Photobook Week Aarhus 2017


Free exhibitions at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Galleri Image, Aros Aarhus Art Museum, Verpan, Bang & Olufsen, and Godsbanen.

Let’s Judge the Book by Its Cover

Until 6 October at Verpan, and Bang & Olufsen
Exhibition in three design shops in Aarhus, before, during and after Photobook Week Aarhus 2017. The selection shows contemporary photobooks featuring distinguished covers, bindings and packaging materials, to show the importance of editorial design to creating sensorial experiences.

Curators: Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator, and Irène Attinger, Chief Librarian of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

The Leporello Book:
The city as a sign in circulation

Until 27 October at Aarhus School of Architecture
Referring to the festival’s overall framework “Distribution and Markets” this historical photobook exhibition will discuss the mass-produced travel books of the 19th century and their impact on the global development of the city as a commodity and tourist attraction. The exhibition focuses on a particular photobook typology: the leporello book – its modern visual culture and the role of architectural photography in this context.

Curator: Anne Elisabeth Toft, Associate Professor, Architect, PhD in Architecture and Photography.

From Image to Structure: The Representation of the New City in Danish Architecture and the Visual Arts

On show until 27 October at Aarhus School of Architecture
This exhibition explores visual strategies of artists and architects who engage with the late-modern city. It pays particular attention to the works of
Institut for Skalakunst and Carsten Juel-Christiansen.  It includes archival material, photographic works, artists’ and architectural books and covers a period from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s.

Curators: Anne Elisabeth Toft Associate Professor, PhD in Architecture and Photography, and Claus Peder Pedersen, Associate Professor, Architect, PhD.

Michael Schmidt – Photobooks
by Thomas Wiegand

On show until 21-24 September at Aros Aarhus Art Museum
For Photobook Week Aarhus 2017, Thomas Wiegand will curate an exhibition on Michael Schmidt’s photobooks, to be shown at Aros Aarhus Art Museum, and present the lecture Collecting Photobooks: Schmidt & Company. This talk will focus on the photobook as an object: What defines a photobook as a book and which books are worth collecting? What do you have to pay attention to when buying one? In addition to general examples, this is illustrated with many pictures using the books and catalogues of Michael Schmidt and by means of German company books. Photographically illustrated company books are a rather unknown field in which surprising discoveries are made.

List of publications

Michael Schmidt, Berlin Kreuzberg, Berlin: Bezirksamt Kreuzberg, 1973 (1. Auflage, Texte Reinhold Amonat/Ingrid Hengge und Achim Kuhlow)

Michael Schmidt, Berlin Kreuzberg, Berlin: Schütz-Verlag, 1974 (2. Auflage, hg. v. Michael Schmidt/Erika Bräuel, Texte Michael Schmidt, Vorwort Friedrich Voss)

Michael Schmidt, Photographien, Berlin: Galerie Springer, 1975 (Text Karl Pawek)

Michael Schmidt, Berlin – Stadtlandschaft und Menschen, Berlin: Stapp Verlag, 1978 (Text Heinz Ohff)

Michael Schmidt, Berlin-Wedding. Stadtlandschaft und Menschen, Berlin: Galerie und Verlag A. Nagel, 1978 (hg. v. Bezirksamt Wedding, Text Heinz Ohff, Vorwort Horst Bowitz)

Michael Schmidt – Stadtlandschaften (Aspekte der Großstadt – zeitgenössische deutsche Fotografie), Essen: Museum Folkwang, 1981 (Leporello)

Michael Schmidt, Stadtlandschaften 1981, Essen: Museum Folkwang, 1981 (hg. v. d. Fotografischen Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen. Katalog in der Ausstellungsreihe „Aspekte der Großstadt“)

Michael Schmidt, Benachteiligt, Berlin: Senator für Gesundheit, Soziales und Familie, 1982 (Text Ernst Klee, Vorwort Ulf Fink)

Michael Schmidt, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Stadtbilder, Berlin: publica Verlag, 1984 (hg. v. Bezirksamt Kreuzberg)

Michael Schmidt/Einar Schleef, Waffenruhe, Berlin: Nishen Verlag, 1987 (hg. v. d. Fotografischen Sammlung der Berlinischen Galerie, Text Einar Schleef, Nachwort Janos Frecot)

Michael Schmidt/Bilder 1979 – 1986, Hannover: Spectrum Photogalerie im Sprengel

Museum, 1987 (Text Dieter Hacker)

Michael Schmidt – Waffenruhe (Aspects of contemporary German photography), München: Goethe Institut, 1989 (Text Ute Eskildsen) +

Michael Schmidt – Januar/Februar 1990, Berlin: Galerie Springer, 1990 (Text Janos Frecot)

Michael Schmidt, Correggio (Laboratorio di Fotografia, 3), Rubiera: Linea di Confine della Provincia di Reggio Emilia, 1991 (Text Paolo Costantini/William Guerrieri/Guido Guidi/Roberto Margini)

Michael Schmidt, Mauern, Göttingen: Kunstverein Göttingen/Arkana Verlag, 1991 (Text Ernst J. Kirchertz)

Michael Schmidt, Bozen: AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum Bozen, 1992 (Text: Notizen aus einem Gespräch von Michael Schmidt mit Cristina Busin und Marion Piffer)

Michael Schmidt, Fotografien seit 1965, Essen: Museum Folkwang, 1995 (Text Ute Eskildsen)

Michael Schmidt, EIN-HEIT, Zürich/Berlin/New York: Scalo, 1996 (hg. v. Thomas Weski für das Siemens Kulturprogramm)

Michael Schmidt, U-NI-TY, Zürich/Berlin/New York: Scalo, 1996 (hg. v. Thomas Weski für das Siemens Kulturprogramm)

Michael Schmidt, Landschaft – Waffenruhe – Selbst – Menschenbilder (Ausschnitte), Münster: Kunstverein Münster, 1998 (Texte Heinz Liesbrock, Susanne Meyer-Büser)

Michael Schmidt, Landschaft, Berlin: Galerie Springer, 1997 +

Michael Schmidt, Fotografien – Sammlung Bernd F. Künne, Hannover: Künne, 1999 (Texte Bernd F. Künne, Wulf Herzogenrath)

Michael Schmidt, Frauen, Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2000 (hg. v. Heinz Liesbrock/Thomas Weski für die Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung)

Michael Schmidt, Ihme-Zentrum – 4 Fotografien/8 Ausschnitte (Diamondpaper, 2), Berlin:Diamondpaper, 2003 (hg. v. Karsten Heller/Thomas Scheibitz)

Michael Schmidt, Irgendwo, Köln: Snoeck, 2005 (Text: Interview von Dietmar Elger mit Michael Schmidt)

Michael Schmidt, Berlin nach 45, Göttingen: Steidl, 2005 (hg. v. Ute Eskildsen, Text Janos Frecot)

Michael Schmidt, 89/90, Köln: Snoeck, 2010 (hg. v. Thomas Weski, Text Chris Dercon)

Michael Schmidt, Lebensmittel, Köln: Snoeck, 2012 (hg. v. Markus Heinzelmann)

Michael Schmidt, Natur, London: Mack, 2014

Michael Schmidt, München (Fotoprojekt, 9), München/Berlin: Siemens AG, 1990 (Text Thomas Weski)

A Decade of Icelandic Photobooks 2007-2017

On show until 27 October at Aarhus School of Architecture
The publication of photobooks has increased notably in Iceland in the last ten years, while few were seen in the preceding decades, and the first being published as late as the seventies. Significant change came in 2007 with the founding of ICPA—the Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association—aimed at increasing the visibility of artistic photography. In 2008 the National Museum of Iceland published a book featuring works of ICPA’s founders, Reflection – Icelandic Contemporary Photography, including interviews with the artists.

The exhibition consists of this photobook and eighteen others published in the last ten years. All publications in this selection are by artists working in Iceland, with about half published by Crymogea Publishers, a leading publisher of art and photography.

Curators: Katrin Elvarsdottir, Director of The Icelandic Photography Festival in Reykjavik.


List of publications

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson. 2014. Lucid
Sigurður Gudmundsson. 2014. Dancing Horizon
Valdimar Thorlacius. 2015. I
Nina Zurier. 2015. Ef ég hefði verið. Reykjavik 1950-1970
David Barreiro. 2015. Behind The Waterfall
Celina Lundsford, Christiane Stahl, Kristján B. Jónasson (red.) 2011. Ný náttúra. Myndir frá Íslandí
Ragnar Axelsson. 2014. Faces of the North
Bragi Þór Jóseffon. 2015. Iceland Defense Force
Katrín Elvarsdóttir. 2016. Double Happiness
Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir. 2017. Ljósmyndir
Katrín Elvarsdóttir. 2013. Vanished Summer
Haraldur Jónsson. 2010. Tsoyl
Stephanie Cash. 2007. Spessi: Location
Hjalmar Sveinsson & Sigrún Sigurðardóttir. 2008. Reflection: Icelandic Contemporary Photography
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir. 2016. Hvassast
Pétur Thomsen. 2011. Ásfjall
Stuart Richardson. 2014. Sodium Sun
Daniel Reuter. 2013.  History of the Visit
Daniel Reuter. 2017. Touching Architecture (Snert á aritektúr)
Einar Falur Ingólfsson. 2017. Land Seen (Landsýn)

Nordic Dummy Award 2017

Until 27 October at Aarhus School of Architecture
Nordic Dummy Award (NDA) is awarded annually by Fotogalleriet, Oslo. The winner of the Nordic Dummy Award will be announced in September. During NDA’s open call all artists with a connection to the Nordic countries are invited to submit their photobook dummies by 15 August. A recognised jury selects a shortlist of candidates and a winner. The shortlisted books including the winner are exhibited and announced during Landskrona Foto Festival. The winning book is published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg and launched the following year.


Nordic Dummy Awards finalists 2017
Terje Abusdal – “Slash and Burn” (NO)
Simon Berg – “Soil” (SE)
Damian Heinisch – “Fünfundvierzig“(PL)
Karoliina Paatos – “Cowboy Girls” (FI)
Sanne Vils Axelsen – “Vindtid” (DK)

Fotobook Festival Kassel Dummy Award 2017

Until 27 October at Aarhus School of Architecture
Each year, Fotobookfestival Kassel invites photographers to present their so-far unpublished photobooks to an international public and to eminent experts. In 2017, the best 49 books have been shortlisted by a shortlist jury and will be exhibited at international photo events in, among other places, Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus, Sofia, Zagreb and Lodz. From these 49 titles, three winners have been chosen by our international jury at the Istanbul Photobook Festival on 28 April.

Third place: Grinders, Hannes Wiedemann
Second place: Untitled, Zeynep Kayan
First place: Archipiélago, Hugo Alcol

Felix Adler (Germany) Paule
Hugo Alcol (Spain) Archipiélago
Monique Atherton (USA) First Avenue
Özgür Atlagan (Turkey) shovel-eye
Marina Berio (USA) The space in the mind in the body in the space
Stephan Bögel (Germany) Scenic Utah
Haishu Chen (China) Zona Rossa
Kenji Chiga (Japan) bird,night,and then?
Kenji Chiga (Japan) happn?
Ivan Clemente (Spain) H
Jose Luis Cuevas (Mexico) Observaciones sobre la resistencia de los cuerpos
Collettivo DAV (Italy) Tara, il fiume dei miracoli
Sigrid Ehemann (Germany) Bruno Is a Celebrity
Vika Eksta (Latvia) Dievs Daba Darbs
Keiji Fujimoto (Japan) Forget-me-not
Andi Galdi Vinko (Hungary) Paradisco
Mario C. Girela (Spain) The Roots and the Ruins
Elodie Grethen (France) Tokyo Stories
Tom Griggs & Paul Kwiatkowski (USA) Ghost Guessed
Ilyas Hajji (Russia) Anti/terror
Miki Hasegawa (Japan) Internal Notebook
Maki Hayashida (Japan) The Odyssey
Tomota Ikawa (Japan) Yureru
Zeynep Kayan (Turkey) untitled
Alex Kemman (The Netherlands) Whispers of War
Ludmila Ketslakh (USA) Uncertainty of Being
Blair Kitchener (New Zealand) Duplex City
David Klammer (Germany) Good Morning Auroville
Eva Krampen Kosloski (Italy) 3 Agosto 1944
Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, Oksana Yushko (Russia) Grozny: Nine Cities
Karsten Kronas (Germany) Searching for Mr. X
Ikuru Kuwajima (Japan/Russia) I, Oblomov
Rony Maltz (Brazil) Riocities
Giulia Mangione (Italy) The Happy Show
Alix Marie (France) Bleu
Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan) Guru Guru  ~My Transmigration~
Mark McGuinness (Ireland) Dreaming of Figure Eights
Anne Müchler & Nico Schmitz (Germany) Encounter — Truth Construction
Antonio Perez Rio (Spain) Louvre – Art Guide for Cyborgs
Torsten Schumann (Germany) Off Keel
Francesca Romana Semerano (Italy) Tessuti Toniù
Luca Spano (Italy) Looking for the North
Malgorzata Stankiewicz (Poland) cry of an echo
Nicole Strasser (Germany) Ans Meer!
Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) The Restoration Will
Hiro Tanaka (Japan) Chicharron
Ishan Tankha (India) A Peal of Spring Thunder
Karan Vaid (India) The Indian Dog Show
Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) Grinders


This year, Photobook Week Aarhus offers six locations:
Aarhus School of Architecture, Galleri Image, Aros Aarhus Art Museum, Verpan, Bang & Olufsen, and Godsbanen.

Aarhus School of Architecture
Nørreport 20, Aarhus
Thu to Sun 10am-530pm
Note: exhibition hours after PWA weekend
Mon-Tue-Thu 10am-4pm
Wed 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-3pm

Galleri Image
Vestergade 29, Aarhus
On View: This Island Earth
Book launch: Friday at 7pm
Tuesday-Sunday 1-5pm

ARoS Kunstmuseum/ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
ARoS Allé 2, Aarhus
On view: Michael Schmidt’s Photobooks
Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Vestergade 8, Aarhus
On view: Let’s Judge the Book by Its Cover
Thursday 10am-5.30pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday Closed

Bang & Olufsen
Klostergade 14, Aarhus
On view: Let’s Judge the Book by Its Cover
Thursday 10am-5.30pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sunday Closed

Godsbanen (Mørkekammeret)
Skovgaardsgade 3, Aarhus
Cyanotype Workshop: Sunday 24th 1-3pm

All events are free 

and everyone is welcome.