Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network
An open 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 or just get in touch about this topic please drop us a message here.
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)
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 single-use plastic be minimised or avoided?
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, Sarah Boris, Sayako Sugawara, Tamsin Green, Tiffany Jones, Wendy Aldiss