The Making of Papa.
Participating Artists Press Agency.
Edited by Lino Hellings, Hans Aarsman & Nienke Terpsma.
Post Editions, 2013. 367 pp., 100 black & white and 150 color illustrations, 6¾x9½".
In a brilliant amalgam of old and new media, the Participating Artists Press Agency (PAPA) is an international, curated network of artist-correspondents, initiated and led by artistic director Lino Hellings. The mission of the organization is to manufacture news by taking action. Developed by Hellings at an artist's residency at the Photo Press Agency Drik in Dhaka, PAPA is intended as an instrument for mapping by reading meaningful patterns from street photography around the world. Correspondents take images with a clear question or issue in mind and then share them on the PAPA blog each day paired with texts. The Making of PAPA is a photobook combining a DIY manual, city guide to PAPA's nomadic locations, visual essays by correspondents and a text on the agency's founding.