THE PHOTOBOOK ECOSYSTEM:
Searching for Sustainable Approaches
26 April 2022
What does sustainability mean for the photobook community? The materials used to make books such as paper, printing inks and packaging all use valuable resources and industrial processes that create waste and are potentially harmful to the planet. As a creative ﬁeld with links to many different disciplines, photobook publishing is well positioned to innovate and challenge publishing industry norms to forge a more sustainable future. Starting from where the YET Issue 12 “Is a Book Worth a Tree?” research ended, this event is intended to start conversations, spark new ways of thinking, and encourage ecologically conscious decision making at each stage of the photobook cycle—design, making, distribution, consumption.
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.
Another huge piece of sustainability is supporting each other: right now, Ukrainian publishers and artists can use our support as they are seriously struggling during this insane war. Buying Ukrainian photobooks is one way to help. We’ve put together a google doc listing some publishers and photobooks, please check it out at