World Photobook Day

Dear friends:

On 14 October is International Day of the photobook. This date is a direct homage to the first photobook known: Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions of Anna Atkins. Since we do not know the date of publication, we have taken the date of entry in the catalog the copies for the British Library:

This year marks the 170th anniversary of that date and we’d love you to join this celebration and turn that day into a global event organizing an event related to the Photobook in your respective cities.

Not much time to organize large activities, so as usual in the PhotoBook Club Madrid we will opt for organizing something accessible to anyone who wants to participate.

We propose – as a global activity to develop through facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. – Share a photo of a photobook using the hashtag # PhotoBookDay. Organize any other activity that you consider appropriate to celebrate the day. let us know to share .

Celebrate the photobook, born in 1843.





  1. Gael Phillips · · Reply

    Anna Atkins was a distant cousin of mine through my connection to the Children family. Anna’s maiden name was Anna Children, the only daughter of John George Children FRS. Her multicoloured set of cyanotypes of British Algae is the subject of a book by Larry Schaaf, Sun Gardens. Anna was given her camera by her father, from Fox Talbot,who was a family friend. They were also friends of SIr H Davy, with whom they were in business for a while in a gun powder factory. Anna’s cousin Miss Daniel, was a first cousin of Jane Austin, who mentions John George Children in her letters. When the family bank went bankrupt at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815-6 Sir Joseph Banks, another family friend, obtained a position for John George Children at the British Museum. He features in the painting of the presentation of the Parthenon Marbles and was also an early zoologist and mineralogist. Children’s python is named after Anna’s father.

    I am very interested in your project for the 14th.

    Best wishes

    Gael Phillips

  2. Gael,

    Thanks so much for getting in touch, it is fantastic to see that you have come across this initiative and that you are able to add some more background. I wonder whether we could maybe chat further? If you email matt@photobookclub that would be fantastic!


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