Indie Photobook Library Presents

A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st century Photobooks

Curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes


The Indie Photobook Library’s seminal traveling exhibition, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, arrives in New York, after stops in San Francisco and DC. “A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks” draws from the iPL collection and features 70 photobooks, along with a selection of photographs from the books. The exhibition looks at the “documentary tradition” through the lens of a 21st century, global photographic community in which the lines between journalism, art and the long-term documentary project have blurred, morphed and continue to feed off of each other.

The books selected for this exhibition present a range of subject matter, each coupled with a particular visual language drawn from a pool of diversity. There are books that speak a more traditional documentary language, while there are those that explicitly critique that very same tradition; there are diaristic books and titles that overlay a typological structure; other books rely primarily on found and vernacular imagery; and there are many books that borrow heavily from an art-photography storehouse. The goal of this exhibition is to survey the field before us and to foreground questions of authorship, voice, style and content.

The exhibition catalog, designed by Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books, is available through Blurb.


Photobooks by Alba Yruela, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar, Amy Stein, Amy Touchette, Erica McDonald, Juliana Beasley, Andrea Stultiens and Arthur Kisitu, Anne Collier, Anton Kusters, Bjarne Bare, BURN, Cary Markerink, Christopher Capozziello, David Galjaard, Deanna Dikeman, Ed Panar, Eliot Dudik, Eric Tabuchi, Erik van der Weijde, Florian van Roekel, Geoffrey Ellis, Gregory Halpern, Heidi de Gier, Ian van Coller, in-public, Jacquie Maria Wessels, Jessica Auer, Jessica Hines, John Steck Jr., Judith Stenneken, Julián Barón, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Lacey Terrell, Mathieu Asselin, Matt Austin, Matt Eich, Max Pam, Maxwell Anderson, McNair Evans, Michael Jang, Mishka Henner, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Nils Petter Löfstedt, Noah Beil, Ofer Wolberger, Paccarik Orue, Peter Mann, Peter Sutherland, Phil Underdown, photo.circle, Pierre Le Hors, Preston is My Paris, Ray Meeks and Deborah Luster, RJ Shaughnessy, Ron Jude, Sacha Maric, Sara Macel, Scott Blake, Shawn Records, Simon Roberts, Stephen Gill, Takashi Homma, Thomas Mailaender, Tiane Doan na Champassak, Tomas van Houtryve, Valerio Spada, Verena Bruening, WassinkLundgren, Willson Cummer, Yann Gross, Yannik Willing, Yee Ling Tang

Prints by McNair Evans, Erica McDonald, Matt Eich, Michael Jang, Lacey Terrell, and Eliot Dudik, as selected by Gwen Lafage.

Larissa Leclair is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library.

Darius Himes is the Director of Fraenkel Gallery and Co-Founder of Radius Books.

The Indie Photobook Library (www.indiephotobooklibrary.org) is a U.S. based archive that collects and showcases self-published and indie published photobooks, and facilitates discourse on trends in contemporary publishing and scholarly research now and in the future. Since May of 2010, the iPL has organized over twenty pop-up library spaces, events, and feature-length exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala and China.




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