This coming October 14th World #PhotoBookDay will be celebrated! This date is a direct homage to the first known photobook: Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. As the exact publishing date is unknown, we have taken the date that appears in the registry of the copy in British Library records.
Feel free to organise other activities for this day. We’d love you to join us in this celebration and contribute to make this date a global event by organising an action related to photobooks in your own city. As soon as you program your activity, please e-mail it to us, and we’ll post it in this website. This is the second year of this global event, in 2013 there were a nice collection of activities spread over many different countries, we’ve posted them here, take a look. We know there is not much time to organise large activities, but we can propose easy actions you can take to celebrate locally this global event:
Post a #PhotoBookDaySelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favourite photobook.
Discuss your love of photobooks via the twitter hashtag #PhotoBookDay
Donate a self-published photobook or photozine to your nearest public library or school library. Where we can we will publish a list of public libraries accepting donations this day.
Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day. We’ll publish a list of them.
Check our map and locate your nearest activities and participate!
Organise! Participate! Celebrate! The World Photobook Day has been set up as a collaboration between the organizers of Photobook Club Madrid and Matt Johnston. Celebrating the photobook, born in 1843.
Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa