FOTODOK book club #4 With Dana Lixenberg, Christoph Bangert, Doug Dubois and Jan BanningThursday 17 December 2015

Location: Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, across the street from FOTODOK
Doors open:  19:30 | Start: 20:00

From about November, the words ‘photo books’ become synonymous with year-end lists. Everyone with a link to photo books, from global publishers and established designers to upcoming photographers and unknown bloggers, is keen to tell you about their favourite book of the year.

A good way, you would think, to cut through the noise and go straight to the books that matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lists are dominated by simple concepts and weird design ideas. The first impression of a book often determines its inclusion on a list, because the majority of the photo book world is uninterested in the substantive story behind it. As a result, fantastic long-term projects are overshadowed by yet another collection of short texts, overexposed photos or some other flimsy and fleeting idea.

The fourth FOTODOK Book Club is dedicated to year-end lists. But as a reaction against the usual lists, we focus only on books by photographers who take a particularly long-term approach – among them Imperial Courts by Dana Lixenberg and My Last Days at Seventeen by Doug Dubois (Skype) and Christoph Bangert about his book War Porn. Also Jan Banning will join us about his book Law and Order. Keep an eye on this event for more information and potentially additional guests.