Next October 14th we will celebrate World PhotoBook Day, after Anna Atkins’ publication Photographs of British algae. Cyanotype impressions.
This has been acclaimed as the first book made out of photographs ever, and on the 178th anniversary of the acquisition by the British Museum we’d like you to join and celebrate with us.
Small simple actions you can undertake to celebrate locally this global event:
- Show your love for photobooks via via instagram or twitter with the hashtag #PhotoBookDay.
- Post a #PhotoBookDay Selfie or a Shelfie on social media: an image with you and your current favourite photobook.
- Donate a book: consider donating photobooks you no longer spend time with, or your own that you are keen to reach further than our photobook ecology. Your local school, library or community centre may be interested—especially if you can provide some context or even activities that could be run around the books content
- Ask your local library to buy local self-published photobooks and photozines, we are sure you can give them some ideas.
- Buy a photobook. Many bookshops and publishers will make special discounts for the day.
- Follow your favourite bookshops on social media or search for #PhotoBookDay for offers and discounts.
- If you make or sell books, offer your customers discounts or some special goodies. If you run a bookshop a special 5% discount, or free shipping costs, will make your clients happy. Don’t forget to announce it with #PhotoBookDay on your usual social media channels.
We have some visuals you can use to add to your posters and social network communications that you will find on this site. And please, tell us what you did for World PhotoBook Day 2021. We hope we all have fun this day with photobooks.
Organise! Participate! Celebrate! World Photobook Day has been set up as a collaboration between the organizers of Photobook Club Madrid, Victoria Cooper, Doug Spowart and Matt Johnston.
Celebrating the photobook, born in 1843.
Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa
Victoria Cooper + Doug Spowart