February Branch Meeting: Self-Publishing

17th February, 2015


6.00 pm Tuesday 24 February 2015, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

At this month’s branch meeting we will be discussing self-publishing, a topic that proved very popular when we featured it a couple of years ago. We are really pleased to be welcoming back one speaker and bringing in a new one. Both will be giving illustrated presentations followed by questions from the floor. With more and more photographers exploring the possibilities created by the self publishing market, this meeting will look at its financial potential as well as the prospects for career profile and development.

Mohara Gill is the Art Buyer for Foyles flagship Charing Cross branch, the biggest and best known book shop in the UK. She has 15 years experience in book buying and selling and has personally developed the photography/self publishing section over the past few years. During that time she has witnessed how the business has changed, with more books going online while certain niche markets have expanded. She is uniquely placed to answer branch members’ questions about the possibilities of self-publishing and the potential market for our work. You can hear an interview with her here.

Marc Vallée is a London-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on the London graffiti scene, anti-skateboarding architecture, youth culture and political dissent. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, and his self-published photography zines are stocked by many bookshops, including Claire de Rouen Books (London), Foyles (London), Flotsam Books (Tokyo), Rebel Unlit (Berlin), Ti Pi Tin Books (London), The Photographers’ Gallery (London) and Urban Spree Gallery (Berlin). In 2014 alone Marc published three zines: a second edition of Anti-Skateboarding Devices, which was featured in the Guardian and reviewed in Source Magazine; Queer, which documents two years in the life of writer and artist Dom Lyne at his home in Camden Town – tattoos, sexuality and mental health with a nod to American novelist Dennis Cooper; and Number Six, which explores the tension between public and private space in the context of contemporary youth culture. Marc also had a book, Millbank and that Van, published by Café Royal Books. Over 36 black and white pages the book documents the London 2010 student protests against government plans to raise tuition fees.  And he also collaborated on the huge 400 page Long Live Southbank book on the history and culture of the Undercroft skateboarding spot and the successful campaign to save it. More here.

Following the discussion we will be dealing with regular branch business.




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