional team of editors, photographers, printers and publishers engaged in the collaborative process of a book’s creation.

The designers featured in this exhibition began working on photography books before, or in the midst of, changing technologies, including the beginnings of desktop publishing in the 1980s, the emergence of the internet in the 1990s, and on-demand printing and binding in the early years of this century. Those same years brought an exponential increase in the production of photographic books, exhibitions, and collections as the medium achieved attention within the broader sphere of contemporary art. With the publication of  Andrew Roth’s The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century in 2001, the photographic monograph was confirmed as an object worthy of collection, in addition to the photographs contained within them.

This relatively small pool of individuals in the United States played a major role in the contemporary history of photography through the seminal volumes they were a part of producing, including seminal books by Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Richard Avedon, Elinor Carucci, Imogen Cunningham, Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Stephen Shore, Alfred Stieglitz, Sylvia Plachy, Mary Peck, Andres Serrano, Edward Weston, Art Wolfe, and more.

The exhibition will include over 100 books, including select titles chosen by each featured designer from his/her own career.

 

Featured designers in By The Book include:

Wendy Byrne

Eleanor Caponigro

Yolanda Cuomo

Roger Gorman

Katy Homans

Ed Marquand and studio

Catherine Mills

Mary Shanahan

Lorraine Wild

 

This exhibition is presented thanks to the support of 4 Culture.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

 

PANEL DISCUSSION with designers Wendy Byrne, Roger Gorman, Ed Marquand, and Catherine Mills 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: 4-6pm

Free with RSVP to rsvp@pcnw.org.
Please join us for a conversation with featured designers from the exhibition as they share stories of working with photographers, editors, and publishers, and how they arrived at now-iconic solutions.

 

RELATED WORKSHOP

YOUR PHOTOBOOK REALIZED
Saturday–Sunday, October 27–28
12:30–5:30pm

Join photographer and Blurb Creative Evangelist Dan Milnor and book veteran and PCNW executive director Michelle Dunn Marsh to engage in a hands-on exploration of design, editing, sequencing, and format to conceptualize your work in book form. Attendees of the workshop must have a developed body of work and bring 30–40 small prints to complete project. $500

 

RELATED COURSES, FALL:

IN PRINT: VISUAL LITERACY FROM IMAGE TO PAGE
Mondays, 6–9PM History of Photography, Tuesdays
6–9PM

HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Tuesdays
6–9PM

 

RELATED COURSE, Winter:

THE PHOTO BOOK
Wednesdays
6–9PM

 

Image Captions: Top Row, L to R: Designed by Lorraine Wild; Roger Gorman, Yolanda Cuomo, Yolanda Cuomo, Lorraine Wild, Catherine Mills Bottom Row, L to R: Designed by Katy Homans, Wendy Byrne, Yolanda Cuomo, Wendy Byrne, Mary Shanahan, Roger Gorman