This Weekend: The New York Art Book Fair

If you're in the NYC area this weekend and love photography books, consider yourself lucky. At MOMA's PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, the eighth-annual NY Art Book Fair gets under way on Friday. Close to 300 publishers, vendors and artists will be on hand to show and sell everything from rare exhibition catalogs to big-name photo books to hand-made, self-published zines.

Alongside the buying and selling, the Fair also hosts a series of lectures and workshops for artists and publishers. A few photo-centric highlights include:

"Focus: Photography". In a dedicated gallery on the second floor all weekend, you'll find the wares of some of the best photo book publishers today, including New York's Dashwood Books, Tokyo's AKAAKA, Germany's Kominek, London's Mörel, and Alec Soth's Minnesota-based imprint Little Brown Mushroom.

"The City as a Book" with Chris Burnett and Elisabeth Tonnard (Friday 4:00-5:00 pm). This talk will be centered around the Selle collection, an amazing archive of over 1 million street portraits made by sidewalk photo vendors in San Francisco from the 1950s-1970s. Tonnard's book "In This Dark Wood" published by J&L features images from the archive.

The State of the Photobook, by Alec Soth (Friday 6:30–7:00 pm). A lecture by Soth, whose Little Brown Mushroom is one of today's most interesting independent publishers, should be great. The thirty books that have been shortlisted for Aperture's Paris Photo Book Award will also be announced.

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