10x10 American Photobooks
As part of 10×10 American Photobooks’ NYC Sneak Preview at the Ten10 Studios, May 3-5, 2013, phot(o)lia features one critic/ writer/ blogger/ publisher a day. Each contributor suggests 10 American photobooks for 10x10 online. Join the discussion on 10x10 photobooks here.
Day #7. Heidi Sanders / 6 Decades Books
About Heidi Sanders’ selection for the 10×10 Online:
My selection is representative of the sort of artists’ books that we focus on at 6 Decades Books. In each of these titles, the artist has used photographic imagery in the process of making a book which is itself an artwork, not a book where the main point is to reproduce a series of individual images. These are all compelling photobooks, but in several cases the artists who made them are not generally thought of as photographers, or the photographic content consists primarily of pre-existing, or anonymous images. Mike Kelley and Paul Schiek, whose titles are the chronological bookends of the list, both created their works by editing and curating images, rather than making new ones. It is not great photography that interests me so much as the way an artist engages with the book as a medium, using the form to shape content and convey an artistic vision so that the book as a whole communicates in a way that no single image could.
Heidi Sanders runs 6 Decades Books, a business specializing in artists’ books and related artwork and ephemera from the 1960s to the present, with her husband, Jeremy Sanders. Previously, she was director of John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller. She received a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at Bard Graduate Center.
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Please join us for the NYC sneak preview!
Opening reception: Friday, 3 May, from 7 to 9
Panel Discussion: Sunday, 5 May - R.S.V.P. is required
4-5 May 2013, from 12 to 8
10-10 47th Road, Long Island City, NY
Subway: #7 Train to Vernon/Jackson Station