SPBH Book Club


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 £110 plus delivery.
One can join the club at any given time (you will receive 3 publications starting from the next one available)
For more information email spbhshop@gmail.com




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
SPBH Vol 4 by Mariah Robertson


SPBH Book Club Vol III
by Cristina de Middel

The third edition of the SPBH Book Club is by photographer Cristina de Middel.  De Middel gained international acclaim last year wither her self published book The Afronauts which, in just a few months froms its release, became widely praised and highly collectable. She is also nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013 and recently won the ICP Infinity Award.

This new project challenges the archetype of street photography and the language and veracity of the photograph as a document. De Middel takes us out onto the shimmering streets of New York City, and playfully works with visual tropes to illuminate the surreal quality of space within the city. Embodying the notion of the American Dream and the tingling sensation of collective fascination with such an iconic place, the book is something of an enigma and hints at a multilayered story – through signifiers and visual clues, the viewer is invited to piece together the sum of its parts, as in a game or a puzzle.

SPBH Book Club Vol III by Cristina De Middel is numbered and signed edition of 250. The limited edition includes an original print (7×5 inches).
Publication date: April 2013

SPBH Book Club Vol II
by Brad Feuerhelm

The second volume of the SPBH Book Club series is by writer, art dealer and curator Brad Feuerhelm. The book features a number of images from Brad Feuerhelm’s collection of vernacular photography, re-edited and re-purposed for a dark and poetic investigation of America.
Limited edition of 250, numbered and signed
Publication date: November 2012


SPBH Book Club Vol I
by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

The first volume collects a series of polaroids by acclaimed artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
Mixing private moments, self portraits and images from their documentary projects, the beautiful collection of personal polaroids form an intimate and imperfect inventory of their fifteen year collaboration.
Each copy of the book comes with an original polaroid produced for the project.
Publication date: July 2012

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