Photobook Week at Shakespeare and Company

Photobook Week at Shakespeare and Company

From November 7-12, 2017, Shakespeare and Company is proud to welcome 11 independent English presses, transforming our central display area into a photobook shop during Paris Photo Week.

The aim is to give an insight into the contemporary English photobook scene, and focus on how publishers work with photographers in the production of artist books. Each publisher will present a selection of 5 to 10 recently published titles. The week will also be punctuated by events – hosted by Adam Biles, author and the bookshop events manager – bringing together authors and their publishers.

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On Tuesday 7 November at 7pm we welcome photographer Anne Golaz who will be in conversation with Michael Mack about her new book, Corbeau.

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Then, on Thursday 9 November at 7pm, we will be joined in the bookstore by artist Nicholas Muellner and publisher Bruno Ceschel to to present and discuss their new book In Most Tides an Island, shortlisted for this years Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award.


And on Friday 10 November at 10am, we will welcome author Susan Bright, editor Denise Wolff, and cookbook collector Matthieu Nicol to our Café, for a morning of show-and-tell and discussion about the rich history of food in photographs from Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography. In association with Aperture and Bob’s Bake Shop.

These talks will allow audiences to develop a better understanding of how artist books are made and the relationship between authors and publishers. They will also explore photographers’ creative processes as they adapt their work into book form, as well as the relationship between photography and literature.

The ten selected publishers participating in Photobook Week are: AKINA BOOKS, BEMOJAKE, DEWI LEWIS PUBLISHING, GOST BOOKS, HOXTON MINI PRESS, MÖREL BOOKS, OODEE BOOKS, RRB BOOKS, SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY, TROLLEY BOOKS. More information on them below.

Photobook Week is curated by Matthieu Nicol and produced by Too Many Pictures. It is an event associated with Photo Saint Germain Festival.



AKINA Books is an independent publishing house focused on contemporary and challenging photography, with a particular care for experimenting with editing, binding techniques, paper combinations and structures of visual narrative. AKINA produces photobooks in limited edition, often handmade, as objects to crease, love, collect. AKINA also runs a teaching and lecture program on all things photobook and a cozy factory devoted to book making and design. Originally funded in London, it is now based in Istanbul, Turkey It is run by Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli.


Bemojake is an independent publisher based in London that publishes limited edition books, working in close collaboration with the artist and designer. The imprint was started by Maxwell Anderson in 2011.


Founded in 1994, Dewi Lewis Publishing is internationally known for its photography lists, that have included books by leading British and international photographers such as William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, Paolo Pelegrin and Bruce Gilden. It is based in Stockport, Manchester area The aim of the company is to bring to the attention of a wider public, accessible but challenging contemporary photography by both established and lesser known practitioners. It publishes around 20 new titles each year. It is owned and run by Caroline Warhurst and Dewi Lewis.


Founded in 2013, GOST Books is an independent visual arts and photography publisher based in London.

The Director and co-founder of GOST Books is Stuart Smith, a designer with over 30 years experience and renowned for his specialisation in typography and award-winning photo books.

GOST publishes a small roster of approximately 8 books a year of diverse subject matter and design, making an uncategorizable output a trademark of GOST.


Hoxton mini press is an indie publisher from East London making collectable photography books. In an age when everything is virtual, the book as an object is more important than ever. Hoxton mini press wants to make books that both the collector and the non-specialist can enjoy – and that everyone can afford. Most of the books are about East London, but gradually we are broadening out to other areas and topics, but always with an eye on the urban and niche.


Books with artists, writers and curators.


Mörel Books is a London-based independent publisher specializing in affordable limited edition art books and zines. Working with established artists alongside new and upcoming talents, their books are made in close collaboration with the artist, reducing the distance between the artist’s vision and that of the viewer. Many of the books can be purchased with limited edition prints. The project was Funded by Aron Morel.


Based in London and Paris, oodee is an independent publishing house working closely with establish and emerging photographers and dedicate on designing and printing unique contemporary photography books. Founded in 2011, oodee is led by Creative Director Damien Poulain. oodee promotes the work of young female photographers internationally through its POV Female series and collaborate and publishes the work of photographers such as Pieter Hugo, Charlotte Dumas, Viviane Sassen and Roger Ballen.


Following ventures in antiquarian books and publishing, German-born Bristolian Rudi Thoemmes established RRB Photobooks to share his passion for interesting, rare and out of print photobooks. He also established Photobook Bristol in 2013, holding festivals and other events dedicated to the celebration of photobooks. In 2015 RRB Publishing was established to publish new work and distribute selected titles.


Self Publish, Be Happy is an organization dedicated to shaping contemporary photography and visual culture through publishing, online and offline events, and education programmes. Its publishing house SPBH Editions challenges the traditional boundaries of bookmaking to realize exceptional artist projects in the form of limited edition publications, multiples, artefacts, prints and posters. It is based in London and was funded by Bruno Ceschel.


Trolley Books is an independent publishing house in the UK, based in London, that publishes books of a diverse range of subjects, told through photography, photojournalism, contemporary art and fiction. It was founded by Gigi Giannuzzi [1963-2012] in 2001, and is now run by Hannah Watson.

About Adam

Adam Biles is the Events Manager at Shakespeare and Company and the author of FEEDING TIME, published by Galley Beggar Press.