A biannual gathering where invited international artists, critics, curators, and publishers discuss some of the most challenging and innovative photobooks created in the world today. VSW’s Photo-Bookworks Symposium is an opportunity to learn from artists speaking about making their books, about the history of photobooks, about contemporary publishers and self-publishing, and much more.

Each Symposium is unique and intimate; all of the presentations are given in an auditorium space with an audience of around 150 people. Many of those who attend have as much or more experience in photography and books as those presenting. There will be three exhibitions and hundreds of incredible titles for sale in VSW’s pop-up bookstore. With the presentations, the people, and books, every moment of the event is a lively, enriching experience.

  • Thursday
    June 26, 2014

    5pm Check-in and VSW gallery and bookstore open
    6pm Opening remarks by Tate Shaw, Director of VSW and Symposium Organizer, introduction of symposium moderator, Carla Williams
    6:15pm Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on their collaborative book Memory City
    7:30pm Opening party and Memory City book signing at Gallery R and Lumiere’s Spectrum Gallery, 100 College Ave, Rochester, NY

  • Friday
    June 27, 2014

    9am Bookstore and galleries open
    10am – Clifton Meador on his photo artists’ books
    11am – Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe on their collaborative book projects
    12pm Book signings
    2:30pm – Thilde Jensen on her book The Canaries
    3:30pmLarissa Leclair on the Indie Photobook Library
    4:30pmMonica Haller on the Veteran’s Book Project
    5:30pm – Book signings
    6:30pm Tour of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Start Here exhibition and reception at the Rochester Public Library (shuttles)

  • Saturday
    June 28, 2014

    10am Raymond Meeks on his books
    11am Bruno Ceschel on Self Publish Be Happy
    12pm Gerry Badger and John Gossage in conversation
    1:00pm Book signings
    1:30pm Closing party, Food trucks, and a community-wide Book and dummy share in auditorium