How to Know When You have Become a Successful Artist

This is a chart to assist an emerging artist with identifying whether they are hitting their mark or not. It surfaced in a pile of donated clippings some years ago and was greeted with much hilarity by the artists who work in the library and use it. If anyone knows the author of this, we… Continue reading How to Know When You have Become a Successful Artist

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Spring in New York City is a wonderful time to experience all those rare and hard to find photobooks many covet, but are unable to afford. Beginning with The AIPAD Photography Show at the end of March and ending with the New York Photo Festival in mid-May, an amazing array of photobooks are on view… Continue reading New York Antiquarian Book Fair

ICP/Bard MFA Class of 2012 Making Book, Making Not-Book

The ICP/Bard MFA artists have increasingly been embracing the hand-made book as a format, and even toppling it over in favor of making what I call “not-books:” small, interactive items that may be multiples, but are decidedly vessels for the artist’s thinking and desire to control their distribution. They find in it a great way… Continue reading ICP/Bard MFA Class of 2012 Making Book, Making Not-Book

Kiyoshi Suzuki –It’s All About the Photobooks

Earlier this year the International Center of Photography’s Library received a generous donation of several books by Dutch photographer, curator and bookmaker Machiel Botman and his New York gallerist Tom Gitterman. In addition to the beautiful monographs of Botman’s highly personal and emotional work was a 2008 retrospective catalogue for Kiyoshi Suzuki: Soul and Soul:… Continue reading Kiyoshi Suzuki –It’s All About the Photobooks

Artist’s Atheneum: An Interview with Nandita Raman

Artist's Atheneum is a reading room installed in the library by Nandita Raman in conjunction with the ICP-Bard/MFA Thesis Exhibition.  If you haven't already, stop in and spend some time enjoying it.  Liz Sales: What inspired Artist's Atheneum? Nandita Raman: In my experience, research for projects can become an insular and convergent process. I have benefited from having… Continue reading Artist’s Atheneum: An Interview with Nandita Raman

Roots Music and the Blues in Photography

A recent article on collector/librarian/archivist Jim Linderman encourages a closer look at books in ICP's stacks that reflect the history of American roots music, and particularly the blues. Take Me to the Water : Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 : Photographs from the Collection of Jim Linderman. (2009) TR23 .T35 2009 Linderman's collection… Continue reading Roots Music and the Blues in Photography