How We See: Photobooks by Women
New York: 10×10 Photobooks, 2018
Edition of 600
Designed by Laura Coombs
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How We See: Photobooks by Women, 10×10 Photobooks’ latest project and publication presents a global range of 21st-century photobooks by female photographers.
With historical records establishing 19th-century British photographer Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853) as the first photobook, it is not surprising that women have consistently contributed to the rich history of photobook making. 10×10 Photobooks has organized How We See—a hands-on reading room, “book on books” publication and series of public events—to explore the distinctive content, design and intellectual attributes in photobooks produced by women.
How We See: Photobooks by Women ‘Book on Books’ Publication
The comprehensive How We See ‘book-on-books’ publication—with images and texts for all the photobooks in the reading room—will be published in late October 2018. In addition to all the books in the reading room, the publication includes one hundred historical books by women photographers, an annotated chronology, author and visual indexes, and essays by photographer Ishiuchi Miyako; Magnum Foundation Executive Director, Kristen Lubben and an interview with Valentina Abenavoli of Akina Books.
Reading Room Tour
The How We See Reading Room launches on 25 October 2018 at the New York Public Library and will tour through 2020 to multiple venues, including Fototeca Latinoamericana (Buenos Aires, December 2018), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, March 2019) and PGH Photo at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, April 2019), among others. Talks and presentations on photobooks by women and their history are planned for all venues. At the end of the tour the books will be donated as a complete collection to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A second collection of the How We See Reading Room books has been acquired by the New York Public Library.
How the Books are Selected
The project’s reading room selection has been formed by ten female selectors (either in teams or individually) from around the world. The project’s selectors are specialists in the photobook field, and have made selections that focus on photobooks published in the 21st-century from their respective regions.
Photographers with books in How We See include:
Laia Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Abigail Heyman, Hannah Höch, 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 the How We See Reading Room are:
- Ilgin Deniz Akseloğlu (Middle East)
- Delphine Bedel & Frédérique Destribats (Western Europe)
- Federica Chiocchetti (Western Europe)
- Iona Fergusson (South Asia & Australasia)
- Amanda Ling-Ning Lo (China & Taiwan)
- Lesley A. Martin (United States)
- Oluremi C. Onabanjo (Africa)
- Mariela Sancari (Latin America)
- Miwa Susuda (Japan)
- Daria Tuminas (Eastern Europe)
100 Historical Photobooks by Women Photographers
Included in the reading room publication for How We See are ten lists of historical photobooks by women photographers from 1843 to 2010. These subjective lists (of ten books each) are provided by historians, librarians, curators and writers in the photography and photobook field. Historical selectors are: Sagrario Berti, Clara Bouveresse, Hinde Haest, Anne E. Havinga, Carole Naggar, Sayaka Takahashi, Barbara Tannenbaum, Jennifer Tobias, Stephanie H. Tung and the women on the 10×10 Photobooks team.
Photographers included within the historical lists are: Diane Arbus, Anna Atkins, Barbara Brandli, Margaret Bourke-White, Claude Cahun, Giesele Freund, Miyako Ishiuchi, Graciela Iturbide, Germaine Krull, Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Hsin Wang, among others.