If you’re in Switzerland or near Lausanne over the weekend of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February, there’s a seminar dedicated to the photo book. Lasting Impressions, or fading impressions?: The Photobook today and tomorrow.
Round table discussions cover topics ranging from Profusion & Confusion: What is the photography book today?, Concepts & Objects: A Photobook Laboratory to Menaces & Promises: Where is the photography book going? The event marks the end of the exhibition Lasting Impressions The Fine Art &Craft of the Steidl Book. Guests include Alec Soth, Gerhard Steidl – who leads a guided tour of the exhibition, Michael Mack, Joachim Schmid and William A Ewing, who wrote a piece for The Guardian in 2005 looking at upcoming photographers and also leads a guided tour of the exhibition.
The seminar costs chf 50.–/day (£30 approx), meal included. Students: free entrance to the colloquium, lunch chf 10.– (£6.00 approx). Cash payment on site, see website for details. The discussion will be simultaneously translated in French/English. The event is organized by the Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, in collaboration with the ECAL/Universty of Art and Design Lausanne.
Even if you can’t make the event, the titles of the discussions look interesting and suggest that the photo book is being examined seriously as a significant cultural object.