Two Thousand and Ten has been the year when self-publishing has not only been recognized as a powerful cultural and economic phenomenon, but its army of belligerent and creative publisher/photographers have proved that they are here to stay and shake the art publishing world. Experimentation, boldness, love for the printed object and a desire to be heard are some of the traits manifest in the ten publications I have chosen from the many outstanding books I have received since starting Self Publish, Be Happy a year ago. From the stapled fanzine assembled in a student bedroom to the traditionally printed photobook, these publications not only reshape our understanding of the medium but offer exciting and sometimes radical ideas.
The guys from PPP have never let me down since they first sent me a stapled b&w zine titled "You could be in London, You could be in Vegas, But you're in Brierfield" which preceded a series of other zines that revive the tradition of documentary photography and fanzine all at once.
The sweat, the violence and the hard-ons of metal music.
Bruno Ceschel is a lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster, London and the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, a project aim to promote and study self-published photobooks. In 2010 Self Publish, Be Happy has organised events at The Photographers' Gallery, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London and at Flash Forward Festival in Toronto.
Previously Ceschel worked on the 2008 edition of the Brighton Photo Biennial, as book editor at Chris Boot Ltd, and was associate and creative editor at Colors magazine. Ceschel is now working on his first book titled Dissident Desires – Identities in Contemporary Photography.