Submit your work in book format and have it become part of photographic history, seen around the world, saved for posterity.
Welcome to the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA), a not-for-profit open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online. The focus of the APPA is the Asia-Pacific region, the criteria is simple, all material will be accepted that is either:
– produced by photographers/artists/publishers/galleries/collectives born or based in the Asia-Pacific region
– contain work produced in or thematically connected to the Asia-Pacific region
Books published in any Asia-Pacific language will be accepted. Anyone may submit work to the archive. All photobooks that meet the criteria above will be accepted into the archive.
The material that will be accepted into the archive can include:
– DIY photobooks – limited edition photobooks – print-on-demand photobooks – handmade books – Artist’s books – zines – exhibition catalogues
The APPA is a response to the European and American focus of most international discourses around photography and photobooks. The APPA is committed to promoting the production and dissemination of photobooks in the region. The APPA is acutely aware of the wealth of photographic talent in the region and hopes to become a vehicle for the promotion and showcase of the material in the archive through dedicated exhibitions, publications, collaborations, symposia, and guest lectures throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.
The APPA will preserve and make accessible to current and future generations the broad practices and approaches encapsulated in the production of photobooks in the Asia-Pacific region. The APPA will provide a physical site for the public, artists and scholars alike to reflect on the photobook as a distinct and relevant phenomenon, now and into the future. Exhibitions, features, articles, and events will utilise the material in the archive. All items in the archive will be eligible for inclusion in these projects as they arise in the future.
The establishment of the APPA is inspired by and indebted to the tireless work of Larissa Leclair, founder of the US based Indie Photobook Library – http://www.indiephotobooklibrary.org/
Go to the Submissions page to download the submission form.
The Archive is coordinated by Daniel Boetker-Smith and Isabella Capezio
The Archive was established in 2013 by Daniel Boetker Smith.
Daniel is a photographic artist and academic based in Melbourne Australia. Daniel was a juror for the Kassel Photobook Award in Germany in 2013. Daniel’s photographic work has been shortlisted for the Bowness Photo Prize at Monash Gallery of Art (2012), the Centre for Contemporary Photography’s Documentary Award (2011), and the Josephine Ulrick Photo Prize (2009 & 2010). Daniel was previously Head of Photography at the University of Chester (2005-2008), and the University of Gloucestershire (2008-2009) in the UK. From 2010-2013 he was a guest lecturer at RMIT University, Deakin University, College of Fine Art UNSW, and the National Art School Sydney. In 2013 he was appointed Co-ordinator on the Bachelor of Photography Programme at Photography Studies College Melbourne.