28 May 2015
Offprint London, held over the long weekend of 22-25 May 2015 was organised in collaboration with Tate Modern and curator Simon Baker. Over 140 independent photobook publishers from all over the world had sales tables offering their latest publications. Japanese publishers were much in evidence.
The atmosphere was a real buzz, with younger photographers and family members filling the whole of the lower area of the Turbine Hall.
Aron Morel was selling our recent Sheffield Hallam event speaker Melanie Gibson's book “The Photograph as Contemporary Art” and Melanie herself was in her smoke cabinet on Sunday, submitting copies of her book about the recent fire in her studio to the smell of smoke.
Sales staff on the GOST stand had brought their children and I was greeted by "they are on the minimum wage" when these were behind the sales table while mums had a snack. GOST had a book signing by Lisa Barnard of her latest publication. Lisa teaches at Newport with Paul Reas and had heard of his visit to us at Sheffield Hallam the previous weekend.
There was a bar and snack area by the entrance (free entry) and live music, making the whole event a full-on experience. As Aperture, New York, in their Spring Photobook Review have written: "Book culture and performance culture are drawing closer together".