ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative – A Self-Publishing Powerhouse

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Slow and spontaneous, small and excessive, serious and funny

Today, the U.K. Blurberati are chiming in with a spotlight on the ABC Cooperative, an international network created by and for artists who make print-on-demand books. Read on for an introduction to a group that describes themselves as ‘diverse but collaborative’, ‘slow and spontaneous’, ‘small and excessive’, and ‘serious and funny’.

And now from Rachel of Blurb U.K.:

Currently 21 out of the 25 ABC artists have made books using Blurb. Andreas Schmidt has produced 60 titles to date. He estimates that there are over 300 individual Blurb books produced by ABC artists, some of which are signed limited editions only available for purchase directly from the artist. As a whole, the ABC artists fully embrace the potential and benefits of print on demand. Schmidt says, “The great news for any aspiring photographer or artist is that you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money these days to make some waves.”

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A-B-C, as easy as 1-2-3

And he’s right. Schmidt’s book ‘The cost of Photobooks: a History II’ and ‘Four Seasons’ were amongst the books selected for the best Photo Books of 2012 along with Mishka Henner’s No Man’s Land, and Joachim Schmid’s Other People’s Photographs. Many of the artists also exhibit the books as the art piece itself, Joachim Schmid recently exhibited his series ‘Other People’s Photographs’ at Fotohof Gallery in Salzburg.  Self published between 2008 and 2011, the series of ninety-six print-on-demand books explores the themes presented by modern everyday, amateur photographers. The whole series of books is available to purchase at a price tag of over 3,000 Euros, but fear not. Schmid has produced two economy versions, to purchase here.

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Andreas Schmidt for RGB shown at Rencrontres d'Arles

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