Photobooks as sequential archives: Researching photobook publishing through integration of photographic and book art practices

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paula roush (2020). Photobooks as sequential archives: Researching photobook publishing through integration of photographic and book art practices. msdm publications. https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.899y9

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Orphan Editions
paula roush Orphan Editions .
Torn, Folded, Curled
paula roush Torn, Folded, Curled. Beirut, Lebanon and London, UK
msdm publications
paula roush msdm publications. London
Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation
roush, paula (2016). Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation. in: Gunilla Knape, Louise Wolthers and Niclas Ostlind (ed.) Art And Theory Publishing.
Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan photographs sourced from the Arab Image Foundation
paula roush (2019). Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan photographs sourced from the Arab Image Foundation. The Archive: Visual Culture in the Middle East. Blat, Lebanon 05 - 05 Apr 2019
Creatorspaula roush
Description

The investigation into the creation of photobook works is a continuum of my practice as artist-curator working with photographic archives. A research question underlies my projects: What is distinctive about the photobook as a medium to elicit visual narratives from photographic archives? The practice shows that an integration of photographic and book art practices creates interactive space-time sequences that are unique and otherwise not available in the administrative archive.

Two research projects explore the potential of archives of orphan photographs as source for photobook publishing and display:
[output 1]- Orphan Editions – photobooks sourced from the Found Photo Foundation, my own photographic collections;
[output 2]- Torn, Folded, Curled- photobooks sourced from Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation photographic archive.
In these projects I investigate the photobook‘s visual sequencing structures as generative of historical knowledge and memory.

[output 3] My own imprint —msdm publications—aims to create a small-scale model of photobook publishing, guided by artistic research and the investigation of both formal and conceptual aspects of the photobook medium. High-quality limited editions—in these days of automated print on demand— makes for a distinctive approach to photobook publishing.

The research has impact on the ways it sits in the public domain: msdm publications are
1-included in international public book art collections and exhibitions;
2- made available to the audiences: working collaboratively through workshops, with first-time photobook publishers, and art and humanitarian organisations, supporting them in exhibiting and publishing their photographic archives.

In the aim of disseminating knowledge, the research was presented at
[output 4]- The Order and Collapse Lives of Archives Conference at the University of Gothenburg and its critical theoretical perspective published on a peer-reviewed monograph (2016).
[output 5]- The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East symposium at the Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design, 2019. (publication forthcoming)

Keywordsphotobook, art publishing, orphan photography, photographic archives, archival art
Year2020
Publishermsdm publications
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.899y9
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