Akira Hasegawa – Photography and I


Photo editor Akira Hasegawa on self-expression, photo-manipulation and fake photos. "Photography is a cut throat fight with your own eye" I first heard the name Akira Hasegawa on the pages of Asphalt magazine: he joined as photo-editor in chief from the second issue of Atsushi Fujiwara'a magazine, where he wrote all the prefaces, a single [...]

Ken Schles on Invisible Cities and Nightwalk


“For generations the Lower East Side was a churning cauldron of activity. Site of immigrants (my own family passed through there more than a century ago), it already had a long history of renewal and decay.”   Alex Bocchetto: With Invisible City you narrated New York’s East Village and Alphabet City from a very personal [...]

Book Binding DIY: making of Hungry Still

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Special projects require special attention. Hungry Still is one of them, a daring retrospective of Slideluck London’s best slideshows in book form which mingle photography and recipes, a collection of both established and up and coming photographers presenting one of their series each and matching it with a special recipe related to the sequence. A [...]

Book Binding DIY: making of Midwest Dirt

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Stillness is the first key word...and then Home, Away, The End of Youth, Adventure and Quiet, Wild Freedom Wide Open Spaces, Harvest: all of this, and more, is Midwest Dirt. Photographer Nathan Pearce and Editor Matt Johnston (Photobook Club creator) have been working over a year in editing the book. When they contacted us, they [...]

Bookbinding DIY – Making of Fear of Disappearence by Mariya Ustymenko

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  Akina Factory took on the Fear of Disappearance project from the very early stages of the process, while the artist Mariya Ustymenko was still shooting in the streets of London. The close relationship with the photographer helped shaping the work and its final form(s): an artist edition, an affordable zine edition and a sculptural [...]

Stray books


Straybooks was a free 2 days mini festival which happened in July 2013 with a focus on photo zines and independent photobooks, rooted in DIY practice. Launched by AkinaBooks, it was the first festival in London focusing exclusively on Independent photobooks and self-publishing.      In the tradition of DIY festivals, Straybooks is not only a place [...]

These Books are Made for Walking – Zines of the Zone


"You must be crazy", that's the thought that came to my mind when I first heard of the project. A mobile library travelling 50 cities in 5 months, visiting the far corners of Europe with a collection of zines and independent photobooks. Exploring the self-publishing and DIY photobooks underground, creating a network and a permanent [...]

Book binding DIY – Making of Floating by Thomas Boivin


How to make a single signature 5 holes hand sewn binding with fold outs and string button. Floating Recipe Printed Pages, Bone Folder, Stanley Knife, Metal Ruler, Scrap Paper, Needle and Thread, Some Patience, Time. optional: stack paper guillotine   1. Start by collating the pages in the right order 2. Divide in two stacks [...]

The killer, the art critic, the book and his reader


a conversation with Marco F.G. Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel about The Looking Game A serial killer and amateur photographer currently imprisoned in the Death Row: Rodney Alcala. An alias he adopted while on the run from the police: John Berger, as the famous British art critic. An archive of pictures shot by Alcala resurfacing from a [...]

Anonymous appropriation handbook #1


Adopt, recycle, détour. "Nobody in particular" on being anonymous and reframing.   Nobody in particular’s The Stars open with two hypnotic hands of a trickster, or maybe a Tv presenter or a politician. An oceanic crowd of people gathers: hundreds are giving a Roman salute, except one man, arm crossed, an expression of challenge in [...]