10×10 Photobooks by Women (project in progress)

10×10 Photobooks by Women (working title), the next project in nonprofit 10×10 Photobooks’ ongoing series of reading rooms, will focus on photobooks by female photographers. Female photographers make up a large percentage of the photobook community, yet their numbers in the top prizes and heavily promoted books are relatively small in comparison to their male peers.

How the books are selected for The 10×10 Photobooks by Women (TWP) project

The project’s reading room selection will be formed by ten female selectors (either in teams or individually) from around the world who have each selected ten photobooks (Hence, the title “10×10”.) The project’s selectors are specialists in the photobook field, and have made selections that focus primarily on photobooks from their respective regions.

Reading room tour for TWP

The reading room will launch in fall 2018 and tour through 2019 to multiple venues, including the New York Public Library (NYC), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), PGH Photo at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh and Fototeca Latinoamericana (Buenos Aires). Talks and presentations on photobooks by women and its history are planned for most venues. At the end of the tour the books will be donated as a complete collection to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

‘Book on books’ Publication for TWP

As 10×10 Photobooks has done in their three previous reading room projects, a comprehensive ‘book-on-books’ publication with images and texts for all the photobooks in the reading room will be published in fall 2018.

All female, all the time!

Every aspect of this project will be by those who identify as female: selectors, authors/photographers of the selected photobooks and the resulting 10×10 “book-on-books” anthology’s designer, photographer, and printer.

Female photographers with books in TWP project include:

Valentina Abenavoli, Laïa Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Hannah Hoch, Dragana Jurišić, Kristina Jurotschkin, Pixy Liao, Susan Meiselas, Lucia Moholy, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Catherine Opie, Maya Rochat, Guadalupe Ruiz, Eva Saukane, Collier Schorr, Ketaki Sheth, Lieko Shiga, Dayanita Singh, Mitra Tabrizian, Carrie Mae Weems, among many others.

Selectors for this project are:

Delphine Bedel & Frédérique Destribats (Western Europe: France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal)

Federica Chiocchetti (Western Europe: Italy, UK, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria)

Iona Fergusson (South Asia and Australasia)

Ilgin Deniz Akseloglu (Turkey and Middle East)

Amanda Lo (China, Taiwan)

Lesley Martin (North America)

Oluremi Onabanjo (Africa)

Mariela Sancari (South America)

Miwa Susuda (Japan)

Daria Tuminas (Eastern Europe)

10×10 Reading Room History:

Past 10×10 reading room collections have been donated to the International Center of Photography (10×10 Japanese Photobooks), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (10×10 American Photobooks) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (CLAP! 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks).

In addition, 10×10’s  book-on-books publications have received much critical and public attention. 10×10’s recent CLAP! 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks catalogue was shortlisted for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Photography Catalogue of the Year Award and is currently touring in that associated exhibition. Reviews for past 10×10 reading room and publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, American Photo, IMA and FOAM (among others). 10×10’s reading room publications are in the following collections: Museum of Modern Art (NY), Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Pier 24, Art Institute of Chicago, New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and numerous university libraries (Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, etc.) and well-known private book collections.

About 10×10 Photobooks

10×10 Photobooks is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in New York City with the mission to foster engagement with the global photobook community through an appreciation, dissemination and understanding of photobooks. Founded in 2012, 10×10 offers an ongoing multi-platform series of public photobook events, including reading rooms, salons, publications, and partnerships with arts organizations and institutions.

10×10 Photobooks Organization

Olga Yatskevich, Russet Lederman (co-founders) and Michael Lang (Michael is our honorary male!!!).

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