‘Self Publish, Be Happy’ is an organisation founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010 with the aim of celebrating, studying and promoting self-published photobooks. Self-publishing has not only been recognised as a powerful cultural and economic phenomenon, but its army of belligerent and creative publishers and photographers has proven 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 manifested in the photobooks Bruno Ceschel has chosen to discuss; the many incarnations of contemporary self-publishing.
Date: 8pm 16 July
Book & Magazine Fair
FilmBase, Temple Bar,
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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. Ceschel will also discuss his project Self Publish, Be Happy and present his latest community-lead project Self Publish, Be Naughty, a collection of intimate, flirtatious, sexual, raw and explicit images laid bare in a book.
About Bruno Ceschel
Bruno Ceschel is a lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster, London, a writer and a curator. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, a project that aims to promote and study self-published photobooks. In 2010 Self Publish, Be Happy organised events at The Photographers’ Gallery, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London, at Flash Forward Festival in Toronto and Boston and at Printed Matter in NYC. 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 currently working on his first book titled Dissident Desires – Identities in Contemporary Photography, which will be published by Aperture in 2012.