Self Publish, Be Happy has turned two and to celebrate two extraordinary years we have embarked upon a new (ad)venture with the launch of SPBH Book Club. SPBH Book Club offers to its members a series of three photobooks per year, made exclusively for them. Each volume contains a series of never been seen before photographs. Because of the limited and controlled distribution of the publications each will offer something very intimate, experimental and off-beat. Like a little secret, the content of each book will never be revealed further than the club.
A Self Publish, Be Happy Book Club member is entitled to:
- 3 books published by SPBH exclusively for the Club members. The book will be posted to the members every four months.
- Invite to the Book Club Gatherings
- Invite to SPBH events (exhibitions, talks, etc)
- 10% discount on SPBH SCHOOL workshops
A 12 month membership costs £100
One can join the club at any given time (you will receive 3 publications starting from the next one available)
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPBH Book Club Vol IV
by Mariah Robertson
Mariah Robertson is an alchemist. Her experimental approach to making art has seen images spill from the restrictions of the frame and reach across walls and floors. In SPBH Book Club Vol IV, we are presented with the results of Robertson’s time in the immersive space of the darkroom – freeing herself from the classic conventions of photographic practice, she works intuitively with photograms, irregular chemical reactions, solarizations and collage to paint the surface of the photograph and push the magical element of the medium to it’s very limits. Washed out glimpses of palm trees and beach snaps give a fleeting sense of place, hinting at a time long since past, or an unnamed paradise perhaps.
SPBH Book Club Vol IV offers, for the first time, the chance to admire and own one of Robertson’s beautiful and highly collectable photographic rolls. The roll, which is 30 meters long, is entitled 154, and was originally created in 2010. The book is leporello bound allowing the owner of the book to enjoy the piece in its entirety, or look at it classically page by page. The final element of the book is its cover. Reproducing the roll by printing it onto 40-metres of exquisite silk fabric, individual pieces have been cut out to become the covers of the books, meaning that each person will receive a completely unique, different piece of the grand puzzle.
Publication date: November 2013