Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network 

A group of photographers, publishers, academics and writers who discuss and share knowledge on issues around environmentally conscious approaches to photobook publishing.

If you would like to join the network, join a meet up or just get in touch about this topic please drop us a message here.




RESOURCES

Resource List

Can be used as a reference for making environmentally conscious book making choices in the UK:

  • Printers
  • Papers
  • Packaging 
  • Glossary

Photobook Case Studies

Case-studies on photobooks explaining the materials and processes used, and highlighting any challenges in realising ecological sustainability. 

Regularly shared on our instagram account: @sppnetwork

Submit your book for consideration: 

  • 4 images of the book (1500px longest edge)
  • Book title, artist name, date, publisher
  • Environmental ethos
  • Materials and processes used
  • Challenges/ lessons learned/ what you would do differently next time ( all sustainability focused) 
  • Instagram handles

Links

Links to reference sources on ecological sustainability.

Public collections of photobooks in the UK: The British Library (London), The Bodleian Library (Oxford), National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh), National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth), The Library of Trinity College Dublin (Dublin), Cambridge University Library (Cambridge), The National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), The Tate Library (London), The Photobook Cafe (London), Picnic (St Leonards on Sea)


DISCUSSION

What does sustainability mean for the photobook community?

How many books are being made? Does the printer have eco certifications? (B Corp, EMAS, FSC) And what do these mean? What chemicals are used in the printing process? Are plant and/ or water based inks available? What is the paper made of? Are these materials sustainably sourced?  What is the paper size? Can the book size be optimised to minimise waste? Are there plant based glues available? What is the intended design life of the book? Are the materials recyclable? Can the paper be de-inked for recycling? If plates are used in the printing process, can they be recycled/ re-used? Can the use of plastic be minimised or avoided?


TALKS

Archive

THE PHOTOBOOK ECOSYSTEM: Searching for Sustainable Approaches
26 April 2022

Watch the Recording

Co-presented by 10×10 Photobooks and the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) Network.

A panel discussion with Loose Joints — Lewis Chaplin & Sarah Piegay Espenon, Catriona Gourlay (NAL, V&A), Paul John (Jan van Eyck Academie, Endless Editions) and Tamsin Green (manual.editions, SPP Network).

Moderated by Amelie Schuele (FOAM) and Daria Tuminas (FOTODOK).

Supported by Westminster University (Green Fund) and RPS Documentary Group.




MEET-UPS 

A roughly monthly, mostly online, meet up for contributors where we have open discussions, and sometimes we invite speakers:

25 May 2022 - 6.30pm BST ONLINE: with guest Matt Ford, GF Smith

23 March 2022 - 7pm GMT ONLINE: with guest Eliza Kavanagh, Publishers Association

23 February 2022 - 7pm GMT ONLINE: with guest Paul Hewitt, Generation Press

12 January 2022 - 7pm ONLINE: with guest Hannah Fletcher, The Sustainable Darkroom

16  November 2021 - 7pm: The Photobook Cafe, 4 Leonard Circus, London EC2A 4DQ

1  November 2021 - 7pm ONLINE

27 September 2021 - 6.30pm: ONLINE

23 August 2021 - 6.30pm: ONLINE

26 July 2021 - 6.30pm: The Photobook Cafe, 4 Leonard Circus, London EC2A 4DQ


CONTRIBUTORS

Amelie Schuele, Bella Okuya, Catriona Gourlay, Daria Tuminas, Dolly Meieran, Ed Sykes, Eliza Kavanagh, Emma Lambert, Eugenie Shinkle, Gavan Goulder, Gisela Torres, Hannah Fletcher, Iana Mizguina, Jake Green, Jennifer Reeves, John Angerson, Lewis Chaplin, Mark Phillips, Matt Ford, Nishant Shukla, Paul Hewitt, Paul John, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Rachel Arthur, Roelof Bakker, Sandra Davison, Sayako Sugawara, Tamsin Green, Tiffany Jones, Wendy Aldiss


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