The Photobook: New Projects & Collaborations

In conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair, exhibiting publishers Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar from Ahorn Books, Aron Mörel from Morel Books, Paul Schiek from TBW Books, and Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar from Spaces Corners will present their recent projects and collaborations. Moderated by Brian Sholis, executive director at Gallery TPW.

Morel Books, founded in 2009, is a non-profit publisher specializing in limited edition photo and art books. Morel views the book as the final step in an artists process, and encourages the artist to engage in the conception and design of the book.

Ahorn Books is a publisher and a bookshop committed to exploring the complex nature of images, words, and books. Ahorn Books is a new project, where photography is not merely consumed but read, understood, and processed to inspire more projects and ideas. Ahorn Magazine,  an online platform for contemporary photography, was founded in 2008 by Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar.

Founded in 2006, TBW Books is an independent photography book publishing company based in Oakland, CA. The company produces books by some of the world’s most renowned and acclaimed artists working in the field of photography.

Founded in 2011, Spaces Corners is an artist-run bookstore and project space based in Pittsburgh. The bookstore stocks a rotating selection of new photography books from some of the world’s leading independent and small press publishing houses. In 2013, Spaces Corners launched it’s own imprint to further collaborate with artists, institutions and collections.  Spaces Corners is led by Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar.

Brian Sholis is executive director of Gallery TPW.  He has worked as a curator and programmer for museums; as an editor and author of books, magazine articles, and online texts; and as a professor, grant panelist, and prize juror. Sholis was curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and, prior to his time in Ohio, worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artforum. A longtime art critic, he has been published in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and elsewhere.

Supported by the Consulate General of the United States, Toronto, and Vistek.